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New Fair Park Proposal Argues State Fair Sprawl Is Bad for Business

There have been a few new plans for Fair Park batted around since the effort began to consider moving the management of the city facility to a private non-profit organization. This latest one comes from a Dallas-based urban planning firm called Ash + Lime, and it makes a simple, but compelling argument. Yes, the State Fair of Texas is too big, the Ash+Lime study contends, but the people who should be most upset about the sprawling fair that gobbles up the park aren’t park or neighborhood advocates, but rather the State Fair itself. That’s because the size and layout of the State Fair is actually leaving money on the table.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: June 28

Time is a goon that moves inexorably in one direction, turning boy bands into old man bands and putting beloved hit songs in the hands of Smash Mouth. But we still have “Last Train to Clarksville,” and all the memories. Davy Jones may be gone, but the Monkees are forever. Take your mind off the inevitability of decay with the Monkees’ 50th anniversary tour, a production of 42nd Street, or a performance from the one and only G-Eazy.

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Poll: Is 2016 the Year the Texas Rangers Win It All?

Last fall, impressed by the Texas Rangers’ unexpected run to the Major League Baseball playoffs, we declared that year’s team (only half-kidding) the greatest in franchise history. I typed the piece and based the argument on how the club had so spectacularly overachieved both expectations and their underlying performance statistics to wind up atop the American League West standings.

Did we jump the gun? How far can the 2016 team go?

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Leading Off (6/28/16)

Rangers Win Weird Game Against Yankees. The game in New York didn’t end till nearly 2 a.m. our time, because the umpires called for a questionable rain delay in the ninth inning, right as the Rangers were poised to make their comeback. When play resumed, the Rangers finished the job. Read Evan Grant’s account of the craziness. Poor guy is gonna be sleepy today.

Wild Weather Moves Through Town. How’d you like that, folks? Part of an Uptown garage collapsed. A billboard fell through a woman’s car. All sorts of craziness went down yesterday evening as a line of storms moved through town. “This is the only place where the weather can actually kill you,” Justin Kane, who recently moved here from Philly, told Channel 11. “On the East Coast, you may get some snow. The weather is bad here, it’s crazy.”

Ahmed Mohamed Returns to Irving. The clock boy, whose family moved to Qatar after he was arrested under kooky circumstances at MacArthur High, has returned to America [insert eagle screech] for the summer. He’s looking good.

Job Opening at D Magazine: Editorial Research Coordinator

D Magazine seeks a smart editorial research coordinator to join our staff and help us put out one of the best magazines in the country. The ideal candidate must be able to work independently and manage multiple data-driven projects simultaneously. The ideal candidate would be a pleasure to eat lunch with, and, additionally, the ideal candidate would be the sort of person who remembers to pick up whatever he or she just printed and not just leave it on the printer, contributing to the ridiculous stack of unclaimed print jobs that wastes paper. The ideal candidate would never say, “Hot enough for ya?” The ideal candidate would not have a criminal record or a code name like The Muffin Man that was given to him or her by the FBI during the course of an investigation. The ideal candidate would know that “data” is a plural subject.

Please note: this job is not the right fit for someone whose goal is to write and edit longform magazine stories. This job is about gathering and managing survey data.

The ideal candidate should send a great cover letter and résumé to Kathy Wise ([email protected]). Here are some specifics to help you decide if you are that candidate:

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One Picture Sums Up Everything Stupid About Dallas Urban Design

Forgive me if I take a moment to rant childishly.

Over on the DMN’s site, Robert Wilonsky points to a urban design snafu at the corner of Zang and Beckley in Oak Cliff. It was already a particularly terrible intersection, a place where, years ago, traffic engineers decided to carve away everything that wasn’t street to make it all street, and where happy cars can now make a variety of right hand and left hand turns, under the guidance of a well-trained traffic signal, and where pedestrians are presumed to not really exist at all.

