eburress wrote:I wonder what we can do to get more street life in the Design District. The question is cliche in Dallas, I know, since it's been asked about so many neighborhoods throughout the city. I guess maybe it's by comparison to these now much more active 'hoods that the DD appears like such a ghost town.
The Design District is such a vast space and the street grid is not conducive to pedestrian exploration, but I wonder if a smaller street like Levee St could be turned into a pedestrian corridor. It seems to have the right scale for something like this.
Side note: The Alexan Riveredge apartments are hideous and a huge missed opportunity for balconies facing the Trinity River and Levee St. And while much prettier, I don't think the Virgin Hotel will do anything for street life in the DD.
I think there is some huge potential in the Design District, but we are still in the early stages of the neighborhoods redevelopment. I think the problem right now is there isn't enough dense development, and, in addition, there is plenty of surface parking everywhere, which doesn't really encourage anyone to walk. Luckily we aren't talking about huge massive surface parking lots (like you see in the suburbs), so perhaps a lot of these could be re-purposed into other things, patio space, wider sidewalks, bike lanes, and/or additional greenery.
I agree with you about Levee street. I'm not sure how likely it is, but if those power lines could be buried/moved, then you could potentially have a direct connection to the Pedestrian bridge from Levee street and some of the buildings that face the Trinity River could be turned into restaurants or something that take advantage of the view. In addition to all of this, the Turtle Creek has potential too, if it was cleaned up and used as a nice walking trail with restaurants facing it. These aren't small projects, and, it wouldn't make sense to do a lot of this until the Design District has more activity, but I do think there is a ton of potential in this area.