In Brightest Day, In Blackest Night: City Seemed a Little Dimmer This Earth Hour

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Justin Terveen
Saturday night was Victory Park's moment to shine. (Click to expand into a larger window. Or compare to this shot.)
It was easy to go home a little unimpressed last year by Dallas's Earth Hour 2009 showing -- but then again, you know they were just setting up a sequel. Sure enough, along came World Wildlife Fund's Earth Hour 2010, and City Hall got on board to make sure this year's blackout-with-a-message was the blackest night yet.

Sure enough, as you can see in Justin Terveen's fine work above -- just begging to be expanded in a larger window -- Dallas went even dimmer this year from 8:30 to 9:30 Saturday night, helped along by the addition of the Comerica Bank Tower, City Hall and Main Street Garden. 

Patrick Michels
Edward Sanchez and Beth Andresen, and a darkened Fountain Place between them.
​Downtown residents Edward Sanchez and Beth Andresen had gone out walking to check out the unlit buildings last night, and on Saturday night they made a tradition of it. They'd been most impressed by the sight of City Hall with the lights off. "I don't know that it's making a dent in energy usage," Andresen said, but she was glad the city got on board to help spread the message this year. 

Interestingly, though, it looked as if One Arts Plaza dropped out from the darkness party this year; last year the big white square was dark, but it was one of the few landmarks from the Dallas skyline still shining during the hour-long window.

Check after the jump for a few more photos from the blackout.
Justin Terveen
Patrick Michels
Patrick Michels
Along with heightened awareness of the warming earth, downtown Dallas was extra aware of the wind threat blowing down Elm Street. With a streetlight leaning in the wind, Dallas Police blocked off Elm Street past the Field Street corner as a precaution.

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