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Welcome To Case's Column

Let me say a big welcome to all of you for joining me here. I'm going to call these blog meetings Case's Column. I wanted to use "Corner", but that was already taken. Since 2008, it's been a real privilege to come on here and share some of my life with you, and it's a big world where we live.

In these blogs, I'll just speak whatever is on my mind, but we will be playing within the rules here. I may pick a particular topic, point out an event, or shoot the breeze. I'm a little bit of an essayist at times, so I'll just speak what's on my mind, and I might tell a story or two. Or, I might spew out an opinion or three. There will be some serious moments, some tender, some poignant, but there will also be those moments that you'll just bust out laughing. But, hopefully, everything will be in good fun here. And, of course, there's a place below for your comments and thoughts as we go along here. So feel free to join me for the ride -- I sure as heck hope I'm doing this right and not making any mistakes.

Thanks for taking your time in reading Case's Column. Hopefully, you'll enjoy being entertained by it as much as I've enjoyed putting these writings together. And thanks for the time you spend in City-Data.com, where it's great to be alive!



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Fort Worth's Panther Island Has A Ways To Go

Posted 02-06-2023 at 08:57 PM by case44

I took some time earlier today to head for Fort Worth and take a look at the Panther Island project. Based on the things I've seen the last few years, I believe it's going to be a great connector and bridge from Fort Worth's downtown to points north, the most notable being the historic Stockyards District.

The project, as a whole, is going to be a slow process, but there is movement. What I'll be curious about is whether or not LaGrave Field and the Coyote Drive-In will be kept during the new construction of both the surrounding infrastructure and new development. What I'll also be waiting for is the digging of a new river channel in a reroute of the Trinity River while keeping the original route intact, creating a Riverwalk district. One thing already completed is the new Encore luxury apartments, and they do look good. City leaders are also including an extension of White Settlement Road into North Main Street. Some very old big buildings from the past are now abandoned, and I doubt that those will be redone or modernized. There's also the legendary Coburn Cafeteria and Catering, and their current location in a venerable facility on the future island might be in limbo. No word yet on whether they would relocate.

Nevertheless, we are seeing some slow, but visible, progress for Panther Island. I just can't wait until the reroute of the Trinity River and the new boat launches and parking begin to take shape.
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