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Subscriber Spotlight: Jef Tingley

The public relations professional on Dallas' best qualities.

Area of Residence

Oak Cliff

How long have you been in Dallas?

Since January 1, 1999

What’s your favorite Dallas restaurant?

Café Momentum (Full disclosure: I also handle their PR). In addition to a fantastic, ever-changing menu, it’s one of my favorite places to take first-time guests to experience how the restaurant is giving juvenile offenders a second chance [and teaching them] life skills. The atmosphere is truly one-of-a-kind.

Are you involved with any local charities? If so, which ones? How are you involved?

In addition to working with many non-profits in my business life, I just finished my role on Resource Center’s Capital Campaign Steering Committee. Not only did we raise more than we set out to, but the monies helped build a brand-new building that serves as the heart of Dallas’ LGBT community.

Sweet or Unsweet?

Unsweet, for sure. And I’ve learned the hard way that you have to specify every time you order tea in Texas.

What’s your favorite Dallas Landmark?

I don’t know if it officially qualifies as a landmark, but I love all the murals along 7th Street in Oak Cliff (and the surrounding areas). It’s great to go for runs and walks through the neighborhood and discover new works.

What’s one thing you would change about the city?

I think we, as a city, need to find a way to preserve historic buildings while still embracing new construction. Both in downtown and in residential areas, we are too quick to demolish the entire building for something new and shiny. I believe preservation is key to continue making Dallas an iconic city with a rich history.

Why do you subscribe to D Magazine?

From the first day I moved here from New Mexico, D Magazine has been my guide to what’s happening all over the city. I love it for the reviews of restaurants and things to do, but I also love the in-depth stories that oftentimes show me how North Texas has grown and evolved over the years.

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