Jeff Liles, the talent buyer at the Kessler Theater and resident local music aficionado, has been promising a big headliner for the third-annual North Oak Cliff Music Festival. Well, this is a big one, and it couldn't have much more significance for Oak Cliff either. Edie Brickell, who was born and ... More >>
Why Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins was so quick to come to child migrants' rescue.
Off-duty Dallas police officer Antonio Hudson shot and killed Andrew Scott Gaynier, who was unarmed, in an Oak Cliff street on Sunday night after the Gaynier apparently charged the officer, according to police. A little after 6 p.m., Hudson responded to a 911 dispatch about a man "walking up and do ... More >>
The regulations the Dallas City Council might eventually maybe get around to putting on Uber, Lyft, and the like could include a provision requiring a certain portion of their fleets to be handicapped-accessible. But there are already laws in place requiring transportation providers to accommodate p ... More >>
The freezing drizzle that rolled into town on Monday evening was, as far as recent North Texas winter storms go, a mild one. No coating of ice snapping tree limbs, no blanket of snow, just a really cold mist. It was just enough to ice over the flyovers where Highway Spur 408 crosses Interstate 20. ... More >>
Kendric Littles, 33, almost made it home safely last night. Just before 1 a.m., he was headed back to his Oak Cliff home when, less than a block from his house, he came upon a blue 2012 Hyundai parked in the middle of the street. The car was blocking the road, meaning Littles couldn't get home. So ... More >>
DART's police force may spend more of its time tracking down fare jumpers than a typical law enforcement agency, but they are real, licensed peace officers with all the associated powers. Like carrying firearms. A DART police trainee was learning how to use his this morning at DART PD's Corinth Str ... More >>
Yesterday afternoon, at the mobile home they share on Lawson Road in the Rylie neighborhood of Dallas, 52-year-old Warren Miller and his wife began to argue. At issue, police say, was $20 that had been left in the living room. The argument escalated into something more serious when police say the w ... More >>
When Jason Roberts and his crew at the Oak Cliff Transit Authority first began trying to fund a streetcar line connect downtown with Oak Cliff, they asked the feds for around $48 million. They got only half of that. They've scraped together a bit more funding from various sources, but not enough to ... More >>
More than three years ago, a woman Dallas police will not identify for her safety returned to her home on Frio Drive in South Dallas. A 36-year-old man named Hashim Anderson was there when she went to bed. At around 12:15 a.m., she jolted awake to "knocking noises and dogs barking." She peered out o ... More >>
Update at 3:46 p.m.Methodist says nuh uh. Spokeswoman Sandra Minatra sends word via email: Thanks for contacting us for a response to the release of a statement by a small subset of members of the Oak Cliff Gateway committee. It is our understanding that the full recommendations of the committee h ... More >>
Update at 2:36 p.m.:Police have posted a more detailed account of the shooting on their Facebook page: On June 2, 2012 John Robert Husband, 02/12/1991, was observed by Dallas Police Officer Leland Limbaugh #10051 driving into the Spring Ridge Apartments at 3600 Folklore Trail without signaling his ... More >>
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.
Drive around Dallas -- not the suburbs, Dallas -- and what do you see? You see a nice kind of new well-kept Dallas toward the northern end of the city, with a few glitches here and there. But anywhere south of Mockingbird you're likely to see a bunch of crapped-out streets and busted curbs. If you g ... More >>
Current Photo By Alex Scott/Historic Photo ©Dallas Historical SocietyIn February 2010, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced that the downtown Dallas streetcar project, then expected to run around $58 million, would get a huge hunk of its funding from the feds -- $23 million, to be pr ... More >>
Why should Dallas build a tiny, inefficient streetcar line when it's broke? Because trolleys are groovy.
