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by casperitl
09 Sep 2020 17:43
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 347
Views: 146290

Re: Trinity River Park

I am advocating for Dallas to become more dense in and all around the general downtown area. I am against suburban sprawl and low density housing in the urban parts of Dallas. DFW is growing so fast that change is coming no matter what, I would just like to see Dallas be the true go to urban heart ...
by casperitl
09 Sep 2020 12:05
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 347
Views: 146290

Re: Trinity River Park

The thing is that even with the building and cost of living around the park could be higher everyone still will have access to it just like Central Park in NYC and KWP Dallas. Build baby Build. Sad to see you are advocating against the working class multi-generational families who live there now an...
by casperitl
09 Sep 2020 12:01
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 347
Views: 146290

Re: Trinity River Park

^ That has nothing to do though with building an actual park. The TPC was supposed to build a park between the levees. That's not happening. I find it super weird that the TPC has created their own development corporation as well that is chartered with the state. Why would a 501c3 non profit tasked...
by casperitl
08 Sep 2020 08:13
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 347
Views: 146290

Re: Trinity River Park

^ That has nothing to do though with building an actual park. The TPC was supposed to build a park between the levees. That's not happening. I find it super weird that the TPC has created their own development corporation as well that is chartered with the state. Why would a 501c3 non profit tasked ...
by casperitl
01 Sep 2020 12:07
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 347
Views: 146290

Re: Trinity River Park

If you are interested in really exploring the subject you should look at the business deals between Trinity LGC board members and Trinity Park Conservancy Board members. At this point, maybe the whole 10,000 acres should be turned over to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. This 200% I would s...
by casperitl
01 Sep 2020 12:04
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 347
Views: 146290

Re: Trinity River Park

There isn't anyone living there now? It's all light industrial or the jail. Only thing not for sale (that I know of) in this area is the jail and oak cliff glass. Most of the area that's not residential along Beckley or between 30 and Singleton is for sale already as well. I don't know about all th...
by casperitl
31 Aug 2020 18:46
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 347
Views: 146290

Re: Trinity River Park

Man this park needs to happen. Both sides are of the park would explode with development once this is started. Where would all the residents go who live there now? I think these park developers should come clean and admit this park scheme is just a way to enrich themselves, their close friends and ...
by casperitl
31 Aug 2020 14:32
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 347
Views: 146290

Re: Trinity River Park

This is awesome in so many ways. Both symbolically, and as a way to provide a gateway to the (eventual) Trinity River park or nature area. The naysayers here need to take a giant chill pill. Not only will this provide a cool, unique park feature (That will probably end up famous and a must see tour...
by casperitl
12 May 2020 12:39
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 347
Views: 146290

Re: Trinity River Park

Interesting story from Jim Schutze on the non-profit contracted by the Local Government Corporation to build a park like amenity in the floodplain. https://www.dallasobserver.com/news/more-trinity-river-idiocy-11910221 Seems their ideas are vastly different than that of building a park. Economic dev...
by casperitl
22 Mar 2020 12:32
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 347
Views: 146290

Re: Trinity River Park

So....they only raised half the money they committed to raising and also did not meet their contract deadline with the City of Dallas. How is this a good thing. In addition their director resigned. No news of building out the actual park just the overlooks that will tie into private land development...
by casperitl
18 Mar 2020 08:59
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Dead Man's Curve
Replies: 15
Views: 11371

Re: Dead Man's Curve

A ton of bad traffic has been dumped off onto side streets starting around Pine Street down to Hatcher and then into Rochester Park/Bonton. It was really bad a couple weeks ago as the traffic apps had not yet updated.
by casperitl
09 Feb 2020 10:07
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 91
Views: 47343

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/2020/02/07/pga-tours-byron-nelson-is-leaving-dallas-whats-next-for-the-trinity-forest-golf-club/ "The nonprofit’s $10,000-a-year lease with the city binds the Byron Nelson to be held at the Trinity Forest Golf Club for five years. It also stipulates that if PGA T...
by casperitl
29 Jan 2020 10:16
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 347
Views: 146290

