If they are looking for a spot to put another tower that means the current one could have been a lot taller. This falls into the category of Fort Worth being way to conservative on development. This tower should have been double the size. A missed opportunity IMO.
I don't think them deciding to build shorter has anything to do with Fort Worth being too conservative. That decision was made by the developer not the city.
I think if they decide against building an expansion because of the road not being closed then I say that we just close it. However, I think they should also provide a version of the project with the road open or at least a pass through and build over the street kinda like the Worthington did then that might be the best solution
I live in the Historic Northside which has a similar vibe and ethnic composition so I do understand what some of their concerns may be but I have come to realize that most people who come from lower income areas operate from a scarcity mentality. They believe that if they are forced out because they can't afford the rents then where would they go. It makes more sense now because as many of you know home prices and rental rates have skyrocketed to the point where many people can no longer afford to move. My home that I bought 5 years ago is now 2.5 times more than I paid for it. That is a good thing on one hand but that has also made my taxes increase as well. It doesn't affect me much because I am able to afford them but for most people living on a limited or fixed income even a small increase can be insurmountable.
The one thing that we are trying to put together here on the Northside is educating the neighborhood on the benefit of having something new come in as opposed to have building falling apart due to neglect. It is about easing people fears and listening to their concerns and not just bulldozing a way forward. We are also implementing a program that once developers come into the area we nominate a few houses in the neighborhood to get a fresh paint job and a bit of landscape work to help bring some pride to the neighborhood and encouraging the younger generations to want to stay in neighborhood. However, for that to happen we need an injection of capital and also job opportunities.
I hear what you're saying Nitixope. I think sometimes getting out and making an effort on occasions and just enjoying the music, being outside and just being amongst people is what I have to make myself do from time to time. Sometimes the effort is hard but the outcome is usually better than what I assumed it was going to be.
I did prefer on the original concept the parking levels had the panel designs covering the garage. What's everyone's thoughts on that?
I do agree with you about the orginal concept. It looked much more unique and modern. This one looks a bit more bland tbh but it is adding some new development to the north side of W 7th which I am a fan of. Being able to see the cars from 7th street looks like a lazy and cost cutting design. The rendering looks shorter and less imposing as well which is a bit disappointing.