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Reverchon Park Renovation Plan Returns Wednesday to City Council

By Jon Anderson / January 6, 2020 / 8 Comments

It seemed baffling that last month the Dallas City Council didn’t approve the renovation of the Reverchon Park ballfield, but it shouldn’t be. It’s no secret Dallas has an unspoken policy of “build lavishly and walk away” when it comes to maintaining its public facilities. It’s also no secret that Dallas does a poor job […]

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Happy New Year: Peeves and Praise for 2019 From Jon Anderson

By Jon Anderson / January 1, 2020 / 1 Comment

Throughout the year I come across things that delight and (more often) annoy me. It’s the time of year to share so you know you’re not alone. Peeve: White Supremacy Pictured above is the “white” section for Valspar paints at Lowe’s snapped a week ago. Really? Does the (first) world need 72 shades of white? […]

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Jennifer Gates And Staff Handle Floods, Power Outages, and Tornados With Aplomb

By Jon Anderson / December 31, 2019 / 1 Comment

Some city council districts so rarely make the news, I wonder what their representatives get up to all day. Some, like Oak Lawn’s District 14 are top-heavy with an unending train of development-related decisions and brouhahas. But my old District 13 has had more than its share. It’s flooded, lost electricity for days, been gassed […]

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Blewett Brings Streetlights and Neighborhood Together To Talk

By Jon Anderson / November 21, 2019 / 4 Comments

Last night, District 14 Dallas City Council Member David Blewett held a town hall meeting to discuss Streetlights Residential’s proposal for a residential tower at Lemmon and Oak Lawn avenues. You’ve seen it before, so I won’t belabor the point (to catch up, skip the first listed story and you’re there). In reading those older […]

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Jon Anderson: New Arts District Plan is Like Trying to Create Life By Joining Two Cemeteries

By Jon Anderson / November 13, 2019 / 1 Comment

Last night, District 14 council member David Blewett held the first community meeting of an authorized hearing involving the Arts District. The purpose is two-fold: First to update the original Arts District plan (known as the Sasaki Plan) adopted by the city in 1981 – no surprise that urban planning has changed. Secondly, the desire […]

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Real Estate Relies on People: What Happens When People Change

By Jon Anderson / September 25, 2019 / 0 Comments

Dwellings, offices, factories, warehouses, restaurants, even zoos, are all built for people. Seems an exceedingly obvious statement. Equally obvious is the fact that as society changes, its man-made structures change, too. Ebb and flow and all that. But what I find fascinating is how little we learn. The old saying goes that those who don’t […]

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