Down in Austin -- Central East Austin, to be specific -- they're wrestling with how to keep giant McMansions from over-running a neighborhood filled with small lots and smaller houses, which doesn't sound familiar at all. Yesterday the Austin American-Statesman profiled a neighborhood group trying to further tighten existing regulations that would disallow enormous homes on parcels smaller than 5,750 square feet.
Well, today comes word that chief among those against the aginners is none other than former Dallas Cowboys great Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson -- who, the paper reports, happens to own "six properties in the Central East Austin neighborhood planning area, including three undeveloped, 3,500-square-foot lots." He says, "I am a protector of the neighborhood, but this goes too far. … This goes way, way, way too far." (Speaking of: Super Bowl XIII?) Then he threatens a lawsuit, should the neighborhood group get its way. And he's got the money to do it too. --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.