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If you missed part one, click here.  Overall, the documents and scenarios CityMAP put together are logical and straight-forward.  Most call for the submersion of key highways surrounding Dallas’ core aiding in traffic flow and neighborhood revitalization.

One calls for the rerouting of I-30 to the distant south and one calls for the removal of a portion of I-45 and US-75.  I’m all for the submersion and covering of these highways.  I’m faaaaaar from convinced on these other two.

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What happens to 45/75 traffic when it's partially removed. Everything scatters before returning to the highway.

What happens to 45/75 traffic when it’s partially removed. Everything scatters before returning to the highway.

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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.

“This thing has been nothing but a sales job based on some watercolors. Fancy watercolors. It’s time now to just kill this road and get on with business.” — District 1 Dallas City Council Member Scott Griggs

The Dallas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects has formally come out against the Trinity Toll Roadas it is now designed. The organization issued this statement earlier this week, just a few months after screening the 1967 documentary The Walls Are Rising, which was a critique on the hodge-podge planning and zoning the city sowed during it’s building boom at the mid-century mark. We are certainly reaping that lack of planning now, especially as the Trinity Tollway has become the yardstick against which politicians are being measured.

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Former City Council member Angela Hunt has an important message in her latests 'Lakewood Advocate' column. (Photo: Lakewood Advocate)

Former City Council member Angela Hunt has an important message in her latests ‘Lakewood Advocate’ column. (Photo: Lakewood Advocate)

I can’t stress enough how important it is to read Angela Hunt’s latest column in the Advocate. I’ll give you the basic jist, but it’s definitely worth a read because it falls right in line with what Vishaan Chakrabarti told us ahead of The Dallas Festival of Ideas: Quit worrying so much about being “world class” and start worrying more about quality of life. Take care of that and the rest will follow.

Jump from an excerpt from Hunt’s column that is particularly important.

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