Let's just say that this rendering of the Trinity Tollway is never, ever going to happen. It's going to be bigger, uglier, and it's going to need more elevated feeders. One of those, the Jefferson Memorial , might completely cut off West Dallas from North Oak Cliff.

Could we actually end up with a Trinity parkway that doesn’t completely obliterate the park that Dallas so desperately wants?

Perhaps we could actually end up with the winding, picturesque, four-lane parkway that was in the original Balanced Vision Plan for the Trinity River? At least, that is what could happen if Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Dallas City Council actually listen to the groundswell of opposition against the proposed Trinity Tollroad alignment that would make the road a mammoth elevated highway reliever.

But even Rawling’s own Trinity “Dream Team” is against that idea. Passionately so, it seems, as Larry Beasley pretty much destroyed the existing plans for the NTTA-managed tollway plans at the Trinity Commons Foundation luncheon.

And now the Dallas chapter of the American Institute of Architects is giving Beasley a proverbial “AMEN!” from the pews. Jump for the full statement.

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Alex Gavin Yale

I don’t know about you, but when I have to make a pretty vital decision, I try to get as many opinions as possible. As many educated opinions from people far smarter than I. Maybe we need to do this on the Trinity Parkway/Tollway/Parkway?



Thursday night in New York City (where I am attending Inman Connect NYC), I attended a lecture by Alexander Garvin, a noted American urban planner, educator, and author. He has a private architectural practice at Alexander Garvin & Associates in New York City, and is an adjunct professor at the Yale School of Architecture. He also happens to be the man responsible for Atlanta’s greenbelt system. We saw the system in action at NAREE a year and a half ago when the conference was held in Atlanta. Basically, Atlanta had this railroad track running almost a circle around the city, and it was Garvin who suggested turning it into a connected greenbelt. When I told him how we had toured the Ponce City Market (an old Sears Roebuck warehouse turned multi-use foodie nirvana), he was charmed. I told him how I saw joggers utilizing those trails and how they were inspiring private development real estate projects. He, in turn, told me that his book, The Planning Game: Lessons From Great Cities, has a picture of our own Katy Trail in Dallas, which he admires. That too, I told him, is stimulating development.

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Trinity Tollway Rendering NTTA

Drawing: NTTA

So, who is still carrying banners for the Trinity Tollway? Looks like the numbers are getting pretty thin, and now Dallas’ most influential architecture organization, the American Institute of Architects — Dallas has pulled their support for the road planned between the levees of the Trinity River.

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