Flights into Dallas halted after reports of smoke at FAA facility

Scott Mills finishes fueling up an American Airlines jet at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Grapevine, Texas.

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Flights into Dallas have been halted and departing flights are showing significant delays Wednesday afternoon due to the evacuation of a building housing air traffic controllers.

FAA spokeman Lynn Langford said air traffic controllers were forced to evacuate from the DFW Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON), which manages airspace across North Texas, due to reports of smoke, possibly due to nearby construction.

A ground stop has been issued to manage traffic. That means all inbound flights are being held at their originating airport. The ground stop currently runs through 2 p.m. Dallas time.

At Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, a major hub for American Airlines, the FAA is reporting departure delays of at least an hour and says the delays are increasing.

At Dallas Love Field, home to Southwest Airlines, Southwest says some arriving and departing flights have been diverted or cancelled. Travelers are encouraged to check their flight status before heading to the airport.

Langford said the facility that was evacuated was a radar room. The two control towers at DFW are still staffed and operational. Under the FAA’s contingency plan, controllers from the radar room are relocating to the control towers at DFW to resume limited service in the affected airspace for both DFW and Dallas Love Field.

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How to Manage Environmental Risks at Commercial Real Estate Properties

Legionella, mold and vapor intrusion are among potential environmental problems commercial real estate owners should try to plan for and prevent.

Whether directly or vicariously, real estate companies face a wide range of pollution liability exposures. From legionella to mold to vapor intrusion, there is no shortage of environmental hazards that can cause death, serious bodily injury, property damage or diminution in value (DIV), and create costly liability claims.

Real estate companies are frequently held liable for historical contamination they did not create or knew little about. To manage these various exposures, which can be financially devastating, property managers and owners need a solid understanding of environmental exposures, including regulatory standards. They should also work with experts to develop a comprehensive environmental risk management plan that addresses potential liabilities and claim drivers.

When evaluating your organization’s environmental risk readiness, consider the following:

Environmental insurance market challenges

Due to the potential for large losses, general liability insurers tend to stay away from environmental risks. While many commercial

general liability (CGL) and property policies contain an absolute pollution exclusion, this often creates gaps in coverage for real estate companies.

Fortunately, the environmental insurance market, which is made of specialty underwriters, remains very dynamic. There are many environmental insurance policies currently on the market offering site-specific pollution coverage with a wide range of terms and conditions. Underwriters generally have a lower risk tolerance for habitational exposures, compared to commercial risks, and will conduct due diligence on individual properties to understand any new or historical exposures.

Common environmental exposures and risk mitigation considerations


Even though most pollution policies cover legionella as a “pollutant,” increased claims have led to greater underwriting scrutiny of potential risk. General liability insurance policies may have pollution and/or bacteria or viral agent exclusions.

Locations with water features, such as indoor spas, swimming pools, hot tubs, fountains, humidifiers and cooling towers, have a higher risk for legionella. While many legionella outbreak settlements have been kept confidential, recent class action lawsuits have sought compensatory and punitive damages between $190 million and $600 million. In 2015, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the disease is fatal for one in 10 victims, which increases to one in four for healthcare facilities.

Companies can create a formal risk management plan for legionella that can be used to structure meaningful insurance protection against this exposure and greatly reduce the risk.

MoldMold can cause health problems that range from allergic reactions and irritations to potentially toxic effects, and it can be expensive to clean up. Mycotoxin producing mold can have a much greater health impact on individuals that are young, elderly and those with impaired immune systems.

Due to high claim volumes, underwriting of mold has become more stringent, with potential coverage limitations in the form of specialized exclusions, due diligence requirements or conditions precedent to coverage. The average cost of mold remediation is between $2,000 and $6,000 per room, but can climb to as high as $20,000 if there is complete replacement of drywall, wood, carpeting and furnishings.

To minimize mold exposure, real estate companies must be prepared to create a properly developed, formal, written Water Intrusion, Mold & Moisture Management Plan (WIMMP), which must include managing atmospheric moisture (DP/RH) in indoor air. Building a formal WIMMP will support the development of a meaningful insurance program design that will minimize the risk for the property owner and/or manager.

Vapor intrusionVapor intrusion can occur when chemicals, mostly volatile organic compounds (VOCs), or petroleum products, are spilled on the ground or leak from an underground storage tank. VOCs can migrate through soil and geologic structures, ultimately entering the groundwater. As they volatize, they enter the indoor building environment, putting the occupants at risk of chronic long-term, low-dose exposures.

The first step to mitigating vapor intrusion is identifying whether potential conditions for vapor intrusion exists on a specific site. This can be done through a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA), which may need to be followed by a Phase II ESA to fully assess the potential impact to the indoor building environment and occupants. Once the potential is affirmed, a vapor mitigation system and/or remediation may be required.

Urban fill

Urban fill has been found to contain toxicants (VOC’s, Heavy Metals, etc.), and depending on the exposure dose, these potentially harmful materials can cause bodily injury or property damage. The presence of these substances can lead to expensive claims, unexpected cleanup costs and construction delays.

Meanwhile, pollution insurance coverage for urban fill is limited because of its unpredictable, often uncharacterized nature. There are several ways to mitigate exposure from urban fill, such as ESAs, soil management and worker safety plans, and utilizing government programs like Brownfields.

Partnering with knowledgeable experts

To illustrate the importance of having an environmental risk management plan in place, consider a real estate developer active in the demolition of old industrial properties and development of new multi-use buildings. After partnering with a team of environmental risk management professionals to evaluate a newly acquired development site, the team determined that remediation was needed for vapor intrusion due to past usage of chemicals on the site. Once the remediation was completed, the team was able to secure pollution coverage for the potential vapor intrusion liability cost of $2.5 million.

