Construction Sector

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2014

    Plano Developers Won't Let Homeowners Install Solar Panels Because They're Just So Ugly

    Darn those young vegan-organic-diet, yoga-loving hippies with their electric cars and their solar panels. They must all be moving up to Plano from Austin, and frankly the Plano home builders and developers won't stand for it. In 2011, state legislation forbade Home Owners Associations from banning ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2014

    NTTA Is Suing the Driver in a Horrific Irving Bus Crash Over Lost Toll Revenue

    The two dozen lawsuits that have piled up against Grand Prairie's Cardinal Coachlines in the wake of last spring's grisly bus crash on the Bush Turnpike in Irving were predictable enough. Three dead, dozens more seriously injured, almost all senior citizens bound for Choctaw Casino in Durant, Oklaho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2012

    Shocking: Study From Guys Who Build Roads Says Texas Must Build More Roads

    Bitching about how terrible the roads are in Dallas is a time-honored tradition. It's also easy. Quantifying just how terrible they are? That's more difficult. Luckily for you, TRIP, a D.C.-based nonprofit dedicated to transportation research, just released its annual "Future Mobility in Texas" repo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    After Years of Foreclosures and Frustration, North Oak Cliff Apartments Back on Track

    ​As conceptual renderings are my kryptonite, here's one that landed in the inbox late yesterday -- a look at what Wood Partners says it will build on that vacant lot at 1836 W. Davis, not so long ago the site of the Cliffwood Apartments. The address, of course, is familiar: A few years ago, you ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    DART Prez: Orange Line to DFW's Terminal A Will "Complete That Big-City System"

    Dallas Area Rapid TransitA rendering of the Belt Line Station on the Orange Line, the last stop before Dallas-Fort Worth Airport's Terminal A come 2014​Last night Dallas Area Rapid Transit sent word that its board of directors signed off on the design-build contract that'll push the under-construc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2011

    Where Dallas Is and Isn't Making Money, or: Oncor Had a Very Good Summer, AT&T Less So

    Red-light cams don't bring in the green.​This afternoon at 1, the city council's Budget, Finance, and Audit Committee will get together with a jam-packed agenda that will include an appearance by City Auditor Craig Kinton, who will outline his FY2012 to-do list. (Which includes a look-see at the c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    Let's Be Honest, Dallas's Minority Contracting Mess Didn't Come About by Accident

    ​If you start reading the lead editorial today in The Dallas Morning News, you're going to think at first that the editorial writers have done a good job explaining what has gone wrong with minority subcontracting in Dallas -- a central theme in the ongoing FBI Dallas political corruption prob ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    As Ash Grove, Dallas Settle Cement Suit, Clean-Air Group Shouts, "Sweetheart Deal!"

    ​It's been close to two years since we last looked at Ash Grove's federal lawsuit, filed in the fall of '08, in which the cement-maker whined that Dallas's refusal to buy its dirty, wet-kiln-made concrete was a violation of the state's competitive bidding laws. Dallas, claiming its thanks-but-no-t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2011

    From Now On, Make Sure Your Contractor's Registered with City of Dallas. Or Else.

    ​Back in August we got a look at that city council briefing titled "Effective Business Strategies to Support Sustainable Growth," in which there were numerous new fees and rate hikes proposed by the ever-shrinking, oft-backed-up Sustainable Development and Construction department in order to "reco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2010

    And the Winner(s) For Best Historic Preservation Project in Dallas Goes To ...

