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3 Reasons To Visit Dallas

3 Reasons To Visit Dallas

Many people visits Dallas every single year and on a regular basis. If you have never been there, you should take a trip soon. Here are a few good reasons why.

The State Fair
The state fair takes place every year in Dallas, and it has been going on since the 80s. Many consider it to be one of the best states fairs in the United States, and if you want to find out why, then make your way to Dallas at the end of September or at the end of October. While there, you’ll be able to take in an auto show, indulge in great tasting food, watch a concert or two or you can go on the carnival rides.

The Aquarium
In downtown Dallas is where you’ll find the Dallas World Aquarium, which was once an old warehouse that has been since remodeled. There, you will find both saltwater and freshwater species in gorgeous displays. Besides invertebrates and fish, you’ll also come across a number of reptiles, birds and mammals. No trip to Dallas would be complete without a visit to the Dallas World Aquarium.

The Food
If you love great tasting food, then there is no better place to be than Dallas. There are so many different types of restaurants in the city, so finding one that suits your taste is easy. It doesn’t matter if you’re craving Japanese, Chinese, African or Indian cuisine, or something else, you will find a restaurant that serves it. However, the city is famous for its Mexican and barbecue food, so make sure you stop at one of the restaurants that serves it.

Those are only three of the many reasons to visit Dallas. Here’s a tip, spend at least a few days there. With so many things to do and see, you won’t be able to do it all in just a day or two.

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It’s not easy replacing ‘mayhem’ with ‘hope’ when the Dallas City Council’s involved

It’s not easy replacing ‘mayhem’ with ‘hope’ when the Dallas City Council’s involved

The most notable thing about Maham Road, between North Central Expressway and Spring Valley Road in far North Dallas, is how it’s pronounced: mayhem. Which is only fitting, given how the area has long been portrayed and perceived — as a high-crime hot spot with grim stat sheets full of sexual assaults and homicides and break-ins, where homeless encampments and gangs hide along the nearby creek, where prostitutes and drug dealers once conducted business in a city park filled with weeds left high to act as a crime deterrent.

"If you’re in and around that area for any length of time," said Dallas Police Department Deputy Chief Rick Watson, "its reputation hasn’t been the best." Watson, not long ago a contender for the DPD’s top job, is very good at understatement.

Maham is bracketed to the south by apartment complexes filled with low-income residents who speak little English; along the northern edge runs the Cottonwoood Creek Trail. There are also three schools along the street. But there’s nothing remarkable about it from the driver’s side window.

On Wednesday the Dallas City Council had a chance to do something about that. Something small; something simple. And it whiffed.

At the end of a long meeting, the council was given the opportunity to change the street’s name, from Maham to Esperanza, Spanish for hope. That is something the residents and property owners along and near Maham didn’t have for a very long time.

"The idea of hope, hope is here," said Watson, who took over as North Central Patrol Division’s commander four years ago. "And if you’ve got a little bit of hope, by God go get it."

The community asked for the name change, children loudest of all, when students and apartment residents voted last fall to rename the street. When some 600 ballots were tallied at a It’s My Park Day event last November, attended by hundreds and covered on the city’s own website, Esperanza won out over Harmony and Paz and two dozen other suggestions.

But on Wednesday the city council said no, not today. Maybe later. We’ll see.

Pam Garcia, at far left, and former assistant city attorney and community prosecutor Kelcy Ciluffo at last year’s Park Day event where it was announced Esperanza would replace Maham as the street name.

This request for a name change had, until Wednesday, sailed through Dallas City Hall with resounding OKs from city staff, the Subdivision Review Committee and the City Plan Commission. It was the result of more than two years’ worth of effort put in by people who live and work and own property along Maham, people who want to rid themselves of the moniker — "mayhem, a word with such negative connotations," said Pam Garcia, who manages a complex along Maham.

But Sandy Greyson, who reps far North Dallas, said she was against the name change because she believes Maham is named for a Dallas pioneer and doesn’t want to erase history from a street sign. Maybe. Maybe not. The street shows up in city directories dating back to the 1940s, but the city’s ace archivist, John Slate, told me Thursday that deep digging thus far reveals "there are not sufficient facts to confirm or refute any connection to a historical individual."

Greyson’s Oak Cliff colleague Scott Griggs asked for further research, and reminded the council they need 10 votes to change the name of historic thoroughfares. Used to be the City Council thought nothing of renaming streets for the dead and historic bridges for the living. But with the looming debate over renaming roadways for Confederate generals, perhaps the council’s feet are beginning to chill.

That wasn’t Greyson’s sole objection, though. "I don’t think the name of the street had anything to do with what goes on in that neighborhood," she said.

Do not tell that to the cops who patrol the area and spent years trying to connect with Spanish-speaking residents who were too scared to report crime. Or the kids who couldn’t play in the park.

There were countless people involved in the effort to reclaim the neighborhood and rename the street. Every person I spoke to about the effort — called, now, Esperanza Building Blocks and co-founded by Pam Garcia and fellow apartment manager Cynthia Salinas — gave a dozen other people credit. Among their ranks: area churches and nonprofits; the Richardson ISD school board, which voted to support the name change in March; owners of nearby convenience stores and motels; Chief Watson and his neighborhood patrol officers; former community prosecutor Kelsey Ciluffo; and North Dallas council representative Lee Kleinman.

