Thursday, March 26, 2009

Woodall Rogers Deck Park: Consider it Stimulated



From the Real Estate Council:
Transportation Enhancement Stimulus Funds Awarded to Woodall Rodgers Freeway Deck Plaza

Landmark Dallas Project Moves Forward
DALLAS (March 26, 2009) - The Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation will receive $16.7 million in federal stimulus funds toward constructing a deck plaza over the Woodall Rodgers Freeway in downtown Dallas. The Woodall Rodgers deck plaza is a "shovel-ready" transportation enhancement project that will create approximately 1,000 immediate jobs and will stimulate additional economic development and job growth in the future.

The project will provide a vital pedestrian and bicycle connection between both sides of the existing freeway, connecting Downtown Dallas, the Arts District, and the Uptown and Victory residential districts. The Woodall Rodgers Park will be a 5-acre urban park built on top of the deck plaza structure.
And, far more importantly...it is a way to ameliorate the catastrophic effect highways have on property and, in turn, cities.

Although, I'm currently working on a series of diagrams to show how a systematic deconstruction of the inner downtown ring can really leverage private development, job growth, and a much much better city.

[Addendum: I forgot to add that RTKL won an AIA award for presenting the idea of decking Woodall Rogers with a park...in 1979.]