    Courtesy Preservation Dallas311 N. Edgefield Avenue in Oak Cliff, before and after its restoration​We're still waiting for Preservation Dallas's list of endangered properties -- that should be ready by the end of the month. But till then, it has announced the winners of its Eleventh Annual Preserv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2010

    So, Says Here You Should Be Parking on the Continental Ave. Bridge By November 2012

    ​Courtesy the city council's agenda for Wednesday, we have a little more information about efforts to turn the Continental Avenue bridge into a pedestrian park -- as in, how will that anonymously donated $10 million get spent, and when does the city expect to begin design and construction on the p ... More >>

  • News

    November 26, 2009
  • Blogs

    June 24, 2009

    When You Go Down to City Hall Today, Just Make Sure You Pay the Parking Lot Box

    Should be an interesting Dallas City Council meeting today -- if, that is, the Deep Ellum Association knows it needs to send its people to City Hall before 1 p.m., as the council will vote on the parking-boot ordinance well before lunch break, according to city officials to whom we spoke last night. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2009

    Strange and Passioniate Emissions From Yesterday's EPA Cement Kiln Hearing

    Alexa SchirtzingerIf this picture were at all legible, you'd see Deirdre Tinker testifying while dressed as a cement kilnAmong the first 60 commenters at yesterday's public hearing on proposed Environmental Protection Agency regulations intended to reduce emissions from cement kilns, there was obvi ... More >>

  • News

    March 5, 2009
  • Blogs

    November 26, 2008

    You Betcha: Week 14

          If Boot Town can go out of business in Texas and if home builder D.R. Horton can lose $800 million and have its stock price shoot up because it's not that bad, then in this absurd, quirky financial climate anything's possible.   Even, perhaps, a winning streak? A ... More >>

  • News

    November 6, 2008

    Green Cement Plants Could Mean Cleaner Air and Lower Costs

    Economic pressure from local cities helps clean up smoky kilns

  • News

    August 14, 2008

    Low-Bid to No-Bid

    Don't have a clue how DART could bust its budget by a billion bucks? Here's one.

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2008

    Domino No. 2 in the City Hall Corruption Case Falls: Andrea Spencer Pleas Guilty to Bribery Conspiracy

    Two down, 12 to go, Don Hill! This just in from the U.S. Attorney's Office: Andrea Spencer, among those named by the feds in the low-income housing development corruption case at Dallas City Hall, pleaded guilty this morning in a federal courtroom to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery concern ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 27, 2008

    In The House

    It's playtime at Stonebriar

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2007

    Cementing a Move to Dallas

    This is a move sure to please these folks: Lehigh Cement Company -- a self-proclaimed "leading manufacturer of cement and construction materials in North America" that's currently based in Allentown, Pennsylvania -- is moving its corporate headquarters to Dallas early next year. Reports The Morning ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2007

    Mayor Tom Is, Again, Inflating the Truth

    Angela Hunt has been doing some research. Mayor Tom keeps saying the cost of the Trinity River toll road has more than tripled because of inflation. So Hunt put together a table showing what effect the Department of Labor’s inflation index would have had on the cost of the road. She also looked sp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2007

    Ed Oakley Was Better Than His Campaign

    Ed Oakley with some supporters who, sadly, could not vote for him to become mayor First I thought it was pretty amazing in 1995 when Carol Reed elected the city’s first black mayor. But in 2007 I think it may be more amazing she was able to elect a white Republican member of the Dallas Country Clu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2007

    A Crane Strain

    This morning, the Associated Press sets out to prove that things are looking up downtown -- by revealing how high the demand is for folks to swing that jib and drop that hook 'round these parts. "In Dallas there's more tower cranes up now than I think there's ever been," says Turner Construction's S ... More >>

  • News

    May 3, 2007

    Home, Sweet...Home?

    What exactly did Tom Leppert move to Dallas?

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2007

    Full-Court Press Releases

    Brian Harkin Someone told us the other day this photo of Sam Coats almost makes them wanna vote for the guy. "Makes him look tough." Which is one way of putting it. If a mayoral candidate has a beef with one of his fellow combatants, we usually hear about it -- in the form of a press release, which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2007

    Don Hill Asks Tom Leppert: What, Exactly, Are You Spreading?

