At some point next year, a Dallas-based toll company may get permission from the Texas Department of Transportation to build the only toll road in Texas that is totally supported by private finance. The exact route is something that the Texas Turnpike Corp. is still figuring out, but rural property ... More >>
Dallas Midtown, the mixed-use wonderland that will replace the decrepit Valley View Center, will have everything a modern urbanist could want. If everything lives up to developer Scott Beck's vision, there will be several thousand apartments and condos, hundreds of thousands of feet of office and re ... More >>
We've been talking here off and on about land owners near the new UNT-Dallas campus in southern Dallas who want a sewer. They think City Hall is deliberately holding back on a system they were promised years ago. And, yeah, I always feel I need to stop and stipulate that this is indeed and for a fa ... More >>
Tuesday I talked to Mayor Mike Rawlings about the car wash on MLK Boulevard that I have written a lot about lately -- well, a lot about over the last eight years, as a matter of fact. It's the one the city recently threatened to take by eminent domain. We did settle one point. The mayor said he ha ... More >>
Hey, I have a reader challenge for you. I need your take on something. A week ago I told you the city sent a letter to the owner of a car wash on MLK telling him it was planning a project and his property "will be needed for the project." I said it was an "eminent domain" letter officially notifyin ... More >>
The usual threats and thuggery at City Hall threaten business owners.
You own a business and the land it's on. You get a letter from the city. It says the city needs your property for a project. Stuffed in the same envelope is a little pamphlet explaining how the city can force you to sell even if you don't want to. It's called "eminent domain." That's serious. Righ ... More >>
Scott K. Parks has a pretty good OK story in The Dallas Morning News today. It's the good-enough-for-Belo version of a story we brought you two weeks ago about the city's use of eminent domain to seize a privately owned parcel of land near the Trinity River, sandwiched between the equestrian park a ... More >>
Last night the city held a shmooze event for people who live near a proposed exclusive private golf course and horse park in a poor part of Southern Dallas, but the shmooze blew up. A carefully choreographed scene of friendly information booths and party favors turned into an angry shouting match. ... More >>
However you slice the numbers, it's still baloney.
Dallas County's public hospital is using eminent domain to buy up real estate in hopes of flipping it for a profit. But one homeowner is holding out.
Best I can tell using our half-baked search engine, we began writing about Jubilee Park-ers' battle with the Dallas Independent School District over a new-and-improved O.M. Roberts in April 2010, when residents told Dallas County commissioners they were terrified of losing their homes in an emine ... More >>
Photos by Leslie MinoraJubilee Park residents visited City Hall once again in protest of an elementary school parking lot planned by DISD.For Jubilee Park residents, it was a party atmosphere in the Flag Room outside council chambers Thursday afternoon, when the City Plan Commission denied Da ... More >>
Photo by Patrick MichelsJubilee Park Residents and DISD have been brawling for well over a year.Residents of Jubilee Park, the neighborhood of modest single-family homes just north of Fair Park, have become conditioned to distrust, if not fear, the Dallas Independent School District. For as l ... More >>
Carla MainAt this late date I won't detail the case pitting Highland Park developer Hiram Walker Royall against author Carla Main, which we've been following for the past three years. Let's just put it like this: Royall, who was involved in an eminent domain case down in Freeport, became the subj ... More >>
I saw one of these signs on a Bishop Arts sidewalk over the weekend and thought nothing of it -- that is till today, when I was looking for something unrelated on the Dallas CityDesign Studio, which led me to its Facebook page, which led me to this: Urban Design Matters, a just-launched website r ... More >>
Carla Main testifying down in Austin yesterdayWe've written a few times in recent years about author Carla Main, who remains locked in a legal tussle with Highland Park developer Hiram Walker Royall over Main's '07 book Bulldozed: "Kelo," Eminent Domain and the American Lust for Land, which chron ... More >>
From time to time we've revisited the damage done to downtown Dallas by Montreal urban planner Vincent Ponte, who proposed in the June 1968 issue of Esquire that downtown Dallas bury its businesses underground -- a decision then-Dallas Mayor Laura Miller referred to in The New York Times in '05 as " ... 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 >>
Joel KotkinWe -- meaning, you -- just got the nicest invitation to Dallas City Hall on November 12. It's for a little get-together called the 21st Century City Conference, which is being staged by The Trinity Trust, The Dallas Institute and the CityDesign Studio. There's some info on the website ... More >>
