The Long, Slow Death of the Trinity Toll Road, Ctd.

Thirty-six lanes of traffic. If the Trinity toll road were built, that’s how many highway lanes of concrete, in parts, would separate downtown Dallas from the river. Bear in mind that Dallas, through its CityDesign Studio, recently went through an exercise to figure out how we can connect downtown to the river.

On Twitter, Angela Hunt pointed out that the NTTA image you see above is what we voted to build. Here are the current drawings. Follow the link if you want more detail. But here’s an aerial perspective of the road as it is imagined today:

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The Long, Slow Death of the Trinity Toll Road

The number of people who still think we need a toll road built along the Trinity River has dwindled, it appears, to two: Michael Morris of NCTCOG and Bill Hale of TxDOT. You’ll recall the op-ed they wrote on April 7, in which they argued that we couldn’t talk about tearing down I-345 until we build the toll road as a reliever route. We argue in our May issue that the Trinity toll road is dead. And this morning the paper published an op-ed saying the same thing. This salvo comes in direct response to Morris and Hale. It was fired by former city council member Angela Hunt and current members Sandy Greyson, Scott Griggs, Philip Kingston, and Adam Medrano. If you can read it and come away still thinking that we need that toll road, then consider the following:

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Leading Off (4/22/14)

Stars Beat Ducks 3-0. Ducks defenseman Stephane Robidas broke his leg in the game — just as he did in last time he played here, when he was still with the Stars. Kari Lehtonen made 37 saves for the Stars. Rick Gosselin says he’s a “very hot goalie.” But just a take a minute to think about this: if Hope Solo played hockey, and if she stopped 37 shots, would Gosselin call her a “very hot goalie”? We shouldn’t tolerate sexism in any form.

Stanley Korshak Expands. Bet you didn’t know that Stanley Korshak is the nation’s largest-volume privately owned specialty retailer that is housed in one building. It’s true. And now the store is growing in response to Uptown’s swell demographics. Says Crawford Brock, Korshak’s owner: “McKinney Avenue and Cedar Springs around us are like New Orleans at night.” Also true. And all those carousing kids are going to want to buy some Ferragamos after drinking hurricanes and doing amyl poppers.

Basketball Explodes, Injures Mom at Six Flags. These things do happen. A reminder that you should never point a loaded basketball at any target you do not intend to destroy.

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The Mark Cuban Commercial That Continues To Drive Me Insane

If you watched last night’s Mavs game, then you saw Mark Cuban’s AT&T Uverse Live commercial about 200 times. No exaggeration. I was going to say 4,000 times, but that’s clearly an exaggeration. I’ve written about this over-aired commercial before, wondering why a billionaire would allow a telecommunications company to mock his bald spot in a television commercial. When a commercial airs as frequently as this one does, it’s impossible not to break it down shot by shot, frame by frame. It’s like reindeer and the Sami people of northern Russia and Scandinavia. The Sami have something like 1,000 words for reindeer. You know why? Because the Sami don’t get to watch basketball on TV. They are forced to watch reindeer on TV. As a result, they get really into reindeer. So it is with me and this Mark Cuban commercial.

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The New Yorker on Jordan Spieth

There’s a nice little ditty on The New Yorker’s sports blog about Bubba and Jordan and the Masters that you should read. A taste:

Spieth’s swing is a newly paved freeway through the heartland: smooth, straight, efficient, dependable. Watson’s is the spotty two-lane through the backwater. It’s tangled and indirect, a mess of rough road that seems to surprise Watson as much as anybody when it leads to the desired location.


Spieth plays with an effortlessness that is no doubt the result of great effort. He’s the Federer of golf right now: fluid motions, no sweat glands, an air of calm superiority.

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Leading Off (4/15/14)

Woman Found Guilty of Murder in Castration Death. Crystal Richardson claimed in court that she was just defending herself. But on the night of April 28, 2012, after using PCP, cocaine, marijuana, and alcohol, she castrated Cedric Lamont Owens and stabbed him more than 130 times. The jury didn’t buy her story.

Man Found Guilty of Murder in Stabbing Deaths. Just a couple months before Richardson’s bloody night in a Far East Dallas hotel room, in a house not far from that crime, William Gerard Palmer fatally stabbed his wife and her parents. Yesterday, a jury convicted him, too, and this account of the victims’ impact statements is tough to read.

An Item That’s Not About a Stabbing Murder. Cold enough for you this morning?

No Good Horrible Day for American Airlines and US Airways. The merging carriers made news yesterday for the wrong reasons. An AA pilot forgot he had a gun in his backpack and tried to bring it through a security checkpoint at DFW Airport. Meanwhile US Airways tweeted a picture of a naked woman playing with a toy airplane. A reminder to all of us that we need to be careful with our firearms and our aviation porn.

And, Oh Yeah, It’s Tax Day. Fun!

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Parsing That Long John Wiley Price Story

As Cristina mentioned in Leading Off, on Sunday the Morning News published a lengthy story about the FBI’s investigation of John Wiley Price. I can’t figure it out. Because almost none of it is new. After the FBI raids in the summer of 2011, the paper did a great job piecing together what the feds were looking for and all the curious financial matters concerning price: the land deals, the bankruptcy, the expensive cars, the cash in the safe. The story we got Sunday is just a rehash of all that, with one small addition:

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A Totally Boring 9-Minute Recording From Today’s Meeting of the Regional Transportation Council

Seriously, if you spend one minute reading this post — especially if you take the time to listen to the audio — then you really need to reevaluate your life, figure out where everything went so pear shaped that you had the time and interest to dive into this. That said, here’s your prep guide for the audio that I recorded today out in Arlington at the HQ of the North Central Texas Council of Governments’ Tom Vandergriff Conference Center (decor theme: gray on gray). First, you need to know that cupcakes were served, on account of the NCTCOG’s 40th birthday. Keep that in mind. Second, I loitered in the NCTCOG lobby before the meeting and spotted not one, but two gentleman attendees wearing cowboy hats. In other words: my kind of meeting. I stayed for about 25 minutes, just the part where they discussed I-345. I’m only going to give you the highlights. Okay, here’s what you’ll hear:

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First Look at the Proposed Boy Scout Hill Restaurant Overlooking White Rock Lake

Jim Schutze has written something that you should read. It’s about the proposed restaurant at White Rock Lake. The hopeful developers are Lyle Burgin and Rick Kopf. I’ve had lunch with these guys, and I like them. Kopf rides his bike at the lake, and he seems to appreciate the beauty of the place, which is why, he told me, he wants to build a restaurant there. But I’m afraid Kopf and his friend are a bit like Lennie in Of Mice and Men. They don’t know their own strength. They just might crush the thing they love. And Schutze is right. Opposition seems to be building steadily in the neighborhoods around the lake (I live in one of them).

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What Does South Dallas Think About Highways? Let’s Ask a ‘Militant’ Black Leader.

In the discussion about possibly tearing down I-345, the Dallas Morning News editorial board and its partner, Michael Morris of the North Central Texas Council of Governments, have come to the defense of the working poor in South Dallas. At the paper, Rodger Jones writes about “economic justice,” and Tod Robberson tells us that lowering I-345 would throw the lives of South Dallas commuters into “upheaval.” Morris says only rich white people are interested in tearing down the elevated freeway. Let’s see about that.

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