J. Erik Jonsson took over as Dallas' mayor at a turbulent time for the city. John F. Kennedy had just been assassinated on Elm Street, and residents and leaders were struggling to come to terms with the event and its aftermath. Jonsson responded by preaching a forward-thinking optimism, urging cons ... More >>
Two interesting and ironically paired stories in the daily paper this morning -- one about an expensive planned do-over for the failed Victory Park development, a monument to the perils of great-man leadership, the other about a planned museum exhibit honoring J. Erik Jonsson, one of the city's most ... More >>
Here we are. Half-way through December. Are you doing okay? Are you sick to death of the Christmas carols yet? I still haven't gotten to do one of those gift exchanges where you get to steal your favorite gift; I think I am going to hold on to my holiday cheer till I can yank a $50 candle from someo ... More >>
Wasn't so long ago that the Dallas Public Library system appeared to be on life support, a victim of yet another round of city budget cuts. But at City Hall yesterday, during the council's Quality of Life Committee meeting, Interim Director of Libraries Corrine Hill insisted: Quite the contrary. ... More >>
In recent weeks we've taken sneak peeks at how pending budget cuts will more than likely gut the library system. But till Monday rolls 'round and Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm debuts her proposed FY2010-11 budget, we won't know for sure how deep those wounds will run. Nevertheless, Friends of the ... More >>
So says a memo from Assistant City Manager Forest Tucker to the city council sent last night: On May 11, the Dallas Public Library will go into OverDrive, the Cleveland, Ohio-based company that builds Web sites for libraries and allows users 24/7 download access to, so far, about 100,000 audioboo ... More >>
Larry BeasleySpeaking of the Trinity River Corridor Project ... When last we saw Larry Beasley, "the man who built Vancouver," he was among a handful of urban planners imported to teach the Dallas City Council a thing or three during a daylong gab session at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in ... More >>
From the big seminar at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library today: City council is hearing experts from Canada and Virginia tell them how to do civilized development. The big question, of course: Why would we want to be civilized?One irony: The Canadian guy told them Vancouver has no freeways at all ... More >>
Catch a classic at the central branch
Tour music history at the library
Hear the magic of sci-fi with TRTC
Hear the tale of a low ridin' queen
Which lady will meet you each week?
Was it hard out there for Henry Higgins?
Tyler's reels get special screenings
Susan Taylor discovers Dallas' culinary gems
It's the feel-bad movie of the week
Want to know why the city is making plans for the homeless downtown? Visit the library, but don't take the kids.
Museum offers a world of young art
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