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#110014 901 Commerce St. - High-rise Mixed Use

Posted by Fort Worthology on 19 April 2018 - 08:09 AM in Commercial

 

Could do without things like SkyHouse honestly

 

https://www.dmagazin...-look-familiar/

 

Though you may not like it, don't be surprised if you see one pop up on Henderson or somewhere on Panther Island in the not-so-distant future. 

 

 

Oh, of that I have no doubt.




#110009 901 Commerce St. - High-rise Mixed Use

Posted by Fort Worthology on 18 April 2018 - 01:13 PM in Commercial

Could do without things like SkyHouse honestly

 

https://www.dmagazin...-look-familiar/




#109814 Two way protected bike lane on 10th

Posted by Fort Worthology on 06 April 2018 - 09:27 AM in Transportation

This is why we need more physically-separated on-street bike lanes of the kind that places like Austin, Portland, Chicago, and NYC are doing.




#109802 Two way protected bike lane on 10th

Posted by Fort Worthology on 05 April 2018 - 03:35 PM in Transportation

Riding against traffic is exponentially more dangerous because it hugely shortens reaction times.




#109761 City Nominating Will Rogers for the National Register of Historic Places

Posted by Fort Worthology on 04 April 2018 - 09:08 AM in Historic Buildings and Preservation

I remember John and I being on the old citizen's committee for the Landmarks Commission and trying to get *anything* done for the WRMC, YEARS ago - it's both great to see steps being taken and incredible that it's taken this many years for anything to happen.




#109751 Ft Worth visions

Posted by Fort Worthology on 03 April 2018 - 08:51 AM in Miscellaneous

Radically improved transit, physically protected bike lanes, change citywide zoning to encourage walkability and mixed-use/walkable commercial development neighborhood centers across the city rather just a handful of urban villages, making interconnected, walkable/bikeable/more transit-friendly development and planning the default citywide.




#109750 Alamo Drafthouse in Ft. Worth

Posted by Fort Worthology on 03 April 2018 - 08:42 AM in Ideas and Suggestions for Projects

I was hoping we'd get an Alamo in a location/style like the one south of downtown Dallas. This is disappointing. Hopefully FW proper isn't far behind.




#109749 West 7th Development

Posted by Fort Worthology on 03 April 2018 - 08:40 AM in Commercial

7th Street desperately needs to be less addicted to car traffic, so opposing better bus stops on the flimsiest, "ewwww poor people!" of grounds is just insultingly dumb.




#109667 Southside developments

Posted by Fort Worthology on 30 March 2018 - 10:21 AM in Urban Design and Planning

The South Main project was a lot more than just "moving some pipes and repaving" the street. There was extensive redesign and reconstruction of the sidewalks and crossings, the installation of tons of street trees and lights where none existed previously, a lot of underground utility work (some of which was unexpected and partly responsible for the timeframe), far more than just a simple repaving - the road bed was upgraded to support streetcar tracks, for just one example.

 

The surrounding streets are often in terrible shape and need to be improved, and deserve pedestrian upgrades as well.




#109666 T&P Warehouse Redevelopment

Posted by Fort Worthology on 30 March 2018 - 10:15 AM in Historic Buildings and Preservation



 

 

 

I would call huge BS on the money they say they have spent this year unless they did a ton of abatement this year which I don't think they have. Pump the basement and hook the pumps back up, 10k, the plastic mock windows, 1300 windows @ 250 ea 325k and i Don't think they have done ALL of them. 

 

 

 

The owner of the T&P Warehouse stretching reality/the truth?

 

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#109595 The Sad State of Heritage Park

Posted by Fort Worthology on 27 March 2018 - 08:23 AM in Historic Buildings and Preservation

I like the new plan, and anything that can start addressing the over-dominance of car traffic around the courthouse is a plus.




#109541 100 Block of S. Main (W A Powers buildings)

Posted by Fort Worthology on 23 March 2018 - 03:50 PM in Commercial

The only thing keeping me going is that I'll finally have a tiki bar in Fort Worth at all, and doubly so in a great location.




#109506 Fort Worth Moves into 16th Place

Posted by Fort Worthology on 22 March 2018 - 02:58 PM in City Issues

Good point.

Austin - I think you're missing a digit in your Tarrant number.

Tarrant's distributed population isn't necessarily good for Fort Worth. Fort Worth is growing out and that growth isn't sustainable or healthy for the urban center of town.

 

Yep.

 

Fort Worth should be reevaluating how it builds all over, not just in a handful of urban villages. The way we're building now is not sustainable, environmentally or economically, in the long term.




#109486 Dream Vision/Celebrate Fort Worth June 1st

Posted by Fort Worthology on 22 March 2018 - 08:42 AM in Commercial

Investor gets jail time and ordered to pay restitution for involvement in Alabama Dream Vision project and other real estate scams:

 

http://www.al.com/ne..._park_prom.html

 

lol




#109464 Pier One Place

Posted by Fort Worthology on 21 March 2018 - 08:54 AM in Commercial

They learned Pier One's ancient dark secret: the company's longevity despite the fading fashions of wicker furniture is because Pier One Place is built atop a portal to R'lyeh, and company executives have been making sacrifices to Cthulhu all this time.




#109359 Waterside (LMRA property being developed by Trademark)

Posted by Fort Worthology on 16 March 2018 - 09:02 AM in Commercial

I was one of the three votes for the hotel, but of course, it did not end up with the required votes.

 

It will be interesting to see what the City Council decides.




#109307 Southside developments

Posted by Fort Worthology on 13 March 2018 - 09:37 AM in Urban Design and Planning

I've been really disappointed that a auto parts and dollar general with big ol parking lots out front where built down there. It's on one of the busiest bus routes in town and a potential future BRT route. Ought to be a little denser/more street oriented.

