Mitchell Rasansky

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    October 17, 2011

    Cannibal Corpse: Why They Tore Down the Whirly Ball And Put in a Sam's (And a Walmart)

    In my day, this was also the site of the best Sound Warehouse in town. In my day.​Over the weekend I espied the deconstruction site you see here, across from Bachman Lake at Northwest Highway and Marsh. The new Sam's right there took me by surprise -- so too did the disappearance of the landmark W ... More >>

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    September 6, 2011

    You'll Have to Wait a Little While Longer to Find Out Who's Taking Greenville Ave. Whole Foods

    ​As many Friends of Unfair Park have reminded me in recent days, it's been well past six weeks since I posted this. Which is why every day I get at least one reminder that reads something like the one that arrived this morning: "Call Rasansky!" All right, settle down.I left a few messages at forme ... More >>

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    July 14, 2011

    Rasansky Says You'll Know Sooner Than Later What's Replacing Greenville Ave. Whole Foods

    ​I see Avi's posted a piece to Barking Dogs wondering whether a Walmart will take over the old Whole Foods on Lowest Greenville. Writes Adelman, yesterday "teams of inspectors -- electrical, structure, property, roofing -- swarmed all over the building, taking photos, comparing architectural drawi ... More >>

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    June 23, 2009

    How Do You Save a "Mostly Dead" Mall?

    From the Urban Land Institute report on Southwest Center: "More than half the floor space is vacant -- feels lonely"Back in April, the Dallas City Council agreed to spend $120,000 in economic development grant money so the Urban Land Institute could "assess redevelopment options" at Southwest Center ... More >>

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    May 21, 2009

    Council Doesn't Want to Raise Taxes, Cut Key Services to Trim Budget. Good Luck With That.

    Sam MertenThe city's budget is $190 million in the hole because of "revenue erosion," according to CFO Dave Cook.The Dallas City Council yesterday afternoon wrapped up a lengthy discussion on how best to tackle the city's $190-million budget deficit by agreeing that a tax increase and making cuts to ... More >>

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    May 20, 2009

    Mayor Leppert on City's Budget Woes: "We Just Gotta Deal With it and Move Forward."

    Mayor Tom Leppert kicked off today's budget briefing by acknowledging that "the challenges will be significant" as the Dallas City Council finds ways to eliminate a $190-million deficit. He stressed that national and international issues are the cause of the shortfall, and the mayor likened it to th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2009

    Incidentally, All Are Invited to the CATOH Watching Party at Tucker on Ross

    Contrary to what's been reported elsewhere, the Citizens Against the Taxpayer-Owned Hotel party at Tucker on Ross Avenue is, in fact, open to the press and public. Matter of fact, not only is Merten on hand for the gathering, but so too are KXAS-Channel 5's Ken Kalthoff and Trey Garrison -- and, for ... More >>

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    April 8, 2009

    Old Red Bird Mall's About to Get a Fresh Look from the Urban Land Institute

    View Larger MapMoments ago, the Dallas City Council approved spending $120,000 in economic development grant money so the Urban Land Institute can "assess redevelopment options" at Southwest Center Mall. As we noted earlier this week, the council's Economic Development Committee took a peek at the p ... More >>

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    March 10, 2009

    Who's No. 1? Dallas City Council Candidates Pick Ballot Positions.

    City Secretary Deborah Watkins and her staff this morning in the Flag Room at City Hall announced the ballot positions for the May 9 city council elections, as Billy MacLeod, Victoria Walton, Tiffinni Young, John Jay Myers and Anita Dade gained an early leg up on the incumbents in their respective d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2009

    Rasansky Exposes Potential Need for Gigantic Wall to Improve Levee System, Won't Support Toll Road If Funding Isn't There

    To those paying close attention, council member Mitchell Rasansky has indicated over the past couple weeks that his support for the Trinity Turnpike is diminishing, and he took another step toward joining Angela Hunt in opposition of the road at this morning's Trinity River Corridor Project Committe ... More >>

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    February 24, 2009

    Somewhere, Jim Schutze is Off Doing a Happy Dance

    Mayor Tom Leppert reluctantly addressed local media this afternoon regarding City Manager Mary Suhm's earlier announcement that the Trinity River levees will be rated "unacceptable" in 34 of 170 areas by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in advance of a March 31 deadline. He stressed that safety rema ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    Crow Family, Anti-Hotel Reps Contribute More Than $10,000 to Vonciel Hill's Campaign

