About 300 people turned up for the event.

Politics & Government

An Extremely Short Recap of the Just-Concluded Trinity Commons Luncheon

One thing is certain: these guys want a road.

If you want more details, and you want them immediately, head to my Twitter feed. I did my best to tweet the entire Trinity Commons Foundation luncheon. It was billed as a celebration. Maybe I shouldn’t have expected much. But I got very little. The mayoral dream team of Tom Leppert, Ron Kirk, and Mike Rawlings fielded questions from Rena Pederson (Laura Miller couldn’t make it for health reasons; we were asked to keep her in our prayers). Here’s my takeaway:

The guys said nothing of substance. Pederson asked all the right questions. They did their best to dodge them and obfuscate. Leppert spoke about the need to be “strategic and not tactical.” Kirk got everyone laughing with a line about how it wasn’t that long ago that you couldn’t get white people to eat lunch in West Dallas even if you held a gun to their heads. Rawlings spoke about “tranches” and how the road in the floodplain needs to be “a hybrid road, like we’ve got hybrid cars,” because that’s how we’ll get it financed. (?!) Rawlings also said that last year’s rains were a revelation to him, that we’ve finally got a park design that “digests” that water. Finally.

The only thing I can say with certainty is that Leppert, Kirk, and Rawlings agree that we need a road down there — to relieve traffic, to create economic development, to serve as part of a comprehensive flood-control plan. And they all agree that Dallas is a great city.

Enough with the far-fetched plans and fuzzy logic. Stick with us here on FrontBurner. We’re about to drop some content on you. Before day’s end, you’ll have a much better idea of what’s going on with the Trinity and where we should be headed.


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  • Candy Evans

    Because concrete digests so much!

  • Greg Brown

    I guess we should stop complaining and just build the thing to shut them up???

  • Sean Connery

    An extremely short recap of my daily routine: I love to blow out my man chowder on a daily basis…usually by sticking my purple-headed
    yogurt slinger beyond some redhead hottie’s meat curtains and into her
    tight baby oven. But sometimes into a towel.

  • Poetaster Dallas

    It waits for that time that is perfect to feed
    When complacency intersects those full of greed.
    Then the dragon awakens! Taxpayers to bleed
    (Selling the feast as merely filling a need)

    It’s lair lies elsewhere, where park’s trustees
    Market, and market, and market to please
    Donors whose wallets they hope to squeeze,
    And naysaying anyone displaying unease.

    It lies, awaiting time, this Firedrake Trinity,
    While drawings evoke a use inconcinnity
    To it’s watery swelling, and nature’s divinity,
    They wish to take it’s concrete virginity.

    Oh Dallas, our city, our dragon, our choice
    Is our city’s vision a park or Rolls Royce?
    Do we build roadways? Or do we give voice,
    And let nature’s beauty be our rejoice?

  • Jim Schutze

    Rawlings pissed me off saying we need tranches because those suckers are what ruined my tires on my pickup.