Dealey Plaza Needs Another Makeover. Let's Look at the Proposed Plan For Phase Two.
|Click to embiggen the original 1939 rendering for Dealey Plaza, one of many historical gems contained in the council briefing package|
Three years ago the north and south plaza pergolas didn't get touched; neither did the pavement in and around the pavilions. The city also wants to plant new way-finding signs, along with some interpretative histories-of, and make the thing ADA-compliant, which it ain't. Because, remember, we're but two years from the 50th anniversary. And as one Dallas Fort Worth Urban Forum dweller pointed out back in March, "I'm sure all the usual conspiracy junkies will be there in force, but there will also be more national attention due to the landmark anniversary. I do think Dallas ought to show more respect for the site and finish the job of sprucing it up."
That's the plan -- at a cost of around anywhere from $1 to $2 million, depending on how extensive the redo, and, yes, those fountains could use another touch-up. (That's not counting the additional $1.5 mil needed for further renovations.) Where's the money coming from? Where it always comes from: magic. Or we'll just find out tomorrow.