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The Dallas City Council on September 11th unanimously passed a thoroughfare plan amendment for Fort Worth Avenue.  The illustration shows the proposed conceptual design for the roadway configuration for the entire 3.5 miles of the West Commerce/Fort Worth Avenue corridor from Beckley to Westmoreland.  Proposed are four 11-foot lanes of vehicular traffic, a 14-foot median, an 8-foot parallel parking space on both sides of the street, a 7-sidewalk on both sides of the street (this all in the 100 feet of right-of-way--any additional sidewalk width required by the PD in certain districts will have to be outside the ROW), a two-way, 8-foot bicycle track on the south side of the roadway with 2 feet allowed for physical separation, and 1 foot on each side for curb space.  All added up equals 100 feet of ROW. 

 

The work on the entire corridor is projected to cost about $10 million, and the work is expected to occur in phases.  Unutilized funds from a previous bond program is available to start a first phase from Sylvan to Pittman (Belmont to Chicken Scratch).  Under the best case scenario, results would be seen sometime in 2015.

 

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Please join the Fort Worth Avenue Development Group at our upcoming mixer from 5:30-7:00 on Tuesday, July 9 at the Foundry, located at 2303 Pittman Street.  We will be hosting current and potential members, supporters, and any businesses or individuals interested in hearing more about FWADG.  The Foundry will offer happy hour drink specials, and FWADG will provide a spread of Chicken Scratch snacks.  We’ll share more information about our activities, including our upcoming public art commission piece (hint:  it should be no surprise that a bike is involved) and our September 21, 2013 Spare pArts art auction at Babb Bros BBQ.  We will also hold a drawing for two $25 Foundry/Chicken Scratch gift certificates!  We hope you can join us for what promises to be a fun event!

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2013 Spare pARTS fundraiser — Saturday September 21

This year our 2013 Spare pARTS fundraiser for FWADG will be held on Saturday evening, September 21st 2013 at Babb Bros. BBQ at 330 Bedford, south of Singleton just west of the Calatrava bridge. As usual, great art, fabulous food, beverages and this year, live music from the Texas Rock Association as we recycle the 70s while featuring art made from recycled/repurposed materials.

Last year’s fundraiser was an incredible success! Thank you to all the Dallas area artists that participated.

All of the art created from discarded objects and recycled materials for last year’s fundraiser has afforded us a juried $5000 commission for a public art installation along our corridor. The winning submission by Robertus Joost van der Wege, the Magic Bike (a three-wheel, seven-seat bicycle 16 to 18 feet long made from recycled/re-purposed materials), is currently under construction. It will be installed and unveiled at the vendor trailer area at 400 W. Commerce by August 24th.  A christening ceremony will be held on site on September 7th at 5 pm.

Please help FWADG make this year’s fundraiser a success by creating more fabulous art from discarded, lost and found objects. Our fundraiser is Sept 21, so now is the time to get those brain juices flowing, those glue guns and welders warmed up, and those paint palettes glistening with color.

Please have all donations submitted on or before Saturday, September 14th for the show, we will be inventorying the art at David Lyles Photography studio, 2318 Beatrice St. Dallas, 75208.

All contributing artists will receive a ticket to our event on September 21st at Babb Bros. BBQ. Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions or comments at 214 587.4776.

Thank you again to all of our contributing artists from last year; and thank you in advance to all of you who will create for this year’s event! We could not be doing this without your support!

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SPARE PARTS PROPOSAL
DEADLINE APRIL 19, 2013


APRIL 19TH DEADLINE
TIME IS RUNNING OUT, SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL NOW!

CLICK HERE: http://bit.ly/VQBodh

Overview and Project Goals

The Fort Worth Avenue Development Group is happy to announce the return of the Spare pARTS Public Art Initiative. We are requesting proposals from Dallas area artists for functional, site-specific artwork that encourages pedestrian activity and makes use of recycled/repurposed materials. Our goal is to encourage street life and pride along Fort Worth Avenue by recruiting and supporting the artistic ingenuity that epitomizes the DIY spirit of the area.

