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Russ Graham

Member Since 03 Apr 2012
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In Topic: Central Tourism District

30 August 2017 - 06:45 AM

 the tagline is used with every...single...new...development.


Well, you wouldn't want a potential resident to think that they could, for example, only do two of the three if they sign a lease in your new development.  "What, I can only Work and Play here, but not Live?  No way man, I'm going down the street where I can Work, Play, and Live".

In Topic: Confederate Memorials and Names

18 August 2017 - 09:17 AM

You learn interesting things about history in times like these.  I learned the other day that Robert E. Lee was opposed to commemorating the Confederacy after the Civil War.


He said for example,



I think it wiser not to keep open the sores of war but to follow the examples of those nations who endeavored to obliterate the marks of civil strife, to commit to oblivion the feelings engendered.


I'd say the last week has certainly validated Lee's views on the matter.


Here's an article on CNN about it:  http://www.cnn.com/2...trnd/index.html

In Topic: Museum Place

14 August 2017 - 03:13 PM

True, Fort Worth has come along way but suggesting that the museum deserves special recognition for the rebirth the City following the tornado is a point that is truly off a rail;  or to give credit to the museum for spurring the on going surrounding development is as bemusing as the published statement of a concern for a "Canyon of Hotels" - what hotel group would want to waste their time, energy and planning to give you and the Kimbell an awesome hotel?  Do you even have evidence that in a couple of years a hotel will be developed on this lot?; when HOA Group has indicated that time/cost is a critical factor in getting this project underway.


Well the neighboring development of which the hotel is part is called Museum Place, which might indicate to the alert observer that the developers consider the museums to be a selling point.  Also it's called the "Cultural District" which wouldn't make a lot of sense without there being museums there...  Do I have evidence for what is going to be developed there? Beyond the site plan, nope. 


RG, perhaps you are privy to insiders information that provides with support for your position; but to me as an outsider, the museum's maneuvers appear overly intrusive and self serving at the expense of the greater good.


Nope, I read the same news articles you do.  I actually don't even live in Fort Worth anymore, I moved to Baltimore last year.  I have a rental house in the area which is why I keep lurking around here & reading the news articles people post... I just see the glass half full where you see it half empty.  But where there's room for disagreement about what "the powers that be" should do, I feel like the name calling and end of the world kind of language that starts to come up is a little much.  That's all I'm trying to say.

In Topic: Museum Place

14 August 2017 - 07:22 AM

For Mixed Use zoning there have always been "height bonuses" for mixed-use buildings over single-use buildings.  This is supposed to encourage developers to construct buildings with, well, a mix of uses.  Developers know they have to work within zoning restrictions, and there is always give and take with the zoning board.  I think everybody needs to take a step back from the edge on this one.  Like I pointed out before, the developer is still working with the museums to find a solution that works for everybody. 
I have to take issue with some specific points I've been reading in this topic.  Please take the following in the spirit in which it is given, that of a friendly exchange of views.  I know as Doohickie pointed out in another thread it is hard to interpret tone over the internet and I know over the years certain topics have been quite contentious on this forum.  This seems to have risen to Forest Park Road Diet levels for some reason.  And I will also say I started off on the side of "let the hotels build what they want" until I saw the view from inside the Maillol courtyard that John posted, I think that would be pretty awful.  That courtyard is pretty special and needs to stay that way.

One what basis are the museum's demands for the protection of a specific view somehow more valid than similar demands in the examples I provided?

According to Wikipedia, "The [Kimbell] was designed by architect Louis I. Kahn and is widely recognized as one of the most significant works of architecture of recent times."  So you ask, on what grounds is that more valid than a farmer's view of his potato fields, or somebody's view of your parent's subdivision?  So the literal answer to your rhetorical question is that it is more valid based on the subjective view of people who care a great deal about architecture. 

As long as the developer keeps relenting, the museum will keep pushing until they end up with what they want: a 1 story strip center or a vacant lot.  And now their answer is this asinine code that limits all hotels in mixed use developments to 5 stories, citywide?  ...
I dislike the ridiculous use of hyperbole by people in the Cultural District...

Do you notice any irony here? Once you've accused others of hyperbole you sort of need to stay on the factual side yourself.


1. The Kimball has no more right to dictate how other people design buildings than other people have a right to dictate what art the Kimball does and does not show.

No, but the city council has the right and duty to govern development standards, and they are doing their best to encourage developers to work with the museum to find a design that works for everybody.  If the council wasn't doing this, we'd accuse them of not doing their job.

This is shameful, selfish and authoritarian.

Rename - I have gotten used to this from you over the years - please, take a breath, step outside, watch the clouds go by, and consider if this is really the best approach to whatever it is you are trying to accomplish.  What the museums are doing is none of the above.  They are being collaborative and creative in finding a solution.  That lot has been empty for a few years now, if it sits empty another couple of years until we get an awesome hotel there it will be just fine.  This end of Fort Worth has come a long way in the last 17 years since the tornado.  And it continues to grow and develop.  There are lots of exciting things going on.  Don't go off the rails based on one little dispute.

In Topic: The Dash bus connector

14 August 2017 - 06:25 AM

I don't think I'd be thrilled about a frequent Lancaster bus.  Just wouldn't move my needle - Lancaster is a desert and a frightening spot for pedestrians.  This thing, though - can't wait.

I couldn't agree more.