Archive for January, 2010

Love Field, New Children’s Aquarium, and more

January 31, 2010

There are several interesting briefings coming to City Council this week.

There are a few things that stand out from reading these briefings.

Dallas Love Field Capital Development Program – Public Information Initiative

There is a $500 million modernization of Love Field currently underway. This briefing talks about the Public Information Approach that the city is using.

FY2009-10 Community Development Block Grant Extensions and Reprogramming

According to page 13 of the FY2009-10 Community Development Block Grant Extensions and Reprogramming briefing, there is still a good amount of money in the Minor Home repair program for the South Dallas/Fair Park area.  Here is the info on how to apply.

OneDAY Dallas
We are one month away from citywide implementation of OneDAY Dallas. OneDAY Dallas is the name of the initiative to collect garbage and recycles on the same day.  This is a great idea, and it will save the city money.  Most trash consists of recyclable materials, and landfill space is a finite resource.
One thing that was interesting in the briefing is the Southern Dallas council districts are requesting a recycling roll carts at a much lower rate

Districts that are primarily southern are in bold

District 1 41%    District 6 40%*    District 11 74%

District 2 51%     District 7 32%      District 12 79%

District 3 46%    District 8 27%      District 13 75%

District 4 29%    District 9 65%       District 14 78%

*District 6 has a large portion of area in Northwest Dallas.

Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park

This briefing discusess the effort underway during which the Aquarium at Fair Park was closed and is being repurposed as the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park. It will be open for a sneak preview during this year’s State Fair, and open for good in 2011.


Public Meetings to Discuss the DPD Police Chief Search

January 26, 2010
There are two neighborhood meetings left at which the City of Dallas will be gathering input from residents and business owners for the process of selecting a new police chief. Residents and business owners can also take an on-line survey.
The link to the survey is here.
The last two meetings are listed below:

January 26, 2010 (tonight)
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Beckley-Saner Recreation Center; 114 W. Hobson (map)

February 2, 2010
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Walnut Hill Recreation Center; 10011 Midway Road (map)

Two More Southern Dallas Motels Set to Close

January 15, 2010
In Council District Four, two more hot-sheet motels are set to close. Both are in the Piedmont neighborhood in Dallas. The motels are:
Sundial Motel at Buckner & Ricardo (map)
Luxury Inn Motel near Buckner & Scyene (map) – pictured below
Both motels were magnets for prostitution and other crimes.
The motels are set to close in January 2011.  In addition, regulations requiring landscaping and displays to be much closer to the storefronts (e.g. racks of tires and rims) and not along the streets and sidewalks.
Other motels will be announced in the coming months.

Farewell Lt. Carlton Marshall

January 4, 2010

Tomorrow, DPD Lt. Carlton Marshall is retiring from the Police Department.  His story has been chronicled     on this blog as well as all over the country.   Here is a Channel 8 story covering the LT’s retirement.  We thank you for your service and dedication, and for your wife who has stood by you every step of the way.