WHAT

-Reuse, repurpose: Installations must make useof recycled, re-used, and re-defined materials in
keeping with the spirit of the incremental redevelopment of the neighborhood.
-Utility: The art is required to fill a utilitarian role, such as providing shade, seating, bike parking, lighting, etc.
-Location: The installation(s) will be placed on private property along Fort Worth Avenue. Artists are encouraged to visit the site and must tailor their proposal to that specific location.

The site for 2013 is:

-Vendor Trailer area fronting Dallas West Mobile Home/RV Park on W. Commerce St.
-Budget: The project budget is $5000. This amount is to cover materials, supplies, labor, and installation
costs. Please consider the cost of anchoring, lighting, and any landscaping in your proposal.
-Lifespan: It is understood that due to the material nature and budgetary limits these works will not last
forever, but they should be designed and built to remain functional for a period of at least five years.
-Artist Eligibility: All artists must be at least 18 years of age.

Selection Process:

Any artist/artist team over 18 years of age can submit one or more proposals. There is no fee for submissions. The selection panel jury consists of 5 local area arts professionals, chaired by Kay Kallos, Office of Dallas Cultural Affairs.

LAST YEARS WINNING DESIGNAll submissions will be reviewed by the selection panel.
Three submissions will be selected as finalists, and the artists must present their projects to the selection panel in person. Each of the three finalists will receive a $100 stipend to cover additional time and materials spent on project details such as final illustrations and /or 3D renderings.

Submission Requirements

  1. Letter of Interest: Please describe your interest in the project and your approach towards the installation. Please include a description of the location, the scale of the installation, materials to be used, and requirements for long-term (5 years) maintenance and care. Letters should be no more than one page in length.
  2. Resume/CV: Please include a professional resume or CV along with a brief biography and artist statement.
  3. Image of proposed work: Please include a rendering, sketch, photo, 3D, or other visual representation of the work for review.
  4. Images of past work: Please include relevant images of past artworks. Images may be submitted via prints, CD, or as hyperlinks to online photos.

Mailing or Drop-Off Location:

Red Arrow Contemporary, 1130 Dragon St. Suite 110, Dallas TX 75207
Phone: 214 426.9783
Email: ed@redarrowcontemporary.com

WHEN

April 19, 2013 — Initial proposals due
May 4, 2013 — Finalists announced
May 25, 2013 — Finalist presentations to selection panel
May 26, 2013 — Award/Commission, 1st cash installment $3000
August 24, 2013 — (no later than) — Installation, balance $2000
September 7, 2013 — Christening ceremony


About the Fort Worth Development Group

The purpose of the Fort Worth Avenue Development Group is to improve the West Commerce/Fort Worth Avenue corridor and maintain a high quality of life for the area’s residential neighbors, property owners, and businesses. Learn more at www.fortworthavenue.org

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 11:52 am   6747 Views   bill702
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SPARE PARTS PROPOSAL
DEADLINE APRIL 19, 2013


 Overview and Project Goals

The Fort Worth Avenue Development Group is happy to announce the return of the Spare pARTS Public Art Initiative. We are requesting proposals from Dallas area artists for functional, site-specific artwork that encourages pedestrian activity and makes use of recycled/repurposed materials. Our goal is to encourage street life and pride along Fort Worth Avenue by recruiting and supporting the artistic ingenuity that epitomizes the DIY spirit of the area.

WHAT

-Reuse, repurpose: Installations must make useof recycled, re-used, and re-defined materials in
keeping with the spirit of the incremental redevelopment of the neighborhood.
-Utility: The art is required to fill a utilitarian role, such as providing shade, seating, bike parking, lighting, etc.
-Location: The installation(s) will be placed on private property along Fort Worth Avenue. Artists are encouraged to visit the site and must tailor their proposal to that specific location.

The site for 2013 is:

-Vendor Trailer area fronting Dallas West Mobile Home/RV Park on W. Commerce St.
-Budget: The project budget is $5000. This amount is to cover materials, supplies, labor, and installation
costs. Please consider the cost of anchoring, lighting, and any landscaping in your proposal.
-Lifespan: It is understood that due to the material nature and budgetary limits these works will not last
forever, but they should be designed and built to remain functional for a period of at least five years.
-Artist Eligibility: All artists must be at least 18 years of age.

