A few years ago, a private, Dallas-based corporation announced it would like to build a private toll road, all with its own money, connecting northeast Dallas County to somewhere around Greenville, running basically parallel to the Interstate 30 and passing near Lake Lavon and Lake Ray Hubbard. The ... More >>
Hey, sorry, I didn't want you to think I was falling down on the job with the "New York Times discovers Wendy Davis" story-story. Remember I did catch you up Friday. See also: Wendy Davis Is Sort of a Laura Miller Candidate. So How Did that Work Out? I reminded you The New York Times had discove ... More >>
And the fall of everything Schutze wastes his time bitching about.
Speaking of transportation projects across and around the Trinity River ...Saturday's hike-n-bike installation perched atop the Cedar Crest Bridge is one of myriad items about which the city council's Trinity River Corridor Project Committee will hear this afternoon, following its field trip to a ... More >>
I need to correct an error and an omission. Yesterday I posted an item identifying the lawyer who defended Dallas County Judge Jim Foster from an intimidation attempt by Commissioner John Wiley Price as Ken Barr. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Ken Barr is a former mayor of Fort Worth and member of the ... More >>
Here's hoping the next guy is just as bold and bumbling.
Sam MertenWe're trying to imagine how the conversation between Willis Johnson (right) and Ryan Evans (left) went as Johnson, one of the mayor's close advisers, lobbied Evans on behalf of his wife's company. Thanks to Mayor Tom Leppert's push for a lobbyist registration ordinance, we're now pr ... More >>
As if the fear of wrong-way drivers, fiery crashes and wheelie-poppers wasn't enough to put you in the bike lane, the North Texas Tollway Authority has released video from a Wednesday-morning crash near the Belt Line Road exit in which no one, astoundingly, was seriously hurt. Yet one more reason n ... 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 >>
I know what you're thinking: The year is almost over, and I need more Schutze! More Schutze you say? Me too, which is why I took a look back at his columns from '09 and picked my 10 faves for your reconsideration and, well, appreciation. For those who don't remember the drill from last yea ... More >>
Sam MertenAfter serving eight years as a city plan commissioner and another eight as a council member representing some of North Dallas's more upscale neighborhoods, 72-year-old Mitchell Rasansky is no longer roaming City Hall when he's most needed. Replaced last month by Ann Margolin because of ter ... More >>
Sam MertenEddie Bernice Johnson and Kay Bailey Hutchison were the levees to Mayor Tom Leppert's Trinity River at City Hall this morning.It almost isn't possible to describe what Mayor Tom Leppert and a line-up of loyal politicos were trying to accomplish this morning in the Flag Room of Dallas City ... More >>
Patrick MichelsToday's meeting of the Dallas City Council's Trinity River committee -- during which the committee endorsed this alignment for the proposed Trinity River toll road - was dull and uneventful in ways that were of keen interest to trained Kremlinologists. By observing which members of th ... More >>
As mentioned in this week's cover story, one of the reasons former council member Ed Oakley says he lost to Tom Leppert in the '07 mayoral runoff was his decision to run a negative campaign in the final weeks. Oakley's negativity climaxed with taking a cheap shot at Leppert by airing a TV ad that fo ... More >>
While researching our upcoming cover story on Mayor Tom Leppert, which will appear in the paper version of Unfair Park Wednesday, we sat down with Lake Highlands city council member Jerry Allen, who announced in a recent council meeting that he believes anything that comes out of the mayor's mouth. ... More >>
After reading Friday's story in The Dallas Morning News regarding the nearly $1 billion funding gap for the Trinity Turnpike, Angela Hunt decided she would spend this week developing a strategy to address the approximately $64 million remaining of the city's $84 million contribution to the project. ... More >>
The Trinity River Project should be floating right along. Instead it's sinking under the weight of its own folly.
Yet another conceptual drawing of a far-off project pushed further back on the calendar. Last night at 10, WFAA-Channel 8 ran a good story on the growing delays in the Trinity River toll road timeline. According to Mayor Tom Leppert’s own metric for the cost of delays, the toll road price has alre ... More >>
Back on November 27, Dallas Morning News Trinity reporter Bruce Tomaso wrote a story bearing the headline "Dallas mayor wants to expedite Trinity River Project." Tom Leppert, speaking at the Hilton Dallas Lincoln Centre Hotel, talked about being aggressive and moving forward quickly. Councilmember D ... More >>
Be better person. Cause major flood in Park Cities.
The Vote No! Save the Trinity campaign sent a mailer to my house -- so I assume it went everywhere else, including your house -- with a picture of Tom Leppert on the front and a headline that read, “Don’t let Angela Hunt send a billion dollars down the river.” That’s not a precise quote, bec ... More >>
Jim Schutze, at right, doesn't need to be marginalized. He just needs a shinier tie, like Wick Allison's. The Trinity River toll road thing has the downtown old boys so rattled they don’t even bother to cover their traces. Two weeks ago I heard from my snitches that the boys and their hired spear- ... More >>
We imagine this is how Wick Allison looks -- and feels -- whenever he comes to Unfair Park and sees that Jim's written another Trinity River project item. Wick Allison posted an item over on FrontBurner purporting to explain how Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson was only telling a wily lie yesterday when s ... More >>
If you think we're beating a dead horse over the Trinity toll road, well, you can always move to Lancaster. I see Steve Blow takes some little shots at Angela Hunt over at the Bold Types blog today, making fun of her for being the lone city council person seeking a referendum on the Trinity River To ... More >>
Miller wants to pretty-up a stinker on the Trinity River deal
When he said it was time to end the blame game, he meant that he had won
The Deep Throat secret of the Trinity River Plan is, "Follow the fill dirt"