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Podcast: Why Walkability Matters to the Future of Dallas

The executive director of the Coalition for a New Dallas stops by the Old Monk.

Maybe you’ve heard somewhere that a debate is under way over the best way to build a second light-rail line through downtown Dallas. The Coalition for a New Dallas — which is a PAC co-founded by D Magazine owner Wick Allison and which operates from within D Magazine World Headquarters — favors taking the new stretch of rail entirely underground through the city center.

Coalition executive director Matt Tranchin stopped by the Old Monk this week to chat about this and other transportation and walkability issues important to the future of the city. Give the show a listen.

But first, a few notes:

1. The Ford Center portion of the Star in Frisco is the 12,000-seat stadium/events center and training facility that will be used by Frisco ISD and the Dallas Cowboys

2. Maher Maso was first elected mayor of Frisco in 2008.

Matt Tranchin
Matt Tranchin

3. The Eisenhower Executive Office Building was originally built between 1871 and 1888 to house the State, War, and Navy departments of the federal government. It sits in the same 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue complex as the White House.

4. The distinctions between “heavy rail” and “light rail” and “streetcar” are squishy. Generally heavy rail runs bigger trains on dedicated right of way that operates on its own grade (and thus doesn’t interfere with car traffic), light rail operates much smaller, streecar-like trains that tend to have their own dedicated right of way, whereas streetcars often share the road with cars and stop much more frequently than does light rail or heavy rail.

5. The #D2 #CanYouDigIt t-shirt that Coalition forces wore to this week’s DART board meeting was designed by D Magazine Partners’ own Chelsey Plumlee and Kylie Valigura.

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6. Tony Fay was not the “head” of the Super Bowl XLV Host Committee. He was its vice president of communications.

7. “Coffee klatch,” or “coffee klatsch,” is an anglicisation of the German term “Kaffeeklatsch.” Its second word does begin with the letter “k.”

Now, listen to the show, either in the player below, through iTunes, Stitcher, or your favorite podcatcher.

 

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