Virginia McAlester

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    Big-Time Builders Insist Proposed "Effective Business Strategies" Are Quite the Opposite

    ​Earlier this month, the city council's Economic Development Committee was briefed on something called "Effective Business Strategies to Support Sustainable Growth." Translated, that means hiking building inspection fees in order to "recover the true costs of delivering services to our customers" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2009

    Don't Raze Me, Bro: Considering the Latest Ordinance Allowing for Historic Demolitions

    ​Tomorrow morning, the Dallas City Attorney's Office will present yet another version of its ordinance that would allow for the demolition of buildings in historically designated districts. Surely you know what this is all about -- we've been down this road since, oh, August 4, 2008, when the the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2009

    If They Can't Redo the Statler Hilton, Well, They'll Just Cover the Damned Thing Up

    The city's love-hate relationship with the Statler Hilton's been well documented here, so no need to rehash that never-ending story. But there is this bit of news concerning the Hotel Conrad Built on Commerce Street: Mayor Tom and the DowntownDallas-ites would love that sumbitch covered, if'n you do ... More >>

  • News

    June 19, 2008

    Sexy Town

    Imagine a city with flowing creeks, walkable neighborhoods and greenery. No, not Seattle, dummy.

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2008

    When It Comes to Downtown Rail, Tomorrow Looks Like Yesterday

    From the Collections of the Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division, Dallas Public Library Pacific Avenue, circa 1920 In last week's paper version of Unfair Park, I wrote about the mess we’re going to have next year when Dallas Area Rapid Transit spills a whole new rail line of traffic down Pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2006

    Yeah, Absolutely, Highland Park Sucks

    Of course they're putting up nothing but "towering structures" in Highland Park. It's easier to crap on the rest of us when you're higher up. There's an Associated Press story from this afternoon about how some folks in Oxford, Mississippi, are trying to get their neighborhood designated as a histor ... More >>

  • News

    June 22, 2006

    The Amazing Schutzini

    The plan for Dallas' future: blood in the 'hood, Mayor Hunt and the Venerable Rasansky

  • News

    June 15, 2006

    Cool, Uncool

    The city council decides our future this week

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2006

    Live from City Hall

    John Fregonese, the proud papa of ForewardDallas!, is in the house, but has kept quiet. He's been walking around, standing and sitting and stroking his beard, looking alternatively bored, frustrated, aghast and elated as his baby gets batted about the room. His name has been evoked a hundred times ... More >>

  • News

    April 27, 2006

    Why Plan?

    If citywide planning means more apartments and strip retail, let's not plan

  • News

    May 27, 2004

    Going Deep

    The Cowboys want to move back to Fair Park--so, there goes the neighborhood?

  • News

    April 5, 2001

    Belo Bashing

    The News' parent levels a historic building as the paper opines for a new hotel

  • News

    October 19, 2000

    This Old House

    Historic preservationists sift through the sawdust of the great closet debate

  • News

    April 8, 1999

    Whipping boy

    John Loza learns that making friends is easy for a city council member. Keeping them is harder.

  • News

    February 4, 1999

    On holy ground

    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

  • News

    January 21, 1999

    The facilitator

    Albertson's new spin doctor is here for you (like it or not)

  • News

    October 8, 1998

    The fix is in

    Plans for a giant market in an Old East Dallas neighborhood speed ahead despite protests by neighbors

  • News

    January 16, 1997

    There But For The Grace of God

    As the Tenth Street freedmen's town crumbles, its would-be saviors bicker among the ruins