Jump to content


Member Since 04 Apr 2004
Offline Last Active Today, 03:08 PM

#109259 TEX Rail project

Posted by JBB on 08 March 2018 - 09:37 AM

It just dawned on me that the front of the development is facing Main.  I always thought it was facing 26.  This is going to be really nice.  Downtown Grapevine already has a good restaurant selection.

#109248 The Worth Residences (30 floors)

Posted by JBB on 06 March 2018 - 10:14 PM

It's entirely possible that a client has never asked Schwartz to go higher than that. In my experience, architects typically give their clients what they want.

Check out his portfolio. You would look in vain to find a legitimate high rise; he is all about human scale and retro. A proposed 21-story condo tower was reduced to a 6-story project.

I know. If they want to build the city's tallest and he won't do it, they'll go with another architect. If he talks them into going smaller, then they're not serious about building something taller.

#109232 The Worth Residences (30 floors)

Posted by JBB on 06 March 2018 - 11:32 AM

It's slightly taller than Frost and roughly the same height as Landmark was.  That's still going to be an impressive impact on the skyline.

#109151 The T's new Master Plan

Posted by JBB on 27 February 2018 - 07:13 PM

I don't find it to be terribly offensive, but all I see is a "V". I would have rather seen something less generic than "Trinity" that better identified with Fort Worth.

#109073 Amazon in search of 2nd headquarters

Posted by JBB on 21 February 2018 - 09:52 AM

In any case, if I were Amazon, I would want to take my considerable wealth and transform a community in need such as Newark.  Attract the talent they need to a place that needs investment.  Heck, they're already in Seattle.  Spread the wealth.  I love the investment that companies like Quicken Loans, On Star, and Shinola have made to lift Detroit.  If, for Amazon, the location of their 2nd headquarters is a strictly "add to the bottom line" business decision, where they are cynically fishing for large incentives, with no egalitarian return on investment, then, yes, someplace boring and expensive like Boston, Dallas, or Northern Virginia will likely win out.

I love this point. I would be impressed by Amazon looking to truly improve upon a community in need.

Another point that I left out yesterday is I don't think for a second that, if Amazon were to land in Fort Worth, Dallas would sit back and not count it as a regional win or even a win for Dallas alone.

#108999 Museum Place

Posted by JBB on 16 February 2018 - 12:56 PM

According to TAD, the ownership is still some sort of subsidiary of Jagee, the developer for Museum Place.  I'm not sure if Heart of America intended to purchase the property or work as a partner with Jagee to develop and manage the hotel.  None of the articles I could find were real clear on that.

#108996 Museum Place

Posted by JBB on 16 February 2018 - 09:11 AM

I'm not sure who "they" is, but hotels have always been in the plans.  The Kimbell's issue was not with the Renovo brand or that it was a hotel, but with the fact that the building could be seen from inside the museum space.

#108934 Austin55's transit related ponderings

Posted by JBB on 13 February 2018 - 11:00 AM

A bus would be more than sufficient.  Spending money on a spur to provide transportation for 3 weekends a year for events with progressively dwindling attendance and whose fans like their vehicles would be throwing money away.

#108817 Museum Place

Posted by JBB on 08 February 2018 - 04:15 PM

It's hyperbole. It will be visible from inside parts of the museum so they've taken liberty with the label "shadow". "Casting a shadow" sounds scarier than "you can see it".

#108768 Funding transit

Posted by JBB on 07 February 2018 - 10:44 AM

I'm a bit confused by what Cary Moon wants.

He wants this to go away so quickly that no one figures out that he's trying to make it go away.

#108729 The T's new Master Plan

Posted by JBB on 02 February 2018 - 10:54 PM

#2 is just a cynical way of killing any talk of funding. By doing a county wide referendum- including Arlington- you guarantee the defeat of the measure.


C'mon.  Moon is taking the new Tea Party darling on the council with him.  What could possibly go wrong?

#108673 Tarrant Transit Alliance

Posted by JBB on 31 January 2018 - 10:09 AM

I'm curious to hear from some of you that were at the meeting last night. 


The local paper is choosing to spin it with this headline on their homepage: "Could money Fort Worth uses to fight crime instead go toward public transit?".  I guess the scary click-bait makes their position pretty clear, since that's just a small portion of the content of the article.


The article itself:  http://www.star-tele...e197506269.html


The call to go out to other Tarrant County cities and one councilman's call to rush something to the ballot by May sound like a push to make this go away quickly.


The POA posted the above article to Facebook without commentary and the comments were about what you would expect.  Betsy Price will ride in the Stock Show Parade on a unicycle while wearing a chicken suit before the CCPD tax goes away.

#108651 Metallica at the FWCC in 97

Posted by JBB on 30 January 2018 - 07:58 AM

Eddie Gossage isn't one to turn away something that makes money. I think the fact that they haven't done a real concert there since shortly after it opened tells you what you need to know.

#108633 Reit plans to demolish Westchester Tower and redevelop as mixed use

Posted by JBB on 29 January 2018 - 01:05 PM

A parking lot with a water feature would be quaint.

#108617 QuikTrip and Fort Worth

Posted by JBB on 29 January 2018 - 10:50 AM

Given the number of variance requested on the agenda, I would say there's very little chance of this being an urban design.  And I can't imagine what this would do to the already crazy rush hour traffic in this area.  


Anyone noticed how much the parking lot for the Hemphill-Rosedale QT has been expanded in recent months?