Barry Annino, president of the Deep Ellum Foundation and a longtime player in the neighborhood, just posted a comment to last week's item concerningDeep Ellum's impending facelift
, in which Annino's quoted as saying, "Deep Ellum as everyone knew it is over." But I felt his remarks ought to be posted here, so those Friends who don't keep checking week-old items' comments sections don't miss it. If nothing else, Barry deserves to be heard from, in light of the many responses to both last week's item andthis week's piece
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in the paper version of Unfair Park.
Preserving Deep Ellum's past is a big part of its future, but there will have to be some changes. Some of the buildings (sewers, etc.) just don't work anymore. Mr. Wilonsky's vision of Deep Ellum as a cross between Sesame Street and West Village is less likely than a combination of the Flintstones and the Jetsons.
Now that I'd like to see. And why so formal, Barry? You, sir, can call me Bobby. --Robert Wilonsky