Durham Street to be overtaken by a drop-off/pick-up student valet service

Durham Street to be overtaken by a drop-off/pick-up student valet service

On February 25th the Caruth Hills Homeplace Neighborhood Association held an update meeting on the proposed school to be built on land HPISD acquired from the Northway Christian Church on Northwest Highway across from Sparkman- Hillcrest (talk about the circle of life). The new school is the result of a $361.4 million bond proposal passed last November that also includes rebuilding and refurbishment of other HPISD schools.

HPISD is an interesting bunch who take pride in probably exactly what you’d expect. For example, string together these puzzle pieces …

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UPDATE, 11:45 p.m.: Some final numbers, and a brief round up of some other races. All told, out of 1,199,726 registered voters in Dallas County, 108,607 ballots were cast, meaning turnout in Dallas County was 9.05 percent.

Some other returns you might be interested in, including the state proposition votes:
Prop 1 – 87.53 percent for, 12.46 percent against (figures are statewide totals)
Prop 2 – 91.46 percent for, 8.53 percent against
Prop 3 – 66.84 percent for, 33.15 percent against
Prop 4 – 68.81 percent for, 31.18 percent against
Prop 5 – 82.84 percent for, 17.15 percent against
Prop 6 – 81.63 percent for, 18.36 percent against
Prop 7 – 83.90 percent for, 16.09 percent against

Having trouble remember what each proposition was about? Here you go.

Around the county, Grand Prairie ISD’s tax increase vote also passed, 68 percent to 32 percent. The district’s election to approve a $91 billion bond proposal to renovate existing schools and build new schools passed 76 percent to 24 percent, and it’s bond refund proposal vote passed 75 percent to 25 percent. Rockwall ISD’s bond package also passed, 65 percent to 35 percent.

The City of Richardson had four proposals and all passed, as did all seven of McKinney’s. Mesquite’s street bond also passed, 84 percent to 16 percent. And I’m not sure what exactly was going on with the Wilmer Municipal Utility District, but 1 precinct of 1 precinct reported one whole vote for all five propositions, and that one person voted yes.

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Voters across the Dallas area will go to the polls on May 9 to elect mayor, city council members, and school district trustees. If you want your name to appear on a ballot, you should know that the filing period for candidates begins today. (Photo by iStock)

Early voting began Monday for two sets of bond packages (Dallas ISD and Highland Park ISD), as well as a handful of proposed state constitutional amendments. (Photo by iStock)

Early voting began Monday for two sets of bond packages and a handful of proposed amendments to the state constitution. Both bond packages — one for Dallas ISD and one for Highland Park ISD — are important to the growth of the districts and even the health and safety of the students. And those amendments deal with everything from property taxes to the living arrangements of state officials.

But hardly anyone one will vote. Which is a crying shame, because (and excuse me while I get on my soapbox) there are people in some countries that would give both eyeteeth for the honor of having a say in anything — even something as mundane as whether small counties can be allowed to perform maintenance on private roads.

And sure, maybe voting is this arduous task that requires getting out of your car and walking into an air conditioned building to hand your driver’s license over to a nice lady or man who then finds you in a computer and walks you over to sign your name and then walks you to a booth to fill in some circles with a Sharpie. That’s hard. I know. I mean, it’s almost as hard as getting out of your car, walking into a Starbucks, standing in line, choosing a drink, telling a nice man or lady what you want to drink, and then paying for the drink before scooting over to wait for a barista to make your drink. I mean, almost. Right?

No.

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After someone sent me a story about the mindset behind a certain email circulating regarding Highland Park ISD’s bond election, you know what stuck out to me?

Besides the fact that it felt like a prop from recent HBO miniseries “Show Me a Hero,” which unspooled the whole mess Yonkers, N.Y., found itself in regarding affordable housing, the other thing was this: There was absolutely no attempt to show any work regarding assertions. No aspersions cast on the writer of the story — he’s just quoting a guy. My beef is with the lack of solid bonafides behind the claims.  I used to have this editor that got all kinds of twitchy and irritable when (even in an op-ed) you didn’t at least attempt to give some sourcing for your assertions. “SHOW YOUR WORK,” he’d bellow.

So instead of picking apart the arguments in that email (and the quotes in that story) based on my ideological differences with the claims, I decided to approach things with an open mind and actually look at real studies done on affordable housing and crime. I mean, what if the guy was right? Or, what if he was quite wrong? Don’t you think it deserves a little look-see, at least, to see what we can find from reputable sources?

The area highlighted in red roughly shows where Highland Park ISD serves Dallas addresses.

The area highlighted in red roughly shows where Highland Park ISD serves Dallas addresses.

First off, let’s unpack where this particular brand of NIMBY likely came from. If I had to guess, it probably dates as far back as the 1930s, when the presence of low-income families meant the difference between no ability to get a home loan (areas that had predominantly black families and low-income families were redlined), or even as much of a difference as 80 percent financed/20 percent down (for an area with no low-income families and solely white) or 15 percent financed and 85 percent down (in an area where there was a racial mix and a lot of low-income families). The appearance of low-income or non-white ethnicities in your neighborhood during this time was a harbinger of plummeting property values and hardship.

But what about now? Is that true?

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