• Blogs

    February 19, 2014

    Is Water Conservation Really Bankrupting Texas Cities, or Are They Just Bad at Planning?

    The people of Fort Worth have been doing a good job of using their water sparingly, and that has the Fort Worth Water Department very, very worried. Recent news reports claim that Fort Worth has been bleeding cash because of its noble water conservation efforts. The city lost $11 million "because o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2014

    Deep Ellum Brewing Co. Is Fighting Big Beer, Hosting Fundraiser for John Carona's Opponent

    If you dabble in craft beer legislative issues, it might not surprise you that Deep Ellum Brewing Company is mixing beer and politics. And if you just enjoy craft beer, now might be a good time to start dabbling. Texas craft beer and lawmakers have a complicated relationship. To explain it all we'd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2014

    Yellow Cab Conducts Regular Background Checks? That's Not What It Said Under Oath.

    Just how strict is Yellow Cab about putting safe, responsible cab drivers on the road? That answer depends on which day you're talking to Yellow Cab. On Tuesday, for instance, Yellow Cab's owner Jack Bewley gave a long speech at City Hall's special transportation meeting touting how safe and respo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2014

    Even if Uber Were a Normal Cab Company, It Couldn't Operate in Dallas

    Today, in the first of three public forums on taxi and limo regulations, City Council members learned what has been clear since Dallas began its crackdown on Uber: The system, particularly for taxis, is completely rigged. That's partly by design. Historically, because cabs fill an important gap in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2014

    Texas Landowner Fighting Oil Giant Is Pleasantly Surprised That Texas Supreme Court Looked Kindly on Her Case

    Pretend that a corporation from China wants to build a factory in Texas just for the fun of it and needs to seize a bunch of Texans' private property to build the factory, because it's going to be really big and awesome. Do you think the Texas Supreme Court would stand for that? Probably not. And ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2013

    Dallas Should Probably Just Make Yellow Cab Lawyer John Barr the Next City Manager

    All, right, that's it, I'm sick of this and I'm not going to take it anymore. Every other day The Dallas Morning News runs another op-ed piece by some unknown New York pinhead about who should be the next city manager of Dallas, and not once have they asked me. So I'm just going to go ahead and give ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2013

    Barry Smitherman's Stint on the Texas Railroad Commission Is a Magnificent Fundraising Tool

    The flier after the jump is for a fundraiser to benefit Railroad Commission of Texas Chair Barry Smitherman, who is vying to replace Greg Abbott as our next state attorney general. We point this out not because it is illegal or in any way surprising, but because it is legal and entirely unsurprising ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2013

    Dallas-based Luminant Seeks to "Suspend Operations" at Martin Lake Power Plant Unit Due to Cheap Electricity Prices

    Luminant, Texas' largest electricity generator, has applied to "suspend operations" at its Martin Lake coal-fired plant near Tatum. If the request is approved by grid operators, it will result in the loss of 750 megawatts hours, or enough to power about 750,000 homes. A Luminant spokeswoman says the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    The Industry Unveils a New Tactic in the Dallas Fracking Debate: Calling Its Opponents Liars

    Environmental activists, in spite of the lobbying of the energy industry and some sleight of hand by city staff, appear to be winning the fracking debate. The City Plan Commission has twice denied Trinity East Energy permits to drill on city parkland it leased for $19 million. Last week, it effectiv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2013

    The 10 Best Record Labels at DFW

    Trying to find legitimate record labels in the Dallas/Fort Worth area turned into a quest that crossed the thin barrier of insanity on more than one occasion as more and more record labels fell off our list. Fifty-four or so for the Dallas area alone were the number of record labels listed on the st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2013

    Why Those Africanized Bees Attacked, and Other Wisdom from North Texas' Bee Gurus

    In late July, a swarm of bees attacked Kristen Beauregard and her two prize miniature ponies in Pantego, a small township near Arlington. Some 300,000 bees had built a hive inside of a shed on Beauregard's property. Pantego city officials have confirmed that the bees in the attack were of the "Afr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    Your Guide to American Craft Beer Week in Dallas (Updated)

    It's American Craft Beer Week. For many of you, this means it's business as usual. For some of you, it's an excuse to imbibe in some craft beers all week long. The Brewers Association, a national non-profit group, created this "Mother of all Beer Weeks" to advance the beer culture and give beer geek ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    Could Craft Cider Join The Craft Beer Movement In Dallas?

