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Fort Worth Stock Show In the Know
January 19, 2014

For Stock Show Parademany, the Fort Worth Stock Show is a annual tradition.  It symbolizes Fort Worth’s heritage of cattle and cowboy culture.  Like year’s past, the Stock Show got underway with a colorful parade down Main Street, and the weather was perfect.  Here are some interesting facts about the Stock Show:

1896 — first Stock Show was held on the banks of Marine Creek

1907 — fairgoers were charged admission for the first time; it was 25 cents

1909 — parade featured 40 Comanche and Kiowa braves led by Chief Quanah Parker

1911 — Theodore Roosevelt was guest of honor

1943 — no Stock Show due to WWII

1944 — Stock Show moved to Will Rogers Memorial Center

1947 — Amon G. Carter, Sr. becomes 1st Chairman of the Board

1958 — Ft Worth Rodeo became 1st to receive complete live national TV coverage

1959 — Connie Swinford’s Grand Champion steer sold to Amon Carter, Jr.

1987 — Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show becomes official name

1988 — Will Rogers Equestrian Center opens

2002 — record 951,000 visitors attend Stock Show

Feb 2, 2013 — single day attendance record of 157,800

Join in the fun this year as Fort Worth’s cowboy culture takes center stage and become a part of history as new records are set.  See you at the 2014 Stock Show!

2014 — New Year, Same Objective — Deliver Remarkable Service
January 6, 2014

ImageBlue Leaf Realty wants to thank its agents who were top producers in 2013. A special thanks to Blue Leaf Agents: Jimmy Ramey, Derick Townsend, and Liana Oram. All were million dollar producers and helped many wonderful North Tarrant residents buy and sell homes in 2013. We look forward to another terrific year as we strive to deliver remarkable service to our clients in 2014.

In fact, Blue Leaf Realty’s 2014 resolutions are really simple:

1) Deliver Remarkable Service to all its clients.

2) Broaden its market to include both suburban and urban dwellers in Fort Worth and surrounding cities.

We are excited about the upcoming year and hope that many of the forecasts predicting a break-out year for real estate are accurate. We believe it will be a great year for buyers, sellers, and real estate professionals! When you’re ready to get started, we are ready to help, and we never shy away from working weekends and evenings. So don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if buying or selling real estate is one of your 2014 goals.

The T’s New Park & Ride
October 31, 2013

Park & Ride NorthMany projects are in different stages of construction in the bustling and rapidly expanding area north of Loop 820 in Fort Worth.  One such project is a new Park & Ride location on I-35W, south of Golden Triangle. Slated to be a 200 car lot, this will provide a great option for those who want to go green and save on gas costs.  The T has chosen a great location for its newest Park & Ride lot and it is a much needed development.   This project will be a valuable option for those who want to cut out the drive into downtown Fort Worth.  Fewer cars on the road also means less traffic and less pollution, a win for the citizens of North Texas.  This will provide another great linkage between the north part of the city and the city’s urban core.  With the new plaza opening soon in Downtown Fort Worth, it should be a great asset for people looking for alternative modes of transportation.  Welcome to the area!

Is Fort Worth Green?
September 19, 2013

green-rooftop citySustainable architecture and green building are gaining momentum in cities around the country as more and more people are realizing that decisions about how things are built and the materials with which they are built are very important to the overall picture.  Here in the US, green building is making strides in commercial and residential construction but it has not fully reached the mainstream yet.  The upfront costs and the payback period are important considerations when making the determination about what, if any, green features will be included in a home or commercial building.  Other important considerations are air quality, open space, access to basic services surrounding the site and walkability to those basic services, as well as specific design features such as daylighting and variable speed HVAC.  A truly green building is green because every facet of the process from material selection to waste reduction and diversion are considered up front and the design process is integrative.  Examples of green buildings in Fort Worth are Chick-fil-A’s LEED Gold restaurant in Montgomery Plaza and BRIT’s LEED Platinum building in the Botanical Gardens.  Both are good examples of buildings that include green features and an integrative building design.  As of Oct 2013, there appear to be approximately 75 LEED rated buildings in Fort Worth.  Fort Worth, like many cities, is definitely headed in the right direction but there is still room for progress, especially when it comes to mass transit options.

Urban Beat
September 3, 2013

Fort Worth has more urban living options than you might think!

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Fort Worth downtown skyline at duskThe richness of Urban Fort Worth is evidenced by the fact that each of its distinct neighborhoods “march to the beat of a different drummer.” Downtown Fort Worth has the hustle and bustle of skyscrapers and office buildings. The Cultural District has welcomed the development of So7, adding retail and entertainment to the internationally recognized museum and theater experience that has characterized the area for several decades. The redevelopment of the Magnolia Street area has brought a trendy, artistic vibe to what has become known as Near Southside. Add the current plan of Trinity Uptown and you have a city that revels in individuality and offers a wealth of opportunities to engage, explore and experience all that is Urban Fort Worth.

