Committed to making Dallas a walkable, diverse, and vibrant city



The tightly knit urban fabric of old Dallas was destroyed in the 1960s and 70s in an attempt to adapt to suburbanization. Interstate highways were rammed through the core of the city. City streets were converted to one-way thoroughfares to help commuters speed to work downtown and back. Neighborhoods were cut off from one another; many in Old East Dallas, South Dallas, and Southern Dallas were left to die.


The construction of I-30 in 1964 split East Dallas, leaving desolation in its wake. The building of I-345 required the bulldozing of 54 blocks of Deep Ellum, once one of the nation’s most vibrant centers of black culture and separated it from downtown. Also in 1971, the construction of I-45 as a elevated highway wiped out the thriving community of Spence, described in the Dallas Morning News at the time as a “modest neighborhood of well-kept shotgun houses served by over one hundred businesses.”  The North Dallas Tollway connection to downtown – McKinnon and Harry Hines – in 1970 wiped out Little Mexico, and Woodall Rodgers in 1980 destroyed what was left of Freedman’s Town.


Our city must be made whole again. Our problems are many, but foremost among them is the design of the city. Without redoing this design and reconnecting our neighborhoods, all efforts are piecemeal. The key challenge of our generation is to tear down the physical barriers that separate us and restore our urban fabric so our city can once again become the lodestar and bustling center of a thriving region. Until we undertake this challenge, we will be unable to attract the talented workforce we need to compete on the world stage.


Together We Can Make a Difference



Replace I-345 and Rebuild Dallas

We believe that we can rebuild Dallas’ urban core by replacing I-345 with boulevards, and transforming the surrounding 245 acres largely defined by empty parking lots and undeveloped land into a mixed-income, mixed-use neighborhood that will generate jobs, create affordable housing, and improve the quality of life for all of Dallas’ residents.


Rethinking I-30

The city and state should work together to lay the groundwork to one day reroute or remove the interstate altogether, replacing it with greenspace and drainage improvements serving as citywide amenities.