Letters to the Editor – Downtown Dallas, Earth Day, Californians, TV Sports

Improve downtown

Subject: “Downtown Dallas: We’re Not Done Yet—Last 36 Years of Revitalization Offers Successes, Lessons for the Future,” by David Biegler, Monday Opinion.

This column was a nice trip down memory lane. I could probably name these six business leaders who met with the city manager in 1986. When I worked in downtown Dallas in 1986, the perception was that downtown Dallas was unsafe, not clean and the sidewalks were rolling at 5 p.m. Truth: Downtown Dallas was on its way to becoming the hole in the middle of the doughnut.

I was thrilled to represent Downtown Dallas on the City Council from 1991-1997. As Biegler points out, working with downtown stakeholders, we created (and gained City Council approval) the Downtown Improvement District and the City Center TIF. Another key milestone was City Council’s approval of the Intown Housing Program and the Historic Preservation Incentive Program. All of these efforts marked the beginning of the restoration of downtown safety and cleanliness and led to the creation of new downtown housing. And at the same time, we worked to create and retain jobs downtown and increase the tax base.

Much of the credit should also go to Larry Fonts. He was president and CEO of the Central Dallas Association from 1985 to 2004. With a master’s degree in urban planning and experience in Atlanta, Fonts was a strong advocate for downtown Dallas.

I have admired the ongoing downtown renaissance and believe that the challenges ahead (e.g. return to post-COVID offices, mobility issues, new convention center, homelessness and changing demographics ) can be raised and overcome as in the past.

We need a strong and vibrant downtown to make it a strong and vibrant city. Together, we can continue to make downtown Dallas one of the best places to live, work and play.

Chris LunaDallas

Electric vehicles don’t kill the planet

Friday was Earth Day. The noble gesture was started by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin. A Democrat, he and his fellow Republicans started this day in 1970 and didn’t know what 2022 would look like, or did they?

I applaud The Dallas Morning News for publishing articles on climate change. However, why would you publish an op-ed titled “Your Tesla is killing the planet”? The implication is that electric vehicles are no good. It is not the case at all.

I believe that electric vehicles are a key element in curbing climate change. Also, climate change is the most important issue we face, period. The science on this is, indeed, an inconvenient truth. Let’s continue to fix and embrace the planet we live on.

Dan Engelke, Mound of Flowers

You all stay at home, no problem

Earlier this month, the city of Los Angeles banned official travel to Texas and Florida. I look forward to this peaceful demonstration against LGBT policies. This may bring about the desired change. Until that happens, I’ll enjoy fewer Californians in my two favorite states. I don’t know how many people a day won’t come here, but every Californian who stays in California is a win for me.

Lisa Hays, Mesquite

Disrespecting the fans…

Access to broadcasts of North Texas professional sports teams is now restricted, excluding many fans who helped build these franchises. If you are not subscribed to a “certain” paying provider, you cannot watch games. They demand that we choose to pay a provider that many of us have had miserable past experiences with, myself included.

I have been a Rangers/Mavs/Stars fan for many years, including attending live games often. Livestreams have always been a fundamental aspect of staying engaged and emotionally invested in the success and failure of our local teams.

I find it mind-boggling that these teams are turning their backs on the fans who have supported them for generations, including bond packages to build their golden stadiums and arenas.

Here’s a message for the marketing geniuses who have bought into this plan: out of sight, out of mind. If I can’t access the games that have kept me engaged over the years, you can bet I’ll inevitably lose my personal interest in following our local teams.

There are plenty of other choices available to satisfy my appetite for competitive sports. It’s an absolute shame to be disrespectful like that as a loyal fan.

Erol C. Orer, Dallas

… Maybe put them before the recipes?

Re: “The Rangers, Free TV…” by Bob Dodson and “…And the Mavs Too”, by Robert V. Rozelle, Friday Letters.

Dobson and Rozelle are right. A team only succeeds if it has a good fan base! When negotiating television rights (especially during the playoffs), it might be a good idea to prioritize your fans over broadcast rights revenue. And putting home games and playoff games on local TV stations instead of cable and streaming services would work. Do the owners even know how many fans in the area don’t have cable or streaming service? It seems a shame to keep thousands of fans away from watching.

John Eggen, Wilmer

Moderate, only, for her

Let all politicians know that from now on, I will vote for any Democrat or Republican who has the word “moderate” on their political signs. Our country needs you.

Danna ZoltnerDenton

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