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Did the mayoral election already happen? Because, all of the sudden, it seems like we're deep in Trinity River mud, and it ain't even May 12 yet. Unfair Park just received a press release from the Greater Dallas Chamber begging folks not to sign Angela Hunt's Trinity Parkway petition. Indeed, according to the release, eight Dallas chambers of commerce have come together to express their displeasure with the petition drive, saying, in short, what was good for you nine years ago is still good for you today -- even if it's not quite the same.

"Trust the decision the voters made in 1998 for a truly great public park," says the press release, which comes from, among others, the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce, Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and, of course, the Stemmons Corridor Business Association, which initiated, with Mayor Laura Miller, the "Sink the Petition/Save the Trinity" campaign. The entire release is after the jump. --Robert Wilonsky

For Immediate Release


DALLAS, TX (May 7, 2007) ... Area Dallas chambers have united to declare that the current petition drive to relocate the Trinity Parkway without describing a viable alternative will accomplish no public purpose and will needlessly delay much needed improvements. This group is asking that Dallas citizens not sign the petition. Trust the decision the voters made in 1998 for a truly great public park.

In 1998, the Dallas voters approved $246 million in bond funds to transform the Trinity River corridor from our alley to our front yard.

These improvements included much needed flood protection, lakes, transportation improvements, athletic fields, and the purchase of land for the Great Trinity Forest.

Mayor Miller and the Dallas City Council used the "Balanced Vision Plan" to create a consensus among people with very different views of the Trinity because it balances flood protection, environmental restoration, transportation, recreation and community development.

The location of the Parkway has been studied for over ten years, has been the subject of numerous public meetings, has been voted on by the public, and further study would only delay implementation of the entire project

Participating chambers include:

Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce Greater Dallas Chamber Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce North Dallas Chamber of Commerce Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce Stemmons Corridor Business Association West Dallas Chamber of Commerce

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