A scathing federal report on housing policy in Dallas, unveiled this week after two City Council members demanded copies from the city attorney, has stirred local debate about federal desegregation law. But that debate begs two questions. See also: The Feds Say Dallas City Hall Has Promoted Racial ... More >>
When the city broke ground on the $50 million Buckeye Trail Commons housing development, everyone grabbed a shovel. Never mind that they were all wearing business suits; this was supposed to be the beginning of a renaissance in the Bonton neighborhood that had until recently been burdened with the n ... More >>
The residents of the Dallas West Mobile Home Park on Commerce Street probably should have seen the writing on the wall almost a decade ago, when the Dallas City Council rezoned the property and turned their trailers and RVs into "non-conforming uses." If not then, when the Oak Cliff hipsters began f ... More >>
President and CEO of Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance Mike Faenza said as much yesterday: He knows he's "at risk of looking like Don Quixote" here, but he really, really believes Dallas can end its chronic homelessness problem by 2015. Which is why earlier today he did his best to convince the city co ... More >>
In recent days we've seen a video in which the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau sells the city to conventioneers and tourists, and a short film in which the Dallas Citizens Council sells the city to ... um, the citizens council? But after the jump, here's a real, honest-to-God pitch -- a fre ... More >>
Santa brings political theater fans an early Christmas present.
One month ago, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport board member, former Dallas Housing Authority chair, '07 Dallas City Council candidate, one-time chair of the City Plan Commission and longtime Friend of Unfair Park Betty Culbreath wrote on her blog that it's time for John Wiley Price to go. ... More >>
Metro Dallas Homeless AllianceA look at Dallas County's homeless population from the "2011 Annual 'Point-In-Time' Homeless Count and Census"Leslie's at Dallas City Hall at this very moment, where Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance is announcing the formation of the Greater Dallas Homeless Policy Alli ... More >>
eBay seller "vintageimagephotos"It's been a long while since we've looked at a historic photo of the city for sale on eBay, and since there are just two days left in the auction, we'd best hustle. Besides, this is an intriguing offering: a beautiful, expansive aerial look-see at Cedar Springs Pla ... More >>
Tuesday the city council's housing committee will hear about 13 low-income housing projects being considered by city and state officials. As usual, the dot pattern of the proposed developments looks like a case of municipal diaper rash, heavily concentrated in the city's southern regions. S ... More >>
Sara KerensScott and wife Mariana Griggs, standing in their so-called "West Dallas Country Club" community gardenCouncil elections are in May, and this morning we learn that District 3 rep Dave Neumann will square off against a political newcomer (of sorts): Scott Griggs, with whom you're probabl ... More >>
Photos by Patrick MichelsCity Council members Jerry Allen, David Neumann, Carolyn Davis and Pauline Medrano look on as Jay Dunn shows off facilities at The Bridge.The Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance's Mike Faenza and John Castle have been pretty regular faces at City Hall over the past few months, bu ... More >>
Trinity River Project stories are The Dallas Morning News on mescaline. The city's only daily does so well with other coverage. But then they drop one of those Trinity River tabs, and the walls go to rubber. This morning The Dallas Morning News publishes a story saying the federal share of the Tr ... More >>
Sam MertenWe're trying to imagine how the conversation between Willis Johnson (right) and Ryan Evans (left) went as Johnson, one of the mayor's close advisers, lobbied Evans on behalf of his wife's company. Thanks to Mayor Tom Leppert's push for a lobbyist registration ordinance, we're now pr ... More >>
From the Dallas Watersports Complex's Web site, which, clearly, was clairvoyantPerhaps you've heard: The Dallas Watersports Complex -- which was scheduled to open on Fish Trap Lake in West Dallas by no later than September -- has been drowned by MaryAnn Russ, head of the Dallas Housing Authority. ... More >>
Mattie Nash, when she served on the Dallas City Council in the early 1990sNot long ago, I was re-reading Michael Phillips's White Metropolis: Race, Ethnicity, and Religion in Dallas 1841-2001 and came upon the section dealing with the demolition of 1,000 homes in the early '90s. Most, wrote Phill ... More >>
Former Dallas Housing Authority CEO Ann LottThis morning at the Dallas City Hall federal corruption trial at the Earle Cabell, we are getting insight into the involvement of Ann Lott, former CEO of the Dallas Housing Authority, in this whole sorry mess. I'm not sure where we're headed. But so f ... More >>
Once again, this more or less provides the perfect description of the testimony now being heard in the federal City Hall corruption trial.O.K., I want to give you an example of the very good lawyering being done by the defense in the City Hall corruption trial going on right now at the Earle Cab ... More >>
Patrick Michels Tammy Blackmon in front of her new home. Earlier this week, we told you about Habitat for Humanity's latest build project in West Dallas off Westmoreland Road. And, already, nine new homes are a couple days away from being ready for move-in. Unfair Park stopped by yesterday and fo ... More >>
By week's end, there should be nine new houses in Greenleaf Village II, near the original 5-year-old West Dallas development at Hampton Road and I-30. As we noted back in July, this is the week Whirlpool Corporation and Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity -- and folks who've come to Dallas from all ... More >>
Starring that new breed of politician who wants to root out your crack houses, close down your whorehouses and pull up your pants
Central Dallas Ministries helps the poor find their own bootstraps
Plus: Still Living, Wrist Slap, We Screwed Up
Cantankerous, proud and devoted to helping immigrants, Father Justin Lucio's singleminded sense of duty led to overblown charges of "scandal"
Plus: Would-be Savior, Big-boy Toy, Housing Heist
Trinity Works says it helps poor people find housing and jobs. But an Observer investigation reveals questionable policies that do little except ensure its clients never leave.
With a homeboy headed for the White House, a handful of his Dallas pals have hopes of making their mark on Washington
What do you get for 50 bucks a meeting? Thomas Korosec sizes up the man and woman most likely to succeed Al Lipscomb.
Plans for an expanded Roseland Homes spark a protest in a working-class neighborhood near Cityplace
Everybody's talking about a takeover at DISD, but nobody wants to do anything about it
Thirty-five years ago, Jesse Curry was Dallas' respected, popular police chief. Then Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald, and Curry became just one more victim of the Kennedy assassination.
He's violated the public trust and betrayed his own ethical standards. But is Dallas' perpetually annoying councilman guilty of fraud, perjury, and extortion?
Why nobody will erase the board at Wilmer-Hutchins, the worst-run school district in Texas
There are two to blame for the Kirk-Fielding feud