I have a piece in the paper this week about D Magazine publisher Wick Allison and his turn-around on the Trinity River toll road -- now he's against it -- for which I genuinely admire him. I have been around people his age in the past, and my impression is that it's often very difficult for them to ... More >>
Two experts from the Monterrey Institute of International Studies have an op-ed piece in The New York Times this morning advocating the abandonment of the National Flood Insurance Program, which is about to stick us taxpayers for $57 billion in rebuilding costs from Hurricane Sandy. If the experts w ... More >>
Not if you're willing to listen Paul Ryan and his cronies, that is.
While I was away on vacation The Dallas Morning News published an editorial saying Angela Hunt, Scott Griggs and Sandy Greyson, our three brainiacs on the City Council, are stupid, don't know how to add and came up with all the wrong conclusions about the News' favorite project, the idea of building ... More >>
Man, talk about whistling past the graveyard. At yesterday's Dallas City Council meeting, council members Tennell Atkins and Delia Jasso asked good questions about the city's flood control plans, and City Manager Mary Suhm and her assistant, Jill Jordan, gave good answers. But it was all deck chairs ... More >>
Am I in the happy-news business? Does a bear use air freshener in the woods? Look, I'm just bringing it to you like it is. As bad as the situation with the Trinity River levees may look locally, you should see what it looks like when you put it in perspective with national levee problems. We ... More >>
Buried between the lines in a 246-page document released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today is a significant national story about the future of flood control in American cities. I doubt very many reporters will dig it out. I'll give you the thumbnail sketch. You may wish I had kept my ... More >>
Hey, I was out of town last week when the August issue of D hit the streets -- well, given the magazine's target demo, perhaps we should say it hit the winding lanes and parkways -- with an essay titled "Let's Ditch the Trinity River Toll Road." Wow. Pretty remarkable. From the time of the ... More >>
I'm sure at some moment in history, all of the people who had insisted the earth was flat went very quiet. After some centuries of debate, burnings at the stake and loud dinner-table arguments, the jury was in. Everybody knew it was round. The exponents of flat were suddenly extremely reticent o ... More >>
I'm doing an informal poll. Is there anyone left out there who gives a rat's ass what former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert did or did not say about the safety of the Trinity River toll road project? Wait. Wait. I'm looking. I've got my binoculars on. A-ha! I do spy at least one rat's ass out there ... More >>
U.S. Army Corps of EngineersFrom the Dallas Floodway Extension Project Description, this 1989 photo: "US175 blocked by water backed up into White Rock Creek. Normally, this is a busy traffic artery leading to the central business district."Wilonsky sent me an interesting Wall Street Journal artic ... More >>
O.K., I've been laughing up my sleeve over the mayor's whining remarks last week, complaining that certain unnamed "federal partners" aren't being very nice to him. Hanging around City hall last week for various dumb events, I was able to chat up a couple of people who are keeping quite close ta ... More >>
Sam MertenLeft to right: Kevin Craig, Mayor Leppert and Dave Neumann.Ever since Mayor Tom Leppert, City Manager Mary Suhm and Trinity River Corridor Project Committee chair Dave Neumann fired off a missive in which they claimed "public safety and flood control always come first," we've been t ... More >>
Earlier this morning, those among Mayor Tom Leppert's nearly 2,000 friends on Facebook were treated to a link to the city's Web site where they could find an official response to a recent story in The Dallas Morning News about the Trinity River Corridor Project. Turns out the statement is an ... More >>
In the weeks ahead I'm going to be tied up with some stories that will demand a lot of my time, so, I'm sorry, I'm just not going to have time to do my regularly predictable clockwork swat-down reaction pieces to Dallas Morning News stories on the Trinity River project. I wondered if it would be ... More >>
George Gimarc sent us this photo. Taken in April 1957.Got a little e-mail debate going with Frank Librio, the spokesman for the city of Dallas, which I thought I should share with the Friends of Unfair Park. Always good to get a second opinion. Maybe people will agree with Frank that I have been ... More >>
