CrossFit Pac Elm Saturday Community Workout – Valentine’s Day Special

February 11, 2016

Pac Elm - Valentine's Day Flyer

Make Reservations to Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Dallas Fish Market!

February 11, 2016

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TACO LIBRE Dallas, a Seriously Tasty Taco Fest, Returns to Main St. Garden Park, Saturday, April 30, 2016

February 11, 2016

Dallas, TX – Sonar Management, the producers of Dia De Los Toadies and Smoked BBQ Fest, announce the second annual TACO LIBRE scheduled for Saturday, April 30, 2016. We’re serious about tacos. We’re serious about fun.

After a sell-out success in 2015, this year’s event will include an expanded event site, more taquerias, a music line-up featuring awesome bands – and yes, Lucha Libre wrestling. New additions to TACO LIBRE 2016 are the “Taco Takedown Eating Challenge” and book signings.

Seriously Tasty Tacos!

TACO LIBRE features 21 taquerias curated by José R. Ralat, writer of the Taco Trail blog (www.thetacotrail.com) — “As folks will see, this year’s line-up builds upon the excellence of 2015’s vendors while expanding its diversity. What’s not to love about more tacos?” Taquerias are coming from as far away as El Paso and Austin with taco options ranging from authentic street style to contemporary. Each taqueria will have a $2 taco option and are encouraged to have a vegetarian offering.

Chile Pepper Grill // Cinco Tacos + Tequila* // El Come Taco* // El Padrino // El Tizoncito* // Flatlanders // Holy Frijole // La Norteña Tortilleria // Resident Taqueria // Revolver Taco Lounge* // Salsa Limon* // Taco Heads // Taco Stop // Tacodeli* // Tacoholics (El Paso) // Tacos Mariachi // Taqueria La Ventana // Taqueria Saltillo // Trompo // Urban Taco* //
Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ (Austin)
*Listed in Texas Monthly’s The 120 Tacos You Must Eat Before You Die issue

Seriously Fun!

California’s Mariachi El Bronx, the unlikely alter ego of punk band The Bronx, will be headlining TACO LIBRE this year with their English-language mariachi-style songs. The music line-up also features Austin’s own “Latin-Funk masters” and GRAMMY-winning Grupo Fantasma. TACO LIBRE is also proud to have soulful local act Larry G(ee) performing as well as Mayta who will be bringing their internationally inspired grooves.

Coming to TACO LIBRE from Mexico City is internationally known luchador Blue Demon Jr. Blue Demon Jr. has been featured on Lucha Underground as well as holding titles of World Championship Welterweight WWA, National Cruiserweight, World Heavyweight Championship WWA, World Jr. Heavyweight Championship WWA, World Heavyweight Championship NWA.

Seriously, There’s More to Taco ‘Bout!

Authors Stephanie Bogdanich and Molly Frisinger, will be signing copies of their popular book The Taco Cleanse. Also doing a book signing is Alejandro Escalante, author of the first comprehensive encyclopedia of the taco, La Tacopedia.

This year will include TACO LIBRE’s first ever Taco Takedown Eating Contest and Chile Pepper Challenge. Sponsored by Chile Pepper Grill The Taco Takedown contestants will compete to see who can eat the most tacos within a set time period while The Chile Pepper Challenge requires contestants to eat peppers with increasing heat levels. There will be cash prizes for both contests.

TACO LIBRE

General Admission Gates open at 3 p.m.
$16 Advance Online Tickets
$22 Day of Festival (Save money and buy online, last year sold out!)
$70 VIP (Gates open an hour early at 2 p.m. for VIP ticketholders)

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Downtown Public Safety Follow-Up Meeting 2.15.16

February 11, 2016

Downtown

EIGHT PROJECTS CHANGING ELM STREET

February 9, 2016

Full Bisnow article here.

Elm Street—one of the main thoroughfares through Downtown Dallas—was the hot spot for years before falling out of favor and watching buildings empty. Today, Elm is in the midst of a revival. Here’s a look at what’s happening.

The Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Dallas opened in September as the first mixed-use hotel and residential complex in Downtown with 171 guest rooms and 186 residential units. New Orleans-based owner HRI Properties sunk $80M into the 32-story former LTV building, which fronts Elm Street with a 1600 Pacific address.

Woods Capital bought the 1.4M SF, 50-story Thanksgiving Tower at 1601 Elm in 2013 and has since put $100M into the renovation. The improvements include blowing out the ground floor to add about 16k SF of retail. CBRE/UCR Urban EVP Jack Gosnell, who is leading the leasing team for Thanksgiving Tower’s retail, tells us there are several fab restaurants negotiating for space now. He says the lobby and ground-floor renovations will be stunning when they open this year.

Remember humming along with the radio when Deep Blue Something sang Breakfast at Tiffany’s? Well, the defunct band’s drummer, John Kirtland (with Kirtland Realty Group), bought the Tower Petroleum building (1907 Elm) and its neighbor, Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific), in 2012 with a $45M plan to create residential towers. That was scrapped and the latest plan for 1907 Elm is a $40M, 150-room boutique hotel called Saint Elm. No time frame has been announced.

Developer Scott Remphrey is leading the effort to redevelop these three buildings (totaling 55k SF) at 1512, 1514 and 1516 Elm St in the Mid Elm Lofts. The plan calls for about 25 residential units above Mudsmith (a coffee and wine bar that originated on Greenville Avenue), Southpaw’s Organic Grill (a fast-casual restaurant with existing space in Uptown and Park Cities) and the Londoner Pub (a restaurant and bar with a pub in Addison). Jack tells us the project is on track, but is facing hurdles and approvals of historic redevelopment. All the restaurant tenants have stayed with the project through the obstacles. No time frame has been announced.

In about a year, luxury boutique Forty Five Ten should be opening near the Joule, adjacent to the eye sculpture between Elm and Main streets. The current location at 4510 McKinney Ave will be expanded to four stories in 45k SF with a rooftop space. The T Room is sticking around, too. The boutique’s owner, Brian Bolke, is partnering with Headington Cos on the project, which has encountered some controversy along the way because of lawsuits and building demolitions.

A one-of-a-kind mixed-use Westin opened in the 1M SF One Main Place last month. Developer KFK Group selected the Westin Dallas Downtown to anchor the redevelopment at 1201 Main St between Main and Elm streets. The vertical mixed-use property will feature a dedicated hotel entrance parallel to Elm Street and a second-floor hotel lobby in the former banking hall. In addition to the 326 guest rooms will be 50k SF of retail and 60k SF of Class-A office (which is still leasing up).

1401 Elm is hovering in limbo, but Jack tells us it will be redeveloped. Known as The Olympic, the 1.5M SF property was set for a $170M conversion to transform the historic 52-story skyscraper into a mixed-use complex that takes up an entire city block bounded by Elm, Field, Pacific and Akard streets. The Olympic would’ve featured 500 luxury apartments, 70k SF of retail space, 100k SF of office space and 950 parking spots. But, that plan is on hold as the JV between BDRC and Olympic Property Partners fell apart last fall. Just yesterday, the Dallas Morning News reported that the owners requested Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Jack is still confident that the deal will happen. It’s the only space in the CBD that can accommodate and park larger format retailers and the tower is an ideal floor plate for apartments, he tells us, and he has solid interest from well-known retailers that would come to the project when it happens.

The 18-story blue tower at 211 N Ervay (facing Elm) sat vacant for about two decades before developer Mike Sarimsakci saw opportunity to breathe new life into Downtown. He bought the Corrigan-built tower in 2012 with then-Alterra International Holdings (now called Alto Partners). By 2014, around $14M in upgrades attracted some of the hippest startups and entrepreneurs, including Tech Wildcatters.

Moving Beyond New Urbanism

February 8, 2016

Click here for link to full article.

