Never heard of [hits caps lock] DAPPER Magazine? Then feast your eyes on the website of the “quarterly, luxury lifestyle publication designed for the affluent, savvy gentleman in Dallas/Ft. Worth.” Set aside a good block of time, though. I think you’ll find yourself engrossed in its web 2.0 offerings. Sticky indeed.
In the October issue of D Magazine, Krista wrote about the required dog DNA testing at the Ilume apartment complex on Cedar Springs Road. All pet owners who live there must submit to the scheme. Any bit of errant poop left behind by irresponsible owners is tested, and if it matches the DNA of one of the dogs on file, the owner faces a $250 fine. Â (This is the same story that sparked criticism about our use of the term “Dog Nazis” on the magazine’s cover.)
Anyway, at yesterday’s Dallas City Council meeting, leaders were pitched the idea of extending the program citywide. The pitch came from the same company that runs the program for Ilume, Poo Prints. According to NBC 5′s report, Councilwoman Angela Hunt likes the idea: “I think we do need enforcement, especially in some of our denser areas where you have a lot of folks living with dogs and, if they’re not picking up. It creates a problem.”
Each dog owner would pay $30 for a DNA sample, and then the city would pay $50 to test the DNA for a match. Poo Prints claims the city could more than recoup the cost with fines. Apparently they’re going to talk about it some more, but there’s no way this becomes a reality, right? Isn’t there some Dog-ACLU that could object? Not to mention the logistical nightmare?
Oh – and I guess I should plug the fact that nominations for our cutest dog in Dallas contest are still being accepted, no DNA sample required.
Surely you’ve heard about the new floating boathouse that the folks from Dallas United Crew want to build at White Rock Lake. The Park and Recreation Board has given the project its unanimous approval, and the City Council is expected to vote on it next week. A small East Dallas contingent does not want to see this thing built. You can read their arguments on the Protect Home Values website. In short: the boathouse will destroy the natural setting of the lake, it will depress home values, and, worst of all, it is a facility designed by and for Highland Park residents who want to take advantage of an East Dallas asset (Dallas United Crew used to be called Highland Park Crew).
I live over on the east side of the lake, and I love how the neighborhoods there rally around a cause. When the Arboretum wanted to build a parking lot on the shores of the lake, people went insane. Last I heard, the plans had been scrapped (though I suspect vigilance, in this case, will be required). The general sentiment is: “Do not mess with the lake.” That protective instinct generally serves the neighborhoods and the lake well.
But the Dallas United Crew boathouse is a different deal. This thing isn’t going to ruin the lake. I belong to a Yahoo message group for my neighborhood whereon this issue has arisen. Earlier today, one of my neighbors, a man named Aren Cambre, rather succinctly laid out the facts in this debate. With his permission, here’s what he wrote:
This morning on CNN, outgoing Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (presumably coming home to Dallas soon) was asked about the GOP losses in Tuesday night’s election and most especially the way in which Democrats won more support from women.
She said that some Republican candidates said some “stupid” things that “tainted the party.” Hutchison was referring to the strange rape-related comments of defeated Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin and the defeated candidate from Indiana, Richard Mourdock.
“When people go into such personal issues and try to fashion a party around it, it’s very difficult,” she said.
Sometime D Magazine contributor Allison V. Smith has been photographing the interiors of some of the schools being closed by DISD. Her images from those schools make up NPR’s “Daily Picture Show” today. Worth a look.
The above was shot at the Zales at the Shops at Willow Bend. Sometimes, I get the feeling that Shaquille O’Neal is Dwight Howard’s looper, got the dates mixed up, and just decided to stick around.
These bloggers said they often bypass traditional stores like Lane Bryant, Ashley Stewart or Avenue in favor of more up-to-the-minute styles at ASOS Curve, Forever 21+ and vintage shops.
“I don’t shop a lot of the stores like Lane Bryant,” said Chastity Garner, 32, who lives in Dallas and blogs at the Curvy Girl’s Guide to Style. “I feel like those clothes are almost for the woman that just wants to put on something and not think about what they’re wearing. They look like fat-girl clothes. I want to bring out the body rather than hide the body.”
My question: why is the New York Times writing about blogs like they’re new? And plus-sized women the same way? The story screams of a decade-old trend, and thankfully we have the “The Times is ON IT” Twitter account to let them know.
