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mmmdan

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#106191 Tarrant Transit Alliance

Posted by mmmdan on 27 September 2017 - 11:13 AM

If you are looking at total dollars, even the final rate is a tax increase.  The new lower rate is still bringing in more money on existing property than it did last year.  Of course, individual results will vary based on the amount of increase/decrease of individual properties.

 

http://fortworthtexa.../budget/fy2018/

 

Note that of the total increase in revenue from property taxes, $35,400,918, less than half, $15,826,137 is from new property.

 

For Fort Worth to have taken in the same amount of money from existing properties, that tax rate, known as the Effective Tax Rate  would have to be $0.787766.  http://fortworthtexa.../tax-notice.pdf

 

No matter what, the city is "increasing your taxes."

 

This is where it is very important to be specific when talking about taxes.  There is a big difference between the tax rate and the amount of money generated.  Talking taxes in general, your rate can stay the same, but if the value of what you are being taxed on goes up, then you will pay more in $$.  The taxing entity hasn't technically increased your taxes, but your value, whether it's property, income, whatever, has gone up, causing an increase in $$.  In my opinion, it's a bit disingenuous to call that a tax increase.

 

Really what's increasing your taxes is the fact that all of your new neighbors are willing to pay more $/sq. ft. to live in your neighborhood than you did when you moved in.




#106187 West 7th Development

Posted by mmmdan on 27 September 2017 - 10:17 AM

I want to say $10 is kind of pricey for parking, but then again we went to the Stockyards Saturday night and paid exactly that to park in one of the Exchange Street lots.

 

It's a lot cheaper than being towed.   :swg:

 

It takes a lot of space to park a car, and that space is not free.

 

An urban area needs to be concerned with the convenience of its residents, and not have to bend over backwards for the people coming in to visit.




#106002 Tarrant Transit Alliance

Posted by mmmdan on 20 September 2017 - 11:36 AM

I am only seeing three stations with a Fort Worth address.  The 2 downtown and CentrePort.  CentrePort is so far out there that I admittedly didn't even consider it.  Richland Hills and Bell are in Richand Hills and Hurst respectively.

 

My point is basically that while regional rail is nice and all for getting between cities and destinations that are far apart, what do you do when you get there.  If the local transit isn't efficient enough where you don't miss having the car you left at the park and ride lot, then it's not as useful as it could be.

 

I think we worry too much about people getting between the cities, and not enough about getting people around within the city.  Fort Worth is a little unique with its never ending sprawl.  I think it should focus on the core areas near the center of the city and then let it spread out from there.  People that live in the city, but are 15 miles from the core will just have to wait.  That's the price to pay for living that far from the core.

 

Somehow we need to get back to being a tarantula with public transit.

 

With Amazon and transit/highway access, one can be just about anywhere in North Texas and you are not far from the highway.  If their main focus is on urban transit access, adding a few minutes to the time it takes to get to a highway is basically meaningless.  Especially since they are looking to build a headquarters with lots of office workers.  If this was another distribution center, then you would want to be as close to the highway as possible.




#105969 Tarrant Transit Alliance

Posted by mmmdan on 19 September 2017 - 11:07 AM

San Antonio. At least Fort Worth has commuter rail.

 

Which has only 2 stops in Fort Worth, doesn't run on Sundays, and has a severely reduced schedule on Saturday.  As a Fort Worth citizen who lives, works, and plays :smwink: in Fort Worth, the TRE doesn't do much for me.  The only time it's useful is during the State Fair when it runs a special schedule on Saturday and actually runs on Sunday.

 

For most cities with "real transit," it's subways and street cars that handle the majority of the destinations, and buses pick up the last mile for destinations that happen to not be close enough to the rail.  As the article about El Paso mentions, rail is pretty permanent.  You can't change a rail line overnight.  For cities with rail, places that people want to go tend to cluster around the rail.

 

And to link this to the topic of Amazon, if Amazon were to come here, and they ended up in Panther Island, I don't think they would care too much about the limited access to I-35 and I-30.  If they are truly wanting an urban campus, and expect a lot of their employees to live nearby, they won't need immediate, easy, access to the highway all the time, because they won't be on the highway that often.  They are probably going to care more about how people get around in the immediate area, because that is where they are going to spend most of their time.  For the few times these hypothetical people need to use the highway, having it take an extra 5 or 10 minutes is not that big of a deal.




#103095 West 7th Development

Posted by mmmdan on 16 May 2017 - 10:20 AM

There's probably still a lot of fear about excluding cars too much.  If it's too hard to drive to, then people won't come.

 

The developers most likely still have the mindset where things have to be a destination for outsiders to come to and not building these things for the people that actually live there and having these local residents as their primary customers.




#102378 Walsh development

Posted by mmmdan on 14 April 2017 - 11:12 AM

Stepping on my soapbox

 

We already know that these developments don't even pay the actual cost to hook up to the existing utilities.  There have been several articles in the Star-Telegram that have mentioned it.  I can't remember the actual numbers, so I'll use some ones that are as best I can remember.  The hookup fee is supposed to be $3,400, but for the longest time the city only charged something like $600.  They have been increasing the fee, but it still is not enough to actually cover the cost of just connecting to the citie's services.

