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Member Since 22 May 2006
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In Topic: Streetcar Circulator Update

31 July 2017 - 12:41 AM

I don't think there was a suggestion that autonomous cars/vehicles will replace public transit. They are just a different transportation solution to add to the mix and they may be implemented as public or private.


The question is, will they end up being a better solution for enough riders to make investment in a new streetcar circulator less successful financially? That depends on a lot of factors, but in the case of an NSS circulator Mr. Brennan seems to think that investment might not be the best choice. For other transportation problems - say, moving people between Downtown and the Cultural District - the numbers may work out differently.

In Topic: 2017 Forum Meetings - Last Friday of the Month 11:45

30 July 2017 - 11:26 AM

It was good to see you all. Hipolyte, looking forward to the announcement of your new book.

In Topic: Streetcar Circulator Update

30 July 2017 - 11:21 AM

As I started trying to catch up on this thread today, a thought that popped into my tiny little mind was how autonomous vehicles might change the equation. As we look at the problem(s) for which we think streetcars provide a solution, do driverless vehicles provide a better solution in some cases?


I'm sure this would be met with the same dismissive attitude that some have of buses as an alternative. Still, it would be interesting to re-do the math by adding autonomous vehicles to the chart of pros-and-cons of each possible solution. Well, for those who haven't just out of hand deemed streetcars as the only answer.

In Topic: Districts of Fort Worth

25 July 2017 - 05:44 PM

It could be a matter of life or death if someone hurt or a crime took place in the Hulen District and that someone told the EMS that they are in Downtown when in reality they are in Southwest Fort Worth.  So it does make both dogmatic and practical sense.

Even if we agree on a fairly narrow definition of Downtown, that's probably not going to be nearly specific enough to help in an emergency. "I'm being mugged!" "Where are you?" "Downtown!" No, you'd need the kind of spectacular emergency that's visible from quite a distance if you can't be more specific than that.

In Topic: Former Amusement Park on Riverside Drive

10 July 2017 - 09:12 AM

Your location seems accurate. According to Mike Nichols on his Hometown by Handlebar blog, there "yoostabe a modest amusement park, Southside Play Grounds & Miniature Golf" at 3121 S Riverside Dr, which is just south of Berry. He doesn't mention the locomotive, but does say it had a cigarette-smoking monkey.


The whole article (published just 4 months ago) is worth a read if you're into local history:


Cowtown Yoostabes, Sycamore Edition: Movies, Mobsters, and the Marlboro Monkey