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#108453 Judging the walkability of Fort Worth.

Posted by Fort Worthology on Yesterday, 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.

#108364 Modern Streetcar Dead

Posted by Fort Worthology on 18 January 2018 - 09:36 AM in Transportation



Fort Worth city council voted to stop studying the plan. The study Austin posted clearly identifies a recommended starter route.



Exactly right. The vote was not to build the streetcar right away - it was to continue with the study. The initial route was clearly identified and spelled out by HDR in their documentation. The Near Southside and Uptown TIFs were on board with that initial route.

#108317 Modern Streetcar Dead

Posted by Fort Worthology on 16 January 2018 - 08:50 AM in Transportation

That starter system didn't serve any big destinations outside of downtown. It failed to run up to the Stockyards, and it failed to run down Magnolia.



The thinking at the time amongst a lot of Near Southside powers-that-be was that running the first line down South Main (which would've been the first part of the system constructed) would prompt the Magnolia expansion on a faster timescale. There were talks about ways to fund the Magnolia expansion as rapidly as possible using Southside local dollars, following the go-ahead to start building South Main.


It's been years and I don't recall where things were left off, but for obvious reasons, these plans were shelved when the main project was canned.

#108270 The Foundry District

Posted by Fort Worthology on 11 January 2018 - 10:30 AM in Commercial

The Camp Bowie location was like that at first, but as more people started using it as a business address it got bad.  I wouldn't be surprised if the same thing happened at the Magnolia location.


That is basically every coffee shop, though.

#108264 The Foundry District

Posted by Fort Worthology on 10 January 2018 - 07:48 PM in Commercial

So with all those Likes, does that mean my experience with them is common?


I dunno, I really like the Magnolia location and prefer it to Avoca now. It can get crowded, but then so does Avoca.

#108263 Halprin and AIA plans of downtown

Posted by Fort Worthology on 10 January 2018 - 07:46 PM in Fort Worth Architecture


Amazing the 1971 plan addresses the need for more residential housing in the city core, advises extensions to the M&O Subway, a better bus system, rail connection to what became DFW Airport, improved pedestrian accommodation downtown (including showing bulb-outs built at intersections), and a desire for an urban lake.


Nearly every item still debated as a need or as a project finally underway 45+years later. We've wasted so much time and sprawled so far.


But we can take solace that the proposed "ring road" around downtown was never built either.




That's what's so frustrating about these plans - people have been telling Fort Worth for *decades* about all these places where we're now wildly deficient, and little has been done until very recently.

#108202 Tarrant Transit Alliance

Posted by Fort Worthology on 05 January 2018 - 03:11 PM in Transportation


Commuting is a regional activity. Yes, transit inside of Loop 820 can be improved, but there's no convenient access to transit for much of the county's population.



Every day, more and more of Fort Worth's farther regions is built in a fashion that *can't* be really effectively serviced by transit. The central city neighborhoods tend to have a much more transit-friendly base design.

#108148 McMansion Hell blog

Posted by Fort Worthology on 03 January 2018 - 02:51 PM in Residential

It's not that any large house is a McMansion, and I don't think Kate's blog really states anything like that. The focus is on the overwrought, cartoony, jumbled messes of mishmashed styles and poorly-executed design concepts applied to giant and often cheaply-built faux-"classy" faux-"luxurious" homes that you see reflected in the posts there.

#108131 2315 N. Main

Posted by Fort Worthology on 02 January 2018 - 08:46 AM in Commercial

It would honestly be improved a hundredfold if they'd just lop off the tacky fake Alamo wannabe things around the roof, because it's otherwise not bad at all and those look totally out-of-place and are just there to add some kind of "ye olde timey" thing to it that doesn't work at all.

#108006 Economic Development Plan

Posted by Fort Worthology on 21 December 2017 - 10:25 AM in City Issues

Fort Worth is going to need to get over this "we don't want to do X because X is something (insert city: Dallas/NYC/Portland/etc.) did and WE AIN'T THEM!" attitude.


Incorporating good ideas from other places doesn't meant you're "becoming" a place.

#107841 Western Center Tower III

Posted by Fort Worthology on 14 December 2017 - 10:10 AM in Commercial

A few other things to note from the Zoning Commission meeting:


- The proposal was approved including all waivers (two: one for height, and one for setback from Pershing Street)


- A small attached building is planned at the corner of Pershing & Guildford that is planned as an "upscale restaurant" with daytime and evening service


- We were shown a conceptual rendering that the architect stressed is not the final design (a rep from BOKA Powell was the representative for the project), but if the final design is similar, I'd describe the appearance as "like the original towers if they were primarily glass instead of concrete facades." It's not entirely glass - there's still concrete - but the ratio is higher toward glass than concrete, if that makes sense. While of course the final design could change, the concept design looked obviously newer and different but still had a "family resemblance," if you will, with very similar proportions to the originals.

