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Willy1

Member Since 12 May 2004
Offline Last Active May 27 2014 11:47 AM
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In Topic: Fort Worth Moves into 16th Place

27 May 2014 - 11:21 AM

I read in the Startlegram last week that FW moved to 13th place. Is it possible the ST reported that incorrectly? I also read a article released the same day stating that Charlotte NC has passed FW again.


In Topic: Fort Worth, Irving among top fastest-growing U.S. cities

27 May 2014 - 11:16 AM

Did anyone see the article last week about FW moving up to 13th place in population according to Census projections for 2014? I've seen conflicting information... Charlotte NC had an article claiming to have leap frogged past FW again. Anyone know anything?


In Topic: Fort Worth Moves into 16th Place

11 June 2013 - 12:25 AM

Austin jumped from #15 to #11 in population and the skyline has grown significantly over the past few years. It wasn't that long ago that Austin was smaller than FW and had a smaller skyline. Austin has blown the doors off FW in both categories now. If FW would just add 3 major buildings taller than what we have now, it would make a huge difference in the appearance of the city. But, historically FW is very resistant to progress/change/growth... There is plenty of room in and around DT FW to build some really cool skyline-changing structures without even disturbing the current historical buildings. I'd love to see some Atlanta-like buildings built in FW. FW is also losing it's edge in population growth... Dallas, Austin, and Houston all outpaced FW in population growth the last couple years.


In Topic: Dallas vs. Houston

11 June 2013 - 12:11 AM

I love FW, and I think it's a mistake to compare FW to other sister cities since FW is sort of unlike any other city - it has it's own flavor. FW has done a good job creating a vibrant downtown pedestrian life. But, FW needs to become more competitive when it comes to attracting conventions, tourism, and high paying jobs/companies to DT FW.... FW isn't even the second largest employment center behind DT Dallas in the DFW area. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe that Irving outranks DTFW in the number of employees... That's kind of pathetic. 16th largest city in the US, outranked in employment by Irving/Las Colinas... I could be wrong about that, but I remember reading that FW was #3 in DFW behind DT Dallas and Las Colinas in jobs and residential.... And, Austin has blown FW away when it comes to enhancing their skyline. FW skyline is basically the same as it was in the 80's with the exception of a couple 20-30ish story buildings. There is plenty of room in DT FW to build some architecturally significant buildings. FW needs a signature structure to help define FW. If you showed FW's skyline to anyone outside of Texas, 95% of people would have no idea what city they were looking at. Dallas, Houston, Austin all have recognizable skylines. FW's skyline has become very stale/dated and generic looking.  

 

With that said, FW has changed a lot at the street level in the last 10 years and focused way more entertainment-oriented development - which is GREAT!