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#51 RenaissanceMan

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 02:57 PM

Yeah me too.
 
How awful would that be.....invest in a neighborhood for 50 years, see its downs and ups, and then as soon as it's fashionable you get bought out and can't afford to stay. 
 
No wonder people fight things like this.
 
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I understand this but to be fair, in this situation nobody is forcing you to sell. You just might not like your new neighbors. If you do sell, then you have to hope (or with the advice of a professional, ensure) that you are getting a fair value for the property.

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 11:27 AM

Yeah but nobody is forcing them to sell.  And if they do choose to sell, it's at a price WAY higher than it would have been worth a decade ago.  Everybody wins.

 

unless they were renting those little houses...



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Posted 11 July 2014 - 03:26 PM

 

Yeah me too.
 
How awful would that be.....invest in a neighborhood for 50 years, see its downs and ups, and then as soon as it's fashionable you get bought out and can't afford to stay. 
 
No wonder people fight things like this.
 
(rant over)


I understand this but to be fair, in this situation nobody is forcing you to sell. You just might not like your new neighbors. If you do sell, then you have to hope (or with the advice of a professional, ensure) that you are getting a fair value for the property.

 

I tried my best to keep looking past this discussion on gentrification. However, it is a problem as the property values go up so do the taxes and the rent.  So its not always as simple as saying the residents will reap the benefits of an increase in property values.  This is especially true for those on very fixed incomes such as the elderly, this is even with the homestead exemption. However, some long time property owners (especially landlords)  will indeed benefit from the increased values and sell or rent for a healthy profit This is why as we improve livability in the central city a housing strategy is so important.  However, I think in comparison to Houston, Dallas, or Austin that Fort Worth and San Antonio have probably fared best in having affordable housing options in the core.  Linwood and the Southside west of 35 have gotten to be much more expensive, but there are still quite a few reasonable options in the core such as Como, Morningside/Southside, the near Eastside, etc. That's not even mentioning how affordable Haltom City, Richaland Hills, River Oaks, and some of the other inner burbs are.  If we ever see a major office boom with high-paying gigs we will see the property values to skyrocket.  The housing stock in many of the inner communities and burbs is actually fairly nice (even though much of it probably needs to be renovated).



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Posted 12 July 2014 - 09:06 PM

 

 

Yeah me too.
 
How awful would that be.....invest in a neighborhood for 50 years, see its downs and ups, and then as soon as it's fashionable you get bought out and can't afford to stay. 
 
No wonder people fight things like this.
 
(rant over)


I understand this but to be fair, in this situation nobody is forcing you to sell. You just might not like your new neighbors. If you do sell, then you have to hope (or with the advice of a professional, ensure) that you are getting a fair value for the property.

 

I tried my best to keep looking past this discussion on gentrification. However, it is a problem as the property values go up so do the taxes and the rent.  So its not always as simple as saying the residents will reap the benefits of an increase in property values.  This is especially true for those on very fixed incomes such as the elderly, this is even with the homestead exemption. However, some long time property owners (especially landlords)  will indeed benefit from the increased values and sell or rent for a healthy profit This is why as we improve livability in the central city a housing strategy is so important.  However, I think in comparison to Houston, Dallas, or Austin that Fort Worth and San Antonio have probably fared best in having affordable housing options in the core.  Linwood and the Southside west of 35 have gotten to be much more expensive, but there are still quite a few reasonable options in the core such as Como, Morningside/Southside, the near Eastside, etc. That's not even mentioning how affordable Haltom City, Richaland Hills, River Oaks, and some of the other inner burbs are.  If we ever see a major office boom with high-paying gigs we will see the property values to skyrocket.  The housing stock in many of the inner communities and burbs is actually fairly nice (even though much of it probably needs to be renovated).

 

 

 

Most of the houses built in Morningside have one bathroom because of the era in which it was built.  Como probably too, unless you find a ranch style in the hilly area behind Vickery (near Fletcher street, Sanguinet etc).  If I lived in Linwood and sold, you better believe I'd find a newer house with updated amenities.  But that's just me.  (I currently live in a 1 bath house in one of these old inner city neighborhoods.)

 

We want density in these up and coming areas but is real density/walkability/urban living even possible if only the upper middles to wealthy can afford to live there?

