Dallas' Katy Trail received a "Best Public Place" award from the Urban Land Institute.

Dallas’ Katy Trail received a “Best Public Place” award from the Urban Land Institute.

It seems, Dallasites, we have a habit of comparing ourselves to other cities in our bid to become “world class.” Whatever that means, amiright? Perhaps it’s time we start acknowledging all of the really cool stuff we have in our backyard, like our now award-winning SWA-designed Katy Trail, which was named “Best Public Place” by the North Texas District Council of the Urban Land Institute during the group’s “Impact” awards.

I mean, if it’s good enough for a huge group of urban planners and architects, it should be good enough for us, right? Well, it’s no Buffalo Bayou, a public place that Mark Lamster has lauded as a model for Dallas’ Trinity River and another SWA project, but it’s actually better because it links the more than 2,800 daily trail users through 20 diverse neighborhoods along its 3.5 miles, encourages alternative transportation uses, and weaves through 29 acres of wildlife habitat in our own central Dallas.

Buffalo Bayou who? Exactly.

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Spring Home Tour Guide Photo Kim Leeson

It’s spring, so it’s time to don your blue booties and get to tromping around some of the finest and most fabulous homes in Dallas-Fort Worth. We always enjoy this time of year, because not only does CandysDirt.com feature some of the biggest and best home tours in the region, but we also give our readers a chance to win tickets!

We’ve compiled a list of a few upcoming tours that you absolutely have to see. Get your calendar ready and jump!

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The newest edition of Grand Vie will feature a column by Candy and tons of great Fort Worth homes from Williams Trew!

The newest edition of Grand Vie will feature a column by Candy and tons of great Fort Worth homes from Williams Trew!

To say that we are thrilled about the pending arrival of the new Grand Vie: Luxury in Living magazine is a gross understatement. Of course, we’re always excited to see Candy’s column, which talks about all the reasons North Texas lake houses are a great choice for a getaway. This time, though, we’re even more excited because this is the very first issue that shows off fabulous Fort Worth properties from Williams Trew!

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4242 Lomo AltoCrestpark Highland Park Condo

Are you planning to renovate a condo? Jon Anderson has a ton of great tips for you.

By Jon Anderson
Special Contributor

Armed with the renovation application, ideas, and sketches it’s probably time to find an architect, a designer, and a contractor.

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5118 Stanford Ave. in 2013

5118 Stanford Ave. in 2013

In January 2013, my Hubby and I were frantically looking for a house as our Preston Hollow condo was under contract in 3 days to a cash buyer (HOORAY!!!). I fell in love the minute I saw this Briarwood cottage and the For Sale sign out in front of 5118 Stanford Avenue.

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Photo by: Ann Marie Marthens

Photo by: Ann Marie Marthens

Ann Marie Marthens has a two bedroom charmer in Highland Park she is leasing for $3,000 a month. Nestled on Abbott Avenue, it’s close to Armstrong Elementary and within walking distance to all the fun on Knox/Henderson and the Katy Trail.

As the property owner, she listed it on Trulia, as well as mentioned its availability on the Park Cities Online Yard Sale group on Facebook a few days ago – and then something weird happened. (more…)

imageNot to go all Columbo “Oh, just one more question on you,” but since last night I had been wracking my noggin to remember where else I had seen Adam McGough, the city council candidate who is being questioned about where his family lived while his children were enrolled in Highland Park ISD, in print.

Just now, the all-knowing Wylie H. Dallas jogged my memory with a Facebook post.

It was Vanity Fair. The Ebola story. And let me tell you why this is important: McGough explains, in the story, that one night during the worst of the Thomas Duncan time frame, he went home. Home, where his wife and kids were sitting in their minivan because the power was out.

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Now, I’m no rocket scientist, but why wouldn’t they just go to the condo? The condo in Highland Park. Where they lived, because that’s what they told the Dallas Morning News when they explained they pulled their kids out of HPISD at winter break? That condo probably had tons of electricity, right?

This story just gets fishier and fishier.

Photo: Beth Erickson

Photo: Beth Erickson

Today we had Tiny’s interview and assessment for the Dallas ISD magnet program – which sounds a whole lot more daunting than it actually was.

But where did we end up going? Well, we were certain going in that we would be picking Dealey as our first choice school. It was close to our house. It would be almost like going to a neighborhood school. Dealey was the logical choice, right?

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