Deep Ellum Streetscape Plans Moving Along

City aims to make area more walkable

By Kristi Nelson
|  Monday, Mar 21, 2011  |  Updated 7:00 PM CDT
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A bond program approved five years ago will slow down traffic, draw more business and make roads bike friendly in Deep Ellum.

Kristi Nelson, NBCDFW.com

A bond program approved five years ago will slow down traffic, draw more business and make roads bike friendly in Deep Ellum.

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The city of Dallas is working on a streetscape plan for Deep Ellum.

The idea is to slow down traffic, draw more business and make the roads pedestrian- and bike-friendly.

"It's going to be a place to come and hang out, versus a place to come at night late and leave," said Barry Annino, president of the Deep Ellum Foundation.

The city is planning new streetscapes for Deep Ellum, complete with bike lanes, benches and trees. The project was approved in a 2006 bond program.

Sean Fitzgerald, of the Deep Ellum Community Association, said many residents and business owners have long sought a more walkable neighborhood.

Part of the plan is to make all of the streets two-way. Elm Street would be first to get a makeover. Sidewalks would be widened to encourage street-side patio dining, and bike lanes would be added.

"Yet the music will still be the same, the street scene will all be the same, the excitement and vibe will still be the same,” Fitzgerald said.

The plan will be explained at a community meeting in April, where neighbors are encouraged to ask questions or express concerns.

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