Let's be honest: Apart from some obligatory references to the Emerald Isle's patron saint and the enthusiastic embrace of Ireland's most famous pastime (binge drinking), there's nothing terribly Irish about Dallas' St. Patrick's Day celebration. For revelers, it's about getting hammered; for the Gre ... More >>
A couple of years back we virtually toured the Mercantile Bank Building as it looked following its 1958 redo, when Heritage Auctions made available 17 never-before-seen photos of R.L. Thornton's skyscraper taken by legendary Chicago-based architectural-photo firm Hedrich Blessing. Those photos, o ... More >>
Word of warning: This won't be the sole Unfair Park item of the day to feature the word "Walmart." Patience, patience. But, to begin: Remember that Walmart going in at Ledbetter and R.L. Thornton? Right, that one. Gave us the phrase "Trees do not vote" during the contentious discussion about how ... More >>
The Dallas Police Department has many, many photos of the man you see at right. They were all taken a little after midnight on December 20, on R.L. Thornton just off Grand Avenue, site of a Comerica Bank branch. But DPD does not know his name, which is why it dispatched to media several of his pi ... More >>
It's time to admit the city-owned market is a failure.
Maybe we need some context for this week's debate on Wal-Mart Stores Inc. vs. the tree canopy. After a not-very-uplifting debate yesterday including the line, "Trees do not vote," our esteemed city council voted to allow a developer to decimate a vast swath of the urban forest for a new Walma ... More >>
Speaking of Dwaine Caraway ...The city council just voted on that Walmart Supercenter proposed for Ledbetter and R.L. Thornton, and though it ultimately passed unanimously it was no simple thing -- far from. It was quite the discussion -- heated at times, thoughtful at others. On the surface it w ... More >>
Just remember: If and when that Lower Greenville Ave. PD passes, this is what you'll get next summer. Ish.Put down your Angry Birds Seasons, it's time for the City Plan Commission public hearing! Today the big item on the agenda is the rezoning of Lower Greenville into a Planned Development Distr ... More >>
Heritage Auction Galleries/Hedrich BlessingR.L. Thornton had himself one groovy penthouse atop the Mercantile Bank Building.While browsing the Heritage Auction Galleries site late last night, in search of something entirely unrelated (this, if you must know), I came across a most estimable offeri ... More >>
Flickr photo: JVanTJim Truitt, Forest City's vice president of residential development, called me back today to discuss yesterday's meeting of the Landmark Commission's Designation Committee, which did indeed vote to re-initiate the historic designation process for both the Mercantile Continental Bu ... More >>
A view of the new Mercantile complex, The Element, taken from the original historic building The Mercantile Place on Main's been open since March, and some 20 percent of the 66-year-old, 31-story building's occupied -- impressive, given the cheapest one-bedroom apartment in the all-rental rehab with ... More >>
A Friend of Unfair Park who's working hard for the city shoots us the following missive, concerning one of downtown Dallas' landmarks: "I just noticed, as I looked out my City Hall window, that the Mercantile Tower and clock is finished and operational. It is quite nice looking." R.L. Thornton would ... More >>
About time: DART announced today that the first six miles of its new High Occupancy Vehicle lane on Interstate 30 -- the Tom Landry, like anyone refers to the Dallas-Fort Worth Turnpike by that moniker -- will open tomorrow. Which means only 44 more miles to go as DART begins the 50-mile expansion o ... More >>
DISD trustee Ron Price does everything you expect from a politician. These days that's a problem.
This morning, an e-mail landed in my inbox containing a link to a short film by local moviemaker Israel Luna. (Go to the site, click on the About Us section, then go to the Everything & Nothing Page link to see the movie.) Luna's a well-respected director—winner of awards at local fests, maker ... More >>
For Dallas, for the city council, for now, this was good
It was reformers vs. the business-as-usual crowd on Dallas' ethics task force. Somehow the reformers won. Sort of.
The fight over St. Ann's snares the city, Hispanics, and the Catholic diocese in a battle that tests Dallas' commitment to preserving its past
It's a scary world out there, but someone's gotta keep it under control. Jim Schutze uncovers the secret agony of the Dallas Citizens Council.
Quick--someone take a pulse. The Dallas City Council hasn't peeped in months. And John Ware and Ron Kirk are looking awfully well-fed.
Learning that rabble rules at Dallas school board meetings