This Sunday, the Trammell Crow Company, on behalf of its clients Sam’s Club and the Metropolitan Life Corporation, the primary investor in the project, will blow up old Xerox building just off Central Expressway in order to make way for a big box store right in the heart of the fastest growing, highest tax base, densest area of Dallas.
It is utter madness.
And while I know you have heard the story in some form or fashion, on the eve of destruction, I believe it is worth recounting. There are many lessons in the sorry tale of Uptown Sam’s, and the story should enrage you—not provoking the kind of idle anger where you throw up your hands and go, “Ah, there’s Dallas, yet again,” but rather provoking the kind of rage that makes you want to run down to city hall with pitchforks in your hands. Let’s get to it.Full Story
Orin Kerr is a professor at The George Washington University Law School. He’s an expert on criminal procedure and computer crime law. Today in the Washington Post, he has a 3,100-word piece that breaks down the Barrett Brown sentencing like a fraction. Honestly, if you’re not a lawyer who works in this field, you probably don’t want to read it. Kerr himself makes a joke toward the end of his story about how only three people will read the entire thing. So here’s a taste if you don’t have the time and inclination to tackle the entire plate:Full Story
You may have heard of this thing we do called Big D Reads. We try to create a citywide book club. This year, we’re asking everyone to read True Grit in April. We’ve got a whole slew of (free) events for you to attend, and we’re passing out 17,000 copies of the book (12,000 of which will go to ninth graders at Dallas ISD). Even Brad Oldham has gotten in on the program and created these coins for us to pass out.
This program would be impossible without the support of our city’s librarians. Whether with the Dallas Public Library, DISD’s media services, or at hospitals, the librarians are the backbone of our efforts. That’s why we started the Librarian of the Year award. We wanted to honor the unsung heroes of the library systems. If you, like us, believe in the power of a wonderful book and want to thank those who help so many find those books, help people find jobs, offer counsel, and complete a million other tasks, please nominate them now. But, hurry, nominations close tomorrow!
And if you need some inspiration for what to write, check out these nominations (you can read more nominations here):Full Story
Today Steve Blow has a column about Casey Monahan, who has been the director of the Texas Music Office for 25 years. Blow writes:
With a new governor making new hires, next week will be Monahan’s last as director of the Texas Music Office.
But no sour grapes. “Oh, gosh no,” he said. “I mean that sincerely. I don’t feel entitled to this job. If the governor wants to go in a different direction, that’s what he was elected to do.”
Blow could have used the help of a good copy editor.Full Story
Maybe you’ve gotten tired of commenting on our other fluoride-related posts. Here’s a new one, occasioned by the news that fluorides IS HERE TO STAY (at least for three more years). Only Sheffie Kadane and Adam Medrano voted to get rid of it.
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Listen, I’m the first to fess up that I don’t really care much about the Super Bowl. I usually use those blissful four hours to hit the mall (and if I’m being totally honest by “mall” I mean that I make a mad run on all the leftover cheese samples at Central Market). What I won’t deny is my L-O-V-E for Animal Planet’s pre-game puppy bowl.Full Story
Question: As the oldest known resident of our little village, and witness to over a century and a half of history, can you offer any explanation for the earthquakes at what we know as the old Texas Stadium plot? Can you clarify the rumor that an old Indian burial ground has been disturbed? What the hell happened there? And why now are the spirits angry? Or is there another explanation for the earth rattling that we might understand with your ancient wisdom? — John B.Full Story
The headline from the Biz Beats Blog: “Behind Just Houston and Austin, America’s Third Fastest-Growing City Is Dallas.” Simply put, that headline is a lie. Or it’s a mistake. The Forbes ranking that the DMN is referring to doesn’t peg our city as the third-fastest-growing. Our region is growing that quickly. As Wylie H. Dallas recently pointed out, our city is nowhere near the top of the list. Wylie wrote: “Over the most recent year for which data is available (July 1, 2012 to July 1, 2013), the city of Dallas grew by 1.29 percent, placing us No. 27 out of 77, just barely ahead of Omaha.” Too often, city leaders seize on these sorts of reports to paint a rosy picture of how the city is faring. It needs to stop.
UPDATE (4:45): They changed the headline. Now it refers to the region. Thanks, guys.Full Story
From the author’s Facebook page: “I’ve been sitting on some news for a while. It just went out in Publisher’s Marketplace today so I can confirm that I’ve sold a TV option for Dirty Magic and Cursed Moon. It’s still early in the process and I can’t say too much about the details, but I’m thrilled at the possibility of seeing Kate Prospero on the small screen.”Full Story
If you’ve hung around Dallas music for any length of time, you know the name Kirby Warnock. Back in the day, he edited Buddy, one of first print mags to cover the Dallas music scene. Since then he has become a filmmaker, and his movie When Dallas Rocked showed at a film festival and on PBS (more on that here).
