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BedfordLawyer

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#106181 Amazon in search of 2nd headquarters

Posted by BedfordLawyer on 27 September 2017 - 09:16 AM

I agree with the comment that Amazon is playing multiple cities against each other but has one or maybe two desired locations already in mind. I do not think Fort Worth, or anywhere in north Texas, is on the real short list. Amazon likely picks a city destined to grow in the future rather than a metro area that is already expensive and well developed, a likely decision for many expanding businesses.




#89078 Casino Gambling in Texas

Posted by BedfordLawyer on 21 December 2014 - 10:46 PM

Gambling is the ultimate double edged sword in policy. When the economy is booming, you get these huge projects that can be a lightning rod for consumer spending (and thus jobs, other business creation, etc.) and when people have more discretionary income then the negative effects of gambling on a personal level are lessened. However, when the economy takes a dump you get casino closures which have the reverse effect. Jobs lost, more empty buildings not easily put to a different purpose, businesses that work on the fringe of gamblings (e.g. pawn shops) also take a huge hit and with less discretionary income those people with gambling problems see much greater negative impacts on their lives and their family lives. The more casinos you allow in one area, the more the business is spread out so in turn the when the economy takes a dive it is more likely all the casinos hurt. (E.g. Mississippi casinos; Atlantic City) When you have that one casino across the Red River it's easier to survive when it has such a large part of the DFW market.

 

I'm generally not opposed to gambling but as a public administration issues there needs to be careful thought put into how to deal with the swings in the gambling industry and how to avoid creating a situation where the state/public subsidizes economic downturns but lets the casinos run wild when the economy is good without paying back that support.




#88481 New Civil Courthouse

Posted by BedfordLawyer on 20 November 2014 - 02:40 PM

Good point.  I found out from reliable sources the other day that most of the courts in the old courthouse are staying put.  County courts at law and probate courts (and presumably JP1) will remain in the old courthouse.  The new civil law courts building will house the civil district courts currently in the Tim Curry Justice Center further to the west on Weatherford Street.

 

It is my understanding that all the courts in the old courthouse are staying put while the civil district courts, the second court of appeals and the district clerk's offices will all move into the new building. Then the Tim Curry courthouse will be remodelled and I believe the plan is to convert that building into exclusively criminal courts and their respective administrative offices.




#88408 The WORST Decision for Downtown Ever Made

Posted by BedfordLawyer on 16 November 2014 - 01:17 PM

I thought the worst decision that affected Downtown was the demolition of several city blocks to create the Convention Center. 

And probably the demolition of several other buildings for what are now parking lots.

 

Yeah but look at all the business the convention center has brought to downtown... :laugh:




#88406 Alliance office project

Posted by BedfordLawyer on 16 November 2014 - 12:49 PM

There's not a lot out this way for entertainment aside from the movie theater and eating so I could see this place doing fairly well out in Alliance.




#88171 High Speed Rail - Texas

Posted by BedfordLawyer on 30 October 2014 - 11:29 AM

I don't see how any high speed rails are built anywhere in Texas. HSR is not just a risk to Southwest but to all regional commuter airlines so any serious proposal here in Texas is going to face an opposing lobby of all the regional airlines along with all of the larger airlines. Texas will be for HSR what Vietnam was for the spread of communism: one working example ensures its spread. Tie in other strange bedfellows like the air travel unions, ground transportation unions, busing companies, AMTRAK (possibly), businesses that support the airports and their employees' unions, businesses that support freeway upkeep and all the landowners at risk of having a rail cut through their property.

 

If such a rail system gets into serious discussions, it is almost certain to be tied to regional airports. Those airports stand to lose the most from HSR and will have almost a 1:1 business shift from regional jet passenger to rail passenger. So rather than leave a lot of empty terminals at an airport and have to build new infrastructure somewhere else it is probable that terminals will be converted from one system to the other. That also allows the rental car businesses to operate their locations at those regional airports. If they had to split their business between a regional airport and a regional rail station it is also probable that neither location can sustain itself off of half the business. That means any plan that does not loop into the regional airports and risks the profitability of those businesses will also face an opposing lobby from that industry. That also pretty much ensures Fort Worth is locked out because Love Field and/or DFW would be likely destinations. Meacham no longer has the infrastructure for it. Alliance could be a destination with a rail looping west of Fort Worth but there's no commuter infrastructure there either.




#88170 Haltom City Retail

Posted by BedfordLawyer on 30 October 2014 - 11:04 AM

It's nice to see development going into the Haltom City/Richland Hills area. There are a lot of once-developed areas that sit empty. I'd like to see more growth beyond some chain businesses but it's a start.




#84819 Urban legends

Posted by BedfordLawyer on 14 June 2014 - 07:24 PM

It seemed like in the 70s-80s there were rumors everywhere in DFW about devilworshippers. Every abandoned house, sewer drain and closed business had a satanic cult looming inside.




#79836 Downtown Farmer's Market & Urban Farming

Posted by BedfordLawyer on 29 September 2013 - 04:10 PM

Our area is not particularly kind for growing most fruit and vegetables which makes it difficult to make those farmers markets cost effective. It would be far, far more effective for all resources involved for people to give up their grass in favor of productive gardens.