Highway Pollution

Would you support efforts to mitigate highway pollution around neighborhoods and public spaces, given the health risk posed to citizens who live, work, or play within 1500 feet of highways?

Mayor

Lynn McBee - Did not respond.

Jason Villalba - Did not respond.

Scott Griggs - Yes, I support efforts to mitigate highway pollution around neighborhoods and public spaces.  The first step is a comprehensive system of air quality monitors.

Mike Ablon - Did not respond.

Miguel Solis - Yes, but I would like more information on the issue as I am able to receive it.

Alyson Kennedy - Did not respond.

Regina Montoya - Absolutely. We need to think about things as they relate directly to communities. We have to work with local residents on the issues they specifically need addressed. As the Chair of the Mayor’s Task Force on Poverty, I have seen the impact of these environmental issues on families below the poverty line. This would be an immediate action item for City Hall in my view.

Eric Johnson - Did not respond.

Albert Black - Yes.


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Giovanni “Gio” Valderas - Yes I would support such efforts. A good portion of the District I want to represent sits alongside highways. Pollution in the form of illegal trash dumping and as well as chemical waste must be stopped and appropriate fines assessed to offenders. One way to help stop the practice of dumping is to enlist the help of neighborhood volunteers who can be the “eyes” that, like in Neighborhood Watch groups, report illegal dumping activity to Code Enforcement or when necessary the TxDot authorities.

Jeremy T. Boss - Did not respond.

Sylvana Alonzo - Did not respond.

Chad West - Yes.


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Adam Medrano - Yes and we need to make sure zoning regulations support it.

Paul A. Freeman - Did not respond.

Barbara Coombs - Did not respond.


Davante D. Peters - Did not respond.

Denise Benavides - Did not respond.

Casey Thomas, II - Did not respond.

Charletta Rogers Compton - Yes, we must do all we can to protect our citizens from health risks caused by breathing polluted air and living with the residual left in our living space.

Britannica Scott - Yes, it’s important to reduce the severity of pollution in the community and preserve our natural forest and wildlife. One of my main goals is to preserve the image of our community and our forests, creating an environment that is not only welcoming buy beautifies South Dallas.
My plan is to work with local businesses to help create incentives to keep our communities clean. This partnership will provide jobs for workers, improve entrepreneurship opportunities for local business owners, and keep our community clean.

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Dawn M. Blair - Did not respond.

Carolyn King Arnold - I would certainly support efforts to mitigate highway pollution around neighborhoods, businesses and all public spaces within 1500 feet of highways. Focusing on some of the often overlooked environmental threats is necessary for the welfare of our communities.

Keyaira D. Saunders - Did not respond.

Karon “K” Flewellen - Did not respond.

Asa O. Woodberry - Did not respond.

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Yolanda “Faye” Williams - Did not respond.

Jaime Resendez - Yes. I would be interested to hear any proposed mitigation measures and discuss how we might improve the quality of life for nearby residents.

Ruth Torres - Yes, we need to increase foliage around highways to assist in mitigating pollution from highways into our residential neighborhoods.

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Tony Carrillo - Did not respond.

Omar Narvaez - Yes, and we need to update our zoning to make sure protections are put in place.

Monica R. Alonzo - Did not respond.

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Tiffinni A. Young - Did not respond.

Adam Bazaldua - Yes, there may be some infrastructural exceptions and places to be grandfathered in, but overall I would support these efforts.

Kevin Felder - Yes. Breathing the exhaust from cars is like smoking a pack of cigarettes. I would definitely support a 1500-foot perimeter from highways to shield from air pollution.

Joseph Thomas - Did not respond.

Sandra Crenshaw - Did not respond.

Yvette Gbalazeh - Did not respond.

Calvin D. Johnson - Did not respond.

Sade' Johnson - Did not respond.

Korey Deon Mack - Did not respond.

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Tennell Atkins - I would support a study to determine the health effects of highway pollution on neighborhoods and public spaces within 1500’ of a highway. However, a careful study of the propose ways to mitigate the negative effects should be part of the discussion.

Erik Wilson - Yes, I would.

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Tamara "Tami" Brown Rodriquez - Did not respond.

Erin Moore - Yes. I would be in favor of adding trees and wider green spaces as natural buffers among other methods to reduce the emissions from highway traffic.

