Last year, the city of Dallas abruptly shut down Project Reconnect, its $1.6 million effort to help ex-prisoners get housing and job training, amidst an investigation into nepotism and misallocation of funds. The Dallas Morning News reported that the inquiry centered on $91,000-per-year director Sua ... More >>
You know, I'm beginning to think a million bucks, maybe a couple million, just flat does not matter in today's world, at least if it's "public" money (that would be yours and mine sorta). Maybe whenever people say "a million bucks" on a public document or in a public hearing or something like that, ... More >>
Most of the City Council's housing committee ho-hummed or twiddled their fingers at a February 3 briefing on a big city-bankrolled development deal called "Patriots Crossing," but a few expressed dismay. They said the city had paid way too much money for land on Lancaster Road across from the Vetera ... More >>
New city manager promises transparency. Here's where he can start.
HUD spent four years building its recently unveiled case against the city of Dallas, compiling statistics and gathering evidence to show that for years the city been illegally promoting residential housing segregation. Evidence that the city was steering affordable housing outside of downtown, the ... More >>
If I'm blushing -- just the slightest tint of rose upon my gray and whiskery cheeks - it's because my I was back in federal court again yesterday. Sort of. There was mention of me. U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor handed down a ruling in the Lockey and MacKenzie (Dallas segregates by race) case, ... More >>
Less than four months after taking over as executive director of the Rockwall Housing Development Corp. in June 2009, assuming full control of the nonprofit's finances and The Meadows, its 36-unit public housing a couple of blocks off Internet 30, Jennifer Tyson made out a check to "reimbursement," ... More >>
Hey, if you drop by here every once in a while and read this crap, then you may wonder, "What on earth is wrong with this guy?" I just want you to know, I have the same question. Today I finished reading the big editorial in our city's only daily newspaper -- all about "the high cost of blight" -- a ... More >>
What country is this? Have I been on some kind of horrendous toot, and did I sleep for a month, and did I wake up in the wrong country? All weekend long on my TV set I kept seeing Paul Ryan, the right-wing social Darwinist cheese-head, and they said he was a candidate for vice president of the Unite ... More >>
For years, the city has wanted to do something, anything about the 60-year-old public housing project on Bexar Street known as Turner Courts, once described in a council briefing as "severely distressed," a victim of "elevated rates of vandalism and criminal activity" and in desperate need of demoli ... More >>
Who's a liberal these days, and who are the conservatives? I look in the mirror, I don't even know. I look in The New York Times this morning, I'm even more confused. The Times has a story out of Miami about major cuts in federal housing subsidies. The story calls them "some of the deepest c ... More >>
The woman popped up from the pile of blankets she had laid out on a dirty patch of sidewalk and took a look at the ring of people surrounding her. She patted her woolen beanie self-consciously. "Why you takin' pictures?" she complained sleepily to a photographer. "I ain't put my hair on." Crystal ... More >>
The Morning News slimed the developer who exposed City Hall corruption and threw its support behind a rival.
Via.Earlier this month we noted that the city hopes to use $13 million in federal funds to turn 70 acres at Walnut Hill and Skillman into, you know, the Lake Highlands Town Center, where ground was broken way back in November 2007. Behold: On the city's website you'll find a draft of the applicat ... More >>
Photos by Anna MerlanA seemingly run-of-the-mill downtown development press conference had two surprise guests.Over the years, the re-do of the Continental Building downtown has started to feel like a bit like Guns N' Roses's Chinese Democracy. Forest City, the developers behind turning the vaca ... More >>
Homeless and once-homeless runners paused for some inspiration this morning.About 40 homeless people descended on Main Street Garden this morning, beginning just a little before 6. They congregated on the patio of the Lily Pad Cafe; as far as we could tell there were no "bums" in the crowd. These pe ... More >>
Like the sign says, don't drink the water. But on a hot, humid day, it was tempting to go for a swim.Well, that was certainly fortuitous timing: On Sunday the 7-year-old who lives in my house and I went for our weekly trip to the Scotty'sTop Golf batting cages, after which we took a little drive ... More >>
If nothing else, the Dallas City Hall federal corruption case provided us with a lesson on how you get tax credits to build low-income housing. Which should come in handy for those who want to follow this case filed in Dallas federal court on Friday: Monique Allen and UPCDC Texas, Inc. v. Noorall ... More >>
Nothing slow about us, but just when you thought my third annual list of Schutze's best columns wouldn't take shape, Jim's check finally cleared, so I took the time to look back at his fine work throughout the year and picked out the 10 that made me fall in love with him all over again. As in ... More >>
The Atmos Complex, which the Hamiltons are intending to develop behind the old Statler HiltonOn Thursday we will get an interesting first official bite of the apple in complaints that the city of Dallas flouts federal law and practices racial discrimination in its downtown housing policies. The b ... More >>
AIA/HUDBefore and after along Congo StreetTill a Friend of Unfair Park just pointed it out, I hadn't seen mention made anywhere of Brent Brown and bcWORKSHOP's accolade handed out a few days back by the American Institute of Architects and the U.S. Housing and Urban Development. Brown's Congo Str ... More >>
Turner Courts, Dallas Housing Authority's 58-year-old public housing project on Bexar Street, has long been on the city's to-do list. Just a few months ago, the city council's Housing Committee took yet another long, hard look at Turner Courts in the hopes of using 2006 Proposition 8 Bond money j ... More >>
Tom LardnerThis morning's daily newspaper provided a sad occasion to reflect on downtown Dallas. Tom Lardner, an early developer of Dallas's Uptown district, died May 24. His classified-ad death notice is in The Dallas Morning News today but no editorial obituary has appeared yet. I had lunch wit ... More >>
Flickr user: Cheryl CowardI found this photo of the 1900 block of MLK Boulevard on the MLK Blvd site, maintained by former Dallas Observer writer Rob Walker.Probably, oh, once every couple of weeks I get a call from a South Dallas shop owner complaining that the city won't turn over some of that ... More >>
Update: As soon as I posted the item that was originally in this space, Leobardo Trevino returned Unfair Park's many phone calls. Which is why I've rewritten the item to reflect our conversation.According to developer Leobardo Trevino, from this point forward, the old LTV Tower at 1600 Pacific Av ... More >>
Flickr photo: JVanTWhen last we visited the Mercantile Continental Building, the Landmark Commission was on its way to designating it a historic landmark against the wishes of its owners, Forest City, the company responsible for the Merc redo and the next-door Element. Forest City had hoped to gi ... 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 >>
View Larger MapBeen a loooong time since we've written about Derrick Mitchem and his proposed Motorsports Museum across from Fair Park, in the old Bama Pie building. Been no reason to: Last I looked, oh, three weeks ago, the place looked just as it has for years and as you see above -- more or less ... More >>
Every so often for about the past month or two, someone will whisper to me in hushed conspiratorial tones, "So, did you hear? That Deep Ellum deal is dead." Then, they will slink back into the shadows, no doubt to giggle their told-ya-so's into someone else's ear. Because, frankly, for every person ... More >>
With some help from his friends, Don Williams intends to save South Dallas one block at a time
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How does Virginia McGuire make a profit in the nonprofit business of creating affordable housing? Simple. She pays her husband.
A fight over public housing pits working-class East Dallas homeowners against their poorer neighbors in a battle tainted by claims of racism
Grenadier wards off injunction, says its Gaston Avenue rehab is back on track
Want to get elected to city council in southern Dallas? Forget the race card and patch that pothole.
Fahim Minkah cleared one set of hurdles to build a South Dallas skating rink, only to have the city put more in front of him
A plan to help poor kids finally gets the backing it deserves