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Another Massive Ferris Wheel Coming to Dallas?

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    Greg Janda
    Looking up at the huge Texas Star Ferris wheel.

    Dallas could be getting another towering Ferris wheel-type attraction in an effort to boost downtown tourism.

    Dallas County commissioners on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to a 174-foot "observation wheel" near the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza.

    The proposal is backed by Great City Attractions, which has developed similar observation wheels across Europe, and the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau. Each air-conditioned gondola would provide audio information, in multiple languages. Riders would pay up to $15 each.

    An engineering study, paid for by the city and Dallas County, will determine whether the proposed site, atop an underground parking garage, could support the structure.

    The 212-foot Texas Star Ferris wheel is a feature of the State Fair of Texas, which runs through Sunday.

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