Re: Trinity River Park

Native wildflowers occur for miles up and down the floodway between the levees. If given a correct mowing cycle they can flourish. The photos someone posted above are of native wildflowers, seeded on their own naturally. The only exception are the bluebonnets in one photo that were seeded by humans ...
by casperitl
28 Jan 2020 08:34
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 347
Views: 146290

Re: Trinity River Park

I have yet to see an area along the Trinity where "seedbombing" has produced any results. The effort of 100 volunteers at one of these events produces less than zero results the next spring. Better to use a tractor with a disc or seed drill to cover a larger area. That was successful in an...
by casperitl
22 Jan 2020 10:40
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 347
Views: 146290

Re: Trinity River Park

Hopefully this is not a stall tactic. Citizens were promised an accelerated groundbreaking and construction of a park.
by casperitl
13 Jan 2020 16:37
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 91
Views: 47343

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

Quite a few champions of this bad idea need to be called out. A serious question for you capseritl, because you would know off the top of your head: How many of those champions and direct reports of those champions are still making decisions about this golf course, adjacent horse park, and overall ...
by casperitl
12 Jan 2020 10:17
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 91
Views: 47343

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

Quite a few champions of this bad idea need to be called out.
by casperitl
06 Jan 2020 10:14
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 347
Views: 146290

Re: Trinity River Park

Any updates? :? Private fundraising did not meet their goal. As a result the deadline was extended. The question becomes one of if the Trinity LGC is now in violation of it's own contracts and rules set forth with the City of Dallas in regards to raising the money. One of the LGC members brought th...
by casperitl
06 Jan 2020 10:09
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Reverchon Park
Replies: 47
Views: 21238

Re: Reverchon Park

Would like to have seen a traffic study done before it was brought forth to the City Council. The interim Park Director John Jenkins did not provide one. Does Dallas ever have anyone in "Parks" who's not interim? Must be a terrible "going nowhere" position. The good ones always ...
by casperitl
18 Dec 2019 08:46
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 299
Views: 119602

Re: I-345

If they are not careful the I-345 teardown advocates will fall into the trap of pushing for the resurrection of the Trinity River Tollroad. There are a lot of snakes laying out there in the grass for the tollroad to come back.
by casperitl
18 Dec 2019 08:19
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Google Maps updated imagery (Nov 18)
Replies: 20
Views: 8524

Re: Google Maps updated imagery (Nov 18)

Yes, it was an amazing sight to get that bonus coverage. The quality is not all that great though. Have to stay a couple thousand feet up to keep the resolution from getting too blurry.
by casperitl
16 Dec 2019 11:14
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Reverchon Park
Replies: 47
Views: 21238

Re: Reverchon Park

Would like to have seen a traffic study done before it was brought forth to the City Council. The interim Park Director John Jenkins did not provide one. I rarely see the merits of public meetings for plans like this. The developers and city staff never take the public opinion into their decision pr...
by casperitl
03 Dec 2019 08:49
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 299
Views: 119602

Re: I-345

Deep Ellum is already in-filling with residential density and corporate campuses. The notion that I-345 is hampering in-fill of development has been turned on it's head the last couple of years. Very important connector highway for so many people. Getting rid of it would cripple Dallas and reduce qu...
by casperitl
28 Oct 2019 08:07
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 347
Views: 146290

Re: Trinity River Park

Trinity LGC met October 25th: https://dallastx.swagit.com/play/10252019-618 Odd that the agenda was not followed. Odd that virtually nothing regarding Harold Simmons Park was discussed. Nothing of any substance was discussed other than things far outside the LGC's sphere of influence. The Lamar and ...
by casperitl
11 Oct 2019 10:25
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 347
Views: 146290

Re: Trinity River Park

Can't we just do some really nice tree plantings all between the two bridges and along the new trail paths that would bloom in the spring and change colors in the fall. Surely that could be done until we can come up a longer term plan or if we never do then at least it will be pretty and inviting d...
by casperitl
10 Oct 2019 08:21
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 347
Views: 146290

