He was the father of Texas Real Estate.

David Lewis Fair

Everyone knew and loved David Lewis Fair, 77, who passed away Oct. 11, 2018, after a five-year battle with Lewy body dementia and Parkinson’s disease. David was born in Dallas on August 15, 1941, to parents William Wren Fair, Jr. and Doris Elizabeth McCommas Fair. He attended Highland Park High School and graduated from Southern Methodist University with both his bachelor’s degree and a law degree. David founded Plano Title Company in 1965 and then later purchased Hexter-Fair Title Company from his father in the late 1970s. David eventually sold Hexter-Fair Title Company in 2012 and retired in early 2015 after 50 years in the title business.

David was well-known across Texas for his expertise in real estate transactions. In fact, he served for many years on the Texas Real Estate Broker-Lawyer Committee, helping to write much of the language in the standard/promulgated contract forms that are used in Texas real estate transactions to this day. Over the years David taught many classes to real estate agents and mortgage lenders, mixing his sage advice with his well-known sense of humor. For his work in the title industry, David received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016 from the Collin County Association of Realtors. Outside of work, he was known to love playing guitar and was an avid runner, completing twenty marathons across the nation including multiple finishes at the renowned Boston Marathon. David also was a passionate supporter of the SMU athletic program.

David is survived by his loving wife Robin Fair, whom he married in 1999. He is also survived by his adult children: daughter Ellen Fair Terrell and her husband Charlie, of Dallas; son Britt Fair and his wife Sue, of Dallas; son Logan Fair, of Dallas; and son Grayson Fair, of Taos, NM; his two adult step-daughters: Anna Dupree Browning, of Dallas; and Heather Dupree Goodrich and her husband Matt, of Dallas; by his nine grandchildren: Ryan Brady, Charlie Terrell III, Will Terrell, Olivia Fair, Jackson Fair, Tori Fair, Beau Browning, Reese Browning, and Caroline Goodrich; and by many other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and by his brother, William Wren Fair, III.

A memorial service will be held at Highland Park United Methodist Church (3300 Mockingbird Lane in Dallas) on Friday, Oct. 19, at 1 p.m.

collapse

A screen capture of a video on Megatel Homes website shows the buildout of the Soho Square development in West Dallas, and construction of what appears to be three-story townhomes.

From staff reports

Editor’s Note: Overnight, Megatel Homes responded to our questions, and provided a statement. Those responses have been added to this story.

A townhome collapse in West Dallas Monday afternoon that killed one and injured five more is believed to have been caused by the weather.

Dallas Fire and Rescue spokesperson Jason Evans told reporters Monday evening that there were six workers inside the three-story townhome on Borger Street, near Singleton Boulevard, when the fire department arrived. Five were transported to local hospitals, and one was a fatality.

The five injured were in what Evans termed the “collapse zone.” (more…)

Dallas

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Want to provide the city of Dallas with input regarding a comprehensive strategic economic development plan? Now is your chance.

The city rolled out two separate surveys — one for businesses, and one for residents — that will help determine how the city approaches its economy in the future, including how it can improve Dallas’ business climate and improve capital investment in communities. (more…)

Photo courtesy Flickr/Arul Irudayam

Thanks to a new interactive tool, we now know what opportunity looks like in all areas of Dallas. And that tool confirms what many who follow income disparity have known all along — it frequently is manifest most in geography, where decades of policy have wrought pockets of opportunity gaps throughout the city.

The Opportunity Atlas is the result of work done by economist Raj Chetty, his Harvard colleagues, and Census Bureau’s Sonya Porter and Maggie Jones. It uses tax and U.S. Census data to track people’s incomes from one generation to the next.

What it found is that opportunity and income go hand-in-hand, and that in most if not all areas, blocks and neighborhoods don’t magically and suddenly become low income and low opportunity hot spots — they’ve been that way for years.

And more discouraging, children who grew up in those neighborhoods frequently reach adulthood and have families of their own, and make the same low wages their parents did.

“We’re excited that the Census Bureau can provide the public with access to social mobility estimates for the first time through the Opportunity Atlas,” said Ron Jarmin, Deputy Director, and Performing the Non-Exclusive Functions and Duties of the Director of the Census Bureau. “The Atlas has great social significance because no one has ever had access to social mobility estimates at such a granular level.”

