Downtown Fort Worth
- 1 Points of interest
- 2 Government and infrastructure
- 3 Economy
- 4 Transportation
- 5 Federal facilities
- 6 In popular culture
- 7 Education
- 8 Urban neighborhoods surrounding downtown
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Points of interest
- Sundance Square - Fort Worth's downtown Sundance Square is a 35-block commercial, residential, entertainment and retail district for the city. Sundance Square features beautiful landscaping, red-bricked streets, turn-of-the-century buildings, entertainment venues, restaurants, shopping and more landscaping. Named after the famed Sundance Kid, this pedestrian-friendly downtown district has numerous things to see and do, such as: various dining options, nightclubs, boutiques, museums, live theaters, cineplex movie theaters and art galleries. The skyline of downtown Fort Worth features iconic towers such as the Wells Fargo Tower and the D.R. Horton Tower which are part of Sundance Square.
- Sundance Square Plaza - 2 city blocks totaling 55,000 square feet of downtown Fort Worth turned pedestrian-friendly plaza featuring 36-foot tall Teflon umbrellas, the first of their kind in the United States. Water features, a permanent stage, surround sound audio capabilities and much more. Sundance Square Plaza is bookended by two office buildings known as The Westbrook and the Commerce Building.
Businesses within the Sundance Square Plaza include: Bird Cafe, Del Frisco's Grille, Jamba Juice, Silver Leaf Cigar Bar, Starbucks and Taco Diner.
- Fort Worth Water Gardens - A 4.3-acre (17,000 m2) contemporary park, designed by architect Philip Johnson, that features three unique pools of water offering a calming and cooling oasis for downtown patrons. The gardens were used in the finale of the 1976 sci-fi film Logan's Run. (In mid-2004 the Water Gardens had to be closed due to several drownings. It has reopened after preventive measures have been installed.)
- Fort Worth Convention Center - Includes an 11,200 seat multi-purpose arena.
- Bass Performance Hall - Bass Hall is the permanent home to the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Texas Ballet Theater, Fort Worth Opera, and the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and Cliburn Concerts.
- Tarrant County Courthouse stands at the north end of Main Street. It has been remodeled over the years and the exterior was used frequently in Walker, Texas Ranger.
- The Hilton Fort Worth opened in 1921 and was the location of where John F. Kennedy last stayed before he was assassinated in Dallas.
- The Omni Fort Worth Hotel opened January 12, 2009 and was the first new downtown hotel construction in over 20 years. Its former estimated height was around 547 ft (167 m), but it has been down-sized by 100 feet (30 m).
- The Tower, formerly the Bank One Tower, was severely damaged in the March 28, 2000 tornado. It was converted into a residential tower in 2004. Before the redevelopment, The Tower was covered in plywood and metal panels, and considered to be demolished. The Tower now has a new facade and a new top feature that makes it the fourth tallest building in the city.
- City Center Development features two twin towers. One is the 38 story D.R. Horton Tower (1984), and the other is the 33 story Wells Fargo Tower (1982). From the top, they are shaped like pinwheels.
Government and infrastructure
Downtown Fort Worth is the central business district of the city, and is home to many commercial office buildings, including four office towers over 450 feet tall.
Radio Shack has its headquarters in Downtown Fort Worth. In 2001 Radio Shack bought the former Ripley Arnold public housing complex in Downtown Fort Worth for $20 million. The company razed the complex and had a 900,000 square feet (84,000 m2) corporate headquarters campus built after the City of Fort Worth approved a 30-year economic agreement to ensure that the company stayed in Fort Worth. The company sold the building and, as of 2009, had two years left of a rent-free lease in the building. The company intended to make $66.8 million in the deal with the city. By 2009 it made $4 million; by 2009 the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that the company was considering a new site for its headquarters.
The primary transportation hub of Fort Worth is the Intermodal Transportation Center, located in the eastern portion of downtown at the intersection of Jones Street and 9th Street. About two dozen bus lines operated by The T converge at this hub, as well as the Trinity Railway Express, a commuter rail line to Dallas and a few suburban stations. Bus service from The T is free within certain downtown boundaries. The T operates a downtown bus circulator known as Molly The Trolley, which uses a bus designed to look like a trolley.
The Tandy Center Subway, based in the Tandy Center (now known as City Place), operated in Fort Worth from 1963 to 2002. The 0.7 mile (1 km) long subway was the only privately operated subway in the United States.
- United States Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) - Federal Reserve notes (United States paper currency) are printed at the bureau's facilities in north Fort Worth.
