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johnfwd

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#143967 West 7th Development

Posted by johnfwd on 20 January 2023 - 12:24 PM

The Mullet, if that is what it comes to be known as, would be a welcome addition to the modern cosmopolitan look of West Seventh and of the city as a whole.




#143740 T&P Warehouse Redevelopment

Posted by johnfwd on 11 January 2023 - 08:00 AM

We've been discussing this for decades now.  The building has been unoccupied since the haunted house and paint ball days of what, the 1980s?  Many Fort Worthian adults around that time are now either on social security or in the grave.  The city doesn't know what to do about a barely rehabilitated structure that does have historical WPA-era value.  The owner appears intractable about re-development.  If it was merely a small structure along Lancaster we could ignore it, but it has an imposing presence on the southside of downtown.  Maybe by the year 2050 something will be done with it.




#143739 TCU to the Big 12!

Posted by johnfwd on 11 January 2023 - 07:47 AM

Of course, the game turned out to be very lopsided in Georgia's favor and TCU fans came away disappointed if not depressed.  But TCU got to a national championship game and that is no small achievement when you consider how biased the ranking system is in my opinion.  Hooray, Horned Frogs!  And I'm glad Fort Worth was in the national sports spotlight for at least a short time, and the country forgot the Dallas Cowboys at least for a day.




#143500 Kairoi Stockyards Residential

Posted by johnfwd on 29 December 2022 - 11:26 AM

On the subject of multi-family residential development in or near the Stockyards, the City Council has put a stop to future projects in a recent vote on zoning.  Not sure this link was posted in the forum elsewhere but here's the article from FWBP.  

 

https://fortworthbus...ing-stockyards/




#143339 Are Enclosed Malls Dying?

Posted by johnfwd on 20 December 2022 - 10:57 AM

On my way back from the very, very busy Westworth Village area last night, going south on Alta Mere Drive, I glanced at what used to be a bustling Ridgmar Mall.  Dark and mostly vacant.  How sad!  I remember how wonderful it was to dine at the El Fenix restaurant there around Christmastime.  As went Carswell AFB and the Strategic Air Command by the end of the 1980s, so went, eventually, Ridgmar Mall.




#143336 Museum Place

Posted by johnfwd on 20 December 2022 - 10:35 AM

Thanks for posting the newest photos of the West 7th "skyline."  How this area has changed in 25 years!  I remember walking along 7th with my sister back then.  We ate lunch at that old Greek restaurant, which is no longer there.  As was the old Texaco service station on the corner.




#142508 Forest Park Miniature Railroad

Posted by johnfwd on 07 November 2022 - 11:11 AM

Aside from who owns and who leases, I have an idea for the future course of the train.  Of course, the tracks at present run through the park, over the river bridge, then back to the park.  Maybe a total mile both ways?   As a kid, I remember being excited by the fact that I was riding on a miniature train. My concept is to increase the length of the train ride and add to the trees-and-river scenery with miniature stores, houses, and a lighted train crossing along the way (like the toy train track sets).  Maybe, too, running the train at night with festive lights along the way.

 

This idea for embellishing the Forest Park ride came from my memory of the exciting ride on the Leonard's Toyland Train at Christmas time.




#141797 Public Market on Henderson

Posted by johnfwd on 22 September 2022 - 10:27 AM

I'm glad this century-old building's historical design is going to be preserved.  But when I drive by this structure and the narrow tract upon which it sits, I still can't help wondering how that senior-citizens living center is going to be squeezed in to fit around it.  And still leave room for parking.  I've seen the art drawing but won't be convinced until the site is fully developed.




#141731 Corporate relocations

Posted by johnfwd on 15 September 2022 - 03:44 PM

 

Goodguys car show firm relocates HQ from California to Texas Motor Speedway

 

 

https://www.dallasne...motor-speedway/

 

Dallas-Fort Worth’s central location is once again attracting a business relocation from California.

Goodguys Rod & Custom Association, the world’s largest hot-rod association and producer of two dozen car shows and events around the country, has moved its headquarters to the 10-story Lone Star Tower overlooking a turn at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.

