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Dallas (Texas)

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    August 21, 2014

    Ten Great Food Road Trips from Dallas

    You've had Velvet Taco nine times this year. Your kid's peed himself in the Klyde Warren fountains another seven. You're in a rut. You need a change-up, and you need it covered in sauce, and you need it now. We've got you covered, in sauce, with these 10 food road trips. Charge the iPads, gas the m ... More >>

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    August 20, 2014

    The 10 Best Blues Clubs in Dallas-Fort Worth

    Texas music bleeds the blues, but finding a place to enjoy them in Dallas-Fort Worth area seems nearly impossible these days. A younger generation of rising starts like Jason Elmore and Larry Lampkin make their guitars moan the blues like masters Lance Lopez and Stevie Ray Vaughan once did. They wer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2014

    Young People Still Hate Dallas

    You may have seen some of the breathless headlines. "In the heat of summer, Forbes says Dallas is cool." "No surprise that Texas has some of the coolest cities in America." "Dallas Among Top 10 'Coolest Cities in America'." But here's the deal, Dallas: Houston and Austin have both outcooled us. ... More >>

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    August 13, 2014

    Dallas Is One of the Few Cities in America Where a Young Person Can Buy a House

    Dallas is among the 10 best cities in the country for young people to buy a home, according to a new National Association of Realtors report. "Buying a home," if you're under 35, is an old-timey activity practiced mostly by your parents and grandparents, sort of like using a rotary phone or having a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2014

    Michael Morris Is the King of DFW Politics, and the King Says the Highways Stay

    Michael Morris, the Dallas Forth Worth area's No. 1 regional transportation planner, guru and playuh, was back in the news over the weekend and today for his decree that knocking down an overhead freeway in Dallas ain't gonna happen, no matter what the hippie wingdings think (not his precise words). ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2014

    A.Dd Chronicle Their Nawfside Love on New Nawf EP

    Dallas 'Nawfsiders' Paris Pershun and Slim Gravy, known together as A.Dd (pronounced 'ay-dee-dee'), have had the local hip-hop scene on lock for years now. Today, North Texas' favorite hip-hop duo will drop their first release since DiveHiFlyLo, a five-song EP titled Nawf. The project started co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2014

    Why You Should Be Excited That Buc-ee's Might Come to DFW

    It's probably surprising to everyone outside of Texas that people here get excited about a convenience store. But Buc-ee's isn't your average convenience store. Sure, other states have their truck stops and plain old gas stations, but Buc-ee's is like an oasis in the middle of otherwise desperately ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2014

    AraabMuzik Cancels Thursday Appearance at Trees

    We'll give AraabMuzik this much: At least he didn't wait till the fans were already inside the door at Trees to cancel his concert. (Sorry, Young Thug, but not sorry.) In all seriousness, though, word came out this afternoon that the East Coast producer, who was scheduled to headline Trees this comi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2014

    Urban Orchard Market, Downtown Dallas' Only Grocer Folds After Less Than a Year

    When Urban Orchard Market opened to moderate fanfare last October, there was hope that maybe, finally, Downtown Dallas was grown up enough to support a grocery store. It's not. Ten months after opening, the jaunty "Now Open" banner still hanging above the door, the market has quietly closed. A down ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2014

    Dallas Pedestrian Deaths Are Concentrated in High-Poverty Areas, New Data Says

    It may be surprising to hear, with as much as North Texas has been deservedly trashed for being a car-dependent, unwalkable hellscape, but DFW fails to crack even the top 50 of a recent Governing.com study measuring pedestrian deaths per capita. Between 2008 and 2012 the region has averaged 6.5 pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2014

    The Dallas Farmers Market's Extreme Makeover Is Almost Complete

    Foodies in Dallas have long lamented the problems of the Dallas Farmers Market. A lack of consistent local vendors and general disinterest from the city of Dallas resulted in a lackluster farmer's market that did not accurately represent the bounty produced by local farmers. In many cases, it just w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2014

    Amazon Same-Day Delivery Begins in Dallas Today. Couch Potatoes Rejoice.