- United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) - Home to the US Army Engineer Fort Worth District District Office.
- Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, formerly known as Carswell Air Force Base, is a major military installation in west Fort Worth and a major contributor to the local economy. It is also the first Joint Service Reserve Base in the United States.
In popular culture
- Logan's Run, a 1976 science fiction film directed by Michael Anderson and starring Michael York was shot largely in Fort Worth, including locations such as the Fort Worth Water Gardens. The Water Gardens also appear in another science-fiction film of the period, The Lathe of Heaven (1980).
Downtown is served by the Fort Worth Independent School District.
Urban neighborhoods surrounding downtown
Fort Worth has several other urban neighborhoods that are in close proximity to the central business district.
The Fort Worth Stockyards, located north of downtown, offers a taste of the old west and the Chisholm Trail at the site of the historic cattle drives and rail access. The district is filled with restaurants, clubs, gift shops, and attractions such as the twice daily Texas Longhorn cattle drives through the streets, historic reenactments, the Stockyards Museum, the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, and Billy Bob's, the world's largest country and western music venue.
- The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, founded in 1892, is the oldest art museum in Texas. Its permanent collection consists of some 2,600 works of post-war art. In 2002, the museum moved into a new home designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando.
- The Kimbell Art Museum houses works from antiquity to the 20th century. Artists represented in its holdings include Caravaggio, Fra Angelico, Picasso, Vigée-Lebrun, Matisse, Cézanne, El Greco, and Rembrandt. The museum's home was designed by American architect Louis Kahn.
- The Amon Carter Museum of American Art focuses on 19th and 20th-century American artists. It houses an extensive collection of works by Western artists Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, as well as an impressive collection of 30,000 exhibition-quality photographs. It also includes works by Alexander Calder, Thomas Cole, Stuart Davis, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Georgia O'Keeffe, John Singer Sargent, and Alfred Stieglitz. American architect Philip Johnson designed the museum's home, including its expansion.
- The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is the only museum in the world that is solely dedicated to honoring women of the American West who have demonstrated extraordinary courage and pioneer spirit in their trail blazing efforts.
- The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History - One of the largest Science and History Museums in the Southwest. It includes the Noble Planetarium and the Omni Theater.
- Will Rogers Memorial Center - a multi-purpose entertainment complex and world-class equestrian center housed under 45 acres (180,000 m2) of roof spread over 85 acres (340,000 m2) in the heart of the Fort Worth Cultural District. Each year approximately 800,000 people attend the three-week event known as the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show, formerly called the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.
- Casa Mañana - The nation's first theater designed for musicals "in the round". A controversial renovation completed in 2003 turned the once unique "House of Tomorrow" into a traditional theater and abandoned the round design. The building's unique silver dome remains.
- Museum Place is an 11-acre (45,000 m2), mixed-use development in construction that includes ground level retail, office space, and residential space. The main buildings in this development will be an eight-story brick and glass low rise, a modernized flatiron style building and a new post office that will feature damaged metal from the 2000 tornado as an art display.
- 7th Street is the main street for the cultural district, since it will feature the Museum Place development, the existing residential So7 and Montgomery Plaza, West 7th (another mixed-use development which will feature office, residential, retail, hotel, and a movie theater), and there are even talks of a streetcar route in the near future.
West Seventh District
Near Southside / Medical District
The Near Southside is an urban neighborhood just south of downtown. Many Fort Worth hospitals are located in this district, including Baylor All Saints Medical Center, Cook Children's Medical Center, Texas Health Harris Methodist, and JPS Health Network, among others.
Texas Christian University
Texas Christian University is Fort Worth's most prominent university, located southwest of the Near Southside and downtown. Neighborhoods surrounding the university are predominantly made up of historic single family homes. In recent years, demand for more student housing has resulted in many historic houses being torn down for larger houses designed to accommodate large amounts of students attending the university, upsetting many existing residents. Nightlife options and restaurants geared towards students can be found along University Drive and Berry Street.
The Trinity River Vision Authority, Tarrant Regional Water District, City of Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Streams & Valleys Inc, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are cooperating in an effort to redevelop Panther Island, an eight-hundred acre area north of downtown along the Trinity River. The first part of the redevelopment plan calls for infrastructure improvements and flood protection. The second part of the redevelopment plan calls for mixed-use development and sustainable growth along the Trinity River, which would result in a vibrant urban neighborhood.
Panther Island is currently home to several attractions, including Coyote Urban Drive-In Movie Theater, Panther Island Pavilion, and LaGrave Field (home of the Fort Worth Cats and Fort Worth Vaqueros FC).
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