In Sprawling Texas, Walkability Gains a Toehold

Five years ago, a trip on foot over the busy freeway that separates downtown Dallas from neighboring Uptown would have required a bit of courage.

Uneven, relatively narrow sidewalks lined the traffic overpasses that crossed the eight-lane freeway. Pedestrians on the sidewalks, which lacked shade during the day or ample lighting at night, could sometimes feel the overpasses tremble as traffic roared by underneath.

Today, the traffic still flows below, but the same trip takes a pedestrian past fields of picnicking families, a dog park and a putting green. Completed in 2012, the five-acre Klyde Warren Park was built on ...

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