This is for sale right now on eBay. Seven bids so far, up to $31, 23 hours left. Cheaper than a time machine.So. David Leininger, Dallas Area Rapid Transit's chief financial officer, and council member Linda Koop just called to talk -- what else? -- streetcars, on both the DART board and city cou ... More >>
Photo by Patrick MichelsThe council will take one more look at the Kinkisharyo ameriTRAM streetcar on Monday.On Monday the city council's Transportation and Environment Committee will devote its entire meeting to the subject of streetcars. In fact, there's a field trip involved, as council member ... More >>
Click to embiggen the current streetcar project alignment, which runs all of 1.6 milesHere's a council committee briefing worth keeping an eye on today: Streetcar Planning Update, always a topic of interest but even more so as the Federal Transit Administration revenue-service deadline barrels do ... More >>
As we saw this morning, the city's having enough problems funding that 1.6-mile streetcar starter line from Union Station to Methodist Hospital (or close to). So how does it expect to stretch track over more than 40 miles in and three miles around downtown Dallas, which is the ultimate goal? Easy ... More >>
We took the long way to Oak Cliff last weekend, turning off the Houston Street Viaduct on to Greenbriar Lane, which runs parallel to the Trinity River. No particular reason, just in no particular rush. It was at that point we found ourselves amongst a forest of sleek metal-n-wood townhomes, other ... More >>
Photos by Sam MertenThe three announced mayoral candidates -- Ron Natinsky, Mike Rawlings and David Kunkle -- squared off for the first time last night in North Oak Cliff.Although he typically exhibits a dry temperament, former Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle nabbed some much-needed laughs f ... More >>
Photos by Sam MertenTwo-term incumbent city council member Dave Neumann and political newbie Scott Griggs at last night's debate in North Oak Cliff.Following the mayoral forum held last night at Methodist Hospital's Hitt Auditorium, District 3 city council candidate Scott Griggs and incumbent ... More >>
The city, North Central Texas Council of Governments and Dallas Area Rapid Transit held that streetcar town hall last night. Among those in attendance was Jason Roberts -- who, in addition to his myriad other titles and endeavors, is an Oak Cliff Transit Authority board member and the former head ... More >>
Dallas's first new streetcar line will run from Union Station to near Methodist Hospital in Oak Cliff. At least, that's the plan at present.I've been playing phone tag with Keith Manoy, the city's senior transportation planner and the point man for all things streetcar. It's understandable. He's ... More >>
David Spence/OakCliff.comThe Dallas City Council and Dallas Area Rapid Transit board will hold a joint meeting this morning during which they'll discuss, among other things, DART's long-term expansion plans, the planned Blue Line extension to the University of North Texas at Dallas campus and tha ... More >>
University of Texas at Arlington LibraryMain and Akard, circa 1953That headline is the very first sentence in a press release from the U.S. Federal Transit Administration announcing that on Thursday, it and the North Central Texas Council of Governments finally signed the grant agreement that wil ... More >>
No doubt City Hall will send out a release sooner or later, or post it to the City Secretary's open-meetings page, but we like to plan ahead. So, in case you missed the notice -- buried in tiny type at the bottom of Page 4B in the morning paper, right next to the El Centro ad -- there's a public ... More >>
Daniel RodrigueBob StimsonThe Oak Cliff spirit of urban development and community outreach, which we are physically incapable of not writing about here in the paper and online, continues -- this time, with an urban planning storefront that's the result of a partnership between the Oak Cliff Chamb ... More >>
Daniel RodrigueThe crowd trying to get into the Methodist Hospital auditorium for the Cliff Manor town hall several weeks agoApparently my column in this week's print edition has sparked some controversy (I just hate that, shy fellow that I am), especially a quote from developer David Spence to t ... More >>
After "thousands of hours of discussion and debate," according to architect Rick Garza, head of the Bishop/Davis Land Use and Zoning Study steering committee, the Dallas City Council will finally vote on the plan Wednesday. Bob Stimson, the former city council member who's now president of ... More >>
Click to embiggen this "Davis Corridor Mixed Use Prototype" from the Bishop/Davis Land Use and Zoning Study.Organizers of last night's public hearing on the Bishop/Davis Land Use and Zoning Study at Methodist Hospital in Oak Cliff tried to head off any contentious quarreling and outbursts from th ... More >>
It's been some three months since the City Plan Commission took up the Bishop Davis Land Use & Zoning Study, only to decide, against city staff's recommendation, to put the thing under advisement pending further public comment. Said commission chair Joe Alcantar, "We want to make sure that we ... More >>
Andrea GrimesThe St. Cecilia's Community Garden was on yesterday's tourSunday afternoon, a horde of be-SPF'd cyclists gathered outside Eno's in Oak Cliff's Bishop Arts District to launch an extremely polite two-wheeled assault on Oak Cliff. The "Spring Has Sprung Garden Ride" was more of a summer ... More >>
Photos by Daniel RodrigueYesterday afternoon, before heading to the board meeting at Dallas Independent School District's Ross Avenue HQ, we stopped by Vickery Wholesale Greenhouse -- the lone business that DISD's seeking to condemn as it moves ahead with plans for a new O.M. Roberts Elementary S ... More >>
Daniel RodrigueBob Stimson and Schutze find common ground: Oak Cliff kicks ass.The Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce offered up a smorgasbord of presentations last night focusing on various initiatives from parks and the arts to bicycles and trolleys, and the community turned out in droves. An es ... More >>
Like we said Friday, once upon a time the city had hoped to turn the Continental Bridge into a streetcar-pedestrian park mash-up -- that conceptual rendering you see above didn't come outta nowhere. But one anonymous $10-million donation later, and, as Jim noted upon his return from City Hall yes ... More >>
Courtesy the Oak Cliff Transit AuthorityOne of the original streetcars that ran through Oak Cliff long, long agoJason Roberts -- a Happy Bullet, co-founder of the Art Conspiracy, Texas Theater-rehabber and, for the purposes of this item, Oak Cliff Transit Authority board member -- sends word that th ... More >>
He claims to have invented e-mail. He holds a world skydiving record. But his current invention promises to top them all
A group of veterans says John Kerry stretches the truth about his Vietnam service. Who can you believe? Who knows?
Many mistakes were made the day a 340-pound gorilla got loose at the Dallas Zoo. One keeper almost paid for them with her life. But should the deputy zoo director have paid for them with his career?