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Fort Worthology

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#76094 New 58 story mixed-use tower planned - but where?

Posted by Fort Worthology on 22 March 2013 - 01:29 AM

Fair enough guys, but a skyline is important and relevant.

 

I don't live in a skyline.  I live in the city.  The skyline's impressiveness doesn't really mean anything to me.  There are a hundred cities with skylines more impressive than ours, and a hundred with ones less impressive than ours.  Some of the world's greatest cities have almost no skyline to speak of.

 

The skyline will grow when it makes sense for it to.  In the meantime, I'd rather have three dozen well-designed new infill buildings of 2 to, oh, let's say 8 stories than I would a signature tower or two.  




#76057 Project Sundance

Posted by Fort Worthology on 21 March 2013 - 07:43 AM

Sundance has not maxed out its landholdings.  Look at the old Monnig's block, east of The Tower.  It is a full block site that has not been redeveloped.  There are also other blocks to the east of the two City Center buildings that are still vacant parking lots.

 

I do agree with your designation of the Monnig Block as a site for further Sundance Development.

 

On the other hand, I doubt that Sundance Square (SSQ) will do any large scale development east of the City Center buildings as those vacant parking lots seem to be undesirable: (1) too far from the core of the square; and (2) too fragmented and disfigured.  

 

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Obivously, this isn't gospel, as plans can change (the Commerce and Westbrook are certainly not as depicted in the old master plan, and the Carnegie didn't even exist in this iteration), but while the exact buildings differ a bit the overall plan is holding pretty true.  I remember being told during the discussions about remaking 3rd Street that Sundance Square planned for those eastern blocks to be residential, but I could be misremembering.  But I *was* shown development plans for those eastern blocks that lined up pretty closely with the master plan.




#76003 New 58 story mixed-use tower planned - but where?

Posted by Fort Worthology on 19 March 2013 - 01:23 PM

While I won't argue with you on public transportation, I don't know how you can feel that other cities are passing up Fort Worth when it comes to development.  Give me the smart redevelopment of neighborhoods like 7th Street or the Near Southside or the long awaited completion of the Sundace public plaza over a single high rise project any day of the week.  Vertical development will happen in Fort Worth when the finances work out.  I don't really want it a day sooner and I refuse to be disappointed in the city just because Midland might build a skyscraper that won't be any more sustainable than a sprawling Wal Mart Supercenter in the suburbs.

 

Agreed 100%.  The large-scale densification of our urban neighborhoods with smart, humanely-designed new developments (even if they're between 2-10 stories) will do more for this city's health and public image long-term than a new skyscraper or two will ever do.




#75987 Fort Worth not "hip" enough?

Posted by Fort Worthology on 19 March 2013 - 10:07 AM

Hipster sighting ^

 

;)

 

Hey now - my jeans are not skin tight and I stay reasonably clean shaven while performing my hipster indie rock.   :)

 

I do like my bicycle, walking, vinyl records, and I'm vegan (which should get me run out of "Cowtown" according to this thread, I guess).  But I still like bands after they get popular, as long as the new songs are still good.   :)




#75983 Fort Worth not "hip" enough?

Posted by Fort Worthology on 19 March 2013 - 08:39 AM

OMG! I had to Google one of the items on the list. Vinyl Store. Since when did vinyl become "hip"?

 

Quite a while ago, actually.  A huge amount of the people I know in my age bracket & younger buy vinyl records all the time.  It's a nice deal, because the vast majority of new vinyl comes with a download code for a digital copy as well.  You get the best of both worlds - the convenience & portability of digital and the physicality, artwork, vintagey sound, and overall coolness of a record, all for one price.  It's how I try to buy the majority of my music these days, especially when it's from an indie band.  I just came back from a trip to Austin performing at SXSW, and between the members of my band we came home with probably seven or eight brand-new records, some bought directly from the bands themselves and some at Waterloo Records.  Day-to-day, I listen to music on my iPhone, but when I really want to sit down and soak in some music I love to crank up the big speakers and throw on some vinyl and have all the huge artwork and such to enjoy.

 

I'd love a great record store in a walkable/bikeable location here in FW.  (I like Doc's, just not the location.  Give me a record store on Magnolia or South Main, right where I can walk or use the bike lanes, and I'd be in heaven.)




