“25 BEST”: HEARING THE CRITICS
I AM WRITING TO PLACE A FORMAL COM-plaint regarding “The 25 Best Restaurants in Dallas ” [August]. Your restaurant writers did not select one authentic Chinese restaurant. I am appalled at your lack of sensitivity to the Chinese culture. As one of the Board of Directors of the DFW Chinese Restaurant Association, I want to assure you that its members are truly upset and feel that this article is discriminatory. There are several upscale Chinese restaurants within the community that could have been used in this article. Additionally, I am upset that the majority of the restaurants that were listed in the article are located in the downtown/Oak Lawn area. There are many fine dining restaurants located in the northern part of Dallas that have overall better ratings.
Owner, May Dragon
YOUR ARTICLE IN THE AUGUST ISSUE FEAturing the 25 best restaurants in Dallas failed to mention a very obvious fault in the dining room of Dakota’s restaurant, which my husband and I visited recently, largely because of your review.
“What? What did you say?”
“I SAID YOUR ARTICLE DOES NOT MENTION HOW HARD IT IS TO…”
“WHAT, I CAN’T HEAR YOU!?”
“I SAID, IT’S VERY NOISY IN HERE.”
Needless to say, our experience was not very pleasant as there was no way to carry on a conversation without shouting at each other.
I WAS SOMEWHAT CHAGRINED, AS WELL AS perplexed, by “The Downtown, Intown, Uptown Housing Boom” (August), in which The Manor House Apartments were described as “aging.”The Manor House was built in 1965 while the Joske’s building was constructed in 1928, the Kirby Building in 1913, and the Santa Febuilding is of the same vintage. Your article neglected to mention that The Manor House has been continuously updated during the last 20 years, and in fact, renovation is again currently underway for all common areas. However, you were accurate in your assessment that The Manor House has provided essentially the only downtown housing for the last 30 years and continues to offer quality living, To make such slight mention of the sole downtown apartment building viably operating without government assistance indicates that the only way to obtain recognition from your magazine is via the self-aggrandizing press releases used by some of the other properties you favorably mentioned.
Horn-Barlow Companies, L.L.P.
YOUR ARTICLE IS JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEberg. So many of our old downtown buildings have changed hands in the last two years that it is hard to keep up with who owns what.
Two years ago, the Landmark Commission put together an incentive package to encourage “New Uses for Old Buildings,” and has just published a map which provides the location of the city’s rich legacy of historic struc- tures. The brochure outlines the City of Dallas preservation incentive program and provides information on the Dallas County, State of Texas, and Department of the Interior programs. We are not talking small change; these incentives can add up to millions.
To get a map, just send a self-addressed stamped envelope to the City of Dallas, Department of Planning and Development, 1500 Marilla, Dallas, TX 75201.
Our old buildings are the key to mixed use downtown. Thanks for letting Dallas know that we are preserving our heritage. Now when I talk about a building being gone, I don’t mean torn down, I mean sold.
Chair, Landmark Commission
“25 BEST”: HEARING THE CRITICS