A little more than two years ago, Angela Hunt gave to The Dallas Morning News what she called the Trinity River Corridor Project Plan B, which called for, among other things, ditching the toll road, hopping on Project Pegasus, straightening out Dead Man's Curve, fixing the levees and planting between them those "open spaces" and "recreational facilities" promised in the $246-million bond election of 1998. Since then, of course, Project Pegasus has been reduced to two bridges, S.M. Wright's been stranded by the side of the road, and The News finally revealed its hot-n-heavy romance with Tom Leppert was fueled by sweet nothings.
Which leaves us ... where, exactly? With Angela Hunt's Trinity River Corridor Project Plan C, I guess, which appeared behind the pay levee a few days ago and now shows up on Hunt's website free of charge. This time, Hunt's proposing a scaled-back version of her scaled-back version. She wants to take the Trinity Better Block-ing; she wants to turn it over to Groundwork Dallas, which has already done so much of the legwork. She writes:
We can reclaim this project and win back the public's trust, but only if we're willing to change the way we do things at Dallas City Hall. The grander, long-term vision for the Trinity park is incredible, but it's still years away. We must give the public a Trinity park they can enjoy today, and we must do it as quickly and as inexpensively as possible. That means no high-paid consultants; no elaborate, full-scale models and enticing watercolor pictures; and -- most importantly -- no multiyear timelines.Read the whole thing here.
Don't get me wrong -- I like expensive, fancy things as much as the next gal. But expensive, fancy things are only great when they actually exist. A diamond ring is great. My husband promising me a diamond ring and handing me a brochure from the jeweler, not so great. Our expedited version of the Trinity park won't boast lakes or sailboats or solar-powered water taxis. But what it lacks in extravagance it will make up for by simply existing.
Transforming the Trinity River basin won't require a herculean effort. The greenbelt between our levees is already lush and beautiful -- there's just no way to get to it and nothing to do once you get there. We can change that.