The Opportunity Atlas measured average outcomes of Americans by the neighborhood they grew up in. A sample of almost 21 million Americans born between 1978 and 1983 were tacked back to the neighborhoods they were born and raised in, and then income tax returns and census data were used to measure annual earnings.

As part of my research, I looked at the census tracts around three Dallas ISD schools that currently or have had the Improvement Required designation from the Texas Education Agency, meaning that they did not meet state standards. (more…)

We are so used to dialing 3-1-1  to get service from the city, it may take some getting used to: Dallas 311 is launching new service request software, updating their website, and replacing the current Dallas 311 mobile app with the new OurDallas app.

The current 311 app will be taken down tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 10 p.m., and online access for residents will be removed beginning Friday, Sept. 28 at 4 p.m. to begin the transition to the new system.

While the app and website are down, you can still dial 311 at any time to report an issue. And the call will be answered — the call center will be staffed with additional agents to handle calls during this time.

But beginning October 1, the new system will be online. Residents using the old 3-1-1 app will be directed to the new OurDallas app available from the App Store and Google Play, hopefully for free.

The updated system will make it easier for residents to request City services, sort of service at the touch of a finger. But I wonder what folks without i-phones will do, such as the elderly. Good question for our City Council, or dallas311@dallascityhall.com, but I am so glad to see Dallas bringing in more technology for smoother sailing!

Favela

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Raquel Favela, Dallas’ Chief of Economic Development and Neighborhood Services, has given City Manager T.C. Broadnax her resignation, the city announced yesterday. Her resignation is effective Sept. 3.

Under her tenure, which began April 2017, Favela oversaw the city’s first data-driven Market Value Analysis framework, which helped city leaders, residents and others better suss out the local residential real estate market. That framework would also be valuable in crafting housing program policy. (more…)

high five

Ah, the Dallas High-Five —  an interchange between U.S.  Highway 75 and Interstate 635 that is a luge during an ice storm, a twisted maze of ramps stacked on top of each other any other time, has now become the place where a few hundred folks are now forcibly cooling their heels because of a tractor-trailer accident early this morning.

According to law enforcement, a gasoline tanker carrying diesel fuel overturned on the ramp from southbound 75 to eastbound LBJ Freeway. While none of the fuel has spilled so far, the task of emptying the tanker of its fuel before transporting it has taken the entire day, and officials now say that the interchange will be shut down through the evening — and yes, that includes rush hour.

Dallas police said the liquid contents in the tanker shifted as the truck from Trans Wood trucking of Omaha, Nebraska, took a curve, causing it to overturn. The driver was uninjured.

And when we say the entire interchange, we mean everything. Planning on taking Central Expressway from Plano to Downtown Dallas? You goofy. Wanting to get from east Dallas to Sam Moon over on the west side? No bedazzled handbags for you today. Good news though, eastbound LBJ is open, allegedly. (more…)

Mr. and Mrs. Stewart — we know that this happy couple won’t be auditioning for “Married at First Sight.”

Married at First Sight is an American reality television series based on a Danish series bearing the same name. The format created in Denmark has been adapted in the USA, Australia, United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, France, Finland, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Poland.  The series features three couples, paired up by relationship experts, who agree to marry when they first meet. The couples spend their wedding night in a hotel before leaving for a honeymoon, woo hoo. Upon returning home, they live together as a married couple for eight weeks. Thereafter they can choose to stay married or divorce. The show has been around for five seasons and is coming to Dallas in a few weeks to film here.

SOS the Dallas show needs candidates, mostly hetero guys, but anyone who is willing to participate according to the terms — get set up, then see if it all works — can apply for the show.

When I first heard about the show, I was a little skeptical: how can you marry someone you have just met at first sight? Of course I applied it to real estate: who buys the very first house they see?

Turns out, a lot of people. I couldn’t find hard core statistics, but according to HOUZZ, a lot of people fall in love with the first house they see:

Looked once and knew I would buy it. Even the selling agent said he knew I was his buyer. Had to convince hubby

Sometimes that first look is even on the internet!

And then I found that actually, the show has done a pretty good job at playing matchmaker. (more…)