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Old 04-26-2011, 09:17 PM
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Interesting Article of D Magazine "Why they feel Dallas has advantage over Fort Worth"

What do you guys think?

D CEO : Why Dallas Has the Edge on Fort Worth
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Old 04-26-2011, 10:44 PM
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I have to agree with the premise of the article. I think it is a horrible shame that Fort Worth rejected the streetcar. Personally, I am not a fan of Fort Worth but even I was shocked at that move. I do look forward to ridership on DART increasing, as well as dense development around existing stations. The economy has dealt quite a blow to the relatively new rail system. However, I am very optimistic for the future of DART and this California transplant can't imagine Dallas without it. DART is in dire need of new management. The system has outgrown the inept group that runs the show now. Not all of them are incompetent but from where I sit I say that the majority is. DART is an asset to the city of Dallas, whether her average citizens know it or not yet.
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Old 04-27-2011, 10:20 AM
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while I agree that in the matter of transportation Dallas is ahead for FTW there are some other factors that are more borderline--
FTW went with spending money on police because at that time there was real crime problem in FTW--
the irony is that adding police has also increased the issue of pension burden to the city--which better take a hard stance to get that in line and stop giving in to the union--the FTW police dept has enough dead wood and bad policy decisions to weight down any efforts to save it unless strong measures are taken--
the city leadership is more interested in in-fighting than taking care of business--

while great cities might also have great transportation systems--they usually do because it was forced down the citizens throats here in the US--
in Europe public transport came because most people could not afford cars--not the problem here
unless cars are too expensive to operate and public transportation addresses the needs of people to have public transportation that works FOR ALL NEEDS--not just commuting to work--it won't truly be functional

I just don't see how public trasport can work in areas like Tarrant county where there are so many different city boundaries, ruling boards, and tax interests to design a system that I could use on daily basis vs my own car--
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