A soccer field in the community, but not for the community

A soccer field in the community, but not for the community

The soccer field sits in the middle of the Los Altos neighborhood’s Benito Juarez Parque de Heroes. Since 2012, when the City of Dallas built a fence around the field, it has gone mostly unused, except for the weekends when teams pay the city as much as $61 an hour to use the field for practice or games.

West Dallas

Oscar Saravia - May 15, 2022

‘I’ve never seen any dirt go up 1400% in five years’

‘I’ve never seen any dirt go up 1400% in five years’

The land value of dozens of 7,000-square-foot parcels in Los Altos — just north of Singleton, up and down Borger, Crossman and Winnetka — all jumped from $65,000 to $168,000 this year. Several efforts are being made to educate West Dallas neighbors on how to protest property tax appraisals before the May 16 deadline.

West Dallas

Keri Mitchell - May 11, 2022

Q&A: What to know about West Dallas’ environmental past and future

Q&A: What to know about West Dallas’ environmental past and future

Key concepts in West Dallas' fight to get rid of polluters, including the significance of zoning, permits, and civic action.

West Dallas

Sona Chaudhary - May 5, 2022

How West Dallas is leaving a history of environmental racism in the dust

How West Dallas is leaving a history of environmental racism in the dust

Dallas is considering a new approach to permitting concrete batch plants, thanks to a long history of advocacy coming from West Dallas.

West Dallas

Sona Chaudhary - May 5, 2022

Q&A with Esther Villarreal

Q&A with Esther Villarreal

Esther Villarreal, appointee to Dallas' environmental commission and West Dallas resident, reflects on her advocacy and shares her hopes for the health of her community.

West Dallas

Shardae White - December 14, 2021

Dallas Free Press is hiring a development manager

Dallas Free Press is hiring a development manager

Dallas Free Press is seeking an adept communicator who is highly organized to build strong relationships with potential major donors, funders and corporate sponsors.

Dallas News

Keri Mitchell - November 7, 2021

Now open: West Dallas STEM school

Now open: West Dallas STEM school

This year, though seventh- and eighth-graders are at L.G. Pinkston High School's campus, they’re in a separate school with a unique learning approach — the new West Dallas STEM school.

West Dallas

Shardae White - November 5, 2021

Local newsrooms, universities and nonprofits join forces to focus on affordable housing in Dallas

Local newsrooms, universities and nonprofits join forces to focus on affordable housing in Dallas

The key partners on the project say affordable housing is a topic none of them has been able to consistently address on their own — but it’s a vital, systemic issue demanding greater response.

Dallas News

Julianna Morano - September 22, 2021

Changes are coming to Hattie Rankin Moore Park in Los Altos. The City wants West Dallas’ input.

Changes are coming to Hattie Rankin Moore Park in Los Altos. The City wants West Dallas’ input.

After listening to residents in early 2020, the City of Dallas planned to add colorful murals, artificial turf, family grills, playground equipment and more athletic fields to the park in the Los Altos neighborhood, located just south of Anita Martinez Recreation Center and Lorenzo de Zavala Elementary School.

West Dallas

Oscar Saravia - September 14, 2021

Dallas ISD rolls out free at-home internet access for students

Dallas ISD rolls out free at-home internet access for students

Dallas ISD invested in 40,000 hotspots last school year for families without reliable internet at home, but this year DISD plans to spend $18 million on at-home wired connections for its students.

West Dallas

Sujata Dand - September 2, 2021

Los Gallos: A gym from West Dallas where boxing teaches life lessons

Los Gallos: A gym from West Dallas where boxing teaches life lessons

The Los Gallos Boxing Club wants to teach their students that with discipline and hard work, any obstacle that life brings can be overcome.

West Dallas

Oscar Saravia - August 31, 2021

How West Dallas residents are challenging the industries polluting their neighborhood

How West Dallas residents are challenging the industries polluting their neighborhood

West Dallas residents have set the stage to challenge GAF’s federal permit renewal and reimagine the Singleton corridor without smog, smells and health anxieties. GAF is North America’s leading roofing manufacturer and one of West Dallas’ leading sources of air pollution. After months of petitions, meetings and teamwork among neighborhoods and nonprofits, West Dallas residents […]

West Dallas

Sona Chaudhary - July 27, 2021

Dallas Free Press launches a journalism pathway, seeks a coordinator

Dallas Free Press launches a journalism pathway, seeks a coordinator

Dallas Free Press has launched a journalism pathway from Dallas high schools to Dallas newsrooms, starting with efforts to educate high school students. We are looking for a part-time journalism pathway coordinator to work with students in South Dallas and West Dallas.

