Leading Off (10/19/09)

1. Highland Park ISD’s enrollment increased this year. Not unusual, right? Well, it kind of is. They’re seeing more students coming in at the fifth through eighth grade levels–and most of those kids are transferring in from private schools. But relax. Not everyone’s gone poor! In fact, David Baker, director of admission and financial aid at St. Mark’s, wants you to know that not only did he recieve more applications than ever this year, St. Mark’s also has more students enrolled than ever. So there.

2. Also in not-poor news, it appears that this was a record breaker of a weekend at the Texas State Fair. People spent about $6.4 on coupons this weekend. That’s a whole lot of corny dogs.

3. Not everyone was eating fried butter this weekend. Approximately 25,000 people visited our new AT&T Performing Arts Center yesterday. Patrons took tours of the new Wyly Theater and the Winspear Opera House, enjoyed a number of live performances, and checked out local museums–and all of it was free! My favorite quote from this Dallas Morning News piece about the day comes from Tray Mingle, who after learning about the DCPA’s $354-million price tag, says this: “Well, it’s gorgeous. This is no time to count pennies.” Recession, Dallas has no time for you, sir.

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Comments

  • Wm. B. Travis

    Uh huh. Then why the advertising, Mr. Baker?

  • Daniel

    Six dollars and forty cents? Happy days are here again.

  • There’s a bit of concern about if we start using Corny Dog Sales as a metric for a L.E.I.

  • Tom

    You can’t get many corny dogs for $6.40.

  • Dallasite

    If the State Fair would only run for 55 straight weeks, we could pay off the new arts district…

    $354 million is a whole lot of corny dogs.

  • Dallasite: As I understand it, most if not all of the Arts District is paid off, via private donation.