City Hall and wildflowers

The surprise is not that the bosses downtown thought it would be a good idea to to turn a pristine vacant lot into parking for an event celebrating nature. The irony is usually so thick around here that it can be suffocating. And City Hall has long been a proponent of similar sorts of silliness — remember the plan to make Greenville Avenue four lanes (and, when that failed, three lanes)?

No, the surprise was that everyone downtown was so surprised that people thought that their plan was a crummy idea. Poor Sheffie Kadane, whose city council district includes Winfrey Point. He looked, when interviewed on TV, as if Martians had come to earth and he was the only who could negotiate the peace treaty. And he didn’t want to do it.

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Still, after all these years and after all the protests, the elite at City Hall refuse to acknowledge that they don’t always know best. Or that they should even be questioned about their decisions. This episode was chorus and refrain — the semi-secret plan to do something, the City Hall shrugs when the first objections are made, the City Hall arrogance when the objections didn’t go away, the City Hall insistence that the world will end unless its plan is OK’d, and the City Hall acquiescence to the objections without actually acquiescing.

The more things change, right?

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  • Matt

    One must remember these are some of the same politicians who sold us taxpayers on the new and improved Trinty river project, lakes parks and white water rafting! What do we have? A rafting course that isn’t functional, a bridge to nowhere and soon we’ll have a toll road inside a flood plain! And a mayor who thinks this is a good idea… Promise one thing and offer up something completely different. I’m thankful to live in an area where we the residents unanimously agree, “Were not going to take it!”.

  • Tedbarker

    Donna, Amen to that.

  • Donna Harris

    Btw, we appreciate all the medias attention in this matter.

  • Donna Harris

    Thank goodness for people like Chris Herron and the Emerald Isle Association. Obviously being in the backyard of the Arboretum, they saw what was happening first and have organized and mobilized. Everyone, including this west side of the lake resident, is volunteering to get ‘er done and keep up the pressure.

    Anyone interested in volunteering, visit their web site

    or like their fan page 

    The acronym is “Save Winfrey Point at White Rock Lake”. The all volunteer group has done a good job of pushing out accurate information.

    Boycott “It’s Not My Problem” Chihuly at the Arboretum !

  • We don’t want the city and the Arboretum at our lake or meddling with our lake area neighborhoods. This is east Dallas, folks. We’re really good at getting organized. We vote. We know 2013 is an election year, and you know what we want. Now amscray.

  • Tedbarker

    Jeff, I found it extremely enlightening to see the litany of City Elders statements on Fri/Sat about just weeds, etc.  The Texas Lone Star Land Steward award took a long time to be bestowed upon the first urban program. See your 2005 story for reference.

    The Park Dpt agreed to certain conditions of management, among them education of  those interested in the science and application of stewardship.

    The Park Dpt agreed to eradicate, yr by yr, the invasive plant population, mowing only once per year, haying and baling to remove residue.  The grass was to be left at about 10″ so winter birds could feed on fallen seed. And, for the fall series of plants to spring up.

    The documents are at  |  More to come

  • Anonymous

    People in Dallas need to start electing leaders, period. Voter turnout for the school board will probably be under 10%. Have you voted?

  • I don’t even have a neighbor who appreciated my four foot tall poppies, golden thistles & Queen Anne’s Lace so of course why would anyone but a few of us appreciate a lot full of wildflowers?
    Never mind the beautiful old structures that are long gone in the name of progress.

  • Downtownworker

    Dallas needs to do a little soul searching and start electing leaders who value people, parks and neighborhoods over cars, parkways and sprawl.