D Finally U-Turns on Trinity Road

What's the matter, Wick? Got a "sorry" stuck in your throat?

Comes the dawn: That's it? After a good 14 years of Trinity toll road rah-rahing and questioning the integrity of anyone who suggested that putting a road between the Trinity River levees was a bad idea, D Magazine has apparently (and quietly) changed its mind. "Let's Ditch the Trinity River Toll Road — It's time to get on with a new plan for the park project we were promised," reads the headline on a piece in the mag's August issue. It wasn't written by publisher and head Trinity cheerleader Wick Allison, but by Michael J. Mooney.

Who? That's a pseudonym, right? The name Allison gave to his fly-fishing rod or something?

Nope. He's a North Texas native brought in from Broward New Times in Florida, a weekly owned by Village Voice Media, which also owns the Observer.

It was his first piece as a staffer, walking back more than a decade's worth of non-reporting about the city's most controversial boondoggle. It's a little like starting a new job at Fukushima and being handed a mop on your first day. (What? We said "a little.")

D, remember, mailed out a special section before the first Trinity bond election in 1998, tantalizing readers with pictures of boats sailing on downtown lakes. It started its retreat a month ago, when D Editor Tim Rogers claimed — wrongly — that Allison had withdrawn his support for the toll road in 2009. Just wait until August, Rogers Tweeted on June 17; D would say something big about the Trinity. He just needed to find a writer with hands clean enough for the job, apparently. Mooney started in July.

We'd harbored fantasies of Allison donning a hair shirt. Instead, we get Mooney quoting city council member Angela Hunt, leader of the 2007 Trinity drive against the toll road. Mooney's a talented, award-winning reporter, but Hunt? We quote her so often we sent her a W-9, in case she bills us.

"I don't think I was trying to do a cleanup thing as much as trying to move forward," Mooney tells Buzz. He says never spoke to Allison about the story.

In his story, Mooney also pulls a Dallas Morning News and blames his magazine's stance on the word of "city leaders," who "insisted that [the toll road] was integral to the larger project." The question is, why did D believe them? Mooney wouldn't know, which made him perfect for the assignment.

Not a bad name for a fishing rod, either.

 
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8 comments
Catbird
Catbird

Getting the rich guys out of Dallas government is a lot like getting the chocolate out of chocolate milk...I don't think it's gonna happen and even if it did, I really don't believe we'd like the results.

Vengance is mine sayeth the Lord.

Amen

Richard
Richard

Well it's abought time. Toll ways are no good. They are very good for a few fat cats.Now, if we can get them to do away with the park and put a more conventional bridge over the river we might have some money left over to do some road work. The park/lake will smell real bad 4 or 5 mounths of the year (if you are from Dallas you would know how bad the river smells at times). Not to mention how fast the "lake" would fill with sediment. The bridge we need should be lower cost and easy maintainess. Not that monstrosity thay sold us.

Laley
Laley

I can't believe the apathy of people shown in the replies. We were lied to by our government because the powers that be knew that it was not a feasible plan. But the rich and business people rammed this deal up our throat with lies to line their pockets. Our own mayor engaged in this fraud! And now it's a "who cares" attitude? Damn, we deserve what we get. Kudos to Angela Hunt for trying to expose the lies and thumbs down to all the council members who participated in the fraud.

Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

The monies wasted on this should be clawed back from the Dallas Morning News, D Magazine, and those politicians (Tom Lepper especially) to pay for the criminal squandering of tax dollars.

Jeff
Jeff

Just business as usual here in Big D. The Masters of the Universe have the best city government their money can buy. Every few years they pick someone to run for Mayor under the "Business Men know how to get things done" flag and the cycle repeats.

Cole
Cole

Who cares.................... I dont drive with all those fools .I have never had a job that I had to drive over a mile to ......retired now , 32 years same place just down the street from where I live

Skiggs
Skiggs

Is there anyone outside of the Observer office who even cares about this "feud"? And it sounds like someone's a little bitter D poached yet another body from the halls of VVM...

Gayden
Gayden

Slow day if this is all of the news-- move along, now.

 
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