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01 May 2003, 06:58 PM
Thanks for the pics Troy. Looks like I need to spend some time in Seattle. By the way, it appears that they are kicking Dallas' butt in the inner city low/mid rise residential density category!
02 May 2003, 12:59 PM
Garrett, I was wondering about that myself... but I don't think I'd come to that conclusion...
Their low/mid rise units appear to be next to the waterfront, on land with height restrictions... it's problematic if their low/mid districts will move anywhere else.
Dallas also contains an enormous number of residential units, but the design of the Dallas units is more diverse... Seattle looks like nothing but steel boxes, whereas Dallas is a mix of various architectural styles...
The Dallas units are located in neighborhoods with diverse land uses. Think about McKinney Ave, with a mix of shops, restaurants, apts, etc... Also a mix of restored houses, midrise buildings, highrise buildings, etc.
Seattle's outdoor environment looks pretty grim and austere... nothing but building fronts and streets. I think that Dallas has softened its streetscapes better than Seattle has, with trees, textured sidewalks, antique lampposts, etc.
Dallas may also have the edge on quantity. Everything from Exall Park to Deep Ellum to Farmers Market to the West End to West Village and on to State-Thomas is an enormous pedestrian-oriented area. Seattle appears to be a downtown with residential on its fringes.
From what I see of Seattle and San Diego, I definitely think Dallas is ahead of them... but it is also true that many cities are having an urban reniassance, not just Dallas.
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