A Positive Start to 2012: A Boston Writer Loves Dallas. And, Hunt Says Greenville's Back, Baby.

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Tomorrow we'll get back to bond-package and alley-repair city council briefings and the business community's interest in fixing the DISD; meet the new year, same as the old. But here's a nice way to kick off 2012 -- with Boston Globe features editor Katie McLeod's recap of her recent visit to Dallas, where a healthy diet of low expectations created by reality and revival television led to "a hefty helping of pleasant surprises." Among them: Javier's, Bread Winners, the Arboretum (above, natch), the Meyerson ... and Cowboys Red River. McLeod apparently whiled away much of her stay in Uptown, where there exists "plentiful dining out and night life options" -- as opposed to, say, the long-walk-away downtown.
But I also toured a sprawling arboretum where I got lost in a fairy tale world of pretty pumpkins and gorgeous gourds (even the gourds were glamorous), and ventured to the symphony. I walked from downtown through uptown, and drove a few miles north of downtown to check out Southern Methodist University with its tasteful brick buildings and manicured campus. The nearby Highland Park neighborhood was jaw dropping. ... We spent much time in uptown, a strip of restaurants, bars, shopping, hotels, and condos with droves of young people. Most Eligible Dallas unfolded before my eyes. But I saw no big hair. Jeans? Yes. Boots? Yes. Dressed to the nines? Oh yes. But no big hair. I was at least in the clear in the locks department.
Alas, McLeod didn't make it to Lower Greenville, where, a year from now, she'll find that Trader Joe's first announced Thursday. Which reminds me:

Council member Angela Hunt posted to her blog a sort of toldya-so celebrating the Big News as proof that the being-litigated Lower Greenville Planned Development District Ordinance and those recent street improvements really are working:
I remember talking with several retail brokers and restauranteurs a couple of years ago who told me the reasons they wouldn't relocate to Lower Greenville: the perception of high crime; the fact that it was primarily a regional late-night bar strip; and the run-down appearance of the street. We have changed that. The new late-night permitting process is reducing crime and helping rebalance the day-night business ratio. The street and sidewalk improvements have cleaned up the street and created a welcoming environment for the surrounding neighbors.

But the proof is in the results: Of all the places Trader Joe's could have moved to in Dallas -- the Park Cities, Uptown, Lakewood, Far North Dallas, and elsewhere -- they chose to come to Lower Greenville. Without question, this is a direct result of the changes we've made, and I have no doubt that without these changes, they would not have come. And this is just the type of business we wanted to attract -- a daytime business focused on serving the surrounding community. It's also a perfect fit for East Dallas.
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scottindallas
scottindallas

I love Lower Greenville, but it's not a good place for Trader Joes to locate their store.  I don't think that neighborhood visits grocery stores like other neighborhoods.  Second, it's not very accessible--getting in and out of lower Greenville is a pain, as it is remarkably removed from freeways and all but small streets with many lights. 

ObserverFan
ObserverFan

The Boston writer mentions Khloe Kardashian in the first lines of her article. I didn't continue reading it after that point.

stillw
stillw

If she wanted to find country dancing close-in, she should have gone to the Round Up.  Now there's something iconoclastic.

TiredOldTallTexan
TiredOldTallTexan

Can we please cut the crap with the "big hair" comments, from the unwashed masses? It really rakes me when D/FW gets showcased nationally, that they can't seem to get past the tired old stereotypes.

Rangers100
Rangers100

Highland Park, Javier's, Bread Winners...

Jeez.  

Maybe next time she visits she can actually go to the cool parts of Dallas.

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

I wish these newspapers could afford to hire real writers and not college freshmen 

LGResident II
LGResident II

Hunt would take credit for the second / third / fourth coming of Jesus Christ (or any other deity of your choice) if it gave her a chance to see her name in print again.

The Arcadia site is on the OTHER side of Hunt's district, at least under the old map. Where's Pauline Medrano's statement taking credit for the Trader Joe's in HER district???

Hunt and the city are being sued by Madison, the same company that negotiated to bring Trader Joe's to Lowest Greenville. Does this give her some suck-up points for court?

dallasmay
dallasmay

Eh, every city suffers from stereotypes. I would rather Dallas be known for "big hair" than be Houston and known for handle-bar mustaches. At least our stereotype doesn't look like a pedofile. 

J. Erik Jonsson.
J. Erik Jonsson.

And Madison is the primary author of the myth that there's no demand for daytime retail on Lower Greenville.  That's false as we now see.

So what's your argument?  Trader Joe's would have moved in without the planned development district?

ts
ts

Well played sir.  

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

No I am serious. My wife thought the same thing, and she is from MA and reads stuff that College Freshman write all the time. It was cliche, poorly written, lazy, and beneath what I expected out of a big city paper

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

Yes, the errant vowel completely invalidates my whole point

jfpo
jfpo

Why did you capitalize "College Freshman?" Is College Freshman a person? Did you mean "college freshmen?" You appear to be an unqualified literary critic.

minimark
minimark

Ah - well in the words of Emily Latella - "Never Mind"!

Jason
Jason

He didn't elaborate enough in his first remark.  I believe he was talking about the writer for the Boston Globe.

minimark
minimark

Google Robert Wilonsky and I think you'll know who I'm referring to.

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