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#110133 West 7th Development

Posted by elpingüino on Today, 11:13 AM

New changes coming to the West 7th area:


- 10 interior streets will be turned into one-way - all except for Crockett and Currie. The conversion starts Monday.

- Greater police presence plus a new storefront station at Montgomery Plaza.
- New parking meters to be installed. It will cost $2.50 per hour in the evenings.
- Major sidewalk improvements.


#109960 "A wilder vision"

Posted by elpingüino on 14 April 2018 - 11:11 AM

The African Savanna, the first phase of Wilder Vision, is just one week away from opening. https://twitter.com/...8185469952?s=20

#109909 Public Plazas and Pavilions

Posted by elpingüino on 11 April 2018 - 09:36 PM

I would say that if this (General Worth) block of Main Street was closed, then the city should close the entire street to vehicles and make it a pedestrian only space, except for maybe deliveries.

There's a lot to be said for this idea. 16th Street in Denver is a great example of a successful conversion of a downtown street to a pedestrian mall.

#109812 I-35W to be expanded north of Downtown

Posted by elpingüino on 06 April 2018 - 07:42 AM

Texpress Lanes are now open on 35W between Loop 820 and Northside. http://www.star-tele...e207795819.html

#109715 West 7th Development

Posted by elpingüino on 31 March 2018 - 11:27 AM

Business owners are concerned about plans to build covered bus stops along West Seventh. Fort Worth Weekly reports: https://www.fwweekly...bus-stops-here/

#109361 Trinity Lakes

Posted by elpingüino on 16 March 2018 - 11:33 AM

There are additional details on the architect's project page: http://milosavcekic-...nity-lakes.html

#109286 Waterside (LMRA property being developed by Trademark)

Posted by elpingüino on 11 March 2018 - 11:35 AM

The space next to Zoe's has a sign up. It will be Tricky Fish, a Louisiana-style restaurant that has a location in Richardson. http://www.tricky-fish.com

#109258 TEX Rail project

Posted by elpingüino on 08 March 2018 - 06:53 AM

Groundbreaking at the mixed-use project for Grapevine station yesterday. Star-Telegram: $105 million Grapevine Main on track to be the coolest place in Texas to catch a train

#108065 Tavolo Park (Pate Ranch) in SW FW

Posted by elpingüino on 26 December 2017 - 10:15 PM

A while back I signed up for email updates about Tavolo Park. I recently received one that says they're on track for a Spring 2018 grand opening.

"We can't give you too many details yet, but let's just say this place will come with an extra helping of neighborly fun. Think bocce courts, a fabulous swimming pool, cabanas and a beer garden. Yes, we said beer garden."

#108063 Speaking of Arlington

Posted by elpingüino on 26 December 2017 - 09:50 PM

Arlington Commons broke ground recently. Over 1,000 units are planned. Relatively urban looking design, Arlington doing some nice things. 

The front page of today's Star-Telegram had a big update about Arlington Commons.

"How luxury apartments with really cool views could revive an Arlington neighborhood" http://www.star-tele...e191585539.html

Opening in April, 48 tenants already booked.

#108061 TEX Rail project

Posted by elpingüino on 26 December 2017 - 09:28 PM

I believe you're referring to Elkhorn Union. Here's the thread: http://www.fortworth...?showtopic=6525
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#107808 Confederate Memorials and Names

Posted by elpingüino on 13 December 2017 - 08:03 AM

Jefferson Davis Park is officially renamed Parque Unidad. Star Telegram report on the City Council vote: http://www.star-tele...e189469449.html The signage might still take a while to reflect the change.

(Speaking of renaming, could we have this thread changed to a label that describes the broader topic please? Took me a while to find it)

#107268 TCU's massive campus transformation continues

Posted by elpingüino on 11 November 2017 - 03:30 PM

I think I've mentioned this before, but I'd like to see TEXRail focus on getting the southern leg done in segments. With the northern half, the main focus was always DFW too Downtown. With the Southern leg, there's not really much going on beyond TCU. It's only about 4 miles from the Berry Station too T&P station, but the two stops both have prime opportunity for TOD and are already fairly dense and I believe could support decent ridership. Connecting 3 of the biggest urban neighborhoods would really make a lot of sense to me... I'd like to see it done ASAP. 


Replied on the TEX Rail thread: http://www.fortwortharchitecture.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=4787&p=107267 


TCU is now about 45% out of state students.  Many of these students do not bring a car, at least for the first year.  5% of the students are from other countries.  All of them depend on friends if they want to leave the immediate area.  It is a shame there is not a trolley/light rail service going down University Dr. connecting the school with West 7th and downtown.  I think it would be a well used route. At least an extension of rail down 8th Ave. to Berry would be helpful.

I was skeptical of the statement that many TCU students don't have a car, but I stand corrected. According to this TCU360 article, in 2015 there were only 2,375 student parking passes issued, out of a total enrollment of roughly 10,000. That's probably not precisely equal to the number of students with cars - there are probably some who live close enough that they can walk to campus and don't need a parking permit - but still, that's much fewer than I expected.


I am interested in the idea that FWISD could create campuses (10-12 grades) that are curriculum tailored to areas of study that prepares students for non-collegiate careers as is done in Germany; and a campus that would prepare students for going on to college if that is there desire.


Replied on the STEM & VPA thread: http://www.fortwortharchitecture.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=5393#entry107265 

#107265 STEM & VPA: Fort Worth ISD

Posted by elpingüino on 11 November 2017 - 03:23 PM

I am interested in the idea that FWISD could create campuses (10-12 grades) that are curriculum tailored to areas of study that prepares students for non-collegiate careers as is done in Germany; and a campus that would prepare students for going on to college if that is there desire.


I agree with you, rename. This is a great idea, and FWISD is already implementing it. The Gold Seal Schools Programs of Choice allow students to go to specific campuses to focus on studies for specific careers, similar to a college major. Many of the subjects are for vocational careers that don't require four-year college, such as automotive, culinary and firefighting.


(I thought this thread would be the best place to continue this discussion since the I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA is one of the Gold Seal Schools.)

#106855 Tarleton State University plans 80-acre campus in Far SW FW

Posted by elpingüino on 24 October 2017 - 05:46 PM

Maybe the plan all along was that a new road built for the campus would span the Parkway, and Old Granbury will dump into that road on either side of the bridge.

Page 89 of the master plan provides more details on the road configuration. When classes begin in 2019, there won't be a direct connection to Chisholm Trail and traffic will have to use the McPherson exit. But eventually a interchange will be built for Stewart Feltz Road.