Once considered the “downtown” of Airport Freeway, Bedford is stirring back to life.
Lengthy road work cost the city businesses and tax revenue. But with new express lanes delivering shoppers quickly to the Texas 183/Texas 121 interchange, Bedford is ready to regain a central role.
Mayor Jim Griffin, 58, a telecommunications engineer, has ideas to promote Bedford to young professionals. He supports the long-planned Bedford Commons mixed-use town center.
In 11 years on the City Council, the last three as mayor, Griffin has seen Bedford in both its bickering, pinchpenny years and its heyday.
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He has earned another three-year term as mayor.
Challenger Darryl Day, 54, a residential real estate agent, says he speaks for others who oppose the town center, particularly any town homes. But much of his campaign involves the 2014 controversy where the City Council reorganized advisory boards after rejecting a proposed trap-neuter-release system of feral cat control.
Those complaints are understandable, but only Griffin describes a clear vision for Bedford’s future.
The Star-Telegram Editorial Board recommends Jim Griffin for mayor of Bedford.