Dear Craig Holcomb,
As a cyclist and a believer in the sharing economy, I have to tell you how excited I am about a bike sharing system is coming to Dallas. Although we’re only getting two stations and both are within Fair Park, we’ve taken that first step which is usually the most difficult. Better late than never right? The next hurdle is the helmet law, which sounds good on paper (as many laws do) but is impractical and mostly unenforceable. Are you going tackle that next or just leave it to the City Council (please don’t)? One day I hope to see the bike stations from the Santa Fe Trail all the way through to Uptown plus bike lanes to accommodate them. A boy can dream can’t he?
I’ve always had a soft spot for Fair Park. Admittedly, I only go there during the State Fair at this point, but I have fond childhood memories at the Science Place and Aquarium. When I walk around down there, I see lots of potential. Maybe it could it be as awesome as say Balboa Park in San Diego? The two parks are similar in some ways: they’re about the same distance from their downtown’s, the buildings are almost from the same era, they both have “park” in their names…
Unfortunately that’s pretty much where the similarities stop. Some are quick to blame the the lack of investment in the area on the heavy industry and blighted neighborhoods surrounding the park. Others blame the park for not doing enough to help those blighted areas improve. Chicken or the egg i guess. How about we just agree to blame Jerry Jones for taking the Cowboy’s Stadium to Arlington.
Keep fighting the good fight.