Archive for June, 2011

Ross Ramblas

Posted by    |    June 29th, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Have you ever crossed the treacherous North Central Expressway walking from SMU to the delicious Café Express, only to be stared and honked at by a plethora of vicious Dallas drivers? Because I have, and I’m not a fan. Not a fan of feeling uncomfortable merely walking around a city that I love.

I didn’t have a car in college until my junior year, and by that time I was pretty much over walking Hillcrest for the sole purpose of acquiring Chick-Fil-A. I needed new options. So that left me to walk farther distances (Mockingbird Station) for shopping purposes (I’m an Urban Outfitters addict) and meals between my spaced-out class schedule. Sans wheels, I was left to tread the uncharted path across 75, which I had no problem doing. I’ve always loved walking. I feel fortunate to be ambulatory, and the outdoors are more exciting than sitting in a classroom, inevitably staring out the window. So why, in Dallas, is a pedestrian lifestyle so out of the question? (more…)

Where is Downtown Going?

Posted by    |    June 23rd, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Squandered development opportunities and planning decisions over decades have put Dallas in jeopardy of becoming just another city.  For instance, one such costly error was the virtual abandonment of a vital Downtown as white Dallas fled north, initially to avoid the desegregation of DISD.  Then in the 70’s the mandatory tunnel system under our skyscrapers stripped the streets of humanity, killing our remaining retail.  This was the second terrible blow.  Finally, the confusing one way street grids engineered to move masses of automobiles in and out quickly made the casual navigation of Downtown for pleasure or shopping almost impossible.  Today, hundreds of dedicated individuals are grappling with the problems caused by these decisions in a huge collective effort to reverse that damage. (more…)

Dallas Mavericks Parade Through Downtown

Posted by    |    June 21st, 2011 at 10:37 am

Despite the scorcher on June 16, some 250,000 people showed up to support their Dallas Mavericks as they paraded down Victory Avenue in downtown Dallas in celebration of their NBA championship.  When I say paraded, I mean it literally.  The saying goes, “Everything is bigger in Texas.” Well, let’s just say that this celebration was BIG.

With cars of different kinds and floats decorated to theme, the Mavs road down the street in style.  Cuban led the pack in a black mustang convertible, hoisting the gold trophy over his head. And without a doubt, Dirk Nowitzki was the center of attention with his loyal fans yelling “M-V-P!” as he passed by.

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A Look at Victory Park: Game Four 2011 NBA Finals

Posted by    |    June 9th, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Game four of the NBA finals, and I’m in Victory Park, surrounded by rowdy fans in blue, while my Mavs defend their honor just inside the AAC. I’m here tonight asking this rowdy Dallas bunch about their definition of a Mavs fan. Is it someone who owns each player’s jersey? Someone who paints their face for each game? Or is a true Mavs fan someone with unspeakable love for their team?

Each person that I talk to has their own stereotype of what a true Mavs fan looks or acts like. Some said rowdy, some said proud, some said someone who cheers even if the Mavs on win or lose, and some said someone who goes all out. Nothing will give you a better definition of a Mavs fan than standing in Victory Park before the game and letting your eyes stumble upon some of the most wild and crazy outfits ever seen at a professional basketball game. The second best thing to do last night (of course, first being actually inside the AAC) was standing outside the American Airlines Center watching the array of people who came together from all over the nation with one goal in mind: help their Dallas Mavs put out the Heat for the 2011 NBA Championship. (more…)