I was driving across I-30, glanced to my left at the first Calatrava and was noticing how close it is to I-30, the future site of the second Calatrava. When you then look across towards downtown and notice how the State and County jails dominate the land between the two Calatravas, it just makes you shake your head. I think the way those two bridges perfectly frame up the jails, it'll make people do a double take. I know there have been calls to camouflage the jails somehow. You just can't put lipstick on that pig.
If building these bridges was supposed to be about doing nearby real estate deals, it's a shame to see the most prime pieces of real estate eaten up by those eyesores. If this were a grittier city, we could work around them. But this is Dallas. You can't work around that jail. The Dallas way is to sanitize, not work-around.
I'm interested in what happens when those two landmark bridges are sitting side by side and those big ugly jails are sitting there between them. I think when people *actually* see that landscape with their eyes, it will get them talking more. Shouldn't Dallas stop wasting time on a fantasy toll road that will never get built, and figure how to move, with the State and County, those jails? I'm not saying, let's move it now. I know there's not money for that and the economy is still recovering. But what about kicking off a process to move them 10-15 years from now?