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Urbanism, Parks Come to Dallas

When you think of Dallas, do you think of  walkable, nearby urban parks within compact neighborhoods? Maybe not yet — but these are exactly the types of places that are popping up in the “Big D.”

The city is building parks in and around its increasingly residential downtown core at a pace seen in few cities. It is building a park on top of a freeway — connecting its arts district and downtown to the Uptown area. It is creating new parks on top of parking lots previously used to house commuter vehicles. And most recently, it unveiled plans for a 7-acre tree-canopied Gateway Park that will further connect the Arts District to surrounding areas.

These initiatives provide another example of how parks can play a role in creating livable and attractive compact urban districts. As John Crawford, president and CEO of the Downtown Dallas association noted to the Dallas Morning News, “The demographics we’re hoping to attract to live downtown – the Generation Xers, Generation Y and empty nesters – all want walkability and green space. They don’t want to be in a concrete jungle.”

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