Jim Schutze stops by to discuss his column from this week, which basically covers all the important things in Dallas: How we’re going to get middle-class parents to send their kids to DISD schools (or if we even should want to do that); how that would affect the ability of young couples to stay in the city, as they increasingly want to do; and how the Trinity River toll road (and the thinking behind it) makes all of this harder than it has to be. Also, I play a song on my phone. Because Tim convinced me to. The lesson: Never listen to Tim.Full Story
The Economist today published a chart ranking the relative conservatism vs. liberalism of American cities with a population greater than 250,000. Mesa, Arizona, is the country’s most conservative, while San Francisco is the most liberal.
Arlington, Texas, is the sixth-most conservative. Fort Worth is 12th-most. Meanwhile, Dallas is a relative bastion of godless hedonism, falling (like most of the cities on the list) to the more liberal end of the scale. I’m not sure why Plano, which also has a population greater than 250K, isn’t represented on the chart. Maybe they were going by 2000 Census numbers.
Their data are based on an article in this month’s American Political Science Review, though I’m sure I didn’t have to tell you that.Full Story
Job: Real estate. Maybe marketing.
Drives: A massive SUV her dad bought for her.
Wears: Kendra Scott jewelry, Tori Burch accessories, 7 For All Mankind or Citizens of Humanity jeans. A statement necklace if it’s a special occasion.
Listens to: 106.1 KISS FM.
Spends her summers: Being a bridesmaid. She has been a bridesmaid like 15 times.
Celebrity aspiration: Jessica Simpson.
Do you agree? If you don’t, you’re probably basic. Just kidding. Kind of. No, really. Maybe.Full Story
It’s called The Science of Cities, and it’s about science, and cities, and urban growth, and data, and (projecting here) how much about what we’ve assumed about such things the past five decades is wrong wrong wrong. Recommended, probably.Full Story
Forbes has got some more link bait for us in its new issue. Joel Kotkin draws a fun little map of the United States of America as it truly is. Not one nation under God, but “seven nations and three quasi-independent city-states, each with its own tastes, proclivities, resources and problems.” Dallas is declared the capital […]Full Story
That there is a map that is part of a series Wired is calling “The Best Map Ever Made of America’s Racial Segregation.” For anyone familiar with the region, this map doesn’t really reveal anything we already didn’t know (the African American and Hispanic south and southwest; the homogenized north surrounded by minority enclaves like […]Full Story
Richard Patterson is a big-deal British painter who lives in Dallas. After reading my post yesterday about Jim Schutze’s anti-intellectual view of the Nasher, Richard sent me a few words on the topic. And by “few,” I mean 2,400. Bear in mind, he banged out this ditty in about two hours. It makes me angry […]Full Story
Readers of Andrew Sullivan’s Dish blog pointed out the similarities between the social mobility map that we posted about Monday, a map of African-American population by county, and a map of the last U.S. slave census in 1860 (seen above). There are striking similarities, especially in the dark patches along the Mississippi River in both maps. […]Full Story
A child raised in Dallas whose family is in the bottom fifth in terms of income has a 6.4% chance of winding up in the top fifth of income as an adult, according to a new study that the New York Times reports on today with great interactive tools. That number is on the lower end […]Full Story
Recently the Urban Institute created a mapping tool to show how pockets of poverty across the country have changed and expanded over the last 30 years. Using Census data, they placed dots on the map for every 20 people with incomes below the poverty line. Whites are represented in blue, blacks are yellow, Hispanics green, […]Full Story
A terrific analysis from the Georgetown Public Policy Review spells out the reasons why Texas is likely to remain GOP red even though it is one of only four minority-majority states in the Union. A quick summary: (1) Texas Hispanics are younger and poorer than the general population, two qualities that reduce voter participation. Against a […]Full Story
Where Do Saturday’s Elections Leave Hispanic Dallas City Council Representation? The answer, in short, is not in a good way. In a newly drawn district that is 74 percent Hispanic, incumbent Scott Griggs defeated Hispanic incumbent Delia Jasso. In another new district drawn to give Pleasant Grove single representation at the horseshoe (the neighborhood was […]Full Story
Last year we reported census data that showed Dallas to be the least segregated big city in America. Business Insider just put up maps by Eric Fischer of racial patterns in major cities, and here’s the one for Dallas County (blue dots represent blacks). By the way, the most segregated cities are, in order: Detroit, […]Full Story
Steve Jacobs has the latest figures over at D Healthcare Daily. Teen births are down nation-wide and in Texas (good news) but repeat births are up in Texas (very bad news). This is a case where the argument over abstinence-only vs. sex education doe not apply. These young ladies know the consequences of their actions. […]Full Story
Nearly 132,000 new residents showed up in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area between July 2011 and July 2012, the U.S. Census Bureau announced yesterday, making it the area with the largest numeric increase in the country over that period. The Houston- The Woodlands- Sugar Land area came in second, so eat it Houston. Dallas County […]Full Story