Will Alex Krieger's vision of a narrow, four-lane parkway next to the Trinity River win over a massive toll road?

Will Alex Krieger’s vision of a narrow, four-lane parkway next to the Trinity River win over a massive toll road?

Last week, the Dallas chapter of the American Institute of Architects took a couple of days to really home in on the challenges that Dallas must overcome to be a sustainable and attractive city in the long term. A city that can compete with other areas that offer more holistic transportation solutions in an urban environment. Those lofty goals were all addressed at the organization’s Mobility Summit.

Long a car-centric city, the next generation of Dallas residents are upending the long-held belief that commuting is a forgone conclusion, measuring distance in hours door-to-door. Instead, more and more thinkers are looking critically at Dallas and our eight-lane highways, our toll roads, and our elevated high-speed thoroughfares.

As usual, Robert Wilonsky (who, I swear writes 99 percent of the copy on the Dallasnews.com site) did a fabulous job breaking down the big issues and discussions at the event, and the breakthroughs brought on by gathering so many people passionate about Dallas’ design future. The most impact was felt by Harvard professor and urban planner Alex Krieger, a co-author of Dallas’ Balanced Vision Plan, when he backed off his support of a road within the levees of the Trinity River.

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AIA Dallas All But Abandons Support of Proposed Trinity Tollway

Trinity Tollway Rendering NTTA

Drawing: NTTA

So, who is still carrying banners for the Trinity Tollway? Looks like the numbers are getting pretty thin, and now Dallas’ most influential architecture organization, the American Institute of Architects — Dallas has pulled their support for the road planned between the levees of the Trinity River.

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There has been too much real estate news occupying my brain this week — Museum Tower on the front page of the NYT, Champ D’Or closing, the continuing Deion and Pilar fracas. Now I have to digest this Trinity Tollway thing.  My husband is flat out against, I am for, I think. Pretty soon we’ll be like Deion and Pilar! I need a fix of House Porn, something not out on the boonies, but a home where you can walk everywhere because that is what these young Green things want us to do. Never mind that we are all getting older, the climate is getting warmer, and I think making us walk in August is a way to kill us off to save on Social Security!

Lordy Lordy, here’s a fix for $1,199,000. It’s 4,800 square feet at a corner Casada townhome that is gated yet still sports a two car garage. Casada is a development of 22 luxury townhomes at Blackburn and Turtle Creek, ranging from 3500 to 5200 square feet, developed by Alan McDonald as City Homes and then sold to Centex when about 85% completed. Four are exceptionally large units with exteriors rivalling a Park Cities home. In fact, listing agent Missy Woehr says this is about as close as you can get to a home in Turtle Creek without the maintenance.

“If I cannot keep the bushes trimmed with tweezers,” says Missy, “then then it’s too much work.”

This unit was purchased four years ago by serious cooks who gutted the existing 2003 kitchen and brought in German ingenuity. Hell, I think they just relocated Angela Merkel. There’s Gaggeneau, Fisher&Paykel, Bosch, Wolf, professional culinary stainless counters, steam center, induction cooktop, warming drawers, two dishwashers, beverage station, LIEBHERR refrigerator which I will have in my next home, soft-close cabinets and LED lighting. There are four bedrooms, four and a half baths, an extreme exterior entertainment area, beautiful circular staircase, huge master, elevator, formals. Compare Casada to higher-priced downtown condos: try $250ish a square foot with $600 a month HOA dues that cover exterior insurance and include pest control.

Oh yes, best part to make the Greens happy: you can leave your hybrid or electric car in the garage and walk walk walk to Uptown, downtown, even the Tate Lecture Series at S.M.U. 3360 Blackburn is on the Katy Trail, which is almost as important to some buyers today as a pool — maybe more!