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You're Invited: Help Guide Future Development in Downtown Arlington

Downtown Arlington has experienced tremendous growth and change since 2004, the year that the City last updated its Downtown Master Plan. Now, as the City of Arlington works toward a new Plan, the City and DAMC invite you to a Public Meeting on Wednesday, May 9 to share your input for making Downtown an even more vibrant destination for residents and visitors.

Downtown Arlington at a glance

Within its seven-block radius, Downtown Arlington is home to an impressive mix of unique assets: the city's largest concentration of cultural arts institutions; faith-based and non-profit entities; government offices and services; UT Arlington; a mix of retail and service-oriented businesses; residences; and a number of new private investment ventures and publicly-funded projects including the Central Library, 101 Center, Abram Street revitalization, and Urban Union.

The district's transformation is getting noticed. In 2016, Downtown Arlington was named the Arlington Cultural District by the Texas Commission on the Arts. In the same year, TripAdvisor ranked Downtown as one of “11 Awesome Urban Districts Exploding with Character.”

Downtown Master planning

The City has two overall goals for the 2018 Downtown Master Plan. The first is for the plan to unify current projects and stakeholder visions that help define a strong sense of place for Downtown Arlington, while remaining responsive to the history and current needs of the area. Additionally, the plan must connect Downtown to growing entertainment, employment, and commercial centers within Arlington as well as to the larger North Texas region. 

Meeting details

Hosted by the City of Arlington, the Public Meeting will begin with a review of the existing assets within Downtown. Next, attendees will be asked for feedback on the vision for the district, including housing, commercial/retail mix (dining, entertainment, shopping, services), beautification, public art, and transportation infrastructure (parking, roadway improvements, pedestrian access, and bike facilities).

Public Meeting on the Downtown Master Plan

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

6:00-8:00 p.m.

Legal Draft Beer Co.

500 E. Division Street

For more information and to view the 2004 plan, visit the Downtown Master Plan page on the City of Arlington website.

Take the survey

In addition to attending the public meeting, you can take the Downtown Master Plan citizen survey, which will be available online through June 30.

Getting Around Downtown

Free parking is available throughout Downtown, including in the public lot west of City Hall, in the 101 Center Parking garage, along Front Street, and in the new reverse-angle parking spaces along Abram, Center and Mesquite streets.

Abram Street will be open to two-way traffic throughout its two-year redevelopment. Track #myAbram and visit for the latest information about traffic routing and construction milestones. Download Waze for free and see real-time traffic, find optimal routes and avoid road closures, or for only $3 take Via Arlington and leave your car at home.

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