Sunday, April 23, 2017

A Warm Sunday Sidewalk Walking Tour Of My Texas Caribbean Neighborhood

At long last, on this next to last Sunday of April, blue sky and warm temperatures, well, semi-warm temperatures, have returned to my previously slightly cool location on the planet.

Last night the low here got into the upper 40s.

I have just returned from a tour of my Caribbean neighborhood where the air was warmed to a pleasant 65. All temperatures spoken  here are in Fahrenheit mode, not Celsius, just to be clear.

Upper 40s would be HOT in Celsius mode, and super sizzling in the 60s, what with 65 degrees Celsius being 149 degrees Fahrenheit.

Today I walked the Circle Trail til I reached Haiti, headed west on Haiti, til I reached Barbados, instead of Cuba, which is the island nation west of Haiti. I'm not sure where in the Caribbean Barbados is located, but when I reached Barbados I headed south and eventually took the picture you see above.

As you can see my shady Caribbean neighborhood, and Wichita Falls, has something which was quite rare at my former Texas location, that being sidewalks on both sides of the street, with a grass median between the sidewalks and the road.

What a concept.

Well, it really not not all that rare a concept in modern  locations in America and much of the world.

Sidewalks rendering being a pedestrian safe and easy.

While at my former location, Fort Worth, more often than not if a sidewalk did exist it was a pitiful dirt path worn into existence by hapless walkers plodding along a lumpy trail....

Saturday, April 22, 2017

More Local Control Over Fort Worth Star-Telegram Hit Pieces

Yesterday I opined that in my opinion the Fort Worth Way was in dire need of a RICO racketeering investigation. The day before yesterday I blogged about an aspect of that racketeering problem in a blog post about America's Biggest Boondoggle's new marketing manager.

The blog post about the new marketing manager generated an example of the racketeering mindset from someone whose name is Unknown...

Unknown has left a new comment on your post "What Will America's Biggest Boondoggle's New Marketing Manager Manage":

Really dude? Honestly WTF is your problem really? Get over yourself. Or how about you move on back to good ole DC and leave Ft Worth alone? We like it just fine! 

Aunt Kay won't let me  move back to DC. Aunt Kay insists I stay in the Fort Worth area to keep a watchful eye on cousin J.D.

It must be a comfort to Unknown to be able to speak for all the people of Fort Worth, people who Unknown thinks like Fort Worth just fine. Yet somehow over the years I have come into contact with many lifelong natives of Fort Worth who are totally disgusted with their town and the corrupt Fort Worth Way's inept shenanigans, such as that which has become America's Biggest Boondoggle, or little  things, like being unable to "fix" the park in downtown Fort Worth dedicated to Fort Worth's heritage, Or a big thing, like becoming the world's biggest experiment in urban fracking.

And then, last night the most recent example I have seen of the Fort Worth Way's racketeering. A guest editorial opinion piece from the soon to be ex-board president of the Tarrant Regional Water District, Vic Henderson, with this opinion editorial being an irresponsible slanderous hit piece attacking fellow board member, the up for re-election, Mary Kelleher.

You can read this embarrassing propaganda hit piece by going to Our local water board should have local control.

I am not going to detail all the bits of misinformation, out right lies and slander. See how many you can find yourself if you can tolerate making it through the entire editorial.

The reason behind this hit piece is the fact that the TRWD board must be kept under the control of the existing cadre of TRWD conspirators. Any means possible are used to keep control.

The fraudulent  results of the most recent  TRWD board election is what set off the biggest  election fraud investigation in Texas history, due to wanton vote harvesting using bogus absentee ballots. In the previous TRWD board  election  Marty Leonard and Jim Lane were re-elected with a record breaking vote count, around 10,000 more votes than any previous TRWD board election.

And around 10,000 of those votes were absentee ballots. That is approximately half the votes. Hence the obvious fraud and the followup ongoing investigation.

Marty Leonard and Jim Lane have retained their position on the TRWD Board, despite the obvious fraud. Mary Leonard and Jim Lane are solidly in the Gang which runs Fort Worth in what is known as the Fort Worth Way.  As is incumbent  Jack Stevens.

Jack Stevens and Marty Leonard are basically puppets, voting the way they are told to vote. Jim Lane is less of a puppet, but plays along because it is useful for him to do so, what with being on the TRWD Board has allowed Jim Lane to be helpful to his friends, like the guy who was having some money woes with La Grave Field, so Jim Lane finagled to have the TRWD buy property from the beleagured ballpark owner and helped turn that property into the world's first drive-in movie theater of the 21st century.