Re: Trinity River Park

The exciting part in all this is the failure of the Trinity LGC to provide transparency to the Citizens of Dallas. The previous City Council formed the LGC due to previous issues of transparency regarding NGOs working on Trinity River projects. The LGC should be dissolved if it holds no functional v...
by casperitl
07 Oct 2019 16:43
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 347
Views: 146290

Re: Trinity River Park

https://www.dallasobserver.com/news/rents-late-on-simmons-park-eviction-time-yet-11772485 Missing In Action is the Trinity Local Government Corporation who took the summer off and never returned. Lots of questions in the article that should be answered in short fashion by the Trinity LGC. The LGC wa...
by casperitl
30 Sep 2019 22:01
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas Trail System
Replies: 65
Views: 43458

Re: Dallas Trail System

Money Questions Pop Up in Dallas’ Bond-Funded Plan to Add a 50-Mile Trail Loop https://assets.dmagstatic.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Screen-Shot-2019-02-12-at-11.13.34-AM1-677x451.png https://www.dmagazine.com/frontburner/2019/02/money-questions-pop-up-in-dallas-bond-funded-plan-to-add-a-50-mile...
by casperitl
27 Sep 2019 08:17
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 347
Views: 146290

Re: Trinity River Park

For me it is really interesting to see the stark realities of project components versus what leadership of said developments end up pushing to symposiums, catered lunches and business groups. It's a false narrative being told. No reality to it. It fascinates me that those who were huge advocates and...
by casperitl
25 Sep 2019 07:27
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 347
Views: 146290

Re: Trinity River Park

Friends, I'm starting to think this whole Trinity River thing may never happen. I gave up in it years ago. Side note, Can the citizens sue the city for not delivering on what the voters approved on a ballot back in '98? It will be a generation or two before Dallasites will have the resolve to push ...
by casperitl
23 Sep 2019 16:31
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 347
Views: 146290

Re: Trinity River Park

Trinity LGC cancelled their last meeting on September 13, 2019 and they had not met previously since May 2019. Even that meeting lasted a scant 20 minutes and offered no detail. September 19, 2019 has now come and gone. September 19th was the date upon which the rest of the $40 million gift was to b...
by casperitl
25 Jul 2019 23:21
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Katy Trail 1.0
Replies: 19
Views: 12147

Re: Katy Trail 1.0

One point missing here is that The Loop is completely driven by developers and their need to connect crummy Class D warehouse space real estate to ultra expensive Katy Trail properties. That's the rub here. The developers on the west side of I-35 are wagging the tail for this dog. What makes no real...
by casperitl
24 Jul 2019 09:38
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Katy Trail 1.0
Replies: 19
Views: 12147

Re: Katy Trail 1.0

Victory Park and the Design District May Soon Have a Trail Connecting Them I read this article with some suspicion and today I see that Philip Kingston is not happy about it, so is this proposal a replacement for the Trinity Strand Trail Connector? What I'm seeing is a new set of stairs at Houston ...
by casperitl
24 Jul 2019 08:05
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Katy Trail 1.0
Replies: 19
Views: 12147

Re: Katy Trail 1.0

Disaster. No one wants that stupid on grade bike lane except consultants who want to eat through the budget. This is not what was presented to City Hall when the board of that organization came for public funding. Very sad and awful plan.

People won't use it!
by casperitl
16 Jun 2019 10:36
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Mill Creek Drainage Relief Tunnel
Replies: 6
Views: 6664

Re: Mill Creek Drainage Relief Tunnel

I worry that the discharge from the tunnel will have a negative impact on Lower White Rock Creek and the Great Trinity Forest.
by casperitl
03 Jun 2019 10:50
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 347
Views: 146290

Re: Trinity River Park

Many residents think that a recreational area between the levees will be a zen yoga mecca area for forest bathing and mastery of healing type nonsense. So few are enlightened to see that it has always been about real estate and making a hand picked few their next fortune.
by casperitl
31 May 2019 10:16
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 347
Views: 146290

Re: Trinity River Park

Some of the Park Cities folk want the courthouse complex and jail moved out to Wilmer, Hutchins or Lancaster. Tarrant County moved their jail out to Mansfield some years ago requiring inmate transfers between the downtown county courthouse in Fort Worth and distant Mansfield. In Dallas, some want al...
by casperitl
30 May 2019 09:55
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 347
Views: 146290

