Fort Worth Convention Center Arena

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A new central plaza in Fort Worth reveals the benefits and fears of privately developed public spaces.

Start with the bones. Fort Worth has such good ones.

The downtown grid, established in the mid-19th century, has a modest 200-foot space. So the pedestrian scale was there from the start. The fledgling Texas town thrived as a meat packaging hub from the 1870s when the railroad arrived, and later as the center of the oil industry until the Great Depression. The buildings that were erected during these booming decades were rather unbridled in terms of both architectural expression and style. Classic, Romanesque, Renaissance, Mission, Modern – there was patterned brickwork, carved granite, molded terracotta, the strange Gothic tower, the mansard roof and the decorative tower. Exuberance and ornament were the norm.

Downtown Fort Worth flourished during World War II, but suffered from the post-war erosion typical of American cities. Nevertheless, a critical mass of the early buildings remains. Very many have been renovated and the infill construction has been quite a complement to what has survived. The periphery of the inner city remains littered with parking areas. But there is a reactivated, walk-in core that feels intact and has that intricate and varied traditional look that the general public finds attractive. Now, in the heart of this borough, Fort Worth has finally got an urban amenity it has always lacked: a central plaza. (More…)

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