    It's already started. Joel Malone is well on his way to open up a cidery right in the heart of the Bishop Arts District. His brewing operations and storefront, which he expects to open in May, will be right next to Cretia's on Bishop Street behind Lockhart Smokehouse. Malone tells me he's working t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2012

    In August, the Price Cap on Electricity in Texas Will Jump 50 Percent

    Texas electricity regulators voted today to raise the price cap on wholesale electricity from $3,000 to $4,500 per megawatt hour -- the equivalent of powering roughly 330 homes for one hour -- by Aug. 1. It's only June and already the electrical grid is being tested by record peak demand, prompting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    Record Store Day Roundup: How and Where To Celebrate Music's Greatest National Holiday

    Good RecordsIt's hard to beat Good Records' yearly Record Store Day celebration. They always manage to put a solid lineup together, but this one trumps any from years past. Thanks to Sunday's Edgefest, Good's Chris Penn was able to procure performance slots for Ting Tings, Civil Twilight and Switchf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    Addison's New Water Tower Is Also a Power Plant and An Art Project!

    A Friend of Unfair Park dispatches this look at Addison's new water tower, which is presently making the rounds on Reddit. And, yes, those are wind turbines on top -- 10 total, each eight feet tall, the point of which is to operate the water tower and power the street lights on Arapaho. The city's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    What Would Happen if the Proposed Beer Legislation Becomes Law?

    ​Three bills bouncing around the Texas Legislature are being trumpeted as game-changers for the state's beer industry. In quick review: HB 660 would permit brewpubs to sell directly to wholesalers and distributors; HB 2436 would allow small breweries to sell their product for on- or off-site c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    Mayor Dwaine Caraway Refers to Mike Rawlings As "Payday Loan King" in New Radio Ad

    Photo by Sam MertenCaraway and Natinsky at the candidate's endorsement press conference last month​Moments ago, during Robert Ashley's show on KHVN-AM, an ad ran attacking mayoral candidate Mike Rawlings and his ties to Ace Cash Express -- though it never mentions Rawlings by name. The speaker: no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    Houston Beer Lovers Plan Dallas Extravaganza

    ​The organizers of Dallas' first-ever Beer Week say the city's lack of microbreweries has proven to be a selling point in luring leading craft brewers here for the November event. "Because there aren't a lot of local breweries here, other breweries stand a chance," Cathy Clark explains. "Brew ... More >>

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    October 21, 2010
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    October 20, 2010

    Faux Belgian Brews: Ranking Celis Grand Cru And Flying Dog Raging Bitch

    ​This week's special Avery events at the Libertine Bar, The Common Table and the Meddlesome Moth are putting a special emphasis on the Colorado brewery's Salvation Belgian-style golden ale. The Libertine and Common Table have already offered up food pairings especially made to go with the beer, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    Go Texan Winery Passport Program: Drink and Be Rewarded--But with What?

    ​The other day on City of Ate, my colleague, Hanna Raskin, bemoaned the state of the Go Texan Restaurant Week, one of the numerous programs designed by the Texas Department of Agriculture to spur interest and business in our state's food industry. She noted that only seven restaurants in Big D sig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2010

    About That Dallas-to-Houston Bullet Train ...

