Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Dreams flow as Dallas residents, developers, city staff look to the Trinity

By: Roy Appleton The Dallas Morning News

Larry Beasley has worked in and on many cities worldwide in his 40 or so years of urban planning and design.

He offered some perspective about Dallas for those gathered last weekend at City Hall: “You have one of the hardest urban design problems I’ve ever seen.”

Beasley, a Vancouver, Canada, resident and adviser to the Dallas CityDesign Studio, helped lead a brainstorming session for the studio’s LINC Dallas public-planning initiative.

And the “problem” he referenced? A marrying of the central city and the Trinity River.

“The area between your downtown and the river is as big as downtown itself,” he told the group. “Imagine that you could bring that area into productive, positive use for tens or hundreds of thousands of people.”
The LINC project looks to the Trinity as the city’s core. Its goal: Take advantage of this largely untapped asset. Build and strengthen ties to the river. Establish development guidelines or revitalize areas along the way. LINC: Leveraging and Improving Neighborhood Connections...