By Mike Marrero photos by Bryan Coonrod
Season 2 Decks in the Park – Episode 1: April 24th 2014, The Night I Forgave Former Dallas Mayor Laura Miller.
In 2004 former Mayor Laura Miller played hardball with Jerry Jones over the future Cowboys stadium and lost. One of the projects the city had planned to save funds for were the revitalization of Downtown, investment in Uptown, and what is now our Arts district including Klyde Warren Park. While there was a way to have both in Dallas, nearly 10 years later on April 24th 2014, I finally forgive Laura Miller.
What I would describe as a glorious evening began with me parking about a 5 minute walk away. I had an easy time with parking, parked near the Federal Reserve Bank. It was around 8pm, so the sun was setting, the temperature was perfect, and as soon as I got close enough to see the size and scope of the event I was about to be a part of, I just started smiling. I will forever have the scenic snapshot in my mind. I felt a sense of pride for our city. To outsiders, we were no longer hillbillies riding our horses to work with oil derricks and tumble weeds in the horizon. What I saw truly reflected we are a hip modern city in the center of a 6 million person media market. Continue reading