tamtagon wrote:Really need that Turtle Creek ditch turned into something nice, in the same vein as the San Antonio River Walk.
DPatel304 wrote:Is there something about the Design District that I'm missing? I'm still shocked we are getting such a high profile hotel here. I definitely see a TON of potential in the design district, but I think we are quite a ways away from realizing that potential. I get the location of the hotel, but it feels like it's 5-10 years too early, unless there are some big things going on in the area that I don't know about.
Don't get me wrong, I'm beyond happy that this happening, and I hope this will help push the neighborhood forward. I love how 'compact' the area feels, and I know there isn't much height, but I really think this area could be wonderful if the streets were made more pedestrian friendly. Not to mention the southern side has direct access to the pedestrian bridge and the Trinity Groves area.
Construction on the new Virgin Dallas Hotel is slated for completion in 2019.
eburress wrote:I wonder what we can do to get more street life in the Design District. The question is cliche in Dallas, I know, since it's been asked about so many neighborhoods throughout the city. I guess maybe it's by comparison to these now much more active 'hoods that the DD appears like such a ghost town.
lakewoodhobo wrote:eburress wrote:I wonder what we can do to get more street life in the Design District. The question is cliche in Dallas, I know, since it's been asked about so many neighborhoods throughout the city. I guess maybe it's by comparison to these now much more active 'hoods that the DD appears like such a ghost town.
The Design District is such a vast space and the street grid is not conducive to pedestrian exploration, but I wonder if a smaller street like Levee St could be turned into a pedestrian corridor. It seems to have the right scale for something like this.
Side note: The Alexan Riveredge apartments are hideous and a huge missed opportunity for balconies facing the Trinity River and Levee St. And while much prettier, I don't think the Virgin Hotel will do anything for street life in the DD.
I agree with you about Levee street. I'm not sure how likely it is, but if those power lines could be buried/moved, then you could potentially have a direct connection to the Pedestrian bridge from Levee street and some of the buildings that face the Trinity River could be turned into restaurants or something that take advantage of the view. In addition to all of this, the Turtle Creek has potential too, if it was cleaned up and used as a nice walking trail with restaurants facing it. These aren't small projects, and, it wouldn't make sense to do a lot of this until the Design District has more activity, but I do think there is a ton of potential in this area.
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