who cares about road design, anyway?

A lot of people care about road design, apparently... Earlier this week I attended the third in a series of public input sessions hosted by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to allow residents to express their support or concerns for the redesign of the Garland/Grand/Gaston (3G) intersection in East Dallas. Between 300 and 500 people crowded an event space at the Dallas Arboretum on a frigid autumn evening. The rework of this intersection should be about common sense, efficiency, and the neighborhoods but to TxDOT it's just about traffic volumes.

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we talked about bike share.

You've likely seen the colorful bikes scattered around the city. You've likely complained about the unorganized mess they have created. But, you've likely also been wanting better bike infrastructure in the city of Dallas. After I went to the "Let's Talk About Bike Share" event hosted by The Better Block Foundation this week I walked away hopeful that things are about to change for the better.

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new york city - day one

It's been five months since my trip to New York City. To spare everyone from a deluge of photos, I'm going to break them down in to each day from the trip. My fiance and I spent three nights in Manhattan; two nights in Princeton, NJ with her family; and two nights on the Massachusetts coast with my family.We arrived at LaGuardia just before noon. I was overcome with excitement as we neared the city, craning my neck at every chance to peek through the windows of our Uber ride at the skyline. As we crossed the Queensboro Bridge, I started to pick out buildings I recognized. The United Nations. The Chrysler Building. One World Trade Center was off in the distance. I struggled to take in everything; I felt like I needed more than one set of eyes. We cut through Central Park and for a short time, we were transported out of the city into the countryside. It was surreal. Tunnels. Winding Roads. Mature trees. All just steps removed from the city.At the hotel, we were greeted with very friendly staff who were willing to help two Texans get around the city. They advised on the best lunch options in the neighborhood. We enjoyed a casual lunch outside. I could hardly focus on food. I was too busy watching the city. We came armed with a plan of sights to see and I had an endless list of buildings to see in the neighborhood.
With only a short time remaining until MoMA closed for the day, we high-tailed it to the museum and spent our time on the 4th floor to see timeless classic by Jackson Pollack, Mondrian, and Gaudi. The majority of our time was spent in the room dedicated to Claude Monet's Water Lillies paintings. Simply put, our short visit to MoMA was great. So much art and culture contained in one building. And it was incredible to see pieces of art that I had only seen in textbooks or during college lectures.After a whirlwind day of travel from Dallas and a tour of art and architecture in the Midtown neighborhood at break-neck speed, we had a delightful dinner with Nicola's friend in a quaint Upper East Side restaurant. Then it was back to our hotel to recuperate for day two in the Big Apple. Stay tuned...