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Design District West helps brand the DD

Good news! The Design District West Association is raising funds to place more sign toppers around the District.

Basically, those orange “Design District” signs at the entrance of Oak Lawn and Hi Line will now extend throughout the District, covering Levee Street, Riverfront, Continental, Turtle Creek, and everywhere in between. The goal is to have all of the signs up by the bridge opening on March 2.

If you’d like to contribute, each sign topper is $125, to be deposited in the Design District West’s account at Texas Security Bank. You can call Patricia Bowles at (214) 695-4002 or email her at bowlespc@airmail.net for more details on how to donate!

Check out the map of planned sign locations below:

Design District sign image by David Kozlowski

Trinity Strand Trail awarded Phase 1 contract

We’re eager over here in the DD to be able to step out of our office onto a luscious, green, tree-lined walking and biking trail. Though we still have a ways to go, here are couple of updates on the status of the Trinity Strand and the Trinity River project:

  • The construction contract for Phase 1 of the Trinity Strand Trail was awarded at the Parks and Recreation Board Meeting on Jan.12. The contract will now go to City Council on Feb.8, 2012.Phase 1 construction consists of almost two miles of concrete trail along the old Trinity River Channel, traveling from Market Center to Farrington Street. This path winds through the Dallas Design District and extends near the Southwestern Medical District. Each piece of property on Phase 1 has been generously donated to the City by area landowners, and we hope to begin construction in spring/summer 2012. (from Trinity Strand website)
  • The City of Dallas and The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have agreed on the scope of repairs for the Trinity River. The review will be complete by the end of March, and repairs will be completed in the Fall.

You can find out more, donate and sign up to volunteer at www.trinitystrand.org. For information on the Trinity River Corridor Project go to www.trinityrivercorridor.org.

Photo: http://www.trinitystrand.org/trinity-strand-trail-status.html

 

Trinity River Levee Drama

The Dallas Morning News reported Tuesday that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers declined to comment on whether it will provide protection from potential future flooding of the Trinity River. Currently, a significant rise in water level could inundate certain neighborhoods, as well as areas around the Hilton Anatole, the World Trade Center, the Infomart and American Airlines Center. The “argument” between the Corps and City Hall stems from whether the City’s 100-year levee restoration plan is compatible with its 800-year plan, bringing issues of sustainability and environmental concern.

After Hurricane Katrina happened in New Orleans, the Trinity’s levees were inspected and deemed “unacceptable.” After the inspection, the Corps of Engineers withdrew their 2006 letter vouching for the levees’ ability to protect its surrounding neighborhood and levee restoration plans starting being drawn up.

Now, the City is redrawing its flood maps and attempting to think up a long-lasting yet affordable way to restore the levees without the Corps’ support. The Corps is placing the responsibility in City Hall’s engineering consulting firm, HNTB, saying, “It is now more appropriate that HNTB be responsible for certifying the levees once the remediation measures are completed.”

For the full story and the deets on the disagreement, go here.

Let’s hope it doesn’t flood any time soon!

 

Photo Credit: http://www.thetrinitytrust.org/thetrinityproject.html

New Dallas bridges secure necessary funds

You’ve probably already seen the beautiful white Santiago Calatrava-designed bridge looming West of the Dallas skyline (opening on March 2), but did you know that two other “signature” Dallas bridges were in the works?

One of the bridges, also to be designed by Calatrava, will replace the current I-30 bridge, and the other, designed by another architect, will replace the I-35 bridge.  Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins reported that $853 million is now available for construction of the bridges from federal, state and local sources.

The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, the white, arched Calatrava bridge that is currently under construction, will extend Woodall Rogers Freeway over the Trinity River into West Dallas. You can read about the opening day festivities here.

You can also see the full article on the new Dallas bridge project from NBC DFW here.

Trinity Trail Project gets a head start

The City of Dallas, Dallas Off-Road Bicycle Association, The Trinity Trust, Groundwork Dallas, Trinity Strand and Team Better Block are all teaming up to connect the Katy Trail to the Bishop Arts District by Oct. 23rd. The path will wind through the Design District and will feature trails, bridges, parks and modern on-street bicycle facilities within the month.

How is the team going to accomplish such a feat in such a short amount of time? Through community funding. The Dallas Parks Foundation Fund has agreed to collect the funds for the project, and the City of Dallas is directing construction efforts to begin striping the ground for bike trails within the next couple of weeks.

The project does, however, need to raise $75,000 in 20 days, so they’re looking for donors to help raise funds. You can donate here by putting “Trinity Trail Project” in the comments section.  The names of all donors will be added to a plaque that will be installed at one of the trail heads. Checks should be made payable to Dallas Parks Foundation and mailed to the following address: 381 Casa Linda Plaza, LB117, Dallas, Texas 75218 – Memo line: Trinity Trail Project (TTP). All contributions are tax deductible.

Help bring the trail to Dallas!