Dallas News

Keri Mitchell - July 21, 2021

Circuit’s ride-share service gives West Dallas a new option for travel

Circuit’s ride-share service gives West Dallas a new option for travel

Circuit, a free ride-share service, is giving West Dallas neighbors an environmentally and financially friendly way to travel short distances.

West Dallas

Sona Chaudhary - July 14, 2021

Summer activities in West Dallas

Summer activities in West Dallas

What can children and teens do in West Dallas this summer? Dallas Free Press created a round-up of summer camps and activities.

West Dallas

Oscar Saravia - July 1, 2021

‘Why not Pinkston?’

‘Why not Pinkston?’

For a school that recently faced academic elimination, the success of reaching the final four in the state, being awarded seven football scholarships in 2021, and having multiple teams in district playoffs gives hope that the best is yet to come.

West Dallas

Oscar Saravia - June 18, 2021

Goal of neighborhood-led West Dallas plan is ‘teeth,’ accountability

Goal of neighborhood-led West Dallas plan is ‘teeth,’ accountability

A neighborhood-led plan "will be used to shape the future of West Dallas for the next 10 to 20 years,” and act to "slow down the fast-paced gentrification that is running a risk of literally changing the thread of our community and wiping away the history," says James Armstrong III.

West Dallas

Keri Mitchell - May 12, 2021

Pollution history tied to plan for West Dallas’ future

Pollution history tied to plan for West Dallas’ future

From putting pressure on lead smelters in the 1980s to ongoing pushback against roofing manufacturer GAF, environmental justice issues in West Dallas have been community issues.

West Dallas

Sona Chaudhary - April 19, 2021

Three major updates contribute to Trinity River park

Three major updates contribute to Trinity River park

Trinity Park Conservancy leaders say they want to make the park a welcoming place for West Dallas and other communities along the riverbanks.

West Dallas

Vivian Berreondo - March 17, 2021

Mercy Street responds to winter storm suffering in West Dallas

Mercy Street responds to winter storm suffering in West Dallas

In the middle of February was a horrendous week blanketed in white snow and suffering. West Dallas residents lost power, water and hope.

West Dallas

Vivian Berreondo - March 17, 2021

After the storm: Resources for West Dallas neighbors

After the storm: Resources for West Dallas neighbors

Dallas Free Press has compiled a list of resources for West Dallas residents in the aftermath of February's winter storm.

West Dallas

Keri Mitchell - February 22, 2021

A poisoned West Dallas speaks out against air pollution

A poisoned West Dallas speaks out against air pollution

GAF is North America’s leading roofing manufacturer, and its federal permit is up for renewal. West Dallas neighbors are seizing the opportunity to fight against GAF’s presence in their neighborhood.

West Dallas

Sona Chaudhary - February 17, 2021

Dallas: We need your input on news consumption and local media coverage

Dallas: We need your input on news consumption and local media coverage

This Dallas Free Press survey will inform our community journalism efforts in South Dallas and West Dallas, and help our launching-soon local media collaborative determine its focus topic.

Dallas News

Keri Mitchell - December 28, 2020

Does the fate of West Dallas rest on a 400-foot tower next to La Bajada?

Does the fate of West Dallas rest on a 400-foot tower next to La Bajada?

On Thursday, the City Plan Commission will consider West Dallas Investments’ request to allow a 400-foot tower on the north side of Singleton, adjacent to La Bajada, with the hope of attracting a Fortune 500 company like Amazon, Google, AT&T or Toyota.

West Dallas

Keri Mitchell - December 16, 2020

West Dallas neighbors work to make Bernal Drive safe

West Dallas neighbors work to make Bernal Drive safe

West Dallas residents have been begging for safer streets, and after decades of no response, the voices of neighbors living near Bernal Drive finally are being heard.

West Dallas

Vivian Berreondo - December 9, 2020

Free home repairs plus a tax freeze available to hundreds in West Dallas

Free home repairs plus a tax freeze available to hundreds in West Dallas

The $2 million set aside solely for seven census tracts in the 75212 zip code comes from funds City Manager T.C. Broadnax pulled together from former city bond packages.

West Dallas

Keri Mitchell - November 24, 2020

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