It even garnered the attention of University of North Texas journalism student Rand Gowan, who documented in great detail the neighborhood makeover. He titled his online presentation From Mayhem to Hope.

"It really was a collaborative effort in this community," said Ciluffo, who’s now at Advocates for Community Transformation in West Dallas. "It was people interested in making a positive impact on those living and working in this community."

No one showed up Wednesday to fight the name change. Problem was, there no one was there to support it either, simply because no one was aware it was on the agenda. Kleinman was out of town and couldn’t make the case for Esperanza. But he thought it would sail through, and was furious to discover it has been sidelined till December 13.

"It’s what the community wants," he said Wednesday night. "It’s the real deal for a real reason. It should have been a good story."

And maybe it will be. If the grown-ups can just get out of the way.

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Labor Day Weekend Events: 3 Things To Do In Dallas

Labor Day Weekend Events: 3 Things To Do In Dallas

DALLAS, TX — Looking for a way to make the most of your Labor Day? We’ve got you covered. The Patch Calendar is chock full of awesome events happening around Dallas over the holiday weekend.

Crack up at a comedy show, decide whether wine or beer pairs better with cheese or feed a penguin at the Dallas World Aquarium!

After you’re done checking out these local Dallas events, learn how to post your own event to the Patch Calendar.

Laugh it up over Labor Day weekend with the whole family at Dallas Comedy House. The early show on Saturday evening has plenty of age-appropriate jokes (read: no bad language or overt sexual themes) that adults will enjoy as well. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.

Beer enthusiasts and amateur sommeliers will both enjoy this beverage showdown at Scardello Artisan Cheese. Attendees can sample different beers and wines in conjunction with cheese to determine which pairing is superior. Tickets are $40 per person and include five rounds of wine, beer and cheese to enjoy.

Bring the kids to the Dallas World Aquarium over the holiday weekend for an up-close-and-personal visit with their favorite aquatic creatures. The penguin feeding, which starts promptly at 4 p.m., is one of the most popular attractions at the aquarium. Why? The zookeepers are known for letting a couple of lucky youngsters feed these adorable Arctic animals themselves. Admission for adults is $21.95, and kids get in for $14.95.

Want to post your next neighborhood event on the Patch? We want you to, too! No matter how big or small it may be, if it’s local, it has a place on the Patch calendar.

Posting an event is as simple as 1, 2, 3. Here’s how to do it:

Create a Patch account and sign up to post your own local content on Patch, totally free. It’s probably the easiest thing you’ll do all day.Make a Calendar Event and fill it with all the awesome info that people need to add it to their list of things to do in their neighborhood. Choose a fun image to upload and – most importantly – have fun with it! It’s your event, and the possibilities are endless.Post it on Patch! That’s it. Get ready for RSVPs.

You can share your event for free to three Patches, or if you really want to get the community’s attention, you can pay $20 to feature your event. When an event is featured, it receives priority placement on the local calendar as well as on your Patch’s homepage, article pages and in the daily newsletter (if available) the week before the event.

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Texas Toddler Survives Fall down Well After Grandfather Jumps in After Boy

Texas Toddler Survives Fall down Well After Grandfather Jumps in After Boy

A toddler was rescued by his grandfather after falling 30 feet into a private well in the town of Van, fire officials say.

Firefighters were called to the property Saturday morning after a cover over the water well crumbled and the boy fell in, they said.

“Fortunately his grandfather was nearby,” the Van Fire Department says in a Facebook post. “This brave citizen went down into the well after the boy, and was able to get him out.”

Both the boy and his grandfather were safe and sound when rescue crews arrived.

While neither of them suffered any serious injuries, fire officials noted the danger of such heroics.

“Please don’t attempt self rescue,” the post adds. “Bad air, crumbling walls, and the inability to get out only compounds the difficulty for the rescuers if you add another victim.”

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Important Things to Consider When Moving to Dallas, Texas

Important Things to Consider When Moving to Dallas, Texas

Very few things in life are quite as exciting as moving to a new city. When you relocate, there are always new restaurants to try, new experiences to have, and new places to explore. Of course, you need to be sure that the area you are moving to is a good fit for your lifestyle and your personality. If you are going to be moving to Dallas, Texas in the near future, here are some of the most important things to consider before you move:

1. What neighborhood do you want to live in? With a population of more than a million people, Dallas is an extremely large city with a diverse range of neighborhoods. Try to familiarize yourself with the different parts of the city so that you can determine which area you want to live in. Don’t forget to check out crime statistics for each neighborhood and to look at information on the local schools if you have children who are going to be attending school in the area.

2. How much money can you afford to spend? Your budget will largely dictate where you can live within the city. Some areas are definitely more expensive than others. Setting a monthly housing budget ahead of time can help you choose an area to live that is affordable and that won’t strain your finances.

3. What types of activities do you enjoy? Ideally, you should look for a house or apartment that is located close to activities that you enjoy. For instance, if you love dining out, you may want to look for a place to live that is located near restaurants or cafés.

If you are moving to Dallas, Texas, you should spend some time thinking about the neighborhood where you want to live. Doing research ahead of time can help you find the best part of the city for your lifestyle and your budget.

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