Warnock is also a staunch Oak Cliff-er; he’s been there long before it was the hip place to be. And he’s not happy about some of the attempts to rezone formerly single family lots on Hampton Road.Full Story
In the February issue of D Magazine, Wick writes that this May’s Dallas council elections could revolutionize the city:
Because of term limits, six seats are open, the largest number in one election in memory. The ones giving up their seats are among the worst council members in the city’s history (Dwaine Caraway excepted). Luckily, the remaining council members are among the brightest and most thoughtful ever to serve. It would take only a few new members of the same caliber to tip the balance.
So this time the candidates do matter. Beware the guy who promises to fix the pothole on your street. That’s another go-along, get-along sort who will be easily co-opted by the city staff. Embrace instead the candidate who talks about growing the tax base as a whole so we can fix all the potholes and reduce your tax burden at the same time.
Is that enough to get you fired up about voting?Full Story
Twitter Bomb Threats: Textbook Definition Of Not Awesome. This weekend, some monster (or monsters) decided to make air travel even more of a nightmare by tweeting a bomb threat at an airline carrier. This caused Delta flight 1061 from Los Angeles to Orlando to be diverted to DFW Airport Sunday afternoon, where it was grounded and evacuated. Two other planes, a JetBlue and a SkyWest, were evacuated in Seattle.
Filing For Local Elections Starts Wednesday. Three board seats are up for election in DISD, including the one held by Elizabeth Jones, the subject of a bi-weekly “what in the world is this lady talking about” series over on Learning Curve.
Money For Earthquake Research? The Lege is considering it, per the Texas Tribune. It’s an item in Speaker Joe Straus’ budget proposal—$2.5 million for a seismic monitoring program.
A Significant Play For Dallas Theater Center Opens Friday. Yes, I am using this space to plug a thing I did for the January issue. But I have a couple good reasons. The official opening of Stagger Lee, written by SMU Meadows Prize recipient and DTC playwright-in-residence Will Power, is the Center’s first fully self-produced premiere of a new musical. It’s also huge—an 18 person cast. Overall, it’s a big investment for the DTC, and it redoubles a commitment to new work, to diversity, and to an ongoing conversation about race in this country. I sat in on a rehearsal, and some of the music I heard gave me chills. I interviewed Power, who is fascinating and talks a mile a minute. And check out KERA’s big interactive piece on the making of the show. Impressive stuff.Full Story
Odds are good you’re ready for some football. We hope you’re also ready for opera, music, and skateboarding cats, because there’s a lot to do this weekend. But first, football, or at least the giant spectacle surrounding Super Bowl XLIX.Full Story
An interesting loop is nearing completion. I’ve profiled Barrett Brown and Ladar Levison. Barrett has written about me. Now Ladar is writing about Barrett. We only need Barrett to write about Ladar and Ladar to write about me. Come on, guys! We can do it.
Okay, Ladar has a piece in the Guardian today that you should read. As of 9:49 a.m. Central Standard, the piece appears to link to the same cache of hacked Stratfor information that Barrett got busted for linking to. (!) But that’s not really the most interesting part of Ladar’s story.Full Story
Fort Worth Officer Involved in Shooting. The officer is in stable condition after surgery on his abdomen. The suspect, a 40-year-old man with a reported history of mental illness, is dead.
Arlington Swingers Club Shutdown for Zoning Violations. Neighbors say it’s a sexual-oriented business. The city stresses that nobody found any criminal activity, though some of the parties had upwards of 200 guests. The “host” says he isn’t running a business because he only asks for donations ($80 for couples, $20 for single ladies), and he vows to keep “Eutopia” open.
Dallas Woman Convicted of Kidnapping Son. Erica Lonzetta Dominque abducted her son during a fight with the boy’s father, then drove the boy to an embankment and reportedly told him: “This is it for us. … You’re going to have to get killed.” (Side note: Sarah Mervosh is one of the best reporters at the DMN and her coverage of this story is proof. I dare you to read her description of the 6-year-old boy testifying against his mother and not get emotional.)
“Everest” Opera Opens Tonight. It tells the story of the men trapped on the mountain in the famous 1996 climbing disaster, including Beck Weathers, the Dallas man who at one point was left for dead in the blizzard.Full Story
Get a head start on your weekend tonight. Life is too short to spend another evening watching Netflix. One minute you’re settling in to watch an episode of The Gilmore Girls, and the next thing you know your kids are graduating from college, there’s a new president in office, and you’re lamenting the fact that you never took up pottery. More importantly, you’re missing these things to do in Dallas.Full Story
The February cover story of D Magazine features “89 secret things to eat, drink, see, and explore in your city.” The package is called “Hidden Dallas,” and I hope by now you’ve had a chance to peruse our staff’s findings.
On Monday we also told you about a little contest we’re holding in conjunction with the issue. We want to hear about the hidden corners of the city that you treasure most. Share them on social media with the hashtag #HiddenDallas before February 28. We’ll pick our favorite, most insightful tip and give a $200 gift card to Marie Gabrielle Restaurant & Gardens in return.
