A client and I were headed back to Fort Worth after lunch in Arlington the other day. As we went along the Belknap cut-off from H 121 into downtown, my client remarked at how ugly and out-of-place the old Purina plant is, and he pointed out the new and unusual looking Top Golf establishment. I had to concede that the old Purina plant in proximity to that tall fenced-in Top Golf site makes for a strange-looking pair. Top Golf may become a "signature" piece for the east side of downtown. My client suggested the Purina plant should be demolished.
Purina versus Top Golf
Posted 25 May 2017 - 08:40 AM
They could paint them with light.
Turning lemons into lemonade: Unsightly grain elevators in the redeveloping waterfront area? Use them as canvases for night time light shows.
Posted 25 May 2017 - 08:46 AM
Posted 25 May 2017 - 02:40 PM
JBB, I would tend to agree with you. But I think what irks my client friend is that the old industrial-style silo doesn't seem to fit in with the increasing modernization of our downtown. I don't have a deep-seated opinion about this. As to Top Golf, its not located precisely next door to Purina. Maybe about 3-tenths of a mile away? But I bet Top Golf promoters were concerned about whether it would be a good location, considering how run-down is the neighborhood east of downtown. I know there's a separate thread on Top Golf, but anyone know how they're doing?
Austin, I don't think graffiti art is going to do much for Purina...not sure Purina would go for it, either.
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Posted 25 May 2017 - 04:08 PM
Top Golf is a destination and I don't think that location was much of a concern. I said this in the other thread: there was nothing coincidental or accidental about their choice of location. They have what I would say is better than a hunch that the area is poised for heavy development.
I would still disagree with your client. Is it different, rugged, and maybe a little ugly? Sure, but I like that it adds to the diversity of the area and the skyline. The idea of "increasing modernization" is a dangerous path to go down as I could easily see that same argument used to justify removing significant historic buildings.
Posted 25 May 2017 - 05:11 PM
JBB, I would tend to agree with you. But I think what irks my client friend is that the old industrial-style silo doesn't seem to fit in with the increasing modernization of our downtown.
Just hang in there with the silos. At some point, you can have something like any one of the following
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