The Bartholomew Plan was developed in 1927 by urban planner Harland Bartholomew, after being commissioned by the City of Fort Worth to devise a street plan for the city’s major traffic arteries. The report conducts a general survey of the city, reviews existing street structure, and presents a plan for an improved system.
The Bartholomew Plan consists of four parts. Part one is a general survey of the city, including population growth and distribution, land use, and a study of areas served by sewer and water. Part two examines the conditions of existing streets, highlighting areas that are well-designed, as well as areas that need improvement. Part three presents a new major street plan that takes principal traffic arteries into consideration. Part four discusses potential problems in carrying out the plan.
The Bartholomew Plan is one of three digital collections documenting the history of transportation infrastructure in the City of Fort Worth. The Shires Photograph Collection chronicles the development of infrastructure in the late 1920s and early 1930s. The Gruen Plan for "A Greater Fort Worth Tomorrow" was developed in 1956 by the architecture firm Victor Gruen and Associates to revitalize Fort Worth’s central business district, and alleviate downtown traffic.