Have I mentioned the dire need for a federal RICO investigation into all the shady corruption in Fort Worth?

The possible election of non-puppets to the TRWD Board, joining non-puppet, Mary Kelleher, presents such a threat to so many that pretty much all levels of corruption are resorted to.

As in election fraud, slander, editorials full of lies and disinformation, propaganda filled mailers.

Because, the bottom line here is the racketeering likely is at the criminal conspiracy level, You know the type thing people go to jail for with huge fines.

Now do you get the motivation behind the bad behavior of the TRWD Board's majority members? And the higher up employees of the TRWD?

Basically they know if they lose control of the TRWD Board, the jig is up....

Friday, April 21, 2017

The Fort Worth Way With RICO Racketeering

In a comment from Kat, commenting about a recent blogging about Fort Worth's soon to be memorable landmark, Dickies Arena, Kat mentioned the Fort Worth Way.

The Fort Worth Way was already on my mind due to a variety of reasons two of which were also comments, but from last month, which I noticed, again, yesterday,

We'll get to those comments, but first the Kat comment...

Kat has left a new comment on your post "Dickies Arena Defines What Fort Worth Is":

"The Fort Worth Way." First heard this term from former Mayor Mike Moncrief in council meetings. The tradition continues. Parking lots for the desired arena were underway before the public voted. Asked before the vote if there was a traffic plan for an already overloaded area...."No" said the ruling class. Neighborhood residents knew The Fort Worth Way had its plan in the works and the vote was irrelevant.

Yes, the little town of Fort Worth is run by a ruling class which controls most of what happens in, or to, the town. Control of the town, in this manner, by a ruling class of those who are known as the Good Ol' Boys and Girls Network, or the 7th Street Gang, is what is meant by the Fort Worth Way.

I Googled for a suitable "Fort Worth Way" image to illustrate this blogging to no suitable avail. Too many of my own images came up. And then there was what you see above, a map showing the Fort Worth Way running parallel to an American River, not the Trinity River. This particular Fort Worth Way then is not in Fort Worth, but is in Sacremento, which is not a town in Texas.

And now those two other comments which brought the Fort Worth Way to mind. The comments are from Matthew Clemons and Melodious Skywalker. I do not remember to which blog post these comments were made, but it was either Stormy Look At Zero Panther Island Bridge Motion Progress or Fort Worth Star-Telegram Opines Boondoggle's Stalled Bridges Can't Be A Good Thing.

Matthew Clemons said...
Sometimes I think this whole fiasco is really hilarious. How a relatively late modern city can have something this ridiculous going on is phenomenal. But, then I remember what a blight these idiots have put on the city. The area they have ruined was nothing special. But, it was an honest area of urban industrial Fort Worth. There were real businesses with real people working and using that area. These morons just came in there with their "visions" and destroyed that piece of our heritage. What a sham.

While...

Melodious Skywalker said...
That area was special enough to me. Owning property there was a decision made to have a productive place to work, in a central city location, with a view toward the future. How could the decision to work hard to buy property adjacent to a growing and thriving downtown area, become a bad idea. This was an investment in the future. This was a solid calculation that free enterprise might one day, need this area to continue what was started downtown and along west 7th street. Nearly a decade of anxiety and 3 1/2 years of constant stress and concern over trying to eventually get a more fair compensation for the property, after it was taken, building demolished, giving the projects representatives no real incentive to offer a better payment, finally came to an end. However, no real victory. There is nothing fair about this process. Property owners were not made whole. Waging an expensive legal battle to seek just compensation, against a cadre of entities running this project, moving at a glacial pace, with trivial and frivolous activities and attractions, all occurring without the voter approval needed for a project this size, has left such a bad taste and repeated scars from the grinding down of our resolve over the years. Unless it happens to you, no one knows how nasty is the threat of eminent domain. The bank didn't understand. The insurance company didn't understand. The contractors and surveyors that swarmed the area did not seem to be working in consort. The county, a partner on the project, did not seem to have a list of taken properties. Tax bills were sent for full value for years after the Water District had the property in its name. Property owners were told that they might get a small refund. It took attorneys to inform the County that a "Whole Taking" situation, by law, means that no taxes should have assessed at all, once the properties had been signed over to the Water District. I want my property and my decade of strife back. I bet my friends an neighbors do too.

So, there you have it, an observer of the Fort Worth Way and a victim of the Fort Worth Way, sharing their observations of the Fort Worth  Way.

