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It's Your Turn: Be a player in the city's comprehensive plan (Opinion - Editorials, Dallas Morning News)

February 11, 2005

Short of enlarging White Rock Lake or relocating downtown, this is your chance to reshape the city of Dallas.

Dallas Morning News
Opinion: Editorials
February 11, 2005

(The following paragraphs are from the February 11, 2005 Opinion - Editorial in the Dallas Morning News. To review the full article, select the link at the bottom of this page.)

06:31 PM CST on Thursday, February 10, 2005

Sunday afternoon and Tuesday evening, anyone with notions about where and how the city should steer its future growth can share those ideas with the professionals who are developing the city's first comprehensive land use plan. You need not be a planning wonk; simple tools such as oversized maps, aerial photos and color-coded chips (green for a park, orange for a retail development, etc.) demystify the process and make it – dare we say – fun.

The concepts developed through these two citywide workshops will supplement ideas derived from eight previous ones, which focused on specific neighborhoods. The preliminary land use scenarios derived from those workshops are available on the Forward Dallas! page of the city's Web site: www.dallascityhall.com.

If you're like most Dallas residents, nobody has to preach to you about the importance of this process. Nearly 70 percent of respondents to a city-sponsored poll said they'd like to participate, and more than 90 percent said that, with broad input from people like themselves, the resulting plan will make this a better city. But, on the downside, about 60 percent expressed fears that the plan will be unduly influenced by developers or by "certain neighborhoods."

So, at the risk of being too blunt, it's put-up-or-shut-up time. If you believe this city belongs to everyone who lives here, act accordingly. Nobody – City Hall, the planning professionals, the developers, even neighborhood leaders – has a monopoly on good ideas.

To quote the playwright Henrik Ibsen: "A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm."

Or, to bring it closer to home, remember the immortal words of Yogi Berra: "You got to be careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there." Have your say.

Sunday, 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., Townview high school, 1201 E. 8th St.

Tuesday, 6 to 9:30 p.m., the Infomart, 1950 N. Stemmons Freeway

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