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

South Dallas will elect a new trustee this May

South Dallas will elect a new trustee this May

Dallas ISD School Board President Justin Henry announced this week he will not seek reelection as the District 9 trustee, and a four-way race to replace him is underway.

South Dallas

Keri Mitchell - February 16, 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

‘A South Dallas renaissance’: Juanita Craft legacy mural unveiled

‘A South Dallas renaissance’: Juanita Craft legacy mural unveiled

The new mural depicting Craft at the corner of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. is the first in a series of four South Dallas “legacy murals.” Commissioned by the The Walls Project, The Epiphany Foundation, and New Era Booking, the blue-and-yellow homage to the late civil rights leader was created by South Dallas native and Legendary Lincoln High School graduate Lakeem Wilson.

South Dallas

Michaela Rush - February 13, 2024

Kroger, Bonton Farms, ICDC bring groceries to South Dallas with a delivery service, not a storefront

Kroger, Bonton Farms, ICDC bring groceries to South Dallas with a delivery service, not a storefront

Bonton Farms, Kroger and the Innercity Community Development Corporation are partnering to bring South Dallas neighbors a new grocery option: Grocery Connect. 

Food Apartheid

Michaela Rush - February 7, 2024

What neighbors can expect from Bonton Farms’ new health clinic construction

What neighbors can expect from Bonton Farms’ new health clinic construction

Bonton Farms is set to open a health clinic in early 2025. Most neighbors are excited for the resource, but some had questions about the farms' communication and decision-making process.

South Dallas

Michaela Rush - January 31, 2024

Housing Forward sees more than 2,000 residents in homeless system at end of 2023

Housing Forward sees more than 2,000 residents in homeless system at end of 2023

Data presented at this month’s Dallas Area Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness meeting led to more questions from partnership members. Members seemed especially surprised that two-thirds of unhoused residents surveyed in 2022 self-reported that they were experiencing homelessness for the first time, according to Housing Forward’s Homeless Management Information System. The partnership is a […]

Dallas News

Dallas Documenters - January 30, 2024

Meeting barriers: What Documenters have learned about Dallas public meetings

Meeting barriers: What Documenters have learned about Dallas public meetings

When we launched the Dallas Documenters program in Spring 2023, we intended to train and pay residents to attend public meetings like any other resident would and to break down access barriers. Documenter programs are nationwide, and we knew we would very quickly find issues accessing public meetings. Although the Freedom of Information Act and […]

Dallas News

David Silva Ramirez - January 26, 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

Civic explainer: What is the Dallas City Charter, and how can neighbors change it?

Civic explainer: What is the Dallas City Charter, and how can neighbors change it?

This coming November, the people of Dallas will vote not only for the presidential election, but also for proposed amendments to Dallas’ City Charter. Until this Friday, Jan. 19, anyone in Dallas is invited to submit an amendment proposal to be considered for the citywide ballot. Feedback on proposed amendments is welcomed by the CRC and City Council from now through the finalization of amendments before the November election. 

Dallas News

Michaela Rush - January 18, 2024

Then and now: What’s happening with the West Dallas STEM School?

Then and now: What’s happening with the West Dallas STEM School?

The collaboration between Dallas ISD, Toyota, and SMU is now in its school year, expanding grades as the West Dallas school landscape shifts.

West Dallas

Michaela Rush - December 21, 2023

Great Trinity Forest leak spills 3.6 million gallons of water, Environmental Commission questions Dallas Water Utilities’ response

Great Trinity Forest leak spills 3.6 million gallons of water, Environmental Commission questions Dallas Water Utilities’ response

Bonton representatives want to know why no one told them about a city water leak lasting 11 months and spilling more than 3.6 million gallons of water into their community. The Dallas Environmental Commission brought up these questions in an October meeting with Dallas Water Utilities. DWU Assistant Director Regina Stencel presented to the commission. […]

Dallas News

Dallas Documenters - December 11, 2023

Civic Explainer: Property tax options

Civic Explainer: Property tax options

As property taxes rise city-wide, Dallas residents have a variety of options for payment plans or exemptions to lower their burden of the bill.

West Dallas

Michaela Rush - December 11, 2023

With $325 million invested into a Trinity River park, West Dallas residents want investment in people

With $325 million invested into a Trinity River park, West Dallas residents want investment in people

West Dallas residents and leaders want the Trinity Park Conservancy to take action to ensure the park will benefit neighbors.