Melodious Skywalker had his land stolen, years ago, by what would be considered, in a lawful part of America, to be a criminal abuse of eminent domain.

When what has become America's Biggest Boondoggle was first schemed and revealed to the public it was touted as a combo flood control economic development plan.  Quickly it became clear the flood control aspect was a scam, with the flood control controlling an area which has not flooded for well over a half a century, due to flood control levees already being in place.

When this scam began it became obvious the economic development part of the scheme was the real motivation, with the economic development benefiting property owners who also happened to be part of Fort Worth's ruling class, the 7th Street Gang, the perpetrators of the Fort Worth Way.

Early on the Granger Gang was revealed to own multiple properties which stood to increase in value from the Trinity River Central City Uptown Panther Island District Vision. In an obvious act of collusion and nepotism a member of the Granger Gang was installed as Executive Director of the Trinity River Vision Authority.

The legitimate use of eminent  domain is considered to be abused, and thus illegal, when eminent domain is used for private, not public benefit. Eminent  domain is valid when used to take property when there is no other alternative, for things like public highways, schools, hospitals, that type thing.

In Fort Worth the Fort Worth Way Perpetrators abused eminent domain to take private property, such as the thriving business of Melodius Skywalker, which the FWWP bulldozed years ago, before Melodious Skywalker had his rightful hearing in court.

Can you imagine how wronged you would feel if the town you built your business in did this to you?

It has been years now since Melodious Skywalker's business was stolen, for what has become America's Biggest Boondoggle. You can take a look at the construction ghost town that now blights where Melodious Skywalker used to have his thriving business.

Why is there no federal investigation into what seems to be racketeering? With the local Fort Worth government, the Granger Gang and its 7th Street Gang cohorts being the racketeers? Why doesn't all the nepotism, the shady contracting, the conflicts of interest, the eminent domain abuse, the election tampering, all the obvious corruption trigger a RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) investigation?

I can think of only two ways the Fort Worth Way can be brought to full stop. Either federal intervention, or the Fort Worth locals cease being sheep and put an end to living in a town which allows crimes, such as that perpetrated against Melodious Skywalker and all the other victims of the Fort Worth  Way and its ridiculous Trinity River Vision Boondoggle...

Thursday, April 20, 2017

What Will America's Biggest Boondoggle's New Marketing Manager Manage?

Used to be, years ago, the closest thing long suffering Fort Worth had to real newspapers were Fort Worth Weekly and the Fort Worth Business Press.

But, in recent years both have seemed to have somehow been compromised, journalistic quality-wise.

Example, this Trinity River Vision hires marketing manager propaganda puff piece in the Fort Worth Business Press, asking no questions, when the subject begs for questions to be asked.

Such as...

Wendy Stane has joined the Trinity River Vision Authority (TRVA) as marketing manager. She was previously community marketing manager at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The move was effective Jan. 17.

Isn 't this some sort of conflict of interest? The Trinity River Vision Authority (TRVA) headquarters is on the ground floor of the Star-Telegram building. The Star-Telegram has long treated the TRVA with kid gloves, doing no in depth looking at anything, be it looking at the TRVA's failed Cowtown Wakepark, the currently failing TRVA bridge construction, the TRVA's encouraging of people to get wet in a regularly e.coli contaminated river, or just the overall incredibly slow progress of what has become America's Biggest Boondoggle

And then there is this gem in this article, from that master of saying stupid stuff, J.D. Granger...

“Having secured our new $526 million federal authorization, we are ramping up our marketing team to keep up with the construction and development interests,” said J.D. Granger, executive director. “We are very excited to bring Wendy and her 23 years of creative, energetic and interactive marketing experience to the team.”

Has that half billion plus federal dollars already been transferred to the Boondoggle?

And now with this money the Boondoggle is able to ramp up its marketing team? Why? So as to produce even more ridiculously absurd propaganda to try and convince the public that what has become America's Biggest Boondoggle is not an inept incompetent ongoing failure?

Keep up with what construction and development interests?

Keep up by not explaining in the latest TRVA quarterly update why bridge construction has been halted for over a year? We talked about this particular bizarre omission in Spring 2017 Non Existent Trinity River Vision Bridge Debacle UPDATE

And then there is this from the former Star-Telegram employee...

“I am thrilled to join J.D. and the TRVA team. The growth of Panther Island, along with other projects planned along our Trinity River, bring renewed excitement to Fort Worth's future and I am honored to be part of it,” Stane said.

