Posts Tagged ‘Dallas’

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.)

Woman (in black and white)

May 12, 2017

More Au – Tom – bio links

May 6, 2017

More AU-TOM-BIO Links:
(see updates in comments.)

Facebook: Tom Hendricks
Twitter: @TomHendricks11
Pinterest: Hendricks2243
Youtube: Tom Hendricks

I am a MUSICIAN, PAINTER, WRITER, and the editor of the 25 year old Dallas zine, Musea. As editor of MUSEA I’m known as Art S Revolutionary.
As a musician I go by the name of Hunkasaurus and His Pet Dog Guitar.

FULL MAILING ADDRESS

https://musea.wordpress.com/2016/03/30/sci-fi-address/

SELFS – Five Selfies or ‘ARE YOU IN THIS GROUP?

https://musea.wordpress.com/2017/04/23/selfs/

ONCE UPON A TIME – Short Short Au-tom-bio

https://musea.wordpress.com/2014/02/22/musea-zine-how-it-all-started-in-1992-from-the-musea-vaults/

HENDRICKS INTERVIEW FROM THE 90s

http://www.musea.us/intervie.html

NAQ, NEVER ASKED QUESTIONS – Tom’s Interview on the Art and Media Revolution.

http://www.hunkasaurus.com/naq.html

FIVE REVOLUTIONS and COUNTING.

https://musea.wordpress.com/2015/06/06/5-revolutions-and-counting/

TOM SERIES of PORTRAITS.

https://musea.wordpress.com/2016/08/30/tom-series/

Musea Links

May 4, 2017

More MUSEA Links
(Updates in comments.)

REVOLUTION IN ARTS – Recommendations
https://musea.wordpress.com/2017/04/20/revolution-in-arts-recommendations/

CENSORED ART NEWS
https://musea.wordpress.com/2017/01/19/censored-art-news/

MUSEA ZINES AND PUBLICATIONS (Pix)
https://musea.wordpress.com/2017/04/20/musea-zine-and-musea-publications-pix/

MUSEA READING FUND
https://musea.wordpress.com/2016/05/14/musea-reading-fund-passes-3000/

MUSEA ZINE HALL OF FAME
http://zinewiki.com/Musea_Zine_Hall_of_Fame

MUSEA E-MAIL CLUB – Weekly Posts on all things.
https://musea.wordpress.com/category/musea/

MUSEA’S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS STORIES – 15 year list
https://musea.wordpress.com/2017/04/23/christmas-stories-15-years-worth/

MUSEA’S 70 FILM IDEAS and SUMMARIES
http://www.musea.us/119issue.html

MUSEAD – an Art Center for all the Arts. Musea issues #71, #144, #150, and #170.
Musead, the art center, is one big idea. In it’s largest version, it is an art complex the size of a major amusement park for both adults and children. I have suggested this version of Musead be the size of an ocean liner! In a Plan B, Musead would be the size of a normal art center with three main rooms: a stage and cafe, a shop, and a museum. This link is to Musea #170 or Plan B. http://www.musea.us/august2009.html

More Lab Links

May 4, 2017

More LAB Links.
(See comments for updates)

BIOLOGICAL IDEAS, Speculation Over the Years.
https://musea.wordpress.com/biological-ideas-speculation-over-the-years/

BIOLOGY EVOLUTION CATEGORY, From Musea Blog.
https://musea.wordpress.com/category/biology-evolution/ , 15 pages

COGIT0LOGY – THE ART OF THINKING.
https://musea.wordpress.com/2012/05/16/cogitology-the-art-of-thinking/


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