#107826 Western Center Tower III

Posted by Fort Worthology on 13 December 2017 - 08:13 PM in Commercial

This proposal was approved today at the Zoning Commission meeting, FYI.

#107793 Modern Streetcar Dead

Posted by Fort Worthology on 12 December 2017 - 08:25 PM in Transportation

The initial route recommended by HDR was a downtown-to-Near Southside route along South Main to Magnolia.
(The newly redone South Main is, in fact, prepped for streetcar tracks already, just in case.)[/quote]

How so?


Buried utilities were moved, and the road bed was built to support streetcar tracks with minimal alteration needed in the future.

#107759 Modern Streetcar Dead

Posted by Fort Worthology on 11 December 2017 - 05:01 PM in Transportation



Some articles say the initial line was to be 6 miles and have connections to PI and NSS. 



The initial route recommended by HDR was a downtown-to-Near Southside route along South Main to Magnolia.


(The newly redone South Main is, in fact, prepped for streetcar tracks already, just in case.)

#107553 Hotels?

Posted by Fort Worthology on 28 November 2017 - 03:44 PM in Commercial

Where would you propose to move the Water Department and the other offices that are in the building?  There is also a movement to restore the sign, which is landmarked along with the building.


If they moved anywhere, I'd hope they wouldn't leave downtown. I definitely don't support the blanket removal of city offices from downtown for private redevelopment opportunities. Maintaining civic function in the walkable heart of the city is important, IMHO.

#107538 SBC/AT&T Building

Posted by Fort Worthology on 28 November 2017 - 10:11 AM in Fort Worth Architecture

That was a really lovely set of buildings back then.

#107507 Fort Worth Daily Digital

Posted by Fort Worthology on 27 November 2017 - 02:24 PM in Fort Worth & Dallas Urban Photos

That is a real Alien vs. Predator situation there - whoever wins, we lose.


Seriously though, I prefer City Hall over the AT&T building. City Hall at least feels like it's trying to make some kind of coherent statement, even if it's not a particularly good one.

#107497 Trinity Railway Express

Posted by Fort Worthology on 27 November 2017 - 10:02 AM in Transportation

TRE's TOD has been terrible. Centerport has a lot of development, but not transit oriented. Irving station is pretty pathetic as well.

Grapevine and NRH seem to be ambitious, as does the Berry St station, but the remainder aren't showing much promise.


Commuter rail that comes so infrequently doesn't generate much in the way of TOD anywhere that I've seen.

#107495 Mixed-use project at Magnolia & May

Posted by Fort Worthology on 27 November 2017 - 09:56 AM in Residential

I really quite like this development for what it is, based on the renderings (wrote a bit about it in my most recent FW Weekly post). I appreciate something bringing us a blast of color that isn't the typical set of tones used in Fort Worth.

#107360 T&P Warehouse Redevelopment

Posted by Fort Worthology on 17 November 2017 - 09:57 AM in Historic Buildings and Preservation



I genuinely hope I'm wrong, though.

#107359 "Fort Worth": Going, going...gone?

Posted by Fort Worthology on 17 November 2017 - 09:50 AM in Miscellaneous

I am, obviously, biased in this regard, but the ongoing corporate takeovers (and scrubbing of local identities) of so many big daily papers drives home the importance of alternative, locally-owned & locally-focused papers like the Weekly.


(And the Star-Telegram still does good work, but their editorial voice is decidedly disconnected from a Fort Worth perspective.)

#107343 Talbott-Wall House 915 Samuels Avenue

Posted by Fort Worthology on 16 November 2017 - 01:53 PM in Historic Buildings and Preservation

As for the Talbott Wall house, I can't help but wonder if a sale is impending. I saw some things that make me think it is getting close. As the property was also rezoned to allow for residential or commericial use, I'd be very curious to see whether it gets restored for a business or a family.


I have heard that there is indeed a sale pending.

#107292 T&P Warehouse Redevelopment

Posted by Fort Worthology on 14 November 2017 - 10:55 AM in Historic Buildings and Preservation

I've long believed that as long as Cleopatra Inc. owns the building, nothing of any significance will happen with it anytime soon. None of the recent news dissuades me from that belief.


They've owned it for 20 years, and this is all that there is to show for it.

#107124 TCU's massive campus transformation continues

Posted by Fort Worthology on 06 November 2017 - 10:11 AM in Public & Institutional

Volare, the answer to your question would be in the link that was provided for the Zoning Case Agenda.