Posted 22 December 2009 - 11:30 AM
I just noticed the master plan map posted by FortWorthology back in October, must have missed it the first time around. The placement of parking garages abutting the railroad tracks is a great idea. I see many new residential developments, mostly single family, where the residential lots back right up to the tracks, and I think this is nuts! Not only will the noise instantly devalue the houses built right there and the subdivision they are part of, but the danger associated with railroad tracks doesn't belong next to housing where children will most likely live. I am of course not advocating moving the tracks, but I am saying that if the developers won't build responsibly then it is the duty of the city to set limits on what sort of development is allowed adjacent to the tracks. In a denser urban area such as Trinity Bluffs is growing up to be, wide areas of buffer is often not practical or even desirable, so placing the parking structures as noise and visual buffers makes sense to me. The other thing I saw on the map was a plan to build residential and parking on the same block as the cemetery, with no drive separating the two. IMO this is not so good an idea. The cemetery is historic, is beautiful, and would actually make a nice centerpiece for the growing high-density community surrounding it. The land where the apartments are platted would be better suited for parkland adjoining the cemetery, maybe a playground, some benches, etc. Monee9696 notes that vandalism may still be a problem in the area, perhaps surrounding the open area with lighted streets would help that. Certainly curbs all the way around would help to better define the public/dedicated (historic, sacred, etc) space and separate it from residential and commercial use, while at the same time integrating it into the landscape. I haven't driven down Samuels lately, so don't know if the work has already started, but if not, perhaps it is not too late for the city to swap some tax foreclosed land in the area with the developer for that land by the cemetery.