Dallas' Katy Trail received a "Best Public Place" award from the Urban Land Institute.

Dallas’ Katy Trail received a “Best Public Place” award from the Urban Land Institute.

It seems, Dallasites, we have a habit of comparing ourselves to other cities in our bid to become “world class.” Whatever that means, amiright? Perhaps it’s time we start acknowledging all of the really cool stuff we have in our backyard, like our now award-winning SWA-designed Katy Trail, which was named “Best Public Place” by the North Texas District Council of the Urban Land Institute during the group’s “Impact” awards.

I mean, if it’s good enough for a huge group of urban planners and architects, it should be good enough for us, right? Well, it’s no Buffalo Bayou, a public place that Mark Lamster has lauded as a model for Dallas’ Trinity River and another SWA project, but it’s actually better because it links the more than 2,800 daily trail users through 20 diverse neighborhoods along its 3.5 miles, encourages alternative transportation uses, and weaves through 29 acres of wildlife habitat in our own central Dallas.

Buffalo Bayou who? Exactly.

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