Transportation

No Love Field Lost at Briefing Today

If you want to drive yourself insane, dial up the Dallas City Council's Transportation and Environment Committee meeting, where, at this very moment, the committee is discussing the Love Field concessions expansion. Because, in case you weren't aware, Love Field's getting a makeover, part of which will including adding more than 15,000 square feet in retail and restaurant-bar space. And, far as assistant city manager Ramon Míguez is concerned, the city will be best served by bringing in new concessionaires to work alongside the so-called "incumbent concessionaires." Because, look, competition's awesome, right?

Depends who you ask. DeSoto-based State Rep. Helen Giddings doesn't think so. She just got through saying as much as she spoke to the committee. Then again, she's had several concessions out there for years. Carolyn Davis also doesn't agree; neither do Pauline Medrano, who wants one local concessionaire to run the whole show, or Ron Natinsky, who says that "after 40 years in the private sector I'm having a rough time accepting the logic" of competition amongst vendors at the airport. Míguez long ago lost his patience: "Bottom line here is, what we're saying is ... it's in the city's best interest to provide a competitive environment." Says you.

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Robert Wilonsky
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