The Kroger at Hampton and Ledbetter, which I previously wrote about, has been sold.
According to the Oak Cliff Tribune, the buyer is Houston-based Grocer Supply. It will become a Fiesta supermarket. No timeline for the store's opening is available.
Ed Oakley just sent me an email saying -- and I can't believe this is a quote:"But, like any good leader Ed Oakley is unwilling to be carried away simply by parks and recreational spaces. He knows there are other responsibilities involved here."God forbid we should be "carried away simply by parks and recreational spaces"! Oddly enough, the page on his site that he links to has nothing but renderings of... parks and recreational spaces.
Keep it up, TxDot. You're doing a great job, Brownie.
"Arrogant," fumed Rep. Chet Edwards, D-Waco. "A letter like this is not a way to build relationships," complained Rep. Gene Green, D-Houston.
Said Rep. Ted Poe, R-Humble: "TxDOT needs to understand the elected representatives make the decisions on what projects we do — not the bureaucrats."
Q. I don't remember voting for a toll road. Was that on the ballot in 1998?
A. Here's the language that appeared on the ballot in 1998:
PROPOSITION NO. 11
"THE ISSUANCE OF $246,000,000 GENERAL OBLIGATION TRINITY RIVER CORRIDOR PROJECT BONDS, THE PROJECT TO INCLUDE FLOODWAYS, LEVEES, WATERWAYS, OPEN SPACE, RECREATIONAL FACILITIES, THE TRINITY PARKWAY AND RELATED STREET IMPROVEMENTS, AND OTHER RELATED, NECESSARY, AND INCIDENTAL IMPROVEMENTS TO THE TRINITY RIVER CORRIDOR."
Notice the conspicuous omission of the word "toll road." "Trinity Parkway" was interpreted by many to be a low-speed access road for the park. Today the plan is to build a high-speed, six-lane, limited access toll road to help relieve traffic congestion on I-35 and the mixmaster. The toll road is planned to be constructed within the Downtown Trinity Park.
Q. Are you against building a reliever route for I-35 and the mixmaster?
A. No, we just don't want it in the park.
Q: I keep hearing that we'll ruin the whole project if the toll road is taken out of the park. Is that true?
A: No. This is a scare tactic used by those who want to see the toll road built in the park, to convince us that there's no park if there's no road. If you scrutinize their argument, it goes something like this: We've got to dig out a lot of dirt to create the lakes. Excavation and removal of all that dirt will cost more money than the city's got. The toll road needs a lot of dirt for the "bench" it's going to sit on. Therefore, federal money for the toll road can be used to excavate the lakes, and the lake dirt can be used for the toll road bench. If the toll road isn't built, though, there's no money to dig out the lakes. No road = no lakes.
Thing is, that isn't really true. The federal government is already committed to using the lake dirt to raise and extend the levees. The city will receive flood control money (and therefore, money to dig out the lakes) whether or not we build the toll road in the park. So perhaps it would be correct to say "No flood control improvements = No lakes." But "no toll road, no lakes" is just not true.
And remember: We're not trying to kill this toll road. We're just trying to move it out of the park.
But how many of these people are there? And aren't their tastes too fickle to be counted on for steady traffic? The older generation is not going to stop going to Bob's or Al Biernat's for a steak, and quite frankly, I'd rather go to those places too and not have to deal with the oppressive trendiness and parking difficulties at Victory.