Moving Beyond New Urbanism: Inclusive Planning and Design

Foreword:

Daniel Iacofano (co-author of this article) and MIG worked with the City of Dallas and Downtown Dallas Inc. (DDI) on a collaborative process to develop a visionary, comprehensive and strategic action plan for downtown. Built from the community’s vision, the Downtown Dallas 360 Plan addresses specific policies, programs, and projects to guide private and public investments and create a dynamic city center.

Beginning in June 2015, DDI and the City of Dallas launched the process of evolving Downtown Dallas 360 into strategies relevant to today through 2020. The first work phase focused on a neighborhood needs analysis and community conversations about priorities, assets, as well as vision, physical and social connectivity. MIG, Downtown Dallas Inc., City of Dallas, and CityDesign Studio worked with each neighborhood in Downtown Dallas 360’s fifteen districts to plan workshops, forums, and other outreach initiatives specifically designed for that area. For more information, visit www.downtowndallas360.com/.

Urban planning—as with fashion, architecture, and dieting—has its fads, fashions, and styles. There is no doubt that we are now riding the wave of New Urbanism. Terms like form-based zoning, walkability, and transit-oriented development are on the lips of experts in planning departments and redevelopment agencies across the nation.

We applaud this trend. When New Urbanism burst onto the scene in the late 1980s, it was a breakthrough in reintegrating the social and physical aspects of planning. It brought with it a sense of the European city, a touch of the classic American Main Street, and an acceptance of the density and “messiness” that make cities vibrant and healthy places to live.

Over the past decade, however, many environments built under the rubric of New Urbanism have lost much of that original vitality. We are seeing more formulaic “instant” neighborhoods with no, or very little, sense of place. Downtown redevelopments often look like they’ve been stamped out of the same mold, drawn according to the same template: housing over retail, office over retail, etc.

While they may look inviting, these instant neighborhoods are not meeting the needs of all residents of the city. Take a closer look beyond the facades and the traffic-calmed streets. You’ll notice that housing is expensive and the shops even more so. The people who live there don’t work there and the people who work there can’t afford to live there. Many so-called lifestyle centers have all the requisite features of New Urbanism, including nicely designed residential-over-retail buildings. The result does not work as a neighborhood, however. Instead of looking like a simulacrum of Main Street, it more closely resembles a large mall with the roof removed. Where are the kids, the parks, the neighborhood-serving stores? Chic boutiques on the corners don’t make a socially, economically, and culturally inclusive community.

The problem is that urban planners once again are becoming too reliant on the physical design approach to infill and urban redevelopment. This is understandable. Trends in planning, after all, do swing as dramatically as fads in fashion. New Urbanism was, in a very real sense, a reaction to the overemphasis cities had been placing on providing social services, health care, and jobs. In the wake of urban riots in the ’60s and the grim specter of abandoned downtowns during the ’70s, social services were a crucial and necessary focus. But in the process we almost completely neglected classical city and building design elements. New Urbanism aimed to reintegrate them.

Now we feel the pendulum swinging back to overemphasis on physical design. It is time to stop the wild swing of planning styles we have all witnessed over the past half century and bring the pendulum back to a point where physical design and the needs of all residents in our cities are equally addressed.

How do we get there? The solution is a focus on inclusive planning and design based on economic, social, environmental. and culturally sensitive policies that allow everyone to improve economically as the physical area improves. Cities need planning that recognizes that all individuals have the right to full and equal participation in the built environment—and that through their direct involvement they can shape their own environment to meet their own needs.

To support a conversation about inclusive design for planners, elected officials, and community members, we have proposed a broad, inclusive policy framework to help guide urban area decision-making. Elements include:

Economic Development

Land use and public policy decisions that create opportunities for everyone to have access to a variety of quality jobs and to fully participate in the economy of the city.

Housing and Neighborhoods

Codes, zoning, and incentives that generate safe, healthy neighborhoods with a range of housing types and price levels to accommodate diverse socio-economic backgrounds and lifestyle choices.

