Thought I'd pass on an observation I've made since moving to this area
of the "metroplex" from Dallas County. In Ft. Worth we are witness to
a monumental expansion of major highways only a short distance from
the downtown area--an eyesore beyond compare. When complete, I
believe the construction will only serve to evoke a textbook example
of how "ribbons of asphalt" in close proximity to a pedestrian based
zone will ultimately disembowel the core of a city. Streets that are
currently low speed areas of congregation will, just like Dallas,
become pedestrian-free thoroughfares.
The citizens of Ft. Worth view their city as set apart from its
arch-rival Dallas. The stark reality, though, is that city council's
philosophy is to compete with Dallas (at least in transit
infrastructure) in kind, rather learning from past mistakes and
adopting rational solutions. Perhaps Ft. Worth will one day hastily
incorporate light rail as Dallas did in that age old manner of
stemming a tidal wave with a couple of sandbags.
It would be interesting to take photographs of the area at regular
intervals to capture the horrid evolution in mobility/liveability in
store for Ft. Worth--would make for solid dramatization in a book
along the lines of "Car-Free Cities".