Ebby Halliday

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2014

    Dallas County's Worst Judge Has Dragged a Simple Eviction Case on for Five Years

    Five years ago this month, a Dallas County justice of the peace signed an order evicting Clifford Holland from the $1.2 million home he was renting on Caruth Boulevard, a block outside of University Park. Aside from the eye-popping $6,000-per-month rent, the case was a routine tenant-landlord disput ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2014

    The Battle for Preston Hollow's Soul

    Luke Crosland stands at the window of his seventh-floor office and looks out across Preston Center. In the foreground, a tangle of luxury SUVs battle for access to a shabby, two-story parking garage that seems to deteriorate before his eyes. The garage is ringed by a jumble of aging retail strips th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2014

    Mark Cuban Wants to Turn Several Preston Hollow Estates into Office Buildings

    Last we checked, Mark Cuban was in "no rush to do anything" with the block of five estates he's bought up over the past quarter century behind Ebby Halliday's little white house at Preston and Northwest Highway. But something's changed in the past eight months. In September, Cuban closed on a sixth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2013

    The News Says Parents Are Giving Up on This Dallas School, But Parents Say Otherwise

    Mr. Martinez knew it was coming, was bracing for it, was already crafting how he might respond in the office and the halls and the parking lot at morning drop-off. Still, when it hit on Sunday, it had to hurt. Martinez -- first name Hector, not that it gets used much at school -- is the principal a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    The Race For Dallas ISD's District 1 School Board Seat Is Going to Be Very Interesting

    ​Like I was saying, or writing, earlier this morning ...When Edwin Flores announced he wasn't going to seek re-election to the Dallas Independent School District board two weeks ago, the District 1 trustee said he'd hold off on making an endorsement. At the time, only one other candidate had annou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2012

    DISD: Some at Ebby Halliday Elementary Used "Inappropriate Means to Instill Discipline"

    ​Speaking of the Dallas Independent School District's doings ... No doubt you recall the ugly allegations that came out of Ebby Halliday Elementary School in the fall, stories of abuse and intimidation that resulted in principal Kamalia Cotton going to another campus (Phillis Wheatley Elementary ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    DISD Will Buy Out "Excess" Teachers & Other Highlights from Testy, Tear-Stained Meeting

    Dalton Sherman, seen here in '08, showed up to defend embattled former Ebby Halliday principal Kamalia Cotton.​Thursday evening, Dallas Independent School District trustees approved resignation incentives for the 209 "unassigned" employees who are under contract but lack permanent positions af ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    Jump at a Chance to Feed Your Face and Help White Rock Lake

    ​This weekend, For The Love of The Lake -- a group of volunteers dedicated to the preservation of White Rock Lake Park -- is hosting a benefit for the White Rock Lake Foundation and the Friends of the Bath House. This weekend's events also mark the finale of the Comerica White Rock Lake Centennial ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    Hurry Now For a Sneak Peek at the City's New "Happy Trails" Safety Website and Videos

    ​The city's having a press conference Thursday morning during which Mayor Dwaine Caraway, Park and Rec officials and others will unveil the city's new "Happy Trails" campaign designed to make the 104 miles of the city's Dallas Trail Network jes' a little bit safer. You recall this campaign: We sne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Mike Rawlings Clobbers Ron Natinsky and David Kunkle in Mayoral Fund-Raising Effort

    Photos by Sam MertenWe're guessing this was Rawlings's reaction when he received bills from his consultants.​Former TracyLocke CEO Mike Rawlings easily outpaced the field of mayoral candidates by raising a whopping $1.03 million -- nearly three times the combined haul of Ron Natinksy and David ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    Sendai's Response To Caraway's Missive: We're Kinda Busy Over Here, But Thanks Anyway

    City of DallasCaraway chats with Ebby Halliday at her 100th birthday celebration today sponsored by the East Dallas Chamber of Commerce. ​Mayor Dwaine Caraway sent a letter on Friday expressing the city's "deepest condolences" to his counterpart in Sendai, Japan, Mayor Emiko Okuyama. Caraway menti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    Oh, and Happy 100th Birthday, Ebby Halliday

    As I was heading out, a Friend of Unfair Park wondered if I was going to that Ebby Halliday wingding underway at the Meyerson. No, hadn't planned on it. Too fancy. Nevertheless, it reminded me: Pete Sessions stopped down the U.S. House of Representatives and C-SPAN today to wish the Dallas real-esta ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 3, 2011
  • Blogs

    February 6, 2011

    Kirby Schlegel Lives In a Freaking Ridiculous House And Other Super Tales

    Photo by Andrea GrimesThe view from Kirby Schlegel's house is considerably better than that from, say, the Bud Light Hotel.​I gotta quit showing up to places where members of the Schlegel family live. It's bad for my morale. It makes me question whether my hard-working, up-by-their-bootstraps pare ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    Ebby Halliday Knows How to Turn 100

    Photos by Andrea GrimesEbby Halliday still has it, two months from her 100th birthday, which will be celebrated at the Meyerson Symphony Center on March 9.​Everybody who lives to be 100 years old should get a party in their honor at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. That should simply be a f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    A Deep Thought for the Late Hugh Prather III

    ​On January 10 of this year The Dallas Morning News ran a lengthy obituary for Hugh E. Prather Jr.: "one of the last surviving icons of the early 20th-century Dallas real estate industry, a former civic leader and a longtime Highland Park resident," wrote Steve Brown. Hugh Jr., who died the first ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2010

    Before White Rock Lake's Centennial Celebration Jam in June, 100 Days of Festivities

    ​White Rock Lake celebrates its 100th birthday next year -- why, matter of fact, here's historian Watermelon Kid's commemorative tee, offered "tongue-in-cheek," of course. And the city's got 100 days of events -- from regattas and runs to festivals and fashion shows -- planned to mark the occasion ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    Mayor's Now a "Distinguished Business Leader"

    Sam Merten​So says the press release forwarded this morning by Mayor Tom Leppert's chief of staff, Chris Heinbaugh. It comes from the Dallas Chapter of the Texas Association of Business, which will honor Leppert with its annual Distinguished Business Leader Award early next year, at the 13th A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2010

    For the Same Price, You Could Live on the Urban Reserve or a Creek in Rockport, Maine. Hmmm.