 

We've also see how much it costs to add police and fire coverage for these far flung areas.  http://www.star-tele...cle3873567.html

 

We also know that they don't even market themselves as being Fort Worth.  http://www.alliancetexas.com/

 

I wonder if the city has ever done a real cost benefit analysis for these far flung areas.  Do they really bring in the tax money to cover all the new expenses that they bring?  Sure the developer may pay to put in the streets and other infrastructure, but then it gets turned over to the city to maintain and replace when it gets worn out.

 

This is the type of analysis I would love to see.  https://www.strongto...ty-has-no-money  Then we could really see how much are city is really prospering with these new developments.

 

I remember when the streetcar was still a thing and there was a quote from someone in Far North Fort Worth stating how they didn't want to see there tax money going to something that they would never use.  Well, I'm curious to see how much of my tax money is going to these far flung neighborhoods that I will never use.

 

There was another time where the paper was quoting someone and they didn't even fully realize that they lived in Fort Worth since they had a Keller zip code and their kids went to Keller ISD.

 

 




#102180 state-wide texting ban proposed

Posted by mmmdan on 06 April 2017 - 10:36 AM

Most regulations are put into place because there was a problem that enough people decided was big enough to try and solve.

 

Here is a very recent incident showing how dangerous texting while driving is.

http://www.star-tele...e142118559.html




#99962 Are there any reliable news sources left?

Posted by mmmdan on 06 December 2016 - 11:50 AM

Personally, I listen to NPR.  I can't think of a time when they are reporting the news, where opinion is added from the newscasters.

 

If you are truly interested in listening to both sides of an issue, then shows like The Diane Rhem Show and Intelligence Squared are great.  The Diane Rhem Show goes into topics with experts from all sides of an issue.  Intelligence Squared is an actual debate.  Like a for real debate, with rules and decorum and everything.  There are no shouting matches on any of these shows.

 

I also really enjoy their other programming like Planet Money, where they did a whole series on buying oil.  They actually bought something like a 1,000 barrels of oil (can't remember the exact amount) and followed it all the way from pumping it out of the ground to turning it into gasoline.  They did a similar thing with t-shirts.




#99768 Parade of Lights

Posted by mmmdan on 23 November 2016 - 01:32 PM

I remember reading that the reason for the move to Sunday was that with everything that had gone on downtown, the parade wasn't needed anymore to draw people in, and the parade goers were crowding out the regular shoppers. Now the two groups aren't "clashing" anymore.

I like the move to Sunday because I am usually traveling to see family and missed the parade when it was on Friday. Since the move to Sunday we have gone every year.


#98740 QuikTrip and Fort Worth

Posted by mmmdan on 16 September 2016 - 10:42 AM

If true, I can't even begin to tell you how excited I will be to see a gas station there instead of a nice neighborhood sized church.  There just aren't enough gas stations on Camp Bowie between Bryant Irvin and 183.  Who knows how many times I've almost run out of gas on that stretch of road.




#98739 Another large apartment building planned on Rosedale

Posted by mmmdan on 16 September 2016 - 10:17 AM

The city can't (shouldn't) keep expanding outward.  At some point everything close to downtown is going to get more dense.




#98481 Southwest/Chisholm Trail Parkway

Posted by mmmdan on 22 August 2016 - 12:23 PM

The version I remember is that those connectors were going to be added when the traffic levels supported it.




#97988 The T's new Master Plan

Posted by mmmdan on 13 July 2016 - 11:10 AM

Minimum parking requirements force developers to put in as many spaces as the code dictates, not how many are actually needed.  For retail it's based on the number of spots anticipated to be needed on the busiest shopping day of the year.  For residential it assumes every body in that home will be driving a car.

 

Completely random example:

If someone wants to build a store and thinks they will do just fine with only 3 or 4 spaces, the code might require them to have 10.  Now that they have to have 10 spaces, there might be more land used for parking than the actual store.  It might even be more land than is available.  Now you've gone from having a nice little neighborhood store to having nothing.

 

It wouldn't surprise me if the convenience store that my family owned or several others in my hometown would not be able to be built with today's regulations.  Granted, it's small town USA, but it did well enough to support my grandparents for 25+ years and my uncle for a decade after that before he sold it to someone else.  https://www.google.c...!7i13312!8i6656

 

http://www.strongtowns.org/parking




#97916 A redone Henderson, Lancaster and I30 interchange.

Posted by mmmdan on 08 July 2016 - 10:06 AM

Based on the pictures above, it looks like there is a lot of green space in the area.  It's just undesirable/impossible to get to because of the street network.  I'm going to assume that the rumor you may have heard did not include demolishing a building or converting a parking lot.

 

I would say there is a lack of parks.

http://www.strongtow...s?rq=greenspace




#97803 West 7th Development

Posted by mmmdan on 27 June 2016 - 10:13 AM

It would also help if more of the urban villages started taking off so that everyone is not trying to get to the one successful one.  We need to spread the love around town.