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The Trinity River Corridor Project (TRCP, http://www.trinitvrivercorridor.com/) is a public
works project located just west of downtown Dallas, Texas. The TRCP was first brought to the
attention of Dallas residents in the late 1990s, and construction began in the early 2000s. With
the goal of redeveloping a large section of the Trinity River, the project proposes to create sports
fields, recreational areas, lakes, parks, and hiking and biking trails along the river's path, as well
as an equestrian center and the Trinity River Audubon Center
(http://www.trinityriveraudobon.org/), which opened in 2008. The stated goals of the Project are
to increase flood protection of downtown Dallas, encourage economic development (particularly
in the city's poorer southern sectors), and improve traffic flow between northern and southern
Figure 1: Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, Trinity River Project, Dallas.
In May 1998 the Trinity River Corridor Project Bond passed, allowing the master planning of the
Project to begin. At this time Laura Miller, a former Dallas Mayor, wished to redesign the
Project, as she believed that in its proposed form it was geared toward roads and highways at the
expense of recreational areas and nature. With the assistance of Dallas philanthropist Dr. Gail
Thomas (Dille, 2009), Miller was able to hire a team of urban designers to create the Balanced
vision plan (http://www.trinityrivercorridor.com/html/visionplan.html). Though the roadway
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Ignatow, Gabriel & Schuett, Jessica Lynn. Inter-organizational digital divide: Civic groups' media strategies in the Trinity River Corridor Project, article, November 7, 2011; [Chicago, Illinois]. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc78305/m1/5/: accessed February 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Public Affairs and Community Service.