A few weeks back I traveled to Dallas and had this to say:
Downtown Dallas is missing something.
None of it really links together. The streets aren’t walkable. Downtown Dallas has a lot of “districts,” but not one of them, not even West Village, is enough to rise up and say “this is Dallas!”
Looking back, my criticism of some of the newest development in downtown Dallas didn’t go far enough. To be blunt, if having a W Hotel in Dallas is considered tops, I’ll take the Skirvin and Colcord over that any day. I’m sorry, but the W is like everything else around it. The Victory area architecture, in particular, is one great tribute to self-absorbed architects who clearly spent little to no time trying to figure out how it could all relate to life on the street.
An editorial in yesterday’s Dallas Morning News nails it home:
What downtown Dallas needs more of: street-level bustle that entices worker-bees out of their cubicles and draws people at night and on weekends. What downtown Dallas has enough of: indifferent, monumental buildings whose sole contribution to urban life is bulk.
The drawing looks great. And I’m sure similar drawings were released before Dallas city leaders began construction of the Victory development. But the razzle dazzle of the drawings often cause you to overlook what’s missing:
It’s too clean, too tidy, too spectacular to have life. To have soul. To have character. To have a personality.
And inevitably, if Core to Shore is come to pass, it will likely mean the demolition of buildings like these: