By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
The Flood Next Time
Living on high ground in Oak Lawn, far above the Trinity Valley and many blocks above the low ground that houses the highbrows of Turtle Creek/Uptown/Park Cities, I feel safe and secure in my choices. I am but one of the 47 percent of the Great Unwashed who puts public safety ahead of politics and greed. Please keep each and every person safe, because God and meteorology will take care of the property and investments in due time ("Resolutions," by Jim Schutze, January 3). Jim speaks the truth—I just wish people would listen.
"Oak Lawn Warrior," via dallasobserver.com
The problem, Jim, is that even when the flood comes (and it will come), the only real losers will be the same people who lost in the first place: the citizens of Dallas below the top 1 percent income bracket. The flood will destroy homes and businesses, lives and property. It will kill. And the Dallas City Council will wring its hands and weep crocodile tears and say, "Oh, why did the people of Dallas force us to build this gargantuan roadway in our floodplain? Please, federal government, save us from the short-sightedness of the voters! We told them that this was a bad idea!"
And the ponderous arm of the government will rise and will bail out the multimillion-dollar businesses while ignoring the home-based entrepreneur.
And the people who can't afford the extortionate rates on flood insurance will be left with nothing.
And the city will learn nothing.
Joe, via dallasobserver.com
Andrea Does Austin
Andrea, you and Dallas were made for each other ("Goodbye Girl," by Andrea Grimes, January 3). You are exactly the type of person who grows infatuated with Austin and then embarrasses the hell out of Austin by being pathologically unable ever to shut up about how great and wonderful Austin is. The subtext, of course, is that YOU are equally great and wonderful by mere association.
Austin has a little joke especially for people like you: Q: "Where's the best place to take a visitor from Dallas?" A: "Back to Dallas."
Stay away from Austin. Austin does not love you. Austin doesn't even LIKE you.
As a native Dallasite who has been living in Austin for the last four years, I miss Dallas. To be "weird" in Austin is to be trendy. To be weird in Dallas requires hard work and determination. Moving back soon, and hopefully within time I will be in the "cool Dallas" that Schutze refers to.
Enrique, via dallasobserver.com
Says Andrea: "Let's get drunk and hook up the next time I'm in town."
I'm taking you up on this offer.
Juan, via dallasobserver.com
Andrea Grimes is your Steve Blow. I'm glad it's almost over.
R.H., via dallasobserver.com
I live on Belmont and was shocked when, all of a sudden, the apartments in the approximately six-square-block area bordered by Henderson, Manett, Fitzhugh and Capitol started disappearing recently ("Downtown Apostate," by Jim Schutze, November 29). Now they are gone, and it all happened in a matter of weeks. I know they were shit apartments, but they were our shit apartments, you know? I'm sure I'd feel differently if I lived closer (I'm east of Greenville Avenue), and also, sure, I will feel differently when I see the 500 townhome units that replace what was there. Hey, I'd like to officially coin the term "McTownhome," now that I think about it. Is that copyrightable?
Dan, via dallasobserver.com
I do not miss the old Jerry's supermarket, though I did shop there sometimes, but I very much miss the taco stand! It was inside at the back of the store for a long time, then they moved outside to a little hut with a few chairs. Best tacos and beans in town and unbelievably cheap. Tacos y Mas on Ross Avenue isn't one-tenth as good.
Jim, which side are you gonna take when Avi Adelman heads down Belmont to Henderson and starts barking at the Andreses?
Scott, via dallasobserver.com