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 400-foot tower: How it started and how it’s going
Editor’s note: This timeline originally published on Dec. 7. On Dec. 8, City Council voted to send this zoning proposal back to the City Plan Commission. We’ll be updating the timeline as the case progresses and sharing updates via social media (@dallasfreepress), email and texts, in both English and Spanish. The developer of Trinity Groves, West […]
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.
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 […]
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.
Pinkston seniors return to campus to prep for graduation
Two in five Dallas ISD seniors are in danger of not graduating, so alumni rolled out the red carpet when Pinkston seniors returned Monday.
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.
Hours before decision, 139 La Bajada neighbors ask for opposition to West Dallas office tower
For more than a year, Trinity Groves developers West Dallas Investments have worked to gather support from La Bajada neighbors on a zoning change that would allow them to build a 400-foot, 28- to 32-story office tower at the base of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, adjacent to the historic West Dallas residential neighborhood. At […]
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.
3 free WiFi options for Dallas ISD families
Dallas ISD officials have a three-phase plan to give families free WiFi that could minimize the city’s digital divide.
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 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.
How West Dallas parents experienced the vices and virtues of virtual learning
Virtual learning has become the new normal in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dallas ISD elected to begin the 2020 school year three weeks later on Sept. 8, rather than begin online education on Aug. 17 like other North Texas districts, but DISD students will still have the option to learn virtually, even if […]
West Dallas 1 videos simplify back-to-school safety plans
Dallas ISD’s 41-page Reentry Playbook for Parents is thorough, but West Dallas 1, a grassroots coalition that focuses on education, environment and housing issues in our neighborhood, didn’t want West Dallas families to miss the information they consider most crucial about back-to-school safety measures. They “created informative videos to highlight some of the most notable […]
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.
Future West Dallas STEM school finds its first leader
Marion Jackson was named principal this month, more than a year before the school is expected to open.
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.
CVS Minute Clinic opens first COVID-19 testing site in West Dallas
In early June, the CVS at 3030 Sylvan Avenue became the first testing COVID-19 testing site in West Dallas. Testing is done using a drive-through system. Patients stay in their cars while CVS Minute Clinic workers come outside. The test requires patients or someone with them to swab their own nose for a secretion sample. This […]