Large Marge has opened the gates of gentrification to West Dallas. (Photo: Scot Miller)

Housing Market

The Whole City Needs to Pay Attention to What Is Happening in West Dallas

A new report puts the pending mass eviction in West Dallas within the context of a wider affordable housing shortage throughout Dallas.

The real issue in the West Dallas eviction crisis — the reason why it is  a crisis and not merely a controversy — isn’t that hundreds of people are set to lose their homes at the end of a year-long battle between the mayor and a low-income landlord. That’s terrible, of course. The long, complicated story of why the Khraish family is moving forward with the evictions is not a simple good guy-versus-bad guy affair, but rather a battle in the gray zone of property rights, gentrification, poverty, politics, history, and race. It’s one of the uglier episodes in recent Dallas memory.

But the real issue in West Dallas is that the evicted tenants have no place to go. That’s because, in a city with staggering rates of poverty — the highest in the country of any big city, up 42 percent in 15 years — Dallas has an abysmal shortage of low-income housing.

The West Dallas residents facing eviction have been paying about $400 per month for their homes. According to a new housing study from BC Workshop, they are not alone. About 68,000 Dallas residents can afford to live only in homes that cost $400 or less. The study also found that the vast majority of homes available for those who make $25,000 or less — or a third of Dallas’ population — are in South Dallas. As a result, the mismatch in housing affordability pushes low-income residents farther from job centers, reducing potential for upward mobility, and further burdening them with high transportation costs and longer commutes.

You can peruse the whole housing report here, but let’s take a look at some more highlights, er, low-lights:

  • Homeownership for Dallas’ minority households falls behind rates of white households: 56% of white households are owner-occupied, compared to 31% for black households, 43% for Hispanic households, and 38% for Asian households;
  • The median sales price of recently constructed homes rose from $145,00 in 2011 to $522,000 in 2016;
  • 32% of homes in southern Dallas are valued less than $50,000, which represents just 6% of northern Dallas houses.

The takeaway is that our neighbors in West Dallas who are about to be evicted are the 500 canaries in the coal mine. Right now, solutions to Dallas’ affordable housing problem are as pressing a need to this city as are solutions to the pension crisis, the city’s broken streets, and its public transportation mess.

Unfortunately, the housing bill that West Dallas representative Eric Johnson introduced to deal with the specific challenges facing that neighborhood was, as Eric predicted, pushed off the House calendar. The five representatives who voted the bill off the calendar were West Plano rep Matt Shaheen; Bedford rep Jonathan StricklandArlington rep Tony Tinderholt, Spring, TX, rep Valoree Swanson; and Farmers Branch rep Matt Rinaldi.

The suburban opposition is not surprising, particularly in light of this recent Frontline episode, which dove deeply into the affordable housing crisis that is taking place throughout the United States. Early in the episode, around the 9 minute mark, the reporters head to Dallas, and then out to McKinney, to interview a developer who is trying to fix the problem by building affordable units that qualify for Section 8 vouchers in the northern burbs. The developer has run up against opposition, and Frontline talks to a neighbor named Nicole Humphrey who, for better or worse, offers a very succinct, if somewhat horrifying, summation of the cultural attitudes that underpin this social justice issue.

“The lifestyle that goes with Section 8 goes with working single moms and people struggling to keep their heads above water,” Humphrey says, “and I feel so bad saying that, but it is not people who are I guess as the same class as us, which sounds bad, but I don’t mean it in a bad way.”

Humphrey continues with a familiar dismissal of the label of racism while backing up her rationale with a comment that can’t be described as anything but.

“I hear a lot of the ‘unfair,’ and ‘Oh, we haven’t been given this or that or haven’t been afforded things that you have been afforded,'” Humphrey says. “I don’t look at multi-millionaires and think well why don’t I have a yacht, why don’t I have a private jet? It is a mindset, I feel like. . . . But I think I hold a little big of a stigma against people who are different. We don’t want nomads. We don’t want people who don’t have roots. I just don’t want that to be what my community is about.”

Humphrey’s comments are a saddening reminder that there is more than tackling data points to solving our housing, poverty, and mobility conundrums.

Here’s a presentation about the report, which took place after the release last month:

 

Comments

  • Los_Politico

    Peter, Can you link to study that says Dallas has the highest rate of poverty in the country and not just an article referencing a study? Also, South Dallas is a place and the BC Workshop report does not say that South Dallas has the vast majority of housing affordable to <$25K incomes. It says the 'southern sector' has that housing stock, largely in Pleasant Grove. There is a huge difference to the people that live there even if not to your reader base.

