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October 24, 2007

New downtown park will open up views of historic buildings

Main Street Garden puts downtown buildings in a new light

Dallas Morning News
By Eric Aasen

A Forest City project adaptively reuses an historic building bordering a real park in Dallas:

Among the renovated, reused and vacant buildings downtown is a freshly turned dirt field at Main and St. Paul streets. The city cleared the lot to make way for a grassy, tree-lined city park to be called Main Street Garden.
Mercantile Bank. Built in the 1940s, this skyscraper was once the tallest building in Texas. It has been vacant since the early 1990s, but Forest City Enterprises is converting it into apartments and retail space. A smaller Forest City building under construction between the Merc and the park will have apartments and ground-level stores.


NoLandGrab: In Brooklyn, calls for Forest City to adaptively reuse buildings in the footprint of Atlantic Yards has fallen on deaf ears. The privately owned publicly assessible open space that winds between the towers in the superblock plan is not really a park, despite what Bruce Ratner wants people to believe.

Posted by lumi at October 24, 2007 6:21 AM