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Fort Worthology

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#109506 Fort Worth Moves into 16th Place

Posted by Fort Worthology on 22 March 2018 - 02:58 PM

Good point.

Austin - I think you're missing a digit in your Tarrant number.

Tarrant's distributed population isn't necessarily good for Fort Worth. Fort Worth is growing out and that growth isn't sustainable or healthy for the urban center of town.




Fort Worth should be reevaluating how it builds all over, not just in a handful of urban villages. The way we're building now is not sustainable, environmentally or economically, in the long term.

#109486 Dream Vision/Celebrate Fort Worth June 1st

Posted by Fort Worthology on 22 March 2018 - 08:42 AM

Investor gets jail time and ordered to pay restitution for involvement in Alabama Dream Vision project and other real estate scams:





#109359 Waterside (LMRA property being developed by Trademark)

Posted by Fort Worthology on 16 March 2018 - 09:02 AM

I was one of the three votes for the hotel, but of course, it did not end up with the required votes.


It will be interesting to see what the City Council decides.

#109307 Southside developments

Posted by Fort Worthology on 13 March 2018 - 09:37 AM

I've been really disappointed that a auto parts and dollar general with big ol parking lots out front where built down there. It's on one of the busiest bus routes in town and a potential future BRT route. Ought to be a little denser/more street oriented.


This is what happens with the city allows good development in a handful of designated areas - the Urban Villages - and then lets business-as-usual continue everywhere else, even when the surrounding context isn't that different from the urban villages and walkable development would be entirely appropriate. (Also like 8th Avenue down around Cantey.)

#108671 Project Sundance

Posted by Fort Worthology on 31 January 2018 - 07:46 AM

The weird split-level mall thing is so very '70s in a not great way. I can imagine Sundance wanting to redesign it to be more conventional street-level retail spaces, if that's doable engineering-wise.

#108621 QuikTrip and Fort Worth

Posted by Fort Worthology on 29 January 2018 - 11:27 AM


I would counter that whether it's arranged your way or with the pumps in front, would make no difference in pedestrian patterns.  If someone is walking by and wants a drink or whatever, they will walk across the lot.  And I can see why QT would want it with the pumps in front:  if you put the building up on the corner and there is customer traffic entering from the street and from the pump area in the back, there are two distinct traffic flows to monitor for store theft.  If it sits back on the corner, pedestrian traffic and pump traffic comes in through the same door.



The point is, if you're going to build in the central city, you should build something that fits in the central city. It's a slippery slope to making the argument that it makes no difference to build *anything* oriented to pedestrians, because if somebody wants something they'll cross the lot. And that's how you wind up with places where nobody walks, because everything is built to cater to cars first.


All I'm saying is that if a car-oriented business wants to build someplace where the pedestrian should be the foundation of all development, they should be held to a higher standard. QT already half-heartedly did this in the Near Southside - that store isn't *great,* particularly due to the elevation changes on the site and QT's huge, barren designs, but it's a start, because the Near Southside held them to their standards.

#108615 QuikTrip and Fort Worth

Posted by Fort Worthology on 29 January 2018 - 10:40 AM

How does the forum feel about having a QT at this location? 


If it was designed like gas stations in central cities in other parts of the world - with the store building up on the corner, with pedestrian-oriented entrances, and the gas pumps out back - it's not the worst.


I'm certain that's not what's going to get built, though.

#108453 Judging the walkability of Fort Worth.

Posted by Fort Worthology on 23 January 2018 - 04:55 PM

Here's another visual of the amount of surface parking DT


This gives me flashbacks to former councilman Carter Burdette lecturing some of us pro-streetcar people that we don't need more development downtown because, and I quote, "downtown is pretty much built-out," which is a truly laughable statement when you take even a cursory glance at downtown outside of Sundance Square and its immediate surroundings.

#108367 Metallica at the FWCC in 97

Posted by Fort Worthology on 18 January 2018 - 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.

#108364 Modern Streetcar Dead

Posted by Fort Worthology on 18 January 2018 - 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.