SAGA Pod / Learning Curve with City Councilman Philip Kingston

Talkin' roads, dumb documents, and smart people.

Shy, quiet District 14 Dallas City Councilman Philip Kingston stops by world SAGA pod headquarters to discuss his ongoing opposition to the Trinity toll road — including, but not limited to, bashing the mayor and his “dream team” of architects and urban planners. We also discuss the new PAC co-founded by D Magazine Group chairman and D Magazine publisher Wick Allison, and its efforts to back politicians for city council who support restoration of urban neighborhoods by replacing and rerouting I-345 and I-30*. We then touch on what the city could learn from DISD and its comprehensive plan. And, oh yeah — we talk about Kingston getting kicked out of a breakfast, on camera, by skittish rich folk. You can click the image above or subscribe to the iTunes feed. As always, please listen with your ears.

*I make an announcement of sorts in the pod that I’m helping Wick’s PAC, CND, with messaging and communications. I’ll do so for a few months until the election, in that I’ll answer email questions, advise on broad communication strategy, and meet with the folks running it for lunch once or twice a week to discuss. (I’m senior editor at American Way magazine, so this is just one more nights/weekend gig.) I feel strongly that CND’s effort is important for our city, and I want to help. But, as Tim and I discussed, it means I can’t really address it after today until the May elections, or at least can only address it as an advocate. Just so you know.


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  • Los_Politio

    I’m not pro-tollroad, but I could be supportive of it. Wicks images show rerouting 30 and 45 so that they run closer to flood plains/train tracks. I believe if you funneled current 30/45 traffic into a tolled road near-ish the current tollroad plan it would be financially viable.

    I would trade a highway free inner city for parks in the Trinity. I’ve been in the flood plain and I don’t believe it will ever be our Central Park, it won’t even compete with White Rock or Turtle Creek. It’s too exposed and always will be because we can’t plant the amount of trees it would need. It’s also served from downtown by a half mile of train tracks and dead end roads. no one is going to walk from a high rise on Main Street to the Trinity on a regular basis.

    But as is the tollroad is financially unfeasible– the engineering it takes to put it in a flood plain is wasteful spending and there isn’t demand for the traffic that would be necessary to sustain it.