After the jump, imagine there's no Central.
So why can't I imagine all that could be done with that prime real estate instead of using it to split Richardson in half for the convenience of commuters from McKinney to reach downtown Dallas? Let the commuters take the Dallas North Tollway or DART. Let Richardson re-imagine its road in a form that better benefits Richardson. Those McKinney residents would still be welcomed in Richardson, as they get out of their cars and stroll our boulevard and shop in our stores and dine at our sidewalk restaurants. If they just want to use Richardson as a shortcut to Dallas, not so much.
It turns out I'm not the only one with similar dreams. Patrick Kennedy has been preaching this sermon for years now. He wants to tear out the ring of freeways that strangles Dallas's central business district. And Wick Allison, publisher of D Magazine, is right there in the front pew. He shouts Amen to calls to rip up I-30 through East Dallas. He argues this "would unleash millions of dollars in development (and new taxes)."
So I dream.
It's a fantasy, right, that a city would ever tear up a freeway. Maybe it isn't.You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one
Source: Imagine by John Lennon.