Selection Process:

Any artist/artist team over 18 years of age can submit one or more proposals. There is no fee for submissions. The selection panel jury consists of 5 local area arts professionals, chaired by Kay Kallos, Office of Dallas Cultural Affairs.

All submissions will be reviewed by the selection panel.
Three submissions will be selected as finalists, and the artists must present their projects to the selection panel in person. Each of the three finalists will receive a $100 stipend to cover additional time and materials spent on project details such as final illustrations and /or 3D renderings.

Submission Requirements

  1. Letter of Interest: Please describe your interest in the project and your approach towards the installation. Please include a description of the location, the scale of the installation, materials to be used, and requirements for long-term (5 years) maintenance and care. Letters should be no more than one page in length.
  2. Resume/CV: Please include a professional resume or CV along with a brief biography and artist statement.
  3. Image of proposed work: Please include a rendering, sketch, photo, 3D, or other visual representation of the work for review.
  4. Images of past work: Please include relevant images of past artworks. Images may be submitted via prints, CD, or as hyperlinks to online photos.

Mailing or Drop-Off Location:

Red Arrow Contemporary, 1130 Dragon St. Suite 110, Dallas TX 75207
Phone: 214 426.9783
Email: ed@redarrowcontemporary.com

WHEN

April 19, 2013 — Initial proposals due
May 4, 2013 — Finalists announced
May 25, 2013 — Finalist presentations to selection panel
May 26, 2013 — Award/Commission, 1st cash installment $3000
August 24, 2013 — (no later than) — Installation, balance $2000
September 7, 2013 — Christening ceremony


About the Fort Worth Development Group

The purpose of the Fort Worth Avenue Development Group is to improve the West Commerce/Fort Worth Avenue corridor and maintain a high quality of life for the area’s residential neighbors, property owners, and businesses. Learn more at www.fortworthavenue.org

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DALLAS MARATHON BOOTH
DECEMBER 09, 2012

Sunday morning the FWADG will be cheering on the Dallas Marathon runners as they cross the Commerce St. Bridge. Set up is no later than 7:45 am at our booth in front of the Dallas West trailer park.   We are looking forward to seeing everyone bright and early Sunday morning as we support our local athletes.

Please refer to the attached map for a better visual on our location for the event and where to join us.

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SYLVAN AVE. BIKE LANE PROPOSAL
DECEMBER 10, 2012

Real momentum is finally starting to build for the 2011 Dallas Bike Plan,
It is important that everyone attend the meeting at the Salon Las Americas to discuss an amendment to the thoroughfare plan regarding the bike lanes on Sylvan Ave. from 1-30 south to Colorado Blvd.

If you would like to bike to the meeting there will be a meet up at Oddfellows
in the Bishop Arts District at 5:30 pm to ride to the Salon Las Americas.

SALON LAS AMERICAS
1004 Ft. Worth Avenue
Across from the Belmont
Dec. 10th, 2012
6:00 pm

Be sure to head out to show your support for the proposed alignment.
The larger the turnout, the better chance we'll have of getting this Infrastructure put Into place. It Is Important to fill out the QUESTIONNAIRES/COMMENT CARDS that the city will have on hand at the meeting; the city reviews the comments and counts these cards for yays and nays.

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 ANNUAL MEMBER MEETING
DECEMBER 01, 2012
Join us for our annual member meeting:

The Hive
2139 Fort Worth Avenue
(across from Minyard's)
Saturday, December 1, 2012
9am to 10:30am

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 @ 1:22 pm   8028 Views   bill702
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To all of our members, it is time to nominate new officers for the Fort Worth Avenue Development Group board for 2013.

It seems there was an email problem with our last notification, so let's try this again.

For those of you who sent us nominations, please resend.

Offices to be filled:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

There is no requirement that the nominees be current FWADG board members, only that they be current Fort Worth Avenue Development Group members in good standing.  If you know of someone who would make a good, hard working candidate with our community's best interest in mind, please nominate them to one of the officer positions.

