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Old 10-21-2008, 11:54 PM
 
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Dallas is a city, while Fort Worth is a big town. The city center hasn't been largely abandoned, as it has in Dallas, which has much more vacant space in its downtown. It has nothing like the open, friendly feeling of Sundance Square.
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Old 10-22-2008, 08:27 AM
 
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"largely abandoned" -- no
but there were vacant buildings in downtown before the Basses started revitalization projects
and it was not a very appealing place to spend any amount of time--and frankly most people could not wait to get out of downtown FTW after dark..there were street people although not as many as Dallas certainly--and the housing projects that have subsequently been relocated were not very attractive boundaries...
it was an older, neglected medium size TX town--so what the Basses did was really a referendum on their belief in the value of Fort Worth--that it was worth saving--they just happened to hit it at the right time....ten years earlier and it would not have worked...and now with falling oil/gas prices, the downturn in the economy--the fact that Radio Shack and Pier One has pretty much jumped the shark of their companies' zeniths--well, big investment projects are not assured of success anymore--Trinity River needs to watch its grandiose ideas or get into real trouble...

but FTW's "gentrification" caught the rise in middle America and the economy in this area that started about the time Clinton began his first term...the economics were right--people were living in the suburbs in Tarrant co but were willing to drive into downtown for good food and entertainment...FTW had a growing tax base...business was coming here --Pier One and Radio Shack were still viable entities and energy companies like XTO and Chesapeake moved into downtown when Barnett Shale started to be a possiblity...

so you could say the Basses were lucky or you could say they were prescient--either way they took a gamble by putting their money and their faith in Fort Worth...
while they are as cosmopolitan as any very wealthy family--they apparently still feel a personal connection to Fort Worth...
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Old 10-23-2008, 12:56 AM
 
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Like others have said, Dallas has other neighborhoods to make up for the downtown being dead.
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Old 10-23-2008, 07:03 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth/Dallas
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Free parking: Bass Family.
More security: Bass Family.
Nightlife: Bass Family.
I have to agree. The Bass family has been very generous to Fort Worth, and it has paid great dividends.
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Old 10-23-2008, 11:33 AM
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Like others have said, Dallas has other neighborhoods to make up for the downtown being dead.
That's what Fort Worth is trying to avoid. As a matter of fact, the city is trying to make Downtown and the neighborhoods around it more inviting.

Google these and you'll see what I mean:

-Fort Worthology
-Ft. Worth Museum Place
-Ft. Worth So.7
-Ft. Worth West 7th Street
-Fort Worth South
-Trinity River Vision
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Old 10-23-2008, 09:31 PM
 
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Yes the Bass family has done great wonders for the city of Fort Worth, but please lets get out of this phrase town. Its not a town it a major city in United States roughly 2 million people in its metro area without dallas.
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Old 10-25-2008, 12:18 PM
 
Location: TX
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Dallas is a city, while Fort Worth is a big town. The city center hasn't been largely abandoned, as it has in Dallas, which has much more vacant space in its downtown. It has nothing like the open, friendly feeling of Sundance Square.
FW is also a city. With a population of over 700,000 people, it's easily in the top 20 of all cities in the USA.

I missed downtown FW while I was away the past couple weekends. I'll make up for it tonight.
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Old 10-29-2008, 02:34 AM
 
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I have always liked Downtown FTW better than Dallas
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Old 10-29-2008, 11:14 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Dallas has better plans for Downtown planned, but uhh...
Probably the momentum the Bass family started has Downtown snowballing down a hill, so if more people come more businesses come, and if more business come more people come...its a never ending cycle...
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Old 10-29-2008, 11:51 PM
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The one thing Dallas does have over Fort Worth when it comes to downtown is that Dallas has a MUUUUUUUUUCH nicer and more developed skyline. Fort Worth's tallest (signature) buildings are all under 600 ft. and before this year, you could only count them on one hand.
Fort Worth does keep alot of its older buildings and reuses them. Which is a good thing...... to a certain extent.
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