Santiago Calatrava. Did it ever occur to you to take him home to meet your mom? He's not supposed to be your wife. Be fair about this. This is a unique call to action for Dallas. We are in a position to defend the famous Spanish architect from terribly unfair and hypocritical global attack. The Ne ... More >>
With all the hullabaloo surrounding the completion of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, not to mention what must have been a righteous party, it was easy to forget that world-renowned architect Santiago Calatrava was supposed to design two more of his signature (e.g. big, white, and arch-y) bridges acr ... More >>
I am terribly embarrassed by the short film I offered here yesterday about driving over the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge for the first time. The comments on my cinematography, direction, editing and narration have been scathing, scathing! Shockingly caustic. I just feel utterly scathed. I get the mess ... More >>
Our pros have been all over the Margaret Hunt Hill this weekend, with one, Jay Barker, sending word from the sun-up service this morning that Santiago Calatrava "hinted that this three-day celebration was a bit excessive." Ya don't say. You can see Danny and Paul and Jay's their fine work at ... More >>
The speeches went on and on and on and on ... and on, everyone on the stage thanking everyone else on the stage for having a hand in building this thing we were all standing on: the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. Mayor Mike Rawlings, Friday night's emcee, introduced "our new skyline" and the structu ... More >>
Strange timing that one of my last tasks for the Observer will be covering the opening (but not really opening) of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. Shame I can't get Schutze to be my date this weekend, so instead I'll just have to schlep along my son, who wants to get a few last photos on Unfair Pa ... More >>
In the end, the timing was perfect: The rain, scarce for far too long, had moved off but not before topping off the Trinity River just enough so that it resembled an actual river -- roaring, even, almost mighty. The clouds remained, and the glare from an ever-illuminated downtown gave the sky a s ... More >>
Speaking of the Trinity River ... Perhaps I didn't end up visiting the under-construction Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge on the best day for our ongoing Unfair Park series, "Sweaty Dispatches From a Sweltering City." While I was out on the pavement girded with Italian steel early Thursday afterno ... More >>
OK, wait, wait, wait. Sorry. I don't get it. I need a little catch-up here. The second Calatrava fake suspension "signature bridge" across the Trinity is going to be a bicycle bridge? A bicycle bridge? We're going to spend more than $100 million in tax money to build a make-believe suspension bri ... More >>
As Sam notes below, Angela Hunt was the lone council member to vote against paying architect Santiago Calatrava $10.7 million to design a second version of the Margaret McDermott Bridge. The District 14 council rep believes spending all those many millions on a "signature" component added to a ... More >>
I have a new idea for controlling costs at City Hall. Breathalyzers for the city council, because those people must be drunk. The city is in the toilet, so broke it can't mow the parks. So broke it can't fix the streets. So broke it can't keep the rec centers open. On and on. So tomorrow th ... More >>
Photo by Sam MertenCity Manager Mary Suhm answers questions at today's TRCP Committee meeting.At the behest of City Manager Mary Suhm, the city council's Trinity River Corridor Project Committee this morning unanimously approved a revised $8 million contract with architect Santiago Calatrava ... More >>
Photo by Sam MertenWe're not sure what the new plan is for the new IH-30 bridge, but if this model's any indication, perhaps they've axed one of the approaches?Following Thursday afternoon's presser celebrating the anticipated approval of a plan to restore the Trinity River levee system's 100 ... More >>
Courtesy Chris Heinbaugh, who's at far rightNo idea what Jack E. Jett means when he says Leppert's the "most photographed Mayor in the history of the WORLD!"Right now, you're probably wondering to yourself: Hey, how's Mayor Tom enjoying his European vacationtrade mission to Spain and France? Well ... More >>
We first took a long, hard look at Jaume Plensa's Sho, otherwise known as the 13-foot-tall head that weighs 600 pounds, back in August, when SMU's Meadows Museum announced its acquisition. But the sculpture rears its lovely head tonight with the official unveiling as the Meadows reopens the redes ... More >>
A month ago today we told you about The Trinity Trust's "Suspense is Building" campaign, which is intended to get the locals hot and bothered for the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in advance of Santiago Calatrava's $150-a-ticket victory toddle on September 25. I finally saw one of the billboards this ... More >>
From The Trinity Trust's brand-new Web site devoted to selling Dallas on the Calatrava BridgeAs promised, The Trinity Trust today debuted its new campaign to build interest in the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, and there's an accompanying Web site: Discover the Trinity. You'll also find a second, jaz ... More >>
Sam MertenTurns out, we'd like to take back everything we ever said about that Trinity River Corridor Project model. It was accurate after all.The steel for the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge's been down by the Trinity River for, oh, a few days at least -- I breathlessly ogled the two cylinders, each ... More >>
Jim SchutzeThe Margaret Hunt Hill bridge and what remains of the West LeveeI paid a visit today to the Margaret Hunt Hill suspension bridge construction site on the Trinity River because a frequent correspondent had expressed concern about the effects of recent heavy rains. His worry was about the ... More >>
The latest word from the Army Corps of Engineers is sure to result in one thing: a run on rubber rafts at Costco
The Trinity River Project should be floating right along. Instead it's sinking under the weight of its own folly.
It's overpriced, it's gaudy and we have to put it on a credit card. Yep, that Calatrava bridge says Dallas all over.
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Spanish flyways; Friends in low places; So long, friend