Packed house for Dallas Architecture Forum's Fair Park discussion

Packed house for Dallas Architecture Forum’s Fair Park discussion

Apparently in architectural parlance, “LULU” is an acronym meaning “Locally Undesirable Land Use.” That just about sums up Fair Park — a walled desert surrounded by acres of concrete that blooms once a year.

On Tuesday, Jan. 26, the Dallas Architecture Forum hosted a panel discussion centered on what the city should do with Fair Park (not to be confused with the City Council’s open-door session on Fair Park at Fair Park on Feb. 8 at 5 p.m.). There are multiple plans to review and countless old plans to remember (adopted by city councils who never spent a dime on implementation … are you listening Preston Center Task Force?).

While there was energy radiating from the panelists, it was strained by the personal experience of one too many broken promises to resuscitate the park. The result was an almost “going through the motions” delivery seen in actors reciting the same lines year after year, decade after decade.

In her opening remarks, Virginia McAlester from Preservation Dallas noted that if someone were to compare the condition of Fair Park in the 1980s (when she first got involved) to today, they would notice little changed (except light bulbs, if you ask me).