Renee is a freelance reporter who interned for Dallas Free Press as an undergraduate student and went on to live and work in East Dallas. She has a journalism degree from TCU.
What South Dallas residents want to see in the ForwardDallas update

What South Dallas residents want to see in the ForwardDallas update

Read residents' feedback on land use problems in the area, which should be incorporated into ForwardDallas 2.0.

South Dallas

Renee Umsted - February 23, 2024

What West Dallas residents want to see in the ForwardDallas update

What West Dallas residents want to see in the ForwardDallas update

Residents provided feedback during the ForwardDallas update. Here are their concerns about land use in the area.

West Dallas

Renee Umsted - February 23, 2024

Civic explainer: What is a ‘placetype’?

Civic explainer: What is a ‘placetype’?

After years of work, the City of Dallas is months away from having an updated land use policy, called ForwardDallas. "Placetypes" are central to understanding the plan and how it will affect Dallas residents and property owners.

Dallas News

Renee Umsted - February 15, 2024

Where has the 2017 Dallas bond money gone?

Where has the 2017 Dallas bond money gone?

Take a look at our spreadsheets to find out what 2017 Dallas bond projects have and have not been completed over the last seven years.

Dallas News

Renee Umsted - January 18, 2024

West Dallas property values on the rise

West Dallas property values on the rise

In 1998 the City of Dallas declared an 89-acre expanse of West Dallas to be an area of "underperforming real estate." They created tax incentives to entice developers, and two decades later, both investors and longtime residents are seeing their property values surge.

West Dallas

Renee Umsted - October 30, 2020

West Dallas neighbors block Megatel’s plans for hundreds of townhomes, apartments

West Dallas neighbors block Megatel’s plans for hundreds of townhomes, apartments

Neighbors living in Soho Square, told the City of Dallas Plan Commission that problems would only worsen if Megatel's zoning application was approved.

West Dallas

Renee Umsted - July 1, 2020

Home alone yet connected: Casa Feliz equips seniors to be tech savvy

Home alone yet connected: Casa Feliz equips seniors to be tech savvy

Sylvia Deleon would arrive at the Wesley-Rankin Community Center in West Dallas at 8 a.m. each weekday, eager to see her friends and begin the morning’s activities.

West Dallas

Renee Umsted - June 17, 2020