A privately operated jail on the banks of the Trinity River in downtown Dallas has closed, providing an opportunity to improve the view of a $2 billion parkway development in the blighted area, officials said last week.

In a letter to Texas Department of Criminal Justice chief financial officer Jerry McGinty, Dallas interim city manager A.C. Gonzalez noted that the abandoned high-rise Dawson State Jail stood “in immediate proximity to the planned Downtown (Reunion) Overlook, the single most important link between (1) the Dallas Central Business District and Convention Center and (2) the Trinity.”

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