Urbanism

Dallas: The City That Hates Pedestrians

Everyone hop in your car!

A promenading FrontBurnervian sent along this picture of St. Paul Street, downtown. First Baptist is doing some sort of construction on its garage, necessitating the closure of the street for about a month. Presumably the sidewalk will be closed for the same period. What major city allows this to happen? When this sort of thing happens in New York or Chicago, they erect scaffolding and plywood tunnels over the sidewalks to protect pedestrians. This is a bad look, Dallas.

Comments

  • @zaccrain

    Tim, thank you posting this. As you know, walking in downtown Dallas is a subject very close to my heart, since I walk in downtown Dallas quite a bit. This is bad, but not as bad as the sidewalk in front of the Adolphus, which has been closed for something like eight months.

    • Zac, I thought about you when I wrote this post because, as I hope you know, YOU are close to my heart. Thank you for taking a second to comment on it.

  • OldLakeHighlander

    Tim, thank you for your thoughtful comments. You may remember that in Dallas, we do everything that other big cities do, just crappier and with a lot less interest in the folk that live here.

    • You’re welcome. It was my pleasure.

  • Chris Ullom

    Or instead of scaffolding maybe set up one of those ‘B_G’ displays.

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    • TJ Jacks

      All things considered. NYC is overwhelmed with scaffolding on what seems like 90% of all buildings, at street level, over a few stories. Meanwhile, Dallas is littered with bikes, left on every corner. Within a 10 block area, there are atleast 7-10 bikes, on every block. Only witnessed ONE person riding since last fall………. they are lime, green,yellow, and orange. NONE are Blue, so I will not use elsewise… It is a great idea, but just overkill at this point, and I am all for docking stations…….
      we do not have capacity to absorb these many bikes, per capt…

  • Pol Pot

    Could be worse, back in Democratic Kampuchea and may other parts of the world there are still many land mines that blow off limbs of pedestrians.

    –Brother Number One

  • Chris Dinsmore

    And they also block off lanes of street when there is no work being done near the street.

  • TJ Jacks

    I foresee many new ‘bike art sculptures’ within the next short few years?