Fort Worth now the 13th largest U.S. city in the nation!

 

Fort Worth gained 19,552 residents last year, according to U.S. Census estimates.

U.S. Census Bureau 2019 population estimates show Fort Worth jumping from the 15th to 13th largest city in the United States with a population of 895,008. Fort Worth gained 19,552 residents in 2018, climbing ahead of Columbus, Ohio and San Francisco.

“Fort Worth’s rapid growth speaks to our incredible quality of life, business-friendly climate and affordable cost of living,” said Mayor Betsy Price. “Of course, substantial growth presents both great opportunities as well as new challenges to strategically manage our growth without compromising what makes Fort Worth a unique place to live, work and play.”

Price and community leaders credit recent efforts focused around economic development, education, workforce development and health and wellness for having a positive impact. Fort Worth saw the third largest population increase in the U.S.

“The jump to 13th largest city in the U.S. will boost Fort Worth’s recognition worldwide as a formidable city in its own right and help draw more visitors and business investments,” said Bill Thornton, president & CEO of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. “The Dallas-Fort Worth region, now the fourth largest metro, and the Texas brand continue to attract business and top talent to fuel our economy. When people see that Fort Worth is larger than San Francisco, it should pique some curiosity about what’s going on here.”

New mural supports the art of well-being

Posted July 11, 2019

Stop by Trinity Park and find out how a work of art might just help you live a longer, better life. (image from WFAA.com)

Fort Worth’s newest and brightest art installation is making the city more colorful than ever — all while promoting residents’ well-being.

Trinity Artcourt is a vibrant, full-size mural painted on the basketball court under the West Lancaster Bridge in Trinity Park. The project features vivid, interconnected geometric shapes under each goal, on fuchsia and royal blue backgrounds.

The mural, located just off the park’s walking path, came to life through the vision of Arnoldo Hurtado, the artist behind Artscream Truck, a mobile pop-up art studio and gallery; Noel Viramontes, who runs Fort Worth Blackhouse; and Ricky Cotto, lead pastor of City Post Church and director of community engagement for Blue Zones Project, Fort Worth. The three worked together to find funding and volunteer manpower to create the new artwork.

Blue Zones Project is a community-led well-being improvement initiative shaping the environment to make healthy choices easier. The initiative is based on nine principles for better well-being. Several of these principles intersect at Trinity Artcourt to create a space where Fort Worth residents can gather, be active and have pride in their city:

Move naturally. Maintaining a lifestyle that includes plenty of natural movement is a key to better well-being. Trinity Artcourt makes walking through Trinity Park and playing a game of basketball even more appealing. (In fact, the newly-painted court hosted Fort Worth’s first all-star basketball game this spring.)

Purpose. Having a purpose is linked to longer life expectancy, and many people find purpose in giving back to their community. The Trinity Artcourt project gave an outlet to volunteers and donors who love Fort Worth and want to enhance quality of life.

Downshift. Shedding stress is a must if you want to be happy and healthy. Trinity Artcourt creates an enticing spot for people to get out and relax.

Right tribe. Research shows that behaviors and attitudes are contagious, so it’s important to surround yourself with people who will lift you up. Trinity Artcourt brings together individuals from across the city who are committed to making Fort Worth a more active, vibrant place.

Check it out for yourself—and find out how a work of art really can help you live a longer, better life.

New eastside library to focus on youth literacy is named for education advocate Reby Cary

City of Fort Worth—During the June 25 City Council work session, Fort Worth Public Library Director Manya Shorr, right, was joined by Faith and Bill Ellis during discussion about the new library’s name.

A pioneering Fort Worth native’s name will be used for a new Fort Worth Public Library location set to open next summer on East Lancaster Avenue.

As the first library designed specifically to serve children, teens and their caregivers, the Reby Cary Youth Library will be located at 3851 E. Lancaster Ave., with construction funded by the 2014 Bond. The name was announced publicly at the Fort Worth City Council’s work session June 25.

Name suggestions were solicited from the public, with the 123 unique names pared down by District 8 Councilwoman Kelly Allen Gray, Meadowbrook Neighborhood Association President Tonya Ferguson and library leadership to the top five. Cary received the most online votes with 826.

