Posts Tagged ‘downtown’

Rail Expansion Shows Promise For Future Development

Posted by    |    July 12th, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Driving home from the airport last Friday, I was able to take stock of the progress on the new DART Orange Line extension and must say that I am impressed by the amount of progress that has been made thus far. It seems that Dallas is well on its way towards building a strong transit ridership base, one that will hopefully help to reduce traffic congestion on major roadways. But despite DART’s noble expansion efforts, the proportion of commuters who use mass transit to get from their residence to their place of employment in Dallas is significantly lower than cities of comparable size in the developed world, as noted in the Dallas Morning News on Thursday.

While we’re nowhere near having a system with the size and ridership of cities like New York, London or Tokyo, mostly due to the geographic expanse of the city and low population density, it’s hard not to appreciate what progress has been made thus far. The best way to create more ridership is to expand the system further and create more stations in residential areas, making it easier for more people to get to work via Light Rail. I personally would be happy to take the train to work every day if the nearest station wasn’t a ten minute drive from my house, by which time it makes more sense to drive the remaining ten minutes into Downtown.


Dallas Farmers Market Announces 17th Annual Hoedown, A Tribute to Mama Ida Papert

Posted by    |    October 18th, 2011 at 6:00 am

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Slip on those cowboy boots because it’s time for the Dallas Farmers Market 17th Annual Hoedown. This year will be unlike the others not only because the Market will be celebrating its 70th anniversary, but it will also be a tribute to the founder of the Farmers Market, Mama Ida Papert, who passed away January 2011.

Texas classic rock band the Lil’ Blue Pills is set to perform along with auctions featuring local art, vacation packages, and more.

The event will take place at Fair Park, Food & Fiber Pavilion (1233 S. Washington Avenue Dallas, TX 75210) on Thursday, November 3.

The annual hoedown is hosted by Dallas Farmers Market Friends.

For more information about the event and ticket purchase click here.

Dallas on the Future of the Downtown Tunnels System

Posted by    |    August 24th, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Earlier this year we released our video on the Downtown Dallas Tunnels System, featuring Jack Gosnell’s narration regarding the past and present of the city’s underground heat-escape. Dallasites spend their work hours indoors and opt for the tunnels system as a means to go out for lunch, keeping their sweat glands in tact, leaving restaurant owners above ground to suffer from the lack of warm bodies roaming the streets. This week, Robert Wilonsky and the Dallas Morning News reported on the city’s future plans for the tunnels system and whether or not they will survive once the Downtown Dallas 360 plan is implemented. A decision has not yet been reached and could be a couple years away. For more information regarding the Downtown Tunnels, view the above video.

For those who bring the party

Posted by    |    October 19th, 2010 at 10:37 am

We love to party. And we love those who help us throw parties just as much as partying itself. Which is a lot. We’d like to extend a major thank you to all of our fabulous sponsors who helped us with Euforia last Thursday. A huge thanks to Parigi, our caterers, who along with servers and bartenders from Five Star Concierge, kept our tummies happy (can you say mini cheeseburgers? I think I ate four of them. Okay maybe five please don’t tell). Republic National Distributing Company for the lovely wine that perfectly complemented the food, and Stephen Smith of nib chocolates for the decadent dessert. A big swanky thanks to Creative Cuisine, who provided us with tables, linens, and bars so we looked fancy. Dr. Delphinium for the gorgeous flower arrangements that transformed our event into something worthy of the tropics. David Neale, owner of Buy LEDS, for the gorgeous lighting that set the night’s mood, and Ducky-Bob’s for the stage upon which Drew, Seth, and Ro entertained our wonderful guests. A massive thank you and big hug from the You+Dallas team. You guys know how to throw one classy party.

Euforia: Under the Arches

Posted by    |    October 15th, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Last night, You+Dallas hosted a plethora of talent under its arches. The near-century old downtown building on Commerce Street is constructed with archways and normally provides as an awning for parking. The bright minds at Y+D converted the cement space into an outdoor performance venue for emcee Drew Waters, fine artist Rolando Diaz, and piano composer Seth Simmons. Guests of Euforia arrived at 6:30PM for wine and hors d’oeuvres, and took their seats under the arches as Drew stepped up to the mic to introduce his talented, long time friends. Really it’s difficult not to swoon when the man looks at you. Or utters words.

The Friday Night Lights actor spoke of Seth’s miracle hands having the potential to cure a woman’s acne with a single touch (to which the musician blushed and laughed as he shook his head). He spoke of knowing Ro for many years, and having a hard time making plans with the good-hearted man because he is so busy with mission trips and giving back to charity. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a group of better dressed (or better looking) men than these three. And I dare any of you to find me a group of men who are (but if you do, please leave their phone numbers in the comments section). (more…)


Posted by    |    September 16th, 2010 at 4:10 pm

At the corner of Commerce St and S Pearl Expy, they meet in secret, discussing ways to improve your community. Last night, You+Dallas hosted the brilliant and creative minds of TEDxSMU to walk them through their Superchannel page, which will go live on our website in one week (look out, world).

You+Dallas’s relationship with TEDxSMU started when President Jeff Hinson attended a TEDxSMU conference and wanted something more. “What happens if we take these ideas and come up with a way to apply [them],” said Sharon Lyle, Director of TEDxSMU & TEDxKids. “We want to dream big and then go do something about it,” says Hinson.

The Supperchannel is a new concept in idea generation. The TEDxSMU bloggers were shown how to contribute ideas to the site to facilitate discussion and brainstorm with the community. “Everyone is here tonight because this is a group that is ‘plugged in’ in a digital format,” Sharon noted. TEDxSMU and You+Dallas have a likeminded interest in people coming together for a better cause; everyone present at the event has a passion for building a better community. “What happens if we actually get to know our neighbors? It could be pretty spectacular,” Hinson says with a smile, “That’s a win.”

Last Night In Downtown Dallas

Posted by    |    July 23rd, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Last night, the crew at You+Dallas was invited to participate in a drive-along with the Dallas Police Department. Thew team had a rather uneventful night crime-wise but still got some good footage. Trust me, our boys in blue are earning their pay.