“Mayor Mike Rawlings leads a city at a time of immense private prosperity offset by sweeping poverty, a city of newly erected architectural marvels set amid a crumbling public infrastructure too extensive for it to cost-effectively maintain. No city has a greater untapped natural resource than the Trinity River corridor, yet we threaten to pave much of it over in the name of convenience. Downtown languishes and rebounds, seemingly at once. Our patterns of consumption — of land, of water, of energy — are pushing beyond our capacities to sustain them. As a public, we are physically and figuratively divided,” writes Dallas Morning News Architecture Critic Mark Lamster.
The exploration of Dallas’ situation includes the launching of a future-minded effort by the Dallas Morning News, which calls for user ideas and photos at the Future Dallas website, as well as participation in the discussion at #FutureDallas on Instagram, Twitter, and Vine.