The Gruen Plan for "A Greater Fort Worth Tomorrow" was designed by the architecture firm Victor Gruen and Associates in 1956 to revitalize the business district, and alleviate traffic congestion in downtown Fort Worth. The proposed plan suggested an expressway loop that would encircle the business district and connect to six strategically located parking facilities, ensuring pedestrians no more than a 2 1/2 minute walk to their destination. The central business district would be free of vehicular traffic (except emergency vehicles), as underground delivery facilities and heliports would be used to collect trash and deliver mail and freight. The redeveloped district would include parks, open-air courts, shopping malls, cultural and entertainment institutions, government buildings, and warehouses. This collection consists of correspondence, budget proposals, reports, maps, photographs, press releases, and publicity material related to the proposal.
The Gruen 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 Bartholomew Plan, developed in 1927 by urban planner Harland Bartholomew, proposed changes to the city’s major traffic arteries.