Great City Attractions Rolls Back its Proposal For that Downtown "Observation Wheel"

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This just in: U.K.-based Great City Attractions, which was working with Dallas County and the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau to drop that giant Ferris wheel in Founders Plaza, has opted to roll away -- for the time being, at least. No doubt, Schutze will be greatly disappointed. But after county commissioners initially agreed to put the 174-feet tall "observation wheel" next to the Kennedy Memorial Plaza by the Old Red Courthouse downtown, County Judge Clay Jenkins said: Not so fast. Hence, the email from Nigel Ward, Great City Attractions's head of global site development, who says this morning that the company will now work with the city to find a better spot:
Further to our recent discussions regarding the Dallas Wheel project, this is to confirm that after considering all information available to us at this time, we have decided to reassess our proposal for placing one of our wheels on Founders Plaza. Having taken the views of certain key organizations and individuals in Dallas into account, in regard to the perceived sensitivities of the Plaza in relation to the JFK memorial and associated tragic events, we have decided to work with the City of Dallas to find a suitable alternative location for one of our giant observation wheels.
Although we believe that the temporary hosting of one of our wheels at Founders Plaza would provide the residents of Dallas (and visitors) a unique opportunity to view the historic location from a different perspective, while learning about the events surrounding the location and providing a much needed boost to the local economy, we have decided to withdraw our application and refocus on alternative sites which may still provide a suitable and viable location. We look forward to working with Mayor Rawlings, the City of Dallas and the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau on finding a new and exciting location for the Wheel.

We would like to thank everyone in Dallas who has provided us with an enormous amount of support for this project, so far and in particular, the many organizations and individuals who have made public statements of support for the project at Founders plaza. The team at DCVB have been outstanding in their efforts and support to help us find a way to bring this exciting and highly attractive, temporary attraction to the City of Dallas.

We will not be making any further comment on the project, until an alternative location has been assessed.
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Doug in DFW
Doug in DFW

Dallas should sponsor an American Idol like contest where residents vote where to put this future civic treasure.  I'll head down to Oak Cliff to get some help building an animatronic Lyle Lanley.

Rangers100
Rangers100

"Sorry, Mom, the mob has spoken..."

Ms Freedmans
Ms Freedmans

I think we have a Ferris Wheel!!!!!!!!!!!! What else do they need to draw people here, what about the ones who are already here, Please us this our Hometown.

Ssshipp
Ssshipp

It should be built in the middle of the Standing Wave. It can be used to generate electricity, and as each car goes under water, the inhabitants can watch the alligator gar and kayakers on their way upstream to spawn. 

Gabe
Gabe

Put it in the arts district at 2121 Flora. When you get to the top of the wheel, you can peer into Museum Tower and see how rich people live. 

Ien Black
Ien Black

joking aside i think thats a good location and would add some fun to the area, and there is room

Fletch
Fletch

How about between the Trinity River levees?

NotTheSuburbs
NotTheSuburbs

Parking lot between Dallas World Aquarium and new Perot Museum would be a good spot.  Visible from Woodall Rogers.

3rd Wheel Marketing
3rd Wheel Marketing

I think atop mt. Dallas where Baby Does Matchless Mine used to be...

Gabe
Gabe

Great idea in terms of finding a good vantage point, but I think the operators wanted a pedestrian-rich zone for walk-up tourist business.

Metroplexual
Metroplexual

I think Fair Park would be logical choice.  

sashacaius
sashacaius

Why not that high ridge just east of the big lake on the way to Texarkana? You know, where that large church is. The one that changes hands every once in a while. I would imagine they need some non-ecclesiastic destinations. And they can watch all those trees in the lake rot.

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