    The highly anticipated Amazon same-day delivery service begins today in Dallas, Baltimore, Indianapolis, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. It's an extension of the delivery service that was launched in four West Coast cities earlier this year. And with this official announcement, couc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2014

    New Transit Data Makes DFW Look Extra Bad, Until You Realize It Includes Arlington

    In honor of the opening of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit's new Silver Line, which connects previously unserved areas of Northern Virginia to the capitol's sprawling public transportation network, Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight data journalism project has released an interactive chart of per ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2014

    State Health Services Says Dallas Bag Ban Must Exempt Poor People from Five-Cent Fee

    If the point of a plastic bag fee is get people to stop using plastic bags, then it may not make sense to give the bags away to people who can't afford the fee, though the Texas Department of State Health Services says poor people on federal aid shouldn't have to pay for grocery bags. A few weeks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    The Best North Texas Country Shows in August

    Be warned, fans of country, folk and Americana music: you're going to be rather busy in August. Narrowing down the list of worthy country-ish concerts to catch to only five is almost futile, as the list for August could've easily been far more. But we're here to have some fun and lists that we can a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    Morning News Denies Its Own Sorry History in Price-Inland Port Story

    Oh, I swore I wasn't going to respond to the stuff yesterday by Tod Robberson on The Dallas Morning News opinion blog yesterday, but now "Wylie H Dallas," the scarily well-informed omnipresent pseudonymous blog commenter, has got me all stirred up. This morning he posted an old Steve Blow column f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    With Daily Juice, LYFE and Modmarket, Dallas Is Determined to Off-Set All That Meat

    It will be healthy, they said. It will nurture your body, they said. "I've got donuts," a coworker said. Those are the last words you want to hear when you are engaged in the kind of nutritionally dense, smacks-of-moss undertaking that is drinking cold-pressed vegetables. So when this coworker wen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    Bribe-Payers, Bribe-Takers, Who Walks and Who Gets Slammed

    This is an addendum to a thing I wrote yesterday about the recent indictment of Dallas' most powerful county officials on bribery and tax charges. One thing we all have to do in order to figure this out is the math. We can talk all day about collective guilt -- I think I just did -- but we also n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2014

    Tasting the Beers of Panther Island Brewing

    These days it seems like you can't swing an empty growler in Dallas without breaking a freshly-screened pint glass from a new local brewery. Is our market saturated? Is there room for another new brewery? What makes this one different from the last? *insert incessant hand-wringing* Well, I'll tell ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2014

    Tearing Down I-345 Idea Is Starting to Get Interest From Important Rich People

    We know the real estate industry is doing well in North Texas because we keep getting stuck in traffic at huge construction sites. If you have an idea for a weird new thing you'd like to be built in Dallas, local Realtors are a good, powerful group to get on your side. Ten years ago, few peop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2014

    In Dallas and Across Texas, Teachers Keep Leaving Jobs as Fast as They Take Them

    Last month, Dallas Independent School District held its annual job fair to fill roughly 2,000 open positions for the 2014-2015 school year. The fair at Conrad High School was stuffed to the brim with eager college graduates, jaded career changers and Dallas newcomers. By mid-morning nearly half the ... More >>

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    July 28, 2014

    Five Dallas Dives Guy Fieri Should (Not) Visit

    Everyone's favorite backwards-sunglasses and flaming-shirt enthusiast Guy Fieri revisits DFW this week, sort of, with an hour-long rehash of former Diner, Drive-Ins and Dives episodes that he's calling "The Legends of Texas" tour, airing all week. As we wrote about in 2012, this means some people's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    Dallas' Animal Services Department Is Hot, Tired, Cranky, and Killing Too Many Dogs

    Blame it on the Texas heat, summertime relocations or more cash-strapped Dallasites: Whatever the root cause, local pet owners are increasingly giving their animals up to shelters. And during the summer months, more animals tend to escape from their homes and are brought to the shelter as strays. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2014

    Win Free Tickets To See Dallas Hip-Hop Documentary "We From Dallas"

    You won't hear much about the work of underground rappers from Dallas in the broader context of hip-hop history, but that's only because most people don't know where to look. We From Dallas, a documentary made by local music scene figures Joel Salazar, Teddy Cool and Islam Sesalem, seeks to tell the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2014

    Texas Cities Follow Dallas' Lead and Stand Up to Payday Lenders. Is the State Next?

