Mark Alden Branch

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  • 20 years ago

    The NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) battle, where residents rise up against something they fear will drive down their property values, has become an art form in the Dallas suburbs. I like to think of Plano as the NIMBY capital of the world, probably j...

  • 20 years ago | Longform

    Father Jim Balint was nervous when he stepped into the Loews Theater on February 10, 1991. The seats were filling up fast, and he knew the theater would only hold 550. The priest had scheduled three masses for that morning--the most he could squee...

  • 21 years ago

    You don't expect to uncover any revolutionaries at the D-FW Airport Hilton -- especially ones who are plotting against the dysfunctional automobile culture of American suburbia. The Hilton epitomizes the placelessness of modern planning: it sits i...

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