Tonight at City Hall, the Public Debut of the High-Concept Dramedy Riverfront Boulevard

Several weeks ago we directed your attention to plans that would turn IndustrialRiverfront Boulevard into a so-called "complete street." Two days later, Bike Friendly Oak Cliff called bullshit and said, why, it was no such thing at all. In advance of this evening's Riverfront Blvd. Public Information Workshop at City Hall, it's reiterating its point -- this time, by trying to figure out if the plans are comedy, tragedy or drama or some elaborate mixture of all three, kind of like a Robert Altman movie from the early 1970s.

Far as BFOC's Scott Griggs (the post's author) is concerned, the prologue of this particular piece took place in October, when the Transportation and Environment Committee was handed the Complete Streets Initiative prepared by the Strategic Planning Division of the city's Sustainable Development and Construction department. To summarize, "Well-planned streets [are] the key component of a livable city." Five months later, City Hall said, "Well, let's turn Riverfront into a complete street -- at least, the little 1.5-mile stretch from Continental Avenue to Cadiz Street." At a cost of $54 million. Wrote Griggs on Friday:

Where is the justification for all of this road? Complete Streets has yet to publicly produce a traffic analysis. And what of the multiple turn lanes into the future pedestrian-bridge Continental? Complete Streets has three westbound turn lanes at Riverfront and Continental. Does the future pedestrian-bridge Continental require three automobile turn lanes to receive vehicular traffic? Complete Streets, supposedly the healthiest street in America, coughs while seemingly saying something about saving an envelope for Downtown entrance/exit ramps at the foot of the Continental pedestrian-bridge for the Trinity Tollway. To be fair, Complete Streets was almost impossible to hear.
That was Act I. Tonight, then, is the beginning of Act II, which Griggs suggests titling "Identity Crisis." He previews accordingly:
As Act II unfolds, we will witness Complete Streets embark on a path of self-discovery to resolve the intense crisis of conflicting values between a city's obsession with wider/faster streets and the promise of building a world-class boulevard.
We will have a critic attending tonight's performance; expect a review in the a.m.

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