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by Manuel Mendoza 6 May 2008

As Rawlins Gilliland points out in his D Magazine piece, the idea of street food in Dallas is counterintuitive. The only time we walk for a meal is from the valet stand to the front door of the restaurant. Nonetheless, Gilliland found vendors selling food from carts, kiosks and walk-up windows in several North Texas […]

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As Rawlins Gilliland points out in his D Magazine piece, the idea of street food in Dallas is counterintuitive. The only time we walk for a meal is from the valet stand to the front door of the restaurant. Nonetheless, Gilliland found vendors selling food from carts, kiosks and walk-up windows in several North Texas neighborhoods. Listen to him talk about it on Think starting any second now.

Update: Rawlins is making me hungry as he describes what’s available. He also mentioned an article he wrote for Pegasus News about “The Hidden City,” interesting parts of Dallas that residents may have overlooked.

Update II: The hour-long show is now over but you can still listen to it here.

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  • Before street food we need safe streets for pedestrians.
    I have suggested in my zine, a walkway that connects downtown Dallas through Deep Ellum to Fair Park. Main Street might be perfect.
    Within a year you would have a pedestrian street/walkway filled with attractions for pedestrians including street vendors. It would be our answer to river walk. It would enliven both ends, Downtown, and Fair Park.
    But city planning doesn’t seem to be an element of city government here.
    We could revitalize all of Downtown by simply getting rid of all car traffic. There is no reason that traffic has to go THROUGH downtown Dallas. Overnight we would have the biggest and best mall in the world. We could call it Downtown Dallas, Texas.
    I think city planning like this is taboo because no single developer would cash in on it. Instead it would help the many. Sadly that seldom seems to be the course of action in Dallas.

  • Rawlins Gilliland

    The city of Dallas should put down their breakfast tacos and Danish whatevers and applaud Krys Boyd and Jeff Wittington for the contribution they are making to the Dallas culture/scene/daily DNA. I say that as a humble outsider, rather than as one who is on-air at the station periodically.

    It is genuinely a pleasure to listen to Boyd’s seamless segments and the unpredictable clarity of her talent. But having now been her guest, may I reiterate what I said at show opening; that sitting there knowing she was about to interview me filled me with happy anticipation ‘Like sailing down the Nile with Cleopatra’. For an entire hour, I could inhale the aromatic lotus! How lucky am I?