How should Jefferson Boulevard be rezoned?

Jefferson Tower is under renovations, via Jim Lake Cos.
Jefferson Tower is under renovations, via Jim Lake Cos.

Big changes for Jefferson Boulevard are on the horizon.

A makeover for the Jefferson Tower already is underway.

The City Design Studio and former City Councilmember Delia Jasso last year pitched a makeover for the boulevard itself, which involves fewer cars, improved landscaping and a wider median with a marketplace inspired by Las Ramblas in Barcelona.

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While changes are happening organically on the boulevard thanks to businesses including the Texas Theatre and Mesa, there is still crime and underused real estate.

The city wants to know how Oak Cliff residents would rezone Jefferson to make it more useful and vibrant. What business uses should be allowed or prohibited?

City of Dallas planning staff host a public meeting to show the first draft of proposed rezoning for the street, answer questions and solicit input.

The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13 in Hitt Auditorium at Methodist hospital.

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  • Angeline Churchill

    Poor old Jefferson. When you drive along it you have a chance of someone backing out of the parking into you on the right, and someone else blocking the left lane trying to turn at an intersection with no left turn signal. I think residential in new or refurbished properties will help (with underground or back street parking) as well as assist those who live there to take pride in their neighborhood. A pedestrian plaza is an interesting concept, but be sure the designer knows what sort of urban hell Dallas becomes in the summer. Trees, people, trees. Seating areas with overhead fans. Running water. Another supermarket besides Fiesta which carries lots of great stuff but always smells like fish a day past its expiration date. And I’m sure there’s a Ph.D. project in how to update the housing surrounding Jefferson without pricing it out of reach to regular or lower income people. My fingers are crossed!

  • Anthony D. Brewer

    Crime will be an issue unless the city aggressively goes after the ramshackle housing in this area with heightened code enforcement. The rest of it…whatever. I am skeptical of Dallas’ penchant for planning & studying & proposing. Sounds like an excuse for someone to draw a consultancy check to me…or a manufactured raison d’ etre for some task force/study group/commission that will be funded with tax money…

  • ericthegardener

    I always thought it would be great to have residential on the two streets north and south of Jefferson (Sunset and Centre) as well as residential in the existing buildings on Jefferson where appropriate.

  • downtownworker

    Another tower like Jefferson Tower, but all residential, would be pretty fantastic. We need more people to live on that street to make it more vibrant.