That was fast. Today’s Dallas City Council meeting was focused on the four track homelessness briefing, and there was a lot of discussion, explaining, even arguing over it all, especially Track II: moving the homeless to recreation centers across Dallas on a temporary basis. Almost every city council member was vehemently against Track II, with the exception of Mark Clayton and maybe Ricky Callahan. When Adam Medrano brought up an idea that had been suggested by Lee Kleinman back in February, having the city buy Timberlawn psychiatric hospital and use as a homeless shelter central, Councilman for District 7, Kevin Felder, was livid. 

And now a Change.org petition has been started, almost 30 votes last time I looked. Here’s what it says:

We as citizens of Dallas are adamantly opposed to the proposed initiative to utilize the site formerly known as Timberlawn, as a large, permanent public facility for the homeless.

We stand united and demand that our elected officials, the Dallas City Council members, hear our voices, utilize our tax dollars to better our neighborhood and our city, and act accordingly to best service us all in pursuit of our desire to be safe, effective members in our shared city of Dallas

Lawnview Station at top center, right

Looking at the maps, you may wonder what all the empty space is south of the Lawnview station. You wonder why the DART Green Line swings around this patch from the Lake June Station to reach Lawnview. At least that’s what this former Chicagoan was wondering before visiting the area.  Dallasites probably know it as being part of the Great Trinity Forest where White Rock Creek meets the Trinity River. Believe it or not, these hundreds of acres of forest once stretched all the way to Florida.

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