Some attention is being given to the uniformity and blandness of all the new apartment buildings going up in Dallas, Houston and elsewhere. Indeed, we need more imagination and design. But we also need a better mix of retail and commercial. Walking neighborhoods are not simply neighborhoods with sidewalks. New apartment buildings need to accommodate restaurants and bodegas. Reserving small corner store spaces is often sufficient.
While it looks similar to most of what is being constructed in Dallas, this building in Downtown Plano has incorporated a 7-11. How is it that Plano gets what is lost on Dallas?