    In Dallas, the political atmosphere for payday lending reform is optimistic. After three years of ordinances limiting lending practices, the local movement has spread to 17 other cities across the state. Today, Dallas City Councilman Jerry Allen went before the Amarillo City Council to try and recru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2014

    Looks Like Nearly Everybody Is Against the Trinity Toll Road Now. Does that Matter?

    Reaching for a badly mixed metaphor, I guess I would say those of us personally involved for a long time on the opposition side of the Trinity roll road issue feel right now like we're breathless flies on the wall with our fingers crossed and our dukes up (flies have three sets of extremities, I thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2014

    It Really Sucks to Be a Kid In Texas

    And we're not just talking about the unaccompanied Central American variety. A new report by the Center for Public Policy Priorities zeroes in on a national study ranking child well-being. Several factors come into play, including health care, education, parental employment, and standard of living. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    Dallas Gets First West Nile Case of the Season

    Well, it's officially that time of year again. A Dallas resident in the Preston Hollow area has been diagnosed with West Nile fever, according to a city press release. "Nothing has changed as far as our mosquito surveillance is concerned," Dallas County Health and Human Services public information ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    There Are Wild Boar Empanadas at FM Smokehouse, and You Want to Eat Them

    Most people in Dallas have no real reason to venture over to Irving for dinner, but FM Smokehouse is the exception to the rule, and the kind of place that might change your mind about venturing that way. Owner Brian Rudolph, best known for his craft beer-focused Holy Grail Pub in West Plano, has wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    Police Chief David Brown Wants to Do Away with Dallas' Race-Based Police Associations

    There are four major police associations in Dallas, each with its own slice of the force and its own interests. The Dallas Police Association is the biggest and oldest in Dallas, around since 1959. The Dallas Fraternal Order of Police is part of a nationwide organization that represents more than 30 ... More >>

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    July 15, 2014

    Planned Parenthood Will Open a New Dallas Abortion Clinic to Clear Texas' New Hurdles

    Planned Parenthood plans to open a new clinic in southern Dallas that will meet the stringent requirements imposed on abortion providers by the state of Texas, ensuring that Dallas has at least one clinic that can perform abortions under the new rules. The regulations, which were passed in the Wend ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    Pat Snuffer, Patriarch of the Snuffer's Burger Chain, Is Turning His Back on Burgers

    Two burger restaurants along Greenville Avenue have had dramatically different business experiences recently, while a new restaurant from a local burger legend hints at a possible (though probably unlikely) top in the Dallas burger market. A few weeks ago, Becks Prime announced that the Greenville ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts in Dallas This Weekend, 7/11-7/13

    So let's get this straight: right when it's starting to resemble something akin to a real Texas summer, with some triple-digit temperatures in the forecast, we start hearing about a polar vortex? Well, anything's possible. And with the World Cup drawing to a close this weekend, we might all be teete ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    School Buses Are Terrible for the Environment, and Texas Is Sort of Doing Something About It

    We already knew that North Texas' air is terrible. The ground isn't much better. And according to the EPA, school buses may have a lot to do with that ground pollution. A school bus can emit nearly twice as much pollution per mile as a semi-truck, and it doesn't help that the kids who ride them, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2014

    Dallas-Area Officials Hoping to Lure Tesla's Gigafactory to Dallas

    The conventional wisdom at the moment is that when Tesla Motors gets around to announcing details of its highly coveted, $5 billion battery gigafactory -- the type of economic development that gives red-state governors with ill-concealed presidential aspirations wet dreams -- it will land in one of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2014

    First DFW Tollway Became Toll-Free After Debt Was Paid Off. Why Not the Others?

    If you've been trolling Reddit anytime in the last week, you may have seen this article from June 2, 1968, in which Jack Davis, an engineer and manager for the Texas Turnpike Authority, was quoted in The Dallas Morning News. He spoke about the fledgling Dallas North Tollway project, just two years ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2014

    It's Not Us. Republicans Just Didn't Like What's All Around Us.