 

This is what happens with the city allows good development in a handful of designated areas - the Urban Villages - and then lets business-as-usual continue everywhere else, even when the surrounding context isn't that different from the urban villages and walkable development would be entirely appropriate. (Also like 8th Avenue down around Cantey.)




#108671 Project Sundance

Posted by Fort Worthology on 31 January 2018 - 07:46 AM in Commercial

The weird split-level mall thing is so very '70s in a not great way. I can imagine Sundance wanting to redesign it to be more conventional street-level retail spaces, if that's doable engineering-wise.




#108621 QuikTrip and Fort Worth

Posted by Fort Worthology on 29 January 2018 - 11:27 AM in Transportation

 

I would counter that whether it's arranged your way or with the pumps in front, would make no difference in pedestrian patterns.  If someone is walking by and wants a drink or whatever, they will walk across the lot.  And I can see why QT would want it with the pumps in front:  if you put the building up on the corner and there is customer traffic entering from the street and from the pump area in the back, there are two distinct traffic flows to monitor for store theft.  If it sits back on the corner, pedestrian traffic and pump traffic comes in through the same door.

 

 

The point is, if you're going to build in the central city, you should build something that fits in the central city. It's a slippery slope to making the argument that it makes no difference to build *anything* oriented to pedestrians, because if somebody wants something they'll cross the lot. And that's how you wind up with places where nobody walks, because everything is built to cater to cars first.

 

All I'm saying is that if a car-oriented business wants to build someplace where the pedestrian should be the foundation of all development, they should be held to a higher standard. QT already half-heartedly did this in the Near Southside - that store isn't *great,* particularly due to the elevation changes on the site and QT's huge, barren designs, but it's a start, because the Near Southside held them to their standards.




#108616 Metallica at the FWCC in 97

Posted by Fort Worthology on 29 January 2018 - 10:42 AM in Arts and Entertainment

It's a poor venue for anything other than racing. No one goes to a concert wanting to sit a quarter mile from the stage. Even with their big video board.

 

And to be honest, if given the choice between going to see a concert at a super speedway - and, as you say, sit a quarter mile from the stage - that's stuck way out in far north Fort Worth with the only things around it being some strip malls, or going to Dallas to see a concert at a real venue like the AAC or the Granada and be right in the middle of a lot of much more interesting bars/restaurants for before/after, I'd pick Dallas every single time.




#108615 QuikTrip and Fort Worth

Posted by Fort Worthology on 29 January 2018 - 10:40 AM in Transportation

How does the forum feel about having a QT at this location? 

 

If it was designed like gas stations in central cities in other parts of the world - with the store building up on the corner, with pedestrian-oriented entrances, and the gas pumps out back - it's not the worst.

 

I'm certain that's not what's going to get built, though.




#108512 Live Oak to close

Posted by Fort Worthology on 25 January 2018 - 07:05 AM in Commercial

It sounds like yet another new arrival to the neighborhood that I'll be unable to eat at. As a music venue, we'll see how it goes.

 

I always felt like the Live Oak's physical arrangement was kind of awkward, like it should have either been a restaurant or a music venue but the combination of the two in the way it was set up never really gelled for me.




#108470 Judging the walkability of Fort Worth.

Posted by Fort Worthology on 24 January 2018 - 10:26 AM in Urban Design and Planning

 

 

Here's another visual of the amount of surface parking DT

 

This gives me flashbacks to former councilman Carter Burdette lecturing some of us pro-streetcar people that we don't need more development downtown because, and I quote, "downtown is pretty much built-out," which is a truly laughable statement when you take even a cursory glance at downtown outside of Sundance Square and its immediate surroundings.

 

 

...did he actually say that? 

 

 

He absolutely said it.

 

It's been long years and I don't remember all of the many, many meetings and presentations and such I was a part of during the streetcar process, but I remember his statement quite well. I'm 95% sure it was during a public meeting that was held about the streetcar proposal, a meeting at which I spoke along with several other supporters.

 

I don't remember all of what he said leading up to it, but the topic of transit-oriented walkable development that'd be spurred on by the streetcar came up, and he said that wasn't going to have much impact because "downtown is pretty much built-out." I remember that line verbatim.




#108453 Judging the walkability of Fort Worth.

Posted by Fort Worthology on 23 January 2018 - 04:55 PM in Urban Design and Planning

Here's another visual of the amount of surface parking DT

 

This gives me flashbacks to former councilman Carter Burdette lecturing some of us pro-streetcar people that we don't need more development downtown because, and I quote, "downtown is pretty much built-out," which is a truly laughable statement when you take even a cursory glance at downtown outside of Sundance Square and its immediate surroundings.




#108367 Metallica at the FWCC in 97

Posted by Fort Worthology on 18 January 2018 - 09:47 AM in Arts and Entertainment

There's nothing in FW that can compete with places like the AAC, the Verizon, etc. - and considering that a lot of venues will have radius clauses (meaning an act can't perform within a certain radius from a show within a certain timeframe) and Dallas is the larger city anyway, there's little reason for a big act to choose an antiquated facility like the CC arena over a place like the AAC.

 

A smaller version of this often plays out with smaller indie bands and such. Dallas has the numbers and venues like the Granada and the Bomb Factory (which we don't really have good equivalents of here in FW) and smaller venues like Club Dada, Trees, Three Links, The Loft, etc. that are higher-profile than most FW equivalents. Sometimes there are radius clauses involved, too, sometimes not. I've seen bands on tour come to the DFW and play Denton and Dallas and skip FW.

 

The FW venue that I've seen snag a few more notable touring acts lately has been Shipping & Receiving.