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This morning we had to use the City of Dallas' Web site to find the address of a park -- which, on Firefox, at least, proved a nearly impossible task. (We had to switch to Internet Explorer to type in zip codes, and we're lazy, lazy people.) Of course, regular users of the city's site know there are plenty of nifty services to be found on the site -- we love typing restaurant names into the Food Inspection Scores search engine, we hear it's relatively easy to pay your water bill, and we do love to follow along with council briefing and agendas.

While on the city's site, we noticed a mention of some accolades: Late last week, the Center for Digital Government named Dallas's Web site as a finalist in the City Portal Category, part of its Best of the Web awards. (Also contending for the award: Fort Wayne, Indiana; Mesa, Arizona; St. Petersburg, Florida; and Virginia Beach, Virginia). And the City of Dallas 311 Online Information & Services Directory was named a winner in the Government-to-Citizen Local Government Category. In related news, our Web site now offers slide shows. --Robert Wilonsky

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

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