Leading Off (10/29/12)

As Austin Mulls Council Districts, Dallas Displays Pros and Cons of System: The capital city is considering switching away from citywide council representation, and Dallas shows that district-elected representatives can lead to more responsiveness and greater diversity in city government, while also creating a tendency towards a fiefdom-like system. One interesting stat sticks out: over […]

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Leading Off (10/20/12)

Broken Ride at State Fair Strands 24 Riders 200 Feet in Air: Yes, State Fair organizers believe that this year’s event, which closed yesterday, may bring in more money than ever before, but it will be remembered for Burning Tex and the malfunctioning Stratosphere, which stranded riders for two hours Friday night, suspending them 200 […]

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Chasing The Elephant: Thoughts From Last Night’s Panel on Fair Park and South Dallas

Last night at the Dallas Center for Architecture, I moderated a panel that discussed the relationship between Fair Park and South Dallas, and how Fair Park’s design and use impact the surrounding neighborhoods. The panel members included Rev. Gerald Britt, Robert Foster, Patrick Kennedy, Hank Lawson, and Vicki Meek, and the conversation brought a number […]

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This Evening: Discussing Fair Park at the Dallas Architecture Forum

I hope you can join me tonight at the Dallas Center For Architecture for a panel discussion I will be moderating called: “The Elephant in South Dallas’ Living Room: What Do We Do With Fair Park?” The departure point of the discussion is, in part, this article that was written by Patrick Kennedy back in June. […]

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Dallas Isn’t as Great a City to Live in as Tulsa or Baltimore or Lincoln, Nebraska?

True story: I’m working my way through the acclaimed HBO series The Wire, and I’m most of the way through the third season. If you’ve seen the show, you know that’s there absolutely no way not to come away from each episode with one overriding question in your mind: Why the hell does anybody live […]

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Stone Street Gardens Is Looking Good

The Praetorian Building, Dallas’ first skyscraper and a sad building that’s been through many years of neglect, is being slowly torn down piece by piece. This process affects Stone Street Gardens, so the construction crew built a sidewalk shed over the alley to protect people eating outside. It’s a simple structure, just wood, maybe some […]

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Leading Off (9/10/12)

New Dallas Police Unit Seeks To Curb Prostitution: The Dallas Police Department has devoted more resources than most city departments to combating child trafficking and prostitution, according to this Austin-American Statesman article, with a specialized unit trolling the internet trying to find prostitution ads with pictures of underage girls. It’s a time consuming process, but […]

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Leading Off (7/30/12)

Orange Line Opens: While I know we’re all excited we can now take DART out to the beautiful canals at Las Colinas and take a tour of the city’s defunct monorail, WFAA asks the real question regarding the opening of the first leg of DART’s Orange Line: When will we be able to ride it […]

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Forbes Says Dallas is the 4th-Coolest U.S. City

It’s been a banner week for Dallas.  First we learned that our city is the greatest in the world, by far. Now those cutting-edge hipsters at Forbes magazine have declared it the fourth-coolest city in the United States. They claim to have factored in entertainment, arts, and dining options. Plus diversity, unemployment rate, and the […]

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