Yesterday in a blog item Dallas Morning News editorial writer Tod Robberson stated as fact that the controversial car wash on MLK Boulevard -- topic of many Dallas Observer stories over many years -- is "a major drug emporium for South Dallas." The strong suggestion of the piece and an accompanying ... More >>
Mayor Rawlings calls this South Dallas business a blight. People earning a living there call it family.
This week I have a story in the actual newspaper about Jim's Car Wash at the corner of MLK Boulevard and Myrtle Street in South Dallas -- the business that is the object of an eight-year running battle at City Hall. One important point in that story may get short shrift. I don't want to look like I' ... More >>
In 2013, Dallas residents were treated to an unprecedented whiff of Dallas city government, and the experience was something akin to opening that long-forgotten Tupperware container wedged beneath your car seat. The fumes aren't going to kill anyone, but the noxious mix of incompetence and deceit is ... More >>
The usual threats and thuggery at City Hall threaten business owners.
So now eight years after this began the city finally shows its hand, and we learn the solution to a very old local riddle: Why in the world eight years ago was the city of Dallas sending armies of cops and code inspectors out to harass two guys who had never been convicted of so much as a speeding t ... More >>
Property rights in Texas are supposed to be sacrosanct, practically God-given. So the ease with which pipeline companies seize private land through eminent domain is curious. The law here is anything but settled. That's where landowners like Freddy Davenport come in. Increasingly, disputes between ... More >>
Finally I get why nothing City Hall says to me makes sense
Cops ignore rampant drug trade, crack down instead on squeegee guys
Dallas City Hall thumbs nose, gives Bronx cheer to Legislature
You wouldn't believe how bad Dallas looks in Austin