Carla Main says she did everything she could to sit down with Highland Park developer Hiram Walker Royall while reporting her book Bulldozed: "Kelo," Eminent Domain and the American Lust for Land. She finally got in the same room with him today, though, in a morning hearing over Royall's defamati ... More >>
Daniel RodrigueShawn Busari and her family grew up in this house, which DISD wanted to take for a mere $50,000.It's been almost six months now since Jubilee Park residents began protesting the Dallas Independent School District's plans to seize their businesses and homes by any means necessary to ... More >>
From the Bishop Davis Land Use & Zoning Study, which we'd recommend downloading from here before trying to openWith even Oak Cliff homeowners associations split over the Bishop Davis Land Use & Zoning Study, if nothing else yesterday's public hearing at the City Plan Commission proved th ... More >>
Daniel IacofanoDaniel Iacofano -- the "I" in MIG, Inc., which the city hired to develop the latest downtown master plan -- was at the Dallas Convention Center a couple of weeks ago collecting wish-list items from stakeholders and civilians; more than a few Friends of Unfair Park have offered sugg ... More >>
Speaking of the Trinity Trust, they've still got those T-shirts available.The suspense is over. (See what I did there?) Following up its September 24 announcement concerning $10 mil going toward turning the Continental Avenue Bridge into a pedestrian pathway-n-park, the Trinity Trust this morning ... More >>
Larry BeasleySpeaking of the Trinity River Corridor Project ... When last we saw Larry Beasley, "the man who built Vancouver," he was among a handful of urban planners imported to teach the Dallas City Council a thing or three during a daylong gab session at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in ... More >>
Sam MertenState Sen. Royce West and friendsFormer Dallas Observer ace reporter (and sometime-Unfair Park contributor) Matt Pulle has a great piece up today on the Texas Watchdog Web site revealing that in 2008 alone, state Sen. Royce West's 10-person law firm billed the City of Dallas, Dallas Area R ... More >>
Well, there's at least one person in this world Highland Park developer Hiram Walker Royall can't sue, at least not this week: law professor Richard Epstein, who provided a blurb for the back of Carla Main's book Bulldozed: "Kelo," Eminent Domain, and the American Lust for Land. As we've mentioned b ... More >>
Still haven't been served over this December 16 item concerning the surprisingly litigious Hiram Walker Royall, a Highland Park developer, so I will proceed further -- but only with the caveat that a mutual friend of ours insists "he's a great guy." So, there -- covered. Anyway, the details behind R ... More >>
Speaking of Angela Hunt and how Dallas goes about, um, planning a city (?) -- as we were this morning -- you might wanna click on over to Hunt's blog. There, she just posted a very lengthy essay concerning last week's council confab with four noted urban planners. The same shindig's the subject of S ... More >>
If the Morning News considers itself the "conscience" of southern Dallas, it has a lot of explaining to do.
Can't say I'd ever heard of Highland Park's Hiram Walker Royall till last night, when I stumbled across this piece from the First Amendment Center concerning the developer's October '08 libel lawsuit, brought about because Royall's furious over the contents of the well-reviewed 2007 book Bulldozed: ... More >>
Texas Heavenly Homes' proposal for new Tenth Street Bottoms neighborhoods, from the city's Bottom Revitalization Project briefing Tomorrow, the city council will approve a $500,000 zero-interest loan of city bond money to an outfit called Texas Heavenly Homes for the redevelopment of the Tenth Stree ... More >>
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 >>
Brian Harkin Larry James, president and CEO of Central Dallas Ministries In February 2005, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson stood at a homeless shelter in Los Angeles, with Arnold Schwarzenegger, and announced that HUD would be doling out $1.4 billion in g ... More >>
Wait a minute...There's democracy in Dallas?
Next month, the American Institute of Architects is going to give its Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design to the Dallas Trinity River Corridor Project for its having a "Balanced Vision Plan." This raises the question whether urban design expert Alex Krieger and transportation planner William E ... More >>
Betty Culbreath, chair of the City Plan Commission, seconds the emotion that Ann Lott's ouster as Dallas Housing Authority CEO has something to do with the city's wanting to sell Little Mexico to a private developer. (Michael Davis at DallasProgress pointed us in Culbreath's direction.) Indeed, she ... More >>
Sean Scully's paintings at the Fort Worth Modern are retrograde
Who made a stink at City Hall?
Plans for a giant market in an Old East Dallas neighborhood speed ahead despite protests by neighbors
A fight over rezoning has some northeast Dallas homeowners talking recall
The city's future is in the hooves of a winged horse--and in the New Age musings of the Dallas Institute of Humanities.