Completed in November 2013, the Sundance Square Plaza is the primary public outdoor gathering space in downtown Fort Worth. The design of this space addresses and expresses the shared cultural values and aspirations of the Fort Worth community and fulfills the complex tasks of accommodating large events as well as day- to-day use of the plaza that calls for a more intimate scale. The plaza has become an amenity, both functionally and aesthetically, for the entire surrounding Sundance Square neighborhood.
Unlike a city’s main square that, from time to time, brings together representatives from all over the city for major festivals, concerts, and special events, a neighborhood square has certain unique social functions: it is frequented every day of the year by those who live in the neighborhood; it helps to strengthen social networks; and it builds community. Designing a neighborhood square to fulfill these social functions is not so simple. One of the biggest challenges is to get the proportions of the square right. by Dr. Suzanne H. Crowhurst Lennard
As the City of Bismarck looks to manage orderly, outward expansion, a key strategy is to guide some city growth inward. Recently, the city adopted an Infill and Redevelopment Plan in its continuing effort to guide development within the existing footprint of the city, a key growth strategy advocated by Mayor Mike Seminary in his “footprint initiative.” The purpose of the plan is to facilitate high-quality infill and redevelopment that enhances quality of life, economic vitality, and fiscal responsibility. by Will Hutchings