Back in April, the Dallas City Council gave Berkeley-based Moore Iacofano Goltsman, Inc. $515,000 out of the Downtown Connection TIF District Project Budget to come up with a downtown Dallas "area plan." Because, look, Dallas has a mountainous stack of studies and plans -- the Downtown Parks Master Plan, the Farmer's Market Redevelopment Plan, Strategic Engagement: Dallas' Economic Development Plan, the D2 Study: Downtown Dallas Transit Study, the Comprehensive Transportation Plan for the Central Business District, the Inside The Loop Committee Final Report, forwardDallas! and the Downtown Parks and Open Space Master Plan, for starters. But, clearly, we need one more to make sense of them all. As in: "The Downtown Area Plan will synthesize the strategies and actionable items identified for the downtown within the many City approved plans, link to an Implementation Strategy, and provide a finely-tuned area plan specific to the vision for downtown and opportunities for development."
As we noted in late August, reps from MIG have been in town to talk to downtown stakeholders; we're still waiting to hear from team leader Daniel Iacofano to find out how it's going. But, worst case, we'll just ask him on October 12. Because, see, we're all invited to attend one of these downtown sitdowns, matter of fact. So mark it down: 4 to 7 p.m. at the Dallas Convention Center. Might as well attend -- at least this way you'll feel like you're getting your money's worth out of the deal.