Sundance Plaza is a magical setting for sure

Sundance Plaza in Downtown Fort Worth is just one area that comprises Sundance Square (photos with permission from Sundance Square)

What do you know about Sundance Square?

Beyond the obvious answers of, “It’s located in Downtown Fort Worth,” and “I see it a lot on TV when ESPN comes to the Metroplex'” what else do you know?

Did you know that Sundance Square comprises 35 city blocks in the downtown area?  That there are over 4,000,000 square feet of retail, residential, and office space combined.  That in November 2017, over 760,000 people visited the area?  Did you know that the Dallas Morning News called it “the No. 1 place in Dallas to get engaged!” (Do you think they know it’s not in Dallas?)

If you haven’t visited this magical locale lately, you are missing out.

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205 Pecan Street Town Homes – live, work and play (photos: Shoot2Sell)

You always hear the phrase “live, work, and play…” but what does that really mean when it comes to residential real estate?  For many it means a place where they can walk from their home or apartment to their place of business as well as walk to shops, restaurants, bars and other forms of entertainment.  Most often this scenario takes place in a downtown location or a place of urban renewal.

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Could you get used to this view?

But what about a place where you can actually live, work and play?  Wouldn’t that be cool?  I seem to recall that in the Broadway production of Sweeny Todd that he had a residence above his sinister barber shop … but I digress.

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placemaking

Food Fridays at Sunset Market, Albuquerque, NM. Photo: Project for Public Spaces

One of the country’s top experts on placemaking is visiting town to speak at the next Dallas Architecture Forum event.

Fred Kent, the Founder and President of Project for Public Spaces (PPS), is widely recognized as a leading authority on revitalizing city spaces and is one of the foremost thinkers in livability, smart growth, and the future of the city.

If you’re wondering, “what exactly is placemaking?,” here’s a good working definition from his organization:

As both an overarching idea and a hands-on approach for improving a neighborhood, city, or region, Placemaking inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces as the heart of every community. Strengthening the connection between people and the places they share, Placemaking refers to a collaborative process by which we can shape our public realm in order to maximize shared value. More than just promoting better urban design, Placemaking facilitates creative patterns of use, paying particular attention to the physical, cultural, and social identities that define a place and support its ongoing evolution.

With community-based participation at its center, an effective Placemaking process capitalizes on a local community’s assets, inspiration, and potential, and it results in the creation of quality public spaces that contribute to people’s health, happiness, and well being.

Kent will speak on Wednesday, May 4, at 7 p.m. at the Magnolia Theatre in the West Village, 3699 McKinney Ave.

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205 Pecan front

There’s a special place in my heart for 1990s contemporary architecture. Fun lines and colors, interesting shapes, it’s all really whimsical like this townhome at 205 Pecan Street near downtown Fort Worth’s Sundance Square. You might think that, inside, you’ll see a lot of black laquer furniture and Mondrian look-alike paintings, sleek stainless steel and exposed concrete and brick.

Boy are you in for a trip!

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