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  • Blogs

    August 28, 2014

    Dallas May Have Issues with Segregation, but at Least We Don't Have Poor Doors Yet

    How can I devote so many words here to housing discrimination in Dallas and not even mention poor doors in Manhattan? I can't, even though I'm still not sure exactly what New York poor doors teach us. Maybe the lesson is just that pompous posturing assholes with thinly defended egos are not a region ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2014

    Dallas Councilwoman Vonciel Hill Believes That What Happens at City Hall Stays at City Hall

    I now take you back inside the strange world of Dallas city councilwoman Vonciel Hill, who spoke yesterday on one of the most important tenets of her belief system -- that public information should never be shared with the public. Explaining why she did not want -- repeat, did NOT want -- the city ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    Three Years After City's $850K, Lancaster Corridor Apartments Still Abandoned, Choked With Weeds

    The Oakglen Apartments are, for lack of a better term, a craphole. Long-abandoned with boarded-up windows and, unless City Hall made good on its promise to mow the city-owned property on Wednesday after WFAA ran a story about neighbors' complaints, completely choked with brush and weeds. It's not s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    HUD Pushes Dallas to the Wall. City Hall Searches for a Scapegoat.

    Blame cannot be un-owned. Like money, blame has to go in somebody's purse. It can't be left on the table. If the responsible person is able somehow to cleverly skate on the blame he deserves, that just means somebody else has to be the scapegoat. Witness the grand saga going on now in our city as el ... More >>

  • News

    April 24, 2014
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    April 23, 2014

    In Dallas, You Need to Make $29,000 Per Year to Afford a Decent Apartment

    The Washington Post's Wonk Blog yesterday published a county-by-county map of what a worker needs to make to afford a decent one-bedroom apartment. In Dallas (and Collin, and Denton County) the figure is $13.88 per hour, assuming 40-hour weeks and a full 52 weeks of pay. Annually, that comes out to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2014

    If Dallas City Hall Is a Ship of State, Who in the Hell is the Captain?

    Normally I'm not here to say the left hand at City Hall does not know what the right hand is doing. Whenever I can, I hope to be able to say much worse stuff than that. But this here is a left-hand/right-hand missing-each-other type deal, I do believe. Mid-morning last Sunday Scott Goldstein at The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    A Dallas Housing Caseworker Pleaded Guilty to Using His City Job to Get Sex, Free Rent

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2014

    What's a Million Bucks Worth? When It Comes to Dallas' Housing Projects, Not Much.

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    HUD Loan Docs Raise Questions About City Staff's Report on $3.9 Million Loan for Patriots Crossing Development

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2014

    Dallas People Have a Civic Craziness in Our Heads, but Please Don't Mention It

    Last Tuesday evening The Dallas morning News sponsored a conference in the arts district called "Come Together," supposedly to talk about "economic development, education and opportunity" but really to talk about culluh. Yeah, skin color, that topic that pretty much the whole rest of the world is b ... More >>

  • News

    January 30, 2014

    A.C. Gonzalez Pitches a Change-up

    New city manager promises transparency. Here's where he can start.

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2014

    Dallas Has Been Openly Funneling Affordable Housing Money Out of Downtown for Years

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2014

    Judge Denies Whistle-Blowers' Claims in Dallas Segregation Case. Again.

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2013

    Downtown Has a Great Future. Forget the Past.

    Had an interesting chat a while back with Dallas City Council member Philip Kingston about downtown office vacancy rates. Hey! What? It's what people like us talk about. Just be glad you didn't get stuck between us on an airplane. It's interesting. Really. According to the Dallas Business Journal, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2013

    In Rockwall, City Council Member's Daughter Caught Buying Drugs With Stolen HUD Funds

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    Perhaps Now Barack Obama Can Be the Sheriff We Deputized in 2008

    Last night, when those final electoral votes rang up on my CNN app, I suddenly thought of Curtis Lockey and Craig Mackenzie, two guys who have been missing from the news for a while. I told you about Lockey and MacKenzie two years ago. They are developers who brought a formal administrative "false ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    In Dallas As in Miami, It's Time to Build Low-Income Housing Where the Jobs Are

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    Before Hearing, Read City's $13-Mil HUD Loan Application for Lake Highlands Town Center

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2011

    City Hopes $13 Mil in HUD Block Grants Will Jumpstart Lake Highlands Town Center

    ​For those wondering whatever become of the stagnating Lake Highlands Town Center, a ray of hope appears on the council's Economic Development Committee's agenda for Monday: "Community Development Block Grant Section 108 Guaranteed Loan Application for the Lake Highlands Town Center." I'll post th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2011

    Federal Judge Unseals Suit That Asks: Did Dallas Screw HUD Out of Hundreds of Millions?

    ​On June 10, 2010, I wrote a column for the newspaper about an official complaint brought to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by two Dallas developers alleging a decades-old pattern of racial discrimination and fraud by the city of Dallas, the county and other local entit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    How Hateful Was Robert Jeffress's Mormonism-Is-a-Cult Line? Very, If You Know History.

    ​Alfredo Corchado has a story in today's Dallas Morning News about Mitt Romney's Mexican relatives: "Mitt Romney's relatives in Mexico are supportive but wary." It's a topic that has been in the back of my mind ever since Dallas's own Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of Dallas First Baptist, tri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    Top 10 Schutze Columns of '10

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2010

    Head of Economic Development Explains $2 Million Grant Proposed for North Oak Cliff

    Click to embiggen the map of the area that would be impacted by the proposed $2 million economic development grant.​On Friday we sneak-peeked that proposed $2-million economic development grant proposal intended to "support emerging development opportunities in North Oak Cliff." Before Wednesday's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2010

    Congo Street Initiative Feted By AIA, HUD For Restoring "Integrity" to Community

    AIA/HUDBefore and after along Congo Street​Till 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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2010

    HUD Delivers $22 Million to Dallas Housing Authority For Beleagured Turner Courts

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2010

    A Fond Farewell for M. Thomas Lardner, Uptown Developer and Downtown Visionary

    Tom Lardner​This 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    What in the Wide World of Sports Does a HUD Secretary Know About Levee Safety?