    Tom Leppert, Don Hill just called you out. Doesn't really believe that whole billion-dollar minority contract thing. Neither does our sister paper in Cleveland, come to think of it. On Friday, in his weekly mayoral frontrunner round-up, Matt Pulle noted that at week's end, Don Hill sent Tom Leppert ... More >>

  • News

    April 19, 2007

    Labor Lost

    Local immigrant workers left unpaid and abandoned in Alabama

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2007
  • Blogs

    March 15, 2007

    Really, The Punch Line to This Posting is at the Very Bottom

    Tom Leppert said something last August that turned out to be, like, not true or something? Recently, Unfair Park, has expressed irritation at Tom Leppert's penchant for regaling the audience with his high-altitude exploits in the business world. We've sat through five hours of mayoral forums so far, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2007

    Zzzzz...Huh? Oh Yeah. That Mayor Thingy.

    Have you heard? Tom Leppert is a businessman. There is the glamourous and consequential side of journalism: Covering a presidential race, writing about a war, detailing the side effects of a new cancer drug, profiling Maggie Gyllenhaal. And there is this: Attending a debate for Dallas mayor at 7:30 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2006

    Go Yanks!

    Turns out there are some locals who love Yankees--the New York Yankees, that is. Says here that German construction company Hochtief AG (gesundheit) today got the contract to build the Yanks' new stadium in the Bronx. Actually, its U.S. unit got the bid: Dallas-based Turner Corp., which will build t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2006

    Concrete: In the Bad-Air Mix

    This is a cement kiln. It makes cement. And it also makes pollution. A lot of it. That is so bad for, like, the environment and stuff. Here's something else to add to the list of Things That Are Slowly Killing Us and The Earth and Stuff: cement kilns. Never gave it much thought till, oh, 18 minutes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2006

    Live from City Hall

    Among those in the audience is Dwayne Jones, executive director of Preservation Dallas, who says he is "perplexed" by the outrage being directed toward the plan and the council committee that approved it. Contrary to the opinions of the speakers snaked around the council chambers, who insist Forward ... More >>

  • News

    April 7, 2005


    Sorry You Missed It Eyes Wide Open in Frisco

  • Best of Dallas

    October 14, 2004

    Best Hardware Store

    Ace Hardware Lakewood

  • Best of Dallas

    September 26, 2002

    Best Builder

    Jeff Fairey, Vintage Contemporaries

  • Best of Dallas

    September 26, 2002

    Best Salvage Yard

    Orr-Reed Wrecking Co.

  • News

    March 28, 2002

    Lost Houses

    By my count, somebody may be shorting Judge Buchmeyer 110 low-income houses in West Dallas

  • News

    December 6, 2001

    Double Oops

    Carrollton takes one step backward as it tries to make amends with Mother Nature

  • Best of Dallas

    September 20, 2001

    Best Breakfast

    Nick's Cafe

  • News

    November 2, 2000


    Grenadier wards off injunction, says its Gaston Avenue rehab is back on track

  • Best of Dallas

    September 21, 2000
  • News

    April 1, 1999

    Lord of the Fly

    Investors in the Dragonfly Bar & Restaurant say they were fleeced by partner Steve Kahn, but he claims his accusers had him framed

  • News

    January 28, 1999

    Hardhat utopia

    Sixties social theory meets the building trade at Dallas contractor TDIndustries -- and it works

  • News

    November 5, 1998

    Home unsweet home

    Disgruntled homeowners take to the Web to battle a giant homebuilder over complaints of shoddy workmanship

  • News

    May 21, 1998

    Help wanted

    A shortage of workers spells happy times for job-seekers and college graduates

  • News

    November 20, 1997

    Bye, bye Bethel

    The newest town in Texas is a town no more

  • News

    June 12, 1997

    Ill Wind Blowing

    Texas Industries wants permission to burn 270,000 tons of hazardous waste each year at a concrete plant 30 miles from Dallas. That would make it the nation's largest incinerator of toxic waste. Despite stunning ignorance about what this will do to your he