BACK TALK blog& comments TALK OF THE TOWN CENTER I wish the author (“Lake Highlands Town Center, September Advocate) would have talked to our group about the article before publishing, as it gave free reign to DART to cause misinformation like the following: Michael Hellman says, “with the recent addition of the light rail station, it’s so much more cost effective, as well as a better trail route, to connect through the station and on up to Lake Highlands North Park as a wide sidewalk along the road.” Yet the light rail station has always been a part of the plans for the Town Center, and without it, the Town Center would have never been built — Michael Hellman says that the trail system is a “user-based crime watch” because “most people who use the trails are the kind of folks who use cell phones and report stuff.” And yet, this year a group of men were sentenced to decades in prison for beating and leaving for dead a woman using the Katy Trail just last year. We aren’t a crazy group of chicken-littles who think the sky is falling. Our group is excited about the Town Center and all it can bring to LH. But we do care about the safety and quality of life in our neighborhood. Most of all, we aren’t just a “group of neighbors” as the article states. We are, in fact, the majority of neighbors in Lake Highlands North who are trying to not only save White Rock Trail, but to save our neighborhood as well. —TOM, VIA Thank you for the article concerning the Lake Highlands Town Center. I appreciate all of the planning that has taken place regarding pedestrian parking, access, landscaping, and public use. My concern has to do with the renderings of the buildings facing Skillman and interior parts of the center. My first reaction was that these buildings appear rather boring from an aesthetic standpoint. I am hoping Prescott Realty Group will incorporate the use of natural materials such as stone, metal and wood on exterior surfaces. The renderings do not seem to incorporate these types of materials, but rather seemingly flat surfaces of stucco and glass. I am hoping that the final architectural designs will be on par with the best design elements of any development in Dallas. Lake Highlands deserves the best and will financially support developments that are not only well planned from a public use standpoint, but also aesthetically appealing. —JIM LOCKHART VIA I would love to see the Advocate staff sit down with some specialist in demographics and see just WHY we are unable to attract quality development here. What do they see that makes them uninterested here, but interested in Cedar Hill ? I was up at Watters Crossing in Allen the other day and all of us here would die for that type of a development. Everyone knows development funds are frozen until we have an RTC type crash of all the vacant, high end condo projects in Uptown, Downtown, Intown. Eventually this will thaw and I still don’t think we can attract what we want unless we figure out why they will not look at us now. —WANTING THE BEST FOR LAKE HIGHLANDS VIA
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