This is a tough one, and I may be going off on a tangent. First of all Amazon did ask for a proposal from one Metro area each. I think in this situation, to comply with the request, Fort Worth and Dallas had to submit one proposal. It would have been a shame if all of DFW was eliminated because we didn't comply with their requests.
As for the image of Fort Worth, I really think the general public has to follow Joel Burns' campaign a few years ago. We should put pressure on our companies, TV stations, radio stations, and the media to call Fort Worth what it is -- Fort Worth! Even though architecture is the focus of my website, one of the reasons that I started it was to promote Fort Worth. We have two of the four "big" local network TV affiliates based in Fort Worth. We should put pressure on Channel 5 and Channel 11 to single out and identify Fort Worth. I do realize that they are licensed to serve both cities, but the physical locations of both stations is within our City Limits. I also think that when Channel 5 moved from Broadcast Hill to Centreport (and stayed in the city), they were asked to put Fort Worth ahead of Dallas. I think they have done better since they relocated, but they could do more. There is more that I could say about this, but we should do everything we can to promote our city.
Sorry in advance for my tangent and my many explanation points. But this hit a nerve with me. I do just that Mr. Roberts. In fact all the time. "follow Joel Burns' campaign" But I call my campaign more on the lines of Amon Carter. For example. Earlier this year. Remember the story of the 14 year old boy Carson Huey who graduated from TCU ? I think he started at TCU at age 11. Well CBS evening news David Begnaud. Was AT the TCU campus and did a sit down interview with him. So this story is going nationwide. And we all know where TCU is. No where close to Dallas.
Well at the end of the story he signed off "This is David Begnaud in DALLAS" To say that I was furious is a understatement ! I twitted Mr. Begnaud. Asking him why he sign off "Dallas" ? And he replied ! "it was filed in Dallas" HUH ? Needless to say as you know Mr. Roberts. We all know where the main station is in Fort Worth not Dallas ! I told him the main CBS station for North Texas is still in Fort Worth ! So that argument don't fly. He said "If we file from the scene then we say that city that we are in. But if we file from our Bureau then we say were our bureau is and that is in Dallas" Again... HUH ? He was AT the TCU campus ! Even if what he said made sense. And it don't. That is totally ridiculous. And I told him so.
Up until now I think I was too mad to post this here. But again I do fight for Fort Worth all the time. I just cannot let this kind of thing just go by without me at least trying. You win some you lose some. But like Joel Burns, Jim Lane, Amon Carter. We just have that Fort Worth fight in us I guess. I agree "we should do everything we can to promote the city"