Extend the Streetcar, Stop Subsidizing Parking Garages

October 8, 2014 § 1 Comment

(The new streetcar line connecting Oak Cliff to Downtown Dallas. photo from Dart.org)

We’ve reached a point where the success of the Bishop Arts District is causing an unpleasant realization: We’re out of room, and we either spread to the next block, or we start digging parking garages. At approximately $10Million dollars a garage, you’re looking at a hefty expense for something that benefits a small area for a small set of people. What’s the alternative? Invest in the streetcar. At the current $30Million, you’re at the cost of roughly 4 car garages, but the streetcar gets smart dense development occurring and provides a viable alternative to the car that finally pushes us out of this chicken and egg issue we’re faced with when trying to cram more cars into walkable communities.

Zang Triangle Apartments, built along the new streetcar line. The streetcar encourages smart, dense development in a way that no other transit mode can come close.

Once the streetcar begins touching neighborhoods and truly accommodates a neighborhoods lifestyle (ie. in front of schools so kids can ride, from homes to commercial corridors to buy groceries, and connecting regional transit links like light rail), then you’ll see an explosion of use. For now, we had to get a stake in the ground and connect Downtown to the neighborhood. At this point, all energy should turn away from the parking garage debate (because honestly, we’ll need three for Jefferson, one for Tyler/Davis, one for Edgefield/Davis, etc.), start redirecting the energy and funds to streetcars. It’s the same price in the end, but you actually see that historic Bishop Arts form develop along lines (notice the Zang Triangle apartments, upcoming developments by Trammell Crowe, and the planned conversion of Oak Farms Dairy). Where the lines run, density follows, and once they turn, you’ll see sprawl begin. And it’s already proven around the country where streetcars have been returned.

Parking garages, an expensive band-aid that incentivizes auto use, creating induced demand, and largely used by employees and tenants. Auto centric habits are reinforced, without promoting a strong alternative

Right now, North Oak Cliff is being asked to pony up $7Million for a parking garage 2 blocks away from Bishop Arts, which would also be used for a new dense development. The reality is that 80% of this garage will be used by tenants and employees, with roughly 50 spaces left over for visitors. And looking at similar developments, notice that people don’t travel far from garages…you don’t go to PinkBerry in uptown and park in West Village, even though it’s a block away. You either find onstreet or go to the parking garage immediately connected to it.

Bishop Arts District, its scale, density, and form were all spurred on by the original Oak Cliff Streetcar. If you began tearing down buildings to create more parking, the form dies and it no longer looks/feels like a walkable corridor. It feels like the suburbs, which it effectively is trying to replicate

 

Oak Cliff was built as a streetcar suburb. The reason there’s very little parking in front of the Kessler Theatre,  The Texas Theatre, et  cetera, was because a streetcar ran right to the front door. If we’re going to use public dollars, and we want to continue the form and success of Bishop Arts, build something that disincentivizes auto use (don’t incentivize), allow for incremental density so people have a reason to walk and have more daily uses in close proximity (don’t make people drive to buy a gallon of milk), and begin incorporating multi-modal uses onto the street (bike lanes, streetcars, etc), and make the pedestrian environment irresistible (wide contiguous sidewalks, tree canopied streets, small merchants fronting the sidewalk, cafe seating). The idea of removing cars seems counter-intuitive and scary to pretty much everyone we talk to, but I can say as a restaurant owner in Bishop Arts that we’ve actually removed parking spaces to create bicycle parking and added additional cafe seating and seen an increase in business year over year. Not a decrease which everyone claimed would happen. If the pedestrian environment is irresistible, people will walk even further (notice Klyde Warren Park). Instead of garages, extend the streetcar to the large surface lots along Centre Street (South of Jefferson). People can begin parking there and use the rail to get to Bishop Arts, or better yet, additional attractions and merchants along the way.  If we continue with the “just add cars” mantra, we’re just buying a bigger belt to address a weight problem.

Cyclesomatic | PhotoVelo Scavenger Hunt, October 12, 2014 1:30 – 5:00 pm

October 7, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Our annual PhotoVelo team challenge is this Sunday afternoon! Grab three friends, a camera and meet us The Wild Detectives for an afternoon of photo scavenger hunting around Oak Cliff. We’ve got a trophy and prizes for the winning teams!
Here are the details:

Meet up location:

Meet up time:
Teams can start arriving, registering, and get a the list of photographs at 12:00pm. Roll out when your team is ready. Arrive back with printed photographs for judging by 5:00pm or your team is disqualified. We will be judging photographs in a variety of criteria, but they must be printed. We’ve got gift certificates and a trophy for the winners.
Don’t forget happy hour prices for all participants at The Wild Detectives all day.

Cyclesomatic | Swaptoberfest Bike Swap, October 11th, 12:00 – 4:00 PM

October 1, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Our second-annual Swaptoberfest returns to Community Beer Company for a Saturday afternoon of  sippin’ and swappin’.

