A 1967 Film
In 1967, AIA Dallas and the Greater Dallas Planning Council unveiled a project they had been working on for over a year — “The Walls are Rising,” a film created from slides depicting scenes of downtown Dallas. The goal of the film was to create awareness of the immediate need to design for livability in Dallas, with a focus on transportation, development, and the Trinity River. Upon its initial release, the film was screened for many civic and community groups, and covered at length in the press.
After a series of jarring images of the rapidly expanding city, the second half of the film provides suggestions on improving the livability of the city from AIA Dallas and the GDPC. The suggestions include some that have been adopted, like a hike-and-bike trail from Turtle Creek to Reverchon Park, a rapid transit system, and downtown parks. However, many suggestions, like freeway planning designed for the driver rather than the automobile, awareness of the pedestrian in designing downtown and neighborhood streets, and development of the Trinity River and its levees, continue to be debated today.
Thank you to Flashback Dallas for igniting the search for the long-lost film: flashbackdallas.com/2014/12/09/urban-crisis-1967/