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jsac's Journal: Selfish communities hoist by their own petard

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The Dallas Morning News has an article about neighborhoods who fought light rail now begging for stations.

"Frankly, Dallas is not the same town it was 10 or 15 years ago," said resident Morris Smart of Vickery Place in East Dallas. "It makes a lot of sense now. I'm all for it. And I live about as close as you can get to where the station would be."

Before Mr. Smart moved to Vickery Place, residents there, along with neighbors in next-door Cochran Heights, fought a proposed station for Knox-Henderson more than a decade ago.

Now, they're working together to appeal to city leaders and DART board members to build an underground station there.

But the effort is late in coming. DART has told neighbors that although the space for a future station was excavated when the tunnel was built, there's no money in the budget for one now and probably won't be for years.

"That neighborhood was very opposed to what we were doing, but we over-excavated that area because we knew someday we'd like to have a station there," said Mike Miles, DART's senior manager of community and member city relations. "But now that's a long way off. The money is committed elsewhere. They basically have to get to the end of the line."

I like to see places like this get their comeuppance.

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