cowboyeagle05 wrote:I'm still confused by y'all s perplexity of the connectivity. This site is connected to the busiest highways with the fancy white bridge. It's literally a quick ride from here to Uptown, Downtown, Oak Lawn, 35-corridor, 75 corridor, Klyde Warren, Arts District or even Deep Ellum and Oak Cliff. Has a pedestrian bridge that will connect to the River Front bike lanes on the other side. So we now have bike lanes, solid pedestrian connections and all new high speed car travel lanes connected. Sylvan is about to be totally repaired between 30 and Singleton so there's another connection that doesn't require going through the mix-master. Also Singleton was totally rebuilt and a new Sylvan Ave bridge was built to connect you to 35 and north Dallas. Also Commerce and Beckely intersection with bike accommodations is currently under construction. Let's not forget the city is moving ahead with reconnecting the street grid between Commerce and and Singleton which will get funding because its the cities new Uptown in terms of blossoming development so city hall will be more liekly to find the funds to accommodate the growth.
If you mean it needs more mass transit that might be the better phrasing to use than the generic "connectivity" language. I just don't see it as disconnected at all. Its so easy to get to even during heavy traffic days plus the property is so underdeveloped there is less push back on new development.
All good and valid points. All of these things will help. But here is the fatal flaw in the neighborhood:
If you live in the Cypress Apartments at Trinity Groves can you walk to Sylvan Thirty? If you live at the various Sylvan Thirty developments can you walk to Trinity Groves? If you live at Trinity Green can walk out of your parking lot? How about on a bike?
The answer is no, because all of these projects are isolated islands, with no connectivity to one another, surrounded by an ocean of urban desolation.
Even in their most undiscovered, frontier days, McKinney Ave, Deep Ellum and the Design District were merely unexciting. They were always walkable and livable.
Until the connections between Singleton and Commerce are reestablished, and we see some restataurants and retail fill in the gaps, the neighborhood environs will put downward pressure on rents and values. If the City and the owners can turn that around in a year or two, no problem. If not, the other in town neighborhoods will continue to press their advantage in livability, and this neighborhood will lose its shine and its ability to attract the rents they want.