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Russ Graham

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#105328 Central Tourism District

Posted by Russ Graham on 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".

#104874 Museum Place

Posted by Russ Graham on 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.

#104779 The Dash bus connector

Posted by Russ Graham on 10 August 2017 - 11:40 AM

1. So it is preferable for the bar scene to be accommodated with ease; and not the museums located considerably south of 7th Street?  ...  I see that the concentration of apartments in the Currie Street corridor are equal distance from either 7th or Lancaster; so that is a wash.


RR, please examine the route that was posted above!  The proposed route does everything you are asking for.  It serves the museums along Lancaster and the apartments on Currie.


West 7th is the most logical route for a variety of reasons - it's the most direct route, the fastest, and the most likely to benefit from reduced congestion when people can use public transit instead of individual cars. 


It's also the most photogenic - the West 7th bridge is fast becoming a Fort Worth landmark.

#104696 Museum Place

Posted by Russ Graham on 07 August 2017 - 07:12 AM

Did you read the article?


The hotel developers say they are making changes to address the museum's concerns, which I presume means not being able to see the hotel from inside the Kimbell courtyard.  The Museum is pushing for the design overlay to get their points across to future developers earlier in the design process.  It sounds like everybody is getting what they want here - not sure I understand what you guys are reacting to. 


I was surprised to learn from the article that


the only formal view corridor recognized by the city is in a design overlay district approved a decade ago for Trinity Uptown, now called Panther Island.


I thought there was a view corridor for the Amon Carter.

#104504 Museum Place

Posted by Russ Graham on 27 July 2017 - 10:50 AM

Speaking of fake news, the Weekly seems to be trying to corner that market.


That article is amazingly bad. 



The graceful, nearly spiritual harmony in which the Carter, Kimbell, pavilion, and Modern sit will be forever despoiled. This is a big deal.


Graceful spiritual harmony?  He never went to a show at the Wreck Room when it was still around I guess!

#104496 The Image of Fort Worth

Posted by Russ Graham on 27 July 2017 - 09:29 AM

Fort Worth was a military post and late a major hub/transit of cattle 30 years before the first airplane and another 50 years as cattleman stockyard hub. Even though it has a sizeable aviation sector, Fort Worth was from the beginning, and through its formative years; and Fort Worth is still today a historically accurate Cow Town.

Right. It was a cowtown, and it is an aviation town. I agree with you.


The question is - what's the future of Fort Worth's economy?  Where do "real dollars" come from?  AA, Lockheed, and Carswell employ about 50,000 people combined - if you pretend the average salary of those jobs is around $40k, that's about $2 Billion (with a B ) in economic impact every year.  You have to sell a lot of souvenir cowboy boots to get to numbers like that.

#104459 The Image of Fort Worth

Posted by Russ Graham on 26 July 2017 - 03:02 PM

As somebody who once relocated to Fort Worth for a job, I can say the absolute last thing on my mind was the "Cowboy Culture". Salary, taxes, and cost of living are the first things a prospective hire is going to care about. Schools if they have a family. Proximity to other jobs in the same industry. This is why pretending to be a cow town when you're really an aviation town is counter productive.
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#97331 Magnolia @ Rosedale

Posted by Russ Graham on 16 May 2016 - 07:13 AM


I like the idea of projects next to pocket parks... I think it helps create a natural square were people can gather and lounge during nice weather days.


I agree - Newby Park could use some separation from Rosedale, this apartment is going to help with that.

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#96952 TEX Rail project

Posted by Russ Graham on 14 April 2016 - 08:45 AM


At least I got my laugh for the day:
Place 1 Councilwoman Carol Wollin said TEX Rail is a poor use of transportation funds that wont benefit Colleyville residents.
I wish they would put more of it toward the highways and roads, she said. Our residents, they like to drive.

Quote of the Year, right there.



She would like for the FWTA, which doesn't collect sales tax in Colleyville, to spend more sales tax money (collected outside of Colleyville) on highways and roads, in Colleyville.  She has obviously given this a lot of thought.

#96756 Rebranding The T (MY version)

Posted by Russ Graham on 01 April 2016 - 07:42 AM

I haven't been paying attention - was the change from FWTA to TCAT your idea, or is that an official thing? 


Interesting to think about officially changing the name to Tarrant from Fort Worth - i.e. does that mean Arlington is on board now?  It's a funny agency since it's funded by cities (to a greater or lesser degree) but they keep talking about serving the county.  Personally if they decide they are officially a county agency, as a FW resident I would be a lot less interested in supporting them.  FW has a lot of transit needs if it is going to grow into its potential in the core city.  

#96556 STEM & VPA: Fort Worth ISD

Posted by Russ Graham on 18 March 2016 - 09:09 AM

First, let me state that searching for this topic was made unnecessarily difficult due to it having been started in the "Ideals and Suggestions for Projects"  thread instead of the "Public & Institutional"


RR - maybe it makes sense to stat a new thread in "Public & Institutional" that references the new school.  Personally I was pretty attached to the idea of having the new school at FF; but that wasn't what the ISD decided to do, so in the interests of not spreading confusion, I think a new thread with an accurate title would be in order.  This thread belongs to the dustbin of "good ideas that unfortunately didn't pan out".

#96505 Hotels?

Posted by Russ Graham on 15 March 2016 - 08:49 AM

It's not just Fort Worth having a hotel boom:




unrelated yet obligatory rant:


I think FW is lumped in with Dallas in that list - particularly galling that they spelled out "Miami/Hialea" and "L.A. / Long Beach" but the metroplex is just "Dallas"



#96204 Hotels?

Posted by Russ Graham on 25 February 2016 - 08:27 AM

By the way, what do you guys think this means?



    the hospitality challenge facing Fort Worth is a lack of dirt in the urban areas, particularly the Medical District, Downtown and along West 7th.


Are they actually saying there's a shortage of empty / underused lots for development?  I don't agree - then again I'm not a developer.

#96203 Hotels?

Posted by Russ Graham on 25 February 2016 - 08:19 AM

You missed the one the article's actually about:



A full-service boutique hotel with plans for a full-service restaurant should start construction by year’s end, but don’t expect to get the deets too soon. Dowdle Real Estate’s Lynn Dowdle, who specializes in hotel site selection, tells us she’s been working on this project for almost a year. She can’t tell us who it is and where, specifically, it will be, but tells us the info should be coming soon.


I'm hoping one of these hotels will end up at Museum Place...

#96154 West 7th Development

Posted by Russ Graham on 23 February 2016 - 01:15 PM

I can remember when the Pour House was very crowded, the "in" place to be for the younger set.  And the place to be to watch the big game on the screen.


I remember when it was a rowdy downtown bar with a patio....   https://goo.gl/maps/VLw2HM3mHEG2