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Fort Worthology

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#107841 Western Center Tower III

Posted by Fort Worthology on Yesterday, 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.

#107360 T&P Warehouse Redevelopment

Posted by Fort Worthology on 17 November 2017 - 09:57 AM



I genuinely hope I'm wrong, though.

#107359 "Fort Worth": Going, going...gone?

Posted by Fort Worthology on 17 November 2017 - 09:50 AM

I am, obviously, biased in this regard, but the ongoing corporate takeovers (and scrubbing of local identities) of so many big daily papers drives home the importance of alternative, locally-owned & locally-focused papers like the Weekly.


(And the Star-Telegram still does good work, but their editorial voice is decidedly disconnected from a Fort Worth perspective.)

#107292 T&P Warehouse Redevelopment

Posted by Fort Worthology on 14 November 2017 - 10:55 AM

I've long believed that as long as Cleopatra Inc. owns the building, nothing of any significance will happen with it anytime soon. None of the recent news dissuades me from that belief.


They've owned it for 20 years, and this is all that there is to show for it.

#107068 Amazon in search of 2nd headquarters

Posted by Fort Worthology on 03 November 2017 - 09:32 AM



Amazon built an entire campus around rail-based transit and funded improvements to that transit

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#106824 TCU's massive campus transformation continues

Posted by Fort Worthology on 23 October 2017 - 09:17 AM

Welcome back!


Thanks, JBB! I figure that since I'm involved in city goings-on again (in a different capacity this time) I could pop in to help when I can. :)

#106822 TCU's massive campus transformation continues

Posted by Fort Worthology on 23 October 2017 - 09:07 AM

Does anyone know or understand what the current requested zoning overlay is requested by TCU? 


I couldn't find any information on it other than there is a zoning request by TCU and neighbors felt it was too vague so it was continued.  Curious what area it covers and what it might mean they have planned.




The portion of the Zoning Commission public meeting pertaining to TCU's case can be viewed here (assuming this link works right): http://fortworthgov....&meta_id=327891


I do not have firsthand knowledge of the statements on this case as I recused myself due to also being employed by TCU, but hopefully the meeting video will help in some way.

#93535 The Image of Fort Worth

Posted by Fort Worthology on 18 September 2015 - 08:00 AM




If we could only have identified one or two of the "lot of other things"; then we could have a debate about its or their worth to some end.



Yeah, it's not like we have been talking about this for years with people bringing up several examples before.  Clearly, I have to do that in my one single post, which apparently exists in a vacuum.  Because I did not identify anything specifically, it is clear nobody else has, and thus my point is invalid.

#93515 The Image of Fort Worth

Posted by Fort Worthology on 17 September 2015 - 08:16 AM

I can't speak for anybody but myself, but I don't mind using the Stockyards/cowboys/ranching thing as part of our identity and marketing at all.  It's a thing, after all.  My problem is that the yee-haw let's all be cowboys ridin' and ropin' thing seems to be about 98% of all of our marketing efforts, to the exclusion of a lot of other things we could get out into the world that are just as much, if not more, a part of the city as that one element.