Archive for June, 2017

Dallas Main St, a Pedestrian Walkway

June 30, 2017

Want to revitalize all of downtown Dallas in a way that helps everyone in the city and costs little to nothing?

My suggestion, written about in my zine Musea and recapped below, would do that in one step.

Make Main Street a pedestrian walkway – that’s it.

Before you read the recap, an update. I think I can make this one street walkway without cars, world class through a simple architectural addition. Here goes.

Norman Foster added a roof to the great court at the British Museum that is flat out wonderful – and so simple and elegant. It is a roof of steel and glass that covers the smaller buildings below and the spaces between them.

My idea is to set up cement posts all along Main Street, and top them with a concave vault of steel and glass inspired by Foster’s work at the British Museum. This ceiling would cover the entire street. Gradually all of Main Street would have a roof that would let in the sunshine, keep out the rain, and make the temperature for those walking under it, mild all through the year. That would also make Main Street in Dallas, a world class architectural statement!

Now, as promised. Here is the recap of the Main Street – Pedestrian Walkway, idea.

Make Main Street a no-car, pedestrian walkway from Downtown through Deep Ellum to Fair Park. Then take it the other way, across the Trinity River on a pedestrian bridge to one of the main roads in Oak Cliff. Later you can keep it going as far as you like in both directions, and/or you could add the streets next to Main.

Be sure to add these features that would make it all the better: police walking on patrol or on bikes, some lunch wagons here and there, and some electric carts to move people up and down the Pedestrian Walkway.

With this one step you’ve got a new Dallas, and a one of a kind US city. You’ve also got a world attraction for tourists.

This would be the Dallas version of San Antonio’s “Riverwalk” but with a walkway not a waterway. It would tie in all the neighborhoods mentioned, revitalize all of them, and make a reason for people to go, shop, explore, celebrate, and live, downtown/Deep Ellum/Fair Park/Oak Cliff.

This would also help get traffic and pollution out of downtown by reducing traffic in downtown. Dallas City Government you should make it clear that cars can come to downtown, or go around downtown, but they are no longer allowed to go through downtown! We don’t need that stalled traffic polluting up Main and the side streets.

Sadly the chance this would come to pass is slim, in the present city atmosphere. There is no billionaire developer pushing for his own single downtown revitalization project, and without that seldom does the city government act.

But this is worth the change. This step would help all of the real estate on Main, all the real estate on the two roads on either side of Main, and from there as this developed, the benefits would flow out to all downtown, Deep Ellum, Fair Park, Oak Cliff and beyond.

Think big fog Big D!

City (collage.)

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More Quatros (the 4+ word poems)

June 25, 2017

QUATROS

What is a QUATRO. It’s a new type of very very short poetry that usually compares two things, in a haiku way, packing a lot of meaning in a very small amount of words.
Most quatros have a comparison of two things, and behind that comparison is a 2nd deeper meaning. – Tom Hendricks

black – gray – white – ?

in a world
of constant strangers…

the girl’s
got bounce!

happiness
that is attached to nothing

good writing,
bad reading!

a thief
in the darkness …

white fog,
black rock

Can plants be enlightened
or are they already?
… and if so
why aren’t we?

Kansas is
next to Oz.

lighting one candle
with another
as the Moon rises
in the sky

CuteStat has financially rated my new Website

June 20, 2017

Cute.stat.com has given my new website it’s first financial report. (Not making this up.)

http://tomhendricks.us.cutestat.com/

for the website
tomhendricks.us

3.33 Rating (out of 5) by CuteStat
tomhendricks.us is 1 month 3 weeks old. It is a domain having .us extension. This website is estimated worth of $ 8.95 and have a daily income of around $ 0.15. As no active threats were reported recently by users, tomhendricks.us is SAFE to browse.

Novel (two poems)

June 15, 2017

novels meander
with excess fat
short stories are lean
and all is taut.

a novel is
spilled paint
a short story is
a single line.

The Writer

Big LIst Update 6/17

June 15, 2017

The BIG LIST.
Update 6/17

Here are the latest add-ons

Best Group Dylan, Assorted Artists, 30th Anniversary Concert, “My Back Pages.” (yt.)

Best Where Did THAT Come From Ringo, Ringo Starr, “Night and Day.” (yt.)

Best Single Bobby Vee Turned Down. Carol King, “Might As Well Rain Until September”. (yt.)

Best Song That Might Not Give The Answer That You Want It To. Fleetwood Mac, “Oh Well.” (yt.)

Proof Why Early Rock n Roll Was So Much Fun. Lillian Briggs, “I Want You To Be My Baby.” (yt.)

Joni Mitchell’s Favorite Tune from the 90s, New Radicals, “You Get What You Give.” (yt.)

Best Doowop That Wasn’t Released In ’58. The Avalons, “What’s Wrong?” (yt.)

Best Choreographed Music, K-Pop, all the South Korean Boy and Girl bands. (yt.)

Best “No”( to Using Their Music for Ads). John Densmore for the Doors. (yt.)


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