    • C Newman

      Or links to the sourced US Census Bureau data showing this 42% increase over 15 years? Was the 42% figure regarding an increase in income inequality or true percentage increase of population under the defined poverty line?

      • Mavdog

        Here is the research paper that this “highest rate” quote is taken from. The Observer took it from the DMN, the DMN took it from the Mayor’s Task Force on Poverty, who took it from this paper by the Urban Institute:
        http://www.urban.org/urban-wire/inequality-isnt-just-about-money-its-also-about-where-you-live
        The 42% figure was taken from the Census Bureau’s 2000-2014 ACS. The figure is the increase in the number of people who are below the poverty line in 2014 compared to 2000.

        • C Newman

          Tracked there as well and figures I found for Dallas, Texas-City were 17.8% (for 2000) and 24.1% for 2014 (and 24.0% for 2015). What am I missing?

          • JaxLCLM

            Id like to hear the answers to the Q’s C Newman brings up as well.

    • Kenya Catlin

      What’s your point the the grand scheme of things?

      • Los_Politico

        I think our leaders like to be the most extreme in all regards (aka the MOST poverty; the LARGEST rail system) and aren’t paying attention to reality. They’re just looking to play for where the hype is.

        • Los_Politico

          And it irritates me when white people refer to everything south of where they live as “South Dallas”

  • PeterTx52

    What was it about Large Marge that opened up West Dallas to gentrification? The Continental Street bridge was there before Large Marge, and it wasn’t as if you couldn’t get to West Dallas.

    • VeryFriendly Nihilist

      The bridge connects West Dallas to US 75 and makes West Dallas easily accessible from the rest of the city.

  • gloria

    I felt awful for the families in the Frontline report that had Sec. 8 vouchers but couldn’t find an apartment complex to accept them.

  • JamieT

    Peter, I took the time to read your SJW algorithm here because I happened to catch Laura Sullivan’s whole piece counterposing African-American Farryn Giles and white Nicole Humphrey on yesterday’s All Things Considered, and I found your version to be a distortion of what I myself heard yesterday.

    The entire NPR audio, unlike the truncated audio clips and transcript subsequently pulled from it online, was well balanced, revealing the legitimate interests and concerns of both women. In that full piece Ms. Sullivan herself points out that Ms. Humphrey’s neighborhood is actually racially diverse, leaving the listener to understand that Ms. Humphrey’s clearly stated concerns of maintaining a stable community of such racially diverse, like-minded stay-at-home moms of common socioeconomic means was just that and nothing more.

    In your zeal to draw Nicole Humphrey as a racist cartoon, however, you originally wrote this incoherent gibberish above:

    “Humphrey continues with a familiar dismal of the label of racism while backing up her rational with a comment that can’t be described as anything but.”

    in pursuit of your ends selectively plucking Ms. Humphrey’s comments out of their full context.

    Rather than simply lazily recycling CPB content to these sorts of two-dimensional SJW ends, though, Peter, why not go a little bit further and verify for us what the racial makeup of Ms. Humphrey’s neighborhood really is. Is it in fact racially diverse, as claimed, or is it lily white, like the FrontBurner blogging staff?

    What are the respective types and numbers of police calls to Ms. Humphrey’s neighborhood compared with such calls to areas with Section 8 housing? Are they equivalent or meaningfully different?

    Since those mothers, not you, are responsible for the welfare of their children, is there objective law enforcement data underpinning a reported racially diverse neighborhood of stay-at-home moms’ CLASS-based concerns about maintaining the ongoing stability and well-being of their community or not?

    • WestTexan70

      All I have to do to ignore you completely is read your first sentence. People who use “SJW” ain’t nothing but racist pr_cks who should be ignored at all costs. Hell, I’m a 60-year-old white guy and I can smell you folks from a mile away.

      • JamieT

        You describe yourself as a bigot.

        • WestTexan70

          No — that would be you.

          Soak in that.

      • James Morgan

        I saw a father on a messageboard the other day describe his college-educated daughter as a SJW. Labeling someone as one isn’t as offensive as calling someone a racist at the drop of hat. P.S. – No cares you’re old and white. Except for the people who regularly express they can’t wait for the old, white people to die.

        • WestTexan70

          You are a racist. Deal with it.

          • James Morgan

            I’m an adult. Name-calling doesn’t affect me. It simply makes me regard the person doing it with low regard.

