"Pappy" O'Daniel Park? Ornette Coleman Park? Fess Parker Park? Alan Bean Park?
Che Guevara Park
Durn, I didn't know he was from Fort Worth!
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There have been 57 items by RD Milhollin (Search limited from 15-December 16)
And now a plan to build over some parking. TCU is planning a new facility for the music school that includes a concert hall:
This new facility could really add to the preliminary recital offerings for the Cleburne Competition, as well as other smaller ensemble performances. It would be great if TCU could establish or partner with another entity to sponsor a specialized ensemble like the Orchestra of New Spain over in Dallas.
Connecting the extension to Foch takes away the direct connection to Lancaster and dumps all of the traffic into a congested area. I know part of the point of it is to connect with the W. 7th neighborhood, but another benefit is to provide a bypass of the Lancaster-University neighborhood.
Maybe a way to mitigate the potential problems discussed above would be to have Trail Drive split into a north-bound Foch Street and a south-bound Currie Street. These streets could be narrower allowing better pedestrian interface and the periodic traffic crunches could be spread out a little better on two smaller streets rather than one big one.
Nothing against renovating this small historical building, but I'd rather see a modern multi-story hotel at this location, which is what is planned.
I would rather see the plans on paper brought to fruition... Lots of parking lots to build on without tearing down perfectly functional and attractive buildings. The use pictured would go great with a convention center across the street.
Heard on the local news this morning that there's nothing wrong with the current runway, but they want to prevent issues from developing in the future.
Seems like a waste of money to me.
DFW Airport generates a lot of money to waste.
NOW is the time for Tarrant County transit planners (hello, hello, anyone there?...) to begin land acquisition for exactly what you laid out. Following Jacksboro Highway SH-199 is going to require a lot of modifications to the right of way, Suggest looking at the massive ROWS under the multiple power lines paralleling Boat Club Road once past Loop I-820 for future "phase IV" extension north into the sure near-term gridlock of suburb-sprawl expansion.
For all the parking at that location there should be some sort of rainwater retention pond to keep all the oil and grease that collects on the surface from washing off into the river, and to absorb some of the runoff flow during heavy rain events. I know there has been parking there a long time, that retention pond should have been there years ago.
Wow, if someone could consolidate all that property in the triangle bounded by Jacksboro Highway, University Dr. and the West Fork there would be some serious potential for large scale development; either a big project like a corporate campus or a real urban neighborhood. Of course it could also be Big-Box anchored limited-life-span retail strip centers and apartments or a gated community... I don't know if property values in the inner city have reached the point where substantial urbanism is realistically being considered by the developers active in this region.
The labels of Fort Worth and Dallas are placed incorrectly on the first two maps. Fort Worth and Dallas are placed over Denton and McKinney.
Looks like a nice campus, but I don't like the rural location or lack of transit. Guess they can't help that.
Rural location or lack of transit; Stephenville or suburban Fort Worth?
Any new major highway rebuild projects in urban and adjacent areas should be mandated to include right of way for future passenger rail transit tracks and stations. If that space could be used for bus rapid transit (BRT) now that would be a step in the right direction.
This A&M talk all sounds very piecemeal and patchwork. I still believe that the powers that be should find a way to swap out the properties involved and have the Law School move into the TCC "Medical Campus" that abuts the courthouse and the Legal/Justice complex, build the TCC medical/nursing facility adjoining the soon-to-be-revamped and expanded County Hospital (this would have been a great location for the UNT/TCU Joint Allopathic Medicine School as well), and find a commercial buyer of the law school who would either expand it upward for mixed use or some other use that complements or adds to the capacity of the Convention/Transportation hub.
RD, wouldn't building a replica of something that was demolished long ago, contribute to the "Disneyland" effect that most of the people involved in saving the Stockyards (including the Murrins) have tried to keep from happening?
No I don't think so. Disneyland is make-believe built on green fields; The building I referenced was once there, destroyed in a fire I believe, and along with the bookend Swift building across the street was an integral part of the initial design of the stockyards complex.
I found a short article that touches on a few areas of interest that have been presented several times on this forum. The author seems to do a good job of summarizing and illustrating several aspects of an urban street grid system. These principles could be applied to a few different areas in Fort Worth, including opening up the street grid in some parts of Southside, redeveloping stagnant Malls such as Ridgmar, and could have been used to make the new Trinity / Chisholm developments more interesting and less suburban/sprawl-y.
Optimizing the Street Grid:
A breakdown of the block layouts in different cities, and how they affect the pedestrian experience.
by Andrew Alexander Price
August 24, 2017
The hotel building pictured should be set back and a replica of the historic Armour Office Building, similar to the Swift Office Building, should be placed there. It could house reception, food service, a lounge, etc. with a connection to the hotel proper behind it.
I don't get the flying-flat Gables; decoration only? There doesn't seem to be sun shade or rain shelter advantage with this. It would seem to be a target for wind damage whereas a more traditional design wouldn't. It isn't that I don't like it, it is sort of nicely weird I suppose, but it appears to be structure with no function.
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