    HUD deputy secretary Ron Sims has quite the résumé, but what does any of it have to do with the Trinity River?​Unintentionally hilarious item in The Dallas Morning News today: "Council's Frustration Spills Over," by Rudy Bush on the Metro front, in which council member par excellence Ron Natinsk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2009

    Forest City's "Not Ready" For Mercantile Continental to Become Landmark. Or Apartments Either. Not Just Yet.

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2008

    Gustav Isn't Screwing Around, and Neither is the City of Dallas

    National Weather Service About an hour ago, city officials gave local media members a tour of the Dallas Convention Center, in which Dallas expects to hold folks fleeing Hurricane Gustav, which is close to reaching Category 5 status as it approaches the Louisiana coastline. Only, the city keeps in ... More >>

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    March 31, 2008
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    February 28, 2008

    Fantroy, Guilty as Charged

    Former city council member James Fantroy has just been found guilty of stealing thousands in federal funds. Here's the link to the September 2007 federal indictment in which former Dallas city council member James Fantroy was accused of stealing thousands of dollars from Paul Quinn College. And why ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2008

    Alphonso Jackson Pays Homage to Alphonso Jackson

    Over the last couple of months, word has dribbled out that former Dallas Housing Authority president and CEO Alphonso Jackson, now the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department Secretary, is under heavy government scrutiny for allegedly bad behavior in New Orleans, Philadelphia and even the Virg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2008

    "For the Love of Money": Or, Alphonso Jackson Takes a Gamble

    Alphonso Jackson has many friends -- including, apparently, legendary songwriter and producer Kenny Gamble More Alphonso Jackson news -- and this time, it involves allegations that the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department Secretary retaliated against the Philadelphia Housing Authority for f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2007
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    January 4, 2007

    A Lott of Work to Do at DHA

    Really, we're gonna have to get a new picture of Ann Lott at this rate. Nonetheless, here we go again... A few final words about the resignation of Dallas Housing Authority board chairman Guy Brignon, who submitted his adios yesterday to the mayor who appointed him. Actually, this isn't so much abou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2006

    The DHA Mess? It's Getting Messier.

    Look, maybe we just never get tired of running this picture of Ann Lott. Ever think of that? Guy Brignon, the chairman of the Dallas Housing Authority and a real-estate developer and apartment complex owner, said earlier this week he won't OK or even discuss DHA president and CEO Ann Lott's highly c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2006

    From Fired to Really Hired: The Mayor Explains the DHA Mess

    A week ago, Dallas Housing Authority CEO Ann Lott was fired. Today she's having her contract extended. Say what? What a difference a week makes. On December 5 it was revealed that the Dallas Housing Authority board was getting rid of agency president and CEO Ann Lott, who's adored by the low-income ... More >>

  • News

    August 17, 2006

    Change Is Gonna Come

    With some help from his friends, Don Williams intends to save South Dallas one block at a time

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2006

    Pie in the Sky

    This is the Motorsports Museum as Derrick Mitchem envisions it on his bare-bones Web site. By now, perhaps, you know the name Derrick Mitchem, the man behind the long-scheduled Motorsports Museum that's supposed to open in the old Bama Pie Co. building on Pennsylvania Avenue and Fourth Avenue across ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2006

    DMN: Stop Whining, You Innocent People

    So, lemme get this straight. In today's Dallas Morning News, Metro columnist Jacquielynn Floyd says the folks living in the Bent Creek Apartments at Forest Lane and Audelia Road have no right to be upset about being raided on March 13 by police officers who banged on doors and scoured bathrooms, kit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2006

    Sweep Legal? Oh, That's Richie.

    On Thursday, Jim Schutze broke the news that the Texas House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence and the General Investigating and Ethics Committee asked the State Bar of Texas to investigate Assistant Dallas City Attorney Jennifer Richie, who's been going after, among others, car wash owner Dale Da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2006

    Actionable Jackson

    For those obsessed with the Alphonso Jackson embroglio, in which the Housing and Urban Development secretary admitted to killing government contracts with Bush bashers during an April 28 speech in Dallas, let us not forget his behavior 13 years ago. What simpler times those were: He was the head of ... More >>

  • News

    October 10, 2002

    Someplace Like Home

    Does Miami hold the key to solving Dallas' downtown homeless problem? Maybe, but it's a very expensive key.

  • News

    April 25, 2002

    Sweetheart Deal

    How does Virginia McGuire make a profit in the nonprofit business of creating affordable housing? Simple. She pays her husband.

  • News

    March 29, 2001

    Houses Divided

    A fight over public housing pits working-class East Dallas homeowners against their poorer neighbors in a battle tainted by claims of racism

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    November 2, 2000


    Grenadier wards off injunction, says its Gaston Avenue rehab is back on track

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    June 4, 1998

    Spinning wheels

    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

  • News

    May 29, 1997

    A Dream Deferred

    Former Black Panther Fahim Minkah seeks redemption for a drug-infested neighborhood, but the Southern Dallas Development Corporation turns its back

  • News

    December 15, 1994

    Fee fight

    For lawyers, beating the city is only the beginning

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