More Architecture, And a Corner Store Please

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?

Corner Store, Retail, Mixed-Use, Plano Dallas

About Eric Miller

Rick and I started this web magazine as The New Colonist back in 1999. I was in San Francisco, and he was in Los Angeles. We had a common interest in sustainability and city life. We're still at it. Today I am happy to have lived in both New York, San Francisco and Pittsburgh and to now reside in Dallas. Find more at