Please send your nominee recommendations to:   
officer@fortworthavenue.org

Your nominee submissions will be promptly processed and interviewed by our FWADG nominations committee.

The deadline for submitting your nominees to the nominations committee is Sunday, October 14, 2012. Please do not delay in making your recommendations.

Thank you for being a member of our vital organization, your thoughts and input are important to us.
Please let your voice be heard.

Sincerely;
David Lyles
President
Fort Worth Avenue Development Group

Monday, October 08, 2012 @ 2:31 pm   8942 Views   bill702
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To all of our members, it is time to nominate new officers for the Fort Worth Avenue Development Group board.

Nearing the end of my term in office, I can only say that it has been my pleasure to be involved with and to serve such an active and important group of volunteers, members and those on the Fort Worth Avenue Development Group board of directors over the course of the past two years.

An awful lot has happened along our corridor since 2010, and our community has many new accomplishments to be proud of.

We now have Metro Paws, a fabulous, new, state of the art animal clinic and hospital located at the intersection of Fort Worth Avenue and Malone Drive.

Jack's Backyard, always a local favorite, has been replaced with Chicken Scratch Restaurant and The Foundry; business on that corner has never been better!

Our roadways have received a tremendous amount of attention; the opening of the Calatrava bridge, the soon to begin reconstruction of Sylvan Avenue, the intersection of Beckley Avenue and Commerce Street, the new bridges on Sylvan Avenue, Interstate 30, and Interstate 35.

The proposed bicycle lanes on Edgefield, Fort Wort Avenue and Sylvan Avenue are slated to be striped any day now, and will tie into the Coombs Creek Trail.

FWADG is negotiating a "Supplemental Irrigation Agreement" with the city to manage the flora within the new rain gardens at the Commerce/Beckley intersection which will be the first true COMPLETE & GREEN STREET in Dallas.

In case you hadn't noticed, we have public art along our corridor in front of the Belmont and Chicken Scratch, with more to come soon after this year's fundraiser dollars are allocated to a local artist.
Maybe just as artsy but edible are the snow cones at the new vendor trailers east of Pittman.

The Dallas Marathon will be crossing the Trinity River on December 9th with a loop through our community on Commerce Street, Ft. Worth Avenue, Sylvan Avenue and Singleton Boulevard.

I could go on, and on, but let me get to the point; it is time for ALL OF OUR MEMBERS to nominate new officers to lead Fort Worth Avenue Development Group forward in 2013.

Offices to be filled:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer


There is no requirement that the nominees be current FWADG board members, only that they be current Fort Worth Avenue Development Group members in good standing.  If you know of someone who would make a good, hard working candidate with our community's best interest in mind, please nominate them to one of the officer positions.

Please send your nominee recommendations to:   
officer@fortworthavenue.org

Your nominee submissions will be promptly processed and interviewed by our FWADG nominations committee.

The deadline for submitting your nominees to the nominations committee is Sunday, October 14, 2012. Please do not delay in making your recommendations.

Thank you for being a member of our vital organization, your thoughts and input are important to us.
Please let your voice be heard.

Sincerely;
David Lyles
President
Fort Worth Avenue Development Group

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Spare pARTS fundraiser on SaturdaySeptember 22nd.

This year our 2012 Spare pARTS fundraiser for FWADG will be held on Saturday evening, September 22nd 2012 at the soon to be open Four Corners Brewery on Singleton Blvd. just west of the Calatrava bridge. As usual, great music, fabulous food, beverages and this year, featured local micro brew will be on hand at our celebration.

Last year's fundraiser was an incredible success! Thank you to all the Dallas area artists that participated.


All of the art created from discarded objects and recycled materials for last year's fundraiser has afforded us a juried $6000 commission for a public art installation along our corridor. The winning submission by Erik Glissman and Nicole Horn "Mobeus Bench" is installed at the intersection of Commerce St. and Pittman St. in front of Chicken Scratch restaurant.

Please help FWADG make this years fundraiser a success by creating more fabulous art from discarded, lost and found objects. Our fundraiser is September 22nd, so now is the time to get those brain juices flowing, those glue guns and welders warmed up and those paint palettes glistening with color.

