IN 1982, Sasaki Associates created the Dallas Arts District Urban Design Plan, an extensive and elaborate plan that represented the first coordinated efforts to advance the concept of an “arts district” for Dallas. A 17-block focal point for the arts would be located in the heart of the city, a source of culture, education, and entertainment. It would have multiple venues of varying sizes, able to accommodate arts groups of all kinds from all over the area. It would be an open, pedestrian-friendly environment, with green space and walkways. The plan was strong, but unfortunately the economy wasn’t, The slump of the late ’80s and early ’90s caused the area’s development to fizzle, and the Arts District never realized its full potential. Until now. Now, private investment is spurring public interest and vice versa. Now, the Nasher Sculpture Garden is getting worldwide attention. Now, the Dallas Museum of Art and Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center are more than mere bookends for parking lots; they are anchors for Dallas’ vibrant area of growth and excitement. Now, the pieces are coming together.