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#108079 Fort Worth in cinema history

Posted by JBB on 28 December 2017 - 11:17 AM

I love "Strategic Air Command". It's one of my favorite Jimmy Stewart movies. Here's a video of the first B-36 takeoff scene filmed at Carswell. I've heard it's the only existing footage of a B-36 in flight.


#108074 FW Chamber: Promote GE move to FW

Posted by JBB on 27 December 2017 - 02:41 PM

Good news for the FW plant:



#108060 American Airlines Relocating HQ

Posted by JBB on 26 December 2017 - 07:18 PM

I had to make a trip to Arlington to pick up my kid Sunday morning and I took 360 going north to go home.  The buildings are very impressive from the freeway.  


The Star Telegram has a nice aerial shot of the complex.  The address doesn't allow for the image to be embedded.


http://www.star-tele...mpus - Aerial 1

#107988 Economic Development Plan

Posted by JBB on 19 December 2017 - 04:20 PM

I should have been clearer. The DMN piece didn't say that. I added that thought.

#107986 Economic Development Plan

Posted by JBB on 19 December 2017 - 04:03 PM

And I didn't think the DMN piece was bad or insincere or snarky at all. I thought it did a good job of driving home the point that it's not about image. It's about the city reaping what it's sown in development over the last 20 years.

#107983 Economic Development Plan

Posted by JBB on 19 December 2017 - 03:33 PM

To boil this down to a problem of western heritage promotion or to suggest that anyone with a serious understanding of the issue thinks that is a ridiculous oversimplification. There is one large problem at play and one tangential secondary problem: the city has annexed and subsidized its suburban outreaches at the expense of the urban center and has allowed regional efforts to push them to a secondary role. And I would put the first problem as a far more detrimental with the second just amplifying the issue.

#107977 DFW Airport Carriers

Posted by JBB on 19 December 2017 - 11:26 AM

For any fellow aviation nerds out there, DFW will get a small treat over the weekend. Delta flies the last scheduled 747 passenger flight for a US airline today, but the 4 remaining Delta 747s will continue to fly pro and college football team charters through the first few days in January before being scrapped Arizona. One will bring the Seattle Seahawks into DFW late Friday evening and depart late Sunday evening. There's a possibility it will be visible from the service road when it's pushed back from the terminal between flights. One could still come back with one of the Cotton Bowl teams, but I'm guessing this will be the last chance to see one. Too bad arrival and departure will both happen after dark. You can still see British Airways 747s for a few more years and a handful of cargo 747s at DFW, but this is the end of an era.

#107885 TCU's massive campus transformation continues

Posted by JBB on 14 December 2017 - 11:47 PM

Johnson County's premiere piano competition?

#107868 Neil P Anderson building converted to condos

Posted by JBB on 14 December 2017 - 04:05 PM

That is sweet. Too bad it won't be open to the public.

#107866 Economic Development Plan

Posted by JBB on 14 December 2017 - 03:45 PM

Re: the school thing.  I'm not saying it's not an issue, but look at DISD.  It has been a disaster for decades, and yet the core of Dallas is thriving (with regards to office construction and jobs).  Schools are certainly a reason why Frisco/Plano has taken off, but they're not the reason why Dallas is kicking FW's tail in white collar job growth.

I forgot to reply to this the other day, but this is an excellent point. Schools are an issue, but the problem is so much deeper than that.

The current ethics debacle going on with FWISD's board is probably worthy of its own topic. It's probably a good thing that the local media outside of the Star Telegram has left it alone since blaming the repeal of the strict policy on it being on the consent agenda makes the board look stupid and being so reluctant to pass another makes them looks like backwoods hillbillies.

#107863 Convention Center Arena Study

Posted by JBB on 14 December 2017 - 03:11 PM

Dang it. LOL.

#107859 Convention Center Arena Study

Posted by JBB on 14 December 2017 - 03:01 PM

The Airtrans cars, if any of them haven't been scrapped or turned over to museums, are closing in on 45 years old and haven't operated in more than a decade. I think a line like that is an interesting idea that would be better served by a new system using modern technology.

#107831 Western Center Tower III

Posted by JBB on 13 December 2017 - 10:16 PM

They were named by the original owner and constructed before Western Center Blvd. ever existed.  I believe it was Watauga Road or Watauga-Smithfield Road back then.

#107820 What's happening with the realignment of Harley, demo of the Health Dept....

Posted by JBB on 13 December 2017 - 12:12 PM

Connecting the extension to Foch takes away the direct connection to Lancaster and dumps all of the traffic into a congested area. I know part of the point of it is to connect with the W. 7th neighborhood, but another benefit is to provide a bypass of the Lancaster-University neighborhood.

#107818 TCU's massive campus transformation continues

Posted by JBB on 13 December 2017 - 11:58 AM

And now a plan to build over some parking.  TCU is planning a new facility for the music school that includes a concert hall: