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Now in Denton

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#107738 The Image of Fort Worth

Posted by Now in Denton on Yesterday, 02:06 PM

Fort Worth releases latest  Economic Development Plan (EDP).   City spends somewhere near $300k to produce what we, or some of us at least,  here on the Forum having been commenting about for sometime. <_<

 

Its a fat 400 page report on how the City can distinguish itself among its national peers; and more pressing, how it can distinguish itself among it regional peers.   There are some hot buttons in my opinion, among them:

 

(1) admitting that relying on the "major regional chamber" approach has been more problematic for the identity of the City than beneficial; and

 

(2) my favorite peeve - DFW Airport is generally viewed as being "Dallas Intl Airport" :mad:  and which leads me to wanting to pull out what hair remains on my head.  For Fort Worth to decouple itself from its debilitating regional hegemony, its has to establish its own self-identifiable airport.  Fort Worth must be seen as a single destination and not a regional destination or it will continue to be an after thought in the mind of national and international businesses. 

 

The City spends up to $300,000 to

 

Here is the link to the FWBP article and there is also a link to the full report.

 

http://www.fortworth...77dcdbd0ec.html

 

Hear hear. Wow I had just mentioned about the lopsided problem about where the number of fortune 500 companies and firms are based in the Fort Worth Dallas area about a month ago. AND OTHERS here have expressed in the FWF over the years. And indeed we just had a lengthy discussion here in the FWF about  " regionalism "  




#107613 901 Commerce St. - High-rise Mixed Use

Posted by Now in Denton on 03 December 2017 - 04:01 PM

Fort Worth Texas Magazine seems more certain that is will be 32 stories. https://t.co/Z44eLDRWrz

At any rate I know office and living space buildings use different floor heights. But I still wonder if Commerce will still be a bit taller than Frost Tower ?  Or maybe even close to the height of Omni witch is 33 stories ?




#107537 Hotels?

Posted by Now in Denton on 28 November 2017 - 09:59 AM

This property owned by the City could make a nice boutique hotel/residence. Its located just two blocks west of the Convention Center. Check out its lobby!

 

http://www.fortworth...ure.com/lsg.jpg

 

http://www.fortworth...m/lsg-lobby.jpg

Wow I have not been inside in over 30 years. Stunning to say the least. But I say why not just leave well enough alone. Why can't office workers enjoy working at a lovely place like this ? Even if most people pay the water bill online or by phone nowadays . At least the general public can still enjoy this place if they have water business. Who says office workers have to be confined to cubicles ? I'm thinking like the 1999 comedy "Office Space"   




#107377 "Fort Worth": Going, going...gone?

Posted by Now in Denton on 18 November 2017 - 05:20 PM

Wow! Instant pushback.  Do you think the S-T  is monitoring the Forum do you think? :ninja:

 

I don't know ? But would it kill them to say. We write stories that a make a concrete difference in FORT WORTH and the surrounding "communities" ? 




#107372 "Fort Worth": Going, going...gone?

Posted by Now in Denton on 18 November 2017 - 02:08 PM

Hmm ? " We write stories that make a concrete difference in our communities" So says the Star-Telegram . https://twitter.com/...960205843218432 I beg to differ. 




#107227 Fort Worth Daily Digital

Posted by Now in Denton on 10 November 2017 - 06:31 AM

I had to share this picture I saw on twitter. I think Fort Worth looks so cool in this picture. https://twitter.com/...848823807553536




#106918 The Image of Fort Worth

Posted by Now in Denton on 27 October 2017 - 01:28 PM

Somebody like us. 

https://twitter.com/...985874580312065




#106783 Fort Worth Moves into 16th Place

Posted by Now in Denton on 20 October 2017 - 07:11 AM

Yeah I’m not sure that moving up a couple of spots really means a whole lot... Although it looks pretty on paper it has little relevance to anything because of how many square miles the city limits are and pair that with the paltry density numbers we have this becomes another statistic of unwarranted chest thumping... I assume one of the cities FW will move past is SF however when you compare their vibrancy and dynamism there is really no comparison. SF “feels” like a much much bigger city than FW does. I know first hand because I lived there 15 years. Even Dallas is not on the same level.

I love my hometown and I am not trying to knock it, but density should be the true barometer when determining list of largest cities in my book and unfortunately FW falls flat in that category.

 

Hate it or love it. To each their own how they want to look at this. But as I said on this topic. The number I watch more is the region. And most especially in state rankings. Fort Worth has already passed many well known cities. To me that is old news. Heck Fort Worth could fall back in national rankings. That means  little to me.

 

But to think "Big D" could permanently settle to 4th or 5th largest in Texas ? I never thought that could ever happen. And Dallas has been growing in population like other Texas cities this whole time, just not at the same pace. Plus congressional districts in the Metroplex will be redrawn to favor more representation to the western side of the metroplex.  And to some degree Austin and San Antonio will also affect Dallas federal clout.