Please have all donations submitted to David Lyles Photography on or before Saturday, September 15th for the show, we will be inventorying the art at David Lyles Photography studio, 2318 Beatrice St. Dallas, 75208

All contributing artists will receive a ticket to our event on September 22nd at the micro brewery. Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions or comments; 214 587.4776

Thank you again to all of our contributing artists from last year; and thank you in advance to all of you who will create for this year's event! We could not be doing this without your support!

Friday, August 31, 2012 @ 3:38 pm   10388 Views   bill702
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Fort Worth Ave Development Group
Presents
Mobius Bench
A Spare Parts Art Installation


Dallas, Texas – The Fort Worth Avenue Development Group is proud to announce the completion of the first Spare Parts Public Art Initiative.  The team of Erik Glissman and Nicole Cullum Horn’s Mobius Bench is installed at the corner of Pittman and Fort Worth Avenue, on the property of Chicken Scratch. There will be a reception and christening Monday, August 27th, at 7pm and the artists will be on-hand for interviews and photos.
 


About Mobius Bench

 Mobius Bench is a dynamic sculpture designed to provide seating and shade for pedestrians along Ft. Worth Avenue.  The structure is deceivingly simple, yet in the grace of its curvature becomes intriguingly complex.  Reflecting the infinite curve of the Mobius strip, the patron is surrounded by an arched interior of reclaimed cedar with a curved exterior skin of recycled sheet metal scales.  As the arch returns to the ground, the strip is broken into two seats situated to encourage street-level conversation.  The nature of the materials and utility of the structure are meant to reflect the beauty of the neighborhood while serving those who use it. 

About Spare Parts

Spare Parts is an initiative by the Fort Worth Avenue Development Group to support public art that emphasizes re-used materials and utility for the community.  To raise the funds for Spare Parts the FWADG set aside 50% of the proceeds from sales at their annual fundraiser of the same name. This year's auction is coming up on September 22nd at Four Corners Brewery. Our goal is to support the ingenuity and DIY spirit of the area, and to encourage street life and pride along Fort Worth Avenue.

About Fort Worth Avenue Development Group

The FWADG is a group of committed volunteers from the neighboring community.  The purpose of the Fort Worth Avenue Development Group is to improve the West Commerce/Fort Worth Avenue corridor and maintain a high quality of life for the area’s residential neighbors, property owners and businesses.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 @ 10:43 am   8732 Views   bill702
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MANNY RODRIGUEZ PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO
GROUND BREAKING

AUGUST 08, 2012


FWADG welcomes our newest addition to our growing family dedicated to improving our community,
Manny Rodriguez Photography.

Ground was broken on the new development Tuesday, August 7th, 2012, with the help of Will Pinkerton, Alicia Quintans, Monte Anderson, Vanessa Rodriguez, and Manny Rodriguez. The "Graffiti House" will be rejuvenated and re-purposed
to house the new Manny Rodriguez Photography offices; and a 5000 ft studio will be newly constructed just to the north of the "Graffiti House" building. The new location is scheduled for completion January of 2013.

Thank you again to all who came out and made this a fantastic ground breaking including Angeline Churchill, granddaughter of the original owners of the farm house, members of the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League, staff from Metro Paws and Chris Jeffers from Smoke/Chicken Scratch.

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Mobius Bench…a Spare PArts Installation


 

Dallas, Texas – The Fort Worth Avenue Development Group is proud to announce the first installment of the Spare Parts Art Initiative. The team of Erik Glissman and Nicole Cullum Horn’s Mobius Bench was selected by a Jury Panel of Dallas arts professionals from three finalists, and over twenty-five initial submissions.  The work is to be installed along Fort Worth Avenue this summer.  The FWADG would like to thank all the artists who submitted ideas for this project, with a special salute to the two finalists, Heather Ezell, Jennifer Sereno, and the jury who made the tough decisions – Wanda Dye, Bernardo Diaz, Kay Kallos, Sarah Jane Semrad, and VET.

Download PDF below for more information.

