An interesting note from a news article today. The Dallas Morning News reports young people are choosing Austin, Houston and San Antonio over Dallas. The reasons are lack of close-in housing and lack of connectivity. Actually the transit here is much better than in Austin, San Antonio or Houston, and there’s plenty of apartment housing in Uptown and Downtown. I think what really turns millennials off to Dallas is the corporate vibe, or lack of small independent businesses – a lack of people playing out new independent and unique ideas in the city. The remedy as I see it would be to stop tearing down old buildings, which are the places where new businesses are incubated. The reason is obvious- cheap rent in a walkable, connected district. In that sense Dallas does have a lack of connectivity- all the record stores, mom and pop restaurants etc are in suburbs like Irving.
This is what Dallas really lacks.