I read with interest Bob Ray Sanders’ opinion piece, “Cities must be prepared for rapid population growth” that compared Detroit and Fort Worth.
But he neglected to mention two important facts: Detroit has been governed by Democrats since the 1960s, and Detroit is now in Chapter 9 bankruptcy.
That is the real difference between Fort Worth and Detroit.
Mr. Sanders asks important questions in his May 24 column, questions that often never get asked.
He boiled the challenges created by rapid population growth: “schools, public safety and municipal services like roads, parks and libraries. Add to that list mass transit and water.”
I would add air quality and increased traffic to his list.
However, he and seemingly every other leader fail to ask. Do we want to grow? And if, so why?
As mentioned, Fort Worth already has a high level of sophistication and an enviable lifestyle. In what positive ways will more people impact that?
The common refrain is that more people will result in an increased tax base.
I am not an economist, but if that were true, why is our city not flush?
Let’s ask what kind of city we want so we can always be proud of the city we have.
As a former City Council Member years ago, I can relate to Bob Ray Sanders’ concern about addressing the varied needs of our rapidly growing population.
With regards to the “governance” issue, it seems that the number of single-member council districts has been eight since this system was adapted by the voters in 1977.
If the mayor and council are not ready to expand to 10 members, can they consider renumbering the districts to from 2-9 to 1-8?
This would not change boundary lines; but it would give the citizens a better understanding that there are only eight council members, not nine.
Thanks to city
I have lived in East Arlington for 52 years — just a few blocks from La Joya Apartments.
For decades that place has been a disgrace to the entire city of Arlington due to the indifference of the owners (absentee) and their exploitation of the tenants who lived there.
Thanks to the city of Arlington for finally saying, “That’s enough!”