The district has revitalized the streets and reduced bureaucracy while trying to attract young people.
MIDLAND, Texas — A proposed recreational district update was discussed at the Midland City Council on Tuesday.
The entertainment district was around Centennial Park and stretched along Big Spring Street and Main Street.
While the city will be provided with more open space to host events such as festivals, much of the bureaucracy that restricted the hosting of such events will be gone.
“Now there are a lot of things that require special things called special use designations. Staff will only be provided with information for consideration of safety issues,” said Charles Harrington, Midland’s Director of Development Services.
But much of the red light district’s boon goes to pedestrians.
Proposals within the new district call for lower speed limits, narrower lanes, wider sidewalks, and lighting to illuminate all walking spaces.
Urban alleys will also be improved to provide more footpaths for pedestrians.
“Alleys can be very good boulevards for pedestrians, so we are considering improving the alleys to make them more walkable and starting access to the alleys from the parking lot. creates a natural route to the parking lot,” Harrington said.
Harrington said the entertainment district will provide more traffic to local businesses such as restaurants.
“It’s going to be better for pedestrians as we can get more pedestrian flow,” Harrington said.