Every so often, Dwaine Caraway or another southern Dallas City Council member will put on a hard hat, head to an old drug house and glad-hand the media while the National Guard demolishes the building. As pure spectacle, it's quite satisfying. It's a tangible gesture that showcases the city's commit ... More >>
The residents of the Dallas West Mobile Home Park on Commerce Street probably should have seen the writing on the wall almost a decade ago, when the Dallas City Council rezoned the property and turned their trailers and RVs into "non-conforming uses." If not then, when the Oak Cliff hipsters began f ... More >>
Tyrone and Patrick Weatherall had a number of bad habits. Besides the obvious one, their fondness for selling crack, the brothers had lavish, attention-getting taste, which is probably ill-advised when you're in the drug-selling business. According to street lore, when the Weatheralls first united s ... More >>
It's been nearly four years since developer Yigal Lelah unveiled his vision for Veterans Place, a sprawling mixed-use development he hopes to build on Lancaster Road, directly across from the VA Medical Center. The development, as the name implies, is focused on returned military personnel and thei ... More >>
Giving your sweetheart a box of assorted chocolates for Valentine's Day is a great way to say "I really don't know all that much about you." A fine beer, on the other hand, is a bold move all but guaranteed to impress. And if it's not appreciated? Well, better to have learned that he or she isn't ... More >>
This is Ollie's Place at 4909 S. Pacific Avenue, in the shadow of Fair Park. Till very recently the building, constructed in 1965, was owned by Martin Needom Jr., who lives not far away. It was once a neighborhood convenience store in an area zoned residential -- not uncommon in that part of tow ... More >>
Photos by Leslie MinoraMayor Rawlings calls the $100 million Habitat investment "big news" for Dallas.Dallas Habitat for Humanity, which already claims to be the biggest single-family home builder in the city, will knock down and build more than 500 more homes in a $100 million blitz on the c ... More >>
Photos by Leslie MinoraThe "after" shot, as the former Pete's Sandwich Shop on Baldwin near Fair Park bit the dust. Jump for the "just-before."As a bulldozer chipped away at the sides of a hideously blighted cinder-block building in South Dallas this morning -- forward, reverse, forward, reverse ... More >>
Never did understand the Chicago Bulls logos painted on the side of this South Dallas bar.Years ago, when writing about efforts to revitalize a neighborhood near Fair Park, I came across the building you see above: the former Pete's Sandwich Shop at 4702 Baldwin, sandwiched between Starplex and J ... More >>
Photos by Patrick MichelsDallas Neighborhood Development Manager Cobbie Ransom outlines the progress so far along Bexar Street.Under a tent along Bexar Street in South Dallas this morning, city officials treated a crowd of more than 100 to an enthusiastic display of back-slapping and upbeat progress ... More >>
Courtesy Kim Seale, Southwest AirlinesAir Force One leaving Love Field yesterday eveningLet's go to the lengthy transcript, which the White House just posted from last night's big-ticket fund-raiser at the Highland Park home of the attorney and his wife, a former president of Dallas Area Habitat ... More >>
Patrick MichelsChris Heinbaugh, Mayor Tom Leppert's chief of staff, sends word this morning that Leppert and Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter (awesome) have made a bet on Saturday night's Cowboys-Eagles game. But, blessedly, they've dispensed with the wackiness (no jerseys worn to council mee ... More >>
It's good to know CHDOs are doing some good 'cause the City Hall corruption trial is teaching us that they're naughty.Among the dozens of acronyms we've grown accustomed to hearing throughout the City Hall corruption trial is CHDO -- Community Housing Development Organization -- which is why yester ... More >>
Katy HubenerIn a small, bright room at the Center for Community Cooperation this morning, Katy Hubener, the grant coordinator for the Sue Pope Fund, officially announced $1 million available in funding for new clean air projects in North Texas. The fund was established in 2005 in honor of Sue Pope, ... More >>
Alexa SchirtzingerClaudia Hernández didn't know the house across the street from her home would become bulldozer fodder until a few minutes before it happened Saturday afternoon."We saw people looking at the property [over the past few weeks]," Hernández said. "But we had no idea they'd do this!"N ... More >>
Aubrey Edwards Moth FightWell, for all the folks who were complaining that NX35 featured too many local acts, you can't really complain about tonight. There's Monotonix (Tel Aviv, Israel), Casiotone for the Painfully Alone (Chicago), Beep Beep (Omaha), Sybris (Chicago), Black Gold (Brooklyn) ... More >>
On Wednesday, as you're no doubt aware by now, the Dallas City Council voted to create three municipal management districts, or MMDs. They're the first in Dallas, though Houston is often invoked as proof that MMDs do wonders for development. Which is no surprise, as they're made for development -- o ... More >>
Patrick Michels Tammy Blackmon in front of her new home. Earlier this week, we told you about Habitat for Humanity's latest build project in West Dallas off Westmoreland Road. And, already, nine new homes are a couple days away from being ready for move-in. Unfair Park stopped by yesterday and fo ... More >>
By week's end, there should be nine new houses in Greenleaf Village II, near the original 5-year-old West Dallas development at Hampton Road and I-30. As we noted back in July, this is the week Whirlpool Corporation and Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity -- and folks who've come to Dallas from all ... More >>
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