| News |

The Ghost Town Inside Downtown Dallas And How to Deal With It

Snapshots from an abandoned downtown: water damage in an unspecified hotel and exposed wiring.
Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

Another interesting item on the council's Economic Development Committee agenda: discussion of a pilot program aimed at dealing with the vacant and abandoned buildings downtown, 10 of which were inspected from June 5-13 in preparation of today's get-together. And these are no small, out-of-the-way properties either: Notes the city doc, "These structures represent a total of 1,562,122 sq.ft. of vacant property in the CBD" with a combined 2008 Dallas Central Appraisal District value of $6,807,390. Do not visit page 8 before breakfast -- unless the phrase "pigeon infestation" and an accompanying photo of God-knows-what in a sink don't bother you, in which case, have at it.

Among the suggestions for dealing with the piss-poor properties: enforce code compliance, how novel. Or: register vacant buildings with the city, which ain't cheap. Or: "Downtown Community Prosecutor" and "Downtown Community Court." Or just get DCAD to knock down the value a little bit. Hey, waitaminute. --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.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.