On Saturday, Kaci Hickox, the UT Arlington-educated nurse who was quarantined at a New Jersey hospital, after returning from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone as part of Doctors Without Borders, penned an article for The Dallas Morning News telling her side of the story, in which she said she was made to feel like a “criminal.” Hickox is […]Full Story
We all probably think we’re familiar with the ZIP code 90210, but a new interactive map from Esri called ZIP Lookup lets you get a little closer to that famous ZIP and your own, should you be so inclined. The premise: ZIP Lookup culled all the big data that marketing companies use to target certain demographics to come up with 67 marketing identities that pinpoint us exactly somewhat well.
These maps include everything from where we shop for groceries to what computers we buy, giving us a little more info than the judgmental map of Dallas did earlier this summer. Here’s what Esri’s ZIP Lookup had to say about a few Dallas neighborhoods:Full Story
You may or may not have heard that this coming spring the Congress of New Urbanism is holding its 23rd annual conference right here in DFW. Today, the group announced their keynote speaker, Jan Gehl. Gehl is an architect, author, and urban design consultant noted for his influence in pioneering the so-called “human scale” movement, advocating for the rethinking of built environments that place priority on pedestrians and cyclists. A resident of Copenhagen, he has been instrumental in that city’s emergence as a model of walkability, and he has also worked on acclaimed projects in Manhattan, London, and Melbourne, including the pedestrianization of Broadway.
Gehl’s 1971 book Life Between Buildings is considered a landmark in the field. For a taste of what he will bring to Dallas, check out this trailer for a film that explores themes and ideas contained in that book.Full Story
When reading John Bloom’s July 1987 story, “Misty Crest: On the Frontier of the New American Dream,” what struck me was how strange it was to have a neighborhood in southwest Arlington written up as a hot new development. A-Town seems like an aging former starlet past her prime, while everybody now goes gaga for her much-younger counterparts in Collin County.
Bloom pokes fun at the absurdity of navigating among subdivisions with “Glades” and “Glens,” “Villages” and “Creeks” in their names — regardless whether there are any actual glades or glens or villages or multiple creeks in the vicinity. At the time, one of the homes he ventured out to look at had an asking price of $96,850, about the median for Dallas-Fort Worth at the time. Twenty-seven years later, houses in the same neighborhood are going for somewhat more, but generally sticking pretty close to today’s median.
I asked Bloom what spurred him to write this piece, which we are honoring as one of the 40 greatest stories ever published in D Magazine. He responded:Full Story
The man pictured above is identified on a police report as 27-year-old McCleish Christmas Benham. He is the man who was arrested for the assault depicted in the video that went viral on Friday, and who was not taken down by actor Paul Rudd.
Are you most surprised to learn that:
A) He was apparently drunk at the time of the incident.
B) His middle name is ChristmasFull Story
At long last — at least it feels that way to me — the NBA and Your Dallas Mavericks are back. The Mavs kick off the season tonight in San Antonio, where the Spurs will receive their 2013-14 championship rings. Which means I have just enough time for a quick season preview.Full Story
The stage was set: the Three Generals of the Trinity Toll Road — former City Manager Mary Suhm, former city council member Craig Holcomb, and North Central Texas Council of Governments transportation director Michael Morris — in the same room as a council member who rides bikes with Better Block’s Jason Roberts and the guy who launched the campaign to tear down I-345. And all five were going to have a moment on the mic — all in front of the rapt, gracious attention of an old-school Dallas business association. It sure felt like a potential moment.Full Story
[Editor's note: Having been honored with a Marshall Memorial Fellowship, our Brad Pearson is off wandering around Europe, ostensibly to develop his leadership skills. Periodically he will check in, as he is doing today with the following post.]
The one thing I can’t get over is the sheer number of bicycles in Brussels. Adults on bikes, kids on bikes, kids and adults on the same bike. Anytime I see a bicyclist in Dallas, I expect to recognize who the person is; here, that would be an impossible dream.Full Story
City Lab rounds up progress that is being made around the country with regards to realizing high-speed rail. California’s plans have leaped some (but not all) of its legal challenges, and it could face a difficult obstacle if the gubernatorial candidate who refers to the plans as the “crazy train” wins in next month’s election. In the Northeast, a private company has entered the conversation about adding high speed rail, but the Japanese-backed project will have to figure out how to compete with Amtrak’s own efforts to upgrade to high-speed transit.
That leaves Texas which, by comparison, looks like it is coasting towards a high-speed future. The private effort, which also has Japanese backers, kick-started public meetings this month as it prepares its environmental impact statement for federal review.
