American Planning Association Names Downtown Plano Great Place in America
Downtown Plano is bordered by roughly 18th Place and 16th Street (North), roughly F Avenue (East), roughly 14th Street and the St. Louis/Southwestern Railroad (South), and roughly N and P Avenues (West).
Downtown Plano was once the sleepy, nearly forgotten heart of a farming community swept away by Dallas's suburban expansion. Today, Historic Downtown Plano is a fascinating mix of future and past.
The area is experiencing a renaissance as an urban center stimulated by the arrival of Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) light rail service. Downtown Plano has a rich history of visionary home-grown citizens, committed to working in partnership with city officials to create a great place. A robust transit village plan, developed in partnership with the city, residents, community development organizations, and consultants, has reimagined the neighborhood's functionality and is exemplary of a true planning success story.
Downtown Plano has maintained its historic feel while integrating modern planning practices such as high-density, mixed-use development. Its iconic red brick streets delineate the neighborhood and set it apart from the rest of the city. Buildings dating back to the 1890s line the streets, renovated into a quaint 80-acre collection of shops, restaurants, arts venues, museums, and housing. With easy access to Dallas and the rest of Plano, residents have flocked to the area resulting in more than 1,000 residential units within a quarter mile of the DART station.
While Plano is a car-dependent city, the downtown neighborhood has been designed with pedestrians and cyclists in mind, making events like the Plano International Festival in Haggard Park even more accessible to residents and visitors.