    First thing, Dallas shouldn't take its rebuff by the Republican Party so personally, because ... because Dallas shouldn't take everything so personally. Sometimes I feel like we're sitting at one end of the bus, a woman gets on and sits at the other end, and we shout at her, "What? You're too good t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    Dallas Has Been in the News Three Times This Year for Generosity and Tolerance. What the Heck Is Up with That?

    Something recent and specific must be driving the surge of unaccompanied immigrant children across the Texas border with Mexico. It's reasonable and prudent for government to try to figure out what's behind it in order to stem the tide. But that's one thing. The other thing is this: The offer of Dal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    If You're in Jail Without Charges, Dallas Cops Want More Time To Build a Case Against You

    For 25 years, people arrested in Dallas County but not sure why have been protected under more or less the same rule. Dallas cops have three whole business days to figure out what to charge an arrested person with and get the paperwork in, not including the day you were actually arrested. (Booked i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2014

    SMU's Bonnie Jacobs Is Searching for History Beyond Ancient in the Trinity River Bottoms

    In this week's Dallas Observer we profile 20 of the metro area's most interesting characters, with new portraits of each from local photographer Can Turkyilmaz. See the entire Dallas Observer People Issue here. Bonnie Jacobs studies plant fossils found in ancient rocks and deeply cored soil samples ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2014

    The Face of the Surge

    In this week's Dallas Observer we profile 20 of the metro area's most interesting characters, with new portraits of each from local photographer Can Turk. See the entire Dallas Observer People Issue here. October 2011. Luis Chamagua woke up, showered, ate cereal and headed for school. Typical morni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2014

    Dallas Morning News Achitecture Critic Mark Lamster Isn't a Total Pinhead After All

    Mark Lamster, architecture critic for The Dallas Morning News, is still new in the job, but he's got a sharp analytical eye. Over the years I have developed my own mental gauge for how long it takes newcomers to figure out Dallas, and I have to say this guy's sort of a rocket. In a piece in the pap ... More >>

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    June 26, 2014
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    June 20, 2014

    It Really Sucks to Be Mentally Ill in Texas

    Related: It Really Sucks to Be Old in Texas Texas' notoriously porous mental-health system is in the news even more than usual this week. At Parkland, the psychiatric ER is yet again facing allegations of patient abuse. Last weekend, Dallas Police shot and killed Jason Harrison, a 38-year-old sever ... More >>

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    June 19, 2014
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    June 19, 2014

    Five Dallas Ceviches We Love

    Now that summer is bearing down on us, our tastes are starting to get a little bit lighter. Scarfing down all those heavy burgers and barbecue isn't enticing, or practical, during the summer's hottest months, unless you want the meat sweats come pool time. But eating lighter doesn't have to mean o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2014

    Centro-matic Was "Above Average" at the Kessler

    Centro-matic With True Widow and Cliffs of Insanity Kessler Theater, Dallas Saturday, June 14, 2014 Early on in Centro-matic's Saturday night show at the Kessler Theater in Oak Cliff, a shout from the middle of the comfortably crowded throng provided with a well-timed bit of levity -- and a healthy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    Reverend Horton Heat on Elm St. Music and Tattoo Festival: "I Want to Fly the Dallas Flag"

    Reverend Horton Heat is one of Dallas' gems. The stage name of artist Jim Heath (as well as the moniker of his backing band), Rev. Horton Heat is arguably the most recognizable psychobilly outfit of all time. Forgetting for the moment Heath's legendary pedigree and white-hot '90s heyday, he's more r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    The 10 Best DFW Venues To Catch An Indoor Summer Show

    Let's be honest, going to concerts at outdoor venues really sucks during the hot Texas summer. Not only is it still hotter than hell after dark, but you're going to get eaten alive by mosquitos and have to share a crowded space with a bunch of sweaty strangers. Put simply, it's much better to enjoy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2014

    Like Olympic Champs, Trinity Road Backers Will Never, Ever Quit Chasing the Gold

    The U.S. Olympic Committee met yesterday, and one of the things reportedly on the agenda was which American city, maybe Dallas, will get to bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. It's a long, obscure, secretive convoluted competition -- sort of a modern bribery pentathlon -- and we're just excited as ... More >>

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