The North Central Texas Council of Governments has launched a survey to help gather information from the public and inform the completion of their Mobility 2040 transportation plan. Always willing to throw in my two cents about things like like transportation master plans, I clicked through the link in the email I received eager to click some boxes and hit submit. The survey is simple enough, just 6 little questions. Only when I went to answer them I noticed that the answers I wanted to submit weren’t options. Bah. Oh well. I figured I’d just post my survey on FrontBurner instead so that I can add-in the answers I want to send to the COG. Here we go:Full Story
We’re used to hearing about the strides being made in the revitalization of Fort Worth’s downtown and Sundance Square, and the city does deserve credit for its efforts. However, it’s not like our neighbor to the west is a shining light of urban planning. In fact, it’s doing remarkably well in a tournament of dubious distinction, Streetsblog’s annual Parking Madness tournament.
The tournament pits 16 cities against each other who “vie for the coveted Golden Crater, awarded to the most horrendous pit of parking to blight an American downtown.” And Fort Worth is performing solidly, leading its elite eight showdown against Tampa. Here’s what gives Fort Worth an edge:Full Story
When I looked for the ForwardDallas Comprehensive Plan on the city’s website, I was directed to the page you see above. No wonder we don’t follow our plan—you can’t even find a copy on the city’s website.Full Story
On Friday, we mentioned the Dallas Morning News’ story about how many of the supporters of the Trinity Toll Road had gone silent since a consumer advocacy group called the proposed road a boondoggle. Well, over the weekend, the DMN’s transportation writer, Brandon Formby, filed a follow-up. Road supporters are now talking, and if you need proof that they are scrambling to come up with any justification for this thing or apply antiquated thinking to its planning, then here it is. Basically, NCTCOG transportation director Michael Morris argues that we need the toll road not because it will substantially relieve congestion along the I-35 corridor (which traffic projections say it won’t) but because it will increase congestion on some streets, decrease on others, and otherwise shift traffic around in a way that will improve economic development. Here’s the breakdown of how Morris believes the road will impact traffic patterns:Full Story
A streetcar system blanketing the city. Crowded downtown streets. A Trinity River Project without a toll road. Frog town. The cafes of Deep Ellum in the era of Blind Lemon Jefferson. Mayors who were Swiss abolitionists and former socialist utopians. Dallas was WAY hipper a hundred years or so ago. So that’s my suggestion for any and all conversation about where this city should head: let’s just try to make it more like it was.
What sparked this random, useless thought? Well, there’s more depressing news today about failed plans here, here, and here. But then I saw this post about Lake Cliff Park in Oak Cliff, which, in the brochure that dates to 1906, looks a lot cooler than anything that’s in Dallas today (seriously, it had the world’s largest roller skating rink). So let’s start there: bring back Lake Cliff Park as Dallas’ Coney Island. Anyway. Blah. Of course there was also the rampant racism, oligarchical governance, and all that other fun stuff. But, from an urban planning and land use perspective, this city had it figured out (oh, except for, you know, not paving the streets of or extending sanitation to West Dallas or Little Mexico — but come on, I’m trying to be nostalgic here). So what’s the biggest difference between yesterday’s Dallas and today? You know it: highways. Had to get that in there. Gratuitous. I know. Okay, I’m going back to trying to write about this.Full Story
The video won’t embed, and the headline pretty much says everything you want to know. This is why God invented screen-grabs.Full Story
Last week, employees at a Walmart in Corsicana discovered that a 14-year-old boy had been living in makeshift campsites tucked behind baby products or stacks of paper products for two days. Police say the teenager was a runaway who has history of fleeing his home and holing up in creeks and abandoned houses. I have a different theory: the boy is Dallas’ best performance artist. Here’s why.Full Story
“This is how we get our name back,” Joe Ondrusek Jr. whispers to his cousin, Donny. “This is it. Right here, right now. You ready?” Donny’s hand tightens around the handle of his black Ka-Bar knife. “As soon as you shut up,” he whispers back. Donny and Joe Jr. are lying next to each other […]Full Story
How the end begins.Full Story
It’s 8 a.m. and Mike Snyder is in a suit and tie. It’s a habit he can’t shake, even though he doesn’t really need it anymore. He wakes up at 6, and goes through his workout routine — 10 pushups, 10 sit-ups, and, every other day, 10 jumping jacks. Then the former NBC Channel 5 […]Full Story
Charles MacDonald was arrested early this morning in Highland Park for evading arrest and criminal mischief, two charges that very poorly describe what happened. According to the Morning News: …MacDonald, 24, of Highland Park was stopped by officers near Arroyo and Maple avenues about 1:45 a.m. by uniformed officers investigating drug complaints in the area. […]Full Story
Perry Goes to California to Poach Businesses: Rick Perry is on tour of California, where he hopes to swoop-in and woo businesses to Texas. It’s a trip that puts the epic state showdown in context: In that corner, Athens. In this one, Sparta. Each serves as the other’s foil, the Ali to its Frazier, the […]Full Story
From ESPN’s Marc Stein: Iverson has likewise resisted the Legends’ overtures so far this season — as well as a similar offer last season — but sources say that the Legends are trying again now because they’ve moved back to the top of the list in the D-League’s waiver line, meaning they’d have an unobstructed […]Full Story
This went up last week but I forgot to post about it. Here is the behind the scenesÂ of how it all went down, worth it at least for Dirk’s answers at the beginning.Full Story