Re: Trinity River Park

Interesting move away from construction of a park and into acquiring real estate. Makes some wonder what the real goal is here. Almost sounds like the park is just a vehicle for development by Park Cities residents. This should serve as a wakeup call to those misguided folks who thought the whole id...
by casperitl
21 May 2019 21:41
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 91
Views: 47343

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

Organizers say 144,000 people attended the 2019 Byron Nelson which is not a believable number given what I saw: https://www.dmagazine.com/frontburner/2019/05/attendance-at-this-years-byron-nelson-was-half-the-2017-total. Even that overinflated number is still half the crowd of 2017 per the article a...
by casperitl
21 May 2019 08:28
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 91
Views: 47343

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

The City of Dallas promised the taxpayer that the City's investment in the golf course was to be capped at $12 million dollars. Of course that promise, even written into the ordinance was not followed.
by casperitl
17 May 2019 08:44
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 91
Views: 47343

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

^ Same people who still want a tollroad along the Trinity. Same people who screwed up Victory Park where it was a disaster for a decade. Same people who want a new New York City designed park between the levees. Same. Same.
by casperitl
13 May 2019 07:58
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 91
Views: 47343

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

Well, the Byron Nelson did not pan out this year. Drumbeat from many voices now calling for the Byron Nelson to be moved to another venue. Went by there on Saturday and there was hardly anyone attending the tournament. The worry is that the tradition of attending the Byron Nelson will be lost. Peopl...
by casperitl
02 May 2019 10:29
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 347
Views: 146290

Re: Trinity River Park

Hard to tell from the photos if the plan has been scaled back dramatically?
by casperitl
15 Apr 2019 08:29
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Vision 2020: Greenbelt Plan for Dallas 5 Mile Creek
Replies: 5
Views: 5593

Re: Vision 2020: Greenbelt Plan for Dallas 5 Mile Creek

Focus Areas C, F and G are contaminated from the Lane Plating Superfund Site. It will be at least a decade before cleanups can happen with the EPA and their project partners for remediation. At least a decade. I was at the last EPA Superfund meeting at Highland Hills and it will be a very long time ...
by casperitl
11 Apr 2019 17:05
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 347
Views: 146290

Re: Trinity River Park

Texas Horse Park operator is trespassing says the City of Dallas. No more Horse Park, at least the public component. I guess Equest will stay there but River Ranch is basically told to vacate the premises. https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2019/04/11/dallas-city-hall-saysone-nonprofitsat...
by casperitl
11 Apr 2019 07:56
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava
Replies: 100
Views: 48259

Re: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava

Dallas City Council votes to send bill of $7.1 million to Trinity Park Conservancy for bridge repair https://www.dallasnews.com/news/dallas-city-hall/2019/04/10/dallas-council-oks-71-million-fix-mcdermott-bridge-wants-trinity-group-fund Does the Trinity Park Conservancy pay the bill and own the engi...
by casperitl
09 Apr 2019 12:10
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 347
Views: 146290

Re: Trinity River Park

How does the harold simmons park play into this? He's just a dead guy whose family is willing to pay 50M for naming rights for the "park" as some sort of family legacy project. The would be Park would between the two bridges. But seeing how the Feds said nuh-uh... I'm not even sure his fa...
by casperitl
09 Apr 2019 11:11
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Transition of Uptown
Replies: 53
Views: 23090

Re: The Transition of Uptown

Milam does provide an important role. Many of the children attending Milam have parents who work in service sector jobs in Uptown but live elsewhere. DISD has a program in place that provides parents the ability to drop off their kids at Milam close to their places of employment.
by casperitl
09 Apr 2019 10:51
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 347
Views: 146290

Re: Trinity River Park

Also what is Re-wilding? Dallas Observer presents as going back to nature? its already full of nature. Basically isnt that just leaving it as it is? So there's nothing to build, re wildling just means leave it as it is? Top I believe that the official version of 'rewilding' involves restoring the m...

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