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#106683 TEX Rail project

Posted by JBB on Yesterday, 08:36 PM

Thanks for the update. I'll be over that way next Monday. I'll try to drive by and see if I can see it. I'm off work in the 6th so I'll try to go to the open house.

#106673 Proposed Hilton Garden Inn next to Mt. Gilead Church downtown

Posted by JBB on Yesterday, 06:13 PM

I like the renderings of the front of the building.  If the back of the building facing Mt. Gilead hasn't changed, I'm not crazy about that part of the design.  For the most part, I can live with it if it means ridding that side of downtown of a surface lot.  There's far worse buildings downtown and they're not all going to be the Blackstone.

#106662 West 7th Development

Posted by JBB on Yesterday, 11:01 AM

Just my very uneducated guess, but I would say "no" since the garage and Kona are both part of Crockett Row.

I know this opinion won't be popular, but if they just went with straight paid parking in all of those garages and quit trying to tie it to certain businesses or to a validation, everyone would probably come out ahead.

#106582 New Will Rogers Arena

Posted by JBB on 13 October 2017 - 06:25 AM

I believe he's referring to the underlying concrete support structure for the seating bowl and concourses below the roofline. That's a significant milestone, but still a long way from topping out the arena and closing it in.

#106576 Hemphill/Lamar/Taylor Connector project ?

Posted by JBB on 12 October 2017 - 09:21 PM

Definitely part of the connector project.  Tons of rebar for piers piled up on the work site.

#106517 Fort Worth Stockyards

Posted by JBB on 10 October 2017 - 06:38 PM

Details on the Armour Hotel with a rendering at the end of the story:


#106485 City Nominating Will Rogers for the National Register of Historic Places

Posted by JBB on 09 October 2017 - 03:06 PM

Man, I am so on board with that. It can't be that expensive and it will do wonders for the west side at night.

#106482 Flip or Flop Fort Worth

Posted by JBB on 09 October 2017 - 02:02 PM

I'm sure this will be good exposure for the city, but the thing to remember about these real estate and home renovation "reality" shows is that the final on air product is what the producers and networks want you to see and not necessarily reality.  I've had a friend and an acquaintance appear on different HGTV shows.


One appeared on House Hunters about 10 years ago.  They shopped for a home in the HEB area.  None of the 3 houses that they looked at were actually for sale (2 of them belong to close friends) and the house they "bought" on the show was not the house that they lived in.


I had an acquaintance that appeared on Fixer Upper last season.  They had already picked out the home they purchased on the show and never considered the other two that they looked at.  The dollar figures thrown out on the show for the final product are not terribly accurate.  I don't think it's much of a secret that the furnishings and some decor installed on the show are extra expenses, but there is also a service fee for the show talent that's not included in the advertised cost.

#106479 Amazon in search of 2nd headquarters

Posted by JBB on 09 October 2017 - 01:16 PM

The circus won't end on October 19th. That's the deadline for proposals.

#106463 TEX Rail project

Posted by JBB on 09 October 2017 - 12:19 AM


#106446 TEX Rail project

Posted by JBB on 08 October 2017 - 01:38 PM

I think rename gets that.  What he's proposing is running express trains outside of the operating schedule when no other trains are running - before or after regular operation begins or ends and during breaks in the schedule.

#106424 Amazon in search of 2nd headquarters

Posted by JBB on 06 October 2017 - 10:21 PM

Yeah, it's a matter of law that's ignored regularly.  I've never heard of a local case of tax incentives being challenged on a legal basis.  I doubt it happens with Amazon in any location.  


I'm for Panther Island too (who's asking you to apologize for being a Panther Island cheerleader) and I agree that incentives are the difference maker since no one location is likely to be a perfect fit to all of the requirements.  

#106422 Tarrant Transit Alliance

Posted by JBB on 06 October 2017 - 10:05 PM

The city and citizens of Arlington aren't going to be the biggest barrier.  It's going to be the cost.  Using the UP right of way (I doubt using their tracks will be an option) or the I-30 right of way (if that were even an option) or acquiring a new right of way will cost a fortune.  I wouldn't be surprised if an east-west commuter line cost 2-3 times more than TEX Rail.  I would much rather see that money used on sensible light rail or street car options within the loop.

#106420 Amazon in search of 2nd headquarters

Posted by JBB on 06 October 2017 - 08:05 PM

Those restrictions are broken, circumvented, and worked around on a fairly regular basis. Fort Worth spent the last 2 decades giving tax incentives for everything.  Even bad developments.  They found a way to give Cabelas tax breaks.

#106415 Tarrant Transit Alliance

Posted by JBB on 06 October 2017 - 02:22 PM

I agree, but I like to think that Fort Worth has done their part in contributing to regional transit after the TRE and both phases of TEX Rail. I would rather see the southern phase of TEX Rail pushed back until local and neighborhood options can be better addressed.