The first of the Census Bureau's July 2016 metro/micro/county-level (and I think possibly city-level) population estimates should come out within the next three weeks. I fully expect the Metroplex will re-pass Greater Houston as the largest net domestic migration gaining U.S. metro since the 2010 Census.
But all's far from well, I'll admit.
As The_Overdog put it, "...the over-arching guise of regionalism is starting to fracture - (transportation) DART, NCTCOG plans, (water) NTMWD, (travel) DFW & Love vs rail, and schooling (suburban students taking spots in Dallas' top magnets vs suburban schools generally better than urban). Will be interesting to see if any break apart in the next decade."
Jurisdictions splatter out little blasts of annexation; counties like Ellis, Johnson, Tarrant, Denton, Grayson, and Kaufman look like Jackson Pollock got a hold of them.
Ft. Worth already exceeds Dallas in land area; in the next decade its planners anticipate a municipal decision on adding 16 more square miles, out to the edge of Aledo, Texas (That's just under thirty percent of the total acreage that they've analyzed and classified for annexation in their current public records).http://fortworthtexas.gov/planningandde ... able-1.pdfhttp://fortworthtexas.gov/planningandde ... able-2.pdf
It's probably never going to get less fractious where these powers that be are concerned. They'll keep scrapping to finance an edgeless monument to the noble Houstonian's prowess at selling us that oil and gas, I guess. From Northwest Highway to well past U.S. Rte 380, that's the template, and the oldest of it is only just about to start turning 65...
Perhaps equally unrealistic to hope for better in the next 65 years, but that's what Opolis Blueprints are for.
This is not our Mansfield, as you might have guessed, but the old Mansfield that's half a world away.
I think the Texas one might have a chance not to be forgotten if it arranged a thoughtful marriage with Midlothian ( -- another very good Great Britain name become all too forgettable in Metroplex context).
A city of 90,000 Texans joined together with a sturdy name such as that of historic nearby Alvarado (in 1855 a burg of favorably comparable size to Ft. Worth) would begin to be able to set the terms for the urbanizing southern tier. This thread is now likewise started in order to serve as the nucleus of the best suggestions for that area.