City seeks input on Oak Cliff streetscaping




Posted on December 11, 2011 at 12:43 AM

Updated Sunday, Dec 11 at 12:46 AM

DALLAS — It was a chilly Saturday, but still walking weather on West Davis Street in Oak Cliff.

The city invited everyone to walk with them for a rare chance to put in their two cents worth on how to redesign streets and sidewalks around the Bishop Arts District.

"I'm looking forward to wider sidewalks; I'm looking forward to parking along the street," said Richard Davis, a neighborhood resident.

The community walk was a call to share design ideas for future improvements to the street and sidewalks. It's part of the Dallas Complete Streets Initiative.

Citizens first got to see what the proposed changes would look like; then they could walk to each place to judge what might work best.

Then, everyone could place stickers by the plan they liked the most. Overall, the feedback was positive.

"I don't think that often you get a chance to really walk down to the end of your street and have someone from the city listen to you," said Susan Smith.

Design studies will be finished in next couple of weeks.

"We have an idea. We've researched it, we understand," said Dallas City Council member Delia Jasso. "But we want to be sure the constituents understand what 'Complete Streets' means."

The city will use the input collected on Saturday to form the final options for the project. Some of those choices could become elements of the bond program scheduled for next year.