Month: April 2018

Tests find asbestos throughout shuttered apartment complex

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) – Testing has found that there’s asbestos nearly everywhere in an abandoned Alamogordo apartment complex, a finding that complicates the city’s desire to demolish the dilapidated property. The Alamogordo Daily News reports that City Manager Maggie Paluch says the contractor found asbestos in the Sahara Apartments’ flooring, exterior plaster, window glazing and …

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Dallas area high school students, tell us why Friday’s walkout on Columbine anniversary matters to you

TNS A student-led movement has kept the focus on the gun control debate following the February killing of 17 people at a Florida high school. Just last month, thousands marched through downtown Dallas and in Fort Worth calling for change. The Dallas Morning News would like to hear directly from students who are participating as …

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Why some southern Dallas groups are fighting City Hall’s big affordable housing plan

Staff Photographer CLARIFICATION, 4:48 p.m. Wednesday, April 11: This story has been updated to clarify that developer Yigal Lelah did not declare personal bankruptcy but signed the bankruptcy filing of his company, Sapphire Road Development, LLC. Anna Hill has spent years fighting decline and despair in her Dolphin Heights neighborhood. Now, she said, City Hall …

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Apartment rents increase dramatically in 2 Dallas-Fort Worth cities

Dallas’ median two-bedroom rent is below the national average. Photo courtesy of Abodo Across the Dallas-Fort Worth area, apartment rents are going up, with Arlington and Mesquite seeing price hikes of least 5 percent from 2017 to 2018, a new report shows. Meanwhile, Plano had the highest DFW apartment rents in March, whereas Dallas had …

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Why artist housing is just another kind of affordable housing

The brightly colored pinatas in Dallas’s Oak Cliff neighborhood, known as the Casita Triste, or “sad little houses,” would be more playful if their aim wasn’t so serious. The cartoonish papier-mache dwellings are the work of local artist Giovanni Valderas. And—complete with googly eyes, stunned expressions, and lanky legs—they make a statement about how rising …

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