When the city approved the Farmers Market Group's proposal for privatizing the Dallas Farmers Market, May 31 was listed as the official date for the transition. Last Friday, at a meeting that included city officials and representatives from the group, that transition was postponed. A new target date ... More >>
Yesterday, City Council voted unanimously to move forward with the Dallas Farmers Market privatization, news that was undoubtedly cheered by many stakeholders with interest in the development and marketing project. Blair Black is one of those stakeholders. He represents the Dallas Farmers Market ... More >>
Last month, when the city finally released details about plans to privatize the Dallas Farmers Market in hopes of making it a going concern, it prompted celebration among the many who have been dismayed by the market's stagnation and demise. The proposal calls for a number of improvements, the most ... More >>
City Hall will meet tomorrow to decide on a number of factors governing the privatization of the Dallas Farmers Market. Items for consideration include rezoning and expansion of the area surrounding the market, and the sale of public land for private development. The decisions up for vote during tom ... More >>
Long negotiations could plant something cool at the southeast corner of downtown.
See also: *Want To Fix The Farmers Market? Ditch The Cars. Earlier this week, news leaked that a proposal submitted by Spectrum Properties detailing its plans for privatizing the Farmers Market had been tentatively accepted. The development company is responsible for Third Rail Lofts, an apartment ... More >>
Not sure what to think of Mike Miles, the Dallas school board's pick for new superintendent? Here's a shortcut. Decide what you think of the Broad Superintendents Academy (BSA). Miles is a 2011 graduate of a boot camp for school superintendents in Los Angeles founded and funded by a foundation nam ... More >>
Photo by Anna MerlanRena HoneaUndaunted by last night's cold drizzle, around 30 Dallas ISD teachers, custodial workers and other support employees held a quiet march and candlelight vigil outside 3700 Ross Avenue. The reason? DISD's budget-cutting plan to outsource custodial services and HVAC ... More >>
Doubtless you've heard about Occupy Wall Street, the protests against corporate greed and Wall Street bailouts (among other things) that have been going on for the last three weeks in New York. The protesters call themselves "the other 99 percent" or just "The 99," and this morning in Pike Park o ... More >>
Scott Griggs and Jerry Allen at this morning's meetingA little after 9 this morning, the city council just took up those budget amendments we mentioned Saturday morning. First up was the slam dunk: the en masse suggestion, led by Mayor Mike Rawlings, to eliminate one more city-worker furlough day ... More >>
Photo by Harry WilonskyJust what you wanted to kick off your Labor Day Weekend -- 16 pages' worth of budget Q's and A's prepared by the City Manager's Office for the city council following the August 8 budget briefing. There are 49 questions, all told, ranging from Big Picture to footnotes that f ... More >>
On the other side is the budget briefing handed to media members when we arrived at City Manager Mary Suhm's fourth-floor conference room for a 3:45 meet-the-presser. Long story short: She managed to balance the budget without cutting too much, she said, thanks to the state taking less than origi ... More >>
No doubt most of you aren't all that concerned where your garbage gets dumped, so long as it's picked up and hauled off on time. That said, the subject's slowly but surely becoming a hot topic at City Hall, as City Manager Mary Suhm and Sanitation Services Director Mary Nix make their solid-waste ... More >>
Fingers crossed, we'll get to this asked-and-answered more than once a month. But not a week goes by that four, five e-mails don't pop up in the in-box wondering what in the wide, wide world of sports became of City Manager Mary Suhm's plan to take the downtown Dallas Farmers Market private? Matt ... More >>
Flickr photo: jlusterAfter 70 years of municipal control, it now sounds like City Hall could be handing over the management of the Dallas Farmers Market, as well as Fair Park, to the loving hands of the private sector. City Manager Mary Suhm confirmed for Unfair Park today that the city is reque ... More >>
Photos by Kimberly ThorpeThe Dallas County Commissioners Court at today's meetingSo, yes, the Dallas County Commissioners Court did discuss privatizing security at all Dallas County courthouses and other county-owned-and-operated buildings. Problem was, the commissioners couldn't agree on what to ... More >>
There's a chance Dallas County could privatize security at buildings like the George Allen Courthouse downtown.Flipping through the agenda for today's meeting of the Dallas County Commissioners Court, I came across an interesting item on page 193 concerning potential plans to privatize "all secur ... More >>
If the discussion at Dallas City Hall today is any indication, that outta-nowhere proposal to privatize the Dallas Zoo and the Aquarium at Fair Park is all but a done deal. Expect the city to turn over the keys to the Dallas Zoological Society by October 1 following a vote next week by the city c ... More >>
New York-based Edison Schools flunked out with trying to privatize Sherman's public schools. Why should things be any different in Dallas?
Comptroller Carole Keeton Rylander wants to take the state into the 21st century -- and herself into higher office -- with her vision of "e-Texas"
After years of financial neglect, the state is hoping a shot of privatization will cure Dallas County's addicted and mentally ill population
The City of Dallas could make a fortune from WRR-FM. But powerful friends don't want anything to change at their little radio station.