It The Federal Railroad Authority, the Texas Department of Transportation and a third party entity (URS) has also launched a website that offers renderings of proposed routes. With regards to alignments, City Lab says the lines should probably terminate downtown:
It’s far too early to say for sure where the lines will end up, but running the train from one city center to another would reduce overall travel times, facilitate connections to local transit, and generally boost downtown areas. That should be the idea to beat.
As you are probably aware, the Dallas Cowboys have an improbable 6-and-1 record at the moment and so every game is watched with greater and greater concern, anticipation, and excitement. That’s especially true for people who didn’t imagine themselves as hardcore Cowboys fans.Full Story
The video above depicts a drunk?/drugged?/crazy? antigay bigot harassing and then physically attacking a man in a pink shirt at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. It’s dated 10/23/2014.
The crowd around the bully forces him to the ground, which might give Rudy Bush another reason to celebrate the fact that western civilization has not declined as badly as some like to portray it. Of course, if Rudy then reads the comments on the YouTube page for the video, they might well reverse his position.
I don’t understand why this was being filmed initially. Maybe the guy had already done something to attract attention before filming began?
(H/T Raw Story)Full Story
You’ll recall that former CBS 11 morning anchor and noted Irishman Brendan Higgins got into a bit of trouble in Aspen awhile back. Here comes an official statement about where things stand:
I have entered a deferred prosecution agreement with the City of Aspen that will ensure all the municipal court charges against me will be dropped within six months. As I said shortly after my arrest, I am deeply sorry for the negative attention this situation brought to my family, our friends, my coworkers and the hard-working authorities in Aspen. While unfortunate, this incident has provided a valuable lesson that I will not soon forget, and I dearly appreciate the many messages of support sent to my family and me over the past couple months. We are looking forward to moving on to bigger, brighter things.
Could have used an expletive or two. Maybe a metaphor about riding horses. But otherwise, it’s a fine statement.Full Story
Just seeing this blog post from last week featuring this nifty interactive map of NFL fandom according to the number of followers of each team in a given area — admittedly an imperfect method, but just go with it. There’s no surprise that the Dallas Cowboys dominate in Texas, as well as New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.
And if you look at this map of second-favorite teams you’ll find that the team has significant claims in Arizona, Louisiana, the Virginias and quite a few pockets of the Southeast:Full Story
The fan favorite from the 2011 title team was bought out of his contract by the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday. Today he signed with the Mavs for the veteran’s minimum. The Mavs will release Gal Mekel to make room for the — hahahahahaha — 6-foot Barea. (I am 6 feet tall, and I am at least two but more like three inches taller than Barea, at least based on the time I stood next to him after practice). I’m a little concerned the team is starting to get a little The Expendables in its roster construction, but honestly this is not a huge deal, probably.
ANYWAY, now the Mavs may try to finally roll out the all-point guard lineup I’ve long advocated for. And, in that scenario, fingers-crossed, they’ll play Barea at center.Full Story
Just eight days after filing for bankruptcy, former Billionaire Sam Wyly sold $320,000 worth of art at Christie’s auction house. His lawyer said the timing of the sale was inadvertent, but lawyers for the Security Exchange Commission, who successfully convicted the Dallas man for trading stocks held in offshore accounts for 13 years and reaping at least $550 million in illegal profits, say the sale of the art is evidence that Wyly is trying to liquidate his assets. The SEC filed a letter in federal court today calling for a freeze in Wyly’s assets. The namesake of Dallas’ Wyly Theater is on the hook to pay back the feds something in the $187.7 million range.
Joseph Guinto went in depth on the Wyly case back in 2013, and followed-up on the fallout from the trial back in May. Just last week, Wyly was making headlines again for trying to get a judge to loosen up his court-ordered budget of $10,000 per month. Of course, after hearing about the art sale, my first thought was, “What kind of art did Sam Wyly collect?”Full Story
Amber Vinson is Back. I feel like this part of the inevitable Ebola book(s) and movie(s) will be covered in a cheerful montage.
Two Convicted Killers Set Free. Stanley O. Mozee and Dennis Lee Allen were both serving life sentences for the 1999 murder of a pastor when their convictions were overturned due to what sounds a lot like some disturbing prosecutorial misconduct.
Mavs Lose Close Season Opener to Spurs. Ugh. With 1:37 left on the clock, Dallas was winning. Chandler Parsons missed a three-pointer as time expired. I’m sure Zac will be along later with a venn diagram or something that explains this game, and, if we’re lucky, the whole season. Or franchise. Or — oh! — maybe the history of the rivalry with the Spurs. He could definitely do something solid with that. It could turn into the kind of material mere mortals might confuse for the hilarious ramblings of a mad man. But yeah, anyway, rough start.
