Tuesday, January 29, 2013

1955 Highway Plan for Dallas

File:Dallas, Texas 1955 Yellow Book.jpg

Notice, there was no intention of a downtown loop or 345 in this original plan.  Oh, the temptations of free federal money and the chance to use it in ways Eisenhower lamented, like urban renewal in the most negative sense of the word.

This wouldn't have been that bad, except you can stop the Houston (45), Shreveport (80), and Texarkana (30) connections at the inevitable 635.  Or perhaps more realistically, loop 12 which is basically a highway at this point.  At that point, you transition the highway down in scale to surface boulevard and replace the corridor capacity with network capacity as intersection density intensifies to handle the extra capacity without 'throwing the baby out with the bathwater' as transportation planners eventually did.