Thursday, April 19, 2012 @ 12:24 pm   7261 Views   bill702
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Join us for an Earth Day Celebration!

 http://oakcliffearthday.com/index.html

Thursday, April 19, 2012 @ 12:03 pm   6596 Views   bill702
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West Dallas Chamber of Commerce You bet we're on Facebook

Bridge-o-Rama, March 2-4: More than 30 official events

Bridge-o-Rama will be a festival like no other staged in Dallas
Bridge-o-Rama's nine Signature Experiences a+re just the tip of the Bridge-o-Rama iceberg. We also have more than 30 highly focused events taking place all over West Dallas (and beyond) that will be free and family friendly.

Review all of our offbeat, intriguing, and mind-expanding official events that will take place next weekend.

Some of these official events include:


Jim Lake Companies Happy Hour   Design District happy-hour social
To kick off the bridge opening celebrations, Jim Lake Companies hosts an open-to-the-public Design District Diversion and Bridge Weekend Kick­off in the Design District with complimentary beer and wine, food, live jazz, and art.
When: Thu., Mar. 1, 4-7 p.m.
Where: 150 Turtle Creek Blvd., Ste. 105

Bridged   Tomorrow's master artists ... today
"Bridged" will feature drawings, paintings, video, photography, sound, sculpture and site-specific installations by MFA candidates in art programs at SMU, TCU, University of North Texas, University of Texas at Arlington, and University of Texas at Dallas.
When: Fri., Sat, and Sun., Mar. 2-4, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Where: 500 Singleton

Los Barrios Unidos Community Clinic   Anniversary celebration
In honor of 40 years of serving West Dallas families, the Los Barrios Unidos Community Clinic is pulling out the stops with an anniversary celebration that offers the chance to access pediatric screenings and services while enjoying music, clowns and a bounce house.
When: Sat., Mar. 3, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Where: 809 Singleton Blvd.

  Neighborhood youth arts festival
On the grounds of the Bataan Center, West Dallas Community Centers, Big Thought, the SMU Meadows School of the Arts, the La Bajada Neighborhood Association and the Los Altos neighborhood will present a Youth Arts Pavilion.
When: Sat., Mar. 3, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Where: 3232 Bataan St.

Mercy Street   Home run derby at Field of Dreams
Mercy Street will be going to bat for West Dallas by hosting a Home Run Derby at its Field of Dreams baseball park. Preceding the derby will be a presentation of the future of the complex, which when completed will offer 12 acres of fun.
When: Sat., Mar. 3, 2-4 p.m.
Where: 3500 Goldman St.

  Public readings by renowned Dallas authors
Among those participating in this event staged by LIFT and Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity is John Neal Phillips, who wrote "Running with Bonnie & Clyde." Also, noted sculptor Jesus Moroles will give a talk on his work with granite.
When: Sun. Mar. 4, 1:30-4 p.m.
Where: Habitat for Humanity, 2800 N. Hampton Rd.

Bridge-opening event advisories
PARTY ON!
Bridge-o-Rama and our sister celebrations will take place as planned on March 2-4. News reports have confused some as to when the bridge will be open to vehicular traffic. The City of Dallas and TXDoT had hoped that the bridge would open to vehicular traffic at the conclusion of the public celebrations. However, as the City has announced, "due to weather conditions, mainly much needed rain, portions of the construction will take a few more weeks than anticipated." No matter to us! We're still rocking the bridge March 2-4.
RAIN OR SHINE
Bridge-o-Rama will take place rain or shine. There, we said it! Of course our official weather policy is: It's not going to rain.
WEST DALLAS NEIGHBORHOOD IMPACT
Due to the bridge celebrations, especially on March 3, there will be greater traffic and (during the Parade of Giants) temporary street closures that may disrupt residents and businesses usual flow of activity. Please plan for temporary disruptions. Here is an advisory for our West Dallas neighbors near the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.
Visit westdallaschamber.com
West Dallas is bounded by the Trinity River Corridor on the north and east, I-30 on the south and the city limits on the west
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A meeting on Valentines Day to discuss
possible bike lanes configurations on Ft. Worth Ave

included members of

CityDesign Studio, Huitt-Zollars, City of Dallas,
Team Better Block, Bike Friendly Oak Cliff and
Ft. Worth Avenue Development Group.

