I can't tell if Rodger Jones, of The Dallas Morning News, is just obtuse or is stubbornly attempting to mislead readers in his ongoing campaign to disparage Richardson's DART stations.
This is not a new topic for Jones (e.g., see here and here). After the jump, his latest criticism.
Jones regularly complains about the lack of sidewalks to two of Richardson's DART stations. Admittedly, one of them, at the Bush Turnpike, is surrounded by undeveloped land. But there are plans for development that will meet Jones's demands and more. Jones's complaints amount to little more than impatience that development of that land wasn't completed yesterday.
The other DART station, at Galatyn Park, has the most attractive path to the north that any urban dweller could ever hope for -- the Central Trail, which connects to the Spring Creek Trail and the Renner Trail. Reading Jones's regular potshots against Richardson's DART stations, you might think those trails don't even exist, or if they do, one would never consider using them for anything other than a Sunday stroll in the woods. Here's his latest dismissal:
From the Galatyn station they will have to either walk on the grassy shoulder of the service road or through a nature trail, which is dark at night.
This walk would not be a problem for lots of people, but not women wearing heels and not women who mind the dark after the sun goes down.Source: The Dallas Morning News.
How about if men don't presume to say what would be a problem for women? I could just as easily say that "women who mind the dark" probably won't be walking at night whether or not the sidewalk is lighted. And "women wearing heels" already decided when they got dressed that morning that they wouldn't be doing much walking, day or night.
Jones admits that "this walk would not be a problem for lots of people" (presumably including lots of women), so why does he keep dismissing it? Not only do lots of people not mind this walk, they love it. Why does Jones insist on wanting to walk along the service road of a superhighway, paved sidewalk or not? That's more dangerous than a walk on any nature trail. In fact, the greatest danger is probably right at the station itself.
I have nothing against Jones's goal of improving pedestrian access to DART stations. But I have a lot against his constant whining on the subject, which has revealed no shortcomings that aren't already in the planning stages, and which ignores the good that's already in place.