|Photos by Noah Jeppson|
|The Thanks-Giving Square Concourse|
Add City Manager Mary Suhm to the list of folks lined up to bury the so-called Dallas Pedestrian Network, otherwise known as the downtown tunnels
. But two days ago she told the DSpotters that those inhabiting the maze of passageways beneath the downtown skyscrapers ain't nothing but "a community of moles
|San Jacinto Street Tunnel at First Baptist|
But Friend of Unfair Park Noah Jeppson is undeterred: He sends word that he's taken to Kickstarter in order to raise a meager $1,200 so he can design and ultimately distribute a comprehensive map of the tunnels
. As evidenced by his cache of photos of the tunnels
, he's been working on it for years: In '09 Jeppson, a designer by trade
, produced the starting-point you see on his Kickstarter page -- a map, though "basic," that nevertheless "included an important detail never appearing on previous maps: access points and accessibility." But that alone, says Jeppson, isn't enough. Hence, this email I received from Noah Thursday night:
After guiding lost tourists and downtown workers in the Dallas Pedestrian Network/Tunnels I'm designing a comprehensive map of the system. The map will clearly show connections and (more importantly) access points to the network. The goal is to help promote cross-patronage of all downtown businesses and mitigate the problem of poor wayfinding design. Using Kickstarter will help me print and distribute the maps to locations throughout downtown.
He's $80 toward his goal, with 29 days to go. Which means, John Crawford
, all you'll need to kick in is $1,120. Boom. Done.