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Fort Worthology

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#108367 Metallica at the FWCC in 97

Posted by Fort Worthology on Yesterday, 09:47 AM

There's nothing in FW that can compete with places like the AAC, the Verizon, etc. - and considering that a lot of venues will have radius clauses (meaning an act can't perform within a certain radius from a show within a certain timeframe) and Dallas is the larger city anyway, there's little reason for a big act to choose an antiquated facility like the CC arena over a place like the AAC.

 

A smaller version of this often plays out with smaller indie bands and such. Dallas has the numbers and venues like the Granada and the Bomb Factory (which we don't really have good equivalents of here in FW) and smaller venues like Club Dada, Trees, Three Links, The Loft, etc. that are higher-profile than most FW equivalents. Sometimes there are radius clauses involved, too, sometimes not. I've seen bands on tour come to the DFW and play Denton and Dallas and skip FW.

 

The FW venue that I've seen snag a few more notable touring acts lately has been Shipping & Receiving.


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#108364 Modern Streetcar Dead

Posted by Fort Worthology on Yesterday, 09:36 AM

 


 

Fort Worth city council voted to stop studying the plan. The study Austin posted clearly identifies a recommended starter route.

 

 

Exactly right. The vote was not to build the streetcar right away - it was to continue with the study. The initial route was clearly identified and spelled out by HDR in their documentation. The Near Southside and Uptown TIFs were on board with that initial route.




#108270 The Foundry District

Posted by Fort Worthology on 11 January 2018 - 10:30 AM

The Camp Bowie location was like that at first, but as more people started using it as a business address it got bad.  I wouldn't be surprised if the same thing happened at the Magnolia location.

 

That is basically every coffee shop, though.




#108264 The Foundry District

Posted by Fort Worthology on 10 January 2018 - 07:48 PM

So with all those Likes, does that mean my experience with them is common?

 

I dunno, I really like the Magnolia location and prefer it to Avoca now. It can get crowded, but then so does Avoca.




#108263 Halprin and AIA plans of downtown

Posted by Fort Worthology on 10 January 2018 - 07:46 PM

 

Amazing the 1971 plan addresses the need for more residential housing in the city core, advises extensions to the M&O Subway, a better bus system, rail connection to what became DFW Airport, improved pedestrian accommodation downtown (including showing bulb-outs built at intersections), and a desire for an urban lake.

 

Nearly every item still debated as a need or as a project finally underway 45+years later. We've wasted so much time and sprawled so far.

 

But we can take solace that the proposed "ring road" around downtown was never built either.

 

 

 

That's what's so frustrating about these plans - people have been telling Fort Worth for *decades* about all these places where we're now wildly deficient, and little has been done until very recently.




#108202 Tarrant Transit Alliance

Posted by Fort Worthology on 05 January 2018 - 03:11 PM

 

Commuting is a regional activity. Yes, transit inside of Loop 820 can be improved, but there's no convenient access to transit for much of the county's population.

 

 

Every day, more and more of Fort Worth's farther regions is built in a fashion that *can't* be really effectively serviced by transit. The central city neighborhoods tend to have a much more transit-friendly base design.




#108148 McMansion Hell blog

Posted by Fort Worthology on 03 January 2018 - 02:51 PM

It's not that any large house is a McMansion, and I don't think Kate's blog really states anything like that. The focus is on the overwrought, cartoony, jumbled messes of mishmashed styles and poorly-executed design concepts applied to giant and often cheaply-built faux-"classy" faux-"luxurious" homes that you see reflected in the posts there.




#108006 Economic Development Plan

Posted by Fort Worthology on 21 December 2017 - 10:25 AM

Fort Worth is going to need to get over this "we don't want to do X because X is something (insert city: Dallas/NYC/Portland/etc.) did and WE AIN'T THEM!" attitude.

 

Incorporating good ideas from other places doesn't meant you're "becoming" a place.




#107841 Western Center Tower III

Posted by Fort Worthology on 14 December 2017 - 10:10 AM

A few other things to note from the Zoning Commission meeting:

 

- The proposal was approved including all waivers (two: one for height, and one for setback from Pershing Street)

 

- A small attached building is planned at the corner of Pershing & Guildford that is planned as an "upscale restaurant" with daytime and evening service

 

- We were shown a conceptual rendering that the architect stressed is not the final design (a rep from BOKA Powell was the representative for the project), but if the final design is similar, I'd describe the appearance as "like the original towers if they were primarily glass instead of concrete facades." It's not entirely glass - there's still concrete - but the ratio is higher toward glass than concrete, if that makes sense. While of course the final design could change, the concept design looked obviously newer and different but still had a "family resemblance," if you will, with very similar proportions to the originals.




#107826 Western Center Tower III

Posted by Fort Worthology on 13 December 2017 - 08:13 PM

This proposal was approved today at the Zoning Commission meeting, FYI.




#107793 Modern Streetcar Dead

Posted by Fort Worthology on 12 December 2017 - 08:25 PM

The initial route recommended by HDR was a downtown-to-Near Southside route along South Main to Magnolia.
 
(The newly redone South Main is, in fact, prepped for streetcar tracks already, just in case.)[/quote]

How so?

 

Buried utilities were moved, and the road bed was built to support streetcar tracks with minimal alteration needed in the future.




#107553 Hotels?

Posted by Fort Worthology on 28 November 2017 - 03:44 PM

Where would you propose to move the Water Department and the other offices that are in the building?  There is also a movement to restore the sign, which is landmarked along with the building.

 

If they moved anywhere, I'd hope they wouldn't leave downtown. I definitely don't support the blanket removal of city offices from downtown for private redevelopment opportunities. Maintaining civic function in the walkable heart of the city is important, IMHO.




#107507 Fort Worth Daily Digital

Posted by Fort Worthology on 27 November 2017 - 02:24 PM

That is a real Alien vs. Predator situation there - whoever wins, we lose.

 

Seriously though, I prefer City Hall over the AT&T building. City Hall at least feels like it's trying to make some kind of coherent statement, even if it's not a particularly good one.




#107497 Trinity Railway Express

Posted by Fort Worthology on 27 November 2017 - 10:02 AM

TRE's TOD has been terrible. Centerport has a lot of development, but not transit oriented. Irving station is pretty pathetic as well.

Grapevine and NRH seem to be ambitious, as does the Berry St station, but the remainder aren't showing much promise.

 

Commuter rail that comes so infrequently doesn't generate much in the way of TOD anywhere that I've seen.




#107495 Mixed-use project at Magnolia & May

Posted by Fort Worthology on 27 November 2017 - 09:56 AM

I really quite like this development for what it is, based on the renderings (wrote a bit about it in my most recent FW Weekly post). I appreciate something bringing us a blast of color that isn't the typical set of tones used in Fort Worth.