Sarah Lamb - Yes. We have highways that have been built directly through our neighborhoods and city.  We need to protect our citizens by finding ways to mitigate pollution caused by those highways. One of the issues that I've become very sensitive to as I’ve been running for City Council is the extent to which the traffic decisions we make involve huge hidden costs to the public.  For example, I’ve been alerted to recent research that suggests a strong correlation between particulate pollution—especially from busy roadways—and the development of autism in children. And while scientists haven’t absolutely established that link, the correlation is strong enough that I think it’s something we should take into account as we route traffic corridors through neighborhoods.  The dollars we spend now mitigating pollution may save us many more dollars (and untold heartache) down the road because we and our children are healthier for it.

Paula Blackmon - The City is currently working on developing a comprehensive environmental plan and, if elected, I will make sure that mitigating highway pollution around neighborhoods and public spaces is a part of this plan (if it isn’t already). The City needs to plan thoughtfully about how the noise and pollution will impact neighbors and should work to use the tools in its toolbox to reduce the negative impacts of these projects. However, the best mitigation technique is utilizing public transportation and we need to be working with DART to make sure that it connects Dallas residents with jobs, schools and everyday needs such as grocery stores.

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Sirrano Keith Baldeo - I just read about this somewhere Community Assessment of Freeway Exposure and Health. The study cost over $2 million. I am an Asthma suffer myself and was there when Dallas authorized about $600,000 for the air quality study.  Pollution form highways and busy roadway is definitely a problem. Dallas City is also unique in that major highway run right through cites and living space in a tight-knit way. When my wife and was looking for a home every time it was close to a highway I would say no. First I would like to see a study of the effect on the 1500 feet within the city boundaries and if they say it can be done without affecting living space especially for affordable housing, then it’s something I’ll have to sell to the other councilmembers.

D'Andrala "Dede" Alexander - Yes – this is important in every area of Dallas but its impact cannot be overstated in under resourced communities, which already have fewer protections from being zoned as light industrial to industrial, and which have fewer green space developments according to current zoning and park board fund allocations. These same underserved neighborhoods are also those with the least instance of health care coverage or facilities, so it is of critical importance to address extra highway pollutants. We must provide the opportunity for those in proximity to any higher-pollutant area or areas of less green space, to mitigate the risks of concentrated pollutants. It is a matter of environmental cultural equity to protect from pollutants whenever we can, particularly in the most vulnerable communities.

Adam McGough - Did not respond.

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Curtis T. Harris - Did not respond.

Lee M. Kleinman - Did not respond.

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Carolyn "Cookie" Peadon - As a native Dallasite, I have never seen a summer when we have escaped ozone alerts. I would love to hear suggestions for mitigating highway pollution given the number of cars on our highways at present. The only immediate action I can suggest is to plant more trees adjacent to highways and roadways. Our tree canopy is falling prey to development, and that, as well as native grasses, offer the best air “filtration” system we currently have.

Cara Mendelsohn - Yes.

Daniel Powell - Yes, I would support efforts to mitigate highway pollution near neighborhoods and public spaces. One strategy that the EPA recommends is utilizing vegetation barriers alongside the noise barriers. These trees and bushes will add more greenery and reduce the air pollution. We can also focus on more reversible lanes so traffic keeps moving and idling is reduced. Dallas should also encourage more efficient bus service through DART and mixed-use developments that will reduce the number of cars on the highways. Lastly, I will also point out that the CityMAP transportation plan for Dallas includes a potential realignment of I-30 further to the south. This will open up the southern part of the urban core for more development and growth. One proposed path would route the highway back north through the heart of White Rock Creek. It would be a raised highway. I am opposed to that path because of the effect on our wildlife, trees, and water table. I would support the alternative alignment alongside the existing train track route or simply expanding the existing I-30 route with overhead deck parks for connectivity.

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Jennifer Staubach Gates - Did not respond.

Laura Miller - Did not respond.

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Philip T. Kingston - Yes. Especially given the new data on threats to young and old from particulates, I think we need to write development restrictions into our zoning to prevent sensitive uses from being erected near highways.

David Blewett - Highway Pollution within 1500 feet of highways – I believe technology is going to largely solve this problem for us. I don’t like mandates that have minimal environmental effect but do have out-sized economic effects. I see electric vehicles taking a larger and larger share of the market. It’s hard to put a number on it, but the economics of electric will reach critical mass and we will be amazed at how fast they will be substituted.

Warren Ernest Johnson - I would be happy to participate. I support all the measures in the questionnaire. I also practice green policies in my personal life. I live in a 850 square foot condo though I could easily afford a much larger and more energy consuming home. I recycle. I buy very little and only what I need. I walk to the store and other places that are within a mile. I use mass transit whenever possible. I drive a 2018 Hyundai Ioniq that recently achieved 62 mpg in city driving !  Others talk it. I live it.

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