Meadows Foundation

  • News

    June 14, 2012

    The North Dallas Plot to Take Over DISD

    Rich, white, North Dallas businessmen are plotting to take over Dallas' schools. Maybe this time it'll work.

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    Bid Document: Dallas PD Wants 300 More Surveillance Cameras in 27 Parts of Town

    ​Scanning the city's inscrutable bids website this morning in the hopes of finding that not-there-yet Dallas Farmers Market RFP, I came across this instead: a 102-page request for proposals from the Dallas Police Department, which is looking to significantly step up its arsenal of video surveillan ... More >>

  • News

    February 16, 2012

    Michael Sorrell Revived Paul Quinn College (and Almost Died Doing It)

    Dallas' only historically black college was on the brink of collapse. Now the students are protesters, the football field is a farm and the president is the star.

  • News

    October 6, 2011

    Dumped On

    How will City Hall's garbage dump vote turn trash into treasure? Ask the Reverend Stephen Nash.

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    Want to Get More Involved in the Dallas ISD? Then Here You Go. But It Ain't Free.

    ​Over the last couple of weeks I've received numerous emails suggesting I sign up for something called Leadership DISD, which promises to develop "education-focused, informed leaders within the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) service area who affect positive change and help to lead suppo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    And Now For the George W. Bush Institute's Second Initiative: "Middle School Matters"

    See, Thomas C. Marsh -- middle school does matter.​Way back in September, Laura Bush stopped by North Dallas High School to introduce the George W. Bush Institute's education initiative intended to change "the way America's public school principals are identified, recruited, selected, prepared, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    Meadows Foundation to Give Park and Rec $73,000 to Fund a Fund Development Director

    ​I saw on the City Hall blog that Meadows Foundation is calling a morning press conference to announce a grant that will allow the budget-strapped Park and Rec Department to "bring in a director of development this fall to pursue grants and donations for the City of Dallas Park and Recreation need ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2010

    Meadows Foundation Gives Deck Park Half a Mil For TBD Arts Programming

    ​Two months ago, Chase pledged $3 million to the Woodall Rodgers Deck Park -- for, specifically, the crescent-moon-shaped, 15-foot-wide Promenade that will span the length of the 5.2-acre park currently under construction. But, as we noted two weeks later, there's still much fund-raising left to d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2010

    On This Day of Service, Emmitt Smith and Family Lend a Helping Hand on Congo Street

    Courtesy Pat and Emmitt Smith CharitiesBrent Brown, left, with Pat and Emmitt Smith and their kids on Congo Street near Fair Park this morning​Since June 2008, Brent Brown and his bcWORKSHOP have been rebuilding a handful of century-old single-family homes that line Congo Street, in the Jubilee Pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2010

    The Trinty River "Poses a High Risk to Recreational Users"? That Can't Be Right.

    The Trinity River looks fine to us in this conceptual rendering of the Standing Wave whitewater-maker.​Environment Texas, an Austin-based research group, made available today a report on Texas rivers that lists the state's most dangerously polluted waterways, particularly those fouled by chemicals ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2009

    Chief David Kunkle's Letter to DPD

    ​Last night, Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle explained why, 30 minutes from now, he will hold a press conference to announce his retirement, effective April 30. After the jump you will find his letter to the department, in which he outlines strides made during his five-year tenure -- including po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2009

    Paul Quinn Starts Semester With Small Number of Students But a Large Pile of Cash

    ​Struggling to remain viable since losing its Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation this summer, Paul Quinn College yesterday announced a major fund-raising milestone. The historic black college has raised more than $1 million since July, when the Texas Legislative Black Caucu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2009

    Water, Water Everywhere: KERA Kicks Off Its Yearlong Look at the Trinity River

    Courtesy Margaret A. Purse/KERAA Trinity River Navigation Company stock certificate from 1892As I mentioned a couple of weeks back, KERA's working on an enormo Trinity River project with pieces for radio, TV and Internets. Today, we got a sneak peek at a major slice of the pie, which includes everyt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2008

    Odds and Sods: Of Michaels, the Meadows Foundation and the Eternal Sunshine of Downtown Dallas

