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Live From Dallas: Arts Districts, Carless Bridges, and Electric Light Parades

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This week we’re bringing you our recording from the last weekend in October at the Rail~Volution conference, where we interviewed Catherine Cuellar, director of Entrepreneurs for North Texas and former executive director of the Dallas Arts District, and Dave Unsworth, the director of capital projects at TriMet in Portland, Oregon.

Catherine talks about how Dallas’s strong arts district has evolved and I ask her what it means to be a cultural district. She also looks back to the Deep Ellum’s neighborhood musical heyday, during her time as a music reporter and consumer. I ask her how she got into walking and biking and why living in Los Angeles changed how she views her Dallas home. The “one woman electric light parade,” as she describes herself and her bike, answers questions from the audience on streetcars, bike lanes, and misconceptions of Dallas.

Following Catherine, around the 33:30 mark, is Dave Unsworth, who shares with us his favorite Portland transit project and discusses the new car-free bridge, Tilikum Crossing, a.k.a. The Bridge of the People. We discuss the Lake Oswego Streetcar as well as some of Portland’s innovative green infrastructure.

So join us to talk about Dallas and Portland at Rail~Volution, this week on Talking Headways.

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