The Texas Department of Transportation last May sent Dallas City Hall a sneak peek at its plans to redo Interstate 30 East, from downtown past Fair Park to Haskell Avenue.
"And I was shocked," said Dallas Transportation Director Michael Rogers.
Shocked because the state's transportation agency proposed to make the highway wider, with more lanes, exit ramps and frontage roads. Shocked because the design created more barriers between downtown and East Dallas, the Cedars, Fair Park and Deep Ellum, and gobbled up enormous swaths of real estate that could be used for development instead of more concrete. And shocked because TxDOT had proposed something that went against its very own CityMAP, the design document City Hall wholeheartedly embraced in the summer of 2016.