Gaston Garland East Grand renderingThis is probably my fault, so I’ll take one for the team. Lincoln Property, which wants to redevelop the Garland/Gaston/Grand intersection to look like it’s in Richardson, is doing the exact opposite at the Turtle Creek center in Oak Lawn – complete with gourmet grocery store and 100,000 square feet of retail and restaurants, with nary a fast-food franchise in sight. Or, as Lincoln describes it: “A world-class mixed use development that will create a high-density neighborhood with a high quality mix of office, retail and hospitality uses in one of the premier infill locations in Texas.”

Why my fault? Because I’ve been less than generous in my reporting of Lincoln’s plans for Gaston/Garland/Grand, wondering why the company is passing up the opportunity to do a signature project at one of the most promising retail locations in Dallas in favor of another suburban strip center. And I wasn’t nice about their idea to rename Garland Road, either. (Still think it’s dumb, but I probably shouldn’t mention that, should I?)

Because, obviously, in the 21st century, Lincoln can’t still be thinking the same things developers thought about East Dallas and Lakewood in the bad old days, can it? That we’re not good enough for something like the Turtle Creek project? That we have too many undesirables on this side of Central Expressway? That they’re Highland Park and we’re not?

Nah, that can’t be it. So it must be my fault.

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