Join J.D. and the TRVA  team? Bring renewed excitement to Fort Worth's future? What? As in replacing sadness about Fort Worth's past? This marketing whiz thinks what has become America's Biggest Boondoggle has brought about a growing island with projects along the Trinity River? I can see where she will be useful in the continuing spewing of nonsensical propaganda.

And here have another gem, this time from J.D.'s partner in "Going Nuts for Runner's Butts" the Boondoggle's Minister of Disinformation, Matt Oliver, he being one of the Boondoggle's many products of nepotism.

“We are really excited about the experience she brings to the team,” said Communication Manager Matt Oliver. “Wendy will oversee the TRVA production team, as well as spearhead our social and digital efforts.”

Oversee the production team? Production of what? Currently we know it not the constructive production of bridges being built over dry land which this former Star-Telegram employee will be overseeing. She will spearhead social and digital efforts? Has there ever been any major public works project in America which has spent so much time on various media productions, while accomplishing so little of the public works on which they are currently wasting the public's money?

I have asked multiple times how much money is spent by the TRVA Boondoggle on all its various propaganda media productions. The plethora of absurd, often ironic signage (Panther Island Bridges Under Construction, Live Motion in Progress Cam). The slick multi-page full color mailers mailed quarterly. All the "events" which have nothing to do with flood control or actually building this project.

Events such as Rockin' the River Happy Hour Inner Tube Floats when the e.coli level is low enough to permit it. Various beer garden type events. Panther Island Pavilion music events at a pitiful imaginary waterfront music venue at an imaginary pavilion.

An ice skating rink.

The list goes on and on of the various absurd "products" of what has become America's Biggest Boondoggle. That's right, the Boondoggle's propagandists refer to their various non-productive efforts such as inner tubing parties, as "products".

And now the TRVA Boondoggle has hired itself a new marketing director to help them spew out even more nonsense that has nothing to do with what the voters have never voted on which is doing visible damage to their town. best exemplified by a Stormy Look At Zero Panther Island Bridge Motion Progress...

Spencer Jack Gambles With Tulalip Orcas

Incoming this morning via email from Spencer Jack and his dad, my Favorite Nephew Jason.

Two photos along with this message...

FUD-

Spencer Jack took me on an after school adventure to Marysville.

We spotted 3 Orcas and countless tribal gaming machines.


Thought you'd enjoy the photos.

FUD-

Marysville is a town about 35 miles south of Spencer Jack's home abode of Mount Vernon. Prior to moving to Arizona, Marysville was the home zone of my Favorite Nephews Christopher and Jeremy, better known as CJ and JR.

The Tulalip Resort Casino is one of Washington's biggest casino complexes.

The Tulalip's are also host to one of the biggest fireworks selling complexes in Washington, and the world. This explosive Tulalip operation is called Boom City Fireworks.

There are a couple tribal casinos close to my current Texas abode, about 15 miles north, across the Red River, in Oklahoma.

The Kiowa Red River Casino, and the Comanche Red River Hotel Casino.

Since I have been at my current Wichita Falls location I have not ventured across the Red River into Oklahoma Indian Territory to visit the Kiowa and Comanche tribe's casinos.

Since I have not visited either of my nearby casinos I do not know if either have any Orca Pods frolicking for casino goers. But, I suspect not.

It is likely the closest Orcas to be found at this part of the planet are to the south a few hundred miles, in San Antonio, at Sea World.

In the short message about visiting the Tulalip Orcas and gaming machines no mention was made of whether or not there was any slot machine playing.

The summer prior to me moving to Texas Spencer Jack's dad and uncle, my Favorite Nephew Joey, took me to Las Vegas, where they made me their surrogate gambler, directing me at Keno and Video Poker.

I suspect Spencer Jack is continuing the family tradition of surreptitious gambling, using his dad as a surrogate...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Dickies Arena Defines What Fort Worth Is

What you are looking at here is a screen cap from a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article.

That confetti in the air is part of a celebration marking the start of construction of a Fort Worth Multi-Purpose Arena.

In Fort Worth not a lot happens, so when something does happen, or seems to happen, a big deal is made.

Such as years ago when a big TNT explosion's big boom marked the start of construction of three little bridges being built on dry land to connect the Fort Worth mainland to an imaginary island.

The construction of which has now been stalled for a year.

One can hope a similar stall does not hamper the construction of this simple arena destined to become a Fort Worth landmark, along with all those other well known Fort Worth landmarks.

