Wait. The State Fair of Texas spent $30 million to start up a new summertime amusement park at Fair Park. It ran one season -- two months plus a week -- last summer. Now they're giving up already? No second season? What is this, Broadway? You put in $30 million, and it's such a bust from the get- ... More >>
New city manager promises transparency. Here's where he can start.
Cathie Adams, the president of the Texas Eagle Forum who briefly chaired the state's Republican Party, made her thesis clear early in a recent presentation to the Far North Dallas Tea Party with a quote from author Paul Sperry. America is fighting a perfect enemy, one protected by religious freedom ... More >>
Six years ago, SMU religious studies professor Mark Chancey teamed with the Texas Freedom Network to produce a report on the Bible classes that were proliferating in the state's public school classrooms. Chancey's not-very-surprising finding was that these classes were not so much even-handed, acad ... More >>
We told you Friday: Very, very, very, very early guesstimates at City Hall have the city short anywhere from $49 million to $87 million when it comes to putting together the FY2012-13 budget. City Manager Mary Suhm repeated that this morning: "We're very early in the process." The city's chief fi ... More >>
Late Thursday afternoon, and only because interim super Alan King had a flight to catch, the Dallas Independent School District trustees finally got around to discussing the 2012-13 budget and consolidating -- which is to say, closing -- those 11 campuses in order to save a guesstimated $11.5 mil ... More >>
Corps of Engineers documents contradict city's claims that everything's hunky-dory with plans to fix Trinity levees.
Stealing from the rich to ... oh, whatever. Funny is the message.
Moments ago, Ed Pensock, the interim director of the Texas Turnpike Authority, explained to the Texas Transportation Commission down in Austin why Dallas so desperately needs the so-called Horseshoe Project -- otherwise known as the redo of IH-30 and IH-35E over the Trinity River, once part of Pr ... More >>
Photos by Anna MerlanFrank Lutz addressing the council yesterdayThe Degolyer Estate at the Dallas Arboretum is a beautiful spot, a big house set back from a broad lawn, edged this time of the year with pumpkins and purple flowers. In the library, retreating Dallas City Council members and various ... More >>
I guess if you took a pickax and a fire hose to it, you could have dug out a little bit of the truth from this morning's City Hall briefing on the inland port, but you needed to have your tall rubber boots on. Before we wade into the bullshit, please allow me to tell you what's really going ... More >>
How will City Hall's garbage dump vote turn trash into treasure? Ask the Reverend Stephen Nash.
In a few minutes, the council's Economic Development Committee will take up the subject of Dallas' Workforce and Jobs, which comes with this 29-page PowerPoint worth a look-see even if you're not planning on following along, which we are. Long story short: "In an ongoing weak national economy," s ... More >>
Paul Quinn College President Michael SorrellAnyone who's even glanced Unfair Park in the last few months knows by now that City Manager Mary Suhm and Mary Nix, head of Sanitation Services, are hoping that the city council will vote tomorrow on a proposal that will force all solid-waste haulers to ... More >>
North Dallas High School is now in its fifth year of academic unacceptability per the TEA's ratings.For the past six days, the Dallas Independent School District has been hosting "community meetings" on campuses deemed academically unacceptable by the Texas Education Agency -- 33 in all, based, o ... More >>
What one corner of Walnut Hill and Skillman was supposed to look like by nowTwice now, following a weekend excursion to the scenic, dancing-watered parkingscape known as Lake Highlands Town Center, we've checked in on the city's efforts to back-on-track that stalled-out mixed-use development. Goo ... More >>
One of the 192 photos I took inside the Statler I can't bring myself to delete off my phoneKarl Zavitkovsky, director of the Office of Economic Development, has a long Monday morning ahead of him: He's scheduled to deliver three presentations to the council's Economic Development Committee, one o ... More >>
Thank God we thought better of the notion of giving up beer for Lent. Not only would "grouchy and mean-spirited" be an understatement in describing what our attitude would be if faced with more than a month without a pint, but we'd miss some great events coming up -- not to mention the Meddlesome ... More >>
Mind the gap?Greetings to you, Unfair Friends, from City Hall, where the Quality of Life Committee kicked off their meeting about trash and trails today just after noon o'clock -- and after David Neumann gave a clowny and enthused interview to a TV camera. Willis Winters, Assistant Director of Pa ... More >>
Click to embiggen this chart from the Animal Shelter Commission presentationMerry afternoon, Friends. I'm here at City Hall for today's Animal Shelter Commission meeting. They'll be discussing the recently released, mildly damning Humane Society report on the troubled Dallas Animal Services, whic ... More >>
This is Weezer, among the kitties and doggies on Dallas Animal Services' "Very Special Pets" list. Meaning: Time's running out.Middle o' the day to you, Unfair Friends. I'm here at good old 6ES inside City Hall, liveblogging today's Quality of Life Committee meeting, featuring Pauline Medrano, wh ... More >>
Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway opened today's Public Safety Committee meeting with a gift to his fellow committee members -- what appear to be candy-scented, hold the phone, rolling papers. As the city council members bumbled with tearing open what looked like metallic Airhead wrappers, Caraway nam ... More >>
You wanna see Rochester Park, you'd best hustle: It closes down in October for a big ol' levee redo.All kinds of folks are crammed up in City Hall's sixth-floor Parks and Rec meeting room -- ladies who lunch, guys in suits, city officials and, of course, some dude who stinks pretty bad. It's so f ... More >>
Photos by Daniel RodrigueTen minutes before the 5 o'clock kick-off of last night's 2011 Dallas Bike Plan Open House, there were already some 100 folks milling about City Hall's 6th Floor Flag Room. And by the time officials busted out the PowerPoint at 6, all but a handful of the seats in the 26 ... More >>
Photos by Patrick MichelsMayor Tom Leppert welcomed wind power players to this week's convention, telling them Dallas has quietly become one of the country's leading green cities. Texas is already king of the hill when it comes to turning wind into electricity, and for folks who work in the industry ... More >>
A slide from Eric Corey Freed's presentation. Also, a lesser-known Prince song.Whilst Daniel and Sam wrap up some end-o'-day items, let's direct our attention to the follow-up videos that follow, all which I found on Vimeo today. It's quite the hodgepodge.But let's begin with Jim Moroney, publish ... More >>
[Editor's note: Well, look who's returned to Unfair Park, none other than former Girl on Top Andrea Grimes. And, for some reason, she's decided to reintroduce herself with ... a liveblog from the Quality of Life Committee meeting at Dallas City Hall, where they're covering big changes in code com ... More >>
Photos by Daniel RodrigueDead Man's Curve, or as TxDOT likes to call it, the "accident-prone curve" or "statistically dangerous curve." As planners and staff from the Texas Department of Transportation and city of Dallas overwhelmed residents last night with maps spanning the length of three ... More >>
Robert Cabello, Dallas Zoological SocietyOn Wednesday, the Dallas City Council will more than likely vote to approve turning over management of the Dallas Zoo to the Dallas Zoological Society -- and, more specifically, its management arm, Dallas Zoo Management, Inc. Further details concerning the ... More >>
Kimberly ThorpeThe debate surrounding the proposed health care bill can seem distant. The bill is some 1,000 pages. Those who claim to have read it become experts either for or against the legislation. But last night, a cherry-faced, white-haired politician successfully tied this unwieldy documen ... More >>
Sam MertenYippee! Red and green stickers!It was standing room only last night as approximately 200 folks battled the heat at White Rock Lake's Winfrey Point for the final of four community budget forums, where several city staffers were on hand to get input on how best to address the city's $190 mi ... More >>
Sean FitzgeraldThe Deep Ellum Community Association used a petition measuring more than 50 feet with more than 850 signatures to push the council to take the car booting issue more seriously.We're already breaking our promise, but because we're strangely obsessed with the city's struggle to get a ca ... More >>
Sam MertenSeveral members of the Mayor's Southern Dallas Task Force packed the city council chambers Tuesday afternoon as they unveiled plans to revitalize 10 areas of South Dallas. The task force, consisting of approximately 250 folks split into 13 groups, recommended the city include a minimum of ... More >>
Scott DornJo Fischer, who worked at the Statler Hilton even before it officially opened in 1956Organizers of last night's "Story of the Statler" presentation at the Dallas Center for Architecture expected, oh, maybe 30 or 40 folks to show for architect Marcel Quimby's talk about the historic, neglec ... More >>
Alexa SchirtzingerFrom left last night, Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm, architect Brent Brown and Regina Nippert of the Dallas Faith Communities CoalitionLast night's affordable housing forum at Temple Emanu-El was a lesson in getting things right by "thinking wrong," as architect Brent Brown likes ... More >>
On Wednesday, as you're no doubt aware by now, the Dallas City Council voted to create three municipal management districts, or MMDs. They're the first in Dallas, though Houston is often invoked as proof that MMDs do wonders for development. Which is no surprise, as they're made for development -- o ... More >>
As Schutze mentioned earlier, the council's Trinity River Corridor Project Committee met this morning to get an update on the Trinity Turnpike, with reps from the North Texas Tollway Authority and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on hand to walk everyone through the PowerPoint presentation. Of most inte ... More >>
A look at tomorrow’s city council agenda would lead one to believe it will be a pretty typical day at City Hall. Sure, you can go see what happens to the homeowners from Little Mexico if you have a couple hours to burn whilst waiting for agenda item No. 61 to come up. But there really isn’t too ... More >>
This week, guest writer Renea Overstreet, a third-year law student at Texas Wesleyan and author of the novel Always a Bridesmaid, talks about her uneasiness as an African-American visitor at predominantly white churches. The very first Bible Girl quiz immediately follows.
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