Didn't say it was. But I see little in the way of attracting companies here. When was the last MAJOR corporate move to Fort Worth? C'mon Fort Worth, open your wallet. We need someone to fill those whopping 6 story office buildings downtown
Wow. I hate to post this. But FWA Forum has become such a downer that I'm checking out. I kinda think that's why several others have as well. Just don't know. My last comment: Fort Worth is a fabulous, magnificent, happening, place and I would love to have a place to celebrate that. Sorry, John, lately it's just not here. Looking for an alternative. Fort Worth will continue on without FWF. It was fun while it lasted.
Has anyone been to the the Chelsea Market on 9th Avenue in New York? It's a foodie paradise on the ground floor, and the upper floors are used for office space. It is very cool. It's a re-purposed former Nabisco factory.
While I think post office would be a beautiful city hall for Fort Worth, I would much rather see it re-purposed for the public so we have better access to experience it's terrific-ness. Something like the Chelsea Market:
Something like that would attract visitors; serve as a living amenity for downtown residents; and perhaps spur demand for more living and working spaces directly on Lancaster, including demand for live/work space in the T&P warehouse. Private investment will make it happen faster. I'm afraid we might all be floating in the streets and canals of Panther Island on our drone powered walkers before the city ever made a move on either property.
Fort Worth continues to show why it is a cultural gem. By providing another venue for the Cliburn, the Renzo Piano Pavilion auditorium is an important contribution to the classical music scene. And the combination of world-class art and world-class music makes the Kimbell a prime cultural destination.
Wow. Some serious negativity on this particular thread. I guess I get the desire for more high rise buildings there, but I think Fort Worth has a fine skyline. A few of you throw out Austin and it's development as something to envy. For me, and I know I'm a minority opinion, Austin ain't all that. Sure, they've added several tall buildings over the last few years in Austin. Mostly all residential high rises. Mostly rentals. Repeat, rentals. Have you noticed the architecture and design of those residential high rises? About the nicest way I can describe most of them is "effete" and they've definitely got a "sell by" look to them in my opinion. It will be interesting in about 10 - 15 years what condition they are in. (I'm sure Westchester Plaza in Fort Worth was considered quite impressive in its day.) Austin perhaps has some greater density than Fort Worth. But only in a small part of it - around the flagship Whole Foods, Congress Avenue, 2nd and 3rd streets for a couple of blocks each, and the Drag through UT - do the buildings have any pedestrian interaction at street level. Fort Worth may not have as much density overall, but there are several walkable areas where there is something to see and do on the street, just as Austin does. I have lived in Austin for 7 years now and only get to visit Fort Worth on occasion. To me, the changes there have been just as dynamic as those in Austin. I do think Austin has a better PR machine. And if Austin had a forum such as this, I think it would read a bit brighter than this forum does sometimes. You got it good up there, folks. The future looks bright for both cities.
It's been interesting to read the architecture reviews of the new Piano Pavilion. They have definitely been mixed. From downright derision from the Philadelphia Enquirer (Kahn's home, not surprised), to the Wall Street Journal's shoulder shrug, to the NYT Book Review Blog and Dallas Morning News' damning with faint praise (not surprised about the DMN), to glowing from the Washington Post, American Institute of Architects, Star-Telegram (not surprised) and now the Boston Globe. I'm sure I'm missing many more of various opinions. Here's the Globe's take. It's especially complementary of Fort Worth's entire offering of art museums:
Finally got to visit the inside over the holidays. I am not trained in architecture, but I know what I like. For me, Mr. Piano's Pavilion is beautiful, and very special. The wood floors, the concrete walls, the light from the roof and two ends, and then the art! I had never appreciated the Kimbell's collection of Asian sculptures and tapestries until viewing them in the new building. And the Fort Worthian docents. So incredibly friendly and proud of the new museum building. It was fun chatting with several of them. Looking forward to the exhibit coming in 2014 of masters from the Musee D'Orsey in Paris. You folks are very fortunate to have this place in your backyard.
I was in Fort Worth this weekend. Met the new 7th Street Bridge. Met the new Piano building (at least the outside and grounds). Reacquainted myself with the majestic Japanese Garden in full autumn awesomeness. And met the new Sundance Square. I really have no words, they'd be inadequate. So I'll post these pics of the square: (And post the others in the appropriate threads.)