THIS IS ACTUALLY AN EXPERIMENT

The long-term vision is to turn this experiment into a reality. That means a gathering space in Deep Ellum, more opportunities for events outside, and increased walkability. Ultimately, it’s more fun for our visitors and residents, not to mention more traffic for our businesses!

WHY DO THIS?

Deep Ellum lacks a public space. We think a gathering area is a necessary addition as the neighborhood continues to grow.

EXPECTED RESULTS

We expect opening a pedestrian street would benefit Deep Ellum by boosting local business and cultivating community relationships. 

WHAT HAPPENS IF IT WORKS?

The observations and feedback from Reimagine Crowdus will become a case study and could eventually inform a proposal to the City of Dallas for a future more permanent transformation.

WHAT'S COMING TO DEEP ELLUM IN SEPTEMBER?

A transformative experience full of entertainment and adventure. We’re packing anything you might do in a year into one solid month!

LIVE CONCERTS

Check the schedule to make sure you don’t miss your favorite local bands.

OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHTS

Bring a friend and a lawn chair for Alamo Drafthouse movie nights every Thursday night. Save a spot as early as 6:00 p.m. Screening starts at 8:00 p.m.

A PLACE TO WORK OUT

Getting fit doesn’t have to be confined to four walls or a smelly gym! Come be part of our fun and engaging fitness classes, hosted by some of your favorite companies, including City Surf Fitness, CrossFit Deep, and Local Hub Bicycle Co.

MEETUP SPACE

Gather with friends to meet up, regroup, or just hang out. Let Crowdus Street be a stopping point or its own destination for your Deep Ellum adventures.

HOLIDAY WEEK

It’s the most wonderful week of the year! Celebrate your favorite holidays every day of the week starting on September 19th and leading up to a New Year’s Eve blowout on Saturday, September 24th.

VARIOUS PERFORMANCES

Find out what Dallas has to offer through performances by local groups including Dallas Comedy House, Shakespeare Dallas and TEDxSMU.

SEPTEMBER EVENTS AT CROWDUS

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SEPTEMBER EVENTS AT CROWDUS

9/8/16

6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse Movie Night #1

9/15/16

6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse Movie Night #2

9/22/16

6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse Movie Night #3

9/24/16

9:00 PM – 12:30 PM

New Years Eve Party

9/29/16

6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse Movie Night #4

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS REIMAGINE CROWDUS?

Reimagine Crowdus is actually an experiment to see if we can increase walkability, cultivate the Deep Ellum community, and give local businesses a boost by transforming Crowdus Street into a pedestrian thoroughfare. For the entire month of September, we’ll be shutting down three blocks of Crowdus Street to test for functionality, design, and programming. Crowdus Street is already a natural location for this test as it gets closed periodically for special events. The long-term vision is to turn this experiment into a reality. That means a gathering space in Deep Ellum, more opportunities for outside events, and increased walkability. Ultimately, it’s more fun for our visitors and residents and more traffic for our businesses!

WHERE IS CROWDUS STREET?

Crowdus Street is located in East Dallas in the core of Deep Ellum and runs north to south. It is positioned east of Good Latimer Expressway and West of Malcolm X Boulevard. The activated portion will be from Indiana Street to Commerce Street without affecting the Elm, Main, or Commerce cross streets.

WHAT IS THE COST OF EACH EVENT?

All events taking place on Crowdus Street are free and open to the public! If you would like to participate in Deep Ellum Restaurant Week, you can purchase a ticket at a later date.

CAN I DRIVE OR PARK ON CROWDUS STREET?

No, you can’t – at least not for September! Crowdus Street is accessible only to service vehicles for the bordering businesses during specified hours. Otherwise, Crowdus will be a pedestrian-only street. You can thank us later!

IS ALCOHOL ALLOWED ON CROWDUS STREET?

No, it is not! Certain events, like Alamo Drafthouse movie nights and our New Year’s Eve bash, will have beer and wine for sale. Any alcohol purchased during one of these events must be consumed before leaving the area. All other programming will not allow alcohol in the street. If you’d like to wet your whistle, check out one (or several!) of our 60+ local bars and restaurants! 

WHAT ABOUT THE HOMELESS POPULATION?

The homeless population, panhandlers, and the general public safety are always a focus for us. We know that this open public space may allow for more homeless activity, however we’re confident that our neighborhood, our police force, and our business owners can appropriately handle any disturbances. If there are issues with the homeless or panhandlers in the area please call 9-1-1 immediately.

WHAT WOULD MAKE REIMAGINE CROWDUS A SUCCESS?

Our measures of success are based on three things: 1) how much (or how little) a business owner has to adapt its daily operations, 2) if the added value to the neighborhood is observed and supported by the city, and 3) if we have a really great time! That means plenty of selfies, snapchats, and posts about wishing Crowdus could be a pedestrian street all day every day! #crowdus

WHO IS INVOLVED IN REIMAGINE CROWDUS?

The Deep Ellum Foundation is working in collaboration with 44Build, Articulation Art, Design Future Dallas, Fury Fellowship, Gensler, Stash Design, Studio Outside, and The Event Nerd to bring the best possible product to the neighborhood. We’re also working with Deep Ellum Business property owners and business owners to make sure the project is a true statement of our character and grit!

WHOSE IDEA WAS THIS?

The idea of turning Crowdus Street into an open space has been discussed for several years. The street has been used regularly for the Deep Ellum Outdoor Market and was the location of the Crowdus Pop Up Park, put together by Ash+Lime, TBG, and Callison in 2015. There was also a large design competition around the idea that Design Future Dallas put on at the end of 2015. Through collaboration between the Deep Ellum Foundation and Design Future Dallas, the idea of testing the pedestrian street for an entire month was set into motion.

EMAIL

info@deepellumtexas.com

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