How Fort Dodge has changed over the years.
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I was on Romper Room there in Fort Dodge in 67 or 68. I still have my Romper Room diploma.
Miss Janet was the hostess for Romper Room on KQTV in Fort Dodge, Iowa when this postcard was created around 1966. The station, as we all know would later change it's call sign to KVFD-TV, Channel 21. The station operated until May 4, 1977 when a tornado destroyed the broadcast antennae. The local Fort Dodge television station was never rebuilt, but the license and frequency was transferred to IPTV which operates Channel 21 as a translator channel.
Perkins and Grant had to be part of the group that came to the Laramar with Cash in the mid '50's; truly the end of an era. Thanks for the heads up.
No problem Bob, just remeber when you defend Fort Dodge, that too has an impact on peoples impressions as well when you're responding to informed criticism.
The Kohls 130 jobs is tempered by the fact that the city coughed $2 million in debt for it and the bulk of jobs appear to be close to minimum wage according to Kohls. Minimum wage jobs are better than no jobs, but you won;t buy a house, raise a family or rebuild a community on them. And there is an argument to be made about who benefits the most from deals like that. I'll warn you though Bob, you can disagree, but if you attack me as people from Fort Dodge are fond of doing, I'll just ignore you, and you'll end up confirming what many outside of Fort Dodge have learned during that casino silliness.
It is refreshing to read that positive things are going on in "Ft. Dodge, My Hometown", (Anyone familiar with the song?)
What is necessary for a community to revitalize is for dynamic people with a positive attitude, a vision of the future, and a memory of the past, bringing all these things together, rolling up their sleeves, and contributing what ever their talents allow them to.
To read about the development projects makes me want to come back for a visit and see the old home town making positive step to realize its potential. The past cannot be undone, but efforts can be made now to ensure that the old is not destroyed, just to accommodate the future, while being mindful that costs should not be greater than the value of renewal and revitalization. It is important to also remember that there are intrinsic values that add to the value of a community and therefore, add to the quality of life.
Incidentally, Troy, when we saw Johnny Cash at the Laramar Ballroom, he was just starting to hit his stride and #1 hits would soon be coming. while I thought he would have more to give to the world of entertainment, I never had any idea he would go as far as he would eventually go. While I was in the Navy, I would play his music, ad nauseam, at every opportunity and venue available. And, I still enjoy listening to his music, and watching video clips of his performances on You Tube. Check out: http://www.biography.com/articles/Johnny-Cash-9240610
Thanks, to both of you for your comments and interest in Ft. Dodge
There is a massive effort going on in Fort Dodge right now to revitalize downtown, and to improve other parts of the city. We have an organization of downtown business people that have an organization to raise money for development projects. They pay a volunteer tax on top of what they already owe. That money goes into this self-sustaining effort. We are redoing the main business corridor (old highway 20/5th Ave South) and working to create a new street flow from downtown to the mall to create traffic flow that benefits both areas. The Park view neighborhood, behind the old Fareway, and the Lincoln Neighborhood along ninth street are both other examples of renewal here. With a couple coffee shops, and a new art gallery downtown on Central, we may see specialty shops and complimentary businesses begin to fill the downtown as this renewal effort moves forward. There are people with money who are supporting the effort. The old glove factory next door to the Laramar has been bought and is being refurbished. This is all going to take time and money, much of which will need to be private funds. Make no mistake, people are serious about it and are working hard to make it happen. There are lots of plans on the table.
Troy, forgive me, but you made what I felt were inflammatory comments that you did not qualify in your post. Anybody who is working hard to make Fort Dodge a better place to live would be defensive, and rightly so in my opinion. Sorry if I offended you, but I support Fort Dodge 100% and will defend it always. I just sent a note to channel 13 for a negative story they ran today. It was about a positive opportunity here (the Kohl's store), but they managed to make 130 new jobs sound like a negative. We need more people defending this town and getting active. We can be successful. In fact, we are beginning to do so now.
Have you been in the Old market district in Omaha? That place is awesome and the development has focused on preservation, now it's all shops and restraunts and loft apartments.
Too many towns just tear down now, I think we squandered a lot of money on new development at the cost of older parts of our cities, now the cash cow has died and the problem is going to get a lot worse.
In ten years, it will be intersting to see how pulling all the development to the NE corner of the city limts will affect the town, and what part of town gets to be the next case of urban blight as it gets neglected.
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