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How Will the City Council Settle the Preston Center Skybridge Battle?

In case you haven’t noticed, Preston Center basically sucks. If you want to know why, read this piece by the Dallas Observer‘s Eric Nicholson. Long story short, the decrepit parking garage in the middle of the development is owned by the city of Dallas, and all of the 70-odd property owners in the vicinity have usage rights. This highly fragmented ownership also impedes the area’s redevelopment.

Enter Harlan Crow.

Earlier this year, Crow proposed building a skybridge at Preston Center West to connect a new Tom Thumb grocery store to the adjacent parking garage. Even better, Crow proposed spending more than $1 million to renovate the garage and make it handicap accessible. As with every other new development proposed in the vicinity within the last year, however, it quickly became mired in controversy, with former mayor Laura Miller leading the charge, stating that a new grocery store “would only add to congestion,” and that “the oversized sky bridge … will cast a big shadow over an area that will now have obstructions in the sidewalk…”

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New Podcast: Need’s Matt Alexander on Men’s Fashion and His Brief Pro Rollerblading Career

On Thursday, Matt Alexander, whom D CEO called one of the “New Faces of Dallas Tech” in its January-February issue, stopped by the Old Monk to talk about his online fashion ventures and to berate American youth for their lack of proper knowledge of English soccer. Alexander is an SMU grad who grew up in London, but he’s also an American citizen, so Zac decided to put that citizenship to the test. Listen to find out how.

First, a few notes on the episode:

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Poll: Where Is Dallas’ Most Difficult Holiday Shopping?

Tis the season for driving around for half an hour to find a parking space, trying not to take an elbow to the face as you navigate through crowds, and counting your blessings if you’re lucky enough not to have a little one who requires you stand in an interminable line to meet Santa.

There’s much to love about the holidays, but there is also much to despise about the consumer warfare that accompanies the season. Which area shopping center do you do your darnedest to avoid this time of year?

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Top 10 Names Rejected by Gwyneth Paltrow for Her Pop-Up Store in Dallas

You’ve probably heard the news by now that Gwyneth Paltrow will open a pop-up store at Highland Park Village. It will be called GOOP. While the DMN says it is unclear whether Paltrow will make an appearance at the opening, I’ve heard from someone involved with the project that she will be there (take it to the bank). Anyway, here are the top 10 names she rejected before settling on GOOP:

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Forty Five Ten Will Open a Flagship Department Store Downtown in Fall 2015

Forty Five Ten owner Brian Bolke has partnered with Headington Companies. The luxury fashion boutique, currently located at 4510 McKinney Ave., is aiming to be packed up and moved to new digs on Main Street across from the Joule in fall 2015. The new storefront will offer multiple levels of retail (approximately 45,000 square feet of space) and a rooftop venue space, fitting for the soirees the store throws for visiting designers. The T Room lunchers, don’t fret. The beloved cafe will have a home in the new space, too. Bolke says he’s looking forward to the collaboration among Headington, the designers, and the shoppers in stocking the expanded space.

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Breaking News: Neiman Marcus Locates Its Luxury Retail Stores Near Rich People

Would you believe that Dallas-based Neiman Marcus appears to intentionally open its shops near the highest concentrations of the wealthiest Americans? I know, I know, but Wealth-X (a ultra high net worth (UHNW) prospecting, intelligence and wealth due diligence firm) studied the matter and arrived at that conclusion. They’re not talking about your run-of-the-millionaires. They’re only concerned […]

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Today on D Television (3/5/13)

D: The Broadcast,  9 a.m. Hosted by Lisa Pineiro, Pat Smith, Suzie Humphreys and Courtney Kerr Blogger Jenny Lawson, best-selling author of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, talks about her new book Lynn Scarborough: Read your spouse’s body language to find out what he really means Shopping consignment with Suzie Humphreys D Living , 10 a.m. […]

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Best of Big D: Readers’ Choice Shopping Vote Begins Monday, February 25

Which shops will be recognized as the best in Dallas, according to our readers, in the August issue? Your votes will decide over the next two weeks, beginning Monday. You can vote up to once a day on your desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Just visit Dmagazine.com after 12:00 a.m. February 25, and it should be obvious […]

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Leading Off (1/21/13)

Not So Sweet Sixteen: A 16-year-old’s birthday party in Grapevine didn’t quite go as planned Saturday night. Towards the end of the evening, the girl’s father got in an argument with her mother, shot the woman in the doorway to their house, and then killed himself on the front lawn. Gun Buyback Event Turns Into […]

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