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  1. Fort worth is the county seat of Tarrant County... Espn in downtown FW and Superbowl in Arlignton... Tarrant County is gonna rock!
  2. Even without water, Alliance may soon be a port Designation would let Alliance levy taxes for infrastructre By ANNA M. TINSLEY Star-Telegram staff writer (Alliance, which covers 17,000 acres in far north Fort Worth, could get an inland-port designation under a bill in the Legislature. Alliance Airport, BNSF Railway and Interstate 35W provide the transportation for the development's distribution centers.) FORT WORTH -- AllianceTexas could soon be an inland port, drawing countless international shipments and new dollars for improvements, under a state plan that drew endorsements Tuesday from local leaders. Under a bill in the Texas Senate, city and county leaders would work together to create the ports, define property to be included in them and create governing boards to levy taxes for infrastructure and security improvements. "Establishing a port authority will allow Alliance to continue to compete," said David Pelletier, director of communications for Hillwood, the company owned by Ross Perot Jr. that is developing the 17,000-acre AllianceTexas. "There's a lot of states looking to establish inland ports because it's about economic development." The push for the legislation comes soon after the unveiling of plans to turn thousands of acres south of Dallas into a warehouse and distribution center that some say could rival Alliance. What happened Tuesday: County and Fort Worth leaders unanimously endorsed a plan to create inland-port designations in Texas. The measure by state Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Lewisville, also won approval in the Senate Natural Resources Committee and is headed to the full Senate for debate. Where an inland port could go: The bill says a port could be established in an area with a municipally owned airport, a Class 1 railroad and a priority corridor highway. In Fort Worth, those are Alliance Airport, BNSF Railway and Interstate 35W. The bill would allow inland ports across the state. What an inland port would do: Much like a Public Improvement District, the authority would tax itself and use that revenue for improvements such as roads, runways, security measures or customs. How much this could generate and what for: Pelletier said there are no estimates on how much money could be generated by the inland-port designation. But it would help Alliance move forward with infrastructure improvements. Why this is needed: "Establishing an inland-port authority will strengthen Alliance's position as a major international trade corridor," said Nelson, whose district includes Alliance. "Goods from all over the world are clearing customs right here in our back yard, so it is vital that there be resources available for security, infrastructure and continued growth." What local officials are saying: Assistant City Manager Joe Paniagua said the city's staff supports the concept of an inland port but has some concerns. They include whether the port authority's board would be subject to the Texas Open Meetings Act and whether the port authority could buy land and build facilities that would be tax-exempt. Staff writer Mike Lee contributed to this report. Anna M. Tinsley, 817-390-7610
  3. One obvious difference Dallas has, compaired to the other two cities mentioned, it has another major city "FORT WORTH" one county over connected to it be freeways and commuter train to form a mega regional area known locally as the Metroplex. Houston and Atlanta hold thier own. Without FW, Dallas' metro population wouldn't be as big as it is claimed now.
  4. I didn't know there even was or will be a "Port" in Dallas, and I live in DFW! I see no talk about it in the Dallas or Fort Worth forums. So why all the fuss here in H-town?
  5. Yeah, it need some serious updating. Now it's up 661,850 from the last time Willy1 suggested that request
  6. Well, I do hope FW and Austin does get more tall skyscrapers. It's always been all about Dallas and Houston skylines. It's FW and Austin's turn to reach for the sky.
  7. Someone from the Fort Worth forum asked, is that a lake at the tip? lol A more refined map...
  8. TxDave, do your homework... Fort Worth is #19 on the top 20 big cities. You meant, all 5 major TX cities in the top 20 right??? This map will show what they mean... Why do people keep calling DFW Airport, "the airport in Dallas" when clearly its closer to Fort Worth???
  9. Here is the article in full..... Dallas Business Journal - 3:17 PM CST Thursday Trump sets sights on Dallas Glenn Hunter Editor Real estate tycoon Donald J. Trump says he's eying land in North Texas for a project called Trump Tower Dallas. "We're literally looking at something right now, and if we do it we'll make it very, very successful," Trump told the Dallas Business Journal by phone from New York Thursday. While he declined to provide specifics, the wealthy entrepreneur said he'll visit the tower's proposed site next month when he speaks at the Learning Annex Real Estate Wealth Expo at the Dallas Convention Center. "The speech is giving me the incentive to go out and look at the land," Trump said. "The land that we'll purchase will be terrific, if we decide to do this." Asked to describe the site's location, Trump said: "I'd rather not. Because otherwise, it won't be available for purchase for very long." Trump, president and chairman of the New York-based Trump Organization, developed the Trump Tower skyscraper and the Trump International Hotel & Tower, a luxury hotel and residential building, in New York. Most recently he announced plans for Trump Tower Philadelphia, a 45-story, $190 million luxury condominium project along the Delaware River waterfront. It would be similar to other Trump buildings planned for Las Vegas, Chicago and Tampa, Fla. Experts say Dallas has been a hot market for high-end condos. The most successful such projects have been the W Dallas Victory Hotel and Residences and the Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, said real estate consultant Ted Wilson, a principal at Dallas-based Residential Strategies Inc. That's mainly because both the W and the Ritz have "national and even international brand appeal" and are associated with full-service hotels, Wilson said. ghunter@bizjournals.com | 214-706-7109
  10. DrkLts

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    Isn't it getting pretty dangerous near Laredo? Especially if you cross the border into Nuevo Laredo. I hear alot of drug trafficing is spilling into the U.S. side. I keep hearing alot of murders and kidnappings are happening. I would assume that would slow down anybody from moving into Laredo.
