The Spring 2013 TCU Learner's Guide arrived a few days ago, and there is another course Quentin McGown is teaching:
Fort Worth at Mid-Century: A Survey of the City's Post-War Modern Architecture, 1945-01965
From the catalog: The class includes a two hour weeknight lecture and a six hour bus tour on Saturday exploring the leading architects and designers who led the post-war modern movement in Fort Worth and the buildings and neighborhoods they created. Tour includes lunch, tuition includes 35.00 supply fee.
13SCTS17 4/11/2013 - 4/13/2013 Th and Sa from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Anyone notice on historic aerials in 1956 the southern end of the military base is obscured? Just an observation for the conspiracy theorists! I could spend hours on that site studying the city's development. Very neat.
I wonder if that is where they kept the wrecked saucers that were brought here from Roswell?
I hope that the powers that be decide to go ahead and save the remaining angels... just in case
There might be some future project where we wish we had them, maybe a memorial of some kind, maybe as a replacement for the stupid-looking eastside "welcome" sign proposed using art funds, for use on the facade of the horse arena that looks like it will be built by the city even though the current council has no clue what it might look like, or on a new museum (The Byrd Williams Photographic Collection, the Texas Regional Smithsonian unit, an aviation museum - wings, get it?) Who knows what the future might bring.
It looks like it will be a definite improvement to the campus. I also agree that there is a lot going on in that part of the city.
I would think that architects specializing in that area, and working in conjunction with engineers of the same persuasion, could design water features that would significantly cool off an outdoor area during the summer. During most Texas summers a nice outdoor courtyard is generally viewed through thick shaded glass. Wouldn't it be nice if through intentional design the water made an outdoor space actually nice to be in during the hot part of the year.
Just found this in the recent "TCU Learner's Guide Fall 2012" that is mailed to my residence. The course is the last part of a 3-part course on Fort Worth history taught by Quentin McGown at the TCU Center for Texas Studies. Not sure where the class is held as the web link for the specific course is broken right now. Here is the link to the TCU Extended Education courses of which the McGown lectures is a part:
Something inside me says that the institute used to be housed in the old Swift Headquarters/Spaghetti Warehouse in the Stockyards, but that that building now houses some gas drilling company offices. The website has a lot of old info, and doesn't seem to have been really gone through lately, but my best guess is that the course will be on the new and improved TCU campus.
I like the design. I also wonder why the owners of the large parking garages downtown don't take a hint:No one likes parking on the top of one of those structures, especially if it might storm while the car is there. On the other hand, people like living up on top in urban settings. Why not use the top level of parking garages as residences? There could even be small lawns and trees (green roofs).
I don't remember seeing this idea posted here before so I will take a stab at it.
Main Street between the Tarrant County Courthouse and the Convention Center should become a dedicated pedestrian walkway. Vehicular traffic should be banned.
Main Street is a very attractive urban setting with trees, brick pavement, ornamental lighting, attractive buildings, and impressive bookends at each end. It is not a major traffic artery since it is effectively sealed at both ends, and the city block=s are small enough that any building facing Main can be easily accessed from a side street. Some of the larger buildings have entrances from Houston or Commerce, or could arrange for that sort of access in their next scheduled renovation. There is a lot of retail facing main, and there might be more if there was even more foot traffic. The street is closed during major downtown festivals and it serves a venue for exhibitions and entertainment. Pedestrianizing Main would take auto traffic out of the middle of the Bass Enterprises' Sundance Square plaza, making the plaza easier to access and safer to cross. The concept is wildly popular in many European cities. US cities have also introduced "pedestrian malls" to their downtowns, including parts of Broadway in Midtown Manhattan, Minneapolis, Portland, Miami, and LA. Doubtless others as well (Chicago, Kansas City, DC?)
I would be interested to know how the businesses along that stretch of Main would feel about this sort of plan.
Put it at the south end of downtown near the convention center right on one of those huge parking lots. A bridge or tunnel to the Convention Hall would help to make it accessible to visitors and help book the facility to groups other than the Baptists Conventions. An integrated parking facility would be a plus, maybe put RV camping on the roof.
I don't gamble, I don't even watch it on TV. But I hate seeing all this Texas money heading north and east out of the state. Tax and regulate the heck out of it, and add a dress code to boot. The building should be sort of an urban resort with nice hotel, some deluxe suites, a superior restaurant, a club on top the tower, and transportation to the other hotels downtown. I know some people advocate for putting a casino in the Stockyards, but I would keep that set aside for card games in keeping with the image of "Cowtown", even though I know most of that really happened downtown, back in the day.
In a booklet from Frank Kent Cadillac it was stated that The Texan was produced from 1918 'til 1922. Any comments, facts, information? I've lived in Ft. Worth most of my life (born here, raised here) and had never heard of the Texan before reading about it. Wes
In 1917 two brothers, James C. and Will H. Vernor, started the Texas Motor Car Association in Dallas with two hundred dollars in capital. They built an automobile factory south of Fort Worth on the bare prairie that would someday be the 3600 block of McCart. The company had big plans to produce a luxury car and an oilfield truck. The city of Fort Worth planned to extend a streetcar line south along the old Cleburne Road for the convenience of factory workers.
But the company's life was brief. By 1922 the company had ceased production, hurt by a factory fire, the post-World War I flu epidemic, drought, and competition from cars such as the Ford Model T. Only about two thousand Texan cars and one thousand Texan trucks were built. The car sold for one thousand dollars, had a thirty-five-horsepower engine, thirty-three-inch tires, a wooden dashboard, and a rumble seat. Decades later the Texan auto factory was bought by Martin Sprocket and Gear company.
The Texan automobile was built by the Texas Motor Car Association of Fort Worth was designed specifically for Texas roads and weather. The oversized tires, powerful four-cylinder engine, and extra-wide roof for shade gave it special features for the Texas market.
In the current edition of the Fort Worth Weekly newspaper there is a feature article on revitalization efforts in Haltom City. The title is "Brightening a 'Burb; One of Tarrant's Oldest Towns Gets a New Attitude". You can peruse the article online at http://www.fwweekly.com/ but I always enjoy reading the paper version. The article is written by reporter Jeff Prince, who has a brother who teaches school in HC, so presumably he has some inside info as to what the scoop is. I would be interested in reading forum member's comments regarding the article.
As regards the waiting time at the "six-points" intersection:
At one time it was widely acknowledged that that was the longest wait for traffic signals of any intersection in town, hands down. Has that changed in the past few years? Is there another intersection that takes longer to get through if you arrive at the end of a yellow light?
Back in the late 70's or early 80's there was a billboard sign at the slice of land between Bailey and University facing oncoming traffic going north on University. Since it was set back from the intersection it could be seen from most of the positions where traffic had to stop. It was print only, no graphic that I remember, and the text read something like this:
"Well, here you are at the longest intersection in town. You are going to be here several minutes so you might as well read this" ...
This was of course before cell phones, PDA's, notebook computers, and portable DVD players, but I have seen men using electric shavers and women putting on their makeup there, plenty of time you see.