Downtown Dallas, Inc. Tunnels and Sky Bridges Network Task ForceFinal Report and RecommendationsMission
Downtown Dallas, Inc. (DDI) charged this task force with evaluating one of therecommendations in the Downtown 360 plan:
Develop a plan to phase out retail or restaurant uses from underground tunnelsThe work of this task force involved determining:
Existing uses of the tunnels and sky bridges network
The degree to which retail establishments under office buildings rely on pedestriantraffic in the network
The extent to which portions of the network are being closed due to decisions of privateproperty owners
Which uses are in space owned by the city of Dallas
What contractual relationships that may exist between retail and restaurant owners andeither building owners or the city
Findings of Fact
The recommendation of the Vincent Ponte 1969 study to create a tunnel system wasbased on the perceived need to separate vehicular traffic from pedestrians to make iteasier to enter and exit Downtown. This was a common urban planning principal duringthat time, but now is largely abhorred by urban planners.
Weather extremes were not a consideration in the Ponte recommendations.
The network by its very nature is secure and mostly inaccessible to the street. It isaccessed internally almost exclusively through several office buildings. Therefore retail
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