Lucas Manfield is an editorial fellow at the Observer. He's a former software developer and a recent graduate of Columbia Journalism School.
1 year ago | Housing
In certain places in Dallas, tax dollars generated from new malls, high-rise condos and upscale restaurants don't go back to the public. Instead, new revenue is put into special funds and used to promote more nearby development. The names of many ...
1 year ago | Healthcare
As reports of a new influenza epidemic sweeping the coast alarmed residents, Dallas’ chief doctor offered reassurances. “The general health situation in Dallas is good,” he told a reporter for The Dallas Morning News. The disease wasn’t much worse...
Readers and Council Members Pick Their Favorite Ways to Improve Dallas. Unsurprisingly, They’re Not The Same.1 year ago | City Hall
Last month, the Dallas City Council met for a daylong retreat at the city's new Holocaust museum. It included, apparently, a dance party. "Mayor, you really did get the best dance," said Kimberly Tolbert, the city manager's chief of staff, at a br...
1 year ago | Transportation
On Friday, organizers from the city and several nonprofits met with a dozen volunteers outside the Dallas Farmers Market. They were there to inaugurate the city's newest civic enhancement: its "first-ever protected micro-mobility facility," as it'...
1 year ago | Legal Battles
From 2015 to 2018, Rent-A-Center, a Plano-based rent-to-own company, signed a series of illegal agreements with its competitors to shut out competition, according to an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission. It will now walk away with a sl...
1 year ago | Environment
Protesters lined the steps of the Hall of State in Fair Park on Tuesday, holding a banner in front of attendees of the morning's climate symposium: "This is not enough." It was in response to Dallas' climate plan, which was released in draft ...