Talking Headways Podcast: Putting Dallas Back Together Again

Patrick Kennedy comes on the podcast this week to talk about what’s going on in Dallas. We discuss the highway removal campaign known as A New Dallas and the recent Texas DOT CityMap Plan to re-imagine the freeways and roads in the city’s downtown. We also discuss downtown subways, urban politics, why existing walkable neighborhoods matter to new walkable neighborhoods, and what’s going on with plans for the Trinity River.

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Texas DOT Seems Open to a Downtown Dallas Highway Removal

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Will Texas embrace a model of mobility that works well for cities, instead of tearing them up with wider highways? A new report from the Texas Department of Transportation indicates that at least in some circumstances, the answer may be “Yes.” TxDOT last week released its “CityMAP” plan for urban highways in central Dallas [PDF]. Normally, you […]

Dallas Advocates Launch a PAC to Tear Down a Highway

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The movement for a more livable, less car-clogged Dallas has legs. A group of reformers advocating for the teardown of Dallas’s Interstate 345 has set out to reshape the political landscape — and they’re off to a blazing start. The Dallas Morning News reported this week that the group, A New Dallas, has launched a […]

How to Make TOD Work in Metro Dallas: Plano Shows the Way

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For decades, Dallas mega-suburb Plano planned and prepared for this moment. The historic downtown — a poorly-scaled anachronism from when this city of 260,000 housed a mere 3,500 people — was revitalized and reimagined as a “transit village.” Tax increment financing helped support urban-style, walkable development. All because DART was building a rail line and […]

Sometimes the Safer Street Design Option Is the Less Expensive One

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While there are certainly a lot of large-scale obstacles to making the Dallas region more walkable, Mark Brown at Car Free Dallas says there’s also no lack of quick fixes that could improve streets for a negligible cost. One idea is as simple as enhancing crosswalk visibility with paint, instead of the expensive, hard-to-see treatments at some […]

Dallas Highway Teardown PAC Snags Two Council Seats. Next Up: Runoff

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A coalition of Dallas residents trying to build a more walkable, people-friendly city gained some momentum in Tuesday’s election, picking up at least two City Council seats. At stake is the potential replacement of a downtown highway segment with mixed-use development and parks. The balance of power in the council now comes down to a June runoff. There were six […]