This arena project came about as the result of a Fort Worth rarity. As in the public was allowed to, sort of, vote for it. Several years ago there was a ballot measure with three propositions relating to this arena, which if the voters approved these propositions this somehow obligated them to pay for half of the approximately half billion dollar arena, and approved the construction of the arena.

To approve the building of this arena voters voted yes on a fee on horse stalls, a tax on parking and a tax on ticket sales. Not an up or down vote on the arena, but instead voting on these three separate propositions.

You in democratic parts of America, and the world, I am not making this up, this is really how this arena came to be approved by the voters.

And now in this Dickies Arena will become Fort Worth landmark, CEO says article we learn that naming this arena after well known work pants is a great fit, according to the work pants maker...

Phillip Williamson, chairman and CEO, whose great-grandfather and grandfather helped found the company in 1922, said it was a natural fit to gain the naming rights. The workwear company is long time sponsors of the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, he said.

“We’re committed and passionate about continuing to ensure Fort Worth remains one of the fastest growing cities in the nation,” Williamson said. “We couldn’t be prouder to have the Dickies name on an arena that will become one of the most recognizable landmarks in the city.”

The article did not inform us as to how much Dickies paid to have the new Fort Worth arena have the Dickies name, or what other entities, if any, submitted naming bids.

I found the following paragraph to be interestingly confusing...

The city has already raised $25 million for the arena and in mid-July expects to issue special tax revenue bonds for the remainder. Voters approved the project in a special referendum in 2014. The city will pay the debt through hotel occupancy taxes, a car rental tax as well as revenues generated by taxes at the arena itself.

Okay, back in the 2014 referendum I do not remember mention made of these other revenue generating methods being part of what the voters approved. The Bass Gang was supposed to pay for the other half of the cost, with the public half raised by those aforementioned means, such as renting horse stalls.

And then there is this badly written paragraph which I assume the Star-Telegram editors, if they still have any, will fix...

The Stock Show moved from the Coliseum in the Stockyards in north Fort Worth to the Will Rogers in 1945. Bass called said it “was an historic move and defines what we are.”

Was that last sentence intended to be "Bass, when called on the phone, said it "was an historic move and defines what we are."

Yeah, I would agree with that, making a big deal out of this arena, and calling it Dickies, really does sort of define what Fort Worth is....

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Not Picking Big Heads Of Wichita Falls Wild Cauli Flowers

Yesterday, I had a hot humid walk before an incoming Arctic chill where I discovered, a short distance south of my abode, a colorful field of wild looking flowers.

Today, I walked again on the Wichita Falls Circle Trail, where a short distance north I found what looked to be what you see here, a field of what, until an expert corrects me, I am calling Wild White Cauli Flowers.

I hope one of the two renowned horticulturists of my acquaintance, Miss Misty of Texoma or Miss Julie of Fort Worth, is able to correctly identify these big white bloomers if they are not actually known as Wild White Cauli Flowers.

As you can also see in the Cauli Flower picture, Spring has greened up this formerly drought stricken part of the planet, while water drips through Holliday Creek, slowly ambling through Holliday Gorge on its way to meet up with the muddy red Wichita River.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Hot Humid Wildflowers Before Arctic Chill

I have been having myself a day of computer aggravation. I shan't bore you or myself with the details.

Suffice to say the upper limits of my blood pressure have been tested.

Around noon, not realizing the outer world was HOT, extremely humid and almost totally wind-free, I decided to go on a walk south on the Circle Trail.

The walk south turned into a short walk south due to that aforementioned unexpected HOT humid thing.

Just yesterday I mentioned the shortage of wildflowers coloring up the landscape at my location in North Texas, particularly the total absence of the State Wildflower of Texas, the Bluebonnet.

Well, today, just a short distance south of my abode I came upon the colorful spread of wildflowers you above.

But again, no Bluebonnets.

About an hour after my return to my abode the wind suddenly began howling from the north. The wind from the north brought a quick drop in temperature. It is no longer HOT and humid.

Today I was the closest yet this year to firing up the air-conditioning, but then that Arctic blast from the north arrived, putting off for another day the beginning of this year's cooling season...

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Spencer Jack's Warm Sunny Easter Tulips With No Texas Bluebonnets

Moments  ago, incoming phone text from Spencer Jack's dad, my Favorite Nephew Jason, with the picture you see here and the text you read below...

Have yourself a Happy Easter. Spencer Jack's tulips are in full bloom. Today is slated to be sunny and warm here in the PNW.