A Story That Will Make You Feel Emotions. If you’re into that sort of thing.Full Story
Wendy Davis very likely will not be elected governor of Texas on November 4. Greg Abbott, the Republican candidate, leads significantly in most the polls. For all the hopes of Democrats of eventually turning our state blue, it’s not going to happen in 2014. So will the GOP ever lose its residency in the governor’s mansion?Full Story
The Daily Show is taping a week of programs down in Austin, and on their first night Monday, they went out of their way to play to the audience there by bashing Dallas. Firstly they appropriated the classic Dallas TV show intro and made it about Austin instead. Here are a couple of their other insults:
“Dallas is still a steaming concrete wasteland of traffic jams, big hair, and stupid belt buckles.”
And when Jon Stewart asked correspondent Jessica Williams whether the people of Austin were concerned about catching Ebola from nearby Dallas, she responded sarcastically:
“Oh, yeah, Jon, Austin is going to pick up something after Dallas.” (Pauses for laughter and cheers.) “No, Jon, Austin sets the trends, and Dallas finds out about them five years later.”
Also Democratic gubernatorial candidate, and Fort Worth State Senator, Wendy Davis was the guest on the show. She was full of all the sort of banal statements you expect to hear from a politician a week before the election. You can watch an extended version of the interview here.Full Story
You remember the video we posted about late Friday? When I put that item up, the video had a little more than 10,000 views. Now it’s got more than 1.7 million.
Well, turns out that one of the onlookers who rushed to the defense of the man attacked by an antigay bigot at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport was Paul Rudd. The actor. You know, this guy. He was probably on a connecting flight from Kansas City.
UPDATE, 3:05 p.m.: The Internet appears to have let us all down, folks. Jezebel reports that Rudd’s publicist says it’s not him.Full Story
An alert FrontBurnervian points us to a recent New Yorker Talk of the Town story about, indirectly, how horrible people can be at art fairs (looking at their phones, taking selfies, etc.). The story follows a chap named Eric Fischl, who paints people looking at art. Fischl and the writer go to Art Southampton, which is held in a tent behind an Elks Lodge. That’s where this scene unfolds:
A cologned gallerist strode over, business card extended. He drawled, “We’re in Dallas, and let me tell you something — Dallas is the absolute hottest market going right now. It’s on fire!”
“See what I have to live with?” Fischl mumbled.
So then. Who is the gallerist who wears so much cologne that a writer would take note during such a brief exchange? It is a totally inconsequential matter that deserves immediate attention.Full Story
Two x Two Fundraiser Smashes Records. The annual black-tie fundraiser, Two by Two for AIDs and Art, broke its record this year when an anonymous collector bid $2.6 million for a Wade Guyton painting, bringing the total take to $7 million. Half the money goes to the Dallas Museum of Art, and the other half to the American Foundation for AIDS Research. CeeLo Greene performed.
After Hugging President Obama, Nurse Nina Pham Back in North Texas. But she can’t have Bentley, her dog, back just yet. The dog will be released from quarantine on Nov. 1.
Former Penneys CEO Raises $30 Million For New Start Up. Ron Johnson is back, with a secretive e-venture called “Enjoy.” It’s meant to humanize the online shopping experience when it comes to buying “things that matter.”
Standardized Test Scores Are Out. The Morning News put together this interactive, where you can see how schools’ STAAR results improved, stayed the same, or declined between 2012 and 2014.Full Story
Two buildings downtown that have sat vacant for decades are set for major redevelopments. Yesterday, the Dallas Business Journal broke news that the historic Dallas High School has finally found a developer, and what’s encouraging is that it’s South Side on Lamar developer Jack Mathews. Mathews has a strong track record with regards to turning around historic properties. Dallas High School has sat on preservation lists for years, and with its odd lot – adjacent to I-345 and Dart – it was clear it would take a creative developer (plus a rebounding downtown residential market) to make the property work. Mathews hasn’t said what he’ll do with the building, but it’s reasonable to expect some mix of residential and commercial.
The other historic property long considered in-danger is the 508 Park, the four story art deco (or, “Zig Zag Moderne,” if you want to nit-pick architectural styles) that was famously the place where legendary bluesman Robert Johnson made half of his recordings.Full Story
The aptly-named Encore Park is celebrating a grand opening today, with activities scheduled throughout the day. The location is most well-known for being the site of the historic Robert Johnson recordings, which are considered an indisputable contribution to the foundation of what eventually became rock and roll.Full Story