Buy, sell, and swap bicycles, parts, and gear. Our event is open to vendors wanting to sell any kind of bicycles, parts, accessories, clothing, memorabilia, etc. Antique, road, BMX, MTB—all are welcome. No Craigslist or Facebook posting required, this is live man! So are the bands and food trucks!

$20 table donation for vendors
Extra $10 entry includes 3 beer-tasting tokens
$5 entry for non-drinkers
Free for kids

Tables for sellers can be reserved here

Here are the details:


 

Location:

Community Brewing Co.

Time:

12:00 PM –  4:00 PM

RSVP on Facebook Here

Event is rain or shine

Cyclesomatic | Bicycle Brewery Tour, October 4th, 1:30 – 7:00 PM

September 23, 2014 § Leave a comment

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The original Bicycle Brewery Tour is back for a third round, and will be kicking off this year’s 6th annual Cyclesomatic on October 4th!
Here are the details:

 

Meet Up Location:

  West entrance of the Continental Bridge Park; near Trinity Groves

Meet Up Time:

  1:30 PM

Departure Time:

  2:00 PM

RSVP on Facebook Here

Event is rain or shine

Read tips on how to prepare for a bicycle brewery tour!

Stop Location Arrival Departure Cost
1st Community Brewing Co. 2:15 3:15 $10 online, $15 at door
2nd Four Corners Brewing 3:30 4:30 All Day Alehouse, $3 cans
3rd Bishop Cider Co. 4:45 PM 1st group; 5:00 PM 2nd group 5:45 Day of menu
4th The Foundry 6:00 7:00 Day of menu

 

DADA Bike Swarm | September 20th

September 17, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Dallas Art Dealers Association presents

29th Annual DADA Fall Gallery Walkdada

Saturday, September 20, noon – 8:00 p.m.

FEATURING OVER 35 ART SPACES

 

Dallas Art Dealers Association (DADA) will present its 29th annual Fall Gallery Walk on Saturday, September 20, 2014, from noon to 8 p.m. at over 35 art spaces all over North Texas, including Arlington, Irving, Denton, and around Dallas.    Art lovers of every description will have the opportunity to socialize and tour a full spectrum of galleries and special exhibitions—all in one day, all for FREE, all in North Texas. Sadly, you can’t walk to all of them, but you can bike to many of them (see Bike Swarm below), and, of course, you can drive to them.    Go online at http://www.dallasartdealers.org to print out a map. Hours at each gallery vary; please see individual listings. For more information, call 214.914.1099 or e-mail info@dallasartdealers.org. A good place to start is The MAC, 3120 McKinney Avenue, in Uptown Dallas.

SPECIAL EVENTS DURING FALL GALLERY WALK

10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Antèks Book Signing Event benefiting Edith Baker Art Scholarship

Meet Barry Friedman, six-time Emmy Award nominated writer and author of Still Chasing Rainbows: Collecting American Indian Trade & Camp Blankets Volume Two. Shop antique Navajo blankets, Antèks rustic home furnishings, and vintage Native American jewelry, pottery, and baskets presented by fifth-generation Indian trader Jed Foutz of Shiprock Santa Fe gallery. Saturday, September 20, beginning at 10 a.m. at Antèks, 1135 Dragon Street. Complimentary on-site appraisals of vintage Navajo blankets will be available. Cocktail reception 4 p.m. Cowboys & Indians Magazine is a proud partner of this unique event.

1:30 – 5 p.m.
DADA Bike Swarm

Cyclists of all age levels and abilities are invited to the Dallas Art Dealers Association, Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, and Bike Friendly Cedars Bike Swarm as part of the Fall Gallery Walk on Saturday, September 20, beginning at 1:30 p.m. at Oak Cliff Cultural Center, 223 West Jefferson Boulevard. The event includes a self-guided tour of the art galleries located in the Design District. FREE! For more information, call 214.914.1099 or go to the Facebook event here.

2 – 8 p.m.
DADA Docents Program

High school students serve as exhibition hosts at select DADA galleries. FREE! For more information, call 214.914.1099.

About DADA

The Dallas Art Dealers Association is an affiliation of established independent gallery owners and nonprofit art organizations in the Dallas metropolitan area. DADA is dedicated to promoting the highest standards of ethical practice within the profession and to increasing public awareness of the role and responsibilities of reputable art dealers and nonprofit visual art spaces.

dallasartdealers.org

facebook.com/DallasArtDealersAssociation

twitter.com/DADA25th

About the Edith Baker Art Scholarship and
Artist Career Development Fund

To celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2005, DADA created a scholarship honoring a respected member of the Dallas art community and one
of its founding members, Edith Baker. Edith owned and directed The Edith Baker Gallery in Dallas for nearly 30 years before retiring in 2004. Every year, the Edith Baker Art Scholarship and Artist Career Development Fund, a 501(c)(3), financially benefits students pursuing the
study of visual arts, along with giving those students a gallery internship, a mentor, and an artist studio visit. For more information, visit
http://www.dallasartdealers.org/about/edith-baker-scholarship.

