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#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.




#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.




#107360 T&P Warehouse Redevelopment

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

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I genuinely hope I'm wrong, though.




#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.




#107068 Amazon in search of 2nd headquarters

Posted by Fort Worthology on 03 November 2017 - 09:32 AM in City Issues

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Amazon built an entire campus around rail-based transit and funded improvements to that transit




#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.




#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.




#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.)




#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.




#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.)




#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.




#106824 TCU's massive campus transformation continues

Posted by Fort Worthology on 23 October 2017 - 09:17 AM in Public & Institutional

Welcome back!

 

Thanks, JBB! I figure that since I'm involved in city goings-on again (in a different capacity this time) I could pop in to help when I can. :)




#106822 TCU's massive campus transformation continues

Posted by Fort Worthology on 23 October 2017 - 09:07 AM in Public & Institutional

Does anyone know or understand what the current requested zoning overlay is requested by TCU? 

 

I couldn't find any information on it other than there is a zoning request by TCU and neighbors felt it was too vague so it was continued.  Curious what area it covers and what it might mean they have planned.

 

 

 

The portion of the Zoning Commission public meeting pertaining to TCU's case can be viewed here (assuming this link works right): http://fortworthgov....&meta_id=327891

 

I do not have firsthand knowledge of the statements on this case as I recused myself due to also being employed by TCU, but hopefully the meeting video will help in some way.




#107083 TCU's massive campus transformation continues

Posted by Fort Worthology on 03 November 2017 - 03:05 PM in Public & Institutional

TCU's zoning case is again on this month's Zoning Commission agenda, having been continued from last month.

 

As is always the case, the agenda is publicly posted: http://fortworthtexa...148f1a348ea.pdf




#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.

 

:swg:




#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.




#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.




#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.




#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.




#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.




#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.




#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.




#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.




#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.




#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.