Vincent Ponte

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2012

    Those Brand-New, Up-to-Date Maps of the Downtown Tunnels Are Ready For Unfolding

    Noah Jeppson and his maps​I met Friend of Unfair Park Noah Jeppson for breakfast this morning and traded him a bagel for a stack of his maps to the downtown tunnels; I got the far better deal. Way back in June, you may recall, we noted that Jeppson was attempting to kickstart efforts to render a b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2011

    At Last, You Can Read the Finished Downtown Dallas 360 Plan: A Pathway to the Future

    From the Downtown Dallas 360 report: "The underground tunnel system linking office buildings, hotels and other destinations is often a sterile, unexciting environment that draws life from streets above."​One week from Wednesday, the Dallas City Council will hold a public hearing and, more than lik ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Going Underground (Again): More Thoughts On and Looks At Downtown Dallas's Tunnels

    Click to embiggen: Vincent Ponte's plan for Dallas from the June 1968 Esquire​As promised, Patrick "Car-Free" Kennedy has posted his thoughts on the YouPlusDallas video in which Jack Gosnell regales viewers with tales of how Dallas came to bury its businesses beneath downtown. And, like Gosnell an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Into Downtown's Tunnels, A Horror Story

    From time to time we've revisited the damage done to downtown Dallas by Montreal urban planner Vincent Ponte, who proposed in the June 1968 issue of Esquire that downtown Dallas bury its businesses underground -- a decision then-Dallas Mayor Laura Miller referred to in The New York Times in '05 as " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2008

    Forty Years Ago, A Man Had a Plan for Downtown Dallas ...

    Whilst cleaning out my office the other day, I came across a copy of Esquire that, just so happens, hit newsstands exactly 40 years ago this month. The cover, conceived by the legendary George Lois, was a publishing first, insisted the legendary Arnold Gingrich in the publisher's note: "the first ti ... More >>

  • News

    December 11, 1997

    That giant sucking sound

    No, not The Dallas Morning News' arena coverage--but tax dollars being siphoned away for millionaires' pet projects