FWADG will be hosting a town hall meeting on
Tuesday, February 21, 6pm
at Salon Las Americas, 1004 Ft. Worth Ave, Dallas TX.

I hope you can join us to help define the first bicycle lanes in Dallas.

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Subject: Dallas mayor's plan to spur southern growth focuses on key corridors

By RUDOLPH BUSH
Staff Writer
rbush@dallasnews.com

Published: 10 February 2012 05:25 PM

Dallas’ greatest opportunities and most intractable troubles have long been wound together in the open land and scattered neighborhoods south of the Trinity River. Now, seeking to capitalize on those opportunities and minimize the troubles, Mayor Mike Rawlings is unveiling a plan he hopes will bring economic growth to eight key corridors of southern Dallas and help change perceptions of the entire area.

Returning to a key plank of his campaign, Rawlings sat down this week to discuss details of the plan that he will roll out Monday at a community meeting in the Cedars. “Growing southern Dallas is one of the most important things I feel I can do as mayor, and I want to make sure we do this in an organized fashion,” he said.

The plan, crafted over months with city staff, boils down to building on successes by focusing money on key areas, leveraging new investment as those areas grow and shifting attitudes by cleaning up and marketing the neighborhoods of southern Dallas. Past mayors, including Rawlings’ predecessor, Tom Leppert, had their own plans for improving southern Dallas that often made little progress.

But certain parts of southern Dallas have changed for the better — dramatically in some cases — over the past decade.

Rawlings pointed to the Bishop Arts District and to Pinnacle Park, near Interstate 30 and Loop 12, where strong private investment has taken root. And he talked about West Dallas and the area around the University of North Texas at Dallas, where major public investments can be capitalized upon.

Investors need to know that these are the places where the returns will be, Rawlings said. “I’m a salesman, unabashedly, about the investment opportunities I think exist. And I want to be clear about where I’m going to be spending my time in my administration,” he said.  He said he is already working to bring investors to the area to show them what has been done and what is coming.

KEY AREAS: Corridors emphasized in city’s plan

Mayor Mike Rawlings’ plan for southern Dallas focuses broadly on eight areas, with long-term (two years) and short-term (one year) goals for each. Here’s a look at some of the goals for each area:

West Dallas Gateway: Overhaul Herbert Street north of Singleton; continue work on restaurant district; build new Continental pedestrian bridge; replace Sylvan Avenue bridge; make improvements recommended by Complete Streets Demonstration Project.

Pinnacle Park: Begin construction of new frontage road along the south side of I-30 from Cockrell Hill Road to Westmoreland Road; begin construction of 130-unit Hillside West apartments on West Davis Street.

North Oak Cliff: Complete “Main Street Plan” for Jefferson Boulevard and strategic plan for Bishop Arts District; begin construction of Oak Cliff streetcar starter line; make improvements recommended by Complete Streets Demonstration Project and zoning changes consistent with Oak Cliff Gateway land use plan.

Greater downtown/the Cedars: Support funding requests for residential and hotel projects; complete South Lamar streetscape improvements; review operations at Dallas Farmers Market and consider options; complete design for Riverfront Boulevard reconstruction south of Cadiz Street.

Lancaster Corridor: Start construction of Lancaster Urban Village mixed-use project; make improvements recommended by Complete Streets Demonstration Project; initiate affordable-housing plan at the Kiest and VA Medical CenterDART stations; work with the VA Medical Center to build a pedestrian bridge over Lancaster Road.

Education Corridor: Overhaul water, sewer and roads; finalize plans for grocery store on Simpson Stuart Road; complete design for Complete Streets Demonstration Project on Camp Wisdom and Simpson Stuart roads; re-establish relationship with BNSF railway for potential intermodal facility; consider pursuing state funding for additional campus buildings at UNT-Dallas.

DART Green Line Corridor: Initiate affordable housing and other development at MLK, Hatcher and Buckner DART stations; improvements recommended by Complete Streets Demonstration Project; continue construction of Fair Park Estates single-family development.

