Elm Street 1945

Elm Street 1945

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Today we take a look at a photo showcasing the style and vibrant colors of Elm Street in downtown Dallas. This view looking east from Akard Street provides a glimpse onto Theater Row; the Fox, Queen, Capitol, Rialto, and Palace are all visible. Out of all the buildings bathed in sunshine on the north side of [...]

Woman walking through turnstile

A Turnpike for Pedestrians

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There has been a long history of turnpikes and toll roads in the DFW Metroplex; road construction costs assure us that there will be more to come (even controversially). Normally constructed for auto traffic, downtown Dallas once contained the nation’s shortest turnpike… for pedestrians. Located between busy Elm and Pacific Streets, a small parking lot became [...]

Majestic Film Set

Majestic Theatre Film Set

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There has been much discussion about the economics of historic preservation: it has shown to create jobs, increase tourism, and be a sustainable tool for redevelopment. Another benefit of preserving structures is their ability to attract location scouts for film productions. During October film crews were in town for the filming of “Chasing Shakespeare,” an [...]

Pedestrian Skywalk

Dallas Pedestrian Network

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The Dallas Pedestrian Network snakes through downtown connecting parking garages, hotels, office towers and residences. Conceived in the late 1960s as a way to separate pedestrians from auto traffic, it evolved into climate controlled walkways below and above the streets of the business district. Some sections contain shops and restaurants, while others serve as sterile [...]