Mayor Bails on Airport Meetings. The Dallas Morning News dug into attendance records for DFW International Airport board meetings and found that Mayor Eric Johnson has missed 70 percent of them from 2021 to 2023. Johnson has had to defend his high-profile absences from public meetings in recent months, including a City Council meeting on the bond that he punted for two weeks because he was promoting the city of Dallas and, as he wrote in his email newsletter after getting some blowback, “Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.” Dallas appoints six members of the airport board, and Tennell Atkins has been subbing in for the mayor in his unexplained absence. KERA last year did a similar analysis of Johnson’s absence during Council meetings.
Bond Proposal Pays Little Attention to Road Safety Plan. In half a billion dollars worth of proposed transportation dollars in this year’s coming bond program, the city of Dallas appears more focused on resurfacing roads than making them safer. NBC 5 found that just $9 million is earmarked for “Vision Zero” improvements, which could include anything from traffic calming initiatives to reconstructing dangerous intersections and too-wide roads.
New Tower Coming to Ross and Field. The 30-story tower will include “70 high-end residential units and 30 units of workforce housing on the upper levels,” according to the Dallas Business Journal. The effort is a joint initiative between Pacific Elm Properties and the Headington Cos. and is another effort to bridge the west side of downtown with Uptown and Victory Park. It’s presently a drab surface parking lot.