City Council Approves $4.4 Million to Fix Victory Park Issues

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Slowly, slowly moving toward being more than a special events hub.

This afternoon, the Dallas City Council voted unanimously to kick in more than $4.4 million from sports arena tax-increment financing district funds to begin some of the more rudimentary tasks necessary to rehabilitate the dystopian pseudo-urban wasteland that is Victory Park.

The money is but a small part of the expected final costs of rectifying the wrongs that Ross Perot Jr. has wrought. According to an October presentation made by Victory Park's new owners to the council, private spending alone on the reclamation is expected to exceed $100 million in addition to any contributions the TIF will make.

See also: Dallas' Victory Park Struggles to Deliver a Win

This money is intended to fix some of the issues that make navigating Victory Park unpleasant.

The most obvious change will be the conversion of Victory Avenue and Houston Street from one-way streets to two-way thoroughfares. According to study commissioned by the council in 2013, the switch will allowed for improved circulation in the area immediately surrounding American Airlines Center, relieving the ubiquitous post-event traffic snarls that plague those who drive to the AAC rather than taking the train.

Additionally, the money will provide for the creation and maintenance of bike lanes on Victory and Houston and pay for the glut of new signs needed to inform the public of all the changes.

The plans approved today have been in the works for well over a year, so it seems revitalization may still be a little ways off yet. Still though, for an area of which a Salon article once said "[i]f you took all the clichés about horrible urban design and shoved them into 75 acres, you'd probably end up with something pretty close to Dallas' Victory Park," it's a start.



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WaitWhat
WaitWhat

"The most obvious change will be the conversion of Victory Avenue and Houston Street from one-way streets to two-way thoroughfares."

Have the considered turning them into toll lanes?

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

When is the vote for millions to fix the wave?

acidshock1
acidshock1

Because the abandoned waste water facility the AAC replaced was an urban paradise...

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

the best improvement to Victory Park yesterday was Tyson Chandler.

dfw_maverick
dfw_maverick

You describe Victory Park as a wasteland, but the land is almost all gone with office buildings and apartments going up right now -

Sidewalk
Sidewalk

How about putting something in that is alive instead of cold hard concrete, like trees and grass.

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

Getting to THE  VENUE getting away from the VENUE.

The VENUE is the Attraction.

WaitWhat
WaitWhat

They want to get rid of one way streets in Deep Ellum because traffic moves too well.  Urban planners baffle me.

vsj052000
vsj052000

they should really put an outdoor skating rink in victory park during the winter. it would definitely get a crowd down there. and with real ice, none of that weird shit they had at KWP

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

But I'm fairly certain that when Junior shows up again with his hand out, that the City Council will be more than glad to fill it.


Be sure thank him for killing Inland Port.

kduble
kduble

@dfw_maverick  The land isn't anywhere near gone. Under the master plan, that huge expansive asphalt space seen from Stemmons would someday be infilled with buildings.

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

@Sidewalk As nice of an idea as that would be that area is a is a people funnel. I understand the profit motive but still not the need for those office buildings to be built so close to each other and the entrance of the aaC. As large as that plaza is it seems like an after thought. I get a bit claustrophobic walking into it 


ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Dallas put all the possible live stuff in just one spot, Warren park, so trees and such wouldn't be forced to screw up developers' plans for cconcrete paradises.

That's the D top down way. The shitty that worksx remember? Don't question the DCC wisdom. They are infallible.

kduble
kduble

@WaitWhat  It's hard to generate retail in a district designed for view from a moving vehicle.

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