 

It's not really bringing any jobs to the area, but it is an actual RELOCATION.  

 

And side note...can Lonestar Tower go on the list as one of the ugliest buildings in Fort Worth?  I haven't seen it in a long time, but I've always thought  it looked like a prefab concrete warehouse on the bottom with a Motel 6 sitting on top! 

 

Not surprising the Dallas Morning News describes a relocation to FORT WORTH by starting the sentence "Dallas-Fort Worth's central location."  Whatever that means.




#141730 Homeless and Unemployed

Posted by johnfwd on 15 September 2022 - 03:34 PM

Last post by me, I had forgotten.  Just an observation about three evanescent moments encountering the "sleepers." 

 

The first was early last Friday morning while bicycling on the Trails northward past that apartment complex that has two or three benches under trees just off the river. Most of you bicyclists know where I'm talking about.  Reclining on one of the benches was a man, looked like in his early 30s.  Sleeping bag and other stuff beside him.  I shined a bicycle light on him just because I didn't know what it was at first.  Which caused him to look up and grumble about being annoyed.  So, I hurriedly biked on.

 

The second encounter was early this morning, shortly before 6:00, when I drove into a surface parking lot adjacent to the office building where I work.  A young woman, maybe about 18, was lying on the back porch of the building.  Area is not lighted.  I decided to wait in my car until she slowly got up to gather her little blanket and other things to put them in two small plastic bags.  I felt I didn't want to embarrass her (?) Eventually, I got out of the car just as she was starting to leave.  She gave me a blank stare in departing.

 

Last encounter was this hot afternoon today while I was walking along the T&P Warehouse toward the P.O. to mail a letter.  A man, he looked to be about early middle age, was lying on the cement under the metal hang-down thing (canopy?).  Next to him was a supermarket basket filled with bags of his stuff.  He was asleep.  I quickly walked past.

 

No political statement here, just an observation about the misfortunate plight of a small segment of us living, or maybe just passing through, Fort Worth.




#141696 Escalating cost of living in Fort Worth

Posted by johnfwd on 14 September 2022 - 08:06 AM

I think state and local government rental assistance money is gone.  A few dollars from some non-profit charity may still be available.  Fort Worth Housing Solutions is the source for HUD-based rent subsidies in our area.

 

Trying to enforce a Texas money judgment against an evicted tenant is like--yes, you got it--trying to squeeze blood out of a turnip. Probably best to write it down as a business loss.




#141106 The Jones - 12 Story Apartment @ 9th & Jones

Posted by johnfwd on 28 July 2022 - 11:50 AM

By the way, AHS (Resia) is also building on the north end of town and west end of town:

 

https://www.tdlr.tex.../TABS2022024728

Is there an artist drawing for the Tarrant Parkway project?  The Jones is a welcome addition to the northeastern quadrant of downtown, particularly because it will eliminate another surface parking lot.




#140874 West 7th Development

Posted by johnfwd on 15 July 2022 - 10:43 AM

....and I still hate the bike infrastructure portion.  It will be hideous and will result in cyclists getting hit when they pop out further back from the intersections than motor traffic will be expecting.

Unfortunately for bike riders, never mind pedestrians, this area is too congested with motor vehicle traffic to be safe for anyone but a motorist.

 

The other aspect I dislike is that there appears to be no way to construct either an overpass or underpass to avoid traffic backups when a slow-moving train crosses West 7th.




#140029 Texas Weslyan bringing back football

Posted by johnfwd on 03 June 2022 - 12:08 PM

This new athletic complex may generate economic development in that east Rosedale area, which has been underdeveloped for many years.




#140027 Fort Worth Moves into 16th Place, 13th, Then 12th Place

Posted by johnfwd on 03 June 2022 - 11:58 AM

Here is more on Fort Worth's fast population growth.  Article by Richter in FWBP.  I think Fort Worth was undercounted in the 2020 census.

 

https://fortworthbus...t-city-ranking/