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Super Bowl Prostitution By The Numbersnew

100,000 hookers didn't show, but America's latest political scam did.
Dallas Observer  |  Pete Kotz  |  03-10-2011  |  Crime & Justice

Fort Worth and Dallas Filed a Joint Application for Federal Funds but Dallas Got the Nodnew

Although Fort Worth and Dallas had submitted a joint application for modern streetcar lines, the U.S. Department of Transportation handed $23 million to Dallas and not a red cent to Fort Worth.
Fort Worth Weekly  |  Dan McGraw  |  03-07-2010  |  Commentary

Do Primary Voting Numbers Spell a GOP Trend?new

Say these words: Governor Rick Perry, four more years. Why are we predicting the return of Mr. Hot Hair to office? Well, he's leading the polls in his primary race and, so far, turnout in the GOP primary appears to be running higher than Democratic turnout.
Dallas Observer  |  Patrick Williams  |  03-01-2010  |  Commentary

Born Again: The Beloved Sarah Jaffenew

For a few years, the 23-year-old Sarah Jaffe has been charming the pants off area audiences with her lost-in-the-world, building folk yarns, performing the types of shows that would cause lesser scribes to write things like "Jaffe sure took that crowd to church on Friday night!"
Dallas Observer  |  Pete Freedman  |  01-25-2010  |  Profiles & Interviews

Why is Dallas City Hall Trying to Bury the Burgeoning Farmers Market Movement?new

How many people in Dallas know that our downtown farmers market is outclassed and outperformed by the farmers market in Detroit? Or that Dallas is way deeper into government control and regulation of farmers markets than Detroit?
Dallas Observer  |  Jim Schutze  |  12-28-2009  |  Politics

Dallas Acts Like it Supports Community Gardens, but That's Not the Real Truthnew

City officials adamantly deny they harbor any anti-organics bias and say they are committed to moving the entire city closer to organic methods of land management. But longtime local garden advocates insist City Hall has never given them anything but the back of the hand, beginning years before the recent spike in interest.
Dallas Observer  |  Jim Schutze  |  10-19-2009  |  Gardening

Dallas' Homeless Turn To The Bridge for Food, Shelter and a New Startnew

Dallas' homeless shelter is a city-subsidized success story. From its troubled beginning, The Bridge faced fierce opposition, criticism and nagging doubts. Yet in its first year of operation, it placed more than 400 people into housing and assisted nearly 800 with finding jobs.
Dallas Observer  |  Sam Merten  |  08-31-2009  |  Housing & Development

Mexican Citizens Seeking Help from the Dallas Consulate Get Snared in a Legal Grudge Matchnew

Lawyer Robert Lyons claimed that he was owed a piece of a $2 million fee collected by a rival lawyer in a case stemming from the accidental death of a Mexican truck driver in Dallas. His lawsuit would lead to allegations of kickbacks and corruption at Dallas' Mexican Consulate, charges denied by Mexican Consul General Enrique Hubbard Urrea.
Dallas Observer  |  Megan Feldman  |  08-17-2009  |  International

Good News -- Really -- From the Dallas City Hall Corruption Trialnew

There may be a way to look at this terribly depressing City Hall corruption trial now under way in federal court and come away feeling optimistic. And I'm not talking about watching the trial while drunk.
Dallas Observer  |  Jim Schutze  |  08-10-2009  |  Commentary

Dallas' Hottest Musical Export: Mall Punknew

For lack of a better descriptor, these acts are the latest proprietors of the mall punk scene, performing power pop, for the most part, and music that's been influenced heavily by the pop-punk sounds of the late '90s and the emo sounds of the early '00s. And their choice of genre is indicative of a greater trend happening here in Dallas and beyond.
Dallas Observer  |  Pete Freedman  |  06-15-2009  |  Music

The Recent History of Live Music in Dallas Gets Another Discouraging Chapternew

After several events are shut down by local law enforcement, promoters are left wondering: Is the city actively trying to kill its music scene?
Dallas Observer  |  Pete Freedman  |  06-08-2009  |  Music

It’s Survival Of The Fittest For Urban Pioneers in Downtown Dallasnew

Dallas dreams of a vibrant city center, where residents, shops and restaurants mingle. But this is not a report on what city officials envision. This is a look at downtown from the street-level. Restaurants are still struggling. Homelessness is still an issue. People still perceive the area as dead, although that perception is beginning to change.
Dallas Observer  |  Kimberly Thorpe  |  06-08-2009  |  Business & Labor

Dallas' Long and Winding Trinity River Corridor Projectnew

More than a decade after getting underway, the Trinity River Corridor Project's price tag has ballooned to more than $2 billion, its shape has shifted with the political winds, and only patches of progress have been made.
The Texas Observer  |  Ian Dille  |  06-03-2009  |  Housing & Development

Dallas Convention Center Hotel Vote is Not Just About a Buildingnew

In his many public pitches for the convention center hotel, Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert has argued that a vote against the hotel would be a vote against the future of the city.
Dallas Observer  |  Sam Merten  |  05-04-2009  |  Housing & Development

A Developer Brings Jobs to Dallas' Black Community -- That Makes Him Racist?new

Richard Allen, major developer of Dallas' "inland port" shipping center, didn't agree to put State Senator Royce West on his payroll. The Dallas Morning News and Michael Morris of the North Central Texas Council of Governments have started calling him a racist. Have they no shame?
Dallas Observer  |  Jim Schutze  |  04-27-2009  |  Commentary

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