A Giant Ferris Wheel Next to JFK Memorial? Great Idea. Finally We'll Be World-Class!

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Big disagreement. My house. Now. Ferris wheel next to Kennedy memorial. Wife, a Dallas native. Self, a carpetbagger. Wife, tasteful. Self, not.

Wife says Yankees will criticize city. Self say, so what? Self know more about Yankees than wife. Screw Yankees. It's been almost 50 years. Can't Dallas have a little fun?

Great City Attractions, an English company, has proposed building a 174-feet tall "observation wheel" next to the Kennedy Memorial Plaza by the Old Red Courthouse downtown. Watch the Dallas County Commissioners Court discuss it here, toward the end.

Big. Not huge.

For comparison, the Texas Star at Fair Park, at 212 feet, was still the tallest in the North America, last time I checked. A wheel has been proposed in Orlando at 425 feet, and I think Las Vegas is talking about one at, you know, like 50,000 feet or something, in orbit, but for now the Texas Star rules.

To my great disappointment, the company behind the scheme for downtown Dallas is not the one I first thought it was, Great Wheel Corporation, developers of the Singapore Flyer, the world's tallest wheel at 541 feet. That company has been embroiled in all sorts of juicy boardroom battling including accusations of embezzlement and other carny-esque derring-do. Had they been the people behind the Dallas project, we could have had a really neat attraction downtown plus all sorts of attendant scandal -- definitely a win-win for me.

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No such luck, at least not for me, at least so far. I scoured the web for bad news about this company, Great City Attractions, and came up with zip. Clean as a whistle. What're you gonna do? Sometimes we have to accept reality, although, as I like to say, "Not without a fight."

My wife thinks the idea of a Ferris wheel next to the assassination memorial is obscene, crass and tasteless. I'm O.K. with that. But I did talk today to Bob Minick of Minick Associates, a Dallas-based company internationally known and respected in the amusement park industry, and he did offer a caution. "It's a good company," Minick said of Great City Attractions. "They're putting up a very good wheel."

But Minick said he wonders if downtown Dallas offers the kind of traffic needed to make money on a Ferris wheel. "If you were going to put in wheel in the U.S.," he said, "I would look at New York, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami. You have to go where the tourism is."

Hey, wait. I have an idea. You know what they really need to make this thing go? They need a consultant. Damned right! I might be able to make this wheel turn my way after all.

Sweetheart, get Commissioner Price on the horn, willya? (I'm talking in a carnival voice.)

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73 comments
Kevin John Gilhooly
Kevin John Gilhooly

Is 174 feet high enough to see the suburbs? Because that's where all the people are. 

Bettyculbreath
Bettyculbreath

A sad day trading  peaceful space  for 50,000 dollars a year.How will this Ferris wheel work with new Bridge,its sure to distract the skyline.I wonder did Jenkins confer with Arts and Historical groups,coming from Kaufman County he did not see much art mostly carnivals coming through town

Bostjan Avsec
Bostjan Avsec

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Louise
Louise

Why do our elected officials insist on humiliating themselves and us with unnecessary, expensive architectural googaws?  What ever happened to being fiscally responsible?

Ed D.
Ed D.

Man, I bet the view of the middle floors of the many much-taller buildings downtown will be great.

Paul
Paul

What is world class anyway?

The stench and pollution of Shanghai?

The overcrowding of Mexico City?

The sewage system of Venice?

The rats of Rome?

The obnoxiousness of New Yorkers?

Inquiring minds want to know ...

Lee Harvey Wallbanger
Lee Harvey Wallbanger

Call it the JFK Memorial Ferris Wheel -- every now and then we can have a sniper blow the back of a rider's head off....

Chuck G.
Chuck G.

Will they charge $30 per person to ride it like the State (Un)Fair does?

Larry Sanders
Larry Sanders

You would probably have a great view of the White Water Rapids and the tumbling kayaks on the trinity.

brett
brett

at least the occupy dallas kids will have something to do during the day.

ts
ts

Combine the memorial and the ferris wheel.  What goes up, must come down.

Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

How about a house of mirrors for city hall.

trannyntraining
trannyntraining

If they insert some hip, nouveau restaurant at the top of it...I think it might work within the confines of the term "World Class".

