That sounds like a great idea on the surface, but assuming TEX Rail starts regular service at 5:00am like the TRE, I have doubts about how much business could be generated on a 4:00am train to the airport.
Every article on the new stadium mentions that the team retains the right to demolish the old one. I don't think that's a coinicidence. It was a facility designed for professional baseball. Adapting it for another use is going to be difficult and expensive. I've always thought the reuse plans were pretty ambitious and just a way to make the city and voters feel better about tossing aside a 25 year old facility that was designed to last a century.
Sorry for the double post, but I think I should clarify. I think it's a waste of taxpayer money to build a new stadium, but the team can do as they please. That being said, Arlington did the right thing by spending the money. They would have lost the team if they hadn't.
Las Colinas will not allow signage on tops of buildings which is kinda refreshing compared to how Dallas looks at night... IMO their Omni hotel and Reunion Tower ruin the skyline! It looks like Vegas but without the fun. Also, has anyone else ever thought that Reunion Tower looks like a microphone from the old Donnie and Marie show?
If you think that the Dallas skyline looks like Vegas, I'm not sure you're real familiar with Vegas.
I voted "yes", but I think that lighting should be kept simple. I don't want to see Vegas or Times Square style signage on rooftops.
I'll believe the old park being reused when it happens.
I think it's a colossal waste of money, but I'm glad to keep my short drive to see a game. I'll enjoy watching them in air conditioned comfort, but I believe that baseball is a game best enjoyed outdoors and that winning fills seats, not a lack of perspiration. I'm very interested in seeing how Texas Live turns out and if it spurs adjacent development.
The T has come up with a master plan and the additional funding will go toward making that plan happen. I think it's remarkable that they've accomplished that so far. They managed to get a council that is typically very dug in to make a major shift in funding policy in the middle of budget approval. That's a solid hit in their first at bat as far as I'm concerned.
Because of rising property values and new taxable properties, the city was set to cut the property tax rate by 3 cents and still bring in $35 million in additional revenue via property taxes. No services, especially public safety, were going to be cut. At the hearing earlier this week, the council voted to only cut the rate by 2 cents and give the additional revenue (edit: raised by the 1 cent, not the $35 million) to The T. Because they set a new rate, the hearing process will have to start over again.
You're right about the 1/2 cent allocations going to public safety and The T, but that's sales tax, not property tax. No one is talking about cutting the sales tax rate.
My alternative? Keep the tax rate the same and give 3 cents worth of revenue to The T. That's easy for me to say since I don't have to run for re-election in a conservative city and I don't pay property taxes in the city of Fort Worth.