This week we covered storm debris collection (more than once), council members using (or being) social media tools, the outgoing director of convention and event services and the Dallas International Film Festival (OK, so that was last week). And they're all subjects included in the packet of mem ... More >>
Earlier this week, Dallas-based Center for Exhibition Industry Research released the latest bit of bad news for the exhibition biz: It was down 12.5 percent in 2009 -- or, "four times larger than the largest previous drop, which was 3.1 percent in 2008." Soon as I saw that, I called its president ... More >>
Frank PoeFrank Poe, the city's Convention & Event Services Director, is outta here. According to various reports, the man in charge of the Dallas Convention Center is taking a job with the Georgia World Congress Center Authority in Atlanta, where he'll assume the title of executive director. ... More >>
Sam MertenFirst Assistant City Manager Ryan Evans (left) and Frank Poe (right), the city's director of convention and event services, signing the financial documents finalizing the convention center hotel project in August 2009I just returned from today's showdown between the city of Dallas and t ... More >>
Sam MertenFirst Assistant City Manager Ryan Evans (left) and Frank Poe (right), the city's director of convention and event services, sign the financial documents finalizing the convention center hotel project. Evans and Poe are president and vice president of the Dallas Convention Center Hotel Dev ... More >>
As he's done throughout the convention center hotel campaign, Mayor Tom Leppert's op-ed in The Dallas Morning News Thursday focused more on kicking Harlan Crow in the crotch than providing tangible reasons why voters should approve public ownership of a $500 million hotel. He wasted valuable words ... More >>
Yesterday, I noted how the city of Dallas spent $3.2 million in order to lure but a single new tenant to Shed 2. Last night, this laundry list of excellent ideas landed in our suggestion box. I've forwarded them along to Janel Leatherman, the market's administrator, and to Frank Poe, head of Convent ... More >>
Flickr photo: Daquella maneraThis morning, I had a long chat with Janel Leatherman, the Dallas Farmers Market administrator, concerning the dearth of vendors in Shed 2 -- which, as you no doubt recall, was enclosed and air-conditioned at the cost of $3.2 million,and which quietly reopened at the end ... More >>
Just how safe are taxpayers in the convention center hotel deal? Good question.
Several Friends of Unfair Park have asked in recent days when and how the city will part with Reunion Arena's seats -- guess a few folks have media rooms and man caves to fill? Anyway, no word yet; an assistant in the office of Frank Poe, Convention & Event Services director, tells Unfair Park detai ... More >>
Fact is, Irving has big plans for Texas Stadium's site once the building's gone. Reunion Arena isn't about to go the way of Nakatomi Plaza; Texas Stadium is a long way from getting the Gotham City Hospital treatment. Right now, Dallas Film Commission director Janis Burklund's idea of making those lo ... More >>
Ray Garfield As mentioned earlier this morning, the city council’s Economic Development Committee will name the convention center hotel developer today -- behind closed doors in executive session, the Dallas way. And, yes, odds are it'll be Woodbine Development emerging from those closed doors as ... More >>
You know who's all for the city getting into the hotel business? Ron Natinsky. Shortly after posting Sam's item about yesterday's closed-door meeting of the city council's Economic Development Committee, during which the council members decided it was in the taxpayers' best interest to run a hotel, ... More >>
Assistant City Manager A.C. Gonzalez, more than willing to spend between $40 and $100 million of your money As we noted yesterday, Angela Hunt and Mitchell Rasansky are the only council members fighting for more information before the city uses taxpayers’ money for a proposed convention center hot ... More >>
Last night many women who attended a huge church conference at the Dallas Convention Center found themselves in the midst of a nightmarish crowd control situation when thousands of people were forced to exit through only two sets of two doors. When they finally wrenched themselves out of the mass of ... More >>
Plus: Dialing for Dollars
The City of Dallas could make a fortune from WRR-FM. But powerful friends don't want anything to change at their little radio station.
City Hall finds $35 million--and toys with turning Reunion into a reflecting pool
Secret city documents expose arena-study coverup at City Hall.
Inside the secret City Hall files: A tale of dupes and deception
A mid-level staffer bears the brunt of a sleazy City Hall coverup