How Tearing Down I-345 Could Lead to Shorter South Dallas Commutes

Late yesterday afternoon, over on the Dallas Morning News opinion blog, Tod Robberson again proclaimed himself the champion of South Dallas commuters threatened by the proposal to tear down Interstate 345:

I cannot support the proposed demolition of I-345 knowing that we will be adding yet another item to the long list of grievances southern Dallas residents have to justify their argument that this city only cares about big projects when they benefit the north.

This morning Patrick Kennedy took to his blog in response, arguing via a bunch of numbers that the highways that have hurt development at the core of the city — interstates 345 and 30 especially — have indirectly resulted in longer commute times for people in South Dallas.

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Morning News Pushes For Burying I-30

It’s nice to have the Dallas Morning News recognize the destructiveness of urban interstate highways, as they do in this editorial. A taste:

The chance to restore the physical connection between East Dallas and South Dallas, with a walkable link to Fair Park, would change the face and function of two of the most important and historic areas of the city. Both East and South Dallas suffered decline after the interstate’s construction.

Welcome to the party, guys. We’ve been advocating for this idea since 2010, and we continue to do so in our May issue.

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SAGA Pod 1.6: Is Downtown Dallas Segregated?

Jim Schutze and I try to figure out why you should care about the HUD-Dallas stories. Bottom line: it’s because the city has been taking federal money to end segregation, and apparently/allegedly/maybe been using that money to promote segregation, at least downtown. We discuss what this means, if Mary Suhm should get any blame (I get a little yell-y at this point,) and whether this would make a better column than the one I planned to write about DISD. Also: We debut a segment with a good friend of mine who has long suggested he would be a fantastic addition to the pod.


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Someone’s Watching You: Mike Rawlings’ Plan to Make Downtown Dallas The Envy of All Texas

The Great Gatsby‘s valley of ashes had the Eyes of Dr. T. J. Eckleburg. Now Mayor Mike Rawlings apparently wants downtown Dallas to become known for the spirit of Tony Tasset’s Eye sculpture. Rawlings, it seems, thinks upping its “cool index” could propel downtown to another level. So he wants the area to get organized […]

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Will Architects Charged With Rethinking the Downtown-Trinity River Connection Continue to Ignore the Controversial Trinity Toll Roll?

Over the summer, the Nasher Sculpture Center hosted The Connected City Design Symposium, a conversation about the CityDesign Studio-, The Trinity Trust Foundation-, Downtown Dallas Inc.-, and the Real Estate Council Federation-backed architectural competition that seeks new and creative ways to connect downtown Dallas to the Trinity River. It’s a competition open to both architects and amateurs alike, […]

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Mapping Dallas-Fort Worth’s Racial Divide

That there is a map that is part of a series Wired is calling “The Best Map Ever Made of America’s Racial Segregation.” For anyone familiar with the region, this map doesn’t really reveal anything we already didn’t know (the African American and Hispanic south and southwest; the homogenized north surrounded by minority enclaves like […]

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Richard Patterson on Jim Schutze’s “Culture Mob”

Richard Patterson is a big-deal British painter who lives in Dallas. After reading my post yesterday about Jim Schutze’s anti-intellectual view of the Nasher, Richard sent me a few words on the topic. And by “few,” I mean 2,400. Bear in mind, he banged out this ditty in about two hours. It makes me angry […]

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Does It Make Sense To Tear Out Downtown Dallas Highways?

That’s one of the questions I discuss with urban planner/Tottenham Hotspurs fan Patrick Kennedy, aka WalkableDFW. Since Jim was somewhere making Tim’s head explode, I tried to run the little KNON show he usually pilots, with varying degrees of success. (I’m fine at the interviewing; the pledge-driving, not so much.) The highlights: Patrick’s well-reasoned arguments […]

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