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

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

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.

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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.

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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

Pinkston seniors return to campus to prep for graduation

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.

West Dallas

Keri Mitchell - April 12, 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.

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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

Hours before decision, 139 La Bajada neighbors ask for opposition to West Dallas office tower

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 […]

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Keri Mitchell - January 21, 2021

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.

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Vivian Berreondo - December 9, 2020

3 free WiFi options for Dallas ISD families

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.

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Sujata Dand - November 25, 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

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

How West Dallas parents experienced the vices and virtues of virtual learning

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 […]

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Maddi Hurd - August 15, 2020

West Dallas 1 videos simplify back-to-school safety plans

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 […]

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Keri Mitchell - August 12, 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

Future West Dallas STEM school finds its first leader

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.

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Maddi Hurd - June 17, 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

CVS Minute Clinic opens first COVID-19 testing site in West Dallas

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 […]

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Maddi Hurd - June 13, 2020

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