How Elevated Highways Have Hurt the City of Dallas

For all of the talk about the Texas miracle, there has been one big loser: Dallas. Shocking, right? Yet every metric shows our urban core in decline. Our tax base shows weakness. We’re losing jobs. Household income is down. Property taxes are up. How did this happen? There are a number of explanations, but near […]

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Why the May 9 Election Will Determine Dallas’ Future

The upcoming May 9 Dallas City Council election will determine whether Dallas fights for the right to control its own economic destiny or continues the status quo that has failed for 40 years. Dallas is divided into 14 districts. Each has its own council member. This year, six of the 14 seats are open. This […]

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Sitting at the Crossroads: What Dallas Needs Now

An aerial map of Dallas tells a disturbing tale: Our city today is an illogical patchwork of neighborhoods and districts, divided by highways. Where there are highways you can see dead space on either side, and when you drive these areas, you see empty bottles, trash, boarded-up shops, stray dogs. All of this can change. […]

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A Primer: Why all This Talk About Highways?

The City of Dallas, once a powerful, sophisticated metropolis, began to lose its economic momentum to the suburbs in the 1970s. A number of factors contributed to the decline, but the most physical among them was the erection of elevated interstate highways right through the city center. In 1964, the predecessor to TxDOT, with the […]

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