    ​About a year ago there was some big back-and-forthing over the viability of a high-speed rail connecting Dallas and Houston. But since then, we've heard next to nothing. Except: Our sister paper in Houston directs our attention this morning to news of a Monday-morning meeting during which Yoshiyu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    Chain Gang: Pizza Inn and Wingstop
    Adding Lots o' Links

    ​Pizza Inn and Wingstop are two DFW-based chains making some national food news. While Wingstop continues to grow at rapid speed, Pizza Inn is hoping franchise incentives and a kids-friendly concept will help propel their new prototype restaurants to success. The Colony-based pizza chain i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    Valley View Center Loses One More Tenant, as Borders Closes the Book on Waldenbooks

    ​A Friend of Unfair Park sends word: Borders Group is removing from its shelf 200 Waldenbooks locations across the U.S. -- including, as you can tell from the headline, the longstanding Valley View Center location, which opened in October 1999. Employees there only found out about the closure, sch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    Food For Thought 5.1.09

    "It's killing our markets. Where they got the name, I just don't know." (Iowa hog farmer Francis Gilmore on the effect of swine flu on the value of his product. Since the outbreak and spread of this virus, hog prices have dropped from a $62 per 100 pounds average to $59 per 100 pounds, on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2009

    Southwest's Settlement With the FAA Will Cost the Carrier Quite a Few Peanuts

    Speaking of Southwest Airlines ... The Federal Aviation Administration today announced that at long last it has reached an agreement with the Dallas-based carrier concerning those 46 planes that were allowed to fly despite their not having been inspected for fuselage cracks. Southwest will pony up $ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2009

    Update: Beer And Cheese Pairing Canceled

    The Mozzarella Company's beer and cheese pairing mentioned in yesterday's Hash Over post and scheduled for this evening has been canceled in anticipation of tonight's Chicago-like weather forecast.

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2008

    Dora's Crying. Mommy, Make it Stop.

    On Page 13A of Your Morning Paper is Dora the Explorer, crying all over a full-page ad that screams: "Time Warner Cable is Taking Dora Off the Air Tonight! Along with 19 of your favorite channels!" Which is a bit of a stretch. Spike? Please. MTV? Since when? 1985? TV Land? Since when? 1966? OK, thou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2008

    The Deep End: Dallas Fed's Bleak Texas Manufacturing Survey

    Moments ago, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas released its latest Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey -- a snapshot look at what folks are making, ordering and selling -- and it's not looking good, not surprisingly. As in:Texas factory activity deteriorated further in December, according to busine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2008

    Southwest Doesn't Feel Like Paying the FAA $10.2 Million in Fines. So There.

    Southwest Airlines doesn't feel the Federal Aviation Administration's $10.2 million fine, handed down in March and due last August, is "fair or reasonable." So, you know what, Southwest's not gonna pay it, its spokesperson tells Bloomberg News today. To which the FAA says it's "still talking with" S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2008

    A Coffee-Table Tribute to Those Who Built This City (Not on Rock and Roll)

    From the book: "Storey Stemmons, Trammell Crow and John Stemmons pose prayerfully as L. G.Rainey of Equitable prepares to take over the permanent financing from J.D. Francis of the Mercantile Bank." After the jump, the full press release announcing the publication of THE BOOK -- Dallas/Fort Worth Co ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 16, 2008

    Beer Is Good

    Texas law stifles state's craft brewers

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2008

    Airline Execs Now Have Common Enemy: Goddamned Oil Speculators!

    So, from the looks of a letter that arrived in my in-box last night, most of the airlines' woes come from but a single source: oil speculators. At least, that's what American Airlines' Gerard Arpey and Southwest Airlines' Gary Kelly -- and nine of their fellow CEOs and presidents -- insist in a miss ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2008

    PlayRadioPlay Splits With Label

    Less than four months after the release of Texas, Aledo-based PlayRadioPlay is no longer affiliated with Island Records or the label’s distributor, Universal Music Group. Dan Hunter, the man behind the bubblegum electro-pop, announced the release with a two-page letter outlining how things went s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2008

    AA's Tim Wagner Will Now Answer Your Questions and Concerns. Be Nice.

