Dallas image-makers love to tout the all that’s supposedly good and beautiful around here.
When they come across seemingly good news, they call a press conference, assemble the local media, and put on a nice big dog-and-pony show to demonstrate the wonders of Dallas.
That scenario played out, or at least that was the plan, Thursday when Dallas City Council members and a few of their closet friends boarded a bus bound for White Rock Lake to view 70 acres of unblemished, natural prairie grasslands.
The area came about, they said, as part of a multimillion dollar blah-blah-blah grant from the state, part of its State Wildlife Grants program in collaboration with Native Prairies Association of Texas, Connemara Conservancy, Texas Master Naturalists/North Texas, Audubon Society, Dallas Parks and Recreation, and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
It was supposed to be a tour of an inner-urban nature oasis and reserve. Supposed to be.
When they arrived, as did the media, they saw 70 acres of freshly mowed, wide-open field. Apparently city mowing crews didn’t get the memo about the nature preserve, and, well, um, oops.