University Park Election Awaits; Is An Announcement Pending?

This past weekend’s Dallas Morning News ran a report on the May 12 University Park election, which includes a ballot measure to give approval to the municipality to sell a small strip of land to SMU for potential use in the Bush complex.  “No Park Cities election in recent years,” reporter Kristen Holland writes, “has garnered nearly as much attention from residents, let alone such high-profile figures,” including eight former mayors and a campaign-consulting firm hired by SMU.  Perhaps this pending election is one reason that no announcement has been made as to whether a final deal has been struck between SMU and the Bush people, despite the fact that university spokespeople have been telling reporters that “it’s a matter of weeks, not months” since February?  Bulldozers have all but cleared the old University Gardens apartment complex, and earlier this week I heard a staff member talking about how “people from DC” were already coming down to Dallas, so this may all be a done deal, with details revealed later.


One Response to University Park Election Awaits; Is An Announcement Pending?

  1. George Henson says:

    It’s been a “done deal” since Bush was elected just as invading Iraq was a done deal. Why does anyone thing there was ever any other possible conclusion? Anyone who thinks otherwise is naïve.

    All the hullabaloo has made for good theatre, and those who have voiced genuine concerns were right to do so. But no one should delude himself into thinking that the other side was actually listening. Certainly there have been some PR hurdles. Certainly Bush would like for everyone to welcome him with open arms. He may have even thought everyone would. But public opinion hasn’t stopped this despotic regime from doing anything that it has wanted to do. Witness our presence in Iraq four years after our obstinate leader declared “mission accomplished.” His approval rating could be negative 30, and he would continue to do what he thinks best — as if he has ever been a good judge of what is best about anything.

    The question has never been will SMU build anything that W wants. This is a marriage of convenience. SMU is more than happy to play the dutiful wife. George promises to shower his wife with riches, as long as she doesn’t ask questions about his business. The union will be blessed by the minister at Highland Park Methodist Church. Everyone will paint on perfect smiles. There will be lots of photos. Important people. A reception at Dallas Country Club. A long honeymoon. Then the marriage will become dysfunctional, but both parties will work hard to keep their disagreements private because no one airs dirty laundry in the Park Cities.

    And if SMU ever decides it does want out of the marriage, they’ll realize that W’s lawyers wrote an ironclad premup, and SMU has no alternative but to stay in a loveless and infecund marriage. 🙂

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