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Mayoral Candidates to Tear This Mother Down Tonight, Unless They're All For Historic Preservation

Tonight you can go ask Ed Oakley about the 2,000 apartments he wants to tear down -- to stop the crime, of course.
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A note to all our Friends concerned about the future of Deep Ellum (and the rest of Dallas, for that matter): You should attend tonight’s Dallas Mayoral Leadership Forum, scheduled to start at 7:30 at South Side on Lamar. Thus far, the candidates expected to attend are Sam Coats, Gary Griffith, Don Hill, Darrell Jordan, Tom Leppert, Ed Oakley and Max Wells.

The title of the forum is “The Built Environment: Planning, Zoning and Preservation”; as a semi-conspiracy theorist, I’m convinced they make the names of these forums as boring as possible in order to keep the public away. Nonetheless, what that translates to is, if you’re worried about buildings being torn down, if you want certain buildings preserved and if you are interested in the way Dallas is being developed, you should attend to hear the candidates’ takes on such things. You know, so you’ll know who you want to vote for. The moderator is the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Bob Ray Sanders, and hosts include the Greater Dallas Planning Council, Preservation Dallas and the Council of Engineering Companies, among others. --Jonanna Widner

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