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RD Milhollin

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#74736 New City Hall Site

Posted by RD Milhollin on 24 January 2013 - 12:02 AM

Isn't the real problem with the T and P warehouse building the fact that the ceilings are so low on most floors and the floors are made of very thick concrete?  


Wouldn't that make the structure virtually fireproof? This would be good for a building with a lot of residences. I doubt if any of the new construction in this or any other US city is this solid. No worries about hearing the people upstairs walking around, or dancing, or playing drums. 

#74527 Texas Central Railway - Proposed Bullet Train

Posted by RD Milhollin on 16 January 2013 - 08:15 AM

Thanks for posting the link to that presentation. Several individual points in it cause me to ask a couple of questions:


Is there any move toward developing a national standard for HSR systems? Will the plans being developed in the different parts of the country allow for seamless integration of tracks, trains, signals, etc. at some future date? There was a similar problem in the 1800s as different companies built lines that used different gauge rails, but I suppose that the possible differences between modern rail systems are much more complicated. I know freight and standard passenger rail are standardized, but what about HSR? I would hope that if federal monies are involved in any way that this would be part of the bargain.


The map on p. 32 shows four grades of priority for intercity rail routes within the state, not necessarily HRS (I think that is right, the accompanying chart is unreadable). I wonder if the recommendations arrived at by the TTI analysis is shared by Amtrak, and if there is any ongoing look at moving the Sunset Limited route to parallel I-20 rather than I-10. It seems a shame to pass up the opportunity to serve Midland  (pop. 114k), Odessa (100k), and Abilene  (118k) in order to serve Del Rio (36k), Sanderson (900), and Alpine  (6k). The route from Houston to New Orleans is prone to shutdown from hurricanes on a fairly regular basis, the times when passenger lines could be used for evacuations.

#74445 Dillow House

Posted by RD Milhollin on 11 January 2013 - 06:14 PM

The Dillow House issue made the 6:00 PM CBS Channel 11 news tonight.

#74427 Texas Central Railway - Proposed Bullet Train

Posted by RD Milhollin on 11 January 2013 - 12:11 PM

There is no need to have a stop in-between Fort Worth and Dallas. Putting more stations slows the overall point-to-point time and decreases the "High-Speed" in HSR. In order for this sort of project to work it is going to have to be competitive time-wise with Love-to-Hobby flights. The Mid-Cities attractions and the airport should be served by regional commuter rail (or DART, depending upon which side one is approaching from). Let Arlington deal with their problems separate from the regional question since they have rejected it several times. Taxpayers there are willing to fund private stadiums, they can find a way. HSR works on spoke/distribution networks, and there is no "spoke" potential in the mid-cities.


There should have been provision made for rail down the middle of I-30 when it was rebuild in Dallas County several years ago. In fact, ANY TIME an urban freeway is built there should be provision for rail ROW down the center or off to the side, which ever is more feasible. Well, too late now for I-30, except in Tarrant County. That highway will need to be upgraded to match the Dallas County side at some point, and the EIS could be done for both projects simultaneously. It is apparent that from their profit-oriented POV that service to Fort Worth is not feasible without supports. Regional leaders are going to have to get their act together quickly (well, over the next several years anyway) to get a line that connects to Fort Worth. Don't count on Dallas to support this. Otherwise, it will probably be easy to argue that the TRE is a feeder that can connect DTFW to the Central Union Station in Dallas that the planners for TCR are willing to build to.

#74381 Chicago raises city revenue with digital billboard deal

Posted by RD Milhollin on 09 January 2013 - 11:27 PM

IMO bad idea. These electronic billboards are much worse than traditional billboards in distracting already self-distracted drivers from doing what they are supposed to be doing... driving! Sounds like a huge step backwards in civic efforts at improving traffic safety.

#74351 Modern Streetcar Dead

Posted by RD Milhollin on 08 January 2013 - 06:29 PM

They obviously have no clue what they are talking about. It will never work. People don't ride streetcars. Is this transportation or economic development? We need more roads! 



