Michael Davis

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2011

    Plush Lives to Party Another Day, But Not Before Being Reminded to Play By the Rules

    Via.​A blow has been struck in the name of fun: Owners of the ultra-lounge Plush fought for their right to party and won today at the City Plan Commission, when the panel voted to extend the club's specific use permit (SUP) for one year. As we mentioned yesterday, the club has been operating illeg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    Plan Commissioner Davis on Lower Greenville Plan and Why He's Against Waiving Fees

    ​Andrea, as you'll no doubt recall, spent most of last Thursday in the City Plan Commission meeting, waiting for them to get 'round to the Lower Greenville Planned Development District discussion. During the public hearing, Andrea liveblogged this update:Michael Davis says he does not support fee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    Visiting Jubilee Park and Greenville Avenue During Today's Plan Commission Liveblog

    Just remember: If and when that Lower Greenville Ave. PD passes, this is what you'll get next summer. Ish.​Put down your Angry Birds Seasons, it's time for the City Plan Commission public hearing! Today the big item on the agenda is the rezoning of Lower Greenville into a Planned Development Distr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2010

    West Dallas Chamber Chair Is Not Pleased With Plan to Put Salvage Yard Near Trinity River

    From Victor Toledo's PowerPoint​On May 20, the City Plan Commission gave Bruce Heydarian the okee-doke to plant an enormous scrap yard on Singleton Boulevard and Pluto Street, not terribly far from the Trinity River. Only two commissioners voted against the plan, among them Michael Davis; the rest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    Liveblogging's A Gas at City Hall, As Plan Commission Denies XTO's Drill Site Application

    Flickr user Schlüsselbein2007Mountain Creek Lake in far western Oak Cliff, which could be the site of Dallas's first gas drilling operation.​[Update at 6:45: To spare you the trouble of reading all the way through, here's the news. With a 7-6 vote, the commission denied XTO Energy's application f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2010

    Read the Extra Safeguards Plan Commission Is Considering for Dallas's First Gas Drilling Site

    Hensley Field, where XTO hopes to begin Dallas' first gas drilling operation.​After hearing from the public and discussing the issue at great length last Thursday, the City Plan Commission stopped short of recommending an SUP for XTO Energy to drill for gas at Hensley Field. It would be the first ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2010

    Liveblogging as the City Plan Commission Hears from the People on Gas Drilling and Food Trucks

    This guy didn't make it to City Hall this afternoon, but plenty more folks have something to say about new gas drilling sites in Dallas.​We're down in the big room at City Hall, where the City Plan Commission's taken over the big boy chairs and taped their nametags over the City Council's placards ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2009

    Mitchell Rasansky Says He "Got the Sense" Some Council Members Tried to Kill FBI Informant's Affordable Housing Deals

    Brian HarkinWill the jury get to hear from Mitchell Rasansky? Based on what he told us, we're going out on a limb and saying yes.Mitchell Rasansky, who served with Don Hill on the Dallas City Council for six years and is listed as a potential witness in Hill's ongoing federal corruption trial, says ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2009

    Gun Crazy

    City of Springfield, IllinoisDid not see that coming. Yesterday, first thing, I pointed out Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway's call to arms -- meaning, of course, his call for folks to part with their firearms in exchange for 50 bucks' worth of Kroger groceries Saturday morning at Reunion. Shortl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2008

    A New Year's Resolution for Carolyn Davis: Get Better at Fund-Raising, Math

    Brian Harkin Whilst searching city records, we stumbled upon council member Carolyn Davis's semiannual campaign finance report. She filed the document November 17, which was nearly two months ahead of the January 15 deadline. Since Davis is hardly the model of punctuality when it comes to filing re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2008

    Well, So Much For That Piece O' Cake Industrial Boulevard Renaming

    Strike me dead, this city has a soul after all. City Plan Commissioner Neil Emmons just pulled off a brilliant political and parliamentary coup, leading the plan commission to an 11-3 vote that just may revive the issue of renaming Industrial Boulevard for Cesar Chavez. Today, to the obvious surpri ... More >>

  • News

    March 27, 2008

    The Dwaine Caraway Show

    Starring that new breed of politician who wants to root out your crack houses, close down your whorehouses and pull up your pants

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2008
  • Blogs

    December 12, 2007

    For Half a Mil, the Hard Rock Cafe Can be Yours -- Temporarily

    Courtesy Michael Davis, Dallas Progress-ive and Dallas City Plan Commissioner, comes word that the former Hard Rock Cafe's now for lease -- since that sale never went through. Earlier this year, the former McKinney Avenue Baptist Church, built in 1910, was the subject of a vicious fight over histori ... More >>

  • Music

    November 15, 2007

    Autopsying the Monkey Bar

    The City Plan Commission said no to Monkey Bar's SUP request—what the hell happened?

