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The Collective and The Cloth Goes to Cowtown Tour by - Planners’ Revolution Urban Navigator - Kelly Porter, AICP August 25, 2010.

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1 The Collective and The Cloth Goes to Cowtown Tour by - Planners’ Revolution Urban Navigator - Kelly Porter, AICP August 25, 2010

2 Purpose Educate the Housing and Environment Thread Leadership on…. –Best practices in another Texas city –We explored the 16 city identified Urban Villages Mixed-Use Mix of Housing Linked by transit Design Codes –The Urban Village Program could be a “replicable model” Credit: Base map is from is from

3 Areas Viewed to compare and contrast the quality of urbanism The Southeast Suburbs - Mansfield (OuterRing) - Arlington (The Boomburb) Sprawl, Sprawl, and more Sprawl! The Inner Ring Northeast Suburbs –More sprawl, and the municipal fragmentation of the Fort Worth suburbs and region We visited ten of the 16 urban villages –Stop Six Inner City Historic African-American Neighborhood –Ridglea Camp-Bowie Old Streetcar Suburb –West 7th Cultural District* –Near Southside Urban Villages* (Magnolia and South Main) –Evan - Rosedale Older underserved but historic inner city neighborhood the city is focusing on reviving this commercial intersection –Poly Another inner city neighborhood that includes Texas Wesleyan University –Berry Street Urban Villages *(@ Hemphill and @ University) –Trinity Uptown* (not a designated urban village) –Downtown* (not a designated urban village) –Stockyards (part of the Historic Marine Village) A living district displaying Fort Worth’s strong western heritage For more information on all 16 Urban Villages check out the City of Fort Worth’s Webpage.City of Fort Worth’s Webpage * Will be shown in detail on upcoming slides

4 Viewin’ Gruen In addition to a tour of Fort Worth’s Central City and Urban Villages, Planners’ Revolution and The Cloth attended the AIA-Fort Worth Chapter’s exhibition about Victor Gruen’s vision for Downtown Fort Worth by the 1970s. In the 1950s, Fort Worth as well as every other city in the nation began to see its downtowns decline with the advent of freeways and suburbanization. During this period, the City of Fort Worth hired architect Victor Gruen to develop a plan for the city that would modernize (and destroyed many treasures) its CBD by building several new modern structures, parking garages, and ringed the area with a freeway loop. The point was to make downtown more auto friendly, so suburbanites could easily drive downtown, park in a garage and be no more than a 2.5 minute walk from any destination in the CBD. Thankfully, it was never fully actualized. It actually called for the destruction of the iconic Tarrant County Courthouse and several other beloved structures. He did similar plans for Kalamazoo and Detroit.

5 West 7th Street This emerging urban corridor links Downtown and Cultural District Dense, pedestrian friendly, mixed used, with housing, office, and retail 7th Street is about to be narrowed from six to four lanes, plus bike-lanes Design Guidelines have been implemented to ensure that development lends itself to creating “place” Notable new developments along the corridor include West 7th, Museum Place, So7, Montgomery Plaza. The next four slides show display pictures from the two best developments along this corridor, Museum Place, and West 7th. View looking west at the southern streetscape along 7th Street

6 Museum Place

7 West 7th

8 West 7th at the Movies

9 West 7th Housing Plaza For more detailed commentary and photos of The West 7th corridor and other areas in this presentation, please take a look at Kevin Buchanan's Fortworthology blog. He does an excellent job on explaining the good (W. 7th and Museum Place), the bad, and the ugly (Montgomery Plaza). SO7 is far from the worse but includes several flaws.Fortworthology

10 Magnolia Southside Old Streetcar Suburb Developed Neighborhood Plan that is informed by the Citywide Comprehensive Plan Developed a Form -Based Design Code as recommended in its neighborhood plan Will be on a planned streetcar line

11 Magnolia - Southside This a view of Oleander Walk. It’s amazing how even a small street such as this, that would typically be looked at as an alley can be transformed into an inviting corridor for all.

12 Magnolia Southside

13 Magnolia Green

14 West Berry Street Like 7th Street, Berry Street was once a vibrant urban corridor that over the last century suburbanized, now in the process of re-urbanizing. This stretch of West Berry Street links the Hemphill Berry Urban Village and the Berry/University Urban Village. In the last few years the street has been narrowed from six to four lanes and includes wider sidewalks and a much more appealing streetscape and pedestrian environment. This Jack in the Box features all of the same feature that one would fine at most but notice where the parking is. This change in interface between the street and building makes all of the difference in the world.

15 Trinity Uptown - Samuels Avenue Part of the Trinity River Vision –$576 million in public investment –Will double the size of Downtown –Creation of four islands that will be located in a declining industrial district –Opportunity for the urban core to expand with out displacing many people –Reinvents the central city while protects the much of metro Fort Worth against flooding Trinity Uptown –Centerpiece of the Trinity River Vision System –Part of the city’s oldest neighborhood –Mix of old and new –Will be on proposed streetcar line For more information on the Trinity River Vision please visit:

16 Samuels Avenue

17 Samuels Avenue - Uptown For more information on Trinity Uptown please visit: Old residential New - Villa de Leon

18 Downtown Just for Kicks, The wonderful Water Gardens Downtown! The Urban Navigator

19 Downtown Core of the CBD as viewed from Commerce Street

20 More Coming Soon! Planners’ Revolution will be taking another group to Funkytown on the weekend of December 18, 2010 We should have many more pictures and more detailed descriptions following this trip! 21st Century - Development Regulation The very happy Urban Navigator

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