    Ten days ago, we extended Tennell Atkins an invitation to provide us with an explanation regarding the office space he's spent nearly $9,000 in campaign dough to rent that he claims doesn't exist, but not a peep so far from the freshman council member. In the meantime, we've continued to dig through ... More >>

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    February 18, 2009

    Corps' Liaison Unveiled at Trinity Meeting, Faces Tough Questions from Rasansky

    Yesterday afternoon, the council's Trinity River Corridor Project Committee learned about the inner workings of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from their newly appointed liaison, Kevin Craig. Described by Assistant City Manager Jill Jordan as the No. 2 civilian at the corps' district office in For ... More >>

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    January 21, 2009

    Ann Margolin Has a Survey For You

    Dallas City Council candidate Ann Margolin, who's already raised something like $328 trillion as she looks to replace Mitchell Rasansky as George W. Bush's council member, has created the niftiest little game: "Rank the Top Five Issues Facing Dallas." Problem is, she's already chosen the issues for ... More >>

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    December 9, 2008

    New Candidate Joins Race To Replace Mitchell Rasansky on Council

    As we mentioned here a couple months ago, Ann Margolin seemed like a tough candidate to beat in May for Mitchell Rasansky's open city council seat. However, comments she made to us about a certain $520 million boondoggle may have sparked Mayor Tom and others to find someone who will fall in line and ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 27, 2008

    Is Expanding the Dallas Smoking Ordinance a Commie Plot?

    City Council debate over expanding the smoking ban gets heated

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    October 22, 2008
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    September 30, 2008

    Good Lord, Who Isn't Supporting Ann Margolin's Bid for City Council?

    Ann Margolin Sure, the city council elections are still more than seven months away, but candidates are starting to file, and none may be more significant than Ann Margolin. After spending a year on the Dallas Park and Recreation Board representing District 13, Margolin quit the board and filed to r ... More >>

  • News

    September 25, 2008

    Dallas Convention Center Hotel's Murky Future

    Petitions to kill the public project are gaining momentum

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2008

    In the Absence of a Trinity River Project, Fun and Fascinating Meetings

    As mentioned earlier, I spent this afternoon at City Hall digesting PowerPoint presentations during the council's Trinity River Corridor Project Committee meeting in hopes of getting to the bottom of some possible delays in the Dallas Floodway Extension outlined here. But having been to enough of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2008

    How We Spent the Fourth

    Merritt Martin Above, one of Merritt's photos from the Fair Park Fourth -- a review of which is available here, where, um, "Pdiddy" deems the event's debut a success but also "a mixed bag." Some of us opted for a less stressful in-and-out: the intersection of Mockingbird Lane and Preston Road, fro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2008

    At Council Today, An Nye for an Eye

    Erle Nye, former chairman of the board at TXU The dynamic this morning at city council, as they debate that city-owned convention center hotel, kind of tells the whole story about how things work in Dallas. Speaking in favor of the hotel was an all-star line-up of business and political leaders, eve ... More >>

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    May 14, 2008

    Council Votes Yup-Yup on City-Owned Convention Center Hotel

    This just in. At this point, it's easier to tell you who voted against the city getting into the convention center hotel business rather than who voted for it: Vonciel Hill and Angela Hunt. (Mitchell Rasansky and Elba Garcia had to recuse themselves, as both own Citigroup stock, turns out.) Everyone ... More >>

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    May 9, 2008
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    May 2, 2008

    Angela Hunt on DCAD's New Downtown Appraisals: Finally, a Level Playing Field

    Angela Hunt Yesterday, Sam Merten broke the news that the Dallas Central Appraisal District has drastically increased the value of the land the city's eying for the new convention center hotel, from $7.3 million to $36.5 million. (And, really, Dallas Morning News, you're so welcome. Any time.) Short ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2008

    Exclusive: DCAD Just Made Downtown Land a Whole Lot More Valuable

    Mayor Tom Leppert returns from China tomorrow, and he might not get much of a chance to sleep off his jet lag. It's likely that in coming days, the mayor can expect sarcastic thank-you notes from downtown property owners whose property values -- and property taxes -- are about to go through the roof ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2008

    The Half Truth and Nothing Like the Truth, So Help Me Tom

    Dr. Heywood Sanders In this week’s paper version of Unfair Park, we dig deep into the convention center hotel controversy at City Hall. Mayor Tom Leppert’s dream of building a hotel using public money will come closer to reality when the city council votes next week whether to approve financing ... More >>

