This would require something that is long, long overdue: closing Dealey Plaza and the Triple Underpass to vehicular traffic. This space could then be transformed into a park extending from Houston Street to Martyrs Park.
It stands as one of the great shames of the city that this remains open to traffic, that the site where John F. Kennedy was struck by gunfire is marked by tawdry painted Xs. It is an embarrassment, and it is also dangerous, as anyone who has driven that route knows well, with assassination tourists dodging oncoming traffic to take morbid selfies and otherwise track the trajectory of Oswald’s bullets (or form their own theories). How long will it be until it is not just Kennedy’s murder that will require on-street notation?
A proper marker, where visitors can pay their respects and consider history, is clearly warranted. But a park here would have far greater benefits, uniting the new lynching memorial, the Sixth Floor Museum, the Holocaust Museum (just a block away), the adjacent civic museum in the Old Red Courthouse, and the JFK memorial beyond it. A memorial park would bring this ad hoc group of institutions and monuments together, forming a focal point for tourists and the city.
I'm all for more greenspace in the urban core, but this idea just seems ridiculous. Plus, it really seems like all the development popping up along Commerce St in West Dallas only exist because this road provides easy access to Downtown.
Anyway, I thought I'd still share this article, even though I doubt this will ever happen and I wouldn't support it even if someone did try to make it happen.
Honestly, the better approach would be to find a way to eliminate/reduce the rail lines as a barrier and extend Martyr's park that way.