          • Pro Value

            Not sure calling someone a racist is “name-calling”. Otherwise calling people “SJW” would be considered name-calling too, in which case, that would make you a hypocrite.

          • JamieT

            I described Peter’s product here as social justice warrioring because of the moral fraud he commits upon the reader, claiming to explore and add additional nuance to a complex subject but actually doing just the opposite: taking the nuanced portrait more laboriously developed by CPB/NPR which I myself heard and lazily reducing it to a cheap, defamatory race-and-click-baiting morality tale pitting the “racist” white, blond Nicole Humphrey against the hapless African-American Farryn Giles. By the way, here is Ms. Giles LinkedIn profile, should you or anyone else actually wish to support her:

            https://www.linkedin.com/in/farryn-giles-629140122/

            I ended my initial comment with questions which could easily vindicate Peter and prove me wrong, questions, as with C. Newman’s statistical ones, which remain unanswered, because this post was never about ever actually helping anyone, only about provocatively “starting conversations”, that is, click-baiting moralizing blog hits to FrontBurner.

            Had Peter had any genuine interest in a racial aspect to housing opportunities he might have mustered the energy to move beyond scavenging from CPB, whose black vs. white contraposition is trite enough already, and ask additional questions such as

            Why are African-Americans or other minorities always cast as the pitiable face of housing problems? Are there not others? What is their story? Are they the victims of “racism” as well, or are there other, more complex reasons?

            Why do so many affluent middle- and upper-middle-class African-Americans choose to concentrate themselves in Desoto, TX?

            Why are there so few Section 8 properties near Desoto, TX? Who might the citizens of Desoto be trying to dissuade from their community, and why? Is it because they are “racists”?

            But if you can’t be bothered to even proofread your own churn-n-burn click-bait posts, you probably can’t be bothered with anything more taxing.

          • Mavdog

            Really, criticizing Peter Simek for the supposed “moral fraud” and “lazily reducing it to a cheap, defamatory race-and-click-baiting morality tale” you accuse him of and you then provide a link to Ms. Giles LinkedIn profile merely for the cheap shot of showing she is unemployed? As if that situation somehow reduces or negates her opinions and comments? jeesh..

          • JamieT

            Is she in fact unemployed, Mavdog? If so, why do you think so? I don’t have a LinkedIn account, so I don’t know what her account there says; I just Googled her name, and her LinkedIn URL came up as the first return. But all the reporting on her recently says she’s employed with a good new customer service job.

            I assume she opened an account there to try to better her situation through social media, so it seemed reasonable to share it here among people who pretend to care about her so that they could do whatever it is LinkedIn is supposed to be good for.

            Since it sounds as if you are able to see her account, it would be good of you to link to her or friend her or whatever people do on LinkedIn to give positive feedback and support.

          • Mavdog

            I find your explanation to be, shall I say, strange, (in an attempt to be civil)….you provide a link to a LinkedIn account that you say is the same person that was in the interview, yet now you say that you were not able to see what is on the webpage that you linked to, yet you knew it is the LikedIn page for this specific person.
            uh, Ok…sure.

          • JamieT

            Yes, you’re right, Mavdog. I simply blindly assumed that since every other listing on the first three pages of Google referred to the young African-American woman featured on NPR and since there were no other, different Farryn Gileses mentioned as far as the eye could see that the number one and only LinkedIn listing was the same person as well.

            But as you point out, and particularly since you claim this Google-unique LinkedIn Farryn Giles is unemployed, this could very well be an entirely different LinkedIn Farryn Giles, so surely no one can fault you for being loath to risking gifting this Farryn Giles with your social media friendship.

            Others will obviously have to weigh this risk for themselves as well.

          • WestTexan70

            You are a racist. I’ve lived among your type of folks for all of my life. You know you are a racist, but you are too fearful to come to grips with it. Life’s a lot better when you accept what you are and then try to change it. But bury your head in the sand — that’s the way most white male Texans do it. I didn’t, and I am thrilled to not be lumped among you anymore.

  • Brenda Marks

    The saddest part of that story (which I heard last night) is that she could not find a single landlord in Dallas, the northern suburbs or close to her job who would take her voucher. So she had to turn her voucher back in and she and her son are now in public housing. And that the developer in McKinney was being harassed not only by residents but by the City of McKinney as well. Housing codes must be written to support usage of rent supplement vouchers. This young woman and her son would be a welcome addition of diversity of income and experience to McKinney. Sad that residents don’t see that.