    As many Friends know, Tim Wagner is the spokesman for American Airlines. He's also a frequent contributor to Unfair Park's comments -- especially, oh, when it comes to items concerning American Airlines, which are more and more frequent during these troubled times in the airline industry. To that en ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2008

    Update: The Fear of Landing

    At this point, we're sticking with Braniff. In the comments section of an earlier item today, our good (and beleaguered) Friend Tim Wagner -- ya know, The Voice of American Airlines -- offers further details regarding the airline's compensation package for those left stranded by the airline's copio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2008

    Is Fort Worth-Based BNSF Trying to "Intimidate Its Critics"?

    LEGO A couple of local items of interest, courtesy nonprofit Public Citizen. After the jump, another Chantix chant, but first up, the D.C.-based consumer advocacy group's involved in some federal litigation in Tarrant County, where Fort Worth-based Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway is trying to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2007

    Is the Man Behind the TXU Deal a Hero or a Villain? Depends.

    To his friends, this is Fred Krupp. To his enemies, reports The New Republic, he's Fred Corrupt. In the new issue of The New Republic, there's a lengthy (subscription-only) profile of Fred Krupp -- president of Environmental Defense and the man behind TXU's $45-billion sale to Kohlberg Kravis Robert ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2007

    Crime Does, In Fact, Pay

    Them prison bars are made of gold for portfolio manager Jamie Cuellar. Jamie Cuellar is a portfolio manager at Brazos Mutual Funds on Sherry Lane; I know, exciting, right? Only, yeah -- at least Forbes thinks so in its new issue. That's because Cuellar has seen the future of investing -- and it's in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2007

    Still Plenty of Smoke to Be Cleared in TXU Deal

    A press release has gone out announcing that the law firm of Steve Susman, the Houston-based attorney representing Mayor Laura Miller's Texas Clean Air Cities Coalition, has "successfully concluded its pro bono representation" of the coalition in its fight against TXU's 11 proposed coal-fired power ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2006

    Crow No Mo'. (Well, Kinda. Pretty Much, Yeah.)

    On Halloween we told you that the largest commercial real estate company in the world, Los Angeles-based CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc., was acquiring Trammell Crow Company for $2.2 billion. The only thing standing in the way of the deal going down was Trammell Crow shareholders' giving their A-OK. We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2006

    And Qantas Never Crashed

    Texas Pacific Group, the Fort Worth-based private capital firm ($20 billion worth) with arms in San Francisco and London, has made a roughly $8.5 billion takeover move for Aussie Qantas Airways in tandem with the Australian merchant bank Macquaried Bank, Ltd., as reported in the Wall Street Journal. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2006

    Does Every Former NFL Player Wind Up in Real Estate?

    David Richards went from HP to SMU to the real estate. Well, of course. On Halloween, as you no doubt recall, the largest commercial real estate company in the world, CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc., announced it was acquiring Trammell Crow Company for $2.2 billion. The deal isn't expected to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2006

    Shopping at Foley's

    Really, would you wanna give Mark Foley any money? Seems some of yer fellow North Texans have. S'up, Pete Sessions? Here's one more good reason to never give politicians a single buck: One day they're championing childrens' rights, the next they're givin' 'em the IM reach-around. And then bored blog ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2006

    Up Doo-Doo River

    Tim. Seriously. You state that the water from the sewage plant will be much cleaner than the water in the river. That's true. Then you propose a continuous loop, sans portage, going with the flow from the downstream sewage plant upriver through the lake, then downstream via the river, going with the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2006

    Whatta Load

    Air Cargo World, billed as the authoritative voice of the international air freight industry, named Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport as the world's most excellent cargo airport in its second Air Cargo Excellence Survey based on a worldwide query of air cargo users. Fraport Frankfort got the s ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 10, 2005

    Sour Grapes

    At Tony's Wine Warehouse, there's a sucker born every minute

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