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BY JIM SCHUTZE AND STEPHEN YOUNG
Over a $125 plate of chicken salad with boiled egg at the Trinity Commons Foundation's annual luncheon, Dallas' betters -- and Jim Schutze -- were the first to hear just what exactly Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings' Trinity toll road "Dream Team" had been up to over the past four months. What they were doing was dreaming about how to get rid of that highway between the levees.
The mayor, who said he hadn't yet seen the report, offered promises of a "big, beautiful park" served by a road that would help develop southern Dallas by making it more accessible. The "bench" for the road, a built-up earthen shelf capable of supporting a minimum six-lane, high-speed freeway, is a great example of how components of the plan for the Trinity River basin can work together, Rawlings said. It will allow 100,000 people a day to see a planned Trinity park and strengthen the river's levees.
Building the road, according to Rawlings, will help make Dallas a "city of choices that can serve an increasingly diverse population."
But, if the mayor really hadn't got an early peek at the Dream Team's proposal, then he must have choked on his chicken when he heard the Dream Team's chair Larry Beasley say a high-speed, limited-access highway was unneeded and would destroy the park.
All the reasons the mayor had just finished citing for building the toll road were countered by Beasley. This much was clear, Rawlings and Beasley were not on the same page.More »