  • Mavdog

    The error that you and others make is the issue is not one of racism, as alleged in the story comment “Humphrey continues with a familiar dismissal of the label of racism while backing up her rationale with a comment that can’t be described as anything but”. The issue is an economic class discrimination that is as old as society itself. The residents of new sprawling McKinney located there because it was populated by other similar economic class families, and they desire to keep that exclusivity intact.

    You may criticize their snobbery, direct a pointed finger at them as modern day Marie Antoinette’s who don’t shed a tear for those who are shackled by their economic situation. However they are for the most part not racist as the story states. It is unjust to label them as racist without other basis to that claim.

    What does it take to replace the housing in West Dallas with product that can be rented for $4,800 a year? Look at the numbers…if you want to get a nominal return of investment of say 6% (almost what a not-for-profit would need to underwrite) the total cost of that residence would need to be $80,000. That is the dilemma as it is not possible to construct a new residence of say 1000 square feet for that cost. The building alone would cost $100,000 and that doesn’t include the land. Long and short affordable housing is affordable because it is old housing stock, and that exists primarily in the southern sector of Dallas County.

    • James Morgan

      It’s supply and demand. There were landlords who used to take the vouchers who now don’t because there is such demand for housing they can command more than they make from the voucher holders.

      • JohnW

        Curious if either of you own houses and lease them to section 8 tenants as I had. Are you aware of what it takes to qualify a house for section 8 in Dallas? Do you know the only way for a tenant to get kicked off section 8 is by going to jail, meaning if they don’t pay their portion of the rent or destroy the house, that they not only retain their status but have a voucher to do the same to another investor, keeping more deserving tenants on waiting lists? Do you know how many RE investors eagerly accept section 8 due to the consistent rent, then years later regret the decision, even though they could lease their property at the exact rent and yet forfeit payment security for section 8? Do you know how many would reconsider if only they weren’t put in a situation to lose thousands per year? Or… is it just easier to call everyone that doesn’t take section 8 vouchers a racist?

        James Morgan: From an economic perspective it makes more sense to accept the consistent rent and potential long-term tenancy (long-term tenants = goal of every landlord) at a lower cost from section 8 than getting 10-20% higher rents from non-section 8, so your comment, while debatable, isn’t true “assuming” all things equal. However, experienced landlords know that section 8 comes with additional costs that nullify any perceived benefit, including the “I’m doing the right thing for society” benefit. This then is what substantiates your comment – the opportunity cost (loss) of section 8 vs. direct 10-20% rent premium.

        “Mavdog”: I actually partnered with a builder who made a deal with the mayor to bulldoze every crack-house if an investor would come in and build a new house, allowing section 8. They received a ton of opposition and racism from the city council, yet it moved forward. I bought three houses and qualified them all for section 8, losing about $40k total (the rent was $650 and my profit was $150/mo for each house, and since the houses didn’t appreciate the cost was substantial) over 7yrs due to the destruction the section 8 tenants caused. I now don’t lease to section 8, and haven’t had my houses destroyed in about 3yrs – less sleepless nights and more investment return. Curious if you have a solution that doesn’t involve me losing thousands per year, if I decided to re-lease to section 8?

        John

        • JohnW

          Forgot to mention that section 8 vouchers for a 3br were about $650 the last time I considered it, which equals mom and two kids. I am not sure where the $400/mo is from. My three houses in Greenville TX were built in 2005 and energy efficient, though I had to restore all of them multiple times since.

        • JohnW

          Ughh – re-reading apologies for the unprovoked rant. This article hit me the wrong way and I took it out on your posts. Not every landlord is a greedy racist, though in my experience many are.

    • Laundry Lady

      It is possible to build a quite nice 1000 sf house for $24,000 anywhere in the country (not including land) IF you are a Joe Green, a scrupulous contractor who can build housing using alternative and green materials within code. If you’re Joe Redneck who has his three worthless brother in laws on the payroll to the tune of $50k each and churns out flimsy McMansion carbon copies of the same three houses, just with different paint colors and doors, which seems to be the norm in the business from my time in it, no, you can’t build anything for less than $100k and that’s going to be a guest house. Unfortunately there are far more Joe Rednecks than there are Joe Greens.

  • Ashley K

    Instead of measuring the data based on race alone, measuring based on x-generation immigrants could reveal unique data. Generations-long immigrants, simply due to time, may have had more opportunities to accumulate generational wealth and information.

    I am surprised that the article suggests that 25K translates to poverty.

