If you’ve been waiting to see what changes are coming to Dallas St. after the street-tree-chopping event earlier this month, here’s your scoop: the Downtown Redevelopment Authority is redoing the streetscape from Milam St. to Discovery Green with hopes of identifying Dallas St. as an actual shopping district. The plan was hatched back when one of the buildings facing Dallas was Downtown’s lone remaining department store, but it’s still going forward with the Macy’s out of the picture (actually, its former site is just behind and to the left of the view in the rendering above).
Instead, the repaving and re-treeing plan is intended to allow a bit more pedestrian activity and street parking for the remaining retail — including the entire northern flank of GreenStreet, the Houston Pavilions redo — and encouraging more to move in.
The changes will shrink the number of car lanes on the one-way street from 4 to 3, but add a parking lane to its north side.
Here’s as it was (until the trees-in-the-street were chopped down a couple of weeks ago):
And as it’ll be once construction is complete:
Separate plans show the zigs, zags, and paving patterns from Milam St. to Main:
From Main St. to San Jacinto:
From San Jacinto St. to Austin St.:
And on to Crawford St., at the southwest corner of Discovery Green:
- Previously on Swamplot: Stumped but Guarded: Looking at the Street Trees Chopped Down on Dallas St. Downtown
Drawings: Downtown Redevelopment Authority/Clark Condon Associates. Photo: Peter O.