Scenes From Downtown Dallas

You might have noticed (or not) that I have been largely MIA this past week.  The reasons for that have been primarily good and so I won’t apologize for being scarce around the hallways and conference rooms here at Biff Sock Pow (LLC).

After all, all work and no play make Biff a very dull blogger.  And yet you keep coming back anyway.  I thank you (and admire your fortitude and patience).

It was a good day today.  I mentioned yesterday that my daughter is in town for a brief visit and so, at her request, we went to downtown Dallas today to walk about.  We all forgot that Dallas was the focal point for lots and lots of crazy people this weekend.   Still, we managed to avoid all the nonsense and still had a good day.  The weather was perfect.  The sun shone beautifully and gleamed off of all the glass buildings, putting to mind the immortal words “A sunny pleasure-dome with caves of ice!“.  Apparently, Coleridge has been to Dallas in spring.  (Dante was here in the summer.)

We had ice cream from a food truck at Klyde Warren Park, which, you may remember from the pictures and descriptions in one of my earlier posts (almost a year ago exactly), is a park created by covering over the extremely busy and subterranean Woodall Rogers Freeway.

As I already mentioned, the weather was perfect for such a jaunt.  Everyone seemed to be in a jolly mood.  Kids were well-behaved.  Dogs trotted hither and yon.  Everyone was smiling.   It was almost like I had tripped and fell into a dream.  But it was perfectly real.

After eating our ice cream, we walked through downtown Dallas (avoiding the aforementioned lunacy).  The buildings all gleamed in the sun.  Traffic was not heavy.  Everything seemed clean and shiny and lovely (or as clean and shiny as a major metropolis can be).  Honestly, one could almost forget that one was in one of the largest cities in the United States, though all one had to do was look up to be reminded.

Here are a few scenes from our visit downtown.  I hope you enjoy!


Texas Flag over Dallas Buildings

01 Texas Flag over Dallas Image Copyright ©2018 by Biff Sock Pow


Dallas Buildings Gleaming in the Sun

02 Dallas Buildings Gleaming in Sun.jpg Image Copyright ©2018 by Biff Sock Pow


Sheraton Reflection

03 Sheraton Reflection Image Copyright ©2018 by Biff Sock Pow


DART Train

04 Dart Train.jpg Image Copyright ©2018 by Biff Sock Pow


Giant Eyeball

05 Giant Eyeball Image Copyright ©2018 by Biff Sock Pow


Smerk!

 06 Smerk!Image Copyright ©2018 by Biff Sock Pow


Anna Debska’s “Colts in Motion”

07 Anna Debska’s Colts in Motion.jpg Image Copyright ©2018 by Biff Sock Pow


Birth of a Skyscraper

08 New Skyscraper.jpg Image Copyright ©2018 by Biff Sock Pow


State Bird of Texas (Whopping Cranes)

09 Dallas Cranes Image Copyright ©2018 by Biff Sock Pow


Red I-Beam Sculpture

 10 Red Beam Sculpture.jpgImage Copyright ©2018 by Biff Sock Pow


 

 

 

 

15 comments

    • Yes, I’m kind of fond of it, too. It has its problems like any big city, but overall it is a friendly place and is trying to make our little corner of the world a better place.

      I’ve never been much impressed with Houston. I’ve never heard of a city of that size not having any zoning laws! It is like anarchy down there! But the people are nice.

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    • You’re welcome, Candice! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. It was indeed a wonderful day to go exploring. In another too weeks it will be too hot to even THINK about going downtown for anything. 🙂

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  1. Ah splendid look at the city of Dallas. Lovely photo essay. We too have a lot of the whooping cranes too, as here in Vancouver nothing old stays past its expiry date, unless it is granted ‘heritage status’. I am considering granting myself such status, so there will be no development or razing. We have an influx of Asian buyers always which means a lot of lovely buildings must make way for monster housing. BTW we have the most expensive fuel in all of North America, about $1.60 a litre, about $6-7 a gallon.

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    • Thank you, Wilt! I’m glad you enjoyed it. I am actually very surprised that Dallas has any old buildings left. Throughout the 60s, 70s, and 80s, the developers’ battle cry was “out with the old, in with the new!” They were building glass-and-brass skyscrapers at an breathtaking pace. I’m glad they left some of the old buildings from the 20s and 30s. Especially the art-deco ones! Those are awesome!

      And good luck getting yourself declared a heritage site! If it works, let me know. I might try it myself.

      And I had no idea fuel was so expensive up your way! I’ll stop complaining about the $2.60 a gallon we’re paying down here.

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