Jim Schutze has been the city columnist for the Dallas Observer since 1998. He has been a recipient of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies’ national award for best commentary and Lincoln University’s national Unity Award for writing on civil rights and racial issues. In 2011 he was admitted to the Texas Institute of Letters.
23 hours ago | Animal Welfare
I don’t know how many people know this, but my wife, Mariana Greene, was a pioneer of urban chicken-keeping during her days as a garden columnist for The Dallas Morning News, years before backyard chickens became chic. She helped make them chic. T...
2 days ago | City Hall
City Hall is having a big debate with itself about getting rid of the city’s long-standing youth curfew. We should do an experiment. Try this: Rigorously enforce the curfew outside late-night teenage house parties in the affluent white Lakewood an...
4 days ago | News
It’s easy to get politically depressed. Sometimes it’s not easy to get out of bed. But we need to draw a deep breath and look at the long arc. Sunlight glows out there on the far horizon. Last week at the very moment President Donald Trump was doi...
8 days ago | City Hall
The Dallas city auditor released a report last Friday painting the outfit that promotes the Dallas Convention Center as a runaway, money-burning, out-of-control party barn. Soon after, Mayor Mike Rawlings had words to say. Rawlings told The Dallas...
9 days ago | City Hall
Do you care who the next mayor is? Who any mayor is? I mean really. Lots of people want you to care. The field of candidates for mayor of Dallas in the election next May, already swollen to just over a half dozen with the announcement Monday of sc...
11 days ago | City Hall
If it’s anything, the Ridgecrest apartment complex, located almost all the way to Mountain Creek Lake in far West Dallas, is proof that in the last half-century most local and national government programs designed to end poverty have been stupid. ...