Hunter Plaza Parking Lot Renovation Taylor Haines Urban Rhetorics 3 November 2011
1. Identified Problem The center of downtown Fort Worth is beautiful and rich in culture and history. However, the parking lot located on Houston St. and W. 3rd, is an eyesore to the city. This large lot is in the heart of the city, which should be the most attractive part.
According to Florida’s books, my site would be a solution to the “beauty premium” and will encourage his points of “people meeting people,” culture/nightlife, and maintaining Fort Worth’s personality as an “outgoing region.”
2. Identified Solution My proposal includes eliminating the unappealing lot while still keeping parking available, fulfilling the need for aesthetic appeal in Fort Worth. My site aims to make this area an underground parking lot with the top as a green roof. This roof will act as a park-like area to the city while also covering the hidden parking lot beneath it.
It will add to the aesthetic appeal of the city as well as remaining functional by housing cars.
3. Site Overview and Description Lot that holds cars for Fort Worth visitors. Single entry/exit way on W. 3rd Street with ticket booth. Main area of down town, surrounded by sidewalk, shops, restaurants etc.
Referred to as an “eyesore” by Fort Worth native, Arielle Austin.
4. Proposed Changes Create an underground lot at the site. The roof of the lot will be at street level, with a green roof constructed. Minneapolis green roof covering a parking lot
This green roof acts as a park-like environment for the city, adding to it’s aesthetic appeal while still keeping the functional aspect (through the parking lot)
Examples of Green Roofs
Green Roofs cont. Layers of a green roof Example of what the parking lot entrance will look like
5. Costs Construction for a 50,000 sq. foot underground parking lot is estimated to be around $3,000,000 The green roof estimated cost at this size is about $850,000
Return on investment: Food carts, concerts/festivals, and increased visitors to the area
6. Dimensions of Urban Design
person to person interaction
7. Conclusion Fixes the local context problem of this area in Fort Worth (blends he aesthetic beauty of the city by eliminating an eyesore). Attributes to the global context through the eco-friendly use of a green roof.
Concern about market context? In time, the site will help to pay for itself through increases economic stimulation of the downtown area.