West Dallas strong: West Dallas 1 website breaks new ground and hopes to inspire new leadership
“We're setting the agenda on much of what's going on in West Dallas,” Raul Reyes Jr. says. However, his six-year term is coming to an end, and he and Jeffrey Howard don’t want to lose West Dallas 1’s momentum. As they prepare to pass the torch to the next generation, they are hoping the website will build support and awareness of West Dallas 1’s continuing impact.
West Dallas homeowners couldn’t access City funds for home repairs, so the City eliminated the barrier
The Dallas City Council voted last week to forgo the home insurance requirement for homeowners applying to the West Dallas Targeted Rehab Program, a City of Dallas neighborhood revitalization effort designed to provide financial assistance for home repairs. The city had rejected nearly half of program applicants, most of whom lacked home insurance.
A major West Dallas polluter is leaving — but not fast enough for neighbors
Neighbors don’t understand why GAF needs so long to leave and question who will truly benefit from a land upgrade. Once again, they have to defend their vision for their neighborhood.
The City created a home repair program for West Dallas residents, but they’re struggling to qualify
So far, the program has committed roughly $800,000 for about 90 eligible applicants, according to Thor Erickson, area redevelopment manager with the City’s department of housing and neighborhood revitalization. He says the goal was to complete 200 home repair projects and spend the $2 million within an 18-month period. The city didn’t meet its goal, Jackson says, because applicants are finding the city’s requirements to be too strenuous. In order to qualify for the program, West Dallas residents have to meet a laundry list of demands: make less than $77,900, live in the home as their primary residence, have home insurance, have a clear title and be current on their property taxes and mortgage payments.
West Dallas community members make history with a street topper in honor of late Rev. Dr. Walter Bookman
The Rev. Dr. Walter Bookman was a pastor at The New Morning Star Baptist Church in West Dallas for more than 40 years until his death in 1995. Now, thanks to efforts by members of Bookman’s congregation, a street topper across from the church will bear his name. Bookman was known for his humanity and […]
Dallas Free Press seeks a journalism pathway coordinator to work with high school students
Dallas Free Press is looking for a journalism pathway coordinator to work with students in South Dallas and West Dallas on writing, storytelling, civic engagement, media literacy and critical thinking skills that would benefit them no matter what career they choose.
Clifford Sherman pays it forward with computers for L.G. Pinkston High School seniors
West Dallas’ Ledbetter school on Gentry Drive was where Clifford Sherman began his education as a first-grader, and it’s where he gave this interview — though the school is now Voice of Hope Ministries’ center. He moved from one segregated school to another in third grade, and finished his education at L.G. Pinkston High School […]
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.