A Look at the Past, Present and Some Vague Suggestions for the Future of Deep Ellum

Just came across this video on Vimeo, posted yesterday by Texas A&M environmental-design grad Katie Ogden, who's spending the summer interning at the LBJ offices of architectural firm Gensler. It begins as a history of Deep Ellum, then rolls out current stats -- as in, how much of the neighborhood's devoted to parking (41 percent), retail (11 percent), residential (2 percent) and so on. It then wraps with some suggestions for "getting more people into the area, repopulating it, getting the growth back," as the Ursuline grad explained when we spoke this morning.

Don't read too much into it: Ogden, who's now getting her master's at SMU, says putting together the video was an internship assignment (fancy). She and her team were told to study a neighborhood in need of a makeover, and they went with Deep Ellum because, as she puts it, "we spent time down there, did the research and thought it was a good opportunity to expand and revive the culture down there." As for the 3D modeling you see at the end, it's not terribly specific because, look, this was just a suggestion -- "urban development for the year 2030." Still, worth a look.

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