The series I’ve talked about doing is finally here, and to tell the truth, I wasn’t always planning on doing a travel blogging series for Texas, but when it was pointed out to me that people from other states and other countries might want to see what it’s like here, I felt it was a good idea to try to do this area justice.
This series, Heartbeat of Dallas, will explore the sights and sounds of Dallas, Texas, from downtown to suburbia, and try to capture the essence of what it’s like to live in Texas, which is an experience I myself knew nothing about until six months ago.
For episode one, I thought I’d cover the downtown area of Dallas, and it’s likely that there will have to be multiple episodes on those particular areas, because Dallas is a pretty sprawling city, all things considered.
With that all out of the way, let’s begin!
Displayed above is one of the downtown area’s many train stations- as you can see, the train area is smoothly integrated into the sidewalk area, and that makes it easy to catch trains as they make their way up and down. I’ve used this particular train area many times, and it’s a major hub when you’re trying to go from one place downtown to another.
This is another view of the same train area, and you can actually see a couple trains coming. Another thing that you can notice in this shot is that Dallas architecture downtown tends to be more utility-oriented more than anything else- I remember from my visit to South Carolina that some buildings had this elaborately styled architecture where the buildings looked almost like old mansions, but Dallas doesn’t appear to follow that pattern.
They’ve got these neat curved shapes to wait under while the train is about to arrive, and as I’ve discovered during the rainstorms that used to be constant a couple months ago, that’s a welcome thing. These public areas are surprisingly clean, so either people tend not to litter near the train areas or they’ve got a dedicated team somewhere to clean it up.
You can see GoPass advertised quite prominently in this shot, and GoPass is actually a really convenient way to keep track of ticket information, and it’s part of what appears to be Dallas’s overall plan to increase the number of people riding public transportation, which is an effort I wholeheartedly support, because if more people knew how usable DART is, it would lead to more riders and eventually a more sophisticated system overall.
One thing I’ve noticed about Dallas that’s different from other cities I’ve been to is that the number of cars here isn’t overwhelming, and neither is the number of pedestrians, so the conclusion I draw is that Dallas must not have a very high population density, which is not unheard of for a major city, as Sydney displays this attribute as well.
This is an interesting-looking sculpture that I saw downtown, I’m not quite sure what the exact meaning of it is, but I felt it was cool enough to take a picture of. There are other sculptures rather like it in the surrounding area, and a few pieces of outdoor art that add to the area’s look.
There are a healthy amount of trees that you can see in the city, and just because Dallas is a sprawling metropolis doesn’t mean you won’t see some green from time to time. Another way the city is staying green is apparently keeping the streets free of trash, as mentioned previously, which is a welcome change from cities like Philadelphia that I’m used to.
The only thing more common than buses and trains and cars in the downtown area of Dallas is business buildings like the one depicted above, and part of this is because Dallas is one of the biggest-growing cities in America, and the city is trying to keep up with the myriad number of businesses moving to Texas, such as the tech companies, as well as the increasing number of people like myself who come here for new opportunities.
That’s all the photos for now, but there are four more parts of this episode on the way, so stay tuned for part two!