This morning, the city council's Quality of Life & Government Services Committee, chaired by Pauline Medrano, will discuss whether or not allowing light-emitting diode signs in downtown Dallas is a bright idea. Last July, Spectrum Properties, Ltd. -- the local developers behind the Third Rail Lofts at 1407 Main Street -- tried to get LED signs on the side of the building, only to get denied by the City Plan Commission in September. The council took it up last month, then postponed its decision till the end of this month, pending further discussion amongst folks on the Economic Development Committee and other downtown stakeholders.
Turns out, the task force is pretty much for it -- with some stipulations. Among the initial findings to be presented to the council committee today as we prepare to, at last, soar toward our Blade Runner future: "LED boards enhance vitality of District"; they "should be permitted in retail corridor"; they'll only be allowed to operate between 6 a.m. and midnight; and they will display streaming video "if it does not interfere with traffic signals,' naw. And folks who live downtown will be pleased: The task force would like to "have at least one general meeting with downtown residents and retailers." Which is nice, as nothing's expected to be finalized till the end of June -- at the earliest. --Robert Wilonsky
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