Dallas-Fort Worth

  • Calendar

    May 22, 2014
  • Blogs

    May 12, 2014

    DC9 at Night Now Hiring Freelance Writers

    If there's any one thing that makes for a healthy music scene, it's a diversity of voices. That could mean different styles, different priorities, or just plain different experiences of the world. The important thing is that those voices be encouraged to come into conversation with one another. Well ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2013

    TCEQ Dismisses Dallas Docs' "Knee-Jerk" Call for Stricter Limits on Coal-Fired Power Plants

    Two months back, the Dallas County Medical Society petitioned the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to crack down on emissions coming from Luminant's three coal-fired power plants in North and Northeast Texas, which are among the nation's dirtiest. They based their plea on a white paper com ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 19, 2013
  • Blogs

    August 19, 2013

    University Park Is DFW's Most Walkable Neighborhood, Says Bullshit List

    A new, bullshit list has found that University Park is the most walkable neighborhood in all of Dallas-Fort Worth. Highland Park comes next and Addison ranks third. And then the list ends. Well, that settles it then. Come on Uptown, Oak Lawn, Deep Ellum, Lower Greenville and all of Oak Cliff, it's ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 15, 2013
  • Blogs

    June 27, 2013

    Red Dirt Music's Media King Justin Frazell Has a New Television Show

    While Dallas-Ft. Worth is a massive media market, and we certainly have our share of beloved faces and voices that we've welcomed for many years. For fans of Texas Country / Red Dirt Music, there might not be a personality in North Texas more revered than Justin Frazell. What makes Frazell's story a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2012

    GAO: Shale-Gas States Have No Idea Where Natural Gas Gathering Pipelines Are

    Speaking of urban drilling and gas releases in populated areas like Mansfield, the Government Accountability Office says the gathering pipelines used to collect natural gas from drill sites are unregulated, and their locations are often unknown. The GAO conducted site visits in, among other places, ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 22, 2012
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    March 8, 2012
  • Blogs

    February 2, 2012

    Dallas May Be Out of the Drought (For Now), But Watering Restrictions Are Far From Over

    ​With the release of its latest map this morning, the U.S. Drought Monitor made it official: A few weeks' worth of heavy rain have officially removed Dallas-Fort Worth from the historic drought that has most of the state bone-dry. (Watch the 12-week animation here.) And per the AP's breaking-news ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    Supreme Court Tosses District Judges' Redistricting Maps, Says Texas Needs a Do-Over

    ​Back in November U.S. District Judges Orlando Garcia and Xavier Rodriguez down in San Antonio drew up new congressional and state House and Senate maps, since they so hated the ones submitted by the Texas Legislature. The judges claimed the state willfully ignored the state's growing Hispanic pop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    If Nothing Else, MALDEF's Very Happy With the Federal Court's New State Redistricting Map

    ​About a month ago we noted that the Department of Justice was very unhappy with how state legislators redrew Texas's congressional districts -- something to do with how the new map "actually reduced minority electoral power" in Dallas-Fort Worth, for starters. Hence the ongoing litigation in San ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2011

    DoJ: Texas's New Election Maps Seek to Deny Hispanics Voting Rights, Especially in DFW

    ​Overnight, several Friends of Unfair Park sent different versions of the same story, which says: The state quite deliberately submitted to the Department of Justice new election maps that discriminate against the Hispanic voter -- especially in Dallas-Fort Worth. As in: "There is direct and circu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2011

    "The End of Local Radio"? Reports Say Clear Channel May Be About to Go All "Robotics."

    ​Clear Channel owns and operates six radio stations in the Dallas-Fort Worth market: KDGE-FM, KDGE-FM, KEGL-FM, KFXR-AM, KHKS-FM and KZPS-FM. But several times this morning, Friends of Unfair Park have sent this piece from Time Out Chicago that says at any moment, any or all of them could lose t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2011

    Cannibal Corpse: Why They Tore Down the Whirly Ball And Put in a Sam's (And a Walmart)

    In my day, this was also the site of the best Sound Warehouse in town. In my day.​Over the weekend I espied the deconstruction site you see here, across from Bachman Lake at Northwest Highway and Marsh. The new Sam's right there took me by surprise -- so too did the disappearance of the landmark W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    One Expert's Take on State's Redistricting. And: DISD's About to Begin Drawing Its New Lines.

    ​Speaking of redistricting ...Had an awfully long talk with Dallas County Commissioner Maurine Dickey this afternoon, which I'd post now if she didn't mention a few things worth tracking down. So that'll have to wait till tomorrow. But while we're on the subject, I see here that Nate Silver and re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    Urban Land Institute: Dallas's "Bold [Roads] Retooling Could Run Short of Fuel for a While."

    Click to embiggen a look at LBJ Freeway in the year 2016. Give or take.​That LBJ Freeway overhaul we've been warning you about gets underway today as crews begin the first phase of the HOV-lane shut-down, between Luna Road and Midway Road. But, hey, look at it this way, says Andy Rittler, spokesm ... More >>

  • Music

    April 21, 2011

    DC9atNight's Locals Only! With Whiskey Folk Ramblers, Kirby Brown

    Thursday, April 21, at Gilley's Jack Daniel's Saloon

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Now It's "A Debacle"?

    ​While I was writing the DART item below, about 29 Friends of Unfair Park forwarded along the freshest of hot-off-the-press tweets from Sports Illustrated's Peter King:I'm telling you: I-30 between Dallas Fort Worth is a plow-less, snow-windswept moonscape. This is officially a debacle.At this v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    Dunno About Super Bowl Sunday Being a No-Fun Zone. But No-Fly Zone? You Betcha.

    ​No doubt this will displease Shotgun Schutze, the noted model rocketeer and crop-duster who has crazy-big plans for Super Bowl Sunday. But via RotorNews we get a look at the Federal Aviation Administration's just-issued temporary flight restrictions issued for Dallas-Fort Worth during that weeken ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    Dallas-FW, Briefly a Top-Five Contender in $1.5-Mil Food Bank Challenge, Is Falling Fast

    ​Two weeks ago today, Mayors Tom Leppert, Mike Moncrief and Robert Cluck asked locals to "like" Walmart's Fighting Hunger Together campaign, which is doling out $1.5 million to food banks nationwide -- $1 million to the top Facebook vote-getter, and $100,000 each to the next five highest-ranking c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2010

    A Playground That's No Child's Play

    ​A sobering stat: The National Human Trafficking Resource Center receives more calls from Texas than any other state, and 15 percent of those calls come from Dallas-Fort Worth, according to Sara Taylor with DFWTraffick, a local organization dedicated to combating sexual exploitation in the area. I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    Say, Out-of-Towners, Why Rent an Apartment When You Should Just Buy the Whole Complex?

    The San Raphael Apartments near the Galleria recently sold to a Cleveland REIT.​Says this morning, there used to be a time when investors wanting to gobble up multifamily properties kept their coin on the coasts. No more: Now, "Dallas-Fort Worth is at the top of that list," per a direc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    Transpo Report Says 34 Percent of Dallas, Fort Worth Roads Are "Poor." Could Be Worse?

    ​Many thanks to the Friend of Unfair Park who forwarded along this just-released report from TRIP, a D.C.-based transportation research group: Hold the Wheel Steady: America's Roughest Rides and Strategies to Make our Roads Smoother. Says the study, which paints a grim picture of the bumpy road ah ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2010

    Dallas-Fort Worth: Addin' Jobs, Takin' Names

    Toothpaste for Dinner​This morning the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its latest look at employment and unemployment figures for Your Major Metropolitan Areas, and when they put the June '09 numbers next to the June '10 numbers, look at who comes out on top: "The largest over-the-year in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2010

    Dallas, a Top-Five Exportin' Town

    ​This morning Pilgrim's Pride announced it'll be exporting chicken to Russia (my favorite Ramones bootleg, incidentally) from its Dallas plant -- good timing too, given that the Brookings Institution just released a report stressing the need for export growth in order to "boost competitiveness." T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2010

    One Sign of the "Stabilizing Local Economy": Rise in Apartments Rentals

    ​On Wednesday, MPF Research released a press release touting the enormo bump in Dallas-Fort Worth apartment rentals: "During the first three months of the year, renters absorbed 6,520 apartment units, the best quarterly demand performance seen since fall 2007." And, says Greg Willett, nearly 10,00 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2010

    Here Everything's Better, Assuming You Want An H-E-B And Live in Burleson

    ​Late last night, after grocery Aldi released its list of local locations and opening dates, a Friend of Unfair Park wondered how oh how we and everyone else missed this interview with H-E-B Chairman and CEO Charles Butt that ran in the San Antonio Express-News last weekend. In it, Butt addresses ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2009

    According to the FDIC, Quite a Few of the DFW's Households Don't Have a Bank Account

    ​ directs our attention this afternoon to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.'s first-ever report documenting how many Americans are "unbanked." Says the study, Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington boasts an awfully high percentage of households who don't use a bank -- 10.9 percent, to be preci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2009

    Rent Control Part Two

    ​Two years ago, took a look at the state of Dallas-Fort Worth's apartment market and said, in short, Lookin' good. Occupancy rates were on the rise, as were rents -- up to an average of $724 a month. But today, things are a little different: Rates are higher than they were in '07 (up t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2009

    Dallas, Apparently, Am Not Smart

    ​At least, that's the assessment from the brain trust behind Tina Brown's The Daily Beast, which has posted its list of America's Smartest Cities and put Dallas-Fort Worth at No. 48 ... out of 55. Commenters have taken issue with how the list was assembled (using such things as the percentage of r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2009

    Travel-Time Study Says Dallas Has a Lot of People, a Lot of Cars, a Lot of Traffic. K, Then.

    ​Interesting-ish note from the latest U.S. traffic travel-time study, this one released this morning by something called INRIX: Dallas-Fort Worth, the fourth-most populous metro area in the country, ranks as the fifth-most congested -- and despite the slight uptick in travel time, the DFW still dr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2009

    What the Frack?

    This morning's Wall Street Journal investigates the cause of the 18 earthquakes that have rattled the Dallas-Fort Worth area since 2008 -- from just east of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport down to Cleburne most recently -- and concludes, well, ya know, not really sure. Because on the one han ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2009

    The DFW's Still All Smogged Up

    The American Lung Association released its annual State of the Air report this morning -- and, sorry, Dallas, Collin, Tarrant and Denton counties, but when it comes to smog, the report card still reads "F." Indeed, notes the report, while many cities around the country have seen their ozone levels r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2008

    Just Because, Texas Watchdog Sifts Though AG's Open Records Opinions

    Just to see what's open and what ain't these days, Texas Watchdog's Jennifer Peebles sifted through a stack of November 12 rulings handed down by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's office concerning open records requests. Today, she posts the results.About half of the opinions concern requests gen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2008

    The Mighty Mercantile

    Courtesy the mighty fine folks who contribute to the conversation on the Dallas Fort Worth Urban Forum comes this montage of Merc photos, some by familiar Friends. Also a bonus for fans of Daft Punk. --Robert WilonskyDallas | The Mercantile (Slideshow) from Dallas Fort Worth Urban Forum on Vimeo.

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2008

    Greg “The Hammer” Williams To Pick Up A Microphone Again For His New Gig: DOMA Presenter

    There Greggo is again! As we told you Monday, the Dallas Observer Music Awards ceremony will feature huge celebrity presenters like Burton “We don’t care how you git here, folks, just git here!” Gilliam, who we surely chose because of his extensive knowledge and support of the Dallas-Fort Wor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2008

    We Could Listen to These Anonymous Anti-Scientology Rants All Day

    Anonymous, the robovoice behind the Church of Scientology protests around the DFW, is back today with another message "to the general public in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area." (Must be a local -- no, ahem, "Metroplex.") The video's after the jump, but apparently, s/he wants to answer some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2007

    Which is the Best Cell Phone Service in the DFW? What? Can't Hear You.

    In the latest issue of Consumer Reports, exactly 47,629 cell-phone users from around the country responded to a survey ranking their satisfaction with the country's major service providers. Turns out, about half of those polled think their service sucks -- which sounds charitable, y'ask me. Online ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2007

    In the DFW, We're Old Working People With a Lot of Damned Kids

    So, according to the Census Bureau, Dallas-Fort Worth is kind of like Tony Randall? As part of its ongoing American Community Survey, the U.S. Census Bureau today released social, economic and housing characteristics, as well as demographic and housing estimates, for some of the biggest cities in th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2007

    Dallas Mascot Challenge: Furred vs. Feathered

    Do you like to dress up in costume and dance around for kids? If so, and you're not currently enrolled in an educational institution at which the top grade level is "12" or lower, you may be creepy. (Birthday party clowns are no exception, as anyone who, like me, is terrified of them, will attest.) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2007

    "Get Your Booty to Bar-B-Cutie"?

    You know what Dallas-Fort Worth could use more of? Yup -- barbecue restaurants. And says here we're getting ... this can't be right ... "up to 55 locations" of the Brentwood, Tennessee, chain called Bar-B-Cutie. The company's first location in Fort Worth -- at 5710 Rufe Snow Dr., to be precise -- is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2007

    DFW Airport Doesn't Fly with Salon

    Having just flown through Chicago O'Hare International earlier this week, where the security lines were a few thou deep and the food tasted like foot and the vibe was generally Third World, I could not agree more with Salon's assessment today that the joint's among of the world's worst airports. But ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2007

    In Case of Emergency...

    The Department of Homeland Security today officially released a report in which it details just how well prepared 75 U.S. metropolitan areas in case of an emergency. Specifically, the DHS wanted to whether cities' emegency agencies were able to talk to each other in case of some kind of a disaster, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2006

    The Forbes 35 (Drunkest)

    Now that Dallas-Fort Worth temperatures are plummeting, sleet and ice are thickening and the need for nips is extremely urgent, its time to revisit this story we missed last August in Forbes ranking the nation's 35 drunkest cities. Yeah, Dallas-Fort Worth squeezed its way in. But we pull in a highly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2006

    Ever Heard of Lenny's Subs? You Will. Trust Me.

    At this very moment, there are five Lenny's Sub Shops in the state of Texas, including a location on Jackson Street downtown. How are they? Dunno. Never been. Not the point. The point is, in a market crowded with the likes of Which Wich (the homegrown joint operated by Genghis Grill's Jeff Sinelli) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2006

    Gang Bang

    The bad news: Dallas-Fort Worth has a severe gang problem--has for years, in fact, and it's only getting worse, say officials with the Department of Justice. The good news: DOJ's going to make an effort to do something about, announcing on Saturday it's going to channel $2.5 million in grant funding ... More >>

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    September 21, 2000

    Best Sporting Event No One Saw

    The U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team Trials in Las Colinas

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