Suburban Assault

Dallas Is Becoming A Better Destination. Really.

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I like living in north Texas. Sure, it’s hot as hell during the summer and full of endless suburban sprawl with mega-highways to connect it all. But, the people are friendly, the schools are great, and it’s inexpensive to live here.

For me, the only real problem with living in the Dallas area is the lack of visual identity and cultural destinations. What we don’t have is enough signature landmarks or cool places to draw in visitors. When was the last time you heard somebody say their next family vacation will be Dallas, Texas?

San Francisco has the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars and Alcatraz Island; Chicago has the Sears Tower, Millennium Park and Wrigley Field; and New York City has the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and Central Park. Yes, Dallas has legendary sports teams, a TV show named after it and even an infamous presidential assassination. But, what about landmarks and destinations? Let’s see, we have Reunion Tower – which is pretty distinctive and cool – but, until recently, not much else to our skyline.

Dallas is improving.

Recently, we added to The Arts District, the new Winspear Opera House and Wyly Theatre to go with the DMA, the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Morton H. Meyerson.

Outside the DEE AND CHARLES WYLY THEATRE

Wyly Theatre

Steps

Wyly Theatre

AT&T Performing Arts Center

Winspear Opera House

Winspear At Night

Winspear Opera House

This year more updates have come to Dallas. We’ve gotten 3 new and really distinctive changes that are worth mentioning.

The first, most obvious, is the newest edition to our skyline – The Margaret Hunt Hill suspension bridge. Sure, it’s no Golden Gate, but it’s ours and it’s adding to our city’s visual identity.

Bridge Wires

Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge

Then next is the new Perot Museum of Nature and Science which is located in the trendy Victory Park area. It’s an odd, new building that might be trying too hard to be unique, but I’m starting to like it. My only regret is that the museum is moved from it’s old location in Fair Park - which we seem to be abandoning. Fair Park should be embraced and revitalized.

Perot Museum of Nature and Science - Dallas

Perot Museum of Nature and Science – Dallas

Perot Museum of Nature and Science - Dallas

Perot Museum of Nature and Science – Dallas

Perot Museum of Nature and Science - Dallas

Perot Museum of Nature and Science – Dallas

The last and most exciting change is Klyde Warren Park. What I find amazing about this park is that the city built it above a highway. They’ve taken some space that was only available to speeding cars and turned it into amazing green space that is sure to be a great destination.

Klyde Warren Park - Dallas

Klyde Warren Park – Dallas

Mural At Klyde Warren Park

Klyde Warren Park – Dallas

Back Stage At Klyde Warren Park

Klyde Warren Park – Dallas

Arches At Klyde Warren Park

Klyde Warren Park – Dallas

Park Over A Highway - Dallas

Klyde Warren Park – Dallas

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Written by dickdavid

November 4, 2012 at 6:59 am

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  1. I’m a little conflicted about all this. The Wylie Theater, for example, partially replaces the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Kalita Humphreys Theater. One wonders about replacing a classic gem with – a giant box, despite what goes on inside the buildings…

    Steve A

    November 4, 2012 at 8:36 am

    • Agreed. Seems like Dallas likes to tear down and rebuild instead of restoring. There is absolutely no sense of heritage.

      That’s why I love Fair Park. There is some amazing architecture there, and I hope it stays.

      Let’s not forget that some of these new amenities have to be paid for, leaving it less accessible to those with less means.

      New attracts, but at what costs?

      dickdavid

      November 4, 2012 at 9:36 am

  2. Nicely done, and great points made. Accentuate the positive. Because of a job change, I’ll be spending more time in downtown Fort Worth in the future. Maybe I can toss in some urban variety into my blog, and (finally) be contributor to your fine Flickr pool.

    Pondero

    November 4, 2012 at 12:22 pm

  3. A great photo tour. My city also has a habit of knocking down the old for the new, one such building is coincidentally our own Winspear concert hall.

    tuckamoredew

    November 4, 2012 at 10:31 pm

  4. Well done. I’d like to add that not ALL of Dallas’ historic icons are being abandoned. For example, the vintage McKinney avenue trolleys (iconic enough to make it on the Dallas edition Starbucks mug) are being extended to pass through Klyde Warren Park and father into downtown.

    As for Fair Park, they are building a 500-foot observation ride that will debut in May with a new summer midway. It will be lit up like a Christmas tree at night and be visible for miles. So Fair Park is not exactly being abandoned either.

    John

    November 5, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    • Glad to hear that about Fair Park and the trolleys. Thanks for the update!

      dickdavid

      November 5, 2012 at 5:01 pm


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