#75873 Concert Photos - The Diabolical Machines Live at Lola's

Posted by Fort Worthology on 13 March 2013 - 12:43 PM

Plenty of opportunities coming up - this Saturday at SXSW, March 30 at Lola's, April 6 at Cowtown Cleanup Fest, April 13 at The Grotto, May 18 at Arts Goggle, etc.




#75854 Concert Photos - The Diabolical Machines Live at Lola's

Posted by Fort Worthology on 12 March 2013 - 01:26 PM

This one's admittedly a little self-serving, but hey, not enough local concert photography in this place, and I thought it'd be nice to both promote my band (which now contains two forum members!) *and* a great local photographer, so here we go.

 

My indie rock band, The Diabolical Machines, performed at Lola's off 7th Street last week (along with our friends Lindby and Abandon City).  My friend Melissa Claire Photography was on hand to take photos.  To be clear:  I did not take these.  Melissa did, but I am posting them with her permission.

 

It was a ton of fun and we can't wait to do it again.  We had Lindby's drummer Logan as our guest drummer for this show.

 

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#75690 Medical Tower Demolition

Posted by Fort Worthology on 03 March 2013 - 07:52 PM

It is unfortunate that the position of the new building and the parking garage were not swapped.




#75569 Light Rail in Fort Worth

Posted by Fort Worthology on 25 February 2013 - 04:53 PM

It was.  I've seen the specs.  In the inner lanes if I recall correctly.

 

And yes, that article was rich.  Talking about all the hotspots...that the TEX won't connect.  Mentioning how we have natural spots that Dallas didn't have until Mockingbird Station...which was built on a light rail line, not a 9-to-5 long-headways commuter train line (the only thing commuter rail tends to generate is park & rides, not dense infill development) - which, as I said, TEX doesn't actually connect to.  "Run a rail line down 7th Street" - gee, Jungus, some of us tried to do that very thing and you helped stop it.




#75463 The Upper Westside Project

Posted by Fort Worthology on 20 February 2013 - 11:07 PM

Also, the streets around this area aren't great from a pedestrian perspective for the most part.  Need some traffic calming and pedestrian improvements.




#75432 Trinity River Vision

Posted by Fort Worthology on 20 February 2013 - 08:58 AM

Re: their Flickr account, you can also see a new upload of the central islands (though as far as I can tell it's the same one we've seen all those times before), where they identify the island as "Panther Island."  (And of course, there's "Panther Island Pavilion" as well.)

 

It's funny to see the name I coined back in 2007 now lives on in the official project:  http://fortwortholog...ing-the-future/

 

EDIT:  Actually, I take back the "same one we've seen all these times before" part - it's subtly different.  Different buildings, refined street layouts (with a couple of roundabouts, including one on North Main in the middle of the island), the removal of the old TCC northern half, etc.

 

 

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#75431 Project Sundance

Posted by Fort Worthology on 20 February 2013 - 08:50 AM

I really look forward to seeing the rest of that sign get uncovered.




#75403 Magnolia Make Believe

Posted by Fort Worthology on 19 February 2013 - 04:05 PM

Interesting that they picked the diviest dive bar in Fort Worth to put a children's art project on.  Not complaining, mind you, but I find it interesting.

 

Diviest dive bar/beloved Magnolia institution.  :)

 

Plus, it's a natural canvas, since it's one of the few remaining examples of bunker-like "riot architecture" left on the street.




#75209 Magnolia Area

Posted by Fort Worthology on 10 February 2013 - 08:52 AM

Magnolia Avenue is one of the healthiest parts of the central city and the economic woes didn't slow much down. New town homes, new lofts, new homes in Fairmount, new businesses (including a real, locally-owned, independent urban grocery store), a huge new home for Moncrief Cancer Center, and several new festivals.

The forum, for whatever reason, focuses mostly on downtown and 7th Street,but Magnolia (and the rest of the Near Southside) is kicking butt.


#75169 Fort Worth Daily Digital

Posted by Fort Worthology on 07 February 2013 - 04:38 PM

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This isn't digital - I took it using my vintage late-'70s Olympus XA on some generic 100 ISO color film - but I'm posting it anyway.   :)
 
That is, of course, the old Masonic lodge/current Magnolia Centre building at Magnolia & 5th in the Near Southside.