West Dallas

Keri Mitchell - December 4, 2023

West Dallas groups agree ‘GAF’s gotta go’ but take different tacks on how the polluter should exit

West Dallas groups agree ‘GAF’s gotta go’ but take different tacks on how the polluter should exit

Neighborhood groups are trying negotiation and legal action to get GAF and its pollution out of West Dallas faster — and without leaving a mess.

West Dallas

Sona Chaudhary - October 30, 2023

Dallas Park Board questions efforts to connect minority and women-owned businesses to city projects

Dallas Park Board questions efforts to connect minority and women-owned businesses to city projects

The latest on City of Dallas MWBE contracts During a September meeting, members of the Dallas Park and Recreation Board questioned the effectiveness of connecting minority and women-owned businesses to city projects. This was after the Dallas Park and Recreation Board approved projects and contracts and noticed a lack of minority and women-owned businesses applying […]

Public Meeting Briefs

Dallas Documenters - October 24, 2023

City shows South Dallas residents big plans for land use in their neighborhood

City shows South Dallas residents big plans for land use in their neighborhood

As Dallas works to create the city's first comprehensive land use plan, South Dallas neighbors ask how their input will be considered.

South Dallas

Michaela Rush - September 28, 2023

Activist Ernest McMillan retraces Dallas’ Civil Rights movement in his memoir, ‘Standing’

Activist Ernest McMillan retraces Dallas’ Civil Rights movement in his memoir, ‘Standing’

This excerpt from Ernest McMillan’s book, “Standing: One Man’s Odyssey through the Turbulent ’60s" is a glimpse into the work of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, or SNCC, in South Dallas.

South Dallas

Keri Mitchell - August 16, 2023

Did Dallas ISD’s sale of the segregated Fred Douglass School seal Gilbert-Emory’s fate?

Did Dallas ISD’s sale of the segregated Fred Douglass School seal Gilbert-Emory’s fate?

It wasn’t until Emmanuel Glover and Sarah Ashitey moved into Gilbert-emory that they learned their new house was in a historical African-American settlement.

West Dallas

Sujata Dand - May 1, 2023

West Dallas Investments just sold most of its land to a Nebraska-based investor

West Dallas Investments just sold most of its land to a Nebraska-based investor

A Dallas Morning News story by real estate editor Steve Brown notes that the purchase by Nebraska-based investor Goldenrod Cos. is "one of the largest such property transactions in years located so close to downtown" and "signals future development."

West Dallas

Keri Mitchell - March 27, 2023

Neighborhood-led protest ends South Dallas-Fair Park PID ‘tax’

Neighborhood-led protest ends South Dallas-Fair Park PID ‘tax’

The South Dallas Fair Park Public Improvement District is coming to an end. Property owners of neighborhood homes and businesses advocated against extending the PID for another seven years, saying they didn’t feel the additional tax burden translated to tangible community benefits.

South Dallas

Manuel Holguin - March 15, 2023

South Dallas real estate company works to keep the community in community development 

South Dallas real estate company works to keep the community in community development 

Ferrell Fellows' business model is simple: She buys off-market properties in South Dallas in need of serious repairs then renovates these homes, preserving character and history. They become residences for first-time homebuyers, long-term rentals for people not ready to take that leap, and shared housing for people she comes across in her community work, everyone from single parents to immigrants to prostitutes. Fellows believes everyone deserves a dignified way to live.

South Dallas

Sujata Dand - February 24, 2023

<strong>West Dallas strong: West Dallas 1 website breaks new ground and hopes to inspire new leadership </strong>

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

Jeffrey Ruiz - January 25, 2023

What to know about West Dallas’ environmental past and future

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 to defer a rent payment under Dallas’ new eviction ordinance

How to defer a rent payment under Dallas’ new eviction ordinance

Co-published by our media partner, The Dallas Weekly In the state of Texas, if a tenant is late paying rent, the landlord has a legal right to evict. “There’s no protection in Texas law for that,” says Sandy Rollins, executive director of the Dallas-based Texas Tenants’ Union. “It’s a default on the contract when you don’t […]

South Dallas

Keri Mitchell - May 6, 2020