The weird shadow government nobody knows about but that runs everything, called "THE COG!," headquartered near Six Flags amusement park in Arlington, is cooking up a plan to ram a new highway down the city's throat even if the city votes against it. Well, that would be my interpretation of a story ... More >>
You could see the dark clouds gathering Monday morning. Word had come down from somewhere near Michael Morris' Arlington compound that someone from the North Central Texas Council of Governments was going to make a contribution to the city's interminable discussion about regulating Uber, Lyft, Yell ... More >>
Oh, I swore I wasn't going to respond to the stuff yesterday by Tod Robberson on The Dallas Morning News opinion blog yesterday, but now "Wylie H Dallas," the scarily well-informed omnipresent pseudonymous blog commenter, has got me all stirred up. This morning he posted an old Steve Blow column f ... More >>
The conventional wisdom at the moment is that when Tesla Motors gets around to announcing details of its highly coveted, $5 billion battery gigafactory -- the type of economic development that gives red-state governors with ill-concealed presidential aspirations wet dreams -- it will land in one of ... More >>
The Dallas Morning News' Brandon Formby spent days, maybe weeks, trying to chase down Councilwoman Vonciel Jones Hill to get her views on tearing down I-345, the short nub of freeway dividing Deep Ellum from downtown. She wouldn't talk, twice begging off because she was too busy, then just not retur ... More >>
This morning, Eric posted an item here with a particular quote that I just could not let pass. Eric saw through the quoted statements immediately, so I guess I'm just piling on. His story was about remarks made recently to The Dallas Morning News by a powerful regional transportation planner who not ... More >>
City council members grilled over whethere they support a boondoggle
Time to read the tea leaves. Avi Selk at The Dallas Morning News is report-tweeting this morning that the Irving City Council has slapped its mayor by voting to pay transportation consultant David Dean all of the two hundred grand he billed the city after his contract with the city expired last Sept ... More >>
Dallas Mayor Mike ("I'm a toll road guy") Rawlings has pitched a bunch of numbers to the media that he says prove Dallas should build the Trinity toll road before it fixes the existing freeways downtown. But thanks to some very handy detective work by three anti-toll road city council members, you c ... More >>
In his speech last week endorsing a new highway in the Trinity River flood zone, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings threw down a gauntlet. It was sort of a buried line. I guess not everybody heard it. I did. He said at one point, "I'm a regionalist," and then he said of people who oppose his view, "For tho ... More >>
Did anybody else feel less than homeland-secure after yesterday's fandango with the Dallas County Homeland Security Advisory Committee? First, Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price tried to re-appoint to the committee the founder of an international anti-Semitic hate group -- a guy best know ... More >>
If you start reading the lead editorial today in The Dallas Morning News, you're going to think at first that the editorial writers have done a good job explaining what has gone wrong with minority subcontracting in Dallas -- a central theme in the ongoing FBI Dallas political corruption prob ... More >>
Why should Dallas build a tiny, inefficient streetcar line when it's broke? Because trolleys are groovy.
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 >>
University of Texas at Arlington LibraryMain and Akard, circa 1953The city council's Transportation and Environment Committee meeting just wrapped, with Assistant City Manager A.C. Gonzalez updating the council on the status of streetcars. Read all about it. But in the middle of Gonzalez's presen ... More >>
Some time after 6:30 this evening, the Dallas Area Rapid Transit board will approve the $1,256,451,080 FY2011 budget and the Twenty-Year Financial Plan prompted by the sales-tax shortfall -- "The Lost Decade," for those with short-term memory loss. But let's dig deeper into the DART meeting agend ... More >>
One of the proposed alignments for streetcars through downtown Dallas. Here's the January City Hall briefing containing all the options.Sooner than expected, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced the 51 projects across the country to receive Transportation Investment Generating Economi ... More >>
Local pols back off a master plan that would have put the squeeze on a major southern Dallas development
Imagine a city with flowing creeks, walkable neighborhoods and greenery. No, not Seattle, dummy.
There have been plenty of Trinity River shindigs in the 10 years since the original vote to approve the project, but no event brought out more big guns than the mayor's Trinity River Corridor Project Summit Friday at City Club. The alphabet-roster of attendees could fill Unfair Park for a week, but ... More >>
Michael Morris, Director of Transportation for the NCTCOG, lives in Arlington. Which doesn't stop him from poking his nose into other cities' bidness. Michael Morris sighting this morning. I want to read it into the record. Morris, of course, is my least favorite local politician. Nothing personal. ... More >>
I'm either happy, sad or still churning out column inches on the Trinity, depending on how things turned out
Basically, it's Coats versus the Manchurian Candidate
The city's new recycling center is up and running, sort of
Want to know the truth about the Trinity River project? Don't ask city staff. They fib.
Supporters call the Trinity Plan a flood-control project. It isn't.