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Fort Worth Business Press gears its content toward entrepreneurs and white-collar types who carry briefcases. We get it. But the paper’s pro-development mindset has clouded the judgment of its editorial board. A June 27 piece under the headline “Do-gooders’ meddling won’t stop Stockyards plan” mocks anyone who dares to doubt the good intentions of Majestic Realty, a California-based development company planning to add more hotels, retail stores, and who knows what to the fabled historic district. The Biz Press dubs people trying to rein in this “spectacular redevelopment program” as “obstructionists.” The paper describes the National Trust for Historic Preservation as a “band of D.C. do-gooders.” That nonprofit group’s crime? They dared to warn people that redevelopment could alter the character of the Stockyards.

The Biz Press assumes the D.C.-based preservationists don’t know diddly-squat about the Stockyards. “It’s obvious that all the Washington preservation crowd knows about this project is what they’ve been told by local opponents who apparently have convinced themselves –– and are trying to convince everyone else –– that this forward-looking injection of money and money-making growth into a long-dormant tourist destination will sound the death knell for Fort Worth’s Western heritage and the Stockyards’ cherished cowboy-and-cattle culture. It’s a ridiculous claim, but Fort Worth loves its history so it has gained traction in some circles.”

Talk about ridiculous claims. First off, the Stockyards is hardly “long-dormant.” It’s routinely listed among the state’s top tourist destinations. Second, when city officials try to pave the way for Stockyards redevelopment without seeking much input from the primary stakeholders (other than the Holt Hickman family, who is partnered with Majestic), it makes it look like city planners and the developers are going to do whatever they wish, regardless of how the locals feel. The Biz Press editorial points out that city officials are working with a task force of concerned citizens to develop guidelines to preserve the historical integrity. That’s true, but the task force meetings have been a joke. Those who have attended feel they’re being tolerated more than heard. They describe meetings as dog-and-pony shows meant to pacify people rather than include them.

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The Business Press concludes by describing the redevelopment as “an exciting journey of progress and growth” and a “good thing.” Those descriptions may turn out to be true. Static sees a lot of promise in the redevelopment. But keep in mind that the developer could give two shits about Fort Worth’s heritage. And city officials are pretty much the same ones that pushed urban gas drilling down everybody’s throats, cater to the Bass brothers and Sundance Square at every opportunity, and are allowed the use of eminent domain to legally take people’s properties to make room for the Trinity River Vision, a for-profit development. Anyone, particularly newspaper writers, who place blind trust in city officials and developers might need a refresher course in Journalism 101.

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  1. Greedhead rats tend to act as greedhead rats, Tea-Bagging butt-holes can be relied on to behave as Tea-Bagging butt-holes. Repug snot-rags… even those who are Baptised… consistently conduct their affairs as common half-wit, Repug, snot-rags. Anyone past the fifth grade knows this to be true. The Southern Baptist Convention was specifically founded on the stinking, fifth-grade, devil inspired, black-hearted lie that Negroid humankind was in fact not human…they lacked a God-givened soul. Finding a Southern Baptist who is not a Tea-Bagging, fruit-loop, Repug is a tremendous task. Try it and see what you come up with. This collection of grinning, self-satisfied flakes make up a notable portion of the jillionaire heros intending to destroy the remaining remnents of our precious Cowtown, and they feel absolutely entitled to throw our history into the dumpster. If the egg-sucking rats pulling the strings and calling the shots in Fort Worth accomplish this we should all be ashamed. Every decent soul in Fort Worth should be throwing rocks at the bastards and spitting on them when they pass by. I pray the decent folks don’t go for this. Yes, money talks…but decent citizens who stand up straight can prevail if we pull together. Lets do it.

  2. Static, this was a good story until you threw in the quip about Journalism 101. That’s funny, because in last week’s Static you made it quite clear that you’ve not taken Journalism 101. You know, that thing about corrections.

