Friday Flashback: When They Broke Ground on the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in December '05

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Strange timing that one of my last tasks for the Observer will be covering the opening (but not really opening) of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. Shame I can't get Schutze to be my date this weekend, so instead I'll just have to schlep along my son, who wants to get a few last photos on Unfair Park before I scoot. I also wanted to post these videos -- a six-part series of clips that date back to the frigid December 9, 2005, groundbreaking ceremony, then held on the soon-to-be-closed Continental Ave. Bridge and presided over by then-Dallas Mayor Laura Miller, who was accompanied by a host of bold-faced dignitaries (among them Ron Kirk, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Pete Sessions and council members), some of whom are still in office all these years later. Also in attendance: Santiago Calatrava hisself, seen above.

Said Miller, the former Observer-er, shortly before that long-ago launching of fireworks at the conclusion of the speech-making, Calatrava "has created an icon for Dallas, and we will never again have a postcard of our city without the Calatrava bridges being on it, and that is a huge thing for Dallas." She also called the bridge "our Eiffel Tower." Which, today, sounds all so familiar. Anyway. Here's your full schedule for the weekend's events; the map too. Then jump for the whole flashback. It's on a loop in Jim's office at this very moment.











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homes for sale ft collins
homes for sale ft collins

 Fracking is a thirsty process, with each Niobrara frack job using an average of 4.3 million gallons of water, or about 13 acre-feet, according to the Colorado Oil and Gas Association.

Rooster
Rooster

First the douche RW left, now the jew RW is leaving. Sad era for the Observer.

Downtown_worker
Downtown_worker

Best Laura Miller quote in the video: "...we are going to have three [signature bridges], and two are fully funded..."

Oh well.

JimS
JimS

The News will love this stuff. 

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Sure you don't want to reconsider about tonight? I've reserved us our own private solar-powered water taxi.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

What, wisdom from Laura Miller? That's cray. It is our Eiffel Tower, considering most Parisians hated the damn thing when it went up. But the Eiffel Tower was also originally intended to be temporary, so are we going to yank the bridge down in a couple years?

RJ Sloppy
RJ Sloppy

fuck you ass wipe. don't pretend you know anything about Paris. You know 2 places, collin county and fort collins.

mark zero (Jason)
mark zero (Jason)

I wonder what the projected useful lifetime and costs for upkeep on the vanity bridge will be in comparison to the generic ~$40 million dollar bridge that could have been built instead. Does the city council even look at that sort of info?

NewsDog
NewsDog

Mother Nature will probably take care of that for us. This is form not function

cp
cp

Like, like, like, like, like! And, isn't that the first rule in architect school? 

JBone
JBone

RW -

Go and straighten out the DMN! 

Best of luck to you! 

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