Alleged Murder Suspect - Oak Cliff Hairdresser Captured in LA

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Rachel Stone - Oak Cliff Advocate 

The man accused of posing as Oak Cliff neighbor Ron Shumway, whose body was found entombed in concrete in the back yard of his home on Winnetka, has been captured.

U.S. Marshals in Los Angeles arrested Christopher Brian Colbert, 43, and he is awaiting extradition to Dallas on three fraud-related charges: tampering with governmental record, securing executing of document by deception and money laundering.

After police announced in October that Shumway had been missing since April, real estate documents revealed that his house had sold in June. Police say Colbert posed as Shumway to sell the house and that he assumed Shumway’s identity to retrieve funds from the sale from a bank account Shumway owned.

Shumway’s body was discovered by a home investor in September.
The Dallas Voice identified Colbert, who also was known as Christian, as a former photojournalist for that publication. Colbert also was a hairstylist who invented a product to prevent bleach and hair dye from ruining a makeup job, according to the Voice story.


Mayor Mike Rawlings Calls Dallas Wave a Mistake

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Robert Wilonsky - Dallas Morning News

Even Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings has called the Dallas Wave a “mistake,” echoing earlier comments from City Manager A.C. Gonzalez. Rawlings said he would vote for its removal unless repair costs came in at considerably less expense.

City officials have insisted for weeks that they don’t know what any option will cost. But Willis Winters, Park and Recreation director, said it could run as much as $3 million — or more — to remove the Dallas Wave, and that it could be less expensive to repair than to remove the feature.

The RFQ suggests it could — or should — cost half that much in a previously unmentioned estimate.

“The estimate for the partial or complete removal of the existing structures or bypass channel modifications is approximately $1,500,000 to $3,000,000,” says the document, “but it is the objective of the City of Dallas to meet the requirements of the project in the most cost-effective manner.”

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Adamson in the Running for New Magnet School

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Robert Wilonsky - Dallas Morning News

School board president Eric Cowan agrees: Downtown’s an option. But only an option.

So, too, he said, is the old Adamson High School campus on Ninth Street and Beckley Avenue in Oak Cliff, which closed four years ago when students were moved into the $48 million replacement across the street. DISD had once hoped to raze the century-old campus.

But the school board recently set aside $10 million in the 2015 bond program for a transformation school, which would operate like a magnet but without the academic entry requirements. And Cowan, pointing to North Oak Cliff redevelopment, has long eyed Adamson as a potential site for one of those campuses.

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March Board of Directors Speaker

 

Our March speaker at our regular Board of Director's meeting will be Rick Loessberg with the Dallas County Trail and Preserve Program.  

Dallas County currently has contains twenty-one preserves and 3,366 acres located throughout the County and over 100 miles of hard surface trails.  Find more information about the Trail Program here and the Preserve Program here.

Our meeting will be March 14th at La Calle Doce at 7:00 pm.

$353,000 in repairs to begin at Kidd Springs Park

 

By Rachel Stone at the Advocate

Construction on two major repair projects totaling about $353,000 are expected to begin soon at Kidd Springs Park.

The two projects will repair an enormous underground culvert, bring the dam up to Texas Commission on Environmental Quality standards and improve the shoreline around the pond.

The most expensive piece is repairing the giant culvert, which will cost $208,000, from 2006 bond funds.

There is limestone about 4-5 feet beneath the soil at Kidd Springs. Many decades ago, a drainage culvert 8 feet wide and 6 feet deep was cut into the limestone, and the culvert was capped with a 4-foot concrete arch. The City of Dallas discovered a few years ago that part of the arch had collapsed, and further investigation found that parts of the limestone walls had eroded.

That’s when the city erected that unsightly chain-link fencing just west of the pool; it’s been there for three years now as a precaution against potential sinkholes. But it will be removed later this year if all goes as planned. Work is expected to begin this month, and it could be completed in October.

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Why Historic Preservation Districts Are Crucial to Cities

 

All across America, from Cleveland and Buffalo to Portland and Pittsburgh, people from all walks of life—led by the young, diverse, millennial generation—are choosing to live, work, and play in historic neighborhoods. When asked why they moved to these areas, residents often talk about the desire to live somewhere distinctive, to be some place rather than no place. They want things like windows that open, exposed brick, and walkable communities, and continually use words like “charm” and “authenticity” to describe what they are looking for. In short, many Americans today want their homes and workplaces to be unique and distinctive—exactly the kind of distinctiveness, character, and sense of place that historic preservation districts provide.

Indeed, historic preservation districts provide benefits to people, whether or not they actually own a home in them. In New York’s Lower East Side, for example, millions of people visit annually to experience a remarkably intact 19th century tenement neighborhood. In Chicago, the annual Historic Pullman Community house tour is among the most popular residential house tours in Illinois, providing a glimpse into the lives of workers in George Pullman’s planned community. These places and thousands of others—from the Milwaukee Avenue Historic District in Minneapolis, to the Harvard-Belmont Historic District in Seattle—provide more than just housing for current residents. They also serve as living history lessons, and tangible reminders of a city’s past. They connect us across time to those who came before us.

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