willyk wrote:I agree that this is outstanding, but does anyone know how this group picked this location for such a project? This is an industrial neighborhood. There is no hoarde of residents clamoring for park land.
So it's hard to see how the foundation could raise the money to do this. Yet they have proposed it. Can anyone explain the contradiction?
Will it all be funded by the TIFs and driven by the medical institutions? And the only real beneficiaries are the hospital employees?
The study was sponsored by the Lyda Hill Foundation and it's described as an urban streetscape master plan. The board of directors from the Southwest Medical District are also listed as participants. The full report has a lot of interesting data/visuals and lists implementation estimates, action steps, priorities, and potential partners.
In 2015 the Texas Trees Foundation, a private non-profit, launched the State of the Dallas
Urban Forest Report, which identified the Southwestern Medical District (SWMD), as an
area with one of the largest urban heat islands in the City of Dallas. With less than 7%
tree canopy, the impacts of the SWMD’s amplified heat on human health directly affects
the costs and challenges of the three world-class hospitals in the Southwestern Medical
Uniting three world-class, beautifully designed hospitals - UT Southwestern Medical Center,
Parkland Health and Hospital System, and Children’s Medical Center - through a redesign
of the public rights-of-way was the answer for how to mitigate the urban heat island and
provides an opportunity to create an environment that is healthy for people, systems and
the environment. This also taps the potential for economic development while creating
a “sense of place” where people feel safe, connected and renewed, whether they are
patients, employees, family, residents or business owners who live and come to the
SWMD from throughout the region and world.
The Southwestern Medical District Urban Streetscape Master Plan (the Plan) is visionary,
collaborative and transformative. This plan compliments and unites the hospitals through 17
miles of streetscape design on the more than 1,000 acres identified as the Southwestern
We are grateful to the Lyda Hill Foundation for its support and vision to make this project
possible. We are indebted to all of the people who have provided input to make this
project visionary, functional and beautiful. And, we thank all of our partners and supporters
who share the vision of implementation of the Southwestern Medical District Urban
Streetscape Master Plan.