    • Hey Stouty….Didn’t you get run off from your last Journalism job? You still getting food stamps? How did that Journalism 101 jive work out for you? How old are you? Why don’t you try to amount to something? Cow-Patty Stouty lampooning multiple award winning writers is kind of tacky. Thinking about it however, it’s not unexpected that you consider yourself worthy of that fifth grade behaviour. Did your Mama raise any brats with a lick of sense? You’re on welfare and bad mouthing prize winners that work and pay their taxes. Normal Repugs usually have more class than you, you’re an anomaly. What gives?

      • Hey Benny. How’s the drooling going? How long does it take you to tap out one of these messages holding a pencil in your mouth to make keyboard entries? Ad hominem attacks, totally off topic, suck don’t they? Come on over, I’ll teabag you for fun. Probably wouldn’t enjoy it, but I’d take one for the team. (That’s assuming of course, tea bagging means what the homolibtards imply it means when they want to denigrate those who disagree with them) (I wouldn’t normally be so ugly, but you seem to a really nasty piece of sh..work)

        • You were a vulgar potty-mouth on your first piece on Weekly’s blog that I discovered and it continues through tonight. You raised in a pig-sty? You’re a bigot Southern Baptist or just a half-wit Tea-Bagging loser or maybe both? Is your mama proud of you, does she admire crack-head losers? You’re a brat I assume, Pigs are as Pigs do. Tell me the truth, how old are you? Can you buy beer? Can you reach the counter? Do you expect to ever amount to anything?

  3. Benny, what do you expect to prove by asking other commenters’ ages. You were born in 1944. What does that prove?

    • Hey Lynn, are you a boy or girl or something different? What are you normally? Can you spell butt-wipe? What’s a homolibtard? Is that word in your Baptist bible? Again, how old are you, can you buy beer? Why do you hate grown-ups? What would you be normally if you were not a silly girl? Did your Mama teach you to cuss like you do? Has she amounted to anything? What do you normally do for fun? A lady who works at my daughter’s store is attending the Southwestern Baptist Seminary to make a Missionary & she dips snuff, wears cowboy boots, and hates Negros. Do you do like that? You a Tea-Baggerette? Are the Klan & the Baggers the same people? Do you really think you’re smart? Are you on the Tarrant County Water Board? Are you a lying Repug crook? Why do you hate Fort Worth? Have you been baptized?

    • That I’m older and clearly more decent than you Baggers. I thought you could even figure it out, but maybe not. You’re the only one I ever heard of getting run off from that stinking StartleGram. I bet your Mama’s proud of you.

      • Benny, I’m an independent and seeing your poor counter arguments along with your horrid insults makes you seem like an intolerant child.

        What is up with you and thus magazine? Hysterical to see individuals drink from the kool-aid pool, and spew out hypocritical views.

        • Seems to me that an independent Peckerwood is no better than the more common half-wit, Tea-Bagging Peckerwood Anonymous. Neither is worth a bucket of cold piss. What do you eat anyway? Your mama have any brats worth a dime? Get over yourself, how old are you?

  4. Oh please stop with the bullshit. At least Fort Worth business journal provides more legitimate information than your bat shit crazy, left leaning magazine.

    Before you go “critiquing” others, get your head out of your arse. You guys provide opinions from a liberal perspective. Literally the same as Fox News feeding their propaganda to republican idiots, you guys aren’t any different.

    • It’s easy to call FW Weekly and the media “liberal” but that’s not always the case. In this instance the Weekly is criticizing the Biz Press for strongly embracing city leaders and the real estate developer who want to transform the Stockyards.

      The Weekly says to watch this deal with a skeptical eye. The city has already promised more than $60 million in tax breaks to the developer and will surely end up throwing in more money before it’s all over. How do you think that makes the longtime property owners feel, the ones who have spent their own hard earned dimes over the decades turning the Stockyards into what it is today? Now the city wants to enforce an overlay district that will help the favored realtor but will hurt some longtime property owners down there. The Weekly in this instance is expressing a conservative viewpoint, is it not?

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