The 10 hottest stories that had Fort Worth talking in 2020
Editor’s note: What was Fort Worth reading in 2020? We are very pleased that you asked. Perhaps surprisingly, in a year marked by “bad news” headlines, CultureMap readers were asking for stories about fun things (Christmas lights!), Places to visit (getaways for couples!), Unique new businesses (truck yard!) And Opportunities to control your life (large motorway lock!). Here’s a look back at the 10 most read CultureMap stories of the past year. By the way, you can check out the most popular food stories in their own list.
1. Don’t take I-30 into Dallas this weekend unless you absolutely have to. If readers thought of driving to Dallas on I-30 on the first weekend of November, we warned them to think twice: The Texas Department of Transportation closed I-30, both east and west, for major construction a bridge. Drivers have been warned to expect long delays and asked to look for alternative routes. The word went far and wide as it became our most read story of the year.
2. There is a new “Holiday Light Spectacular” drive-through debut in 3 cities in North Texas. In October, a new Christmas lights event was on its way to brighten up 2020 for North Texas. Radiance! A Holiday Light Spectacular announced that Weatherford, Frisco and Decatur will continue this Christmas season. (It runs through January 3, 2021.) Radiance jumped on the hottest trend of the year as a drive through experience (see # 4 below) and would be over a mile long and take 20 to 30 minutes.
3. The Fort Worth billionaire is the richest woman in the world. Fort Worth’s Alice Walton may be relatively aloof, but she is well known when it comes to her stature among the world’s billionaires. In March, Walton was ranked # 1 among the richest women in the world and # 12 overall, according to a ranking from the Chinese Hurun report. Walton made a couple more appearances in stories this year: In September, she maintained her status as the richest Texan and richest woman in America in 2020, Forbes said. and in December, the Walton family ruled again as the richest family in the United States, according to Forbes.
4. The 7 Best, Brightest Drive-Through Light Displays in Dallas-Fort Worth. Like the Grinch it is, the coronavirus stole a lot of things from us this year – but it didn’t dampen our vacation spirit. When it came to experiencing Christmas lights, 2020 looked happier and brighter than ever thanks to the number of Christmas light events that adorn the walkways around Dallas-Fort Worth. (Some local light displays will continue this weekend.)
5.5 relaxing getaways for couples an easy getaway from Fort Worth. Whether couples had to spend their quarantines separately or mom and dad urgently needed time away from the kids, a getaway for two looked pretty good at the end of May. We’ve rounded up five Texas destinations that are perfect for a quick and easy getaway for couples. All offer amenities on vacation calibers with improved safety precautions.
6. Southwest Airlines launches a new $ 29 route to Texas from Dallas. In early December, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines found a new way to get to Houston – cheap. Starting April 12, 2021, customers from the Southwest will be able to fly non-stop between Love Field and Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental for USD 29 each way. The new flights are part of Southwest’s new service to and from Bush in Houston.
7. Fort Worth’s Alliance Center is a laid-back truck yard out of Dallas. Alliance Town Center, the 900-acre master-planned community near AllianceTexas in the far north of Fort Worth, enticed in a laid-back concept founded in Dallas: Truck Yard, an indoor-outdoor slope with food trucks, drinks, games and space for pets. The new company was announced in January and is slated to open in Fall 2020, but has not yet opened.
8. Main list of Fort Worth restaurants to reopen their dining rooms on May 1st. Armed with gallons of disinfectant, face masks and in some cases plastic table barriers, dozens of restaurants in the Fort Worth area planned to reopen for dine-in service on May 1 after the coronavirus shut down. The state of Texas allowed restaurants, movie theaters, and malls to reopen, provided that occupancy was limited to 25 percent and strict regulations were in place for the rest of the year.
9. Restaurant cocktail kits alleviate the Fort Worth alcohol blues. In a spring when the virus had completely disrupted daily life, TABC loosened the reins on takeaway cocktails thanks to a waiver by Governor Greg Abbott. While there was still some controversy over what exactly not having “mixed drinks” meant, restaurants seized the day (and the revenue opportunity) by packing cocktail kits for passing customers. These were some of the best options.
10. Affordable new community with lazy river pool immersed in the hottest area of Fort Worth. A master-planned community with 3,300 single-family homes and a resort-style lazy river pool would come to a booming area of Fort Worth, it said in late summer. A 1,100-acre neighborhood called Wildflower Ranch near the Texas Motor Speedway on State Highway 114 and I-35W in the far north of Fort Worth was unveiled on August 6th by Houston-based real estate developer and investor Hines LP.