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Old 08-13-2013, 03:09 PM
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While bickering with my beloved fellow members from Houston concerning that city's over abundance of new skyscrapers, someone happened to produce a list of new development in Dallas that seemed rather short while producing at the same time an equally lengthy list of potential Houston developments that will never see the light of day.

Of course, concerning Texas cities and their endowment of tall buildings erected in them, it is always an important matter to get all obsessed about, forfeit having a life, and to go to war over . . . ahem.

To show how much Dallas has far outclassed Houston and other Texas cities in the matter of building the ideal inner city of the future, I present the can't lose case of Trinity Groves in West Dallas. First off, Trinity Groves isn't just being developed at the end of the signature Calatrava designed Margaret Hunt Hill bridge, but it is also connected to the main entrance into the new downtown of Dallas, the Woodall Rogers Freeway. It is also right next to the new Trinity River Park being developed between downtown Dallas and West Dallas, Oak Cliff, and South Dallas.

Remember how cool it was when people in Houston opened their eyes to discover how convenient the suburb of Pearland was south of downtown Houston? Well, Trinity Groves will be located right across the river from the new developing downtown of Dallas. And the scale has been established from this point out for future development and beyond.

People in Houston like to say that this signature bridge was a waste of money, but this wasn't the first signature bridge built to span the Trinity. The landmark Houston viaduct too was a similar mile stone accomplishment connecting downtown Dallas to Oak Cliff.

And that is the main point that separated Dallas from not only the other Texas cities, but from other major cities in the world at that. In how it has connected its downtown to the surrounding neighborhoods, Dallas is a round city. In other words, Dallas hasn't just redeveloped Oak Cliff and West Dallas, but it has directly connected the central core area of downtown Dallas to both of them. This is true of most every neighborhood surrounding downtown Dallas. Indeed, the Heights in Houston is nice, but it isn't directly connected with downtown Houston like Gaston Avenue directly connects the popular neighborhood of Lakewood to downtown Dallas.

In Dallas, the idea of transitional connections have overtaken the idea of building endless skyscrapers stacked together like inverted Kleenex boxes. By transitional, I mean the city of Dallas has aided developers in surviving the occasional downturns in the economy that kill existing developments. As was learned during the last rather severe recession to happen in Texas, upon exiting out of the downturn, the fickle rich looked to newer developments in other parts of town abandoning massive amounts of infill that didn't see new development for decades afterwards.

Of all the pie in the sky developments in Texas, the one that is the most sure to succeed is Trinity Groves in West Dallas.

D Magazine : Trinity Groves: The New Dallas Starts Here
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