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#109526 Fort Worth Moves into 16th Place

Posted by JBB on 23 March 2018 - 08:26 AM

The problem with Walsh a decade ago or Alliance back in the 90s is that the there was no one moving there and demanding city services.  The city annexed the empty land and subsidized the sprawl.  I have no problem with people living where they choose.  I just don't want the city footing the bill unnecessarily.  We already have a patchwork of city governments bordering the city of Fort Worth.  I'm interested in hearing examples of where it is so terrible that FW annexing the land would have been a better option.  Yes, you're right, the city will find a way to get city services to these areas.  Because the taxes brought in from those areas doesn't cover the cost of spreading city services out that far, they just dilute service and spending across the city and lower quality of life across the board.

#109521 Fort Worth Moves into 16th Place

Posted by JBB on 23 March 2018 - 06:29 AM

If the annexation can't pay for the overextended city services with comparable tax base increases, where's the advantage in centralized control? Everybody loves to point to the pension system, mismanagement, and the police department as the roots of the city's financial problems, but rampant, unsustainable outward growth is just as much to blame. I would rather Fort Worth concentrate on providing better services to a smaller area and make living inside the loop more appealing and affordable than being able to dictate to a neighborhood in Parker County how tall their fences are or what color shingles they can put on their storage shed.

#109505 Fort Worth Moves into 16th Place

Posted by JBB on 22 March 2018 - 02:47 PM

Good point.

Austin - I think you're missing a digit in your Tarrant number.

Tarrant's distributed population isn't necessarily good for Fort Worth. Fort Worth is growing out and that growth isn't sustainable or healthy for the urban center of town.

#109489 http://www.somethingnewfw.org

Posted by JBB on 22 March 2018 - 09:48 AM

I think we can safely assume that it won't be a creepy announcement about a theme park the size of Rhode Island that takes us back to 1950s values.

#109480 Dream Vision/Celebrate Fort Worth June 1st

Posted by JBB on 21 March 2018 - 10:15 PM

Investor gets jail time and ordered to pay restitution for involvement in Alabama Dream Vision project and other real estate scams:



#109458 Magnolia Avenue Hotel

Posted by JBB on 20 March 2018 - 06:51 PM

I think this will have a great impact on the area in the way of foot traffic and making it look and feel more urban.  I know it's not popular in the neighborhood, but I give the developers credit for pushing through with a project that will be huge for the Southside.

#109457 Pier One Place

Posted by JBB on 20 March 2018 - 06:47 PM

It's not my favorite building in town, but I can really respect it for what it is and what it was when it was built - a replacement for a very dated facility that was destroyed in the tornado and a modern breath of fresh air in an era when so much of what had been built in and what was proposed for downtown came from the Schwartz camp.  It really is beautifully laid out against the skyline on an approach from the west and I love watching it come into view as you traverse Belknap from the east.  The lighting package has changed a great deal from the original, but I'll never forget its presence on a foggy or cloudy night in those first few years.

#109446 West 7th Development

Posted by JBB on 20 March 2018 - 08:59 AM

Thanks for the correction.  I'm not really an idiot, I just play one online.

#109443 Fire/police training facility not producing revenue

Posted by JBB on 20 March 2018 - 08:43 AM

It's been awhile, but I've heard stories of the police department buying vehicles just because the CCPD funds were available and storing them for years because there wasn't any general fund money available to outfit them for police work and maintain them.

The Council should ask the CCPD board to take a hard look at this.

#109441 West 7th Development

Posted by JBB on 20 March 2018 - 08:23 AM

This is the Crockett/Norwood/Morton/University block.  It's the same developer, so I didn't expect much different in the way of design.  I believe the first floor is the location of FOODHALL - similar to Legacy Food Hall in Plano, a food court with local restaurants (and some Dallas restaurant spin offs that I'm sure people will find a way to bitch about), indoor/outdoor seating, live music.  Sort of the next evolution of the food truck park fad.  Somebody mentioned it earlier in the thread, but I'm sure this is going to make the ongoing parking issues even more interesting.

#109428 Leon Bridges: Rising Star in Local Music Scene

Posted by JBB on 19 March 2018 - 10:01 PM

New album coming May 4th, new singles already available online

#109425 Fire/police training facility not producing revenue

Posted by JBB on 19 March 2018 - 09:49 PM



Didn't really find another topic to put this in.  $101 million facility paid for with CCPD funds was supposed to be a cash cow by providing other cities with a training facility.  Nearly 3 years in and the fire department has brought in $35,000 in rentals and the police department has brought in nothing because they only recently created a fee schedule.  On top of that, both departments have been allowing other cities to use the facility free of charge.

#109401 Reit plans to demolish Westchester Tower and redevelop as mixed use

Posted by JBB on 18 March 2018 - 07:42 AM


Excuse the quality.  Recorded on an iPhone 6S.

#109354 Project Sundance

Posted by JBB on 16 March 2018 - 08:03 AM

I'm interested in seeing if they change the look of the building at all. It's hard to picture it with anything other than the signature red brick.

#109325 Trinity Lakes

Posted by JBB on 14 March 2018 - 03:34 PM

A proposal for that area in some form or another has been around for awhile.  This is the first one I've seen that involved TOD and a TRE stop.  I think the last proposal was waiting on some flood control work and some work on Trinity Blvd.