Urban Development a Main Focus at Mayor’s Big Brainstorm Event

by Jeni Bell | Dec 09, 2011
Mayor's big brainstorm event


Last Friday the Mayor asked young leaders around Fort Worth to join together and brainstorm some solutions for problems that most concerned their generation. Over 250 people attended the event ready to have their voices heard. The Big Brainstorm event was designed to give Fort Worth young residents the opportunity to identify, prioritize and address issues of concern to them in order to help the City of Fort Worth set the foundation for future planning. The series was a collaboration between the Mayor’s young leaders initiative, Steer FWLeadership Fort Worth and Vision Fort Worth.

 

The event focused on four major areas and asked participants to identify the specific needs they wanted to be addressed within each area. A task force will be created to address each specific issue voted on by attendees at Friday’s event. The specific tasks that will be focused on are as follows:


Public transportation

“Comprehensive implementation of both commuter and streetcar system.”

Education

“Strengthen partnerships between the community, corporations and schools for mentoring opportunities.”

Urban Development

“Fort Worth needs development that includes sustainability standards that encompass a balance/focus on environmental, economic and social consciousness for all local communities.”

Employment

“We need to create strong perception and brand for the city that will stimulate emerging entrepreneurial business such as tech/healthcare/green/research industries to grow into large employers for our city. “

 

TRVA was excited about these four issues because they are on the forefront of what we are hoping to accomplish. Trinity Uptown will increase urban development in Fort Worth drastically and will create over 16,000 permanent jobs. Zoning standards in Trinity Uptown will require high density and pedestrian friendly development which will lend itself favorably to public transportation. This style of high density development also encourages sustainable growth and is more economically friendly than urban sprawl.  In addition, theTRV TIF has already raised over $14 million for FWISD.

 

Kudos to the City of Fort Worth for listening to its young people and we look forward to supporting this effort!