How cities (like Fort Worth) can use Google Street View to measure change

A new effort to track street-level changes in cities is using a widely available tool to gather information: Google Street View.

Taking the time to view online maps and click on specific areas or blocks to trigger 360-degree views — and then compare those views to snapshots taken in previous years — can teach a lot about year-over-year changes to a street, without requiring the user to actually visit in person. This effort was showcased at a SXSW 2019 session in Austin featuring the coauthor of a major study on the subject, as well as Fort Worth City Councilmember Ann Zadeh, who represents District 9. She is putting these ideas into action at the local level.

Zadeh is an urban planner and 30-year Fort Worth resident who started her civic career as a leader in the historic Bluebonnet Hills neighborhood, then as a zoning commissioner, before being elected to the City Council in 2014. She uses Google Street View to see how her district is changing — and to help foster deeper engagement with constituents.

“My use of Google Street View started when I was on the zoning commission,” Zadeh said. “I used it to look at cases when I couldn’t make it out to every single one in person.”

Zadeh said she talks regularly with city planners, who still largely rely on census data – which, while generally accurate, dates quickly in the decade between each collection. She has encouraged the city to find additional ways to collect data about neighborhoods to track incremental change, particularly about gentrification in areas close to the city’s urban core.

“As an elected official, this kind of data helps me say to people, ‘I understand the curb in front of your house is a little cracked, and that’s not aesthetically pleasing, but there are actual streets in Fort Worth that don’t have a curb or a gutter,’” she said.

Zadeh said educating her constituents about the need for greater income diversity and opportunity remains a priority.

“Everyone says they’re for affordable housing, but then when you want to put it in a specific place, people say, ‘I’m for it, but not right there,’” she said. “We need to inform people better so they understand that it’s not the old ‘housing projects’ idea they may have in their head. … Our goal is to make our city more equitable for everyone who lives there.”

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Champions Club Public Grand Opening is Saturday, April 6, 2019! View the Experience Southlake Magazine for Champions Club Grand Opening Details, Spring 2019 Programs and More!

Champions Club at The Marq Southlake will celebrate its public grand opening on Saturday, April 6, 2019. Check out the special edition of Experience Southlake Magazine to learn more about Champions Club and see all the fun things happening in Southlake Parks and Recreation this spring!

Join us for the official public grand opening of Champions Club on Saturday, April 6 from 9:00am-8:00pm! Members and non-member are invited to tour the facility, learn about available memberships, try out our equipment, take a fitness class and enjoy activities for the whole family. More information will be available soon, so be sure to follow Champions Club on Facebook to stay up-to-date or visit

The Winter/Spring Experience Southlake Magazine is now live with Champions Club information! You can register online for all of our spring programs and athletic leagues, and you can also book your Champions Club rentals now for use once the facility opens.

Inside this issue of Experience Southlake Magazine, you’ll find more information about the programs and services we’ll be offering at Champions Club, including:

  • Group fitness classes
  • Personal training packages
  • Learn to swim classes and schedules
  • Rentals and party packages

You’ll also find information about our spring 2019 Parks and Recreation programming, including:

  • Youth and family programs
  • Nature programs at the Bob Jones Nature Center
  • Youth and adult athletics
  • Special events

As we put the final touches on Champions Club, in-person registration has been temporarily relocated to Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake.

To learn more about Champions Club services, rentals and memberships, please call (817) 748-8955. For information about our recreational programs, leagues and events, please call (817) 748-8019.

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View draft recommendations prepared by Race and Culture Task Force

Over the next several weeks, residents can learn about proposed recommendations related to race and culture in Fort Worth at a series of open houses:
Sept. 24, University Christian Church, 2720 S. University Drive.
Sept. 27, Police Department Sixth Division Headquarters, 8755 N. Riverside Drive.
Oct. 1, Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods, 818 Missouri Ave.
Oct. 4, Southwest Regional Library, 4001 Library Lane.
Oct. 8, Diamond Hill Community Center, 1701 N.E. 36th St.
Oct. 11, University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute, 7300 Jack Newell Blvd. South.

Each meeting will last from 6-8 p.m. There will be s short video and presentation about the task force’s work so far. Each of seven committees will have a table so that residents can learn about the recommendations and ask questions. Committee members and city staff members will be stationed at each table.

Residents may also submit comments and questions via email.

The subcommittees have been meeting to study racial equity and bias in several areas: criminal justice, economic development, education, health, housing, municipal governance and transportation. Committees have formulated 23 recommendations for possible presentation to the City Council later this year.

About the task force

In 2017, the City Council appointed a task force to advise on issues related to race and culture in Fort Worth. Co-chairs are Rosa Navejar (presiding co-chair), Lillie Biggins, Rabbi Andrew Bloom and Bob Ray Sanders.

The task force was asked to engage Fort Worth residents in a series of healthy conversations about race and culture, draw conclusions from these conversations and make recommendations to the City Council. The task force will also review findings of a study on disparities in how municipal services are provided, then advise councilmembers on a strategy to promote racial and cultural equity.

For updates on the task force’s work, follow them on social media:

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View artwork designs for North Beach installations

Join Councilmembers Dennis Shingleton (District 7) and Cary Moon (District 4) as Christopher Fennell presents his refined artwork design for the North Beach Corridor project.

This meeting, at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at Heritage Church of Christ, 4201 Heritage Trace Parkway, is your opportunity to learn more about the project and give feedback to the artist that will be used in creating his final designs.

Fennell’s proposed artwork features 10-12 kinetic “weather vanes” in the form of native animals. These animals will be made from locally-sourced recycled materials such as an armadillo made from truck bumpers and shovel heads or a coyote made from chain link fencing.

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View a Lockheed F-35 scale model downtown

Downtown Fort Worth is always abuzz with activity, but the upcoming Armed Forces Bowl brings a special attraction.

Through Friday, a full-scale model of a F-35 Lightning II will be staged on Main Street between Eighth and Ninth streets. The cockpit will be open for photos each day from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. From 11 a.m.-1 p.m. each day, a F-35 pilot will be available to answer questions and pose for photos.

The High-Mobility Artillery Rocket System and the robotic Squad Mission Support System will accompany the display.

Main Street between Eighth and Ninth streets, north of the Fort Worth Convention Center, will be closed to vehicle traffic through Dec. 22.

This year’s Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl pits the Army Black Knights against the San Diego State Aztecs at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 23 at Amon G. Carter Stadium on the TCU campus.

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TCC Southeast Campus to Host Acclaimed Prairie View A&M University Marching Storm Band

FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 28, 2016)

Members of the award-winning Prairie View Marching Storm Band will perform at Tarrant County College Southeast Campus as a part of a special Transfer Connect event hosted by the campus.
Sponsored by the Division of Liberal Arts, this event provides an opportunity for neighborhood residents, current and prospective students to learn about the music programs at TCC Southeast as well enrollment, scholarship and transfer information for Prairie View University. The community is encouraged to attend this free event.
Prairie View’s marching band is in North Texas to perform at Saturday’s State Fair Classic in Dallas.
Friday, Sept. 30
Tarrant County College Southeast Campus
Parking Lot A (west parking lot)
2100 Southeast Parkway
Arlington, TX 76018

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