Rooster
Rooster

Am I missing something, or does this city not already have one ferris wheel nobody rides?....

Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger

Suspend the wheel between a couple of fake suspension bridges over the Trinity.

Stan
Stan

I have to agree with your wife.  I can't think of anything tackier unless you put in a shooting gallery next to Main Street.

Lee
Lee

I am with your wife. i think it will be tacky.

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

Or, they could just repave the fucking streets.

Jay
Jay

How does Dallas continue to find people to come up with such utterly stupid ideas?

richard schumacher
richard schumacher

City and county government are already circuses, why not advertise it.  

Will the Ross Perot and John Wiley Price gondolas be adjacent, or opposite?

bink
bink

I've said it before, I'll say it again--this town is hopeless!  With all the important business this city needs to address itself too, here we go again, with the latest BS glitz crap gimmick for Inferiority-Complexed Dallas to attempt to be WORLD CLASS!.  Sorry, there are so many nice talented good people here, and then there is our Hayseed Business Commmunity and City Council.  And what a gee whiz location too--next to the JFK Memorial Plaza.  God what goobers!

matt
matt

Would rather see a monorail go in.  Monorail!

RTGolden
RTGolden

I love Dallas.  Build a park over a freeway, build a freeway in a ditch (over a park), build an arching dreamcatcher-esque .... thing over a bridge (which will probably have to be torn down to build the freeway in the ditch thing), and now, build a big ferris wheel a few miles away from... a big ferris wheel.I guess from the Texas Star, you can't really see all things that haven't been built, or all the things that shouldn't have been built.

Cynical Citizen
Cynical Citizen

The wheels will be like Hard Rock Cafes.  Every city will want one, the cool kids will all have a T shirt but no one will actually go there. If you don't have one you're not a cool city if you do get one you are a follower, wannabe city.  I say its 174' it's too small for anyplace in Texas.

lorlee
lorlee

I don't know about 174 feet, but up in the Bank of America Plaza the view from about 800 feet up, the view can be spectacular.  On a clear day, we can see Jerry World and Ft. Worth.  Maybe they should just convince the Plaza to let people go to the 69th Floor and take a look - or the view from the Reunion dandelion would certainly be much better than from 174 feet up. 

RTGolden
RTGolden

What a very arrogant thing to say.

RTGolden
RTGolden

Being fiscally responsible has never happened in Dallas.

mynameisURL
mynameisURL

That made me laugh. Hard.

I feel dirty now...

Thelisma Partridge
Thelisma Partridge

I expect to be able to use my DART pass on this new wheel of misfortune.

mynameisURL
mynameisURL

Yeah, and let's park that Ferris Wheel closer to city hall. You know, that way nobody will have to walk very far to go see the clowns, too.

RTR
RTR

As long as they are "smoking mirrors". 

Montemalone
Montemalone

All things collectible are better in pairs.

Montemalone
Montemalone

Call it the Marl Twain Memorial Steamboat Replica Bridge In Honor of Huck Finn

Montemalone
Montemalone

Apparently, someone on Marilla reads this blog. Lemmon Ave is getting scraped and repaved. Woo Hoo!

ViniVidiDejaVu
ViniVidiDejaVu

If it's good enough for North Haverbrook, it's good enough for Dallas. Monorail!

scottindallas
scottindallas

troubles me that people working in Bank buildings are so mathmatically impaired--800 ft?  Is that tower 80 stories?  Try 500 ft,

Jim Schutze
Jim Schutze

But you people in Bank of America never drop your change out on the ground. That's where the profit comes from in this deal.

Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

They are those curved mirrors that make most people look either fat or too thin or like an hour glass-these however make the crooked politicians look honest.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

It also worked for Brockway and Ogdenville!

RTGolden
RTGolden

Dang, now I want to know how big the damn building really is!  And I'm too apathetic to  look it up myself.

Gabe
Gabe

Bank of America Plaza is 921 feet with 72 stories. 

lorlee
lorlee

912 ft according to Wickipedia  73 stories

LisaS
LisaS

We don't drop our change because they won't let us open the windows.

JH
JH

I call the big one Bitey!

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