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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – After making her first visit to Dallas’ Klyde Warren Park, Betty Foster was simply blown away: “Love it. Beautiful. Kudos to Dallas.” The downtown gem was not what the Rowlett resident was expecting.

“No, uh uh,” says Foster. “I’ve seen a lot of things happen in Dallas, but this is one of the best.”

And some would argue that the only possible improvement would be to have it even closer.

“I think it’d be wonderful to have this right outside your front door!” exclaims Barbara Kelly. “Food trucks, take your dog for a little walk, you can hop on the trolley and go uptown and get your hair done, go to Mort, go down to the Winspear, go to the Art Museum, yes it is. It’s wonderful, it’s a great destination.”

Indeed. The park no doubt played heavily into just publicized plans for developer Trammel Crow to build a mixed use high rise development just across the street. Residential, office and restaurant space will eventually occupy the spot that’s now a CHASE Motor Bank, across from the Federal Reserve.

“I’ve lived here 40 years, and we’ve been talking about revitalizing downtown literally since I got here,” says Bernard Weinstein, PhD, an economist at SMU’s Cox School of Business. “And it’s finally starting to happen.”
Weinstein says taxpayers will benefit—even if they’re not planning to relocate.

“It’s a good thing in terms of job creation, it’s certainly a good thing in terms of tax base, and the City of Dallas—for that matter, every other city in the region—is always looking to expand its tax base, and that’s what’s going on in downtown Dallas.”

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