Meanwhile, here’s a sampling of what we’ve received so far:Full Story
Unlike the world’s most talkative football player, you’re not just here so you don’t get fined. You’re here because it’s Wednesday, and you need something to do tonight to barrel over that weekly hump in style. We’ve got a couple of gloomy, lovebird folk musicians, the author of the best book published this (admittedly young) year, and some choreographers who are pretty darn sure they can dance all in town tonight. Here’s our picks for things to do.Full Story
Houstonia, the city magazine of Houston, is reporting that according to a “source who requested anonymity,” Houston-based CultureMap has been sold (or is in the process of being sold) to a Dallas company called ViewMarket (formerly the Haul Company), which was co-founded by Alexander Muse, Bob Bennett, and Molly Cain. I can confirm this. My source is Alexander Muse. I should also note that Bennett was the publisher of a magazine I edited long, long ago called Spirits & Cocktails. Has ViewMarket bitten off more than it can chew? The coming months ought to provide an answer to that question.
UPDATE (10:21) The Dallas Business Journal reports that the deal hasn’t closed yet. Like I said, though, Muse indicated in an email to me weeks ago that they were buying CultureMap. Too, Bennett and Muse have been talking to candidates about jobs at CultureMap.Full Story
Belo Foundation Buys Land For Farmers Market Park The non-profit purchased 1.57 acres straddling Wood Street in hopes that it helps fulfill the city’s plan for the 3.8-acre park outlined in the 2013 Downtown Parks Master Plan. There is a catch: the city has no money available to snatch up the rest of the two-plus acres.
NTTA Customers Receiving Phantom Bills Maybe this is all a backdoor way to pay for the Trinity Tollroad.
Mavericks Lose Third in a Row It’s the first three-game skid of the season for the Mavs, at a time when the team can ill afford it. Both the Clippers and Rockets have passed the Mavs in the Western Conference, and the suddenly surging Spurs sit only one game back. Dallas heads to Houston tonight, then gets a relatively easy Miami-Orlando-Minnesota stretch before heading to Golden State. Pretty much need to take three of four before that game to keep from falling into seventh in the West.
Feral Hogs Tear Up Cedar Hill There are so many wonderful turns of phrase in this story, but I do have one minor quibble with this one: “He was walking his two dogs when a cage filled with a whole lot of hog came into view.” If you ever get the opportunity to use the expression “whole lotta” you have to take it. Now, for something completely different.Full Story
Incoming Morning News editor Mike Wilson should hire the former city councilwoman to replace, oh, let’s say Steve Blow. No reason that Hunt should only get to drop bombs like this in the Advocate. A taste:
First of all, you’ve got to let go of this world-class nonsense. You spend way too much time talking about being a world class “this” and having a world class “that.” Then you petulantly threaten that if you don’t get a gazillion dollars to spend on some shiny new bauble, your friends won’t think you’re world class. You must stop trying to out-fancy the more popular cities and focus on being the best Dallas you can be. And stop worrying about what your friends think.
Speaking of your “friends,” I’m worried you’re being overly influenced by this crowd you’re hanging around with, these rich kids. When they say “jump,” you say “how many horse parks do you want?”
A wise man once called beer the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems. Girl Scout cookies also make any given day immediately better, but do have some problematic after-effects. Combining the two, as a Dallas restaurant and beer garden is doing, may be the best or worst idea of the year. I’m leaning toward best. If you’re not already clearing your schedule for beer and cookies, then we have very different life priorities. But there are plenty of other things to do in Dallas tonight, including a panel discussion that may make you feel guilty about watching the Super Bowl, and a film screening that doubles as a music documentary and relationship study. Here are our recommendations.Full Story
I stop by the palatial offices of State Rep. Rafael Anchia to discuss the Trinity toll road, the Home Rule Commission, and his broad legislative agenda (LGBT issues, smart meter fonts, etc.). We also talk about how much Arsenal sucks and the concept of horizontal Jesus. Here’s […]Full Story
Much of the northeastern U.S. is about to be buried under the kind of blizzard that makes weather forecasters and storm-chasers as wide-eyed as kids on Christmas morning. However, things are looking practically tropical here in North Texas, leaving you with no excuse to stay in tonight. All these filmmakers, kings, and peanut butter-banana sandwiches […]Full Story
The cover story of the February issue of D Magazine is “Hidden Dallas.” It was painful for our staff to publicly share this compilation of their favorite secret spots, special deals, off-menu meals, and insider know-how with our readers. When more people know, for example, how you can dine at Lucia (which is usually booked up weeks […]Full Story
Back in 2010, a North Dallas neurologist filed suit in the 101st Civil District Court alleging that his partners intentionally misled and withheld information from him about just how bad their two medical facilities were doing. Soon, they crashed and burned and Dr. Erwin Cruz says he lost millions, which could’ve been avoided had his partners not been negligent. So he sued.Full Story
Was this an inevitable response? Am I the least-qualified person on this staff to aggregate this bit of news? I don’t know. But here it is anyway.
WFAA reports that a Cowboys fan named Terry Hendrix who also happens to be incarcerated Colorado is suing the NFL and its various characters for “negligence, breach of fiduciary duty and also reckless disregard” after Dez Bryant’s fourth-down catch was ruled incomplete and the Cowboys lost to Green Bay. Hendrix is asking for $88,987,654,321.88, which is chump change.Full Story