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With a mayoral and city council election still rather close in the rearview mirror, a recent WalletHub study into the best and worst run cities in the country — and where Dallas falls on that list — highlights some of the issues that drove at least a few people to the polls twice.

The study, which was released earlier this month, sought to measure the effectiveness of local leadership by focusing on how efficiently a city was run.

“In other words, we can learn how well city officials manage and spend public funds by comparing the quality of services residents receive against the city’s total budget,” the report explained.

WalletHub compared 150 of the largest U.S. cities, constructing a “quality of services” score comprised of 37 benchmarks grouped into six service categories, which were then measured against the city’s per-capita budget.

Source: WalletHub



Highly-respected Dallas architect Phillip W. Shepherd Sr. died Thursday, July 11, 2019, a longtime family friend confirmed to CandysDirt. He was 77.

Reared in Graham, Shepherd graduated with a degree in architecture from Texas Tech University in the 1960s. He began his firm, PWS Architects, in 1963.

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When you look at the current landscape of Uptown Dallas, you’d be hard pressed to find a place Shepherd didn’t influence as an architect. His portfolio is long and varied, and includes such Dallas mainstays as The Crescent Hotel and the Mansion on Turtle Creek.

In Dallas, he collaborated with other architects and builders to craft buildings that would honor Texas history, but also put a distinctly contemporary stamp on places the city (and its visitors) would come to work and play. (more…)


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From staff reports

Nearly 40 percent of 2018’s single-family home purchases were made by first-time buyers — with some places being more friendly to those new to the market than others. McKinney ranked 10th among 300 cities WalletHub looked at in regards to how amenable they were for first-time buyers.

The Collin County town ranked 160th when it came to affordability, but scored top marks for its market and 45th for quality of life.  (more…)


Artist Eric Fischer created maps using data to show where locals go, and where tourists head. This is a close up of his Dallas map – a larger, interactive image in the story (Photo courtesy Flickr/Eric Fischer)

From staff reports

Early this week, an interesting article popped up in our inbox — a post in Arch Daily that highlighted the data-driven map artwork of Eric Fischer, who has created maps that show where the locals go in any given city, versus where the tourists go.

“Artist Eric Fischer has developed a project that explores precisely the difference in perceiving — and photographing —a city from the point of view of tourists and locals,” the post said. “The work, which is entitled Locals and Tourists, gathers the maps of 136 of the largest — and most visited — cities in the world.”

Using MapBox and Twitter data compiled between 2010 and 2013, Fischer created visualizations of where tourists (the red dots) and locals (the blue dots) took pictures. (more…)


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As the mercury climbs and we spend more time in the air conditioning and planning our outdoor activities for evening or early morning, you might find yourself curious — how hot is Dallas in relation to the rest of the country?

The publication 24/7 Wall St. used data from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration to determine the country’s 50 hottest cities, based on how many 90-plus degree days per year the cities have. Ultimately, they came up with a list of 50 cities with populations of at least 10,000, where the temperature reaches 90 or above for more than 67 days a year.  (more…)

Spoiler (see what we did there?) alert: If this is what you see on your fridge when your power returns, there’s no coming back from it (Photo courtesy Tom Erickson).

If you’re like 350,000 other Oncor customers, you are likely finally reading this at home, on your couch, with a light on powered by — finally — electricity.

But can we engage in some real talk? Because you’re probably wondering about everything in your fridge. I know I was. I mean, I had just put the groceries away, practically, when the power went out Sunday.

We didn’t get the lights back on until late Tuesday night. And I wondered — my fridge and freezer stayed closed pretty much the entire time. Do I have to throw everything away? Did it act as a cooler?

Ehhhh, no. No, it didn’t. As you can see in the photo above, those were the temps on our fridge and freezer about 10 minutes after the power came on. But to be sure, I asked some experts. (more…)

Macy Chiasson is tough. You have to be to be a UFC fighter, especially a The Ultimate Fighter winner. Her lawyer, Jason Friedman, said that toughness is what led her to file the first suit related to the deadly crane collapse Sunday at the Elan City Lights apartment building.

After all, some might question why Chaisson — whose only physical injury was a cut foot that will keep her out of the ring for a brief duration while it heals — would file suit at all. Friedman said she lost quite a bit — but she also wanted to make sure those fellow tenants who might file suit next had the benefit of locking down key evidence — which will happen as part of her suit.

“She’s a tough woman, but some people don’t know what to do,” Friedman said. “She feels like she needs to lead by example, and that they (the crane operator and Elan parent company Greystar, who are named in the suit) need to be held accountable.”

Chaisson lost everything in the aftermath, her hard-won TUF trophy, UFC memorabilia, her gear, a camera that survived Hurricane Katrina, and her grandfather’s World War II memorabilia.

She also lost her car, even her driver’s license and other basic necessities. She got out with the clothes on her back, Friedman said, and her dog. (more…)

On May 30, the City of Dallas made a pretty savvy auction sale of a city-owned lot, one of many across town, this one at 5639 Forest Lane which has been sitting idle for years, just east of the Dallas North Tollway.

The property failed to meet a minimum bid in January when (another) church wanted to buy it.

It’s kind of a sorry piece of property, history-wise, because the city bought it, probably paid too much for it, and then couldn’t do anything with it. The 150,702-square-foot, 3.45 acres are on the outskirts of Melshire Estates, where neighbors were bemoaning the chopping of a half-mile of trees along the Tollway by Oncor a few months back  — wonder how they feel about that now? Guess they don’t mind the house in foreclosure on Quincy one house in from Forest, though. 

11907 Quincy, listed for $448,000, is pending. Check out the potential, backs to Dallas North Tollway