On the trip to Dallas yesterday, I was impressed by the new Klyde Warren Park, which opened in October, but which I hadn't visited until yesterday. The first goal of the project, which began in 2004, was to create a green oasis like Bryant Square Park in New York, and one of that park's developers was a consultant for the Dallas project. The other goal was to connect downtown and uptown Dallas; the two neighborhoods are adjacent to each other, but bisected by the Woodall Rogers Freeway.
The park itself was pretty quiet yesterday afternoon, but there was a reasonable amount of pedestrian traffic.
The fact that Dallas now has a $110m park sitting on top of a freeway might strike some readers as excess typical of the city: more money than taste or sense. I think it is typical of the city for different reasons, viz. that people up there will just go ahead and do things. In October Karen Nielsen, at D Magazine, explained how it all came about
Meanwhile, here's a giraffe from the Dallas Zoo:
"To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield"