New Rules Could Break Yellow Cab’s Monopoly

WFAA has looked at a proposed new transportation-for-hire ordinance that will be discussed a meeting tomorrow morning at Dallas City Hall. The uproar last summer over regulations that make it difficult for other cab companies and car services like Uber and Lyft to operate seem to have led to proposed major overhaul. As Channel 8 noted, the changes could lessen the dominance of Yellow Cab, which has something like a 70 percent share of the market.

Among the changes would be an end to a cap on the total number of cabs allowed to operate in the city, changes to rules restricting the age and mileage allowed on vehicles, and allowing drivers to move from one company to another much more easily.

Here’s the ordinance.

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Morning News Pushes For Burying I-30

It’s nice to have the Dallas Morning News recognize the destructiveness of urban interstate highways, as they do in this editorial. A taste:

The chance to restore the physical connection between East Dallas and South Dallas, with a walkable link to Fair Park, would change the face and function of two of the most important and historic areas of the city. Both East and South Dallas suffered decline after the interstate’s construction.

Welcome to the party, guys. We’ve been advocating for this idea since 2010, and we continue to do so in our May issue.

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Personnel Moves: The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, CardLab Inc., ContentGuard, Disney Investment Group, Slates Harwell LLP

New executive additions to The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, CardLab Inc., ContentGuard, Disney Investment Group, and Slates Harwell LLP in this week’s personnel moves. The Perot Museum of Nature and Science has hired a new Eugene McDermott Chief Executive Officer, Colleen Walker, who will assume the role on June 1. Walker has served as […]

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Star-Telegram’s Sunday Feature on the Keystone XL Pipeline Fell Far Short

The Texas Supreme Court declined last week to hear the case of Julia Trigg Crawford, an East Texas landowner who challenged the right of a Canadian oil pipeline corporation to condemn her land. That, I’m guessing, is the news peg the Star-Telegram used to hang a broad Sunday feature on the controversy surrounding the Keystone XL pipeline. It’s a complicated subject to tackle. At least in this telling, the Star-T wasn’t equal to the task. I feel for the deadline-harried reporter at a retrenching daily who probably did the best she could while juggling a handful of other stories. But I fear for the reader even more.

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All Clichés Are Bigger in Texas Award Nominee: Starting a Business Edition

So Forbes recently ranked Dallas as one of the best markets in the country for starting a business. The seventh-best, to be exact. Said they of our fair city:

The northern Texas city gets consistently good marks across all categories. Its small businesses, while not as well-liked as others on our list, are likely to fall in high-growth industries and adopt social media. With nearly half of its businesses employing less than 50 people, Dallas also boasts a relatively large small business community.

That’s all good and fine. But we’re here to discuss their choice of photo in representing Dallas as a vibrant home to entrepreneurship: A row of western boots.

Let’s see how this compares to the art used for the remainder of the top 12:

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7-Eleven May Leave Downtown Dallas

The headquarters of the convenience store company moved to the downtown Dallas Arts District in 2007, but they may be relocating again to the suburbs before their current 15-year lease with One Arts Plaza has expired. The great Christine Perez at D Real Estate Daily has the scoop:

According to local real estate sources, the global retailer is in closely guarded talks to relocate to another Billingsley project, Cypress Waters, a 1,000-acre development that surrounds North Lake, near the northeast intersection of Interstate 635 and Belt Line Road.

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Dale Petroskey Tapped to Lead Dallas Regional Chamber

He has served as assistant White House press secretary to President Ronald Reagan, senior vice president of mission programs for National Geographic, president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, and has held public relations and marketing posts for both Occidental Petroleum Corp. and the Texas Rangers. Now, Dale Petroskey has been named […]

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