Dallas

Exploring Downtown Dallas

Pegasus in downtown Dallas

I finally made it to downtown Dallas this weekend.

I kept getting told by my neighbors that I have only been to the outskirts of downtown, so I decided to finally make the trek on Saturday morning’s dog walk.

It’s a cool place.

Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas

A building just off of Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas

A fountain near dealey plaza

A fountain near Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas.

A fountain near dealey plaza

A fountain near Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas. ank of America Plaza is in the background.

Downtown Dallas

A fountain by a church in downtown Dallas, Texas.

Cattle Drive in Dallas Pioneer Park

A Cattle Drive statue in Pioneer Plaza, in the Convention Center District of downtown Dallas, Texas. ank of America Plaza is in the background.

Eagle statue Dallas

A large eagle statue in downtown Dallas, with reflections of skyscrapers on the glass.

Stumbling into Dealey Plaza

At one point, I noticed that there were a lot of museums in the area. I thought, “Hm. I wonder if JFK was shot around here.”

I had completely forgot that JFK was killed in Dallas until that moment, which is ironic because one of my favorite books is Libra (Lee Harvey Oswald is the main character.)

…and I was right. Apparently there is a marker on the sidewalk where the shooting actually happened, which seems a little strange.

Dealey Plaza statue

A statue in Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas

Reunion Tower in Dallas

Reunion Tower in Dallas. The ball lights up at night.

Pegasus Sightings

There are also several red Pegasus signs throughout Dallas.

The red Pegasus is the logo of Mobil, and the neon Pegasus above the Magnolia Hotel is Dallas’s equivalent of Minneapolis’s iconic Grain Belt sign. (The Pegasus is way cooler.)

Pegasus in downtown Dallas

The red Pegasus sign in front of the Omni Hotel in downtown Dallas, Texas.

Pegasus in downtown Dallas

The red Pegasus sign on top of the Magnolia Hotel in downtown Dallas, Texas.

Downtown Dallas was very …quiet

It seems like very few people actually live in downtown Dallas. There are a few clusters of expensive-looking condos and tenement houses, but there doesn’t appear to be much to do on the weekends. (This is not unlike downtown Miami.)

There is also a weird campaign where downtown residents are attempting to shame the police to crackdown on panhandlers, but that has a weird anti-homeless vibe which I find distasteful.

I ran into a few beggars, but it was nothing compared the aggressive panhandling you’ll see in the Twin Cities or Miami.

Then again, the problem may be worse at night.

Flamingos in downtown Dallas

Plastic pink flamingos in the convention center district of downtown Dallas.

Skyscrapers in Downtown Dallas

Skyscrapers in Downtown Dallas. The one in the middle is Fountain Place.

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