    Individual and generational sacrifice — including ‘long commutes’ for example — are not a direct hinderance to, but rather a chance at, upward mobility. Commutes are not a threat to welfare; they are merely an inconvenience.

    • Mavdog

      Long commutes are a more than “an inconvenience”. The longer the travel distance to employment the higher cost to the worker and the more time spent away from the family/children. Any lower income worker who is forced into a longer commute has a lower net income then they would otherwise have if a job were closer to their residence.
      Long commutes are anything but “a chance at upward mobility” unless you are referencing the opportunity of the worker to drive up from south part of the city to the north part of the city in order to get a paycheck.

      • JohnW

        That’s actually a very valid point. I leased to tenants who had a section 8 voucher between $650 and $800 back as much as 10yrs ago, but the houses were 10-30 miles from downtown Dallas. While it’s easy to say fixed costs like gas and maintenance are abated by the extra section 8 benefits, the travel time and other opportunity costs of being outside the city are not easily dismissed,

  • Reid Reasor

    Democrats making themselves important by generating poverty. 400 year old formula.
    Watch this and think about how to keep people down before barking.
    http://www.reasorforussenate.com/?page_id=76

  • James Morgan

    QUOTE: “That’s because, in a city with staggering rates of poverty — the highest in the country of any big city, up 42 percent in 15 years — Dallas has an abyssal shortage of low-income housing.”

    “the highest in the country of any big city” links to a Jim Schultz article. He makes reference to a Dallas Morning News editorial.

    That reads: “Dallas has the highest neighborhood inequity of any city with more than 250,000 residents, and the city’s poverty rate has increased 42 percent over the past 15 years.”

    So the city has the highest neighborhood inequity, not the highest rate of poverty.

    That “neighborhood inequity” is evidence Dallas has affordable housing. Cities like San Francisco and New York City don’t because the poor cannot afford to live there.

  • Randell Weatherall Jr

    When there are real problems, why are there always those who want to minimize the problem by attacking the messenger and not the actual message. Sorry, but the race issue lines up too much to not be a factor. If you think this is not factor, I would recommend a read on city-data from time to time.

  • VeryFriendly Nihilist

    Dallas has tons of opportunities as does West Dallas for the first time in its history. If you can’t get yourself out of poverty in Dallas then you should probably be euthanized for the betterment of mankind. Margaret Sanger had it right folks. Have a wonderful day! 🙂

    • MattL1

      You’re a horrible person.

    • Deborah Giattina

      Okay, let’s consider your idea of euthanizing poor people. Who will pick your grapes for you? Who will mow your lawn? Who will build your homes at a low wage? Who will staff your enterprises and afford you the lion’s share of the profit? Good luck with all of that!

  • Matthew Tuel

    It’s sad how so many middle class suburbanites in North Texas are fearful of living near anyone that is different than them. A little diversity of class, income, and race is healthy and can teach you a lot about other types of people.

    • Halcyon

      I don’t think people are afraid of differences. They are afraid of crime, drugs, increased aggression and violence at school, etc. At least that’s my opinion.

      • Matthew Tuel

        If 5%-10% of new construction had affordable housing, I doubt crime, drugs, aggression and violence would increase very much, if at all. All of these negative things are already in all of the suburbs, even the nice ones. We could deny affordable housing vouchers or tenancy to anyone with felony, violence, or drug convictions if that would make people feel safer.

  • Valerie Powell

    abyssal? Do you mean abysmal?

    • Kathy Wise

      I learned today that abyssal can mean unfathomable or incomprehensible in addition to referring to the bottom ocean depths. But you are right, Peter meant abysmal. So correction made. Thanks!

      • Valerie Powell

        I didn’t know that abyssal was a word until today. Cool. Always nice to learn something new. Thanks!

  • Joe Labuz

    knock that shit bridge down

  • KoeniginLuisevonPreussen

    No one deserves housing vouchers. No one deserves Section 8. No one deserves to have taxpayers pay their rent. And people who pay their own rent don’t deserve to have their neighborhoods ruined by the arrival of irresponsible, lazy Section 8 People.

    • JohnW

      Pray karma will never put you in a situation to regret your comment.

      If you still have that much hate in your heart I recommend you volunteer at an abused women’s clinic or one of the many YMCA-type mens clinics that promote working poor.

  • Bey

    “The median sales price of recently constructed homes rose from $145,00[0] in 2011 to $522,000 in 2016″…….meanwhile the minimum wage is still just $7.25.

