Downtown Dallas isn’t exactly known as an urban entertainment mecca teeming with life. But this weekend, Ross Avenue went from a quiet, sleepy city street to a vibrant, exciting area with food, pop-up retail and small parks in just a few hours.
From eleven in the morning to three in the afternoon Sunday, June 26, ‘Better Blocks on Ross” transformed the street into a welcoming, comforting and vibrant boulevard. It took place along Ross Avenue near the Downtown Arts District from North Hawkins to Pavilion. Dallas residents saw firsthand how a street can come alive. “Better Block” is described as a demonstration tool that helps cities envision ways it can spruce up city spaces, making them more livable and fun.
Over the course of 72 hours, Jason Roberts and his project partners brought in experts and artists in their fields to conduct the metamorphosis, blending function and beauty.
Dallas City Councilmember Linda Koop kicked off the project at the Dallas Black Dance Theater on Flora Street. She is also Chair of the Transportation and Environmental Committee.
“The Complete Streets Project will begin to change the way roads are designed and built in Dallas, shifting the emphasis from automobiles only to streets that can be used and enjoyed by everyone; young and old, motorists and bicyclists, walkers and wheelchair users, and bus and trains riders. Everyone’s ideas and suggestions will be crucial to the ultimate successful implementation of this initiative,” she said.
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