No More Mayor Tom: We knew it was going to happen, and now it’s official: Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert will not seek another term as the city’s top dog, and he hints at making a Senate run.
How big are Rick Perry’s ambitions? Speaking of moving on and moving up, Rick Perry may be prepping for a presidential run, and tomorrow’s inaugural speech may tip the governor’s hand. At least that is the opinion of a number of political watchers, such as Royal Masset, former political director of the state Republican Party:
“He’ll absolutely use the speech to talk to a national audience. It will be fascinating,” Masset said.
With West Dallas development looming, can existing neighborhoods be saved? There’s a simple reason why West Dallas is attractive to developers: cheap, cheap, cheap. But once the Calatrava Bridge opens and development gets underway, property values will likely skyrocket. In that scenario, what happens to the existing single family neighborhoods in West Dallas? Will longtime residents be pushed out, or will they cozy up against new, Uptown-style gentrification? That’s what makes the work of the Dallas CityDesign Studio fascinating. Can they figure out a way to make urban infill development something other than scrape and build?