In recent months, as construction of the Oak Cliff Streetcar extension makes its way down Zang, the intersection has also been the setting of more than a few traffic backups and re-directions — not to mention expletive-laden tirades on my part about buses, streetcars, yuppie urbanists, and my own over-privileged irritation over that fact that I am still not able to drive 100 mph on empty streets between the office and my apartment.

Then, at some point in the past week or so, as part of that construction, what you see above was installed.

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Mike Hashimoto Loses Argument to His Wife

Yesterday DMN columnists Jacquielynn Floyd and Mike Hashimoto squared off on the front page of Metro. She argued that Susan Hawk should resign in time for a special election for DA to appear on the November ballot. He argued: “At some point, [Hawk] might need help making that decision, whichever way. Sooner than before, perhaps, but not yet,” whatever that means. I think it means that Hawk deserves to keep her job. This columnar face-off is a lot more fun, by the way, if you know that Floyd and Hashimoto are married. They are. And she destroyed her husband in this argument. Really, I feel bad for the guy. No one deserves to be publicly humiliated like this. To give you an idea of how poorly he performed, here’s how Hashimoto wraps up his column:

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Leading Off (6/27/16)

Man Drowns in Lewisville Lake During Boat Party. About 30 people were on the two-story boat. The man, 35, disappeared underwater around 8:30 Saturday night. He was found yesterday afternoon. And on Sunday, one boy (age 9) died and another (a 2-year-old) is in critical condition after being pulled from the water in separate locations in Fort Worth. I feel like I type this every week: please be careful.

Northaven Methodist Church Votes to Permit Celebration of All Marriages. By a 98 percent margin. Good job. Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriages.

Rangers Have Most Wins in the Majors. The Cubs still have a slight lead in winning percentage, but Your Texas Rangers have the most W’s after a 6-2 win over the Red Sox finished off yet another series win. Guys, I’m paying attention to baseball and it’s not even July. I don’t even know what’s going on.

Richardson Bar Sued For Not Cutting Off Man’s 8-Hour Drinking Binge. Gordon Savage says he started drinking at W.W. Fairfield’s at 6 p.m., kept at it past 2 a.m., then tried to drive home. He hit a concrete divider on 75 around 3. Savage wasn’t charged with drunken driving but he’s suing the bar for $1 million anyway.

Pete Sessions Says Democrats Should Be Investigated for Ethics Violations During Sit-In. The congressman said this on Inside Texas Politics. I think he should investigated for not being able to tie a tie better than me, someone who wears a tie maybe twice a year. He should also be investigated for having neg burns. It’s a very suspect look and makes me feel like he’s up to something.

FC Dallas Wins to Kick Off Second Half of the Season. The 2-0 home win over Real Salt Lake puts FCD just one point down of the Colorado Rapids in both the Western Conference and the race for the Supporters’ Shield. Two things: 1) the second goal was one of the prettiest you’ll see all season, with a Mauro Diaz bicycle pass (!) to Fabian Castillo, who finished it off perfectly, and 2) when Diaz is on, he might be the best player in the MLS.

Tech Wildcatters Eliminates Two Executive Positions

Tech Wildcatters has made some big changes to its executive leadership team, eliminating the jobs formerly held by Executive Director Molly Cain and Chief Revenue Officer Clarisa Lindenmeyer.

The cuts came after a meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday as Tech Wildcatters continues its growth strategy under its new merit-based funding model, The Gauntlet.

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#Metroplexit

As the globe struggles to understand how a people who build the Jaguar could be so stupid as to leave the EU, there are those closer to home, inspired by Britain’s bold embrace of illogic, who would like to see Texas follow suit. They’ve come up with the hashtag #Texit. I tried to make some jokes on Twitter about #Dallexit and #DalWorthingtonGardexit, but user Rodney H. found the winner. You already know what it is.

People of North Texas, unite! We are tired of all these people moving here! From California and Oklahoma, yes. But also from Houston and Austin and Wichita Falls, too. We don’t need any of them. It is time for a #Metroplexit.