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2007 Stories by Jim Schutze

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  • Slow Train Coming, And DART Doesn't Care

    published December 20, 2007

    DART, the regional mass transit agency, announced a couple weeks ago that it had underestimated the cost of building a new billion-dollar... More >>

  • Sanctuary Isn't Simple for Dallas' Homeless

    published December 13, 2007

    It has been decades since Ron Cowart was a grunt in Vietnam or a SWAT cop on the streets of Dallas, but he still has the bearing. Now head of... More >>

  • Inner City Grows Despite Dallas City Hall

    published November 29, 2007

    I have always been a member of the Church of We-Have-to-Save-Downtown. Whatever that means. I sing in the choir. It's a lifelong expression of... More >>

  • In East Dallas, HOAs Care If You're an Asshole

    published November 22, 2007

    So if East Dallas is Cool Dallas, then everybody in East Dallas must be cool with each other, right? But in fact it's a strange law of human... More >>

  • Trinity Toll Road May Cost More Than Promised

    published November 15, 2007

    Sorry. One more column about The Dallas Morning News and the recent Trinity River toll road referendum, then I promise to do a... More >>

  • Sweet/Sour Grapes on Trinity Referendum Results

    published November 8, 2007

    This is one of the worst deadline pickles I think I have ever encountered in my 200 years as a newspaper writer. I am writing this at the end... More >>

  • Digging for Toll Road Facts

    published November 1, 2007

    Wait a minute. Think about this. The main argument for keeping the toll road inside the park downtown is that it can't go anywhere else because... More >>

  • Just Say Yes to the Trinity Toll Road?

    published October 25, 2007

    Months of More >>

  • Gunfight at the Trinity

    published October 18, 2007

    As of a year ago, I had been writing critical stories and columns about the Trinity River project for a decade. I went to work for the... More >>

  • Politicians Uniting Behind the Trinity Toll Road

    published October 11, 2007

    How about that amazing line-up of politicians and business groups put together by Carol Reed, the political guru running the Vote No! campaign... More >>

  • City Hall's Same Sick Story

    published October 4, 2007

    Black racial treason. That is the underlying theme in this week's federal indictments at Dallas City Hall. It's the same theme that ran... More >>

  • Scapegoat

    published September 20, 2007

    Here's what happens. A blogger kicks up some legitimate interest in the way school district employees use their school district credit... More >>

  • Baby Mitch

    published September 13, 2007

    Mitchell Rasansky, Dallas City Council member, is somebody I like. I just do. When you like somebody, you typically can't say just why. I... More >>

  • Put Out

    published September 6, 2007

    The nightmare anniversaries of both 9/11 and Katrina are upon us—again the dream-warped tracking shots of corpses and tangled rot,... More >>

  • Judge 'Droid

    published August 30, 2007

    OK, so you want me to feel guilty about picking on the county judge for being non compos mentis. Jim Foster is an accidental officeholder,... More >>

  • Body Snatchers

    published August 23, 2007

    Maybe you're not like me. You don't explain life as science fiction. So you don't think of Dallas politics as The Invasion of the Body... More >>

  • Mirror, Mirror

    published August 16, 2007

    President Bush said last week he doesn't think Congress should raise the gas tax to pay for new bridges until it does something first about all... More >>

  • In and Out

    published August 9, 2007

    Oh my word. Oh my, oh my. I am looking at this. I don't want to see it. It just came in the mail. This is scary. A couple weeks ago in... More >>

  • The Colonel Gets Fried

    published August 2, 2007

    It's a different city now. Fundamentally. Here's why. Last weekend the city secretary ruled that a citizens group had met the legal... More >>

  • Jazz It Up

    published March 29, 2007

    The University of North Texas' celebrated One O'Clock Lab Band, the North Texas Jazz Singers and the Kenny Barron Trio will headline the... More >>

  • All That Jazz

    published April 5, 2007

    The history of jazz in North Texas is long and deep—there's Scott Joplin, Hot Lips Schutze, Jack Teagarden, T Bone Walker, Harry James and... More >>

  • Jim Knows

    published April 12, 2007

    Dallas Observer columnist Jim Schutze will speak Wednesday at the Lakewood Library on "Pictures I have of Laura Miller that could... More >>

  • Sci-fi Shorts

    published May 24, 2007

    The World O'Crap blog has called conservative commentator and first-time novelist Tamara Wilhite a Michelle Malkin/Ann Coulter wannabe who... More >>

  • Crumbs in the Crowder

    published July 5, 2007

    According to the owner, Pawn Gallery decided to give Detroit artist Topher Crowder his first big Dallas show, "so he wouldn't start hacking people... More >>

  • Dim and Dimmer

    published July 19, 2007

    Last week, thinking about how great the newly opened Old Red Museum is downtown—and then thinking about the fact that it's under the Dallas... More >>

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