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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Sam MertenSo 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 >>
Ebby Halliday RealtorsThe porch of the Ford Tri-Motor House in the Urban ReserveThanks 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 >>
Lillian Moore BradshawI'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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
"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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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