The California Crossing Dam doesn't look like much, just a few hunks of concrete anchored in the Trinity River in far Northwest Dallas, but it's important. The water that pools up behind is processed at the Bachman Water Treatment Plant, which is a key component of the city's water supply system. S ... 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 >>
Hop in the canoe with Schutze as he cries himself down the river.
That's right: Tonight, during an open house and public meeting at the Dallas Convention Center, you can crop-dust NTTA with all your brilliant ideas to save the Trinity River flood plains from the dreaded pavement monster, only to see your suggestions treated like the things my wife leaves at the bo ... More >>
Photo by Jay PritchardJust heard a little-girl yelp coming from Schutze's office; he must have received the same email I just did concerning the opening-weekend ceremonies scheduled March 2-4 for The Santago Calatrava Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge to Ray's. We've known this was coming for a while now ... More >>
How do you actually make an impact on the Trinity River? Make it small, cheap and fast.
Dallas City Attorney Tom PerkinsJust spent 20 minutes getting an earful from Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm and City Attorney Tom Perkins, who insisted, over and over, that the city's lawsuit over those Trinity River records has nothing whatsoever to do with our request to see "all the individual ... More >>
TPWD/Michael BlackwellPaddling down the Dallas Trinity TrailThe Texas Parks and Wildlife Department sends word: May 10 is Texas Travel Rally Day, during which the TPWD will officially launch seven paddling trails in North Texas, beginning with the 8 a.m. shove-off from the Walnut Creek Paddling T ... More >>
Friends of Preston Ridge TrailSandy Greyson (right) with Dallas County Commissioner Maurine DickeyBack on February 11, former four-term city council member Sandy Greyson told us that she was "seriously considering" a run for her old District 12 seat now occupied by mayoral candidate Ron Nati ... More >>
O.K., I promise not to go on about it, but there's an interesting little two-step today on Page One of Dallas's Only Daily Newspaper. I just wanted to call it to your attention. It's about congressional earmarks and us. For a week or so we have been going on and on about how the Republican ban o ... 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 >>
The Dallas City Council doesn't have the most exciting agenda today -- though if you're interested in the state of sales tax revenue from '02 to '09, I've got just the PowerPoint for you. But to the more interesting business: First thing this morning, Dave Neumman, chairman of the Trinity River Corr ... More >>
City of Dallas Facebook pageIt's going to be a long, effin' hot weekend -- good for staying inside and reading council docs, now that the brain trust is back from its summer vacation. Tomorrow morning I'll post my chat with the mayor, but for now a few highlights to consider, chief among them Par ... More >>
Trinity River Project stories are The Dallas Morning News on mescaline. The city's only daily does so well with other coverage. But then they drop one of those Trinity River tabs, and the walls go to rubber. This morning The Dallas Morning News publishes a story saying the federal share of the Tr ... More >>
The Texas Department of State Health Services just sent word: Today it issued a "fish advisory" for the Trinity River -- most of it, anyway, and most definitely the part that runs through Dallas. Why come the heads-up? "Laboratory testing of fish samples found elevated levels of dioxins and polyc ... More >>
I am embarrassed, and I want to offer the Friends of Unfair Park an apology. Last Thursday I proferred an ironclad prediction that The Dallas Morning News would run one of its aw-shucks-yer-pretty-head Trinity River columns or editorials by Sunday, two days ago, telling readers not to pay attent ... More >>
From the looks of this sneak peek at a presentation Willis Winters, assistant director of Park and Rec, is giving the council's Trinity River Corridor Project Committee on Tuesday, that $3 mil earmarked for the so-called Loop 12 Gateway will most likely wind up being spent on Trinity River Audubo ... More >>
John W. Carpenter Papers, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library,Ben Carpenter, son of John, is the one seen here pointing to a Trinity River canal master planYour Trinity River correspondent and advice-to-the-lovelorn columnist, which would be me, had two interesting e ... More >>
For years the city's been trying to find a way to convert the Santa Fe Trestle into part of a trail that would include a Trinity River overlook.The city of Dallas has till December 11 to submit to the Texas Department of Transportation a list of projects it thinks worthy of the Transportation Enh ... More >>
Patrick Michels Bonus: Since the city's Calatrava construction cam is still stuck in September, we decided to update it with some fresh pics available right here.Oh, you caught me here at my desk doing a little quick calculation, totting some things up, always a dangerous exercise for a hi ... More >>
As Unfair Park has dutifully informed you, The Trinity Trust this week debuted an advertising campaign for the Calatrava signature bridge "under construction" (or not) on the Trinity River, called "Suspense is Building." Oh, yeah?The purpose is to convey the impression that all is well with the ... More >>
Almost immediately after Schutze posted his wrap-up from the Monday-morning press conference at Dallas City Hall, where Mayor Tom Leppert drove his Chevy to the levees, a Friend of Unfair Park pointed our attention to Page 18 of the Trinity River Corridor Project briefing the city council will cover ... More >>
Sam MertenEddie Bernice Johnson and Kay Bailey Hutchison were the levees to Mayor Tom Leppert's Trinity River at City Hall this morning.It almost isn't possible to describe what Mayor Tom Leppert and a line-up of loyal politicos were trying to accomplish this morning in the Flag Room of Dallas City ... More >>
Though the name might suggest otherwise, new magazine Edible Dallas & Fort Worth is not intended for Mothra. Rather, the publication--part of the Edible Communities chain--offers stories about North Texas chefs, farmers, retailers, vintners and brewers, all aimed squarely at "locavores," those w ... More >>
The scene this morning from the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge construction camIn reading the latest news about flood dangers downtown and the Trinity River Project, it's important to know that this is an 11-year-old story that Dallas officials and The Dallas Morning News are just now being forced to ack ... More >>
Someone not named "Jim Schutze" just posted the above video to YouTube -- just in time for the Friends of Unfair Park who've not yet read Schutze's very related column in this week's Observer. An excerpt, to whet your appetite:At the end of last week, I had a detailed and helpful conversation with K ... More >>
Moments ago, the city of Dallas posted a little more than eight minutes' worth of video from the mayor's press conference Tuesday, during which he and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers representatives discussed the "unacceptable" rating given some parts of the Trinity River's levee system. As Jim and Sam ... More >>
I actually love the way news pops up in The Dallas Morning News. I pick up the paper every single morning and feel as though I'm visiting a foreign city for the first time. Every story, even the most mundane, is a forehead-slapper, because I have no idea what they're talking about.Today, for exampl ... 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 >>
Oh, what a nice morning. I had an opportunity to check back in on an old companion of mine, the Trinity River Project, and I'm delighted to say the old boy hasn't changed not a jot nor a tiddle. Still dressed to the nines, lying through his teeth and playin' the game.The Trinity River Committee of t ... More >>
If Dallas doesn't give the boys their road, they want the jewelry back
Ed Oakley gets himself a Dutch treat
On the Trinity, Laura Miller sounds a lot like any other old-time Dallas pol: bad
Channel that competitve spirirt for this 10K along the levee
Looking forward to even more whoppers next year
Should we turn local government over to a corporation?
How they got the media to miss the point on the Trinity River
The stink of broken promises in the last big bond election
Man with the Plan DISD's New Math
The News finally reports the danger of the Trinity River project. Did you notice?
Jim Schutze unmasks the Orwellian Dallas Plan Inc.