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Now in Denton

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#106783 Fort Worth Moves into 16th Place

Posted by Now in Denton on Yesterday, 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 ?  




#106040 Amazon in search of 2nd headquarters

Posted by Now in Denton on 22 September 2017 - 04:32 PM

Fort Worth chamber asking to watch tonight on FOX 4, at 9 and 10 PM. About HQ2 

https://twitter.com/FTWChamber




#105947 Amazon in search of 2nd headquarters

Posted by Now in Denton on 18 September 2017 - 10:19 AM

Has "regional effort" been good for Fort Worth so far ? Well it has been good for the Metroplex . Look at the Fortune 500 in the Fort Worth Dallas area. And other "notable companies"  P.S. Take away D.R. Horton and XTO. https://en.wikipedia...Worth_metroplex




#105919 Top of Building Signage - Yes, or No?

Posted by Now in Denton on 16 September 2017 - 06:52 PM

I voted no. In my opinion the skyline that is distinctive and impressive speaks for itself. 




#105869 Amazon in search of 2nd headquarters

Posted by Now in Denton on 15 September 2017 - 07:24 PM

All week I have been reading about whos in whos out ? And opinions are all over the map. And even Amazon twitted and said the NYTimes has it "wrong" No city is the front runner. And it got me thinking about facebook. Fort Worth beat 220 other cities. And in a year long fight. And even further back. When Fort Worth won the money plant back in the early 90"s or was it the 80's ? Anyway. I think it is a longshot for Fort Worth to get Amazon. But I think Fort Worth is more in contention then most people realize.  

 

Fort Worth gets facebook . http://rapidcityjour...6aed3bf2e3.html




#105703 Rooftop Signs

Posted by Now in Denton on 12 September 2017 - 09:03 PM

I guess the lone survivor would be Montgomey (Wards) Plaza. I also recall one of the downtown signs gave the weather. And I do remember the "Blue Flame"  on top of the gas company. 

 

I wonder if the old Tandy Center building could be considered a sign ? Yes they had red candles during Christmas time. But they would sometime put United Way, Stock Show, so forth. I think most of the time it simply said "Tandy Center"  I may be wrong on that one? I guess our Tandy Center was our version of what the Omni in Dallas has now ?  

 

Well I been channel surfing of late. CNN and FOX  have been talking with people from Fort Worth. And I see the night skyline in the background. I do like the simple white lights with no signs. But I still would like for our taller buildings to have color changing lights for events and holidays. 




#105675 How is Fort Worth Leadership doing?

Posted by Now in Denton on 11 September 2017 - 05:59 PM

Yea I don't like the regional thing with Dallas too much. When I hear Fort Worth Dallas mayors do joint trade business trades. I feel it is Dallas and Collin Co. that benefit.

 

But to be fair Mayor Price went toe to toe with Dallas city councilman Lee Kleinman when he gripped about a International conference being held in Fort Worth. That Fort Worth led the bidding for, years ago. Scroll down to Star-Telegram  "Like old times at DFW"  :laugh:  http://www.star-tele...le53890400.html




#105616 Amazon in search of 2nd headquarters

Posted by Now in Denton on 09 September 2017 - 06:12 PM

Me personally. I will support a Amazon HQ in the TRV. Only if skyscrapers are allowed on the nothern end. But I still want low rise and even open space on the southern half of TRV.  Plus I think Amazon wants skyscrapers in its plans. And widening the downtown business district for high rise residential. Again it looks like that is what Amazon wants also for its employees.