Building an exclusive golf course goes right along with the band-aid of now calling that area "southern" Dallas. We have North Dallas, East Dallas, West Dallas, and a few years back someone at Belo decided we should all start calling it "Southern" Dallas. What gives? Are things going to change for the better just because we added a few extra letters to South Dallas? We're going to have to do a lot more than prettify its name and build a golf course no one can afford if we're really serious about improving things in South Dallas.
@positiverunner Actually, that's an old newspaper convention that we share with the Morning News: South Dallas is a specific neighborhood with well-defined boundaries around Fair Park. Or so I was told by a former daily cop reporter-turned editor when I moved to Dallas 15 years ago. So it's improper here to refer to all of southern Dallas as South Dallas, and AP style says don't capitalize words like southern. It's confusing to those who don't realize that South Dallas means something other than "that part of the city down there generally," but it's not a deliberate effort to disguise anything.