Share your thoughts on transit needs in Fort Worth

The City of Fort Worth is leading a transit project in partnership with Trinity Metro to update the system-wide master plan, taking into account the rapid growth the region is experiencing.

The city and Trinity Metro encourage residents to participate throughout the process by attending public meetings, providing feedback through social media channels and participating in a project survey.

Survey data will be used to develop the Transit Moves Master Plan and to guide transit improvements throughout the city through 2045.

To learn more, view the Transit Moves Fort Worth website.

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Large crowd shares their thoughts on Northside neighborhood improvements

More than 200 people, including residents from the Northside neighborhood and city leaders and staff, attended a community meeting to discuss improvements and revitalization projects in the works for the area.

Improvements are now underway to make the Northside neighborhood cleaner and safer as part of a $3.05 million program funded by the City Council.

The next community event will be a City Resources Workshop at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Northside Community Center, 1100 N.W. 18th St. Discover free city programs that can help with home repairs, income tax preparation, utility and water payment assistance and more. Workshops will be conducted in English and Spanish, and refreshments will be provided.

These activities are part of a yearlong strategy to increase public safety, improve public infrastructure, expand community engagement, promote economic revitalization and provide supportive services to reduce poverty and increase self-sufficiency. Funding for the neighborhood improvement program comes from a ½-cent allocation of the municipal property tax rate to provide capital projects, improve public safety and attract private investment in underserved neighborhoods. Learn more.

View a video about the program in English or Spanish.

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Share your thoughts on proposed 2019 budget

Fort Worth residents have opportunities to comment on the proposed 2019 city budget. Budget hearings are scheduled for:

  • Aug. 28, 7 p.m.
  • Sept. 11, 7 p.m.
    Hearings will be conducted during regular meetings of the City Council at City Hall, 200 Texas St.

The City Council is scheduled to vote on adopting the budget and the property tax rate at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at City Hall.

Residents can also give their feedback online.

The city manager recommended a $1.91 billion budget that continues to focus on sustainable solutions while also decreasing the property tax rate. The proposal recommends reducing Fort Worth’s property tax rate by 2 cents, from 80.5 cents per $100 valuation to 78.5 cents.

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Use artwork to share your thoughts on race

The People’s Art Collaborative: Let’s Talk about Race and Identity through Art program is an open dialogue on race that uses art to tell a story.

At the Collaborative, people learn, reflect and talk about issues that impact them, their communities and the world.

The program is scheduled at Southwest Regional Library, 4001 Library Lane, at 6 p.m. July 12. Seating is limited. Call the library to register at 817-392-7745.

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Share your thoughts on draft Public Art Annual Work Plan

The Fort Worth Art Commission will conduct a public hearing on the draft 2018 Public Art Annual Work Plan for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. The public hearing will be at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St.

The Annual Work Plan will include ongoing and proposed new projects for the coming year. After the hearing, the Fort Worth Art Commission will make its final recommendation to the City Council for consideration in September. A copy of the Draft Work Plan is available.

Fort Worth residents are invited to review the plan and participate in the public hearing or submit written comments via email or U.S. Mail (Fort Worth Public Art, 1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth, TX, 76107). Written comments received by 5 p.m. Sept. 11 will be reviewed by the Art Commission prior to making a final recommendation.

Fort Worth Public Art (FWPA) is a city program created to enhance the visual environment, commemorate the city’s rich cultural and ethnic diversity, integrate artwork into the development of the city’s capital infrastructure improvements and to promote tourism and economic vitality. Managed by the Arts Council of Fort Worth with oversight of the Fort Worth Art Commission, FWPA strives for artistic excellence and meaningful community involvement.

To learn more, call 817-298-3040.

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Share your thoughts on draft Public Art Master Plan Update

The Fort Worth Art Commission will conduct a public hearing on the draft Fort Worth Public Art Master Plan Update, developed by Barbara Goldstein and Jessica Cusick based on input from residents throughout the city.

The public hearing will be at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St.

The update to the original 2003 Master Plan comes 15 years after the Fort Worth Public Art program’s establishment and seeks to “craft priorities and establish a collective vision for what public art can accomplish in Fort Worth in the next 15 years,” Goldstein said.

The plan will go before the City Council for approval in September.

The draft Master Plan Update is available in its entirety.

Fort Worth residents are invited to review the recommendations and participate in the public hearing or submit written comments via email or U.S. Mail (Fort Worth Public Art, Attn: Kathleen Forrest, 1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth, TX, 76107). Written comments received by 5 p.m. Aug. 14 will be reviewed by the Art Commission prior to making a final recommendation.

Fort Worth Public Art (FWPA) is a city program created to enhance the visual environment, commemorate the city’s rich cultural and ethnic diversity, integrate artwork into the development of the city’s capital infrastructure improvements, and to promote tourism and economic vitality. Managed by the Arts Council of Fort Worth with oversight of the Fort Worth Art Commission, FWPA strives for artistic excellence and meaningful community involvement.

To learn more, call 817-298-3040.

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