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. 

#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.

Recap of Downtown Dallas, Inc.’s Storefront Restoration Grant

Downtown Dallas, Inc. established a Storefront Restoration Program to provide financial assistance to Downtown businesses that sustained damages to their storefronts in the social unrest and protests of May and June 2020.  In an effort to support and sustain vibrant street-level retail activity, and to further support businesses already affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the program provided grants in an amount up to $5,000 to fund the replacement of windows, doors, signage, exterior paint, and patio furnishings damaged in the protests.  The application process was closed in June.  Through the Storefront Restoration Program, Downtown Dallas, Inc. provided nearly $91,000 to 28 Downtown businesses!

Updated 6.6.20: Important Information from City of Dallas Regarding Curfew Cancellation and Protests

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June 6, 2020, 12:35 p.m.: The City of Dallas just announced that the curfew has been lifted. Additional details are provided by clicking here.

As a reminder, there are several protests confirmed for today and tomorrow as well as throughout next week for the Downtown area.  We also continue to see pop-up and movement activity that is not scheduled that may require brief street closures for the safety of the protesters and community.

Belo Garden Park – Dallas Stand Up For Justice
Saturday, June 6
2pm – 4:30pm
1014 Main St.

(NEW) Katy Trail – Justice March
Saturday, June 6
3:00pm – 6:00pm
Katy Trail

Jack Evans Headquarters – National Injustice Peaceful Rally
Sunday, June 7
11am – 2pm
1400 S. Lamar St.

Praise and Worship in Downtown Dallas
Sunday, June 7
11am – 2pm
133 N. Riverfront Blvd.

Deep Ellum Brewery – Peace March/Protest
Sunday, June 7
6:00pm – 8:00pm
2823 St. Louis St.

Dallas City Hall – White Coats for Black Lives
Wednesday, June 10
5:30pm – 6:30pm
1500 Marilla St.

Dallas City Hall – Mothers and Fathers Against Police Brutality
Thursday, June 11
8:00am – 10:00am
1500 Marilla St.

Updated 6.2.20: Important Information from City of Dallas Regarding Protests and Expanded Curfew Zone

June 2, 2020 – Today, the City of Dallas expanded the zone in which there is a curfew from 7:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.

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Please see additional information released May 31, from the City of Dallas and the Dallas Police Department:

  • Mayor Johnson has signed an emergency declaration giving City Manager Broadnax & Chief Hall authority to institute a curfew from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. The boundaries are Oak Lawn to the north, Riverfront to the west, Corinth to the south, and Peak to the east including Downtown, Deep Ellum, the Farmers Market, Cedars, Uptown, and Victory Park. The expanded area now includes Trinity Groves and West Village.  City of Dallas is working with organizations and partners in these areas to communicate with their residents, businesses, and other stakeholders. DPD has further asked to stress situational awareness and honoring the curfew, particularly allowing employees who are working Downtown ample time to leave before 7:00 p.m.

 

  • The City of Dallas and DPD continue to respect and protect the rights of peaceful protesters gathering within our city.  DPD will have a presence protecting peaceful protesters, residents, and business owners, patrons, and employees; managing traffic; and vigilantly looking to remove or control bricks or anything else which may be used to harm people, vandalize or destroy property, or aid in other criminal mischief.

 

  • If you observe concerning activity, particularly if it is not a part of scheduled demonstrations, citizens are asked to use the iWatch app to provide images and video directly to law enforcement.  Business owners and residents are strongly urged not to take matters in to their own hands and to call 9-1-1 if they continue to see violence, destruction of personal property, vandalism, or other criminal mischief.

 

  • City of Dallas and DPD encourages all residents and visitors to be mindful of the curfew and comply to ensure we may continue to keep residents, business owners & employees, peaceful demonstrators, and first responders safe. Residents or employees who live or work in the curfew area should be prepared to show proof of residency or work credentials if they need to travel in or out of the area while curfew is in effect.

 

  • Gov. Abbott has declared a state of emergency for the entire state of Texas, activating the National Guard. Between 120 and 150 National Guard officers in Grand Prairie are available if needed.

 

  • We are still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Dallas residents are safest at home and urged to continue exercising personal responsibility and practicing safe social distancing.

Downtown Dallas, Inc.’s Storefront Restoration Program

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Downtown Dallas, Inc. (DDI) is pleased to announce that we have approved a Storefront Restoration Program aimed to help businesses in Downtown who were impacted by damage during the demonstrations. The program is intended to help street level businesses with losses not covered by insurance or other means. Grants will be capped at $5,000.

Please review the following documents for more information and how to apply:

DDI Storefront Restoration Program Overview

DDI Storefront Restoration Program Application

Temporary Pop-up Patio Program

Downtown Dallas, Inc., in partnership with the City of Dallas, has developed a program that may be helpful to local businesses during these challenging times. As social distancing requirements are changing the manner in which merchants conduct business, the need for additional use of outdoor spaces adjacent to their location may be helpful on a temporary basis. With that in mind, the City has created a new temporary pop-up patio (parklet) program that will be permitted through the Office of Special Events https://www.dallasspecialevents.com/temp-parklet/, and DDI is here to help you through the entire process.

The below .pdf will further explain the program and ways in which DDI can support businesses. If you are a business or know of one interested in participating, please reach out directly to Juan Galvan at galvan@downtowndallas.com.

DDI Pop-up Patio Program Informational PDF

DDI will provide the following support:

  1. Design and permit help
  2. Payment of permit fees (OSE) on your behalf
  3. Loaning of furniture and traffic control devices

Updated 5.11.20 – Keeping Downtown Clean and Safe: DDI Critical Clean and Safe Services During the COVID-19 Crisis

The Downtown Dallas, Inc. Field Operations Teams, the Downtown Safety Patrol and Clean Team, remain on the streets, working for our stakeholders, seven days a week during this difficult and unprecedented time. Keeping Downtown “clean and safe” is always our number one priority, and now it is more important than ever.

By nature of what we do, DDI has several tiers of emergency response plans. Though no one could predict what is happening in our world today, we have been able to quickly adapt with what we define as Tier 3 modified operations, which includes:

    • Active patrols from 6:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily. The dedicated off-duty Dallas Police officer funded by DDI is also patrolling Downtown 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. daily. This increase in hours and man power is in response to more activity in Downtown as shelter in place orders are eased. Our team will continue to monitor the situation and will make adjustments as needed.
    • The number of employees working in the field will increase as well, allowing some Downtown Safety Patrol officers to be dedicated to traditional Safety Patrol duties.
    • Both teams will continue to work together with a focus on litter removal, park cleaning, sanitizing hard surfaces, and public safety.
    • Additionally, DSP officers will begin using bicycles and T3s to allow quicker response and visibility.
    • Our teams are requesting compliance on social distancing and educating homeless individuals about resources and self-care.
    • Sanitizing high-touch surfaces, such as handrails, trash receptacles, non-removable public furniture, and door handles repeatedly throughout each day. Special care is being given at all of our Downtown parks.
    • In accordance with City policy, we have removed all moveable furniture, turned off electrical outlets, locked dog runs, and wrapped drinking fountains to ensure everyone’s safety and encourage social distancing.
    • We will continually monitor these hours according to data from activity logs, See Say Now app reports, field observation, and stakeholder feedback.
    • If you need to report an issue related to cleanliness or safety, please call dispatch at 214.741.1151 or use the See Say Now app during these modified hours of 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    • If an urgent issue arises outside of our operating hours, please direct needs to 911 or 311, as appropriate, otherwise we will prioritize response to overnight logs at the beginning of each shift.

For more information, please click here to see full information on DDI’s Field Operations Response.