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Doohickie

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#142719 Kroger and Albertsons Plan To Merge

Posted by Doohickie on 16 November 2022 - 03:30 PM

Tweet; agrees with my earlier assertion.

 

NEW: A former VP of Whole Foods lays out why the Kroger/Albertsons mega-merger is a travesty and could even be criminal.

 

The massive new grocery chain will have near-monopoly control in major cities. Food prices will go up & workers’ wages will go down.

 

The FTC must block it.




#142700 At-grade railroad crossings: closures, risks, and policy

Posted by Doohickie on 16 November 2022 - 08:09 AM

Again, anecdotal, but even if the city does not have a legal liability, they may still, by policy, pay a settlement.  For instance, when a water main broke and sprayed not just water, but pavement and rocks on my roof, the city paid to cover my insurance deductible, even though state law says that a city is not liable for damage from water main breaks (and literally every correspondence from them had a statement to that effect).

 

 

Who knows... maybe someone might sue claiming their is too much ready access to the tracks, but if they can show a pattern of reducing the number of crossings they can counter that claim.




#142583 The Hampton - 8 stories - 1200 E Weatherford

Posted by Doohickie on 09 November 2022 - 10:06 AM

Also, you don't simply dig a hole.  There's usually utilities buried- gas lines, water lines, drain pipes, etc.




#142555 The Hampton - 8 stories - 1200 E Weatherford

Posted by Doohickie on 08 November 2022 - 03:46 PM

 

 

 I'm sure somebody has a good rationale for why these crossings are being eliminated

Risk reduction.  Every at-grade crossing presents a risk to the city and to the railroad. 

 

When Jungus Jordan was councilman I asked him about the Gambrell street crossing just west of the seminary being eliminated (I used that as a bicycle crossing now and again) and he said the city is trying to get rid of as many at-grade crossings as possible to reduce the risk of people/cars getting hit by trains. 

 

That's also why Dutch Branch Road was never made to cross the tracks between Granbury and Oakmont Trail, according to Jungus.

 

What can be done about these railroad crossings?  It would seem like they could potentially be buried in some places, so the street grid could continue above but that is both very expensive and could see how the RR would object to having a RR line out of commission for 1-2 years as it gets buried.  Almost seems like would need to be replaced by another location instead of burying in same place.

They're not getting rid of all of them but they are trying to minimize the number of them.  Each one represents an increment of risk.  If you get rid of one it doesn't necessarily eliminate the risk but it perhaps reduces it by driving people to cross the tracks at bridges and/or at grade crossings that have enhanced features that make them supposedly safer (such as lights and gates instead of lights alone).




#142542 Forest Park Miniature Railroad

Posted by Doohickie on 08 November 2022 - 08:12 AM

I like that idea.  If a new operator comes in, they may be interested in updating the train.  Possibly could find a sponsor that could pay for updated "scenery" along the tracks.  Or perhaps there could be temporary scenery for different holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, and the summer patriotic holidays).  Maybe get a different corporation to sponsor each holiday.  It could spur enough interest in the train to run it year round (or nearly so... maybe shut down between Christmas and Easter).




#142540 The Hampton - 8 stories - 1200 E Weatherford

Posted by Doohickie on 08 November 2022 - 07:14 AM

 

It might be a weird little corner now, but once this project is built it could very well be thought of as quite the opposite.

 

351 units in this, 296 in The Huntley, 211 in The Depot, 172 in Jennings Place (formerly Hillside), 56 units in Cityscape Arts, and 18 in the Knights of Pythias Lofts. That's 1,104 units in a hair over 1 sq mile bounded by the tracks on East and West, Weatherford on the North and Spur 280 on the South.

 

With that many people that close together you'd think a bar, a small grocery, etc., would pop up.  Same goes for Samuels.




#142520 Montgomery Plaza Construction

Posted by Doohickie on 07 November 2022 - 01:52 PM

Lies, damned lies, and statistics at work!




#142519 The Hampton - 8 stories - 1200 E Weatherford

Posted by Doohickie on 07 November 2022 - 01:49 PM

 I'm sure somebody has a good rationale for why these crossings are being eliminated

Risk reduction.  Every at-grade crossing presents a risk to the city and to the railroad. 

 

When Jungus Jordan was councilman I asked him about the Gambrell street crossing just west of the seminary being eliminated (I used that as a bicycle crossing now and again) and he said the city is trying to get rid of as many at-grade crossings as possible to reduce the risk of people/cars getting hit by trains. 

 

That's also why Dutch Branch Road was never made to cross the tracks between Granbury and Oakmont Trail, according to Jungus.




#142518 The Hampton - 8 stories - 1200 E Weatherford

Posted by Doohickie on 07 November 2022 - 01:37 PM

this wierd little corner of town

It might be a weird little corner now, but once this project is built it could very well be thought of as quite the opposite.




#142261 820/20/287

Posted by Doohickie on 26 October 2022 - 07:10 PM

It will be interesting to see if this project is complete before I retire in 5 years.

 

If they do nothing else, I hope they mellow the bend left in I-20 eastbound as it goes under Loop 820... and get rid of the left hand exit right there.  It's always seem dangerous as hell to me and I have seen some accidents there (including a rather unfortunate motorcycle wreck).




#142133 SWBTS B.H. Carroll Apartments listed for sale

Posted by Doohickie on 18 October 2022 - 10:43 PM

If you're wondering why SWBTS has this property on the market, it's because the seminary is in a tailspin.  Enrollment has dropped 53% in the last 20 years (since the conservative takeover).  Enrollment is less than 1,000 students- the lowest enrollment since World War II.

 

The financial situation remains unclear, as auditors from another SBC agency — Guidestone Financial Resources — remain on campus, conducting a full evaluation of the seminary’s books to ascertain the true picture. According to inside sources, that likely includes a current operating deficit of at least $6 million.



#142068 F&R Distilling looking at moving to Golf Course

Posted by Doohickie on 12 October 2022 - 06:34 AM

Should have inserted this in the thread when it happened.... Alas:

https://www.spglobal...ma1byicu3oekrq2

"Whiskey Ranch brewing facility near Fort Worth"

 

Should read:  "Whiskey Ranch distilling facility in Fort Worth"




#142014 West 7th Development

Posted by Doohickie on 07 October 2022 - 10:19 AM

 

 

I was there the day they opened.  Kind of sad when a place like that closes.

Yeah.  That is a sad loss.  I wonder if they will relocate somewhere.  Maybe the Dogwood space that can't seem to keep anyone in it longer than 2 months

They are relocating down Camp Bowie into the same center where Edelweiss is located.

https://www.instagra...id=NmNmNjAwNzg=

 

The former Royal Falcon Pub, BBQ on the Brazos slot.




#141994 West 7th Development

Posted by Doohickie on 06 October 2022 - 10:43 AM

I was there the day they opened.  Kind of sad when a place like that closes.




#141982 Overton Park Plaza

Posted by Doohickie on 05 October 2022 - 04:33 PM

Dick's grand opening is Oct 19.