  11. Old news, but did any of you Houstonites know that Neiman's if partly owned by a FORT WORTH firm??? DFW's WFAA Channel 8's web sight had the following in it's archives. FW getting a little more classier Neiman Marcus agrees to buyout 11:00 PM CDT on Monday, May 2, 2005 From Staff and Wire Reports John David Emmett / DMN Neiman Marcus Group Inc., an icon in luxury retailing, said Monday it has agreed to sell its chain of department stores to two private investment firms for about $5.1 billion in cash. Texas Pacific Group, based in Fort Worth, and New York-based Warburg Pincus agreed to pay $100 per share for Neiman Marcus, which operates 35 Neiman Marcus stores, a Bergdorf Goodman women's store and a Bergdorf Goodman men's store. The price is a slight premium to Neiman Marcus' closing price of $98.32 on Friday but is more than 25 percent higher since mid-March when the company announced it was considering putting itself up for sale. Some Dallasites worry the ownership change could result in the closing of the chain's flagship store in downtown Dallas. "Since I was a little girl we shopped in downtown Dallas at that store," said customer Mary Beth White. "I can remember being there, 3 or 4 years old, having lunch with my mom." Legendary local figure Stanley Marcus left Neiman's 30 years ago and died in 2002, but strong roots and a solid reputation have kept the retailer looking good. And while some worry about the stores losing their Lone Star connections, Neiman Marcus officials said many people forget - or maybe didn't know - that a Boston company has owned the chain since 1969. Shares fell $5.10, or 5.3 percent, to $92.10 in midday trading on the New York Stock Exchange as investors sought to lock in profits. "We are very pleased with the results of our strategic review," said Neiman Marcus Chairman Richard A. Smith. "This transaction provides outstanding shareholder value and represents an endorsement of the excellent performance of our entire team." Smith and his family, who own a "significant" portion of Neiman Marcus' stock, separately agreed to vote their shares in favor of the transaction, the company said. The acquisition is the latest in a flurry of retail deals in the last few months, fueled by private equity firms that are flush with cash as well as heavy cash flows from the likes of merchants like Federated Stores Inc., who feel the way to grow in an overall stagnant apparel market is to gobble up other chains. On Friday, Saks Inc., the Birmingham, Ala.-based department store operator, said it is selling its Proffitt's and McRae's department stores to privately held retailer Belk Inc. for $622 million in cash as it considers selling its northern mid-priced department store group. Saks, however, said it will retain and continue to operate its luxury Saks Fifth Avenue Enterprise division, as well as its upscale Parisian stores. Texas Pacific, which manages over $15 billion in assets, has investments in a number of companies including the retailers Petco, J. Crew and Debenhams and the fast-food restaurant company Burger King. On Sunday, its investment in Lenovo, the new chinese owner of IBM's personal computer division, was confirmed. Warburg Pincus has about $13 billion under management and invests in the financial services, health care, media and energy industries as well as real estate. Investment banks Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan both advised Neiman Marcus on the deal. The Associated Press and WFAA-TV's Karin Kelly contributed to this report.
  12. I dunno, you might wanna add Fort Worth to that list of "outside Houston and Dallas". If you haven't read the DFW section, Fort Worth has a chance of getting a 60 story, 900'ft tower in '06. If the building actually comes out to be 900 feet, then it will only be 21 feet shorter than the Bank of America Plaza in Dallas, and taller than Dallas' second tallest building. At 900 feet, it would be Texas' fifth tallest. 1. JPMorgan Chase Tower Houston - 1,002 ft. 2. Wells Fargo Plaza, Houston - 972 ft. 3. Bank of America Plaza, Dallas - 921 ft. 4. Williams Tower, Houston - 901 ft. 5. Block TU Tower, Fort Worth - 900 ft.
  13. Yeah, you'd think so. The thing is, if ya noticed in the article, one of the developers is from Dallas. I doubt he'd stab Big D in the back like that would he? lol :closedeyes:
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