Klyde Warren Park

Dallas’ landscape is crisscrossed with interstate highways that cut through and divide our city’s neighborhoods. The lasting effects of these high-speed thoroughfares on our city have been felt for years, but until recently, the only option was to grin and bear it. With an acute lack of will to remove them, urban planners had to come up with a solution for restoring the connection between neighborhoods. The answer: deck parks and connective parks.

Our first in North Texas was Klyde Warren Park, and our city can’t imagine what life would be like without the deck park that connects Uptown to downtown Dallas. And the city is planning a second deck park over Interstate 35 near Highway 67  to connect North Oak Cliff to the Dallas Zoo, though that project wasn’t without contention. Even Plano is getting on board with deck parks, with plans in the works for a park over the Dallas North Tollway that would connect the Shops at Legacy with Legacy West.

To further explore this growing trend, the Dallas Architecture Forum is hosting a panel discussion called “Deck Parks and Connective Parks in Dallas” moderated by Elissa Izmailyan, senior director for community and economic development for the Trinity Park Conservancy. The panel will feature Tara Green, past president of Klyde Warren Park and principal of OJB Landscape Architecture; Diane Jones Allen, director of Landscape Architecture at UTA, CAPPA; and Molly Plummer, Parks for People Program Manager for the Trust for Public Land in North Texas.

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Sometimes too much space, too many bedrooms, and too much backyard can be more of a burden than blessing. Downsizing, especially if you find a great location, is the perfect solution. This State Thomas townhome at 2445 Worthington Street is the perfect size for a Park Cities empty nester who wants to stay close to the action.

This townhome, which is in the middle of such a great neighborhood in Uptown, is close to outstanding shopping and restaurants. There’s covered parking, too, which is at a premium in the densely developed area. You get two master suites and a total of three bedrooms and three and a half baths, a well-appointed kitchen, and downtown views from a great little balcony all for $578,000.

Marketed by Clay Stapp of his eponymous brokerage, this townhouse is 100 percent perfect in the location category. You’re close to the new Klyde Warren Park that bridges Uptown and Downtown, and the Katy Trail is just around the bend, too.

While the master bedroom’s paint job is a little to personal for my taste (what is up with the cerise ceiling?) the bathroom is perfectly neutral and relaxing. Both master suites have walk-in closets, and there’s plenty of storage throughout the home. Really, besides the interesting paint selections, this townhouse in the Hibernia development is stellar!