The Trinity Parkway would cost $1.5 billion, further entrench car dependence, and ruin riverfront parkland and natural habitat. But now, after a sustained campaign that turned highways and transportation into a central issue in local elections, the Dallas City Council is on the verge of killing the project.
In America, decisions about how to expand transit are often plagued by the same tension: The highest ridership potential is in walkable neighborhoods in the city, where more people and jobs are clustered closer together. But regional politics often lead agencies to build transit in suburban areas where ridership will be more sparse. Right now a classic confrontation of this type is playing out in Dallas.
Words matter. But when we talk about traffic deaths and injuries, too often we slip into language that obscures how preventable these tragedies are. Referring to them as “accidents” connotes a lack of human agency, as though no one was at fault and the crash could not have been avoided. Instead of examining how the […]