Saturday, September 13, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The Business of Art: Public Art 101

Dallas Art Dealers Association (DADA), Creative Arts Center (CAC), The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC), and now the Business Council for the Arts (BCA) and the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) are joining together to present The Business of Art: Public Art 101 on Saturday, September 13, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at The MAC, 3120 McKinney Avenue. It will include public art basics and beyond, from finding the call for artists to the completion of projects. Participants will receive in-depth information and public art resource materials. Tickets are available in advance at http://www.eventbrite.com and benefit the Edith Baker Art Scholarship. The Bowdon Family Foundation, City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, and Texas Commission on the Arts have provided financial support for this event. Art News DFW is the media sponsor.

About Creative Arts Center

Creative Arts Center of Dallas (CAC) provides a nurturing environment for people to discover, develop, and express their artistic visions. Located on a two-acre campus four miles east of downtown Dallas, CAC offers more than 500 classes and workshops per year in such disciplines as ceramics, clay sculpture, drawing, glass, jewelry, metal arts, mosaic, painting, photography, printmaking, and stone carving. CAC also offers free arts programming to disadvantaged children. Not only a visual arts school, CAC is also a thriving arts community for a diverse range of students from teens to seniors. Visit CAC at 2360 Laughlin Drive in East Dallas or http://www.creativeartscenter.org.

About The Mckinney Avenue
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The McKinney Avenue Contemporary

(The MAC) is a nonprofit organization that stands as a Dallas advocate for creative freedom, offering the opportunity for experimentation and presentation of art inall disciplines. It supports the emerging and established artist’s role in society by providing a forum for critical dialogue with their audiences. This relationship is cultivated through education and innovative programming. Visit http://www.the-mac.org for more information.

About the Business Council for the Arts

The Business Council for the Arts (BCA) is a nonprofit organization made up of businesses and business professionals. It provides programs in employee engagement and retention, leadership development, creative thinking, diversity, and the development of new initiatives based in the arts. The BCA serves as a connector and convener between businesses, municipalities, and arts and cultural organizations, and is an advocate for business support of the arts. The BCA was founded in 1988 as an initiative of the Dallas Citizen’s Council by Raymond D. Nasher and a team of civic leaders who recognized that great communities depend on a vibrant cultural life. Visit http://www.ntbca.org for more information.

About the Office of Cultural Affairs

The Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) provides opportunities for all Dallas citizens and visitors to have access to the arts and the means of cultural expression. The Office of Cultural Affairs works with its citizen advisory board, the Cultural Affairs Commission, to foster the development of the cultural system in Dallas. The OCA provides a variety of programs and services, including the management and operations of seven cultural facilities, a public art program, cultural funding programs, and WRR Radio. More information on the Office of Cultural Affairs’ programs can be found on its website at www.DallasCulture.org.

 

The Ultimate Parking Guide To Bishop Art’s District

September 4, 2014 § 2 Comments

turnerwinstonoc:

Exellent strategy for avoiding the difficulty to park a vehicle in the Bishop Arts District. Or you can just use your bicycle like many of our members do!

Originally posted on cravedfw:

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The Bishop Arts restaurant district is now entrenched as a “go to” spot for Dallas-ites and tourists looking for a unique dining and shopping experience.  The area offers a blend of locally owned restaurants and shops in a charming walkable environment. Additional restaurants and shops are opening every month as industrial and existing retail buildings are repurposed.  The Bishop Arts district now encompasses an almost 30 square block area south of Davis Street between Zang and Tyler.

So to get this out of the way – there is no parking problem in Bishop Arts.  

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Buffered Bike Lanes Coming to Sylvan/Tyler-Polk

September 4, 2014 § 2 Comments

The announcement has been made public that among  the city of Dallas’ next bicycle infrastructure projects is  coming to the Sylvan/Tyler-Polk corridor from I-30 to Davis.  We were told at the Dallas Bicycle Coalition meeting yesterday evening that it should kick off within the next month or so.

Here’s the public announcement letter received by one of our Board members who lives within the public announcement area:

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We appreciate the leadership of Scott Griggs who has helped bring more bicycling infrastructure to our neighborhood, our local bike shops, Oak Cliff Bicycle Company and Dallas Bike Works who sell and support city bicycling, and developers like Dave Spence for having the foresight to bring in more bicycle related businesses and encourage bicycling to his tenants businesses!

If you’d like to voice your appreciation about this new project, please email Scott Griggs at scott.griggs@dallascityhall.com or Jared White at jared.white@dallascityhall.com.

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