Education

Full access to quality education choices for all residents, with shared use between schools, parks, and community facilities.

Access and Mobility

Viable, multimodal, and interconnected public transit systems with seamless spaces that are friendly and inclusive of everyone: those with disabilities, young children, seniors, and parents pushing baby carriages.

Habitat Protection and a Safe Public Realm

Connected, safe, healthy, functional, and green connections with pedestrian- and bike-friendly streets that reactivate the public realm and lead to environmental stewardship.

Community Facilities and Gathering Spaces

Well-maintained and usable open spaces that can be built, landscaped, and maintained with funds from selling development rights.

Cultural Meaning

Spaces and places to express cultural rituals and display social and cultural symbols that have meaning for all residents, ensuring that projects—especially large-scale redevelopments—retain a distinctive sense of place and neighborhood.

These policy guidelines are far from theoretical. Over the past decade there have been many projects that exemplify this approach and fulfill many of the policy considerations.

The Fruitvale Transit Village in Oakland, CA, was the result of the community coming together and insisting that a new development centered on transit also include affordable and senior housing, offices, neighborhood-serving retail, a childcare facility, a library, a senior center, a health clinic, and a public plaza.

In Seattle, WA, downtown property owners have partnered with low-income housing providers. The city changed the development code to increase the housing height limit. Builders buy the extra height and that money goes toward affordable housing.

In Washington, DC, where disenfranchised areas like the low-income Anacostia Waterfront have borne the brunt of political wrangling for years, an innovative new comprehensive plan is adding jobs, education, arts, and cultural elements.

San Antonio’s Hemisfair Park—which includes Yanaguana Gardens and Complete Streets environments—is transforming the 1967 World’s Fair site into one of the great attractions of the city, making downtown living more appealing for families while also attracting regional visitors.

In West Sacramento, CA, West Capitol Avenue has become the heart of the community with a true sense of place. The city is seeing investment by a hotelier, a bank, and small businesses, and the street has welcomed a college, community center, an updated library, and remodeled transit centers.

Addressing impacts of expanding its campus in an economically disadvantaged area south of the city, the University of California in San Francisco is offering economic mitigations, including reserving eight acres for usable public open space, and creating high school and college programs for local residents to train for well-paid staff positions.

In Pittsburgh, PA, Market Square is a redesigned public space with new, compatible surrounding land uses that are now appealing, inviting, and safe for all users.

In Ocala, FL, community members worked with the city on a downtown master plan with development standards and guidelines that restored a dynamic, active environment in the heart of the city.

These inclusive projects share two important elements that are crucial to creating successful projects. The first is an emphasis on robust public participation. We strongly believe that each project has to fulfill the community’s vision. All too often public participation is done entirely pro forma with no real input. The inclusive approach ensures that everyone who is eventually going to live in the area—or be affected by it—needs to be involved in a meaningful way. And community members have to know their ideas and comments will be incorporated into the design. That’s the kind of involvement that builds the community and makes a project truly inclusive.

The second common element is equitable sharing: The local community that is impacted needs to get a proportionate share of the benefits. In far too many cases involving redevelopment, prices rise and the original inhabitants are forced out, destroying neighborhoods and historic communities whose roots can go back more than a century. In each case where redevelopment results in an uptick in property values, the increase in tax revenue generated thanks to the revitalization should go directly back to the area that generated them in terms of improvements that bring real benefits.

This approach is already being supported by community members in San Francisco through “Community Benefit Zoning.” The right to develop a certain square footage is given in return for explicitly measurable benefits in that same neighborhood. Those benefits are measured in terms of parks, community facilities, ongoing costs of maintenance and operations, sidewalks, schools, transit—all the things that communities need to be healthy.

We need more policies like this. Despite the advances we have made in our urban centers over the past two decades, those with low incomes or who are disadvantaged in some way continue to live in the areas with the worst pollution and the heaviest traffic. Their parks, schools, hospitals, and other community facilities are deteriorating.

