Dallas Is Going To Kill Conservation Districts

Last month, I wrote this in the Lakewood Advocate about the city’s current effort to rewrite Dallas’ conservation district ordinance and the damage it will do to historic preservation. Read the city’s proposal.  I’ve put together this comparison chart to highlight the differences between the current CD formation process and the city’s proposed changes.

Today the City Plan Commission is being briefed on this proposal.  I sent this letter to Plan Commissioners:

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Why SOPS Is Losing Me

You know, I was really trying to keep an open mind about the Support Our Public Schools campaign to make DISD a “home rule” district.  (You can read my initial thoughts on the topic in this month’s Lakewood Advocate Magazine.)  I liked the idea of an open, honest, public conversation about the pros and cons of home rule, and who doesn’t love a good referendum?  I particularly liked the idea of creating self-regulated sub-districts within DISD, so East Dallas could have its own school district.

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Free DMA Admission + Klyde Warren Park = Beginning of a New Dallas

The Dallas Museum of Art just announced museum admission will be free, starting in January.

This is awesome. This is going to open up the museum to an entirely new group of people who’ve never set foot in a museum. For residents, it’ll become a new destination, and for conventioneers and visitors, a great introduction to Dallas.

This is yet another step towards a new, better, cooler, funner Dallas. Klyde Warren Park, to me, was step one: a fun park with lots of stuff to do, that’s free to the public. The combo of KWP and the DMA will be terrific. Play at the park, hit the museum, come back to the park for dinner. Very fun.

In a perfect world, here’s what else would be free: DART. The Nasher. The Zoo. The Arboretum. Neiman’s. (A girl can dream.) Add a robust system of bike lanes and I think Dallas can be the coolest city in the country. Yeah, I said it.

Dallas Should Take Bold Steps on Bike Plan

Dallas is not a bike-friendly city.

Over the last two years, the city has been taking baby steps to change that: We completed a new bike plan last year, put several millions of dollars into the upcoming bond package for hike and bike trails as well as several “complete streets” projects, painted bike lanes and “sharrows” on a handful of city streets, and proposed a vulnerable road user law that will protect bicyclists from cars.

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