FrontBurner Nation is no stranger to the Garden Cafe, with lots of responses. Among them a nod to urban planning:
I’ve enjoyed your posts about the Garden Cafe. My wife and I moved to Junius Heights (the recently designated historic district, I might add) about a year ago. We appreciate, and feel fortunate to have, such a gem just a few blocks away: a neighborhood joint we can walk to for a great meal, not to mention a focal point for the community what with the monthly poetry readings and other similar events. A rarity in Dallas, unfortunately.
And this got me to thinking: As many of us keep our fingers crossed for a “revitalized” downtown, as the comprehensive plan (whatever it is exactly) instills a sense of dread in those of those of us who have watched luxury apartments and townhouses proliferate throughout the city at an alarming rate, the Garden Cafe– and especially its role in this community– should be a model for future neighborhood development/redevelopment in Dallas.