It is time to take everything we’ve learned from New Urbanism about the physical design of cities and, using a more inclusive approach, develop projects that go beyond just bricks and mortar. Our cities need to be public spaces where we’re giving the best of what the city has to offer to everyone.
Daniel Iacofano, Ph.D., FASLA and Susan Goltsman, FASLA are principals in the Berkeley-based planning and design firm MIG Inc. 

Spring Swim Lessons at T. Boone Pickens YMCA

February 5, 2016

You can learn more & register by clicking here.

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Valentine Stop + Shop – Feb. 11-14!

February 5, 2016

This February, Downtown Dallas, Inc. is bringing a Valentine Stop + Shop market to Pegasus Plaza!  Stop + Shop opens for business on Thursday, February 11, and will be open daily until Sunday, February 14.  With flowers and an assortment of great gifts from local vendors to purchase, you’re sure to find the perfect gift for your loved one, or for yourself!

Valentine Stop + Shop hours:

Feb. 11: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Feb. 12: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Feb. 13: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Feb. 14: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

http://events.downtowndallas.com/shop

RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/226866714319794/

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Save the Date: Valentine Stop + Shop!

January 29, 2016

This February, Downtown Dallas, Inc. is bringing a Valentine Stop+ Shop market to Pegasus Plaza!  Stop + Shop opens for business on Thursday, February 11, and will be open daily until Sunday, February 14.

Valentine Stop + Shop hours:

February 11: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

February 12: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

February 13: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

February 14: 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Stay tuned for more details!

Action Plan from Monday Night’s Downtown Community Public Safety Meeting

January 29, 2016

To the Downtown Dallas community:

Late Wednesday, the Dallas Police Department (DPD) announced the first in what we expect will be many arrests related to the K2 issue that has caused tremendous impact on our Downtown neighborhoods. Yesterday morning, video of the suspect in the Hoff carjacking case was released. And just this morning, another K2-related arrest was made. We applaud DPD for their responsiveness to these issues and urge continued aggressive pursuit to send a message that Downtown will not tolerate this type of threat to our community.

It was that same message of “no tolerance” that was heard Monday night as we came together to discuss collective action toward addressing public safety. I thank everyone who attended to provide valuable feedback, which our team at Downtown Dallas, Inc. (DDI) has assembled and will continue to work with you to effect positive change. I also would like to thank Council Members Philip Kingston, District 14, and Adam Medrano, District 2, for their participation and ongoing diligence with public safety issues.

Residential growth is the key to Downtown’s future. Just 20 years ago, there were 200 people living Downtown. Now, there are over 9,000 residents living in the core and over 45,000 living within 2.5 miles. Downtown residents are the talent pool corporations are chasing. Residents are birthing new businesses and giving life to our streets. We must protect this growth by first and foremost protecting the safety of our citizens. As such, DDI’s number one priority is always public safety, recognizing that without meeting that basic human need, everything else we are working toward is for naught.

Our goal Monday night was primarily to open lines of communication as a starting point for future collaborative action. We also wanted to share some information that is often unknown to ensure the community is fully aware of the resources available. I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate some of that information, followed by a summary of priorities from Monday’s meeting.

DDI’s role in public safety is threefold:

We are an advocate. In partnership with the community, we leverage our relationships and expertise to make recommendations, create programs, and influence agencies that have the capacity, policy, and regulatory control and enforcement power to directly address public safety issues. This includes our partners such as the DPD, City of Dallas, DART, the County, and the State. We make it a priority to effect change, work collaboratively, and hold these organizations accountable for actions that are in the best interest of the entire Downtown community. In this capacity, we have directly influenced:

