Monday, December 20, 2010

Fort Worth's Trinity River Vision & The Dallas Trinity River Corridor Project

You are looking at a live camera view of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, under construction, about an hour ago, in Dallas.

The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge is one of 3 signature bridges being built in Dallas, designed by Santiago Calatrava. The 3 bridges are part of what is now known as the Trinity River Corridor Project.

Earlier today I blogged about a letter in today's Fort Worth Star-Telegram, in which the letter writer opined about Fort Worth's need for a visionary of the same ilk that brought Fort Worth the murky vision of the Trinity River Vision.

Among other points, I said, regarding the Trinity River Vision, "All that vision saw was copying what was being done in Dallas with its Trinity River Corridor Project. And then downscaling the Dallas Vision."

Anonymous commented to that particular blogging, and in that comment, said "As for Trinity River Vision, its initiatives and ideas far predate the Dallas effort and is in no way copying them. The FW project is superior in scope and vision, IMO."


I arrived in Texas in 1998. It was not long after my arrival that I learned of a project in Dallas that was to renovate the Trinity River as it flowed through Dallas. The Dallas mayor at the time, Ron Kirk, championed the project, with Dallas voters, in 1998, approving a bond proposal. At that time I believe the word "vision" was in the title for the Dallas project.

I believe it was sometime after the turn of the century I first read of Fort Worth's plan to do its own renovating of the Trinity River. I believe this was originally called the Trinity Uptown Project.

Unlike Dallas, the citizens of Fort Worth have not had the opportunity to vote on their controversial vision.

I believe I am correct when I say Fort Worth copied Dallas. That is definitely how it struck me at the time Fort Worth's vision was born. Including announcing that 3 signature bridges were part of the Fort Worth vision. Just like the Dallas vision.

Except, Fort Worth lost its signature bridges, while Dallas did not.

So, I believe the Anonymous commenter is erroneous when he claims the Trinity River Vision far predates the Dallas Trinity River Vision.

Wikipedia has articles about both the Dallas and Fort Worth projects. The Dallas article is quite detailed, while the Fort Worth article is a bit sketchy. And contains errors. Like saying the Town Lake was going to cover 33 acres. That lake long ago shrunk down to small pond size.

Both the Dallas Trinity River Corridor Project and the Fort Worth Trinity River Vision have good websites, which give you a good idea what these projects entail, and you can clearly see that, despite the Anonymous commenter's comment that the "FW project is superior in scope and vision," that that clearly is not the case.

Of course this is somewhat of a subjective matter. Maybe the Anonymous commenter attaches great import to the Trinity River Vision's vision of building the world's premiere wake boarding facility as part of its vision, while I think that the wake boarding part of FW's vision is just embarrassing.

Maybe the Anonymous commenter attaches great import to Happy Hour Inner Tube floats on the Trinity River, while I think that that is just embarrassing.

Maybe the Anonymous commenter attaches great import to building an un-needed flood diversion channel, while I think adding that just to get pork barrel funding is just embarrassing.

Who does J.D. Granger's job for the Dallas Trinity River Corridor Project? Did a Dallas Congresswoman get her out of work son the job? Or is nepotism frowned upon in Dallas?


Anon said...

Odds & Ends:

Dallas is getting a wake board facility too.

Jim Schutze of The Dallas Observer hates the Calatrava bridge and the Dallas Trinity project.

I like the flood channels which will allow the levees in that particular area to come down thus opening up the river to more of the city. The channels may end up looking like the L.A. river with its concrete banks, though.

A new park being built near me, Anderson-Campbell Park, comes with a natural gas pipeline running underneath it.

FW R. (really) Stinks said...

The ruling elites (and many simple citizens)of FW considers with disdain that Dallas is unruly for its many loud debates regarding public issues. Thus the so-called FW Way refers to the commonly accepted behind the door deals and pretermined City Council votes about issues facing the city and its citizens.

In fact, this FW Way is sort of a patronizing reference to keeping "the coloreds" behaving as expected from their rulers during the tumultuous civil rights era. The rowdy and controversial Dallas county commissioner John Wiler Price is reported to taunt and laugh at the so called activists in FW for their whimpy "act-ivism" over the years.

Dallas also sends corrupt public officials to jail on a regular basis. The most recent was last week's decisions before the court involving corrupt politicians and private developers.

Based on the records, there is no corruption or even unethical behavior in FW. Once in a while low raking police officers will commit such unacceptible acts (tasing a mentally ill man to death in front of his parents, raiding and gangbanging patrons in a gay bar, writing false speeding tickets to collect overtime pay, etc.)get caught and quietly "dismissed". But not the important people who had authority and responsibility over these actors and their actions, though.