Posted by Bonfire98A
on 20 October 2017 - 12:28 PM
I would love to see the airport construct a large Doppler radar dome on top of their cone-shaped control tower, and then use LED lighting (a la Arlington's Skymark Tower) to shine appropriate colors on the dome (think mint chocolate chip, orange sherbet, Neapolitan, etc.). Never mind whether or not it's practical or even necessary, it just sounds fun!
The Census Bureau now estimates Fort Worth's population at 854,113 as of 2016. We are now just 1000 less than Indianapolis and 6000 less than Columbus. We will pass them this year to move into 14th place in the U.S. Very well could pass San Francisco into 13th place before the next official census. Probably will not pass Jacksonville, but not impossible for 12th place.
All the leapfrogging and number crunching is very interesting. But the number I watch most is the Dallas Fort Worth ranking. Because any given city can fall behind another. But that don't mean that city is losing population. It can mean that another city is growing faster. So it looks like Fort Worth will soon be within 5 ranks of Dallas ? That is a game changer ! With that gap continuing to close still. To think Fort Worth could one day be a bigger city than Dallas in my lifetime. I never thought that could even be close to ever happening.
FW wouldn't be the first US city to leapfrog a more well-known neighbor, as San Jose, CA has been bigger than San Francisco since at least the 1990 census.
I have vague childhood memories of going into the T&P Terminal building back in the '80s when it hosted HUD offices -- my dad was a homebuilder in Wichita Falls and had to visit on occasion, and once in a while he took me with him. I never could have imagined back then that I'd eventually work downtown and catch the train there.
With GWS on the verge on being surrounded by hotels, it is time to consider how to improve the park's pedestrian appeal.
A start should be closing Main Street between 8th and 9th Streets to motor traffic which will eliminate parking along both sides of the street. The idea is to have traffic circulate around the park as traffic similarly to how traffic moves around Sundance Square Plaza.
Well, Main Street's usefulness as a primary downtown thoroughfare has already pretty much been compromised by closing it between 3rd and 4th for the plaza, leaving the remainder in two short, disconnected segments -- should the City eventually just consider turning the whole thing into a pedestrian mall with traffic lights at the cross streets?
I have far more confidence in this actually happening than any other willy-nilly high speed rail project on the board.
Years ago I worked on a newspaper (Oklahoma) that had the old fashioned pneumonic tube delivery system. The reporter would take his copy to the city desk for editing and the editor (after the final proofreading) would put the finished copy in a canister for travel in the tube to the copy setters and printers, located in the building's basement. Believe it or not, at that time I wondered why people couldn't travel the same speedy way.
This sounds like one of those reactionary bills where elected officials feel pressured to "do something now" for the sake of getting something done, without having fully thought it through. From the FWBP article, it also sounds like a keeping-up-with-the-Joneses type of bill, not wanting to look bad compared to other states. My current home city of Hurst has passed such an ordinance already, and it says drivers are not allowed to view or manipulate the screen (unless it is being used for GPS purposes), and even goes so far as to say drivers cannot hold it like a phone, in a talking or listening position.
Mark Davis brought this up on his talk show this morning, and also posted a column in the DMN on the subject -- he agrees that laws like these are unenforceable, and suggests having these cases fall under the purview of existing laws on negligent and reckless driving
Posted by Bonfire98A
on 26 January 2017 - 09:38 AM
If you Google Edward Durell Stone, you'll see he had quite a few designs that I think most of us would agree are far more interesting and aesthetically pleasing. He was the primary architect for Radio City Music Hall of all places (though Donald Deskey was in charge of the art-deco interior).
Considering what used to be on the site, the old 1896 Post Office (search the Jack White collection for pics), it's only karma that we ended up with the pile of crap that's there now. It isn't even all that original; it's simply a scaled-down and simplified version of Boston City Hall.
I used to work there too -- the building is very inefficient in how it's laid out; the ground floor is practically all atrium with relatively little usable space. In fact, I always used to hear that the design and layout were originally intended for an art museum.
P.S. One more thing -- City Hall's entry on the main site describes the "City Place Cafe" on the third floor. This restaurant closed some years ago (it was more of a lunch line for city employees, though anyone could eat there). I don't know if it was ever reopened, but you may want to confirm its status before updating the FWA page.
Posted by Bonfire98A
on 15 December 2016 - 04:38 PM
Here's a FWST articleabout today's signing ceremony for the completion of the TEXRail federal funding. I would have used TEXRail quite often had it been available when I worked in downtown FW, and may use it yet if I get another job downtown or otherwise want to go back and visit.
I do have to say there was one quote within that rubbed me the wrong way, though.
“Ten years ago, people said you’ll never get Bubba out of his pickup,” said North Richland Hills Mayor Oscar Trevino, a long-time TEX Rail advocate. “Well, the people coming here aren’t coming from Monahans and Pecos, Texas. They know about rail. They want rail.”
How arrogant, condescending and elitist can you get? I originally came here from Wichita Falls, and have no qualms at all about using rail when it's convenient and safe, so I don't appreciate jabs like this. He sounds like one of those stuck-up coastal patricians looking down his nose at the benighted masses in flyover country. I'm glad I don't live in NRH if this is who they chose for the center seat at their council meetings.
Posted by Bonfire98A
on 09 December 2016 - 02:52 PM
U.S. Bank Stadium's baseball setup is only good for college baseball... and that's the way I should be. It's absolutely horrible for the Majors. That's why you don't see those types of stadiums anymore.
As far as the current Ballpark in Arlington goes... I'm pretty sure y'all already know my thoughts on it.
Obviously AT&T Stadium would make for a less than ideal baseball venue, given its primarily rectangular configuration for football. But knowing what we know now, if it had been built to accommodate baseball, we wouldn't even be talking about Arlington building its fourth major professional stadium (well, since the first one was old Arlington Stadium, let's say three-and-a-half).
I guess I'd rather have seen the home schedule split between GLP and AT&T during the summer months, with the Rangers playing in both venues for many years to come, than to see what is happening now, with a perfectly good ballpark about to get replaced. It just all seems so incredibly wasteful.
That was a good read -- MCM has always been high on my list. In fact, I was greatly heartened by another article linked within, describing a new mid-century neighborhood going up in Austin (natch). If the developer ever wanted to bring this concept to Tarrant County, I would be very excited about it and would definitely consider it (depending on location and price, of course).
More to the point of the article, though, it shows that building new houses in the old style isn't impossible, so if an old MCM house has to go down, at least the new owner has no excuse not to consider building something more appropriate to the neighborhood.
I suppose if Tanglewood residents really wanted to preserve the neighborhood's architectural heritage, they could organize an HOA (if there isn't already one) with an architectural committee to approve new house designs. Of course, that could turn out to be a nuclear option, given how tyrannical some HOAs can be.