A New Vision for Dallas’ Dealey Plaza

After decades of neglect, a team of designers reimagines the infamous plaza as a safe, vibrant, multimodal public space.

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October 24, 2022, 9:00 AM PDT

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction

View of Dealey Plaza with pedestrians at crosswalk and brick book depository building in background

stock_photo_world / Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas

Writing in the Dallas Morning News, Mark Lamster presents a new proposal for Dallas’ Dealey Plaza developed by a team of designers commissioned by the Dallas Morning News: “a big idea, complete with renderings and architectural drawings — to show how these spaces could be transformed; to suggest what is possible if the city can summon its collective will.”

The area, Lamster writes, has transitioned from “a celebratory and gracious gateway into a city on the rise” to a place “perilous to navigate, marked by tawdry vandalism and utterly inadequate to both [its] historical gravity and to the functional demands of the city.”

Yet these sites, Lamster argues, “are where the city began, and the site of several of its most tragic moments in history, from the lynchings of the Civil War era to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Today, they are centers of tourism and public gathering, and a principal point of access to downtown.”

The article includes a history of the plaza and its environs, complete with historical photos, explains how current conditions impede pedestrian access and safety, and includes detailed renderings and descriptions of the proposed redesign. The plan envisions a pedestrian-oriented, greenery-rich space that improves mobility and pays homage to the site’s natural and social history.

According to Lamster, “The plan would give Dallas a dramatic new destination for visitors, a vital space linking institutions dedicated to history, justice, memory and community.” See the source article for ample renderings and more details.

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