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The Trinity River Project's Completed! At Least, the 20-Foot Model's Done.

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At this very moment, Sam, that glutton for punishment, is at a meeting of the city council's Trinity River Corridor Committee, whose agenda is chockablock with interesting items, chief among them a warning concerning possible delays to the Dallas Floodway Extension. Till his return, then, two related notes.

They've given a name to Santiago Calatrava's new bridge in Venice, only Venice's mayor, Massimo Cacciari, has axed plans for its inauguration. Seems the bridge "has been dogged by controversy because of cost overruns, concerns about its stability and an initial lack of access for the disabled," and the mayor would rather avoid partying with the naysayers. To which Mayor Tom responds, "Wuss."

Also, the Trinity Trust Foundation just sent word that next Tuesday, it'll present to the media "a 20-foot long model of the Trinity River Corridor Project [which] depicts major components inside and outside the levees including replicas of the Calatrava signature bridges -- Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and Margaret McDermott Bridge -- two urban lakes, island, ball fields, and white water course, gateway parks such as Moore Park Gateway, residences and businesses along and around the Trinity River." And since most of that, including the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, won't life-sized till God knows when, you can visit the model yourself beginning September 11, from 10 a.m to 5 p.m., at the Trinity Center, 1444 Oak Lawn Ave., Suite 200. Or just watch the movie instead.

Perhaps they should consider selling replicas of those 20-foot models in toy stores. Works as both Trinity Corridor Project fund-raiser and educational tool, so our children will be able to show their grandchildren what their great-grandchildren can expect sometime during their lifetime. --Robert Wilonsky

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