After the jump, Wick Allison's heretical conversion concerning freeways in Dallas.
Here's Jim Schutze's account of Wick Allison's vision of a new Dallas:
[Wick Allison] paints a picture of a whole new Dallas in which all of the old interstates have been torn down or decked over, in which no Trinity River toll road has been built to cut off downtown from the river and all of the vast spaces once occupied by highways are now covered with wonderful urban neighborhoods.
Allison: "Jim, this can happen. This will happen. It's inevitable. I'm going to tell you right now, in 20 years Stemmons will be a parkway of four lanes. That whole market center will be a huge urban development, because we tore down Stemmons."
Source: Dallas Observer.
Wow. Wick Allison is no marginalized crackpot. D Magazine is usually a reliable booster of Dallas socialites, who are usually reliable backers of real estate developments like the Trinity River toll road. For Allison to not only abandon his support of that misguided project but to predict that Stemmons Expressway itself will be torn down and replaced by a four lane parkway is, well, astonishing. In fact, I'm gobsmacked.
It almost makes me think I was premature in abandoning my own dream of tearing down Central Expressway through Richardson and replacing it with a grand boulevard. ;-) At the least, the City of Richardson ought to do everything it can to slow down the TxDOT juggernaut for widening the freeway. Delay long enough for the folly of addressing problems of suburban sprawl by building more freeways to become undeniable to all.