Truly, I am not trying to harp on this new development....but I am weary of each and every new inner-city project catering to high incomes.  People drive to these "walkable" neighborhoods because they can get more house for their buck elsewhere, or because they simply can't afford to live within walking distance.

I guess I am harping.


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Posted 13 July 2014 - 01:11 PM

The problem is that there's not a lot of money in developing high quality, low to middle income housing on expensive real estate in the middle of the city. It's definitional. When it does happen, it seems like a byproduct of a developer miscalculation or the natural aging of an area.

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Posted 13 July 2014 - 01:43 PM

I've said it a few times now, but a smart architect/developer could probably get a lot of business designing and installing bathroom additions in all of these pre-war neighborhoods.

Edit: ...and save them from demolition in the process.

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Posted 30 August 2014 - 07:33 PM

Progress

 

Courtyard area

 

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Huge garage

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From Montgomery lot

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Some of the new indiviudal homes in the area,

 

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Posted 30 August 2014 - 08:29 PM

Austin, you sure were out and about a lot today.  I had to work, but I took my camera and shot a handful of pictures.



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Posted 30 August 2014 - 08:41 PM

I was, it was a nice sunny saturday and I didn't want to go home after the espn stuff. Fun day. Rode and drove all around. 



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Posted 30 August 2014 - 09:11 PM

It was a good day for taking pictures.  I'm hoping I can get out more the next two days, but I still have looming deadlines and I feel like I'm trying to come down with a cold.  That's why I didn't get down to the plaza this morning.  My body wanted to sleep more.



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Posted 08 October 2014 - 10:50 PM

wow! Im going by tomorrow to check this out


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Posted 09 October 2014 - 11:47 AM

I stopped by today,

 

Here's that one small building on the corner. This building seems pretty complete. Its a bit fussy looking to me, lots of different colors and textures going on with it. 

 

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Looking down Merrimack 

 

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And here you can see the large curved section going up.

 

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Posted 09 October 2014 - 01:05 PM

Yeah, the first ones are way too "jumble o' crap"-looking for my tastes.  There's a way to mix and match materials and colors, and it's very much not that.

 

Not a fan of the front garage doors in the second photo.  The area could use some design standards.

 

Otherwise, looking forward to seeing the other projects come together.


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Posted 09 October 2014 - 01:14 PM

Kevin- The garage in the second picture is part of a different building, that's one of the smaller townhomes across the Foch. I did'nt realize how much the two buildings run together in that shot.  I assume that building will come out looking like this one



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Posted 09 October 2014 - 02:32 PM

Kevin- The garage in the second picture is part of a different building, that's one of the smaller townhomes across the Foch. I did'nt realize how much the two buildings run together in that shot.  I assume that building will come out looking like this one

 

Yeah, I know it's a different building.  Still don't like it.  :)  Front garage doors don't belong in urban neighborhoods.


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Posted 09 October 2014 - 03:23 PM

I'm with Kevin on these...like the fact that they are going in, but they're pretty ugly (the apartments).  The stuff in Museum Place and south of 7th looks way better for the most part.



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Posted 10 October 2014 - 06:20 PM

I agree with the opinions posted above.

The design is very disappointing.

 

And fortworthology is right. The area needs design standards.



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Posted 10 October 2014 - 07:41 PM

These definitely are not my favorites.



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Posted 28 December 2014 - 04:29 PM

Further progress.

 

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Posted 30 December 2014 - 11:19 PM

Garage door in front or not, those two story duplex condos look like really cool places to live to me. I don't understand this absolutism against visible garage doors. If there's not a functioning alley, there's not a lot you can do about hiding them.

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Posted 05 January 2015 - 09:23 AM

Garage door in front or not, those two story duplex condos look like really cool places to live to me. I don't understand this absolutism against visible garage doors. If there's not a functioning alley, there's not a lot you can do about hiding them.

 

It's a question of the cumulative effect - if a lot of developers start doing this, it will deaden the street's appeal to pedestrians before it even gets started.  It's one of the design issues in most suburbs - an endless stream of blank garage doors really hurts the walkable appeal of a place.

 

It's certainly easy to just stick the door on the front, but I'd say it's certainly not too much to ask of them to try a little harder and think outside the "cheap, constantly repeated design" box for something better.


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Posted 12 January 2015 - 12:27 PM

Agreed the garages facing the street are the element i dislike the most about these town houses. 

