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D CEO Named Country’s Top Regional Business Magazine … Again

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For the fifth straight year, D CEO has been named the best regional business magazine in the country. The D Magazine Partners publication snagged the honor again on Saturday at Dallas’ Fairmont Hotel, where the national Alliance of Area Business Publishers met for its annual summer conference and gave its Editorial Excellence Awards to newspaper and magazine business periodicals. D CEO won a total of seven, including four gold awards.

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Real Estate

Is Dallas’ Housing Market Cooling Off?

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They are workers relocating from Southern California, following employers like Toyota and Jacobs Engineering. They are college graduates moving from the Midwest to start careers in what is, reportedly, the country’s best city in which to find work. They are highly skilled immigrants from India capitalizing on a demand for tech workers. They are people from the East Coast who are simply tired of schlepping through slush every winter. They keep coming to Dallas, waves and waves of them, all looking for places to live. Looking and buying and boosting prices.

Almost 800,000 people have come to the Dallas area since 2010, more people than live in Washington, D.C. Almost 86,000 moved here last year alone. Add the deaths and births, and last year the Dallas area’s population increased by 143,000. That made Dallas the No. 1 place in the nation for population growth in 2016.

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Local Government

Anna Casey Dominates Another Dallas Election

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Anna Casey, the longtime Dallas-area political consultant, looked at the group of City Council candidates assembled before her in Councilman Philip Kingston’s house, near Lower Greenville. She told them that she saw greatness in each. “As you guys know, you’re all my candidates. Everyone in here is my candidate,” she said. It was spring, before the May election, and Casey was addressing four incumbents (Kingston, Scott Griggs, Mark Clayton, and Adam Medrano) and three challengers (Candy Evans, Omar Narvaez, and Dominique Torres). “And I wouldn’t pick you if I didn’t see a winner in you, if I didn’t see that visionary leadership that you can and have brought or will bring to the city.”

Then Casey made a slight pivot, toward herself. “And, you know, quite frankly, there’s some things that I believe in,” she told the group. “I would like to see a Dallas—I grew up in Dallas, this is my hometown—I would like to see a Dallas for its people, governance that’s enlightened, and for us to be the greatest place in Texas, one of the greatest places in the world.” Although light on specifics, she concluded that it was this shared vision that made this group one worth belonging to. “We’re a natural team.”

In this past election, much was written about the “shadowy Super PAC” (D Magazine’s words) named For Our Community, which is overseen by another longtime Dallas-area political consultant, Mari Woodlief. The attention was understandable. FOC raised nearly $200,000 and spent heavily trying to unseat Kingston, failing spectacularly. I wrote about Woodlief and FOC in August 2015 (“The Most Powerful Woman in Dallas Politics”) and said in that piece that Woodlief’s power-brokering raised three important questions: who is she, why is she so powerful, and why do so many people think this is a bad thing?

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Local News

Leading Off (6/26/17)

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Driver Killed In Road Rage Incident in Arlington. Dylan Spaid, 19, had just picked up his girlfriend and gotten onto I-20. Police say a dark sedan pulled alongside and fired through its passenger-side window. Spaid died at the hospital. The shooter is still at large.

Man Missing After Boat Capsizes at White Rock Lake. A man and woman were on the water Sunday afternoon when their boat flipped. A patrol boat pulled the woman to safety but the man never came up. The search was suspended at sundown and will resume this morning.

FC Dallas Earns Draw in Texas Derby. Maxi Urruti bagged the equalizer early in the second half as FCD drew with the Houston Dynamo for the second time in a month. The rubber match is August 23.

Mavs Decline Dirk Nowitzki’s 2017-18 Option. But that’s only so they can clear some room to sign free agents and then re-up Dirk to a new two-year deal. I SEE YOU NEVER RETIRING, BIG GERMAN.

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Sports & Leisure

Get Excited About New Mavs Point Guard Dennis Smith Jr.

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Prior to last night’s NBA draft, I was a bit concerned that the Mavericks would end up taking Lauri Markkanen, a 7-foot three-point specialist from Arizona. But he was gone when No. 9 rolled around, snapped up for whatever reason by the Bulls. My biggest fear, however, was that the team would end up with Luke Kennard, a guard from Duke who looks like he has tweeted at least once, “But why can’t *I* say it?”

All potential crises were averted when the Mavs drafted the best-case scenario for that spot in the draft: NC State point guard Dennis Smith Jr. He is an electrifying scorer with an NBA record 48-inch vertical leap. That is all of my analysis at this point. Watch all of these YouTube clips instead.

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Local News

Leading Off (6/23/17)

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Firehouse Theatre Director Sues Target For Neglect Following January Attack. Derek Whitener says the Cityplace store’s security failed to protect him and discouraged him from calling police before the robbery. Whitener alerted employees and security on his way into the store about two men whose presence concerned him. Those men robbed and attacked him as he was leaving the store. The 33-year-old was severely beaten and left with permanent brain damage, significant memory loss, and a loss of some motor skills.

DART Police Boost Presence in Deep Ellum Following Recent Sexual Assaults. Officers are being staged at the DART station near Baylor University Medical Center. The goal is to be more visible following two separate attacks that were reported within hours and blocks of one another early Sunday morning.

Valley View Center Demolition Will Start Today. Before the wrecking, Dallas developer Scott Beck will host a ceremony at 9:30 a.m. The demolition will make way for a $4 billion mixed-use development within the Dallas Midtown district. Still, there might be something worth saving at Valley View Mall. 

The Mavericks Welcome Dennis Smith Jr. The North Carolina State point guard was the ninth overall pick in last night’s NBA draft. There’s a lot of promise in Smith, who averaged 18.1 points per game as a freshman—a rare feat for a college player. He’s just in time for a revamped locker room, complete with refrigerated cup holders.

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Architecture & Design

Dallas Has Lost Frank Welch, 90, Dean of Texas Architecture

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Dallas has often struggled to find its own cultural voice — torn, as it seems to have always been, between historical indifference and appropriated aspiration. Throughout this city’s history, however, there have been a handful of artists who have seen and understood this place for what it is, and have made work that has managed to embrace and manifest the cultural identity and character of this city in its best light. Perhaps none were better at this than the architect Frank Welch. Sadly, Welch has passed away. He was 90.

Welch’s importance as an architect certainly outstretched his impact and relationship with Dallas. Considered the Dean of Texas Architecture, Welch, like his mentor O’Neil Ford, inherited and expanded upon a tradition for finding in Texas’ landscapes, materials, style, and character the opportunity for a unique brand of modernism

In Dallas, Welch’s work is best exemplified in the many residences he designed here that blend of warmth and sophistication. They are buildings that engage with the subtly of their environments, while also expressing style and understated panache in a meticulous attention detail, expressive choice of materials, and attention to a humane quality possible through spacial design. 

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