Lacking vision

Posted Friday, May. 10, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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With postwar growth and industrialization, Arlington has gone beyond being a typical suburb. But city planners have not changed their mindset.

I attended a big game at Cowboys Stadium (Michigan vs. Alabama) with out-of-town visitors. We had to park in a distant lot and walk to the game. I would have been OK with that if not for the broken or missing sidewalks. Several times along our journey we had to walk on a busy street because the sidewalk suddenly ended.

Arlington, with a population of about 374,000, is the largest city in the U.S. with no form of mass transit. The city has had a free lunch for too long, as a suburb of Fort Worth and Dallas.

It seems that Arlington wants the glamour of big events but doesn’t want to build and pay for the infrastructure to support them. Arlington leaders need to have a vision and develop a plan to make the city a destination in its own right.

This goes beyond more hotels and restaurants. It also means pedestrian pathways, unbroken concrete, better traffic management in and around the stadium and some form of bus or shuttle service to Cowboys Stadium.

— Mark O’Brien, Cedar Hill

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