All photos by Jim SchutzeDown at the Margaret Hunt Hill construction site, where, we hope, nobody's in that Porta-JohnI had other work to do this morning, but Robert was right: I couldn't stay away from Old Man River. A bit after noon I ventured down to the site of the Calatrava suspension bridge ... More >>
Sam MertenKevin Craig of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flanks Mayor Tom Leppert as he tells the press about the levees' "unacceptable" ratings.After the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released its report on the city's levees, we were baffled to learn that construction on the Margaret Hunt Hill Bri ... More >>
Yesterday Dallas Morning News managing editor George Rodrigue took issue with my April 1 column in which I took issue with his attack on the Dallas Observer last month. At this point, I'm sure it would be better for everybody if George and I were locked in a sound-proofed room with Nerf swords and a ... More >>
The latest word from the Army Corps of Engineers is sure to result in one thing: a run on rubber rafts at Costco
Well, I think I got some interesting stuff here.The city keeps telling people they're going to "fix" the Trinity River levees. Don't much think so. Looks to me like a whole lot of the existing levee system along the Trinity is going to have be torn out and replaced.My column in this week's paper ver ... More >>
Judy Schmidt at Dallas City Hall forwards along the following message from Mayor Tom Leppert: Till he hears otherwise, Santiago Calatrava's Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge is gettin' built, so there. You will find after the jump the entirety of the city's media release announcing that the feds have extend ... More >>
You know what I love? When people live up to their own stereotypes.My column this week in the paper version of Unfair Park is about signs that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers may have grown a backbone in the matter of resisting political pressure on flood safety. I talk about how the aftermath of H ... More >>
Here's hoping that the next year brings us a big, stinking failure on the Trinity
I'm either happy, sad or still churning out column inches on the Trinity, depending on how things turned out
Schutze sifts through a mountain of dirt to find the truth
If Dallas doesn't give the boys their road, they want the jewelry back
In the August 13 edition of Time, a story by Michael Grunwald tells how the Corps of Engineers is in the process of repeating all the same mistakes that created the Katrina disaster. Only 10 times worse. This story is a must-read for anybody who really cares about Dallas’ own Trinity River projec ... More >>
Do you really see a freeway somewhere out in that flood?
Colleen McCain Nelson was a crackerjack City Hall reporter for The Dallas Morning News before becoming an editorial writer. She’s a very smart and accomplished pro. The tortured logic, pathetic attempts at obfuscation and ultimate dishonesty of her editorial in The News yesterday about Congresswom ... More >>
And wouldn't you just know it. If you want a glimmer of the actual truth about our fair city, all you have to do is read an actual newspaper: today's New York Times. In the National Report, correspondent Ralph Blumenthal has a very nicely put together story about Laura Miller as she leaves office. I ... More >>
This was the view from Jim Schutze's front yard Sunday. Expect more of this when the Trinity River Project becomes a reality. We watched Sunday while the streets in front of our house in East Dallas turned suddenly into white-water rapids. We watched cars float away with people in them. Then, just a ... More >>
A year-end banquet of my two-bit opinions
Politicians create flooding, not the Bible
Dallas is still using flood control money to scam black people
The $2 billion Trinity River Plan looks like the Russian sub of local politics
The News finally reports the danger of the Trinity River project. Did you notice?
Forget Brooklyn -- Dallas' own Trinity River boosters aim to con you out of tax dollars for seven silly bridges
The Trinity Project hits some expensive setbacks, but leave it to the News to look on the bright side
Supporters call the Trinity Plan a flood-control project. It isn't.
The Trinity River Plan's billion-dollar vision of levees, parks, and ponds has Mayor Ron Kirk--and most of Dallas--spellbound. But engineers warn it could lead to a flooding catastrophe and destroy the same poor neighborhoods it's designed to help.