Date Set, Sort of, For "Project Wall-E" Bow

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I had to call Karl Zavitkovsky, head of the city's Office of Economic Development, about something that turned out to be nothing this morning. (Well, if you must know, I wondered if "The Collective" referred to here is just "The Orleans at La Reunion" by a new name, and it is.) But while I had him on the phone, I asked him, since not a day goes by that a Friend of Unfair Park doesn't ask me: Since first we heard of Project Wall-E, has anything mentioned since then been related to that particular say-what-now? To which he replied: "No." Not the Ferris wheel, not City Lights, not nothing. "It'd be hard to guess," he insisted. Which didn't stop us from trying.

For those who forgot, this was something the council's Economic Development Committee discussed two weeks ago behind closed doors. Something to do with "the purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real property." He insists again today that it'll be something "very interesting" when it's finally revealed. So: When will the city unravel this mystery? "In about a month," he says. "It's scheduled to go to the council in early December." An early Christmas, but will it be the ultimate girly cave or a pair of socks?

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Buckycub
Buckycub

Mr. Rob- so have those meddling kids and dog found out yet what the wall e is all about? Reading something about some environmental something or other, but gonna leave the sleuthing to you professionals. 

LaceyB
LaceyB

But, will Karl wear a bra over his eyes at the unveiling the way WALL-E did? Me thinks not. But, an "A" for creative idea, though.

Paul
Paul

E stands for Electrolytes which Brawndo has and plants crave ...

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

My theory:

They're importing trash from cities all across the US, piling it high as possible, dumping some soil on top of it, planting some aspen trees, and calling it Mt. Dallas. Then they can build an observation overlook on top, some mountain bike trails, and do gas recovery. Win/win! World class city! Except for those people living in the footprint. But imagine how property values go up at the base of it!

Chris
Chris

Probably just tax breaks for a new\renovated Walmart store.

MattL1
MattL1

Wait, so will we know what this is before it goes, um, before the Council?  Seems like there should be SOME public involvement.  

Darrd2010
Darrd2010

Executive session, hyped secrecy, vote in early December(right before the council breaks), I don't know what it is but it's not giving me good vibes.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Seeing this is Dallas, its going to be something w/ too much hype and not enough flash, similar to what we've seen concerning the old "whole foods" on greenville and our hope it becomes a trader joes...

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

I remember the advance work for this made it seem better than the invention of bread and the slicing of.

http://www.segway.com/

So unless the sun is going to come up from the west I think I can wait.

JAMES
JAMES

I have a feeling this is going to be so overhyped that we'll be very disappointed when it's actually revealed. I hope it's some sort of "game changer" though...

scottindallas
scottindallas

OK, so what IS "Project Wall-E?"  Your write up was wholly unilluminating.  Is it a better streets type installation?  A concert?  A screening of Wall-E the movie?  What are you writing about? Is this article a reprise of Waiting for Godot?

LaceyB
LaceyB

Never gets old. Love it!

MattL1
MattL1

You forgot the Ferris wheel.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Are you kidding me?

There's a link to the original piece, which says we don't know what it is. It's referred to in the item above as "a mystery." I write that it's "something to do with 'the purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real property'" that was discussed in executive session. That's all we know.

Paul
Paul

Well, cause it has electrolytes ...

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Don't need one when you've got an observation overlook on top of a giant pile of other people's garbage. But they could go ahead and put a casino with ferris wheel on it.

Paul
Paul

I guess that means that the fix is in, just as when a piece of city property was sold way below appraised value (as in <50%) for the development around the "It's a Bad Deal" Arena.

scottindallas
scottindallas

I figured you had some idea whether it was animal, vegetable or mineral.  A project, event or a political/economic or performance program

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