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Old October 20th, 2009, 08:23 AM   #121
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Good Job, Dallas. Hope the momentum continues and changes downtown and uptown for the good. Now we just need for the park to be finished and it will be even better. You have a jewel in your city and you all should be proud.
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Old October 20th, 2009, 09:57 AM   #122
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With new performing arts center, a star is born: Dallas
10:15 PM CDT on Monday, October 19, 2009

On Sunday, downtown Dallas gave itself an awesome bar mitzvah, quinceañera and Sweet 16 party rolled into one.

I've often wondered if there was a defining moment when New York, Chicago or San Francisco knew that it had moved beyond its original commercial reasons for existence and had come of age culturally.

I've wondered, too, whether Dallas would ever reach that point.

If you think of cities in terms of life cycles, Dallas celebrated its passage into young adulthood with a free public unveiling of the AT&T Performing Arts Center.

Sunday Spotlight, as it was called, capped off a week of festivities and nearly two weeks when North Texas put its best face forward: Oprah at the State Fair of Texas, U2 at the new Cowboys Stadium, TEDxSMU on the Hilltop, Texas-Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl, and a U.S. Navy SEAL and F-16 aerial show at the SMU-Naval Academy football game.

Organizers estimated Sunday's crowd at 45,000, and it included people of every possible demographic who walked around the plaza like proud owners. This was theirs – even if someone else paid most of the $345 million price tag. They took in 50 performances of just about every imaginable culture and art form, and enjoyed museums without paying admission.

The Winspear Opera House was kinetic activity as masses flowed into the performance hall while listening to musicians or watching dancers on stage.

The line for a 10-minute tour of the Wyly Theatre was a never-ebbing 90-minute wait. The weather was glorious, so no one seemed to mind – although I did brave hostile looks when I used my media credentials to buck the crowd.

As my husband and I stood in the plaza and did a 360-degree survey of the neighborhood, we were impressed. If we were young professionals just starting out, this would be a fabulous place to live, work and play.

Missing excitement
In 2001, I publicly ridiculed Boeing Co. when it chose Chicago over Dallas for its new headquarters and cited a better quality of life there. But I secretly knew the company had a valid point.

Dallas is an excellent place to attend college, get married, start a career, buy an affordable home, rear kids and enjoy comfortable living.

But when it comes time for an urban energy jolt, my family goes to Chicago, New York and London.

Ten years ago, we returned from a near-mystical trip to San Francisco, where we rode trolley cars, dined in eclectic restaurants, took in history, studied striking architecture, enjoyed the bay and frolicked in packed public parks.

My daughter, who was 7, asked if people ever came to Dallas for vacation.

When I said yes, she asked why.

My response was Six Flags and shopping. And I wasn't being flippant.

Later that year, I had my first glimpse of what Dallas could become when my best friend insisted that our families spend our traditional New Year's Eve together by ringing in the new millennium at festivities downtown.

It was Times Square without the travel time and expense, but the energy was fleeting.

For the last few years, coming into downtown daily on Woodall Rodgers or I-35E, I've watched in amazement as construction cranes set about building a far more expansive urban core.

The magic
But I didn't feel the magic until Sunday, when vision and reality coalesced.

The district connects – both physically and spiritually – our museums, arts magnet high school, performance venues, historic churches, modern office towers, restaurants and residences, and eventually Woodall Rodgers Park, which will connect to Uptown.

Smart employers might move downtown even without city incentives. Young professionals and youthful retirees might choose to live in this cool environment. Restaurants, dry cleaners and grocery stores might make a go of it. Businesses in downtown tunnels might come above ground like ants after a heavy rainfall. Major conventions might want to come here.

One weekend does not make a future, and formidable challenges lie ahead.

The district will have to work hard not to be viewed as elitist.

The recession and financial sector meltdown have put big private-sector projects planned for the district on hold.

And other connecting pieces of Dallas' rebirth jigsaw puzzle haven't been put into place. Too bad that the DART rail doesn't easily connect the Arts District with the West End, Main Street or the convention center.

Still, as I stood in the plaza doing that 360, I couldn't help but feel that Dallas is finally beginning to live up to its "Big D" nickname.

And I'll bet we'd stand a better chance with Boeing today.
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Old September 14th, 2010, 06:12 PM   #124
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City Performance Hall construction:

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Old September 14th, 2010, 06:40 PM   #125
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Here's the info on City Performance Hall:

http://www.architypereview.com/ar_v0...om_dallas.html





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Old September 14th, 2010, 06:43 PM   #126
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A good article & photos of the restored St. Paul United Methodist Church...

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St. Paul United Methodist Church Is the Soul of the Arts District
Dallas’ historic house of worship gets a renovation thanks to an unlikely partner.
by Walton Muyumba
Published 7.21.2010 From D Magazine AUG 2010
http://www.dmagazine.com/Home/D_Maga...articlegallery

Squatting in its corner of the Arts District, St. Paul United Methodist Church is dwarfed by One Arts Plaza to its immediate south and by the rising concrete pedestals holding up Woodall Rodgers to its north. Even the polished and expanded Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts across Routh Street to the west seems to mock the stocky old church.

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Old August 3rd, 2011, 01:06 AM   #127
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A promising project
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Old August 6th, 2011, 11:36 PM   #128
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Here's the Museum Tower





Here's the Deck Park over the Freeway

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Old November 23rd, 2011, 12:52 AM   #129
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great architecture for a ghost town
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Old November 23rd, 2011, 01:24 AM   #130
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I disagree at times Dallas feels somewhat of a ghost town but during the day there's constant foot traffic downtown the Muesum Tower and the park will help alot once completed.

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Old July 20th, 2012, 08:11 PM   #131
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City Performance Hall is nearing completion:



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More info and photos here: http://cityhallblog.dallasnews.com/2...hen-what.html/

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Old July 20th, 2012, 09:30 PM   #132
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Dallas after working hours is quite empty but it has definitely picked up over the years. Now on Saturdays there are usually crowds queuing about at the JFK and 6th floor museum.
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Old July 20th, 2012, 10:30 PM   #133
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And the new Klyde Warren Park (built over the freeway) opens October 26th



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Old October 8th, 2012, 09:47 AM   #134
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Perot Museum yesterday:

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Perot Museum of Nature and Science by Justin Terveen, on Flickr

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Old October 8th, 2012, 08:55 PM   #135
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Update of Klyde Warren Park with a grand opening on Oct. 28





http://m.facebook.com/TheParkDallas?...700740216&_rdr
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