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Peter Simek

Peter Simek

Arts Editor

Peter Simek was the arts editor with D Magazine where he wrote about a broad range of topics, from visual art and music to Dallas politics and urbanism. His reporting and commentary has been cited by numerous publications, and in 2017 he was awarded best columnist by the City and Regional Magazine Association. Born and raised in New York, once upon a time he moonlighted as a financial analyst for a commercial real estate company.

Stories by Peter Simek

Big Tex
Gambling

The City of Dallas is Coming for the Poker Rooms It Once Approved

The city initially approved legal card rooms. Then it reversed course. Why are we the most Puritanical place in Texas?
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Dallas History

Saying Goodbye to D Magazine with a Reflection on the Life of an Obscure Botanist

Much of what I have learned writing about Dallas these past 12 years can be summed up in the story of Julien Reverchon, one of the many misunderstood misfits who make this city great.
carrollton rock climbing
One Day In...

How to Spend a Day in Carrollton

Stop for a taste of small-town Texas (and Korea) between Dallas and Denton.
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Urbanism

Dallas City Council Approves $4 Billion Deal to Tear Down the Convention Center

The city will begin to design plans to tear down and rebuild the hulking monstrosity, but that in itself won’t solve the problems Council is hoping to fix.
Local News

Leading Off (2/9/22)

COVID cases plummet, Oak Cliff and the housing market boom, and Uptown reels after latest shooting

Stories by Peter Simek

Local News

Leading Off (2/2/22)

Dallas is freaking out ahead of the approaching winter storm
Local News

Leading Off (1/26/22)

Two men arrested in connection to Colleyville synagogue siege, the city may buy housing for the homeless, and snow possible north of town
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Urban Design

The Most Important Part of Dismantling an Urban Freeway

An op-ed in the Dallas Morning News reminds us that a great urban neighborhood won’t ‘magically’ sprout from the ashes of I-345. So the city and its partners need to start planning what that looks like.
Local News

Leading Off (1/19/22)

The COVID surge continues, airlines and telecoms fight over airspace, and a megachurch founder faces sexual abuse accusations
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Transportation

Will Dallas’ New Vision Zero Plan Actually Save Lives?

The idea of Vision Zero is noble: one traffic death is one too many. But does the strategy work?