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Lee

I was interested in your points about downtown. Part of the problem has been the fact that developers, with the City's aquiesence, tore down useful older building after userul older buildings. They all became the acres of parking that we see. Not having a supply of older,smaller buildings with lower rentals prevented entrepeneurs from opening the boutiques, new restaurants, galleries and more that one sees in other attractive major cities. There was just no where to put them. That door hasnot about closed. Preservation is not just about historic buildings, it is about the fabric of the city.

East Sider

Well-written and very informative. Thanks.

Interestingly, a significant subculture reveres "mid-century modern" architecture: the space-age-cum-Flintstones look that characterized a great many ranch homes -- not to mention coffeehouses, bowling alleys, taverns and the like -- built beween roughly 1950 and 1965. The housing stock remains, but the gloriously kitchy commercial architecture has been mostly razed.

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ericthegardener

Great article Norm! It helped me see both sides of the issue a little more clearly.

Is there a online community for Dallas developers? Perhaps they could be steered to this article. It should be required reading.

Jeanette Howeth Crumpler

I have written about Dallas for many years, have lived here since 1948 and am still saddened about what is gone. I know some structures can't be preserved and there are fires and such that destroy. However, I still miss Elm Street's Theatre Row and all of the beautiful theatres that were there and I miss many of the small businesses that were there too. Also hate to see any church building torn down. And I miss the little houses that are being replaced by McMansions all over Dallas. Tearing down doesn't necessarily mean progress.

Donna Turman

Dallas had some wonderful buildings that, had they been allowed to survive, would have given downtown (and East Dallas) historical flavor in the same manner as Portland Oregon, a city that has done a remarkable job of repurposing their old buildings (and not destroying their history and their mom and pop businesses). The combination of old, new, chain stores, family-owned restaurants and unique shops co-exist successfully, as they could have done in Dallas if we'd put the idea of a city for people above the idea of a city for a few wealthy developers and sports team owners.

Dallas paves over green space and trashes bodies of water as though we've got an endless supply of both. Dallas markets itslef as "world class" but in practice, we roll over and play dead for moneyed developers, toll road developers and greedy big box retailers. There is nothing world class about concrete desert.

Chas

That's why I like the attachement that East Dallas has to things. We may tear down houses for newer ones, and tear down historical buildings in exchange for high rises or even parking lots, but we will fight to keep the coyotes in East Dallas!

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