I did notice that there are no alleys behind those lots, so they can only load the driveways from the street.

 

Still, I think it would have looked much better if they had recessed the garages more and not paved the entire front yard.  In a few cases, those wind up being used as front parking areas, which looks horrible.  

 

I'm excited to see the increased residential density in Linwood but think the design of both the Elan apartment complex and the Village Homes town houses could have been improved.   

 

You mentioned design standards - i guess the current zoning does not forbid the front-loaded garages and wide driveways in duplex zoning, even in this urban location.  That is a surprise.

 

Is that allowed on the Near South Side under their zoning?



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Posted 12 January 2015 - 01:23 PM

Is that allowed on the Near South Side under their zoning?

 

I don't have it here in front of me, but I believe the answer is no.  At any rate, I've never seen a new construction development do anything like that in the Near Southside.


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Posted 12 April 2015 - 06:48 PM

The small block behind Target with the half built building is getting rowhomes

 

http://www.fwbusines...96d8d492dc.html



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Posted 08 July 2015 - 11:00 AM

Whatever happened to First Flight Park ?

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Posted 02 January 2016 - 09:04 PM

The first flight park will have its groundbreaking on the 9th.

http://www.fortworth...flight_day.aspx

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Posted 25 March 2016 - 08:01 AM

The "Beer Can House" in Linwood has been sold and will (likely) be demolished.

 

http://www.star-tele...le68187297.html

 

Heads up photographers, time is limited to document one of the last unique vestiges from that former neighborhood.



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Posted 02 April 2016 - 10:13 AM

S-T's Gordon Dickson gets a somewhat different assignment, interviewing the artist/owner of the Beer Can House as he is moving out:

 

http://www.star-tele...le69524977.html



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Posted 02 April 2016 - 02:17 PM

The first flight park is coming along well to. All the walls, benches etc are in place, just needing the plaques and the plane sculpture itself.



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Posted 12 November 2016 - 05:47 PM

The "Beer Can House" in Linwood has been sold and will (likely) be demolished.

 

http://www.star-tele...le68187297.html

 

Heads up photographers, time is limited to document one of the last unique vestiges from that former neighborhood.

 

 

Here's what's going on that block. 42 units. 

 

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Posted 12 November 2016 - 08:26 PM

 

The "Beer Can House" in Linwood has been sold and will (likely) be demolished.

 

http://www.star-tele...le68187297.html

 

Heads up photographers, time is limited to document one of the last unique vestiges from that former neighborhood.

 

 

Here's what's going on that block. 42 units. 

 

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Not bad... 


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Posted 12 November 2016 - 11:56 PM

I kind of liked the beer can house...



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Posted 13 November 2016 - 11:19 AM

I did, too.



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Posted 14 November 2016 - 09:55 AM

I kind of liked the beer can house...


I know this may sound silly, but it would be nice to have some sort of public art piece for the new newly named Foundry district using cans to pay homage to the beer can house.

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Posted 16 November 2016 - 07:41 PM

Has anyone heard anything about the plane replica at First Flight park? The park has been open a while but no plane sculpture. 

http://fortworthtexa...groundbreaking/



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Posted 17 November 2016 - 06:27 AM

Will this be the first museum in Fort Worth to honor aviation?  If it is, I hope the site could be expanded (a hangar?) to house an aircraft or two of vintage years.  I recall local news reports in recent years that some historic aircraft or other had to be relocated to another city because Fort Worth would not be a host.



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Posted 17 November 2016 - 11:43 AM

Will this be the first museum in Fort Worth to honor aviation?  If it is, I hope the site could be expanded (a hangar?) to house an aircraft or two of vintage years.  I recall local news reports in recent years that some historic aircraft or other had to be relocated to another city because Fort Worth would not be a host.


It is not the first museum. There is a pretty cool museum off of Long Ave. south of Meachem Field.

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Posted 17 November 2016 - 02:37 PM

Not to drag this too far off topic, but there's actually 2 aviation museums at Meachem, the one mentioned above and the Vintage Flying Museum. The city (or the group trying to build an aviation museum) lost the B-36 because they couldn't get the funding together to get the plane into the a weather safe display and Lockheed wanted it out of their property. I believe the Air Force took the plane back and it's in another museum. The local group had ambitious plans to build a museum on property on Eagle Pkwy. north of Alliance (they even had a "future home" sign in front of it) and get the B-36 back in the air. They just never seemed to get their financial feet under them. Fundraising for non-profits is a tough game (see: the symphony). There's probably a topic on the subject around here somewhere.

