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Mariana Griggs Reflects on Change, Courage and Living in Oak Cliff

2 years ago by Jim Schutze
The fun thing about being a reporter, the payoff, is getting to talk to interesting people. So that’s what I have been doing lately — calling people and getting them to talk to me without a specific agenda. Mariana Griggs, a 40-year-old mother of two young children, is a longtime...

Mariana Griggs Is Making This Place Cool Instead of Moving Somewhere Cool

6 years ago by Jim Schutze
In this week's Dallas Observer we profile 20 of the metro area's most interesting characters, with new portraits of each from local photographer Can Turkyilmaz. See the entire Dallas Observer People Issue here. Twelve years ago, Mariana Griggs was one of those people whose parachutes got messed up. Instead of...

Dallas Considers One of Nation’s First Diaper-Changing Station Ordinances

10 months ago by Stephen Young
Over the last half-decade or so, Dallas has mostly slowly but surely done what it can to make itself a more egalitarian city. The City Council passed a comprehensive LGBTQ nondiscrimination ordinance, gone as far as Texas law allows with regard to marijuana decriminalization by implementing cite-and-release and required city...

To Understand Beto’s Appeal, Try Looking at the New Generation at City Hall

10 months ago by Jim Schutze
A blueprint of a site plan for proposed construction is projected on a pull-down screen before me; a city official is at the podium droning through a very long litany of legalese while five bored-looking board members try to maintain the yes-I-am-too-paying-attention facial expression; and as I write this with...

Dallas Makes Baby-Changing Tables Mandatory for Businesses Across the City

9 months ago by Stephen Young
Dallas' parents, its dads specifically, got a leg up from the City Council on Wednesday afternoon. From now forward, any newly built or renovated city-owned building, privately owned restaurant, theater or retail store will have to provide at least one "safe, sanitary and convenient diaper changing accommodation" in each restroom...

Wherein Schutze Inspires Segment on Today's Think But Isn't Actually Invited

10 years ago by Robert Wilonsky
Oak Cliff's gotten the Jim Schutze Bump, as evidenced by the teaser for today's episode of Think on KERA-90.1 FM:TopicThe Oak Cliff RenaissanceGuestJason Roberts, Mariana Griggs & Amy CowanDescriptionIs Dallas' "next big thing" south of the Trinity? Our guests this hour think so. With a nod to Jim Schutze's recent...

Neumann and Griggs Clash Over Gas Drilling, Walmart, Cliff Manor and Trinity Toll Road

9 years ago by Sam Merten
Following the mayoral forum held last night at Methodist Hospital's Hitt Auditorium, District 3 city council candidate Scott Griggs and incumbent Dave Neumann took their turn to disagree on several issues -- including gas drilling, that Walmart, affordable housing at Cliff Manor and the Trinity River toll road. Griggs quoted...

At Cliff Manor Tomorrow, Getting Down and Dirty in the New Community Garden

9 years ago by Patrick Michels
Back at the big kick-off lunch for Dallas Justice Revival's Homes for Our Neighbors campaign, we heard about plans to build a community garden for Cliff Manor residents -- an olive branch of sorts between the apartment complex and its neighbors, built in the image of other nearby gardens organized...

City Hall Still Trying to Find "Best Solution" for Those Who Want to Community Garden

9 years ago by Robert Wilonsky
Sara KerensScott and Mariana Griggs at the "West Dallas Country Club," otherwise known as their community garden​You probably forgot all about City Hall's efforts to regulate community gardens -- after all, it's been about two months since the topic came up at the council's Transportation and Environment Committee meeting on...

Community Gardeners Pledge To Keep Growing Despite "Disappointing" City Regulations

10 years ago by Andrea Grimes
The City's slow move against community gardening continues, as evidenced by the latest set of do's-and-don'ts -- the sixth try at this -- given the green-thumbs-up by the council's Transportation and Environment Committee on Monday. The so-called Option 6 will now take root at the Zoning Ordinance Committee. To summarize...

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