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Yesterday,  Ed Woodson, a Dallas attorney, and Aren Cambre, a computer scientist, gave us part I of their insightful, well-researched counter to Patrick Kennedy et al’s passion to tear down I-345 in downtown Dallas, an elevated highway they believe is choking urban living, creating a schism of disruption between neighborhoods and sucking up dirt that could be developed as housing units. Etc. Today, Ed and Aren bring you part two of their post, asking what makes Dallas a “World Class” city? They also ask, if we tore down I 345, where would the traffic go? A very interesting question as I spent the morning looking at development proposals and learning that Northwest Highway is already choking from extra traffic as people avoid LBJ/635 construction. A NCTCOG traffic study reports that Northwest Highway, essentially our city’s cross-town expressway, held 56,659 cars per day in 2011. With the current LBJ re-routing, that number is probably closer to 67,000 cars per day today. Traffic is like water: while a small amount may evaporate, most just finds the route of least resistance: (more…)

Athena exteriorYou know all about the fracas Behind the Pink Wall, the “No” signs all over Preston Hollow. And you know that former Mayor Laura Miller (and former City Councilman Mitchell Rasanksy, both of whom live in Preston Hollow) have asked Jennifer Gates to get another proxy beside City Councilman Lee Kleinman because he isn’t “willing to listen enough” to homeowners who live up and down Northwest Highway who are concerned about increased traffic from this project, homeowners from as far away as Central and Midway Hollow. (more…)

NO-to-Transwestern-DealA few weeks ago we told you that Laura Miller, Mitchell Rasansky and a bevy of Preston Hollow  ”VIPs” had joined the debate over a multi-family complex in the early works over at Preston and Northwest Highway, Behind the Pink Wall. This development is the source of all the “No” signs cropping up in Preston Hollow as far east as Hillcrest, as far west as Midway Hollow, and as far north as Forest.

Well, now Miller, that is former Dallas Mayor Laura Miller, has taken it one step further. She WROTE an email to Jennifer Gates asking her to replace Kleinman, claiming he is unwilling to meet with Jennifer’s constituents. Well, she didn’t say he was “unwilling”: she said appoint someone who is MORE willing: (more…)

Inwood HOTW 10104-Lennox

With the wind blowing and crazy storm forecast on tap for the weekend, I thought we ought to feature a home that was not just beautiful but provided some shelter from the storm! (more…)

6034-6108 Walnut Hill Lane

Jennifer Gates, City Councilwoman/man/person for District 13, is working like fury with all the real estate commotion going on in her ‘hood. Her constituents are very, very good at keeping her informed on just about everything happening in her district, she says.

So last week, when I called to ask her about this purported “halfway house or house for abused children or something for the good of society” allegedly to be built at 6043, 6048,6108 and 6118 Walnut Hill Lane where four homes have just been scraped, Jennifer was all over it. Said she had heard about it and was investigating. Monday her office sent me the following email: (more…)

6607 Desco ext

Last Thursday an interesting radio phenomenon took place: Paige and Curtis Elliott of Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, and home owner/designer Anna Seyffert, had the guys from KVCE AM 660 out to the house for a live radio broadcast at their listing,  Anna’s house, 6607 Desco Drive in Dallas. The show, Real Estate Talk with Willie Lambright was broadcast Sunday at 5 p.m. on 660 AM The Answer, and then ALSO on KVCE AM 1160 – DFW’s Business Authority at 10am (more…)

9995 Hollow way ext front

It’s one of those cold, gloomy Monday mornings that turned into a perfect day. Kind of like this house. I had 100 plus peeps for barbecue last night, and whenever I entertain large groups it opens my mental vistas to floor and traffic patterns in homes that make party-giving more of a breeze: like 9995 Hollow Way in Preston Hollow. This home is like a peaceful retreat where you can still throw great parties on .90 acre with expansive interior windows that bring the outdoors in. That is particularly wonderful if you happen to have, say, 100 people coming and Mother Nature decides to open up and sprinkle away, as she did Sunday night. Sometimes the party just has to stay inside! (more…)