A bit of late notice on this: Tomorrow morning, a handful of speakers will gather inside a conference room at One Arts Plaza and discuss the past and future of Dallas’ Interstate 345, the stretch of highway connecting I-45 with Central Expressway while chopping downtown from Deep Ellum. The event puts a focus on racial equity, spotlighting the historically black neighborhoods that fell victim to the highway’s construction. Says the Coalition for a New Dallas, the organization putting it on:
Since the concept of removing the highway was first proposed, much discussion has been had about engineering technicalities, traffic patterns, real estate dynamics, among other often esoteric conversations. However, the topic of race, class, and the intentional discriminatory planning of the city has often been missed. If the City of Dallas is to reckon with its past to plan a more equitable future, this discussion and subsequent actions must take place.
The event runs 8 a.m. to noon tomorrow. The eventbrite shows that sales have ended, but I’m told you’ll be just fine making a day-of appearance.Read More