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2007

    Is a Portland Company a True Guardian of Two Low-Income Dallas Complexes?

    Mark Graham Sequina Moore lives in the Pleasant Village Apartments, one of two Dallas complexes bought by a Portland-based property management company. Two issues ago we spotlighted the efforts of a Portland, Oregon-based property management company that's attempting to turn around one of the worst ... More >>

  • Film

    September 6, 2007

    Owen, Clive Owen

    Shoot 'Em Up proves that its star could have been a killer Bond

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2007

    The Unholy Trinity: Kirk, Miller and Leppert

    God damn that was fast. Not 30 minutes after Mr. Jim posted his item about the Trinity toll road referendum, Becky Mayad shot out a media release concerning the leadership of the "Vote No! Save the Trinity" committee -- which includes Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway, who I coulda sworn used to b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2007

    Tom Leppert and Candlebox: Jesus, That's One Hell of a Double Bill

    We haven't called Tom Leppert for mayor yet. But Leppert's people sure have. Oakley's too, damned near. "It's not looking good at this point," Ed Oakley told KDFW-Channel 4 at 9:04 tonight -- nonetheless, the nattily dressed council member said he was "cautiously optimistic" about gaining ground on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2007

    Gosh, Can't They Both Be Mayor?

    Um, is the answer "no," or is this a trick question? Some random mayoral musings this a.m... In the Houston Chronicle this morning, our old pal and colleague Tom Korosec blames all those "Ed Oakley is gay" articles on TIme magazine. He also discovers that Texas Eagle Forum's Cathie Adams and Interd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2007

    Knock, Knock. Who's There? Democrat Ed Oakley, That's Who, Damn It.

    Michael Davis over at Dallas Progress has made no secret who he's voting for next weekend: Tom Leppert -- or, as Schutze now calls him, "The Leppert of Two Evils." So it's no surprise that Michael takes offense at the way Ed Oakley keeps turning an allegedly nonpartisan race into a Dem vs. Them co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2006

    Re: DHA Has a Lott of Nerve

    Betty Culbreath, chair of the City Plan Commission, seconds the emotion that Ann Lott's ouster as Dallas Housing Authority CEO has something to do with the city's wanting to sell Little Mexico to a private developer. (Michael Davis at DallasProgress pointed us in Culbreath's direction.) Indeed, she ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2006

    The Last Slice (?) of Bama Pie

    The reason the Bama Pie isn't a museum yet? Red tape. That's what Dallas' Only Daily says. OK. Cool. I hoped--no, prayed--our August 2 posting on the Bama Pie building would be our last; we've spilled a lot of virtual ink on the $364,000 project that's got zero to show for itself at this late date, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2006

    Pie in the Sky

    This is the Motorsports Museum as Derrick Mitchem envisions it on his bare-bones Web site. By now, perhaps, you know the name Derrick Mitchem, the man behind the long-scheduled Motorsports Museum that's supposed to open in the old Bama Pie Co. building on Pennsylvania Avenue and Fourth Avenue across ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2006

    Re: Pie in the Face

    So, I see how this works. First we write about the money pit known as the Bama Pie Co. building in November of last year. Then we do it again in March. Then we do it again last week, after local blogtivist Michael Davis posted something on his site about the posts on our site, which appeared on othe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2006

    Pie in the Face

    This is the Bama Pie Co. building. Doesn't look like a museum. Money pit's more like it. At the risk of falling into the echo chamber, let me bring up, one more time, the case of the Bama Pie Co. building on Pennsylvania Avenue across the street from Fair Park. I bring it up because Friend of Unfair ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2006

    Steve Blow Is an Idiot

    Is this man to blame for a shooting downtown over the weekend? Doubtful. Don't tell Steve Blow, though. About that headline...I've felt that way for some time, but I've never cared enough to go on the record and say so. Now, Steve Blow has gone and blamed a murder on rap lyrics. Actually, the Dallas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2006

    Taming Leo

    This is among the dozens of photos of South Dallas ACORN presented to council members in its report on South Dallas neglect for the past, oh, century or so. If it's the last day of school before summer break, the kids must be cleaning out the lockers and throwing their papers in the air. Today at 2: ... More >>

  • News

    June 16, 2005


    Stuck in Squalor Numbers Racket Sex Crime Myths

  • Music

    June 24, 2004

    Detroit Champs

    DKT/MC5 returns to remind us how jams are supposed to be kicked out

  • News

    June 24, 1999

    Put your ears on

    Disney hopes its upstart kids radio network will be more than just a Mickey Mouse effort