Like many American cities, Fort Worth residents thought of their downtown as an area to pass through, not as a destination itself. Although it was bustling with office workers during weekdays, and some events drew crowds on weekends, most of the time it felt desolate. Downtown Fort Worth brought in Project for Public Spaces to assist in the design of Sundance Square, a new central place for the city.
After undergoing an extensive placemaking process, Project for Public Spaces recommended that the square incorporate daily activities, a market, public art, exhibitions, and larger annual events. Design recommendations included creating active edges and supporting both visitor and community uses to ensure that the square would be popular throughout the week and seasons. By capping off of two major streets, the new design allowed for additional development, supporting ground floor activation and businesses to move downtown.
Sundance Square opened to great acclaim in 2013. An ongoing activation and management strategy has led to the creation of a successful public space that is revitalizing downtown Fort Worth.
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