Star-Telegram letters today.
All this while our infrastructure crumbles around us.
Fort Worth brags about population growth like a parent who simply has generated more kids than anyone else.
However, if a corporate CEO announced to the board and stockholders, "We have increased our customer base by 25 percent, but we're losing money at all levels," there would be a lot more questions than applause.
If unqualified population growth is so wonderful, why do so many retailers and restaurants -- especially the unique ones -- still fail? Why do so many failed business buildings remain vacant? Why aren't houses selling to all these newcomers? With all this growth, why do newspaper and book sales decline?
The next time you're sitting in stalled traffic ask yourself, "What really meaningful new amenities has Fort Worth gained since 1980, when population was just half of today's?"
Then ask yourself, "Who profits from this growth, and who loses?"
-- Jim Atkinson, Fort Worth