The city of Dallas needs help understanding and visualizing all the qualities that combine to make a comfortable and inviting community street scene. Boy, do they.
So, in a rare stroke of bureaucratic common sense, it’s turned to the residents to show them what a vibrant, well functioning street looks like. One the other side of that coin, they also want to see what a lousy street and it environs look like.
The 2011 Dallas Great Streets Visual Essay Contest opened a couple of weeks ago and runs through 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 29. It’s a kind of photo and video essay contest with categories for professional photo- and videographers, amateurs, and students.
Check out all rules, stipulations, regulations, registrations, submissions, and fine print on the official website. And yes, there's prize money.
Does your vision of an ideal street scene focus on bistro tables along a bustling sidewalk? Find it and show it in six photos or a two minute video max. Maybe it’s well manicured landscaping — you know, not like the city keeps planting and ripping out along Central Expressway — hello, xeriscaping and cameras.
Personally, my idea of a great street is one that will leave all my internal organs in their original spots and positions after taking a drive across it, but which street is that?
Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. His thinks a great street in Dallas is ... well no ... oh, um ... OK, not exactly ... wait, how about ... nah.