  • DPD’s creation of First Watch shift, which added a dedicated patrol of 25 officers to the Central Business District overnight between the hours of 11:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m. (2015)
  • State legislative changes elevating Burglary of Motor Vehicle offenses from a misdemeanor to a felony. (2009)
  • Amendments to local law to create a no tolerance policy on panhandling in Downtown, making it illegal to panhandle in specified zones, including the Central Business District, Deep Ellum, Victory Park, and Uptown. (2011)
  • Agreements with all Downtown liquor and convenience stores to not sell high-alcohol content single beer and wine. The Downtown Safety Patrol conducts bi-weekly audits at each location to ensure stores are adhering to the agreement. (2010)
  • Creation and ongoing operation of the Impact Offender initiative with the District Attorney, DPD, County Jail, and judges to ensure career criminals are held on bond, prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and that plea bargains are not an option. (2010)

We are a facilitator and a vehicle for communication. We work in tandem with neighborhood groups such as the Downtown Residents Council, Downtown Dallas Neighborhood Association, CBD Neighborhood Coalition, and others in adjacent neighborhoods to not only communicate our own initiatives, but also promote cooperation. Because of our diverse membership and partnerships with other like-minded organizations, we are able to connect conversations between residents, the business community, and agencies like DART, City of Dallas, and the County. The Downtown community is no longer segmented – all of these interests come together to advance our neighborhoods.

If you are not already plugged in, here are some ways to get involved:

  • DDI directly manages communications to Dallas Emergency Response Team (DERT) members including notifications of emergencies, street closures, DART issues, special events, critical incidents, and weather alerts. DERT members are primarily property managers and security directors for each Downtown residential and commercial building.
  • DDI and our Downtown Safety Patrol work directly with businesses, corporations, hotels, and merchants to provide escorts for their employees and patrons upon request, offer safety tips, and conduct safety audits and seminars.
  • DDI has multiple information resources for residents, businesses, and those generally interested in Downtown. We produce communications ranging from “things to do” to the latest development news, as well as the latest information on critical issues facing our community. Follow us on social media, and you can also sign up according to your interests for newsletters and communications on our web site.

We proactively work every day to maintain a safe neighborhood Downtown. DDI’s number one priority is public safety. From creating the Downtown Safety Patrol (DSP) more than ten years ago to our programs related to lighting and vagrancy, over two-thirds of our budget is allocated to public safety and maintenance initiatives.

  • The DSP is on patrol and available Sunday – Thursday 6:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. and Friday/Saturday 6:30 a.m. – midnight. The DSP dispatch number is 214.741.1151. Officers are available for escorts and to supplement the DPD.
  • DDI employs an off-duty DPD officer during DSP hours of operation.
  • We fund the Homeward Bound program, which reunites homeless individuals with their families. Since its inception in 2008, over 2,000 individuals have been reunited with family.
  • Each year, DDI fulfills equipment requests from DPD including bicycles, bait car equipment, and additional technology to enhance officer’s ability to be effective Downtown.
  • DDI established an ongoing task force comprised of DPD, DART Police, El Centro, Greyhound, and DSP that addresses current issues like the most recent K2 epidemic to ensure a multi-pronged approach to our most critical threats.
  • DDI created the “Lights Out” initiative, whereby our DSP checks 1,500 lights Downtown every two weeks. Lights found to be “out” are reported to Oncor and the City of Dallas, with an agreed repair time of no more than three business days.
  • DSP, Clean Team, and Crisis Intervention partner weekly to clear and clean up encampments within the Downtown Improvement District. They engage homeless and direct them to appropriate services.

Because of our position and history as a steward for the Downtown community, Monday night’s meeting was critical. It is the type of communication shared that evening that shapes our programs and directs our partnerships with other agencies. In our role as a facilitator, it was our intent to first open a direct line of communication between residents and the DPD. As was discussed at the meeting, we will hold several more sessions, collectively assembling a transparent and specific action plan. As an advocate, we will take that plan and, along with the community, hold all parties involved accountable. Finally, as an active participant in public safety efforts, we are identifying additional initiatives that we can directly undertake that are within the mission and capacity of this organization to act immediately.

