This morning's quiz: a conceptual rendering of the Standing Wave project in the Trinity River, or a hotel-room painting?The city wasn't kidding around about fast-tracking the Trinity Standing Wave whitewater-maker: Less than two months after the $3-million project resurfaced in a Trinity River Co ... More >>
Sam MertenAfter serving eight years as a city plan commissioner and another eight as a council member representing some of North Dallas's more upscale neighborhoods, 72-year-old Mitchell Rasansky is no longer roaming City Hall when he's most needed. Replaced last month by Ann Margolin because of ter ... More >>
To my delight, I returned from vacation and discovered that the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Trinity Turnpike has finally been released. It would have been a nice read on the plane ride home, but rest assured I'll be scouring the 1,942 pages and reporting back shortly. ... More >>
Schutze and Merten are on vacation today, which means no one's going to Mayor Tom Leppert's Trinity River Corridor Project summit this morning on the 69th (heh) floor of the Bank of America building downtown. Schutze, though, did ask for two small favors before he sped off to East Texas moments ago: ... More >>
Rebecca Dugger, director of the Trinity River Corridor Project, was out and about on Thursday afternoon, selling the citizens on the need to redo the N. Beckley Avenue-W. Commerce Street intersection. But Belmont Hotel owner and developer Monte Anderson wasn't buying."I'd rather have nothing," he sa ... More >>
Humor me for a minute. Imagine you're a city council member on the Trinity River Corridor Project Committee. You walk into yesterday's meeting and Page Six of this schematic is on the screen as Dan Chapman, project manager of the Trinity Turnpike for the North Texas Tollway Authority, is in the mid ... More >>
On Novemebr 19, Mayor Tom Leppert and 11 council members gathered at the YMCA on Goldman Street for a special community meeting, where the subject was, among other things, the awesomeness of the Trinity River Corridor Project and what it means for West Dallas. This morning, the city posted to the Yo ... More >>
Sam Merten Mayor Tom points to the two Trinity bridges, but does he know which is which? The big unveiling of the model for the Trinity River Corridor Project was held today at the Trinity Center, and, as expected, all the Trinity folks gathered to pay homage. A short press conference began the fes ... More >>
The Trinity River Project should be floating right along. Instead it's sinking under the weight of its own folly.
As mentioned earlier, I spent this afternoon at City Hall digesting PowerPoint presentations during the council's Trinity River Corridor Project Committee meeting in hopes of getting to the bottom of some possible delays in the Dallas Floodway Extension outlined here. But having been to enough of th ... More >>
After news of yet another delay in the Trinity River Project, we thought it was about time to check in on the progress of the Texas Horse Park, especially with the deadline for Texas Horse Park, Inc. to raise $15 million rapidly approaching. Turns out THPI ain't nowhere close to raising that kind of ... More >>
There have been plenty of Trinity River shindigs in the 10 years since the original vote to approve the project, but no event brought out more big guns than the mayor's Trinity River Corridor Project Summit Friday at City Club. The alphabet-roster of attendees could fill Unfair Park for a week, but ... More >>
Back on November 27, Dallas Morning News Trinity reporter Bruce Tomaso wrote a story bearing the headline "Dallas mayor wants to expedite Trinity River Project." Tom Leppert, speaking at the Hilton Dallas Lincoln Centre Hotel, talked about being aggressive and moving forward quickly. Councilmember D ... More >>
I think maybe what I should do at this point is go down by the Trinity River with a baseball bat, hit myself in the head and just fall in. How can we be 10 years into the debate on putting a toll road inside the river park downtown? How can we be a week away from a damned referendum on it? And the c ... More >>
Think positive. Be optimistic. Say yes on next month's referendum.
The Vote No! Save the Trinity campaign sent a mailer to my house -- so I assume it went everywhere else, including your house -- with a picture of Tom Leppert on the front and a headline that read, “Don’t let Angela Hunt send a billion dollars down the river.” That’s not a precise quote, bec ... More >>
What happened to city council's sharpest fiscal conservative?
Council member Angela Hunt rips open the Trinity project
Wick Allison. The Trinity River Project. Have I gone mad?
On the Trinity, Laura Miller sounds a lot like any other old-time Dallas pol: bad
You know what former Observer columnists don't like? Being called glib and duplicitous by current Observer columnists. Mayor Laura Miller and I sat down yesterday for what became a quite rancorous hour-and-45 minute interview in the mayor's conference room at City Hall. I'd describe a lot of it as ... More >>
So? Maybe I left something out. Nobody's perfect. Wanna fight?
Fine print on bond package includes $120 million more for Trinity project
Ever wonder what's inside the Great Trinity Forest? Enter if you dare.
Looking forward to even more whoppers next year
Dallas is telling a big, fat fib about the Trinity River project
City Hall talks fast, hides lake up sleeve