Lights Out for Bird Migration

You may notice that Downtown Dallas’ beautiful and bright skyline may look a bit different over the next 10 days, due to the efforts of an international Lights Out initiative to protect birds as they migrate across the U.S. 

Many Dallas Leaders have joined this growing movement to dim “unnecessary” tower lights in Downtown Dallas-led by a coalition of local Dallas constituents including former first lady Laura Bush and institutions like the Dallas Zoo and Perot Museum and scientists at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Colorado State University.   

According to organizers, every spring and fall, nearly two billion birds travel through Texas. This massive passage of birds – one of the largest on the planet -  occurs at night, conflicting with nighttime illumination. Light attracts these migrating birds, making them vulnerable to collisions with buildings. Upwards of one billion birds die in collisions with buildings in the US annually, according to Lights Out Texas, and Texas may be particularly hazardous due to high illumination in large cities and higher-than-average bird migration volumes. Dallas ranked #3 of the 125 most populous U.S. cities for exposing migrating birds and Houston #2.  Dallas is one of  four Texas cities certified as Bird Cities, and Mrs. Bush, along with Ambassador Jeanne Phillips and Deedie Rose urge community participation for Dallas to join an international Lights Out effort.   

Specifically, the effort calls for buildings to turn off or dim their lights from September 29th – October 10th, from midnight to 6:00 a.m. 

So as you see parts of our skyline dim, look more closely for signs of our winged friends passing through!  

Click here to view a PSA from Mrs. Bush.

For DDI’s building members, if you plan to participate, please be sure to email Shalissa Perry, perry@downtowndallas.com, so you will be included in future communication. 

Live Like A Local: Best Tacos in Downtown Dallas

By Downtown Dallas, Inc.

Photo credentials: @thegingerfoodblogger via Instagram

Downtown Dallas is filled with so many hidden gems, especially when it comes to tacos!  Some of us treat every day as Taco Tuesday, which is why we created a list of our fave spots as the go-to resource for all things in and around Downtown. We invite you to Live Like a Local and explore some of the best tacos in Downtown. 

Salsa Limon 

Their Mexico City style served tacos will have you coming back for more. Whether it be burritos, tortas, or street tacos, there’s literally nothing you can get and go wrong. Oh! And let’s not forget about their amazing margaritas of course. 

https://www.salsalimon.com/

Wild Salsa (Temporarily closed)

Stop by for authentic Mexican flavors and match their à la carte street tacos with more than 100 tequilas to choose from! Although currently closed due to COVID-19, we’ll be sure to keep you updated on their re-opening.

https://www.wildsalsarestaurant.com/

Queso Beso (Open Fridays and Saturdays only)

Get a taste of Tex-Mex with a vibrant, festive setting. Overlooking The Eye, the two-story restaurant is filled with pinatas and christmas lights to add an extra dazzle to the yummy tacos! Stop by and grab a few tacos and margs and enjoy the patio!

http://quesobeso.com/

El Mero Mero Tamalero 

Located at the Dallas Farmers Market, El Mero Mero Tamalero is known for serving the best tamales in Dallas since 1984. Using only the highest quality ingredients found at DFM, their tacos are also a must try! Also found on UberEats, DoorDash, and GrubHub. 

https://dallasfarmersmarket.org/directory/business-category/restaurant/

Chimalma Taco Bar Co.

New to Downtown Dallas, Chimalma Taco bar Co. is known for the “mother of tacos.” The family-owned restaurant is bringing Jalisco style cuisine straight to it’s Commerce st. location. Be sure to swing by and find out what the goddess tacos are all about!

View their full menu here: https://chimalmatacobar.com/

Taqueria La Ventana 

Tacos, Margs, and a patio. What more could we ask for?! With expansive patios for outdoor dining, both locations (Dallas Farmers Market and Victory Park) of the authentic Mexico City taqueria are now open for dine-in/takeout.https://www.taquerialaventana.com/

Twisted Trompo

There’s a reason why this one is a local favorite. Family-owned with recipes from Mexico City, Twisted Trompo is known for big rotisserie from which meat is shaved- called trompo. Everything is made from scratch and hand-carved to order. Be sure to try out their street tacos along with tortas and other favorites!

Señor Bean

Conveniently located in Downtown Dallas near the Dallas Arts District, the family-owned eatery provides Mexican fare such as tacos, tamales, & fajitas in cozy surroundings.

 http://senorbean.website/

Don’t see your favorite place for tacos?  Let us know (info@downtowndallas.com).

Surrounding Dallas neighborhoods for more options – 

For a full list of Downtown great taco stops, visit our website.

#ILoveMyDTD Giveaway

We’re asking our 116K+ fellow DDI Instagram followers to pen digital “Love Letters” to Downtown telling us what you absolutely adore about Downtown Dallas for a chance to win $100 in gift cards to local Downtown Dallas businesses. One winner will be chosen each Thursday beginning September 24th.

GIVEAWAY RULES:

  • Love letter must be in Instagram caption only (not comments)
  • Must solely share content that is related to the campaign. 
  • Must refrain from using profanity or harmful language that would diminish the DDI brand.
  • Must tag @downtown_dallas & #iLoveMyDTD
  • One (1) winner will be chosen each week

* Submissions may be used for various marketing materials (i.e. print, on banners, window wraps, campaigns, etc.)

TIMELINE

  • Giveaway will launch every Friday
  • Winner will be announced each Thursday after giveaway start date
  • Giveaway will run through November 30.

EXAMPLES

Tell us what you love about Downtown!
 

Video/Image
Your favorite park
A sentimental place
Hotels
Favorite business or place to shop
Hidden gems
Favorite restaurants or bars
Museums
Places to take your furry friends
Architecture
Favorite district: ie. Main Street District, Dallas Farmers Market, West End, East Quarter, Dallas Arts District.

UPDATED: Dallas Police to conduct special initiative to enforce juvenile curfew, crack down on street racers with support from Downtown business partners

Update as of September 11, 2020:

Thank you to the City of Dallas, Dallas PD, and DART PD for collaborating with Downtown business partners to activate an enhanced enforcement initiative to enforce the juvenile curfew and provide additional manpower to curtail speeding and street racing in Downtown and surrounding entertainment districts.

DPD began enforcing the juvenile curfew ordinance Labor Day weekend, and enforcement of the order will continue for the next several weeks covering Deep Ellum, West End, Farmers Market, Uptown, Victory Park, and the Central Business District.

The ordinance applies to juveniles under the age of 17 who are in a public place in the curfew area from 12:01 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday and from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. on Sunday. Some highlights from the citywide Labor Day weekend efforts included\ the temporary removal of scooters, 12 towed vehicles and 1 stolen vehicle recovered and 141 traffic and 182 spectator citations related to street racing. This initiative will continue this weekend and remember, if you see something, say something!

September 4, 2020: The Dallas Police Department (DPD) is collaborating with the City of Dallas’ Downtown business partners to take a proactive approach to ensure all residents and business owners are safe by conducting a special initiative to enforce the juvenile curfew and providing additional manpower to curtail speeding and street racing.

DPD will begin enforcing the juvenile curfew ordinance on Friday, September 4, 2020. Enforcement of the order will be in place for the next three weeks covering Deep Ellum, West End, Farmers Market, Uptown, Victory Park, and the Central Business District.

The ordinance applies to juveniles under the age of 17 who are in a public place in the curfew area from 12:01 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday and from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. on Sunday.