Urbanism

Fort Worth plans for larger-than-life industrial growth.

Fort Worth’s tracts with the highest development density are all zoned for Industrial development. Zoning data is power. Not only can we identify where cities are placing their future density, but we can also see their zoning type. Fort Worth’s top three development capacity tracts are in industrial zoning districts. At Deepblocks, we find this …

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A line graph showing the drastic increase of construction in Irving, Texas in 2018.

What caused the 2018 construction boom in Irving, Texas?

Irving, Texas, went from building an average of five million square feet per year to 60 million square feet in 2018. Did Irving, Texas, really finish 60,000,000 SF of construction in 2018? When we compared construction activity within the last ten years across Fort Worth, Dallas, Irving, Garland, and Arlington. Irving ranked highest in activity. …

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Two line graphs showing the 50-year construction trends.

Comparing 50-year construction trends between Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas.

Dallas and Forth Worth have inverse 50-year construction trends. How should we interpret these trend lines? According to our 50-year construction trend data, Fort Worth is increasingly bullish on new development, while Dallas is not so much. If we started the trend line in 1990, the two cities would look similar. Trend lines are tricky. …

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Density

Density regulations shape our cities. They designate how many people will live in a specific area, which has implications on quality of life issues, especially at the ends of the spectrum. These include air quality, access to public transit, walkability, etc.

Setbacks

Setbacks shape the pedestrian experience. They regulate whether a pedestrian will encounter ground floor shops and cafes as they walk down a street, or lawns that separate them from building activity, while providing privacy to building dwellers. Setbacks also control minimum building separation.

Building Height

Heights are regulated in multiple ways, depending on the zone. Most zoning districts regulate building height, either as total number of floors or as a linear measure, and they also regulate the minimum and maximum dimensions of ground floors and typical floors.

Parking Requirements by Use

Parking is a huge factor in development. Most zoning districts have some type of parking requirement by use, which not only shapes the way our cities look, but also the way people live and interact with one another. Here are some definitions that are useful in this conversation.

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