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Old Posted Sep 16, 2008, 9:41 PM
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The Take a Hike IKE Special Pt. 1... Ft. Worth

When it comes to hurricanes, I'm a firm believer in the flight-only aspect of fight or flight syndrome, so when the mayor of Houston told the citizens to "shelter in place" instead of evacuate, I took myself out off of the coast as fast as I possibly could. 6 hours later (yes that's right... learn the backroads people!!) I found myself in the Metroplex. Here are the fruits of my trip... well, minus the ridiculously high gas costs...


of course all of the metroplex is not the glamour of its major cities







Now that that's out of the way, the good stuff...








































Love the detail work


































Comprehensive transit?? Wait, I thought Ft. Worth was a suburb!!










You gotta admit... for a parking garage, it's pretty stylish.














The amazing Tarrant County Courthouse


And what better way to compliment it than with...


A cardboard cutout???????????????








Well, they haven't completely abandoned surface parking, but the progress is good.

And to conclude, the beautiful Bass Hall




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Old Posted Sep 16, 2008, 9:51 PM
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why did you evacuate? do you live down near the glaveston-clear lake area?

nice pics, btw. no broken down trees!
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Thanks for sharing There's even clean up from Ike going on way up here in PA. I hope everyone is fairing well, or as best as possible.
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I hear you, we left for IVAN.
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Nice pictures. Thanks.
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Old Posted Sep 17, 2008, 2:54 AM
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Great shots of my hometown. Thanks for posting and it's always nice to see a visitor's point of view.
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Old Posted Sep 17, 2008, 3:53 AM
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Very nice looking downtown area and architecture. I love the alleys.
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why did you evacuate? do you live down near the glaveston-clear lake area?

nice pics, btw. no broken down trees!
Because I've never been a fan at playing Russian roulette. I love Houston just as much as the next guy, but if I see a storm 700 miles across and with 100+mph winds, I ain't a stayin'. I'm very glad that Houston didn't end up like Gilchrist, but who knows what could happen in the future (especially with the effects of global warming on the increase).

I live in Eastwood, so I'm about 1.5 miles in from the Ship Channel.
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Very nice pics! I think downtown Fort Worth has one of the best concentrations of beautiful restored historic buildings in Texas, right behind San Antonio. This certainly adds to the city's charm IMO. In addition, downtown really has a very nice blend of these older buildings and the newer scrapers as well.
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Great photos of Ft. Worth. I love the mix it has in downtown!!!
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Old Posted Sep 18, 2008, 12:40 PM
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I will agree that Fort Worth has a nice downtown. It would fantastic if we could attract a downtown grocery store. I'm sure in time, that will happen.

In the fully built blocks, the alleys have been used to provide entrances to bars and clubs that either can't get access to the street or to put one directly across the street from a church, yet still meet the separation laws between entrances from churches and bars.
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Looks Nice...
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Great shots and love that Fort Worth has kept so much of it's historic buildings. Nothing like them and can't replicate them, though the Bass family tries.

Thank God this monstrosity will be torn down soon, it just ruins the whole block!


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Yes, the Civil Courts Building is scheduled to be demolished soon, the Courthouse grounds will be restored, and the west portico of the Courthouse will be rebuilt. I can't wait.

This painted facade on the Civil Courts Building is actually a late 1980's remodel. Before it was re-facaded, it was a 1950's modern design with rotating louvers that sheilded the windows from the sun. It looked like a gigantic horizontal refrigerator! The interesting thing about the Civil Courts Building is that it was a late Wyatt C. Hedrick Building. Hedrick was the architect responsible for most of those beautiful Art Deco skyscrapers in the city. However, I noticed that you didn't show very many of those in your photos.
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Downtown Fort Worth is a breath of fresh air, its a cool place to visit. I think John R took Capt Awacs and I to this place when we met up. Different than mexican food in L.A., but still it was pretty good, probably TexMex.

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Chris, thank you for you kind comments about Fort Worth. The restaurant where I took you and CaptAWACS was a few blocks away and its name is Mi Cocina. Yes, it is Tex-Mex, which is very different than the Mexican Food found in California. You probably remember Cabo Grande because I showed you the interior and told you that it was one of my projects a few years ago. The interesting thing about the restaurant is that my firm (Halbach-Dietz Architects) also designed the predecessor restaurant's space. However, that was before I became employed at my firm. When we did the Cabo Restaurant, Sundance Square asked us if we would be interested in gutting our previous design and designing a completely new Mexican Restaurant in its place. We said that we would gladly accept the job. The reason that I did not take you to Cabo is that the food is not as good as other Mexican Restaurants in downtown.
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Thanks Johh for the correction, I'll have to remember Mi Cocina so when I visit again (hopefully in December) I make a trip over from Dallas to dine in Ft Worth.

I may not remember names, but I do remember certain landmarks. I guess thats why I thought the restaurant in the photo was the place we ate at.
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