Edit: Found one: http://www.fortworth...on +and +museum

That thread is at least worth looking at to remind us of the non-sensical, weirdo ramblings of long AWOL board member safly.

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Posted 17 November 2016 - 02:54 PM

There were also plans from this year to bring a Hustler to DFW (Thread here) and a small thread about the existing museum (here). 



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Posted 12 January 2017 - 04:39 PM

A 16 unit apartment is planned at 2712 Wingate. No idea how tall it will be or how many lots it will cover. 



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Posted 15 January 2017 - 11:22 AM

Park completed and most of funds raised to construct the replica aircraft.The Fort Worth Aviation Museum will be the steward of the plane. Installed by mid year.

 

https://www.dropbox....160513.jpg?dl=0



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Posted 15 January 2017 - 11:26 AM

Foundry District multifamily by Fort Capital

 

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Posted 15 January 2017 - 03:37 PM

Park completed and most of funds raised to construct the replica aircraft.The Fort Worth Aviation Museum will be the steward of the plane. Installed by mid year......

 

Without providing some background about the purpose of the park, it was puzzling to me as to why the park was being established in Linwood.  The following can shed some light on the subject ---

 

http://fortworthtexa...groundbreaking/



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Posted 15 January 2017 - 10:31 PM

Glad to hear the sculpture is in the works still. That will be a lovely little public space. 



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Posted 17 January 2017 - 09:25 AM

DD Motorsports, aka Don Davis Investments, is also building a 30-unit apartment complex on the corner of Currie St. and Whitmore St.. The neighborhood voted to deny the zoning change from Industrial to Multifamily. If it is to be denied, they threatened to building a parking garage instead. But I ask, would you rather have apartments looking at an electrical sub station on one side and into people's backyard on the other, or a landscaped parking garage that is located next to commercial/industrial buildings and is directly behind auto dealers? Which one fits?

 

The case goes to City Council Jan 24, 2017.

 

As someone who has a stake in this neighborhood, I think Linwood is being prayed upon by several developers who are not doing a very good job of developing a cohesive neighborhood and are truly trying to make as much money on as as much land as they can acquire. Don't get me wrong, I love the redevelopment but there needs to be less hodgepodge development and more of a cohesive neighborhood design. See Conscious Capitalism. End rant.



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Posted 17 January 2017 - 01:10 PM

Sounds like they need a design overlay.

 

Is that complex targeted for the vacant lot across from M&O Grill?


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Posted 17 January 2017 - 01:10 PM

If it is to be denied, they threatened to building a parking garage instead.

 

Seems like an empty threat - what would the parking garage be servicing?  That location seems a far walk from any amenities that people would want to park next to.  Or am I missing something?  Are people going to park there and hike a half-mile to In'n'Out?  Or La Familia (since they can't park at West 7th?)

 

I can understand the neighborhood's reluctance to change zoning, since they know the next step will be for the developer to ask for variances against the zoning that was just awarded. 



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Posted 17 January 2017 - 01:17 PM

Linwood's development definitely has happened very fast and haphazardly. There's getting to be very little room left to build.

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Posted 17 January 2017 - 01:27 PM

 

If it is to be denied, they threatened to building a parking garage instead.

 

Seems like an empty threat - what would the parking garage be servicing?  That location seems a far walk from any amenities that people would want to park next to.  Or am I missing something?  Are people going to park there and hike a half-mile to In'n'Out?  Or La Familia (since they can't park at West 7th?)

 

I can understand the neighborhood's reluctance to change zoning, since they know the next step will be for the developer to ask for variances against the zoning that was just awarded. 

 

 

According to the email I received, DD Motorsports would build a garage to store the dealership's cars. It seems a little out of the way from the Don Davis dealerships so I'm sure it was a scare tactic but I actually prefer the idea over more density without adequate parking.



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Posted 17 January 2017 - 01:51 PM

Linwood's development definitely has happened very fast and haphazardly. There's getting to be very little room left to build.

 

I started to nod along with that, but has it really happened that fast?  Talk of lots being purchased in bulk and mass redevelopment started shortly after the tornado in 2000.  That was ample time to get things lined up.







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