Hey ladies, R. Kelly is in town tonight probably just singing that sexy song from Space Jam. On a side note, who’s excited about 100 more chapters of Trapped in a Closet? Yes.
Anyway, actual single ladies should almost definitely stay far away from Kelly’s The Single Ladies Tour, especially when there’s a chance to check out blues legend Taj Mahal (born with a regular person name) on his first tour in nine years instead. He’ll play the still new Dallas City Performance Hall with opening act Lincoln Durham. It’s too bad that CafÃ© des Artistes in One Arts (Screen Door’s replacement) isn’t quite open yet–though they should be by Friday, according to Carol. I dropped by on Monday for a media preview, and liked what I saw as far as the potential for pre-show dining and drinking. Fingers crossed. But I do really love Mai’s for reasonably cheap and reasonably fast pre-Arts District meals, and it’s just getting cool enough for a tofu clay pot.
Not too far away at the Magnolia Theater in West Village, Klyde Warren Park’s landscape architect, James Burnett, gives a talk about the park built over the freeway as part of the Dallas Architecture Forum’s ongoing lecture series. Prior to getting down to the nitty gritty details, there’s a free reception.
For more to do tonight, go here.
(via Gorilla vs Bear’s Chris Cantalini)
Whenever someone sends me a video with the title “Best UFO Sightings Of October 2012 – Worldwide,” I gotta watch it. Creature of habit. That and we really don’t do all that much in this office, other than watch Best UFO sighting videos.
Arlington residents should be proud, then, that they made this month’s compilation video, which also includes sightings in Crete, someone who consistentlyÂ misspellsÂ ”replay,” and a clip of an alien spacecraft shooting a laser at the sun. All in 5:40 of FREE FOOTAGE.
As Zac mentioned in Leading Off, there’s a story (paywall) in the paper today about low morale among teachers in DISD. What I didn’t see in the paper was any mention of this Matthew Haag blog post from yesterday. Principals were recently told to find teachers who would write something nice about the changes being made by Superintendent Mike Miles. Those responses were compiled in a 51-page document titled “From Teachers to Teachers.” You know how you can tell when you’re in trouble? When you have to force people to say something nice about your leadership. Or, in this case, force people to find someone else to say something nice about your leadership.
Pretty much everyone who has ever reported on the district is hearing from disgruntled teachers. Read this post by Jim Schutze, if you haven’t already. He makes the observation that when he and DMN editorial writer Tod Robberson are hearing the same complaints from teachers, that’s a bad sign.
Here’s the biggest danger with this rising tide of disgruntlement: from what I can tell, Mike Miles is hard-wired for a narrow interpretation of negative feedback. In an email I got through an open-records request for this story, Miles wrote the following to Jennifer Sprague, his embattled communications chief: “Ten years from now, when I’m gone from the district … they will say, ‘I can’t believe there was a time when DISD didn’t have a cabinet-level communications person’ [meaning Sprague]. The innovators and change agents always get beat up because most people can’t imagine a different way until they are shown.”
You see, Mike Miles is a change agent who is a decade ahead of his time. Change is difficult. Change is painful. So when people complain, when it becomes obvious that they are in pain, Miles’ wiring system tells him, “Aha! This change is working. Press on!”
That is certainly one interpretation.
Dallas ISD Teachers’ Morale is Low. This is partly due to an unpaid, 45-minute extension to the workday, which they say is being filled “with busy work to comply with the new mandate” including “memorizing the district’s core beliefs, reading self-help books, and doing unnecessary paperwork.” Also lowering morale: no pay raises for two years, some of Superintendent Mike Miles’ new Â rules, and the last two seasons of The Office, which one teacher says “feels phoned-in, at best.”
Dallas Mavericks Improve to 4-1. They beat the Toronto Raptors, 109-104. I’d say I don’t want to get too excited, but I absolutely do want to get too excited. I live my life between the twin poles of too excited and irrationally angry. The latter mostly involves elevator etiquette and four-way stops. Anyway. What were we talking about? Oh, right: the Mavericks.
There Is No Age Cutoff For Dallas County Bus Drivers. That’s what I learned from this story about the 85-year-old driver who had a heart attack and crashed his bus into an apartment. My dad’s aunt drove until she was in her mid-90s, only stopping because she got into a car wreck (not her fault). She is 104 now. What? No, she never drove a bus. I guess it would have made more sense to bring that up if she had.