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Fort Worthology

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#92265 Fort Worth Stockyards

Posted by Fort Worthology on 02 July 2015 - 01:55 PM

John, that Static post isn't the only word on the subject from the Weekly.  Today, I have a piece examining the issue, calling for strong preservation and form-based zoning as being more important than just putting design & appearance standards in place.  You can read it here:

 

http://www.fwweekly....the-stockyards/




#92014 Coda: Ornette Coleman

Posted by Fort Worthology on 16 June 2015 - 08:49 AM

I'm glad to see Preston's article.  Fort Worth does a pretty terrible job honoring its musical past *and* promoting its musical present.




#91880 My New Fort Worth site

Posted by Fort Worthology on 08 June 2015 - 06:59 PM

I thought I'd pass along that I am now, officially, writing at the Weekly:  http://www.fwweekly....lopment-update/




#91836 My New Fort Worth site

Posted by Fort Worthology on 05 June 2015 - 12:30 PM

So, it's official - I'm coming back.  Though not in the form I initially expected.

 

To announce it, I decided, for absolutely no reason at all, to write it up in the style of a Stan Lee column from the back of a Marvel comic.

 

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#91803 Southside developments

Posted by Fort Worthology on 03 June 2015 - 08:56 AM

Rosedale & Lake is actually apartments upstairs, medical offices and retail space downstairs.

 

The Travis Avenue project is, I think, directly behind Dr. Bajaj's office/apartment building on Lipscomb, across from all of Dr. Aggarwal's increasingly-elaborate office/apartment developments.  The Travis building is also Dr. Bajaj.  I think it's interesting that the two of them seem to have this friendly race toward ever-larger mixed-use projects.  A lot of the medical professionals were extremely skeptical of the new Southside "neighborhood" zoning that required them to include apartments, but they've been so successful that they seem to be going bigger and bigger with each expansion.

 

It looks like the site for Bajaj's new project on Travis has now been cleared and a construction fence is up.




#91795 Southside developments

Posted by Fort Worthology on 02 June 2015 - 10:18 AM

428 Hemphill restoration:

 

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Current:

 

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#91794 Near Southside: Citizen Theater

Posted by Fort Worthology on 02 June 2015 - 09:55 AM

As I understand it, the Bentley's is going in to the little building west of Ellerbe.  The vacant lot that was going to be the Citizen has a sign on it advertising another development.




#91576 Southside developments

Posted by Fort Worthology on 19 May 2015 - 10:24 AM

Awesome.  This is one reason why food trucks/carts can be a big benefit to a central city - it gives entrepreneurs a way to get a foot into the urban core despite the cost, get successful and established, and later gives them the opportunity to turn that success and experience into a physical location.




#91406 Cultural District Roundabout

Posted by Fort Worthology on 06 May 2015 - 10:24 AM

The 2001 proposal that would require demolition is not the same one as shown in the renderings posted by Austin.  That is a new design proposal from the Blue Zones program and, presumably, would not require demolishing any new buildings.




#91037 Hemphill/Lamar/Taylor Connector project ?

Posted by Fort Worthology on 09 April 2015 - 03:49 PM

As far as I know, 12-foot lanes are just a standard lane width the city uses these days (even when not necessarily needed).  I do not think it has anything to do with any future transit lines (also, South Main is already being reconstructed with streetcar-friendly road beds).




#90617 Frost Tower - Jetta Operating to Build Downtown Office Building

Posted by Fort Worthology on 18 March 2015 - 09:56 AM

I should expand upon my thoughts, because I find your post stirs me to consider my opinions.

 

In my opinion, honestly, I don't think this building is any kind of remarkable masterpiece, or anything.  It is, as you say, a glass box with some panels and a notch.  It isn't in any notable way different from countless similar buildings in other cities (it looks to me like it could just as easily be in Uptown Dallas).  It's a nicely executed, professionally handled glass box with some panels and a notch, but yeah, it's not all that original/striking.

 

I do like it, though, as while it is not in any way remarkable, it's also not in any way (that we can see) awful.  It's the very definition of a "background building," which is exactly what it should be IMHO.  It fills a dead space in the city with something that is perfectly agreeable if not strikingly original/beautiful, and it makes things better for its presence without calling a ton of attention to itself in some kind of solipsistic "look at meeeeeeee" fashion a la a starchitect building.

 

What's more, if the info we've got so far on its pedestrian interactions is accurate, while as a piece of design it's not all that remarkable, it does seem to be doing everything right in terms of what a building in an urban setting should be doing first and foremost: it's enhancing the public realm and making people want to be around it.  It'll have nice wide sidewalks, engaging ground floor businesses and interactions, etc.  That aspect of the development gets it a lot of brownie points in my book, as it's easy for an office developer to skimp on such things, particularly when the building is outside of the active core of downtown and in a part that is, honestly, just as dead as the dead parts of other cities we say Fort Worth has a "better" downtown than.  I appreciate that the developer and designer are going the extra mile to do the right thing (while "the extra mile" should, in fact, be the norm, it very often isn't - witness the nothingness that is the ground floor of nearby Cantey-Hangar Plaza, etc. - so I applaud them for it all the same).

 

And also, another way I like the building is that while it's, as I've said, not really all that remarkable or interesting as a piece of design, when placed into its context it comes across as more interesting.  It's got great historic buildings in close proximity, plus a '60s tower that's not all *that* bad (500 W. 7th) and a brutalist piece of garbage over at the park that towers above all else, both of which are very "concrete-y."  So in that context, this glassy notch box is kind of like a splash of cold water in the face, like a '60s International Style glass box can be.  It's refreshing.  Now, I'd hate a huge stretch of buildings like this - it'd be monotonous and repetitive and dull - but as an accent here and there, I enjoy the contrast.




#90596 710 S. Main

Posted by Fort Worthology on 17 March 2015 - 02:01 PM

Yeah, they're planning to add a third floor and totally redo the thing.




#90592 Southside developments

Posted by Fort Worthology on 17 March 2015 - 01:00 PM

I started a thread for the conversion of the current All Needz Plumbing building on South Main:  http://www.fortworth...?showtopic=5889

 

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#90591 710 S. Main

Posted by Fort Worthology on 17 March 2015 - 12:30 PM

This is the conversion of the current All Needz Plumbing building on South Main in the Near Southside into 18 lofts above ground-floor retail.  Involves a total redesign and an extra floor added.

 

Current:

 

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Planned:

 

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#90584 T&P Warehouse Redevelopment

Posted by Fort Worthology on 17 March 2015 - 08:10 AM

They better be careful - at this rate, the city is only going to give them fifteen or twenty more chances.