Talking a Walk Along the Calatrava

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Photo by Jay Pritchard
Speaking of walking along bridges over the Trinity River ...

Yesterday, members of The Trinity Trust, the Trinity Commons Foundation's board and a few city officials were invited to take a walk along the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, which is scheduled to have its grand opening during a three-day-long wingding in early March. Friend of the show Jay Pritchard, a Friend of Fair Park and the Santa Fe Trail who sits on the foundation's board, returned with a few stills from the event and was kind enough to share with Unfair Park the photo you see at top.
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Bseaman01
Bseaman01

Where are the cables for the south side? Not enough donors?

ts
ts

Has Jim S. started #occupycalatrava yet?

Hghktz
Hghktz

Not even the best view of the bridge. THe best view idriving north on Beckley Boulevard from Colorado.

elbueno
elbueno

Its just too bad...

YOU WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO WALK ACROSS THIS BRIDGE

Oswald Jacoby
Oswald Jacoby

Underwhelming over an empty river and running from nowhere to nothing.

SCamp
SCamp

Grand Opening in March 2012. When  will this be open for traffic?

RTGolden
RTGolden

Amazing works of public art that serve no useful purpose and arenas designed to showcase violent events are commissioned by all great civilizations...., just before they inevitably collapse.  I wonder if this bridge, Jerrah World, and TMS will be viewed as such by archaeologists several centuries from now?

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

I'm thinking more Nintendo trying to do Apple.

Guest
Guest

It's a beautiful bridge, one that the City can be proud of.  I don't think anyone has right to complain that private donations could have been better spent elsewhere, it's up to the donors to decide what they want to prioritize.  And I understand that things like this are generally much more expensive than the general public would normally believe for often very good reasons (building something like this this isn't like pouring your driveway). 

Still, I am curious if: (1) the city got the best deal that it could; or (2) we could have something about as impressive for less public money.  I don't know the answer to these questions, but the fact that I feel compelled to wonder says a lot about how the City goes about making these types of decisions. 

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

It does look cool from that angle, but in a Dyson Fan "looks great and modern but why's it so effing expensive for THAT when the same thing can be accomplished for a lot less" kind of way.

Rawlins  Gilliland
Rawlins Gilliland

I've predicted from Day One that this astonishing bridge's 'controversy' would be seen in hindsight as having been as colloquial-myopic as the once protests over the back-in-the-day Henry Moore sculpture(s) being placed at the entrance of the then-new I.M.Pei Dallas City Hall.  And those who say it's the proverbial 'bridge to nowhere' deserve no better than a 'huh?' since it leads very much to 'someplace': 1) West Dallas, the least known part of my city. 2) The future.

J. Erik Jonsson
J. Erik Jonsson

Oh boy!  I'll be able to get to Ray's in no time now!  This publication has been pretty hard on the Caltrava, and I guess it is kind of expensive, but what you haven't adequately considered is that it provides unprecedented access to used handguns and a potential shelter for thousands beneath its span.  Both aspects could be very valuable when the economy and other infrastructure of Dallas collapse.

Wanna See
Wanna See

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columbiasooner
columbiasooner

The Continental Bridge is being converted to a pedestrian bridge.

Jay Hawk
Jay Hawk

But it's not made with Italian steel

Jpgreenan
Jpgreenan

KC bridge is cool, but not as cool as ours. IMHO.

I figured my share of the bridge came to $45. It seems worth it to me.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

It has also never really been made clear how much of the incremental cost associated with tricking out the bridge was actually funded by private donors.

Montemalone
Montemalone

If a high school student has presented the same design, it would have been immediately dismissed. But a "world class" Spanish assembly line architect on the other hand.

Every Calatrava looks them same, just like Gehry. Gotta have the latest designer goods.

Montemalone
Montemalone

I guess we should hope this bridge is not part of the collapse.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Jay made that album public; the link, reinstated, should work now.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Yeah -- they're viewable through his Facebook page. I'll unlink, then see about getting one or two more.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

So, I'm guessing that means "no."

Sybils_Beaver
Sybils_Beaver

true and it wasnt welded by illegal italian immigrants who specialize in welding italian steel!

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

I like them both as well!  I dont know how many people will actually use Calatrava's daily, but the KC bridge is a main freeway in and out of N KC, that be like building calatrava's as the 30 bridge over the trinity

Storm_71
Storm_71

The KC one looks like a pair of bbq tongs on end.

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