Great Blog. Many a valued opinion that I share. I've been stuck on here for the better part of the day. I'll be a avid reader from here on out.
I live in North Dallas, cookie cutter suburb, by necessity rather than choice. Our location has a big box centre if you like that is separated from us by a 6 lane parkway on both sides.
Having lived in Italy and the UK for extended periods of time I fully grasp the concept of livability and I do think the potential exists in Big D for the city proper to achieve this. The intersection you speak of, I have stood at also and it speaks volumes. I was initially dumbstruck when I stumbled upon it. I'd like to move down there when the opportunity presents itself.
The few times I've been down VP it struck me as a Island in disconnect. It was weird. The idea of AAC as a central attraction is good when its volume of people you want in and out, when its volume you want in and lingering you need to look at a stadium neighborhood like Chelsea or Highbury in London. The people leaving need to walk through a 'high street' as the poms refer to it, to get to and from the attraction. I couldn't do that and it pissed me off to be fair. I'd like to see a change to this effect or any effect that would make a trip down there last longer.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Rather than let this comment, left today on a post from almost 2 years ago about everything Victory did wrong, sit idly deep within the archival bowels of a google data center to be named later, I decided to bump it to the top (or because I haven't begun the "Proper Urbanism of Hamsterdam" post I've been itching to put together). It follows (and I promise this wasn't me):