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 >>
From 1998 when the Trinity River Project was first presented to voters as a racially unifying parks project, there has been a tension, to put it very politely, between the promise and the real agenda. As a matter of fact, I don't really use the word tension. I prefer lie. And the lie doesn't die. ... More >>
Last June, Angela Hunt and Scott Griggs went to the Trinity River Overlook and gazed down at the empty floodplain below. Wouldn't it be nice, they thought, if there was a network of trails down there that came up and over the levee and connected with all of Dallas' other trails. It was a thought, b ... More >>
With Mayor Mike Rawlings' support, only deep pockets can thwart the $2 billion river-ride.
Very mixed feelings about the city council briefing coming up this morning on proposed East Dallas storm-water projects. On the one hand, my paranoia is confirmed, which is always satisfying. On the other hand, there's not much I can do about it. Yes, just as I thought, my house in East Dallas -- t ... More >>
Over the holiday weekend I spent a few very enjoyable hours on the Trinity River with Trinity Rivers Expeditions outfitter and canoe guide Charles Allen. We paddled from Trinity River Mountain Creek Preserve near the intersection of Walton Walker and IH-30 in Irving to the Sylvan Avenue Bridge i ... More >>
Sometimes I think city staff may be demon-possessed. I'm sorry, I know it's a very weird thing to say. But I can't come up with another explanation. One day they're so bouncy and positive and totally can-do. The next day they've been taken over by the negativity goblin. I attended a city council ... More >>
Speaking of transportation projects across and around the Trinity River ...Saturday's hike-n-bike installation perched atop the Cedar Crest Bridge is one of myriad items about which the city council's Trinity River Corridor Project Committee will hear this afternoon, following its field trip to a ... More >>
We took the long way to Oak Cliff last weekend, turning off the Houston Street Viaduct on to Greenbriar Lane, which runs parallel to the Trinity River. No particular reason, just in no particular rush. It was at that point we found ourselves amongst a forest of sleek metal-n-wood townhomes, other ... More >>
Editing memo to Steve Blow: Thank you for getting around to writing the column I directed you to write on the Trinity River. It was a good effort, in the main. I hate to quibble with you, but I do need to point out a few errors and omissions. If you recall, I wrote that the following elements wer ... More >>
The story in today's Dallas Morning News about possible historic designation for the Trinity River levees falls squarely in the Unintentionally Hilarious category. It says the idea of building the Trinity River toll road project between the flood control levees may be in trouble because the U.S. ... More >>
The Trinity River looks fine to us in this conceptual rendering of the Standing Wave whitewater-maker.Environment Texas, an Austin-based research group, made available today a report on Texas rivers that lists the state's most dangerously polluted waterways, particularly those fouled by chemicals ... More >>
Schutze says, "Anything that happens in the Flag Room is bullshit," so approach this item with caution: Tonight at 7 in the Flag Room at City Hall is the Trinity River Corridor Community Meeting, consisting of the City Plan Commission Trinity River and Urban Design Advisory Committees. And you, if y ... More >>
Almost done here. As in, the Trinity River toll road's damned near a done deal. With 355 out of 400 precincts reporting, it's 37,006 folks for the toll road and 33,011 against. --Robert Wilonsky
If you haven't read the rather even-handed coverage of tomorrow's Trinity River toll road vote in The New York Times today, here 'tis. Dig the headline: "Dallas to Vote on Remaking City." Wow, sounds important. But further down comes the money quote courtesy Harris Steinberg, executive director of t ... More >>
The biggest shoot-out in Dallas' political history
Says here that on June 19 and again on July 24, someone "vandalized" Time Warner Cable's fiber-optic lines that run along the Stemmons Freeway underpass near the Trinity River -- and by vandalized, they mean someone stole the copper wiring out of the conduits. The first time it happened, some 45,00 ... More >>
Brian Harkin Coulda sworn he said this yesterday, but Sam Coats is gonna say it again, dagnabit: He wants The People to vote on the Trinity River toll road. See, he loves the Trinity River Project (says Coats, "I'm a strong supporter of the Trinity River Project"), and he's all for parks and flood ... More >>
Why is the DMN's mild-mannered columnist suddenly impatient about the Trinity River?
The last briefing item on today's city council agenda is described innocuously as "rezoning of the Trinity River." My understanding is that this is, in fact, the first step in a plan to completely remove zoning questions along the Trinity River from the typical zoning process, at least as far as cit ... More >>
If there's one thing that gets Jim Schutze going, it's the Trinity River Project -- oh, and being called a liar by Wick Allison. Not fond of that either. Wick Allison posted a little essay this morning on FrontBurner about how wrong-headed and unfair Jim Schutze has been in his -- which is to say, m ... More >>
What Jim knows about the Trinity River Project makes him a Brainiac on the subject. This is Jim's actual picture. No kidding. And he will prove it. Later. D Publisher Wick Allison has devoted his publisher's note in the December issue to a discussion of whether Jim Schutze is totally correct or tot ... More >>
At some point today, somebody at D will say Jim's lying abut the Trinity River project. And we will act oh-so-surprised. For a sickening example of local kiss-up media carrying water for the Trinity River gang, please read today's story at the top of The Dallas Morning News metro front, "Trinity pr ... More >>
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 >>
Fine print on bond package includes $120 million more for Trinity project
Rasansky's way out on his lonesome about those bridges
Apparently, Governor Rick Perry thinks half a million bucks will clean up the Trinity River. He has been sniffing his hairspray again? Governor Rick Perry--whose new campaign ads look more like Just For Men spots, said KTCK-AM (1310) morning show host George Dunham this a.m.--announced today the sta ... More >>
The Ice House features art beyond the Trinity
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 >>
If you got it, you can get what you want from City Hall
Let's all try to be positive for about 30 seconds
Dallas turns rape to romance with Calatrava bridges
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For supporters of an improved and expensive Trinity River, everything old is new again
How The Dallas Morning News spins the Trinity River project
Dallas is still using flood control money to scam black people
How many times can we play City Hall's little sucker games?
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The $2 billion Trinity River Plan looks like the Russian sub of local politics
The Trinity Project hits some expensive setbacks, but leave it to the News to look on the bright side
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.