Archive for February, 2005

Lipscomb Returns?

Almost convicted felon and civil rights activist Al Lipscomb might run for the District 8 seat. You may remember Mr. Lipscomb for 2 things: comparing the strong mayor initiative to Nazi Germany and for fronting a company that falsely appeared to be minority-owned, so that it would be eligible for set-aside contracts from government. Sounds like a great man to represent community interests, yes?

Power To The People Again

New zoning unanimously approved for entire length of West Commerce/Fort Worth Avenue

The Dallas City Council yesterday unanimously approved a completely new set of zoning rules for the 3.5-mile-long corridor of West Commerce/Fort Worth Avenue – – from the Trinity River to Pinnacle Park.

This vote represents the culmination of four years of grass-roots efforts by the Fort Worth Avenue Development Group to design and implement a citizen- driven plan for the boulevard.

The council’s vote comes as more businesses head to Fort Worth Avenue. Yesterday, we also learned that groundbreaking will take place in three weeks on a $2.5 million conference center/meeting space, to be located just west of Sylvan and Fort Worth Avenue. The conference center is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Preliminary reports that investors could soon be moving forward to locate a gourmet sandwich shop, an upscale, full-service car wash, and a picture-framing operation along West Commerce/Fort Worth Avenue

Free Mavs Tickets

Mavs fans can stop by any of the 10 Dallas/Fort Worth-area Academy Sports & Outdoors locations, purchase $50 or more in Reebok footwear and receive two tickets to a select Mavs home game during the 2004-2005 season.

Fans will also have the opportunity to enter to win a road trip to watch the Dallas Mavericks take on the Memphis Grizzlies April 20, 2005.

Offer ends February 27th – more info here.

Dallas Drivers

From the always fabulous Alandwilliams:

First you must learn to pronounce the city name. It is DAL-US, not DAL-ISS.
Forget the traffic rules you learned elsewhere. Dallas has its own version of traffic rules. . .”Hold on and pray

Lake Cliff Tower

A gang of us had a tour of Lake Cliff Tower which is an Oak Cliff building being developed into lofts. You can see it from downtown and as you can see from my photograph it affords a pretty perfect view of downtown too.

It was built originally as a hotel and on the 10th floor underneath old AC units can be seen a mosaic of a compass that formed the center of the ballroom. That part is being converted into the penthouse.

It languished for many years after having been a nursing home. The surrounding land is also being modernised with shops, a gym etc. You could walk across the Zang Birdge and be downtown in under 15 minutes. Pretty cool. Priced from about $180,000 to $570,000. They reported almost 75% of available spaces reserved.


A President Had A Nasty Mishap Near Here, Too

If you work downtown, or know people who visit downtown, there’s an interesting little industry that comes to life every year about this time. Right when the weather gets better.

At intersections such as Market and Pacific (a southern porthole to the lovely West End), people are ticketed for crossing the streets when the “Don’t Walk” sign is illuminated. Seriously. And it’s a big fine.

In the summer, these “spotters” are out in full force, typically wearing red t-shirts, bicycle helmuts, black shorts, and this harrowingly big computer thing-a-ma-jig. They nail people mostly at lunch. And I do have to admit their intention is good. They are trying to discourage people from crossing the DART tracks which straddle Pacific Street.

Tell any tourists you know about this fairly Draconian practice.

Lately I’ve been working downtown and have seen people gawking at all the Dallas neon when they get slapped with this $100 ticket. Money they could have spent at the Hard Rock, helping the local economy. And saving the planet.

Dallas isn’t exactly notorious for treating out-of-towners hospitably in the shadow of the Texas School Book Depository.

Give A Little Bit

Looking for an opportunity to give back to the Dallas community? This Saturday, is the Junior League of Dallas Community Volunteerism Fair at NorthPark Mall.

More than 50 charities and agencies from the Dallas area will be there to distribute information about volunteer opportunities. These are wonderful organizations that could use YOU!

Place: NorthPark Mall
Date: Saturday, February 19th
Time: 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

Dallas Dentist Attempts Dirty Deed

Apparently North Dallas’ “singing dentist”, Dr. Phillip Todd Calvin, was nabbed traveling across state lines to have sex with a minor. He originally came to the FBI’s attention at a North American Man-Boy Love Association meeting.

I have to go wash now….

Reason #217 Why I Don’t Go To Bars In The Suburbs

Dallasites seem quite enamored of valet parking, but personally I dislike it. A car thief treats your car better than a parking valet. Valets have gotten in wrecks in my car twice. Plus, when I’m ready to leave I want to get in my car and go home. I hate standing in the huddle outside the restaurant waiting for someone to drive my car 50 feet. (Note: When I use the valet I always tip well. They are providing a service that I used, however grudgingly.)

We went to Cool River this weekend. I know, I know. Cool River is pretentious, but we were in that neighborhood. The restaurant has marked off practically the entire lot for valet parking. That is just silly since there is so much open land in that area that could be used for parking.

I self parked in an area that wasn’t coned off for valet, but the valets were using it for that purpose. The valet parked me in and chastised me. I kid you not – the valet got into an argument with me before I even got in the door to the restaurant. I’d be angry except it was so stupid that I have to laugh. Hey Cool River – you don’t make money on valet parking. How about letting me in the door to buy a drink?

Splendors of China’s Forbidden City

Through May 29, 2005 at the Dallas Museum of Art. Check it out.

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