New Urbanism: Plans That are Changing the Landscape of DFW

Here are examples of how DFW is embracing human-scaled urban design.

Trinity River Promenade_970_18BIG GREEN - PANTHER ISLAND Fort Worth, Texas

You’ve probably heard the term New Urbanism, but what is it, and how are Dallas-Fort Worth cities embracing the concept?

New Urbanisim is all about human-scaled urban design.

It’s an approach to planning and development that is based on the principles of how municipalities were built in previous centuries — an emphasis on walkable blocks and streets, accessible public spaces, and housing and shopping that are in close proximity to each other. Here are examples of how New Urbanism is changing some areas of DFW.

Public-Private Development

The Trinity River Vision Authority’s Panther Island Plan visualizes the concept of New Urbanism by creating an urban waterfront community on an 800-acre area along the Trinity River north of downtown Fort Worth. It will be a walkable community with businesses, recreation, and residential components. View the project map.

Trinity River Promenade_970_18BIG GREEN - PANTHER ISLAND Fort Worth, Texas

Trinity River Promenade [Rendering courtesy of Trinity River Vision Authority ]


Redefining Deep Ellum

The Epic mixed-used, transit-oriented development in Deep Ellum will incorporate the old with the new, keeping historic elements alive for future generations. Developers will keep the facade of the 1915-era Knights of Pythias Temple as an element of its new construction.


[Rendering courtesy of Perkins + Will]

A version of this story first appeared in Dallas Innovates 2018, an annual magazine that showcases Dallas-Fort Worth as a hub of innovation. Read more about the region’s game changers, disruptors, creatives, and our new frontiers in the digital edition.


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