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Urbndwlr

Member Since 08 May 2004
Offline Last Active Jan 08 2018 11:22 PM
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In Topic: Apartment complex on former Foremost Dairy site.

08 January 2018 - 11:21 PM

 

I think South Main will be a little more "organic" in nature, more like Magnolia.

As much as I like Magnolia and I think it's a great addition to FW the more I hang out there the less organic it feels. Organic, in my opinion, are more established neighborhoods that have a bit more diversity in their nature, places that sit side by side without any rhyme or reason; kinda like many of the neighborhoods I experienced while living in SF & Chicago. Ones with higher end restaurants and bars, next to tattoo parlors, antique shops, boutique hotels, hole in the wall joints, delis, bookstores, record shops & other oddities. Don't get me wrong, I really like some of the places on Magnolia, but everything seems to be extremely "Kentrified" and put neatly in it's place (except for a few exceptions). It has too much of a produced vibe for me to label it organic. If it weren't for the bones of the older buildings it would feel a lot more like W. 7th than you might think and vice versa. That being said, I am grateful to have an area like this in FW to have as a destination. There wasn't anything like this while I was growing up here and coming of age.

South Main and the area East towards S&R does seem to have a grittier feel to it and I prefer that over Magnolia, but with Kent & Co.'s headquarters there I don't know if that feel will remain. I truly hope I'm wrong about that.

 

I know what you're talking about.  The buildings on Magnolia that have been built or renovated recently, for the most part, have been done one by one, as opposed to full block developments as found in other parts of town.  I think that has really benefited the feel of the street.  Yes, some of the design (architecture and signage) is maybe a little tone deaf to the appealing, organic, or bohemian vibe that has been in place in the Southside, but overall I don't think any of the newer projects seriously damage the appeal of the street and neighborhood.  The most incompatible design has been the Moncrief Cancer Institute, which was set back from Magnolia with a driveway in front.  Unfortunately the medical institutions seem to be less interested in really connecting their buildings to the streets than the residential and commercial uses.  I hope that changes with each new medical building. 


In Topic: Frost Tower - Jetta Operating to Build Downtown Office Building

08 January 2018 - 10:28 PM

Was Frost Bank's sign not included when it went through design review? 

In other words, is it possible it has already been approved?    When did the new sign ordinance in Downtown begin - think was recently right?

 

I'm with Rename - I don't get the hyper-concern about building signage.   IMO, I think the tight design scrutiny for Downtown (and other) development should focus attention on form, general architecture, and how the buildings meet the street.  There are several recent projects such as the XTO garage that seem to have passed through the review process but could have used more design tweaks to make them better.

 

Also, Rename - I searched and could not find a photo of the downtown Austin Wework sign on the building.  Is it on a highrise (over 120')? 


In Topic: New Hotel at 9th and Commerce

14 November 2017 - 09:05 AM

John, what is the standard for architecturally significant? 

 

Sometimes it seems that can be better judged after 20 years, when we have time to see if the building is a quality representative of the design of the period. 

 

If I were just judging the architecture, I;d call it inoffensive -- it "does no harm".  So if our standards are modest, then yes, its "significant", IMO.


In Topic: The Worth Residences (24 floors)

10 November 2017 - 02:47 PM

 

I recognize the type font...seriously, what percentage of condo buyers, do you think, purchase these units for vacation, rental, or as an investment?  Is this also part of a time-share practice?

 

 If you take Austin, Texas for example, a large percentage of condo and apartments are purchased by well heeled investors as tax shelters and income generators.   Investors are driving the boom of condo and apartments development in Austin. Of course, Austin has a vibrant tourist, conference and convention market, something that Fort Worth does not have at this time.

 

However, the tax structure could make investments in Fort Worth's relatively inexpensive real estate market a draw for out of town investors to enter our market as U.S. and Texas in particular are seen as a safe and favorable tax jurisdictions for national and international investors.

 

My hunch is that WR is more "dipping its toe in the water" and aiming at investors who are looking for new opportunities than it is their looking at the City's traditional housing market.

 

I think you are correct.  There seems to have been a lot of investor buying of condos, mostly in "gateway" markets such as LA, NY, and MIA but apparently some in Texas too.

So long as the condo regime doesn't limit renting to tenants (as some do) that seems like a logical financial structure:  you buy a condo, plan to rent it out for an income stream.  Seems to be the tradition in New York, so why not here?


In Topic: TCU's massive campus transformation continues

19 October 2017 - 05:20 PM

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.