    • Los_Politico

      Why would minimum wage workers expect to own new construction? The numbers are not related

  • Maxine McLeod

    You can call it racism or you can call it economic disparity or you can call it disenfranchised. What ever you call it bottom line it’s Human Beings in unfortunate circumstances. Real people with real worries about providing a roof over the heads of their children in a safe place. Yes poor people want to be safe too! I’d like see them addressed as people with legitimate concerns. They need help! You don’t want them in your neighborhoods so why not contribute to those developers that are interested In helping. Imagine anyone of your relative being displaced. Imagine it’s you fallen on hard times through no fault of your own. It is not okay to treat them as a clinical exercise. The bible says the poor will always be with us and it is our job to help the less fortunate. The city has failed the most needy of its citizens, citizens that do the jobs no one e!se wants. And their thanks is eviction! Come on Dallas you’re better than that!!i

  • JamieT

    When you’ve got Haynes & Boone on retainer, you can pretty much smear anyone as a racist with impunity. You don’t think Mr. and Mrs. Humphrey are going to pick a legal fight with Wick Allison over his blogger’s defamatory race-baiting, do you?

  • Stephen Vasquez

    If your bitching you better have voted!

  • Pro Value

    Poor people have no rights. It’s the harsh truth, if they want to change things then they need to mobilize what ever little resources they have and use it to either replace the people in charge or bribe them (opps, I think the technical term is lobby).

  • Ruth Ann Cook

    Dallas can spend billions on whatever it wants, but can’t come up with a plan for low cost housing. We listen to waves of compassionate speeches now and then about the poor and homeless; but the reality is that money has gone for buildings of prestige, commerce and beauty/pleasure for tourists and the wealthy. If the city is complicit in removing people from these W Dallas homes, with no remedy, and land goes to a developer-let us meet that with a response that changes our leadership. After all. with just some of the money that has been grossly mismanaged and wasted, this problem could have been fixed long ago.

  • GeneP54

    This city has gone to the pits with Mike Rawlings as the mayor. More negative diversity, more corruption, less for the less fortunate. more for those who are more fortunate, and the fire pension situation on top of it all.
    Please…..someone run against him that can turn this ship around!

    • Los_Politico

      He’s term limited. Thanks for voting!

      • GeneP54

        Not ‘limited’ enough! And thank YOU.

  • RompingWillyBilly

    It is so easy to fool people into both supporting socialism and living in squalor. The old established machine of crony officials long ruling over the rotting inner core of Dallas have kept south and west Dallas in poverty for what seems like forever now. The reason these Dallas citizens are so easily compromised is the political cause of equality and the idea that somehow it is a virtue. The trick pertaining to this subtle political subterfuge is very difficult to figure out. It takes wisdom. Indeed, this is why most of us figure it out with age. See, as a quality life becomes the prerequisite for people freed up to express their creativity, in truth, the true exact erosive opposite of quality is equality. Once equality is taken in, then such seemingly virtuous offspring as the law and justice are born out of it. Eventually, this leads to Cain slaying Abel and war. Eve once had her authority usurped long ago by falling for the idea that two equal gods would be better than one. In turn, then Adam fell for it. Since that original usurping, mankind has been continuously subverted and kept living beneath the sewer with the same idea of equality.

  • DMMG25

    Section 8 housing always brings crime and drugs, that’s why people fight it. Yes it’s not fair for those really trying, but that’s the reality, not the sugar coated story.

  • Seton Lowe

    west dallas needs a historic review board and more developers to see the value in adaptive reuse, Atlanta’s getting it right with its projects like the beltline and Ponce city market. We need to do the same, with all the money being pored into the area it needs to keep its unique ness and keep drawing people for its district feel, and NOT be an second uptown.

  • Vera Barker

    This is not just happen I g in West Dallas. This is happening in the whole dfw region. Talk to apartment locator and realtors. They will tell you the finishing of the Dallas cowboys stadium has caused an influx of people looking to live here. Reading rent and putting us into a sellers market. Those of us making less than 55k a year cannot find affordable places to live without having to compromise most of our possessions, animals and safe place to live. What is available is Roach and rat infested and still not always affordable. Very little below 1k a month. Our current budget allows us rent at max of 900. We are going to surrender our 2 cats but we refuse to get rid of our dog. Was ome of the hardest things for us to except that we had to give them up. We have had them all from kitten and pup stage. We are living this….and any of you tell me to live within my means can go fuck yourself. We have been responsible, wages decreased from no fault of our own and living costs increased. Everything was out of our hands. All we can do is try to survive at this point.