It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year -- Time For Your New Dallas City Hall Calendar, That Is!

Before the city council comes back from lunch-time recess for some Bond, 2012 Bond talk -- a belated Christmas miracle! -- allow me to direct you to City Hall's annual post-holiday gift: the 2012 calendar, so I won't be the only one who knows when Quality of Life Committee meetings are scheduled. And there are, of course, the pretty pictures.

Accompanying the pin-up, which could use more Sheffie, is, as always, the Annual Progress Report, which is filled with more good news that you can stomach over a single lunch. Come for the chapter headlined "Managing Disposal and Reducing Waste Yields Benefits," stay for the bit about "Encouraging City Employees to Drive Less." Let's just look at the intro and let you take it from there:

Over the past three fiscal years, the organization has met challenges and overcome obstacles resulting from the global economic recession. Because strategic decisions were made to stay on course and continue to plan and invest in the future with the long-term goal of expanding the tax base, several projects are underway and some will come online during the next fiscal year, helping to stimulate economic growth. The Love Field Modernization Project is on schedule; work on the Woodall Rodgers Deck Park continues to progress; and construction of the City Performance Hall is on schedule. In early 2012, the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, already an iconic symbol in the skyline, will open to vehicular traffic; the Omni Dallas Convention Center Hotel opened its doors in November 2011 with many large conventions already booked; and the White Rock Lake Branch Library will open in a community that is anxious to embrace it. Whether these projects add to the tax base or quality of life, they are evidence that the city is maturing and becoming more vibrant.

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