Hey, I have a reader challenge for you. I need your take on something. A week ago I told you the city sent a letter to the owner of a car wash on MLK telling him it was planning a project and his property "will be needed for the project." I said it was an "eminent domain" letter officially notifyin ... More >>
The usual threats and thuggery at City Hall threaten business owners.
Wow. I take it all back, Tea Party. You cool. In fact, I'm jealous. Targeted by the IRS. There was a time when that would have been my dream come true. I remember back in the day when my hippie friends started getting their FBI files under the Freedom of Information Act. I was always afraid to as ... More >>
In June, the city of Dallas unveiled its Complete Streets Design Manual, a rather dense set of guidelines for the city as it dabbles with the idea of building certain roadways less as places that cars blow through en route from Point A to Point B and more as boulevards that are at least as accommoda ... More >>
It's easy to bemoan Dallas' glacial progress on the bike plan that is supposed to, one day, connect the city with an extensive network of bike lanes, but credit should be given where it's due. In the spring, it was the shared lane that randomly sprung up on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard next to F ... More >>
A year and a half ago, the owners of Pan-African Connection Bookstore, Bandele Tyehimba and his wife Akwete, found out their building was being torn down and replaced with a dentist's office. They'd been at the location at the corner of Marsalis and Jefferson for more than 21 years. "I guess we were ... More >>
Well, I think my hat-cam is going to change my life. Now I can take you along on my daily adventures. You don't especially want to go? Come on. Try it. Be a sport. What I do every day may not be high drama, but it beats working. I go to a lot of stuff that doesn't "make" as a story -- that i ... More >>
First there was a Better Block; then, a Better Boulevard; then, just yesterday, a Better Bridge. Of all the efforts to temporarily transform a piece of the city into something other than what it is, yesterday's brief installation atop the Cedar Crest Bridge, which connects Oak Cliff to South Dall ... More >>
Photo by Erin WaltersThe North Texans for 9/11 Truth-ers riding in the 2009 MLK Day Parade down Martin Luther King Jr. BoulevardWith the decade anniversary of 9/11 almost here, there's been a run of stories in every media outlet, major and minor, about both the September 11 attacks and the decade th ... More >>
As a community, we get horrible leadership from City Hall. Terrible. City Hall brings out the worst in us. On Monday, Building Community Workshop (called bcWORKSHOP), a housing advocacy group, began installing plywood silhouette figures of homeless people around town with cardboard signs urg ... More >>
Just got the heads-up: At this very moment, volunteers with the bcWORKSHOP are out and about installing cut-outs like those you see below across the city, from North Dallas to downtown to White Rock and points in between. They're intended to raise awareness about how to end homelessness. The c ... More >>
Photos by Patrick MichelsThere wasn't much silence at all from the crowd at Franklin Stadium last night. Check out more photos here in our slide show.As Sam noted yesterday, the local Republican party shelled out three grand for a proper venue to accommodate the mammoth crowd they expected at the ... More >>
Toothpaste for DinnerScared to flash your wallet this holiday season at the mall for fear somebody might nab it? Hate leaving your goodie bags in the car will result in a smashed-in window? (No, we're not talking to you, NorthPark Center. Why do you ask? Oh ... right.) Look, don't worry: The ... More >>
Sam MertenThis go-round, Dallas City Hall has thoughtfully provided a list of city-run buildings that'll be open and closed tomorrow, the second furlough day per City Manager Mary Suhm's cost-cutting efforts. So, let's see: City Hall's closed; so too the Oak Cliff Municipal Center, so there goes my ... More >>
Hal SamplesLearn more about The Bridge, the city's homeless assistance center, in this week's Observer.The city council this morning approved three-year contracts totaling $5.3 million with 14 area nonprofit groups -- including The Salvation Army and Central Dallas Ministries -- to provide assistan ... More >>
Alexa SchirtzingerAt last night's "Day of Decision Rally," timed to coincide with the California Supreme Court's ruling on Proposition 8, the cries of "We're here! We're queer! Get used to it!" rang out above the roar of traffic at the corner of Cedar Springs Road and Oak Lawn Avenue. "Se-pa-rate, c ... More >>
Stage and screen legends speak at TBAAL
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The Dallas Symphony Orchestra combines cultures in weekend concert series
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Dallas activists fight
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James Brown used them. Hip-hoppers stole from them. Will these women finally get their due?
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