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Off to the Races
August 27, 2013

apple-full[1]The start of a new school year brings mixed emotions.  For many, summer is too long and the start of a new school year is very exciting and long overdue.  For others, summer is never long enough and the end of summer brings nothing but anxiety as the next school year lurks around the corner.  For all kids and their families, it means transitioning away from the unscheduled pace of summer to a more hectic pace that fills the calendar with to do items.  Just as schools play a vital role in the lives of our kids, they also play a vital role in real estate.  Once again this year, Blue Leaf Realty had the good fortune of helping many families get into a new home just in time to begin the school year.  For that, we are grateful and we hope that all kids who are starting school or heading back to school will be challenged to reach their full potential.

North Texas Continues to Grow
August 21, 2013

welcome TEXASThings are really taking  shape in Texas and nowhere is this more evident than in North Fort Worth’s Alliance Corridor.  Everywhere you look, you see new residential and commercial construction.  Looking around, a person would be apt to draw the conclusion that North Texas is growing very fast, and the statistics certianly back that up.  Texas was the fifth fastest growing state by rate of increase according to the 2010 Census and much of this growth has occurred in DFW.    By 2050, the DFW consolidated area could have as many as 17 million people.  Wow – that’s a long way from today’s roughly 6.5 million people!  It will be exciting to watch areas like North Fort Worth and surrounding suburbs as well as urban locales like Trinity Uptown as they continue to evolve in an effort to meet the needs of a growing and diverse population.  For Realtors and real estate brokerages like Blue Leaf Realty, North Texas is an exciting place to be.

BlueLeaf Marketing Hits the Road in North Tarrant
May 3, 2013

blr vwThe new BlueLeaf VW Beetle is on the road and turning heads in North Tarrant County.  Watch for the BlueLeaf VW cruising through your neighborhood, showing properties and visiting listings.

Thanks to Scott and his great team of designers and installers at wraps1.com for helping us create the perfect design.  We really appreciate the effort you made to get it right.   See you on the road everyone!

Is New Urbanism Catching On In Fort Worth?
October 4, 2012

Fort Worth has a rich cultural heritage and has done a good job of preserving that heritage. With one foot in the Old West and one in the 21st Century, Fort Worth is a unique candidate for New Urbanism and it should embrace the concept with open-arms. One attempt by Fort Worth to embrace New Urbanism is the Trinity Uptown project. Trinity Uptown is a large mixed-use development, north of downtown Ft. Worth, that will feature 3,000,000 SF of commercial space and approximately 10,000 residences. It will consist of a 33 acre lake with a boardwalk and 12 miles of flowing canals and public walkways. The lake, boardwalk and canals will comprise the heart and soul of Trinity Uptown and will ultimately connect the northern edge of downtown with the stockyards. There will be shopping, dining, and entertainment as well as office and residential. Over the next decade, it will become one of the most comprehensive examples of New Urbanism in the country.

Other attempts on the part of Fort Worth to embrace New Urbanism are Sundance Square and Near Southside.  Both Sundance and Near Southside promote walkable neighborhoods where a person might feasibly live, work, and play all within the same neighborhood.  This often requires that city leaders rethink and reshape zoning rules and regulations that tend to discourage New Urbanism.  Along this line of thinking, city leaders have introduced form-based development codes or guidelines.
But what is New Urbanism anyway?  According to Wikipedia:  New Urbanism is an urban design movement which promotes walkable neighborhoods that contain a range of housing and job types. It arose in the United States in the early 1980s, and has gradually continued to reform many aspects of real estate developmenturban planning, and municipal land-use strategies.  New Urbanism is strongly influenced by urban design standards that were prominent until the rise of the automobile in the mid-20th century; it encompasses principles such as traditional neighborhood design (TND) and transit-oriented development (TOD). It is also closely related to regionalismenvironmentalism and the broader concept of smart growth. The movement also includes a more pedestrian-oriented variant known as New Pedestrianism, which has its origins in a 1929 planned community in Radburn, New Jersey.
ImageNew Urbanism is catching on in cities across the nation.  Cities such as Fort Worth should lead the way toward adopting New Urbanism design standards, as well as embrace ‘New Suburbanism’.  The suburbs need to adopt the same ideas put forward by New Urbanism.  It’s doubtful the suburbs are going anywhere in Texas so it is important to address the same issues in the suburbs that are being addressed in the urban core.  This may seem in contrast to New Urbanism’s philosophy, but connecting the suburban areas and urban areas via linkages like commuter rail is crucial to the long-term growth of a city like Fort Worth.  If it means making suburban neighborhoods more walkable with open space and retail nearby, then applying New Urbanism principles in the suburbs is a good thing.  Smart growth in both suburban and urban areas is extremely important if progress is to be made toward the goal of reducing pollution and congestion.  Just like in urban areas, suburban areas could be designed to be more dense with narrower streets and more green space.  A meaningful approach to development, whether it is new development, adaptive reuse, or redevelopment, is crucial to a city’s survival, especially one that is growing as fast as Fort Worth.  In the case of Trinity Uptown, it will be nice to see the Trinity River become a part of people’s lives in Fort Worth.

Ranger in BLR Hat
August 21, 2012

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Our MISSION at Blue Leaf is to Deliver Remarkable Service!