Oak Cliff Residents oppose managed toll lanes on I-35 and 67
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From The Dallas Morning News- 1-15-15
by Roy Appleton


‘We don’t want this’

The meeting, organized by Dallas City Council members Scott Griggs and Dwaine Caraway, attracted about 80 people. Nineteen of them took turns standing before Nguyen, microphone in hand, to challenge project assumptions and plans.

“We don’t want this. We don’t want these tollways here. Not in Oak Cliff,” said Juanita Lozano, drawing an “amen” and applause from the crowd.

“You’re creating a system where people with means can zip from one end of this area to the other while they wave at the rest of us on the sidelines,” said Michael Amonett.

Others targeted the highway widening and the project’s necessity.

“Where will you get the additional land you need?” asked Alicia Quintans, who lives near I-35E and observes its daily traffic flow.

“There’s maybe two hours of the day when traffic is jumbled up on I-35,” she said, “and I don’t understand why we’re building these toll lanes for two hours of the day.”

After cynically thanking the project staff for “the use of our giraffe in your logo,” Bill Evans, the Dallas Zoo’s chief financial officer, said adding toll lanes to I-35E would make travel to the zoo more difficult and have “an adverse impact on the city of Dallas.”

Stan Aten blamed the highways’ congestion on “that [roadway] mess downtown.” He called for more focus on mass transit and for highway builders to “think cost effective,” as fuel-efficient vehicles cut into fuel-tax revenues and more young adults make do without cars.

“You need to be rethinking how you’re doing it,” he said, “not thinking about widening a road and hoping people use it.”

One speaker asked if the project had to go forward at all, or if it could be “turned off.”

“The no-build alternative is still out there,” said Dan Chapman, a vice president for the project’s design firm, HNTB.

Core questions remain.

“Can you tell me who wants this?” asked Judy Pollack. “Who is going to benefit? Who is going to make the money?”


The old Dallas streetcars stopped running 59 years ago
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Streetcar service from Oak Cliff to Dallas could begin sometime this year, 59 years after the old streetcar system ended on Jan. 14, 1956.

The old system began with mule-drawn cars in 1872, when Dallas was a dusty little village with board sidewalks and a creek running down main street.

The first car, painted yellow and white, was purchased by Capt. George M. Swink and was pulled by the Swink family’s white carriage horse, Sam. Eventually, Swink and his 19 partners (each had invested $500) installed two cars, the Belle Swink, named for his eldest daughter, and the John Neely Bryan, named for the founder of Dallas, who was still alive at the time.


Dallas Festival of Ideas speaker sees arts as inspiring people, societies to grow
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From the Dallas Morning News 1/18/15
By Michael Granberry


Teresa Coleman Wash is a woman with a dream.

Out of a nondescript building on Tyler Street in Oak Cliff, Wash changes lives, in the same way her own was changed by writing, acting, singing and dreaming.

Wash is a force in the Dallas arts community, and her vision and activism have landed her as a speaker at the Dallas Festival of Ideas, which will take place Feb. 27-28 in the Arts District. It’s presented by The Dallas Morning News and the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture.


Last Opportunity for Public Comment on the Trinity Tollroad
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Marcia R. Hackett with the U.S. Corps of Engineers wants to hear from you regarding plans to place a Tollroad in the Trinity River Basin. This is your last opportunity for public comment on this issue. Tell your friends!!! 


Signed DF Extension Notice 8 Jan 2015

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