Angela Hunt's Trinity Corridor Plan C: "Give the Public a Park They Can Enjoy Today"
|Angela Hunt says she's tired of conceptual renderings leading to nothing. But why, when there are still so many to go through?|
Which leaves us ... where, exactly? With Angela Hunt's Trinity River Corridor Project Plan C, I guess, which appeared behind the pay levee a few days ago and now shows up on Hunt's website free of charge. This time, Hunt's proposing a scaled-back version of her scaled-back version. She wants to take the Trinity Better Block-ing; she wants to turn it over to Groundwork Dallas, which has already done so much of the legwork. She writes:
We can reclaim this project and win back the public's trust, but only if we're willing to change the way we do things at Dallas City Hall. The grander, long-term vision for the Trinity park is incredible, but it's still years away. We must give the public a Trinity park they can enjoy today, and we must do it as quickly and as inexpensively as possible. That means no high-paid consultants; no elaborate, full-scale models and enticing watercolor pictures; and -- most importantly -- no multiyear timelines.Read the whole thing here.
Don't get me wrong -- I like expensive, fancy things as much as the next gal. But expensive, fancy things are only great when they actually exist. A diamond ring is great. My husband promising me a diamond ring and handing me a brochure from the jeweler, not so great. Our expedited version of the Trinity park won't boast lakes or sailboats or solar-powered water taxis. But what it lacks in extravagance it will make up for by simply existing.
Transforming the Trinity River basin won't require a herculean effort. The greenbelt between our levees is already lush and beautiful -- there's just no way to get to it and nothing to do once you get there. We can change that.