Dallas Warming Up to Complete Streets

A new Complete Streets Design Manual is under consideration in Dallas City Hall, but according to a recent article explaining Dallas' move toward walkable neighborhoods, the city has some work to do before the idea fully takes hold.

David Flick explains some of the concepts behind walkable neighborhoods, as well as some of the cultural changes that will be necessary in selling the idea as Dallas city officials consider a new Complete Streets Design manual.

Some residents have already bought into the idea: “A telephone survey for the Complete Streets Design manual…found that 68 percent of residents believe being able to walk or bike to destinations would be good for the local economy,” writes Flick.

Flick also goes into some details about the features of the streetscape in the neighborhood of West Village, which is described as the city’s “most promising pedestrian neighborhood.” The article also includes an interactive map of neighborhoods throughout Dallas described in terms of walkability by local planners.

To those familiar with walkability and complete streets design, the article can be read as a first, early attempt at explaining some of these concepts in a major media publication. Do you think the article gets it right?

Full Story: Dallas following national trend toward walkable neighborhoods

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