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What's Going to Save Main Street? Outdoor Dining, Nicer Lights and Retail, Dang It!

Now that we've identified and solved downtown's parking problems, here's the second doc posted to the Downtown Dallas 360 site yesterday -- the 48-page August 2010 Steering Committee Presentation, which breaks down downtown into five areas in need of some TLC: the Main Street District, Farmers Market, South Arts District, Lamar Street Corridor and Union Station. Among the recommendations: sidewalk cafe seating, new sconces, some tile and affordable housing.

You'll need to print out the doc to read the fine print concerning the Main Street Retail Activation Strategy, the full presentation of which is missing here. But it boils down to: "The Main Street District of Downtown Dallas is the stage and runway for the retail, social, fashion and cultural soul of modern Dallas. It provides Dallas with the re-kindled creative spark of determination that was present as its conception." This report cost $515,000. I am clearly in the wrong line of work.

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