As you know, I was an early critic of the project. I realized that the voters have spoken and we are moving forward. But as I began to look at the project on my own, my view changed over the course of years.
At the City Plan Commission, I chair the Urban Design Advisory Committee and our task is to review 23 different areas that are associated with the Trinity with respect to zoning and design.
We are on plan #4. Again, there are 23 study areas. There's a lot of work ahead of us, and I hope to be there to see it through to the end.
Back to the model. I did my best to get the entire model on my phone, and even in panoramic view it was impossible.
Seeing Oak Cliff, West Dallas, South Dallas, and other areas together on a 40 foot by 15 foot (my estimate) wall map along with the model reminded me of the work we must get going on the City Plan Commission and in this city in general. Townview High School, Pinkston High School, Cedar Crest, Fair Park, downtown Dallas...it's all connected.
The Trinity River Project is about more than a tollroad. It's also about more than a park. It's also about positively transforming the lives of the citizens of Dallas. I hope everyone keeps an open mind and seeks to find out info on their own as this project moves forward.