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#109070 Amazon in search of 2nd headquarters

Posted by ramjet on 20 February 2018 - 10:13 PM

He's arguing that education rankings for the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex are being held back by Fort Worth, and that the "Dallas" metro area would rank higher if Fort Worth were a separate metro area.


I would argue that Shnurman has no idea about what data Amazon looked at.  Pure speculation.  Pure fiction.  More fake news on the DMN's part...

#109066 Amazon in search of 2nd headquarters

Posted by ramjet on 20 February 2018 - 04:48 PM

It's still not clear to me that Fort Worth was ever in Amazon's "Dallas" category in the first place, so Shnurman's reasoning seems speculative at the least, and without knowing the specific data that Amazon used to make their selections (did they use DFW aggregate data or just Dallas data?), grossly misleading journalism at the other end.  In any case, if I were Amazon, I would want to take my considerable wealth and transform a community in need such as Newark.  Attract the talent they need to a place that needs investment.  Heck, they're already in Seattle.  Spread the wealth.  I love the investment that companies like Quicken Loans, On Star, and Shinola have made to lift Detroit.  If, for Amazon, the location of their 2nd headquarters is a strictly "add to the bottom line" business decision, where they are cynically fishing for large incentives, with no egalitarian return on investment, then, yes, someplace boring and expensive like Boston, Dallas, or Northern Virginia will likely win out.  And that will be Amazon's just return.  Poaching from other companies close by will be easy.  (By "boring" I mean they'll just be a part of an already saturated market.)

#108659 Museum Place

Posted by ramjet on 30 January 2018 - 09:45 AM

That site needs a hotel more like this:



#107794 Economic Development Plan

Posted by ramjet on 12 December 2017 - 08:44 PM

Two words.  Public schools.

#103813 XTO Energy moving 1,600 employees to The Woodlands, selling six of seven buil...

Posted by ramjet on 19 June 2017 - 09:01 PM

Agree.  Really, an opportunity.  They are leaving behind some terrific restored architecture.  Natural gas???  Fort Worth will do just fine.

#89689 Use AA incentives for a company who actually likes Fort Worth

Posted by ramjet on 30 January 2015 - 10:11 PM

Didn't say it was.  But I see little in the way of attracting companies here. When was the last MAJOR corporate move to Fort Worth?   C'mon Fort Worth, open your wallet.  We need someone to fill those whopping 6 story office buildings downtown





#82520 The Trails--Place of solitude or business?

Posted by ramjet on 22 February 2014 - 10:31 PM

Wow.  I hate to post this.  But FWA Forum has become such a downer that I'm checking out.  I kinda think that's why several others have as well.  Just don't know.  My last comment:  Fort Worth is a fabulous, magnificent, happening, place and I would love to have a place to celebrate that.  Sorry, John, lately it's just not here.  Looking for an alternative.  Fort Worth will continue on without FWF.  It was fun while it lasted.

#82137 U.S. Post Office Future is Uncertain

Posted by ramjet on 05 February 2014 - 12:35 PM

Has anyone been to the the Chelsea Market on 9th Avenue in New York?  It's a foodie paradise on the ground floor, and the upper floors are used for office space.  It is very cool.  It's a re-purposed former Nabisco factory.


While I think post office would be a beautiful city hall for Fort Worth, I would much rather see it re-purposed for the public so we have better access to experience it's terrific-ness.  Something like the Chelsea Market:




Something like that would attract visitors; serve as a living amenity for downtown residents; and perhaps spur demand for more living and working spaces directly on Lancaster, including demand for live/work space in the T&P warehouse. Private investment will make it happen faster.  I'm afraid we might all be floating in the streets and canals of Panther Island on our drone powered walkers before the city ever made a move on either property.  

#81935 Kimbell Art Museum Expansion

Posted by ramjet on 29 January 2014 - 12:43 PM

From Los Angeles:




Fort Worth continues to show why it is a cultural gem. By providing another venue for the Cliburn, the Renzo Piano Pavilion auditorium is an important contribution to the classical music scene. And the combination of world-class art and world-class music makes the Kimbell a prime cultural destination.


—Henry Schlinger, Culture Spot LA

#81824 So where is Fort Worth's urban growth?

Posted by ramjet on 24 January 2014 - 05:31 PM

Wow.  Some serious negativity on this particular thread.  I guess I get the desire for more high rise buildings there, but I think Fort Worth has a fine skyline.  A few of you throw out Austin and it's development as something to envy.  For me, and I know I'm a minority opinion, Austin ain't all that.  Sure, they've added several tall buildings over the last few years in Austin.  Mostly all residential high rises. Mostly rentals.  Repeat, rentals.  Have you noticed the architecture and design of those residential high rises?  About the nicest way I can describe most of them is "effete" and they've definitely got a "sell by" look to them in my opinion.  It will be interesting in about 10 - 15 years what condition they are in.  (I'm sure Westchester Plaza in Fort Worth was considered quite impressive in its day.)  Austin perhaps has some greater density than Fort Worth.  But only in a small part of it - around the flagship Whole Foods, Congress Avenue, 2nd and 3rd streets for a couple of blocks each, and the Drag through UT - do the buildings have any pedestrian interaction at street level.  Fort Worth may not have as much density overall, but there are several walkable areas where there is something to see and do on the street, just as Austin does. I have lived in Austin for 7 years now and only get to visit Fort Worth on occasion.  To me, the changes there have been just as dynamic as those in Austin.  I do think Austin has a better PR machine.  And if Austin had a forum such as this, I think it would read a bit brighter than this forum does sometimes.  You got it good up there, folks.  The future looks bright for both cities.

#81708 Kimbell Art Museum Expansion

Posted by ramjet on 18 January 2014 - 06:17 PM

It's been interesting to read the architecture reviews of the new Piano Pavilion.  They have definitely been mixed.  From downright derision from the Philadelphia Enquirer (Kahn's home, not surprised), to the Wall Street Journal's shoulder shrug, to the NYT Book Review Blog and Dallas Morning News' damning with faint praise (not surprised about the DMN), to glowing from the Washington Post, American Institute of Architects, Star-Telegram (not surprised) and now the Boston Globe.  I'm sure I'm missing many more of various opinions.  Here's the Globe's take.  It's especially complementary of Fort Worth's entire offering of art museums:




Still waiting for the review by the New York Times.

#81510 Post Office on Lancaster

Posted by ramjet on 03 January 2014 - 09:29 AM

A blog on such things:



#81437 Kimbell Art Museum Expansion

Posted by ramjet on 28 December 2013 - 06:37 PM

Finally got to visit the inside over the holidays.  I am not trained in architecture, but I know what I like.  For me, Mr. Piano's Pavilion is beautiful, and very special.  The wood floors, the concrete walls, the light from the roof and two ends, and then the art!  I had never appreciated the Kimbell's collection of Asian sculptures and tapestries until viewing them in the new building.  And the Fort Worthian docents.  So incredibly friendly and proud of the new museum building.  It was fun chatting with several of them.  Looking forward to the exhibit coming in 2014 of masters from the Musee D'Orsey in Paris.  You folks are very fortunate to have this place in your backyard.

#81169 Kimbell Art Museum Expansion

Posted by ramjet on 27 November 2013 - 06:41 PM

dangr.dave:  superb pics!  How did you do the wavy thing?  Can't wait to see the inside of the Piano Wing.  BTW, flourescent red cookies have not been approved by the FDA.  :o 

#81105 TCC coming to Downtown

Posted by ramjet on 24 November 2013 - 04:23 PM

Love this place: