Dennis Topletz

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    To Build Joppa Gateway Park, the City Will Have to Battle One of Its Most Notorious Slumlords

    The Joppa Gateway is one of those half dozen parks included in the city's Trinity River Corridor Project that will provide access to the wetlands and horse parks and other amenities that are being built. Located near the junction of Interstate 45 and Loop 12 ... er, ahem ... Great Trinity Forest Way ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2006

    Gone to Hell

    Brian Harkin The Herrling Court Apartments in Fair Park have been abandoned for years, and rather than tear it down, the city keeps paying to board up the windows. There's also two years' worth of litigation. None of that's cheap. Janet Spugnardi is a lawyer in the code compliance section of the Da ... More >>

  • News

    June 9, 2005

    This Teardown Town

    South Dallas' history is in danger of being demolished, so why are so few protecting it?

  • News

    June 2, 2005


    Those silly officials from around the state think the law should apply in Dallas

  • News

    April 26, 2001

    Win, Lose or Draw?

    Dallas' long-running battle with a slumlord grinds to a murky end

  • News

    June 3, 1999

    How the Slumlord Beats the City Every Time

    City inspectors have written Jack Topletz and his family thousands of tickets for miserable conditions in their rent-house empire. They say they've ended up paying, oh, once or twice.