Red Bird: Hire aviation coordinator to oversee land development at Dallas Executive Airport and Love Field; finalize approvals for Wal-Mart Supercenter at I-35E and Ledbetter Road; complete Home Depot distribution center expansion; identify potential private developers at Executive Airport.

SOURCE: City of Dallas

City’s focus areas

Rawlings held back some details of his plan for Monday’s meeting. But he said those ideas involve new financial tools for investing in the area, giving a hand up to schools and strengthening neighborhood organizations. He spoke at length, though, about where he wants to see City Hall focus its efforts during his time in office. And he said he wants to see results soon.

He called for the city to make Jefferson Boulevard, near Bishop Arts, a main street for north Oak Cliff. That means not only improvements to the streetscape, but also engagement with building owners to set a strategy for the future.“This is our complete street right there. Let’s just make this thing come to life,” he said.

He wants to see 2012 bond money committed to extending Herbert Street as a main street in West Dallas. And he wants a focus on improving basic infrastructure around UNT-Dallas and seeing a frontage road built along I-30 at the Pinnacle Park development.

Other ideas include improvements to the Lancaster corridor near the Veterans Affairs hospital, re-engaging the plan to build up the inland port, and driving development to the corridor along DART’s Green Line in southeastern Dallas.

The plan also involves efforts to shift perceptions throughout North Texas about southern Dallas.
Rawlings, former chief executive of the advertising firm TracyLocke, is calling for the city to hire a “brand manager” whose sole job will be to market southern Dallas.

“I’m a marketing guy, so I’m going to be staying very close with this person,” he said.

He wants to have ad agencies donate services to support the marketing plan.
And there is good news to market, city officials say. Crime in all of southern Dallas is down 33 percent from eight years ago. The area can boast that it is home to two nationally ranked magnet high schools. And few parts of the region have as many transportation options.

The area will be easier to market if it’s cleaner and more welcoming.
As part of that effort, the city plans to demolish 250 nuisance buildings this year, roughly the same number it destroyed last year.

Rawlings also wants to see the city help distinguish major neighborhoods with attractive gateway signs, of the sort recently erected in Pleasant Grove. Southern Dallas is often meshed together in many people’s minds when, in fact, it is composed of distinct and diverse neighborhoods, such as South Dallas, Mountain Creek, Red Bird and different sections of Oak Cliff.

Opportunities
Council member Tennell Atkins, who headed Leppert’s Southern Dallas Task Force, praised Rawlings’ plan as the right approach. “This mayor feels like we have a product, and that product is southern Dallas,” he said.

The product is also opportunity, he said.
“UNT, that’s an education opportunity. You know the institution is going to be there. You look at Bishop Arts and you know that’s a great opportunity. You’ve got Methodist hospital there, and a streetcar line coming. Look at the Cedars. Look at West Dallas. Southern Dallas is a good product for the city of Dallas,” he said.

But not everyone is so sure about the plan.
Michael Sorrell, president of Paul Quinn College and a respected southern Dallas leader, said that he knew nothing about Rawlings’ plan and that no one had approached him to discuss it. Paul Quinn is an important part of the “education corridor” around UNT-Dallas that Rawlings identified as one of eight critical areas of focus. Sorrell lives with the challenges that major parts of southern Dallas have presented for generations, and he is clear-eyed about the difficulty of overcoming them.

“To create lasting, substantial, meaningful change, there are some fundamental things which have to occur. You can fix housing stock, you can provide investment dollars, but if you don’t address the pervasive lack of preparation, of educational opportunities and of readiness for the citizens, then I’m not sure how you don’t wind up in a situation, even with all the best intentions, where you don’t maximize your opportunities,” he said.

Investment in land, infrastructure and business, without investment in the people of the area, “can lead to unintended gentrification,” Sorrell said.

City Hall understands change will come slowly.
And Rawlings said he wants to see all of southern Dallas participate in the change through stronger neighborhoods. The city can provide help, but he’s under no illusion government can do it all, he said. It will take investors, leaders and the people of southern Dallas, he said.

“So much of this is outside of the big-C City’s purview. The city, the institutional city, can only do so much,” he said.


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