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#108769 Trinity River Vision

Posted by johnfwd on 07 February 2018 - 11:08 AM

High costs notwithstanding, I totally approve of economic development for this area.  I'm sorry for the radiator business (as featured in the Channel 5 in Post #991) but I would rather see modern high-rise buildings, fabulous restaurants, and beautiful water-way scenery for this extension of downtown Fort Worth than those old mediocre-looking structures used by car repair shops, etc, that have populated the area.

#108744 Urbanizing the Sprawl

Posted by johnfwd on 05 February 2018 - 04:04 PM

Technically you are correct. I was making a point about centralization of governing authority over a regional transportation system, in this case Tarrant County, as a matter of political jurisdictional efficiency.  My belief is that the Fort Worth-based system is separate from the Dallas-based system for reasons of political efficiency.  Politically, DART has found it difficult enough to gain suburban community members in its own county, much less than trying to reach those in Tarrant County.  As you know DART tried recently and unsuccessfully to recruit Arlington.  Mainly for this reason, I don't believe a merger between FWTA and DART will occur in the future.

#108670 The T's new Master Plan

Posted by johnfwd on 31 January 2018 - 07:18 AM

They seemed to be moving away from "The T" towards "FWTA" and I never was sure what was up with that, though I thought the new look was fresh.

If I understand correctly, the name of the transportation service is being changed from "The T" to "Trinity Metro."  The name of the governing body, Fort Worth Transportation Authority, will remain the same.

#108544 Museum Place

Posted by johnfwd on 26 January 2018 - 03:57 PM

Nicely done but not good enough for the city and the museums.  If a hotel is not wanted near the museums as a means to attract out-of-city tourists to the museums, then the alternative is to build more high-rise hotels downtown and provide a convenient transportation network from downtown to the Cultural District.  

#108386 Linwood Park - New Apartment Complex

Posted by johnfwd on 18 January 2018 - 05:19 PM


Thanks. Once again the powerful influence of Amon G. Carter and how it rewarded Fort Worth with a place in aeronautical history.  Also, recommended reading:  "Dawn Over Kitty Hawk," by Walter J. Boyne, a work of fiction historically accurate.

#108252 Uber Elevate Conference in Dallas...flying cars are coming

Posted by johnfwd on 10 January 2018 - 10:29 AM

The "air taxi" is somewhat related to the flying car concept envisioned at that Uber conference recently.  But Bell Helicopter is developing its own version with the help of Uber and others, and is showing a concept model at the CES convention, as explained in this FWBP article.



#108068 Fort Worth in cinema history

Posted by johnfwd on 27 December 2017 - 09:19 AM

While reading another thread about film commissions, I thought about how Fort Worth has been viewed historically in filmdom.  Two classic movies come to mind..."Fort Worth" (a 1951 western starring Randolph Scott) and "Strategic Air Command" (1955 film starring Jimmy Stewart).  I have personal memories of the latter movie in that I grew up on the city's west side under the flight path used by Carswell AFB, which is one of the locations shot in that movie.

#107972 Downtown Office Occupancy.

Posted by johnfwd on 19 December 2017 - 09:31 AM

I agree wholeheartedly with this.  Downtown needs to attract more businesses to locate in Class A office buildings.  Now, I know you were not seriously intending the Fort Worth CBD to be completely transformed into a CTD (i.e., Central Tourism District)?  Maybe 60-40, or maybe 50-50?

#107956 Trinity Park at Mayfest time...my beef!

Posted by johnfwd on 18 December 2017 - 06:34 AM

I wouldn't mind the blocking of the Trail so much if the main pathway through the park was paved, not just adding another layer of gravel.

#107899 No smoking in bars (ho hum)

Posted by johnfwd on 15 December 2017 - 11:14 AM


Smoking is still allowed in outdoor dining areas and patios


Smoking has not disappeared from the culture altogether, and there is a significant portion of the younger generation that grew up in the "anti-smoking age" that don't understand or believe the consequences.


That is sadly true, particularly with the recent e-cigarette fad.  I'm not a health expert, but I suspect vaping is just as lethal to your lungs as smoking regular cigarettes.

#107891 Economic Development Plan

Posted by johnfwd on 15 December 2017 - 08:05 AM

Improvements in the transportation infrastructure such as further development of a commuter rail system and the transformation of Meacham into a regional airport would greatly contribute to the city's economy.

#107784 Proposed housing in Randol Mill Road area

Posted by johnfwd on 12 December 2017 - 02:16 PM

NIMBYites usually protest proposed commercial and/or multi-family residential projects.  Folks in the Randol Mill Road area want to keep the countryside and still live in urban Fort Worth.  They don't want a single-family residential development.  I think it's a little late to be harboring such a rural agrarian sentiment. 


The FWBP article below is about the City Council's consideration of a proposed rezoning in this area.  My take on this is that the local resident who prefers "horses to people," as quoted in the article, within Fort Worth city limits should consider buying grazing land in a rural part of Texas.  



#107753 The Image of Fort Worth

Posted by johnfwd on 11 December 2017 - 01:46 PM

I, too, was glad to see the City Council thinking positively about Fort Worth's future economic development.  Particularly so, when I read the closing sentence of the FWBP article:  ...the fact that there are 160 Inc. 5000 firms in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area across a range of industries. Sixty of those are in Dallas and 11 are based in Fort Worth. Plano, Addison and Irving have more than Fort Worth.  ​This means Fort Worth has a lot of catching up with area communities.


One bright side to our city's future toward meeting this goal is the fact that we are developing a strong educational infrastructure.  In the not-too-distant future, FW will be known as the home of the new Tarleton State University campus.  The new campus joins the ever-expanding campuses of TCU, TWU, the North Texas Health Sciences Center, and the UT Arlington annex, not failing to mention the TCC campuses. 

#107707 Future project near Pier 1 building?

Posted by johnfwd on 08 December 2017 - 02:40 PM

Also coming to Pier 1/Chesapeake tower's neighborhood is that high-rise residential building (Henderson and West Pecan).

#107660 "Local" radio in financial trouble

Posted by johnfwd on 06 December 2017 - 07:56 AM

Here's a link to a FWBP article on the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing of an Atlanta-based media group, including our "local" WBAP radio station.




I put this in the politics thread because I rue the day when WBAP switched from country-western music to an all-talk (mostly conservative) political opinion format.  I haven't listened to it for a long time so I don't know if it still has an all-talk format.  The sarcastic view of locality is borne out by the fact that WBAP and the other media are owned by an out-of-state company.  Of course that has been a trend for a long time.