Dallas City Council members had no trouble finding words to describe their feelings when confronted yesterday with a $9.6 billion to-do list of infrastructure needs that runs the gamut from streets to cultural facilities to flood management. "Unbelievable" was one. "Daunting" was another. Throw in "depressing" and "scandalous," and you've got a pretty good handle on the tone of the discussion.
Even assistant city manager Jill Jordan, who had the unenviable task of delivering the bad news, got in on the despair. "I think I'd have to be immortal to finish [everything on this list]," she said.
Much more difficult is figuring out how to fill in the hole left by decades of failure on the part of City Hall to properly maintain infrastructure.More »