#74333 Ruth Carter Stevenson, 1923-2013

Posted by RD Milhollin on 08 January 2013 - 07:53 AM

The Carter Museum is a legacy of Mrs. Stevenson as well as of her father. What an amazing gift to Fort Worth, one of the city's crown jewels. I liked the story about her picking up Paul Mellon from the airport for the Kimbell Museum opening in a pickup. 

#74329 Fort Worth Daily Digital

Posted by RD Milhollin on 07 January 2013 - 10:43 PM

There is great potential for the space in front of the T&P Station. Currently, it is a half-paved parking lot, but it could be a lot more than that. I hope that some plan for making it into a public place is developed as the Lancaster corridor takes shape.

#74328 Return of Courtyard Apartments

Posted by RD Milhollin on 07 January 2013 - 10:40 PM


#74301 Still trying to locate houses designed by my grandfather

Posted by RD Milhollin on 06 January 2013 - 11:31 PM

SB Cantey Jr. from the 1916 letter was the father of SBC III who was an important arts patron in Fort Worth in the 1940s and 1950s, serving on the FW Art Association and the Chamber of Commerce Fine Arts Committee. The parties he threw at HIS house doubled as galleries to influence others in HIS circle to patronize the avant garde art being produced by Circle artists while he was simultaneously lobbying for a public art museum in Fort Worth. I imagine some oldsters like Kimbell and Sid disapproved, and most likely Amon as well, but some of the modern work from that period has ended up on exhibit at the Carter and in its collection.

#74297 Still trying to locate houses designed by my grandfather

Posted by RD Milhollin on 06 January 2013 - 10:38 PM

It looks as if the Bomar's Hillcrest house may be the one mentioned in your grandfather's 1916 letter. If that is the house the Bomars lived in in 1943 it is celebrated in the modern art world, well at least on a local basis. "A Halloween costume party set in the stately Fort Worth home of Bill Bomar's parents provided a colorful subject for three female artists associated with the (Fort Worth) Circle. Emily Guthrie Smith's The Halloween Party, Veronica Helfensteller's The Host in the Coffin, and Sara Shannon's Ballet on the Stairs depict their friends as self-conscious poseurs. In the first two images, figures surround the "corpse" of host Bill Bomar, who frostily receives his guests from his draper-swagged coffin. Shannon's painting arrays three of the guests, their appendages forming graceful arabesques, along the sweeping staircase that appears in all three images."


Intimate Modernism; Fort Worth Circle Artists in the 1940s. Scott grant Barker and Jane Myers: pp 43-44; plates 24,14, 23.

#74279 Still trying to locate houses designed by my grandfather

Posted by RD Milhollin on 05 January 2013 - 04:03 PM

I wonder if Will Bomar (from second letter) is William P. Bomar Sr.? Bill Bomar Jr. (born 1919) was a noted modern artist and a member of the "Fort Worth Circle" of artists 



#74232 Quentin McGown FW History Course

Posted by RD Milhollin on 01 January 2013 - 07:47 PM

The Spring 2013 TCU Learner's Guide arrived a few days ago, and there is another course Quentin McGown is teaching:


Fort Worth at Mid-Century: A Survey of the City's Post-War Modern Architecture, 1945-01965


From the catalog: The class includes a two hour weeknight lecture and a six hour bus tour on Saturday exploring the leading architects and designers who led the post-war modern movement in Fort Worth and the buildings and neighborhoods they created. Tour includes lunch, tuition includes 35.00 supply fee.


13SCTS17  4/11/2013 - 4/13/2013 Th and Sa from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

fee: $125.00


This is again an offering from the Center for Texas Studies 817-257-6295 http://www.lifelong.tcu.edu

#73837 Fort Worth Nite Life

Posted by RD Milhollin on 11 December 2012 - 03:04 PM

Try Keys Lounge on Westcreek Dr in South FW keyslounge.com

#73831 Trinity River Vision

Posted by RD Milhollin on 11 December 2012 - 10:45 AM

I never noticed before, but the three new bridges over the river bypass are shown crossing over the FWWR tracks as well. Good plan. There are far too many at-grade crossings in Fort Worth already.