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johnfwd

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Mosier Valley Park expansion

02 January 2018 - 12:17 PM

Here's an interesting look at a unique part of Fort Worth's and Texas's history, as told in a Channel 5 report.  I didn't know Mosier Valley Park was the first site where freed slaves settled in Texas.

 

https://www.nbcdfw.c...-467640943.html


Fort Worth in cinema history

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.


No smoking in bars (ho hum)

15 December 2017 - 08:20 AM

When I read this FWBP article about City Council action to ban smoking in bars and bingo parlors my reaction was, yes, "ho hum."  This would have been a controversial decision 20 years ago, maybe even 5 years ago.  But the anti-smoking movement has changed our culture, health-wise for the better, such that this is no longer news.

 

http://www.fortworth...c9f175fe4b.html


Proposed housing in Randol Mill Road area

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.  

 

http://www.fortworth...24431fba49.html


"Local" radio in financial trouble

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.

 

http://www.fortworth...896066c26a.html

 

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.