#106760 Fort Worth Moves into 16th Place

Posted by Now in Denton on 19 October 2017 - 03:32 PM

Take a look at this ! 

https://twitter.com/...073367800778752


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#106583 The Image of Fort Worth

Posted by Now in Denton on 13 October 2017 - 08:01 AM

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"  




#106476 Amazon in search of 2nd headquarters

Posted by Now in Denton on 09 October 2017 - 12:43 PM

https://www.bizjourn...ts-to-lure.html

 

The Walsh developers need to just sit down and be quiet.  Fort Worth already has an up hill battle going...the last thing we need to spend energy on is a location another 15 miles further from EVERYTHING Amazon is asking for, and with even less of the things that we're already challenged on (ie mass transit).  It's a bedroom community in the making and that's the opposite of what Amazon will be looking for

 

This same reporter Candace Carlisle. Who wrote this story. Also wrote. Texas Rangers, Dallas Cowboys could allure Amazon HQ2 to Arlington. McKinney making its move for Amazon second Headquarters. Lewisville looks to lure HQ2 with two development sites. UT-Dallas tech centric vision makes room for Amazon HQ2 campus. Higher education hub in Denton being pitched for Amazon HQ2. And don't forget Frisco's cheesy video pitch.

 

This is getting ridiculous. I am a big fan of Amazon HQ2 moving to Fort Worth. But what some cities are saying that makes them think they have the upper hand is Crazy. Collin County has no major University yet they landed big corporations. Rangers and the Cowboys in Arlington makes them alluring ? I don't think I want to follow the logic on that one ?  I can't wait till October 19th and this media circus is over. And in the hands of Amazon to decide. 




#106311 Amazon in search of 2nd headquarters

Posted by Now in Denton on 30 September 2017 - 06:25 PM

Nothing personal againt Mr. Gengelbach. But he had his work cut out for him before HQ2.  That is why I posted the link of fortune 500 companies and other notable companies in the DFW area. The lopsided list is undeniable towards Dallas and Collin Co. That is why I am personally getting cold toward regional efforts.

 

Yes I agree it works for the most part to everyone benefit. To a point. But Fort Worth constantly second place to company relocation is getting old. Some blame belongs to past Chamber of Commerce. City Hall , Past Mayors and City governments.  Seems like for every facebook we won. We lost a D.R. Horton and XTO. I just hope Mr. Gengelbach don't fall for the same old formula. Because it don't seem to be working. 




#106292 Amazon in search of 2nd headquarters

Posted by Now in Denton on 30 September 2017 - 10:34 AM

The thing about high speed rail. Dallas can promise the moon and stars all they want to Amazon. But the fact is Dallas does not have one inch of HSR anymore than Fort Worth. If HSR gets built or not. Fort Worth can just as add HSR to our proposal just as much as Dallas is. After all HSR was or is proposed to come to Fort Worth also. 




#106233 Amazon in search of 2nd headquarters

Posted by Now in Denton on 28 September 2017 - 05:49 PM

I was a minority just a few weeks ago when I suggested that TRV have a couple of skyscrapers "to bookend"  DT and TRV. Now people are open to a "variance" ? lol And another point I made about building a skyscraper on the Westchester site I was a minority on that one also.  If people want a Amazon HQ in downtown Fort Worth. Thinking outside of the box to land Amazon will be key. 

 

I been hearing a lot of numbers and comparisons thrown about on what Amazon wants 300 to 100 acres. It would take eight Burnet Plazas. And that is not even talking about Amazon employees living in DT. Well no point is discussing this any further. Because Dallas won it already...well according to Dallas Urban members lol. I suggest you look at one of renderings they have for DT Dallas Amazon HQ. I must say looks pretty cool looking.

 

Then we have Ross Perot Jr. If Fort Worth pushed for a Amazon HQ in Alliance I think Perot would back Fort Worth. But if Fort Worth wants a DT Fort Worth HQ. I think Perot would back DT Dallas. If that is the case. We really need Mr. Bass to help push a DT HQ. And if that is not enough every major city in the U.S. and Canada wants to land this. Interesting times ahead.

   

https://www.dallasne...-bid-amazon-hq2 

Well it happened Perot Jr is pushing with a downtown Dallas Amazon HQ2. But is joining up with the Hunts. Mark Cuban may join. But he don't Like Perot Jr. :laugh:   So I say again. If Fort Worth even has a shot at this. We need the Bass family more than ever. Dallas seems to have a lot more deep pocket business men and women than Fort Worth. The only other power brokers I can think of outside of Bass. Would be Bob Simpson ? 




#106190 New Will Rogers Arena

Posted by Now in Denton on 27 September 2017 - 10:51 AM

I was driving north on Jacksboro Hwy over the weekend. And I can see all those cranes looking off to the south west. Of course those cranes will not be going up and up like the Frost tower. But using the cranes as a sort of a outline. This building looks like it is really going to stand out. In much of the city.

 

I do have a question ? Does any one know how tall the current convention center arena is ?