    Ebby Halliday RealtorsThe porch of the Ford Tri-Motor House in the Urban Reserve​Thanks to The New York Times, I just spent the last little bit taking a virtual tour of the Dan Shipley-designed 25 Vanguard Way in the Urban Reserve off N. Central Expressway and LBJ Freeway. The Shipley house -- oth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2010

    Reading Up on Former Dallas Public Libraries Director, Pioneer and Anti-Censorship Activist Lillian Moore Bradshaw, Who's Died at 95

    Lillian Moore Bradshaw​I've spent the better part of the morning trying to get to know Lillian Moore Bradshaw, who has died at the age of 95. The memo City Manager Mary Suhm sent to the mayor and city council last night is brief, a few sentences containing a few notable accomplishments -- chief am ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2009

    Dallas, You're a "Shining Beacon" Filled with "The Most Retail Space Per Capita"

    The Dallas Regional Chamber just posted to YouTube this short film made to commemorate its 100th anniversary, and it's star-studded: Ebby Halliday, Erle Nye, Ray Hunt, Jan Hart Black, Bob Estrada, Wright Lassiter and, of course, Mayor Tom Leppert talking Trinity. Also, it's absolutely loaded with ol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2009

    What Summer Vacation?

    School's out for summer, but the Dallas Independent School District's board of trustees has one hellacious evening ahead of it, beginning with a 5 p.m. public hearing at 3700 Ross Avenue concerning the proposed 2009-'10 school year budget. After that's done, it's down to big business, some of which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2009

    Oh, So This Isn't For Enuff Z'Nuff?

    As we mentioned earlier, the Enough is Enough folks -- pro-convention center hotel, anti-"negativity and distortions associated with the May 9th election" -- had their coming-out party this morning at the Stoneleigh Hotel, where they debuted their Web site and TV spot. We'll have more from the party ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2009

    There's a New Team in the Convention Center Hotel Game, and They're Wearing a Smile

    "Enough is Enough" probably won't make the cut at the next Successories jam session, but so it goes. As noted earlier, that's the name of the bold-faced group that announced its presence with authority at the Stoneleigh Hotel. Its intention, in case you missed it the first go-round, is to inspire a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2008

    Good Lord, Who Isn't Supporting Ann Margolin's Bid for City Council?

    Ann Margolin Sure, the city council elections are still more than seven months away, but candidates are starting to file, and none may be more significant than Ann Margolin. After spending a year on the Dallas Park and Recreation Board representing District 13, Margolin quit the board and filed to r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2008

    Harry Thomason on His Good Bad Road

    Harry Thomason, one of the producers of 12 Miles of Bad Road Got quite the surprise in the morning mail: all six unaired episodes of 12 Miles of Bad Road, the set-in-Dallas series HBO shut down before producers Linda Bloodworth-Thomason and Harry Thomason got the chance to shoot the 10 eps the netwo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2007

    The Former Mayor Pro Tem Would Be Delighted to Sell You a New (Or Very Old) House

    Mary Poss has always been very close to Ebby Halliday. Now, Poss is working for the legendary realtor, selling historic homes. Every so often, when we have nothing to do except daydream about living in luxurious historic digs, we browse Preservation Dallas' compendium of "Historic Properties for Sal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2006

    Ear Muffs, Tom Landry! Ear Muffs!

    A return to glory: Jerry Jones has very, very special things in store for his Cowboys. I went to the Dallas Cowboys annual kick-off luncheon Thursday at the Hotel Intercontinental and treated my ears to a sound smorgasbord. There was rap music by Lil' John, "Lights Out" by UFO and even an invocatio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2006

    Gary Griffith Opens the Books. Has To, Really.

    Why is this man smiling (he is smiling, isn't he)? Because he's already got $103,000 to spend on running for mayor, and the race is still almost a year away. Just got back from City Hall, where I snagged copies of Gary Griffith and Laura Miller's campaign finance reports, which are due to the city's ... More >>

  • News

    May 23, 2002

    The Naked Truth

    When it comes to Dallas' practice of prosecuting low-level porn clerks, jurors know hypocrisy when they see it

  • News

    August 16, 2001


    Silence Is Golden, Re: Wet Dog and Urine, Buy Me Some Peanuts...

  • News

    July 12, 2001

    The Little-People Tax

    Dallas tax appraisers can't keep up with Ross Perot. But if you're Average Joe, they've got your number.

  • News

    May 3, 2001

    Locked In

    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.

  • News

    August 3, 2000

    Public defenders

    A surprising number of parents are shunning the 'burbs, pulling their kids out of private schools, and embracing DISD

  • News

    June 24, 1999


    Enough for a Rangers ticket?
    Bush's old-time religion
    D goes for M

  • Dining

    February 11, 1999
  • News

    February 22, 1996

    Single with children

    A year ago, Linda Koop took in two homeless boys on a moment's notice. Now she wants them to call her mom.

  • News

    January 19, 1995

    Accidental angel

    A single Dallas businesswoman stumbles into parenthood