A few days ago I saw a few tulips blooming in a big flower pot in the front yard of a house in my Caribbean neighborhood.

I do not see many tulips or daffodils blooming in Texas. So far, this Spring blooming season I have not seen many wildflowers at my current north Texas location near the Oklahoma border.

I have yet to see a single bloom of the State Wildflower of  Texas, the Bluebonnet.

I suspect Bluebonnets may be late bloomers at my North Texas location and soon the landscape will be showing fields of blue...

Happy Easter Bunny Bertha Inspired Questions

This is a combo Bertha and Happy Easter Bunny blogging due to the screen cap I capped from a Seattle Times article about Bertha included a chocolate Easter Bunny.

Happy Easter, one and all.

Just remembered, in addition to being a combo Bertha and Happy Easter Bunny blogging this is also yet one more of those popular bloggings about something I read in a west coast online news source, usually the Seattle Times, about something I would not be expecting to read in a Texas online news source, usually the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, about something going on in Texas, or Fort Worth.

I think I have mentioned previously that Fort Worth is currently host to America's Biggest Boondoggle, also known as the Trinity River Central City Uptown Panther Island District Vision. The vision is a bizarre pseudo public works project the public has never been allowed to vote on, which claims to be a much needed flood prevention plan,  preventing flooding where flooding has not happened for well over a half a century due to levees the rest of America helped pay for way back in the 1950s.

This bizarre public works project is also an economic development scheme designed to line the pockets of multiple players in the Fort Worth oligarchy, including Fort Worth's Congresswoman, Kay Granger, and her son, J.D., who, as America's Biggest Boondoggle's Executive Director is responsible for the non-progress of this project which has been limping along for most of this century.

The current symbol of just how bad this boondoggle has  become is a bridge building project which began way back in 2014,  with an astonishing four year bridge building project timeline, with bridge construction now stalled for over a year, with no explanation as to why the simple  little bridges being built  over dry land are no longer being built.

Recently the Trinity River Vision Authority released its Spring 2017 Trinity River Vision Update with no update as to what has stalled the bridge construction. We blogged about this in Spring 2017 Non Existent Trinity River Vision Bridge Debacle UPDATE.

Which brings us to what I read in the Seattle Times today about the Bertha Tunnel Project in an article titled Inside the Highway 99 tunnel: Bertha’s done digging, but the roadway work rolls on in.

Bertha began her tunnel boring about the same time the Trinity River Vision Boondoggle began trying to build bridges over dry land. Bertha ran into a snag which stopped boring for around two years. But, Bertha eventually got back boring and is now leaving the tunnel behind her, with road decks now being added and the tunnel expected to be open to traffic in early 2019.

Apparently the Highway 99 Alaskan Viaduct Replacement Project is well engineered by qualified adults who know what  they are doing. Part of the project design  took into account the possibility of a boring delay.

Three illustrative paragraphs...

Joe Hedges, state Highway 99 administrator, recently said the completion of the tunnel itself represents halftime for the project. Nonetheless, workers were busy installing roadways even during Bertha’s two-year breakdown, and some 600 people remain on the job.

That by itself prevented delays from getting worse, said Brian Russell, vice president for HNTB, which wrote the technical designs for the tunnel structures.

The tunnel’s relatively new “design-build” contract, which hands final engineering to the bidders, gave Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP) flexibility to juggle its work schedules so the upper deck and walls kept advancing north, behind the tunnel machine. Under conventional bidding, where the state writes the design, the decking might be done by other companies, and might not begin until after the underground tube is finished.

Okay, why do we not read anything similar to the above in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram about the problems with the Trinity River Vision project? Who designed the project? Who are the contractors? Why is whoever is  the bridge building contractor not asked what the problem is which has stalled  construction?

Read the Seattle Times Inside the Highway 99 tunnel: Bertha’s done digging, but the roadway work rolls on in article and notice how detailed the information is. Including animated graphics showing each stage of the ongoing tunnel construction. Why do you not see anything even remotely similar in the Fort Wort Star-Telegram about any aspect of what has become America's Biggest Boondoggle?

Why do the Fort Worth locals whose town is being impacted by being the host to America's Biggest Boondoggle not demand answers as to what and who has caused this mess? What causes a population to be so passive? How can Americans in one part of America be so different from Americans in another part? Better education?

I have no idea what the explanation is. All I know for sure is the toleration for incompetent corruption in Fort Worth, in various forms, is extremely perplexing...