Wah! Wah! Wah!
I too am totally disgusted with the showing last Sunday by our beloved Cowboys ("Giant Disgust," by Richie Whitt, January 17). I feel the season was a total waste. So after consecutive NFL seasons ending in disappointment and with the Mavericks' record-breaking collapse in last year's first-round playoff, I can no longer be emotionally tied to these teams. It would be different if the Cowboys played well or if the Giants were playing out of their minds, but this wasn't the case. I hope these players and coaches learn from these upsets and realize that there can be no coasting, or teams just can't turn on effort after weeks of sub-par performances. I hope they realize that all their earlier efforts and success this year was just pissed away.
Craig Williams, via dallasobserver.com
Living in the Past
As a neighbor to Brian Gibb and The Prostitute, I have to say his ideas make a lot of sense when it comes to new development ("Still Life," by Jesse Hyde, January 17). I welcome new business down here (both indie and chain) but also understand we have to keep some of neighborhood aesthetic as well. The Ellum of 10-20 years ago is a distant but great memory. I'd love to still have some of the businesses and monuments, but we have to realize that things change eventually with time. Businesses close or change hands. Monuments fall and are replaced. What we have to deal with is the here and now.
Chris Danger, via dallasobserver.com
I was asked to comment on this story at the last minute just as it was going to press. While speaking with Mr. Hyde and getting a feel for Mr. Gibbs' position on the area I couldn't help but mention that in opening a business, location is always key. Kettle happens to be next to Club Dada, near The Bone, Istanbul Grill and Daddy Jacks. We feed off each other, and it is not uncommon for us to create events around each other's schedules. This results in several successful events a month for all and increases both sales and our profile considerably. Overall, we make it a point to work with our neighbors. This has nothing to do with art or the quality of artists shown, simply Business 101.
Public Trust is next to two other high-profile, beautiful galleries, Road Agent and Barry Whistler. All three tend to do shows approximately every six weeks to two months. If they chose to stagger their events and open their doors to one another, this would increase foot traffic. By creating extra events such as concerts, lectures and closing parties, this too would offer better cross-pollination for all. Meanwhile there's the whole development issue that's in serious motion at this time.
Building another Uptown is not an option. It's been on the decline for years now due to the creation of the West Village, which is now waning due to Victory. The next big prefab mixed-use development is the new Northpark East, which is poised to take on Victory. Once this is in place, Uptown should be nearing a cracktown-like status that will be ready for redevelopment again. All these areas are flashy, temporary and dispensable developments for Dallas folks of trendy mentality. Deep Ellum is fortified by more than 100 years of breeding Texas culture recognized around the world. This is an aspect our citizens should be proud to support and claim as their own. No one I know wants to re-create the so-called '90s heyday with its pickup joints, beer bashes and cruising. Currently the area is much like it was in the late '80s, with folks who are into, involved with or creating Dallas culture. With any luck, area property owners learned from the '90s era to use discretion in who they lease to. Because it provides a home for unique, serious enterprises such as Public Trust, Pawn, Road Agent, Barry Whistler, Kettle Art and countless other independent businesses, this area is truly worth supporting.
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A caption on page 17 of last week's issue incorrectly identified the person in the photo as Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Sharon Keller. It was, in fact, Maurie A. Levin, adjunct professor at U.T. School of Law in Austin.
Also, last week's Buzz column misstated the Web address for The Vick House Project. The correct address is www.thevickhouse.org.