With regard to specific takeaways from Monday night, we have assembled a list of what we heard as priorities. Again, I want to make the point that the intent is to move forward collaboratively, and that DDI is serving as a facilitator to plan with the community. Additional work will be done quickly to assemble short term and long term solutions into a community action plan. It is also worth noting that Downtown Dallas, Inc. empowers and encourages its entire executive staff to collaborate and make decisions and recommendations on our behalf, as was done Monday night. Most do, or have, lived Downtown, and care deeply about these revitalization efforts and have specific expertise to address many of these issues.

From Monday night’s meeting, we’ve initially identified the following priority actions:

  1. Residential Property Safety Audits: DDI will reach out to residential property managers over the next 45 days to offer coordination assistance to conduct DPD-led safety audits of their buildings, including parking garages. This will include an emergency access plan for police and fire and recommendations from DPD to improve personal safety of residents.
  1. Residential Property Code Amendments: Public policy leaders will explore the possibility of amending building code for multi-family properties to raise standards for lighting, security and access.
  2. Ongoing Community Collaboration: DDI will coordinate quarterly meetings (more often as needed) to serve as a forum for public safety collaboration. Additional invitees to add to the base of residents at the first meeting will include: DART; The Bridge; Oncor property owners, managers, and security directors; merchant businesses; and other concerned employers. The next meeting will be held on February 15 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Alto 211, 8th Floor. The agenda will include an update on progress on this initial action list, as well as a refinement of the community action plan.
  1. DART and DPD Communication: Several concerns over the communication between DART and DPD were expressed, including statistical reporting and call response. DDI has convened a meeting with DART and DPD the first week in February to facilitate identifying and solving these issues.
  1. Neighborhood Crime Watch: DDI will host a series of workshops beginning in the next 30 days led by the DPD to offer Downtown-area neighborhood groups, building associations, and the overall community the opportunity to develop and establish a neighborhood crime watch program, building off of the success of the established Farmers Market Crime Watch.
  1. Lighting and Sidewalks: Though significant progress has been made to improve lighting and walkability, dark spots and broken sidewalks still exist in Downtown. Short term, DDI will work with residents to identify “quick win” projects that can be implemented quickly with available resources. DDI will also engage Oncor in the conversation. Longer term, the Downtown Dallas 360 plan is addressing many of these infrastructure issues to assist in setting priorities for future bond funds. DDI has engaged an engineering firm to assess all sidewalks in the CBD. This information will be used to prioritize sidewalk repairs as funding becomes available.
  1. Merchant Safety Seminars: Over the next 30 days, DPD has offered to visit with Downtown merchant businesses to provide safety tips for employees as well as security audits of their establishments. Contact us if you have interest in this program and we will connect you with DPD coordinators.
  2. No Panhandling Campaign: DDI will reinvigorate its panhandling awareness campaign that is aimed at educating the public as to better ways to give, as well as the no panhandling law. Businesses may request the DDI No Panhandling posters by emailing info@downtowndallas.com.
  1. Lasting Solutions to Address Panhandling, Vagrancy, and Homelessness: These are three distinct issues that require a comprehensive approach including regulation, enforcement, and social services. DDI encourages public policy leaders, related agencies, social service providers, and the community to refocus on solution-based planning that looks at the entire city as a whole.

Again, please mark your calendar for the next Downtown Public Safety Forum to participate in the further development of this community action plan. Several of these items are already progressing, and updates will be provided in the interim as well.

I hope to see you on Monday, February 15th, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at Alto 211, 8th floor.

Thank you,

John F. Crawford, President & CEO and the entire Downtown Dallas, Inc. team

 

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About Downtown Dallas, Inc.

Downtown Dallas, Inc. is the primary advocate, champion, and steward for Downtown, effecting change by developing strategies, setting targets, and mobilizing resources that:

  • Stimulate a vibrant and sustainable Downtown environment
  • Improve infrastructure
  • Enhance economic competitiveness
  • Create a culturally inclusive urban center
  • Position the area as a global destination

Our program areas include: public safety; capital improvements; maintenance; economic development; public policy; planning/transportation; and marketing. For more information, visit www.downtowndallas.com


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