Reby Cary (1920-2018) graduated from I.M. Terrell High School and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history and political science from Prairie View A&M. He was the first African American elected to the Fort Worth ISD Board of Education, and the first African American professor hired at UT-Arlington. He helped establish the McDonald College of Industrial Arts for African Americans in the Riverside area, and as District 95 state representative, helped pass legislation to establish the Fort Worth Human Relations Commission to fight discrimination. Those are only a few of his many accomplishments.

During the council work session, Mayor Betsy Price said that Cary was her history professor when she was a junior at UT-Arlington. “He was one of the toughest teachers, but also one of the most entertaining,” she said, adding that she was pleased the new library would be named for him.

Cary was a strong advocate for education, something true in his own home as well.

“My parents were very open about teaching me social justice, very open about civil rights, especially what was going on in the local community,” said Faith Ellis, Cary’s daughter.

She said her father had a large personal library from which she would borrow books. She remembers as an 8-year-old, reading a biography about Malcolm X and later discussing the book with her father.

Sometimes her father’s work would happen right in front of her, or she would hear about important things going on and realize her father was a part of it. “There was redistricting going on in my living room,” she said.

The design by architects KAI Texas is complete for the nearly 8,000-square-foot library branch, with the bid process about to begin. The library will serve as a tangible public reminder of Cary’s legacy, especially his focus on education.

“He’s got to be in Heaven somewhere just rolling, smiling big and absolutely thrilled about the library. He was so concerned about the youth in the community and education. Libraries are our first introduction to education,” Ellis said. “He’d be really humbled.”

Fort Worth Public Library Director Manya Shorr said it is exciting to open a location dedicated to youth literacy.

“We are pleased to name this library after a noted community leader,” Shorr said. “Mr. Reby Cary was a Fort Worth native who was dedicated to serving his city. His life included a lot of firsts, from breaking barriers on the Fort Worth ISD school board and at UT-Arlington and beyond. We hope his name inspires all those who enter Fort Worth’s first youth library’s doors to push the limits to achieve great things in their own lives.”

Learn about this project and others.

Read Fort Worth launches effort to recruit 1,000 reading volunteers

Posted July 3, 2019

a volunteer reads to children in a library

 

Volunteers will read with students each week, starting in late September and will continue through May 2020.

Read Fort Worth is undertaking the most ambitious service project in its history by assisting in the coordinated recruitment of at least 1,000 reading volunteers as part of a comprehensive reading volunteer initiative to support Fort Worth ISD, along with community partners Read2Win and Reading Partners.

Recruitment for reading volunteers launched July 1 and continues throughout the 2019-20 school year. Reading volunteers will be asked to commit one hour per week on campuses across the district beginning this fall, reading with students from kindergarten to third grade.

“Becoming a reading volunteer is rewarding, and the positive impact on the volunteer and student is special,” Read Fort Worth Executive Director Anel Mercado said. “This effort supports ensuring that 100 percent of Fort Worth ISD third-graders are reading on grade level by 2025.”

“We know that not all children start the educational race at the same educational starting line,” Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent Scribner said. “What we have is an opportunity gap — not an achievement gap. The strategic use of volunteers will support our comprehensive effort.”

Get more information on the Read Fort Worth website.

Read Fort Worth will contact prospective reading volunteers and coordinate a background check with Fort Worth ISD. Qualified reading volunteers will receive training before being connected with a campus reading program.

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Executive Assistant Chief Edwin Kraus has been named interim
Chief of Police.

Fort Worth City Manager David Cooke determined a change in leadership was necessary for the citizens of Fort Worth and the men and women of the Fort Worth Police Department.

“As the City Manager for the City of Fort Worth, it is my responsibility to make decisions and recommendations in the best interest of this community,” Cooke said. “Today, I’ve made the decision to remove Joel Fitzgerald as the Chief of Police for the Fort Worth Police Department.”

Executive Assistant Chief Edwin Kraus has been designated as interim Chief of Police.

Fitzgerald was sworn in as the Chief of Police for the Fort Worth Police Department in October 2015, and was removed as of May 2019.

Chief Kraus began his career with the Fort Worth Police Department in 1992. He has served as an officer, detective and sergeant in several units in the Patrol Bureau. His command experience includes assignments as a Neighborhood Policing District lieutenant, a Patrol Division captain, commander of the Training Division, and deputy chief over the Investigative and Support Command. Most recently, Kraus oversaw the Patrol Bureau.

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