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#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.

#106412 Trinity River Vision

Posted by JBB on 06 October 2017 - 02:08 PM

I couldn't find anything online to back this up, but I believe TRVA, TRWD, the city, and the corps of engineers are public and Streams and Valleys is a private non-profit. I believe TRVA is a tax payer funded arm of TRWD in place to carry out the TRV project.

#106390 Toshiba develops 6 minute recharge time Lithium ion battery

Posted by JBB on 04 October 2017 - 09:03 PM

I think that and getting the cost down will help. The much more affordable Tesla Model 3 has a waitlist that runs somewhere from 9 to 12 months. That sounds like a vehicle that's already widely marketable.

I read a blog on a regular basis and the author's family has gone all electric in the Orlando area - a Nissan Leaf for his stay-at-home wife and shorter trips and a Tesla Model S for his commute and longer trips. He occasionally writes about his vehicular adventures, especially after long road trips, and I always find his observations interesting.  He scoffs at skeptical questions concerning range and battery life and says that the increasingly common chargers and Tesla's own charging network make both of those features sufficient.

#106388 "Left Bank"

Posted by JBB on 04 October 2017 - 08:34 PM

What's up with the color trend of grey, brown and white. There are way too many projects using this color palette and it makes them look cheap and value engineered. The ones in the Foundry District look ok because they kind of have a warehouse-like look to them which blends in with what is there but the rest of them look boring and uninspired.

If you watch any of the current reality shows concerning design and remodeling, those are the in colors, especially for interiors. I have some friends that recently painted the exterior of their 60's built house with gray on the brick and white trim. It looks sharp.

I'm kind of mixed on the results on apartments. I think the materials say more about how they look than the colors.

#106283 DT: Joe Daiches Jewelers Building

Posted by JBB on 30 September 2017 - 07:52 AM

Welcome to the forum and good luck with the coffee shop! I've eaten at Weinbergers in Grapevine a few times and it would be a welcome addition to downtown.

#106266 Mixed use development at 8th Ave btwn Magnolia and Rosedale

Posted by JBB on 29 September 2017 - 03:30 PM

Here's a more up to date render.
And siteplan

This building is looking really nice.

#106263 Reit plans to demolish Westchester Tower and redevelop as mixed use

Posted by JBB on 29 September 2017 - 03:14 PM

I had no idea there was a garage planned for that lot. That would be terrible.

#106262 Amazon in search of 2nd headquarters

Posted by JBB on 29 September 2017 - 03:10 PM

This is probably a tangent better for another thread, but serious talk about high speed rail in Texas is laughable. Making it part of any serious Amazon proposal borders on fraud.

#106244 West 7th Development

Posted by JBB on 29 September 2017 - 06:00 AM

The Optimists use the small lot on the northwest corner of the stadium. Since the crosswalk is being installed at Currie, I would assume only the east side of the stadium is being used for parking.

#106228 Amazon in search of 2nd headquarters

Posted by JBB on 28 September 2017 - 11:45 AM

The city of Fort Worth is making 8 proposals.

Wow. Sounds like a good way to get ignored.

It makes it look like they don't have confidence in a single site or at least 1 or 2.

#106222 Amazon in search of 2nd headquarters

Posted by JBB on 27 September 2017 - 11:25 PM

I hope you didn't glean that from something I said. The fact that a city leader is talking about it is exciting.