Winners and Losers This Week in Dallas (6/10/16)

Heads up, people. It's time to tabulate the results of the last week of action in North Texas.

Heads up, people. It’s time to tabulate the results of the last week of action in North Texas.

Winners

CityMAP Map
Could Interstate 30 some day take a very different route through Dallas?

TxDOT
The state agency’s comprehensive Dallas CityMAP report examining possible future scenarios for highways in and around downtown Dallas was released today. As Tim noted, it lays out the costs and benefits and probable timelines for completion of such potentially transformational projects as the removal of Interstate 345 from the eastern side of downtown to the relocation of Interstate 30 to stitch East Dallas and Fair Park back together. Most importantly its focus isn’t merely on traffic mobility. Its aim isn’t merely to provide drivers the most efficient means of getting the hell out of Dallas. It examines these projects with an eye to livability and the quality of life in the city’s inner-core neighborhoods. So many charts! So many maps! So many graphs! We’ve got the information. Now, let’s make important decisions. +8 billion

Larissa Martinez
The valedictorian of McKinney Boyd High School publicly revealed in her graduation speech that she is an undocumented immigrant. She spoke out openly against the proposal of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to construct “a wall built on hatred and prejudice.” She got a standing ovation from her classmates. She’s been sharing a bed with her mom and sister in a one-bedroom apartment. Now she has a full-ride scholarship to Yale, with hopes of becoming a neurosurgeon. American dream, folks. +4.95 million

Brad Miller
The former Arlington police officer won’t face criminal charges for the fatal shooting of Christian Taylor in August 2015. Miller was fired for his actions that night, which the department determined were the result of poor judgment and a tactical error that led to “cascading consequences.” But the Tarrant County grand jury declined to indict him. +1

West Nile Virus
It’s back for another run as the song of the summer for local TV news and another excuse to link to this Zac Crain classic cut. +13,200

Prince Fielder
Yes, he’s having a lousy season. Yes, he was benched as the Texas Rangers swept the Seattle Mariners last weekend to lay claim to first place in the American League West. But look (below) at what he did with a home run ball on Thursday afternoon to help his team claim three out of four from the previously-surging Houston Astros. +i6

Losers

Collin County Drivers
For a widening project, all lanes of the Dallas North Tollway around its interchange with the Sam Rayburn Tollway will be closed between 11 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. Monday. And the same thing could happen all over again next weekend too. Car-pocalypse? -54

Dennis Topletz
The slumlord whose rental properties have repeatedly been cited for code violations by the city of Dallas had his attempts to intimidate his tenants into not cooperating with city inspectors slapped down by a judge this week. The court ruled that Topletz cannot evict or raise the rent on any tenants until the city’s lawsuit against him is heard. -225

Sanger Elementary
The East Dallas school devised plans to expand its popular dual-language program by adding grades six through eight to its Forest Hills neighborhood campus, but residents who live near Sanger strongly opposed the three-story addition to the building that was proposed, primarily because of the increased traffic it would bring. The City Plan Commission would approve only a two-story addition and required portable buildings to be placed behind the school, in a flood plain. The compromises will likely delay the program’s expansion. -56

Colbert's Dallas County mug shot
Colbert’s Dallas County mug shot

Animals
It was not a good week to be a pet in North Texas. -5

Christopher Colbert
The man accused of killing Ronald Shumway and then posing as Shumway to sell his house last year was brought back to Dallas this week. This we already knew was going to happen, so it’s not the reason he’s losing points. What we didn’t know about, until we saw his sheriff’s department mug shot, was that neck tattoo he got. Yeesh. -1,000

Comments

  • Brandon Snook

    You could probably add the rock-throwing domestic abuser to the Loser list.