Are you anti-car/anti-highway?
Cars are not the problem. Highways are not the problem. Elevated highways that cut through our downtown are the problem, and we are against them. I-345 causes congestion and requires expensive repairs in an area where the city needs increased density and tax base. In the urban core, cars can exist in better harmony with neighborhoods without the misguided elevated highway solutions of the 1960s and ’70s. For more information on new ways of thinking about urban planning and turning highways to boulevards, read this from Congress for the New Urbanism.
How does removing a highway help a neighborhood?
Highways through the urban core force interstate, regional, and local traffic to compete for the same limited space. That creates congestion. Removing and rerouting elevated highways allows neighborhoods that have been disconnected from each other to reconnect and restore themselves through organic growth, from amenities like grocery stores and other retail (Fair Park) to mixed-income, mixed-use urban housing (Deep Ellum, Baylor). This is about giving neighborhoods the chance to grow in the way they determine, desire – what works best for them. For more information on how cities have benefited from highway replacement, read this from D Magazine.
Who is funding this movement?
Donors who believe elevated highways and light rail through our urban core choke or suppress organic economic development and stifle job growth are funding this movement with donations large and small. Those who want a more connected, livable and walkable Dallas—from residents to business owners are a part of this cause. The Coalition for A New Dallas is a broad and diverse coalition of like-minded people across the political, social, racial, and cultural spectrum. These individuals want a to create a New Dallas. For examples of people involved with CND, read this.
What is D Magazine’s involvement?
D Magazine Partners chairman Wick Allison co-founded CND. The magazine itself has nothing to do with the political organization, although it has long made known its support for the principles behind the Coalition’s efforts. D Magazine, since its inception, has advocated for bold, innovative solutions that make Dallas even better. For an example of Allison’s advocacy for getting rid of the “concrete noose” of downtown elevated highways, read this from D Magazine.
How can I get involved?