    While we wait for Sam to post from the city council briefing -- where, for the first time, the entire council will discuss the smoking ordinance -- a few random notes. First, a Friend of Unfair Park points us toward the latest earnings report from Irving-based arts-and-craft emporium Michaels Stores ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2008

    Studying the Dallas School Board and the "Theory of Action for Change"

    One of the more astounding discoveries I have made about the Dallas school board is that its recent behavior has been based on a so-called "theory of action for change" -- part of a program called The Reform Governance® Framework run by an outfit called the Center for Reform of School Systems (or ... More >>

  • News

    November 20, 2008

    DISD Trustees May Make Cutbacks in Democratic Process

    DISD trustees may try to cancel next year's school board election to preserve the status quo and the superintendent

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2008
  • Blogs

    March 20, 2007

    Are the Cameras Looking Up in Downtown?

    Yesterday, we mentioned that downtown Dallas is now under the watchful eye of 40 Sony security video cameras, 35 wireless radio transmitters and seven electronic storage devices that have been mounted on streetlight poles and building rooftops. The point, of course, is to deter crime or capture inci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2007

    Keeping an Eye on Downtown

    If you're in downtown, chances are you're being watched by the Dallas Police Department, which today announced that in January, it installed 40 Sony security video cameras, 35 wireless radio transmitters and seven electronic storage devices on streetlight poles and building rooftops. Actually, DPD d ... More >>

  • News

    January 25, 2007

    Goodbye, Groovy East Dallas

    How Jim Schutze forsook his hippie-dippy days and learned to love the snout house

  • News

    June 15, 2006

    Cool, Uncool

    The city council decides our future this week

  • News

    September 22, 2005

    Jesus in a Mullet

    Del Hendrixson's uncertain journey from convict to Dallas gang guru

  • News

    August 4, 2005

    If You Can't Argue the Facts...

    Plus: Every Picture Tells a Story

  • News

    August 1, 2002

    The Ex-Con Game

    How do we deal with the staggering number of prisoners re-entering society? Ned Rollo thinks he knows. He should. He's been there.

  • Culture

    May 17, 2001

    Bilbao Envy

    Meadows' show of Santiago Calatrava's designs is one big missed opportunity

  • News

    May 3, 2001

    Locked In

    Trinity Works says it helps poor people find housing and jobs. But an Observer investigation reveals questionable policies that do little except ensure its clients never leave.

  • Culture

    December 7, 2000

    Easy Target

    The DTC's A Christmas Carol is a show loaded with blanks

  • News

    October 12, 2000

    Nurturing Nature

    New growth blooms at the Dallas Nature Center at last

  • Culture

    September 7, 2000

    Sibling Rivalry

    The sister cities finally split up for "Gallery Night"

  • Culture

    December 30, 1999


    The mothers of invention

  • Culture

    December 16, 1999


    MAC dandyBox-office buzz

  • News

    September 16, 1999

    Against the wall

    Despite regional rivalries and hard times, the Fall Gallery Walk has picked up its pace

  • Culture

    August 19, 1999


    Guerrilla tactics; The teacher as artist; Mastered disaster

  • Culture

    May 20, 1999

    Critics' choice

    Four Exposition Park galleries make their bid to enhance the local arts scene and fail

  • News

    February 25, 1999

    Bucking Crazy

    Want in on the dirt floor of rodeo's marquee event? A guy in Mansfield has your ride.

  • News

    December 3, 1998

    The garden of life

    In East Dallas' Little Asia, a community blooms in fields of litter

  • News

    November 20, 1997

    One Fine Mess

    Elected by no one, John Scovell and a clique of Dallas business leaders brought you DISD's most infamous cast of characters: Yvonne Gonzalez, Dan Peavy, Bill Keever, and Sandy Kress. Thanks a lot.

  • News

    June 13, 1996

    Lost Art

    Dallas' most compelling art museum is hidden away in an old East Dallas firehouse

  • News

    June 22, 1995

    Why Dallas Can't Dance

    Ballet Dallas may finally succumb to years of self-inflicted mediocrity