  • News

    December 20, 2007

    Deep Addison

    City Council votes to keep Deep Ellum alive for now

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    November 15, 2007
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    October 4, 2007

    City Hall's Same Sick Story

    White guys bribing black guys at Dallas City Hall

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    September 12, 2007

    Tom Leppert: Predictable and Classy

    Dave Neumann: What, him worry about the Trinity River Project? Never. Since we don't like to say, "Told ya so," we'll leave it to a Friend of Unfair Park who's earned the right this morning: "Can I just say.......told ya so, told ya so, told ya so!!!!!" Feel better? Because, see, that nyah-nyah come ... More >>

  • News

    June 21, 2007

    Moral Minority

    The wages of sin are a big fat bankroll for Trammell Crow, thanks to city council

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    June 15, 2007

    Crow's Nest

    Pardon, but what's the big deal here? So Ed Oakley and a majority of his fellow council members voted on Wednesday to give $583,360 in tax abatements to Crow Holdings so Harlan Crow and his team could renovate the former Parkland Hospital on the corner of Maple and Oak Lawn avenues. And the problem ... More >>

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    June 1, 2007

    Playing Land Grab-Ass

    Ed Oakley was all for taking a man's land, till he realized, ya know, people aren't gonna react well to that. Which, come to think of it, is very mayoral. Well, well, well. I am getting quite a bit of response to my column in this week’s paper version of Unfair Park about Mayor Laura Miller and Ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2006

    Rasansky Wants a Do-Over

    Mitchell Rasansky wants the city to take back the 500 thou it gave David Dean on Wednesday. Good luck with all that. I just got off the phone with Mitchell Rasansky, and the council member had two things to say about David Dean, the lobbyist who's gotten about a million from the city to work on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2006

    The Yellow-Brick Corridor

    So, the city council just approved giving $515,000 to a man named David Dean? Who dat? Well, says on the council's agenda he owns something called Dean International, which The Dallas Morning News called in June "a public policy consulting firm working for the city on the inland port." He's getting ... More >>

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    October 4, 2006
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    September 21, 2006


    Hey, City Hall--Schutze is rubber, and you're glue

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    September 18, 2006

    The Next Mayor of the City of Dallas Will Be...

    If this picture were at all legible, you could make out the four mayoral candidates gathered yesterday for small talk and lox yesterday at Temple Emanu-El. I wouldn't consider it an entirely wasted Sunday morning. There were free Einstein Bros. bagels, after all, and lox and cream cheese; hell, tha ... More >>

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    September 14, 2006
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    September 6, 2006

    Bury, Destroy--What's the Difference Amongst Friends?

    Did Pat Cotton say she would "bury" or "destroy" Mitchell Rasansky? Or did she just suggest she would rub him gently with oils? Smokin' up the grapevine today! Lots of hot gossip. Political consultant Pat Cotton says Dallas Morning News politics writer Gromer Jeffers made up a quote by her in this m ... More >>

  • News

    June 22, 2006

    The Amazing Schutzini

    The plan for Dallas' future: blood in the 'hood, Mayor Hunt and the Venerable Rasansky

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    June 15, 2006

    The Bawl at City Hall

    Some final thoughts on yesterday's ForwardDallas! vote at City Hall...or, Where Was Laura? To that question, certainly the answer is she was tending to Wright Amendment negotiations, hashing out the final plan after hastily nixing her hastily called press conference. Yesterday evening, her absence f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2006

    From God's Wire Service

    On Tuesday, the City Council voted 13-1 to fund Central Dallas Ministries' rehab of a downtown building in which it intends to house low-income and homeless residents. Only council member Mitchell Rasansky voted against the project, which was no surprise; the guy was intensely vocal about the subjec ... More >>

  • News

    February 23, 2006


    City council could cost us $20 million by tanking the Merc deal

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    December 15, 2005

    Bah Hum-Buzz

    Buzz gets his jollies keeping tabs on 2005's naughty and nice guys. OK, mostly naughty.

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    August 11, 2005

    Push poll

    Downtown a possible home for homeless shelter

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    December 5, 2002

    So Long, Partner

    City officials dump vendors' plan to develop Farmers Market shed

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    July 11, 2002

    Taxpayers, Arise!

    A little-known chapter of the city charter says we don't have to take it anymore

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    May 3, 2001


    He Hate Me

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