Urbanization has frequently focused on denser development, encouraging widespread land utilization, and such process often boosts the threat to existing open spaces, eliminating them rather than conserving them. However, ecological importance of open spaces and urban wetlands are emerging rapidly within fast developing cities, partially due to increasing citizens’ demands for green space. Humans naturally are outdoor creatures, and yet over the past few centuries we have begun to confine ourselves into enclosed spaces, where we spend more than 90% of our lives.
The Dallas City Council has approved the development and operating endowment agreements between Parks for Downtown Dallas and the City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department for the creation of Pacific Plaza. A 3.2- acre park will be taking over an existing parking lot, bound by North Harwood Street, Pacific Avenue, North St. Paul Street, and One Dallas Center, incorporating the adjacent .49-acre James W. Aston Park. Construction is expected to begin in early 2018 and is estimated to take approximately 12-18 months.
Pacific Plaza development characterizes a remarkable addition to existing Dallas green spaces, and will be a great amenity to Dallas residents. I am very thrilled to see this urban vision that holistically navigates economic gains, performance, and environment, and balances human aspects, nature, and beauty, to grow and become a leading urban typology within our city.