Dwaine Caraway Wants to Revive Downtown with Delicious Popcorn

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Dwaine Caraway wants a bag of popcorn this big. Right now.
Is "Stuff Dwaine Caraway Likes" officially a meme yet? If not, can we make it one? Because every time he opens his mouth, something fascinating emerges. (See sagging pants and, again, sagging pants, and the roof at Fair Park Coliseum, all in just the few weeks I've been paying attention).

Today, it was as the City Council's Quality of Life committee received an update on a proposed ordinance to regulate street vendors downtown. There were questions, like what exactly is the dress code? (Answer: Shirt, pants, and an ID badge); Isn't $1,200 per year a lot for a permit? (The consensus of the committee was yes.); Isn't it ironic that the city is "fostering" street life downtown by implementing more regulations? (Councilwoman Sandy Greyson says yes.); Isn't a maximum of 12 permits per vendor too high? (Consensus was yes, that's way too many).

Caraway then told assistant city manager Joey Zapata that there are vending conglomerates salivating at the chance to corner the downtown market and implored Zapata to put in place regulations to ensure that the smaller operations have an equal shot. "Y'all better have it right before y'all come, because it ain't gonna go. I'll tell you that straight up."

That's only part of Caraway's vision. Dallas, he also said, has one of the deadest downtowns in the country because the city hasn't marketed it properly but also because its popcorn options suck. "We need a popcorn vendor," he told the committee. "Folks will say, 'I'm going to get some popcorn. (Their family will tell them) bring me back some popcorn.' Especially if it's good popcorn."

That's exactly what would happen at H.L. Green's when Caraway was growing up. People would be there all the time, all because of the popcorn and cashew nuts. Which is why, in its downtown vending ordinance, the city needs to choose what type of vendor is best suited for which specific location. He didn't say, but we can assume that one or several of these spots would be exclusively dedicated to popcorn.

So there you have it. Downtown hasn't suffered because it is geared toward commuters or that the city has been historically reluctant to allow residential development or anything resembling nightlife. No, it's because you haven't been able to buy a bag of buttery, fresh-made popcorn on the street corner. Luckily, city zoning rules could soon change that, which will only push downtown's creeping revival into overdrive. If you pop it, they will come.


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Daniel Windham
Daniel Windham

Then you, my friend, are the exact reason Dallas will never be the "world class city" (lol) that everyone desperately begs to have. Tell me how professionals in suits do it in downtown Phoenix, Atlanta, Albuquerque, Houston, New Orleans, Miami... and others. Ill tell you this: if the streets were more pedestrian friendly, (aka wider sidewalks, more interactive storefronts, regularly placed 20+ ft street trees for shade) then you and others would be holding your coats and strolling down the wonderful downtown streets. Then no one would notice the homeless, or maybe someone WOULD notice the parks. Streets like that are why people love and live and work in major cities. The activity, the night life, the business is all there too- like icing on the cake. But those things are not for only the single children-less people. Go work in Las Colinas if you want an office park, and come back to Dallas when you want a city. 

Chiggers!
Chiggers!

1.Fill the Nasher with popcorn. 2.Wait for blazing summer days & blinding reflection from Museum Tower to pop said popcorn.    (Bonus! It's GREEN energy) 3.Profit!

OakCliff
OakCliff

I forgot to mention that in the YouTube video "Dwaine Caraway interview with police 1-2-2011" ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0yFEQrG6lU), if you click on the "Show More" button below the video you will see the entire transcript of the video. Next to each section of the transcript, click on the time link to go to that part of the video.

OakCliff
OakCliff

"She's doing every d*mn thing under the sun." "This sh*ts been goin' on for a while now." Don't miss the highlights (lowlights?) from Dwaine Caraway's police interview. Available now on YouTube with the title "Dwaine Caraway interview with police 1-2-2011." The URL is:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0yFEQrG6lU

Subnx
Subnx

Anyone who wants to close the downtown tunnels doesn't wear a suit and tie or have to go to meetings. Vibrant urban environments are for people with lots of extra time on their hands because they don't work or have kids. I don't like vibrant urban environments. I like convenience and access to where I have to go to earn a living.

Urbandweller203
Urbandweller203

Don't forget the break dancers spinning around on the sidewalk. Also, It would be interesting to see what would happen if the popcorn vendors were placed in the direction of the museum light reflection. Now that's worth going downtown to see. DC may be on to something.

Ed D.
Ed D.

Back when enclosed shopping malls were popular (kids, ask your parents) I did love nothing more than to get a huge bag of fresh popcorn at the food court and walk the mall, shopping and people watching while I crunched. Would I do the same on the streets of downtown when it's 102F? No, no I would not. (Maybe for a really good soft pretzel...)

Montemalone
Montemalone

Next week, they'll tackle the great sno-cone/shaved-ice debate. Of course, the Hawaiian faction will insist on shave ice. I'm partial to soft-serve real ice cream,  not that sissified frogurt crap. The hipsters are gonna want gelato. I'm sure it'll be a closed-door session, so we may just have to live with whatever council decides, our taste buds be damned.

Montemalone
Montemalone

 They used to have these things called awnings on buildings, that would be cranked open every morning by shop keepers to shade the sidewalk and also keep the rain off. A/C is a relatively recent invention, and people lived in the south for a long time before it. I still don't know how my family did it.

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