It’s one thing to admit -- as the state’s transportation department did last week -- that America’s interstate highway system subsidized suburban sprawl to the economic and social detriment of Dallas’ urban neighborhoods.
Undoing the damage is another matter. Especially when hundreds of thousands of drivers depend on those highways every day.
But on Monday, members of the Dallas City Council’s transportation committee will begin sorting out a massive Texas Department of Transportation report that calls for a striking shift in how highways are planned and built.
The study, called CityMAP, offers a litany of options and suggestions for updating the aging highways that surround and connect downtown. It looks to rebuild in ways that minimize congestion, stitch divided neighborhoods back together and open up land for billions in potential development.