By partnering with an experienced environmental risk management and mitigation assessment team prior to the acquisition of a property, real estate companies can effectively augment existing maintenance or due diligence programs in advance, review and improve insurance requirements for newly hired contractors or consultants in accordance with regulatory standards and help to implement a customized environmental risk management plan.

Gregg Roberts serves a senior vice president and national managing director for USI’s environmental risk mitigation group, based in Houston, Texas. He can be reached at

Brian Dove is the national real estate practice leader at USI Insurance Services, based in Dallas, Texas. He can be reached at


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NAPA Ventures Exits Four Apartment Complexes In Dallas – Fort Worth Metroplex Yielding Higher Than Projected Returns

DALLAS, Jan. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — NAPA Ventures LLC an Austin, TX based multifamily and commercial real estate investment company co-founded by Shravan Parsi and Glenn Gonzales, announces the sale of four of their assets – Westwood Apartments, Ravenwood Apartments, Oates Creek Apartments and Brandon Mill Apartments.

Combined these units make up roughly 700 of NAPA’s nearly 4000-unit portfolio. These four assets are the latest dispositions done by the real estate investment firm.

"As simple as it sounds, we executed our business plan and sold the assets," said Glenn Gonzales, Co-CEO of NAPA. "A hot Dallas market coupled with years of experience has led us to great success here."

DFW is one of the top performing metro economies in the USA. NAPA off market portfolio acquisition put NAPA Ventures on the national scene in 2016 with the acquisition of eight off market deals all closed in nine months’ time.

NAPA is now reaping the rewards of its hard work in 2015-2017 as they leveraged relationships to purchase an eight property portfolio off market in the DFW MSA. After renovating the properties and implementing a precise value add business plan, the CEO duo decided it was time to sell some of its assets.

NAPA’s business plan going in was to renovate the exterior of buildings and interior units of each property to increase profitability and provide a great living experience for its residents. These updates include a tremendous improvement to amenities, makeover of landscaping, parking lots, exterior paint and upgrading the exterior lighting. Interior unit renovations include: upgrades to countertops, cabinets, floors, two-tone paint, and trendsetting black appliances.

"We do three things very well – we find value where others can’t, fix things that are broken and make our equity partner(s) happy. That is what we did here," said Shravan Parsi, Co-CEO of NAPA. "NAPA planned to exit (Ravenwood, Oates Creek, Brandon Mill and Westwood) in three to five years from acquisition, however, we exceeded our three-year projected returns and exited the deal with much higher multiples and IRRs."

Parsi added, "Ideas are great, but execution is everything: that’s exactly what NAPA did, right from acquiring the deals below the market value to implementing a capital improvements program on-time and capturing the value by bringing rents to market comparables."

With the disposition of Ravenwood, Oates Creek, Brandon Mill and Westwood, NAPA is set to sell its 650-unit Montecito Creek Apartment Homes in Mesquite, TX and its 159-unit Pleasant Creek Apartments in Lancaster, TX in Q1 2019.

NAPA has a strong pipeline of Multifamily & CRE deals with planned off-market acquisitions in all the major markets of Texas.

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New Dallas Listing Features Sleek Design, Modern Finishes

DALLAS, TX — Take a stroll to the Lake Highlands Town Center and the Watercrest Park from this stunning 4,122 square foot home in North Dallas. The home has a comfortable backyard with swimming pool and hot tub. Learn more about the listing below.

Price: $689,000 Square Feet: 4,122 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 full and 1 half baths Built: 1993 Features: GORGEOUS one-owner Lake Highlands GEM located in prestigious Merriman Park Estates! Location, location, location – this beautiful 4 bed, 3 bath stunner with two living areas and maximum curb appeal is just walking distance from the new Lake Highlands Town Center.

This listing originally appeared on For more information and photos, click here.

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Time Brokerage Turns To Sale Of Dallas AM


BUSTOS MEDIA HOLDINGS, LLC is selling Chinese KTXV-A (CHINA RADIO INTERNATIONAL/CHINA PLUS)/MABANK-DALLAS, TX to JAMES SU’s DALLAS MAJOR RADIO LLC for $1.8 million plus an existing time brokerage agreement; monthly brokerage payments of $25,000 under the TBA are being credited against the purchase, totaling $1.7 million, as is $100,000 from an option agreement from 2012.

In other filings with the FCC, applying for STAs were iHEARTMEDIA’s AMFM TEXAS LICENSES LLC and CAPSTAR TX, LLC as debtors-in-possession (KBKS-F/TACOMA and KJAQ and KZOK-F/SEATTLE, operation from auxiliary site due to antenna system failure) and CLARO COMMUNICATIONS LTD. (KBRN-A/BOERNE, TX, continued operation despite license cancellation; licensee contends that it never received notice of cancellation of license and has applied for reconsideration and reinstatement).

Requesting extensions of Silent STAs were TWIN CITY BAPTIST TEMPLE (WCMX-A/LEOMINSTER, MA, water damage); MOREHEAD STATE UNIVERSITY/WMKY (W202BH/INEZ, KY, power surge); ROCKET RADIO CORPORATION (K246CH/TUBA CITY, AZ, interference issues and awaiting approval of applications for modified facilities); and AVAILABLE MEDIA, INC. (KNIZ/GALLUP, NM, financial and technical difficulties).

KENT D. SMITH’s DARBY ADVERTISING, INC. has closed on the sale of Classic Hits WUPN (EAGLE 95.1)/PARADISE, MI and booster WUPN-FM1/SAULT STE. MARIE, MI to TIMOTHY S. ELLIS’ TSE BROADCASTING LLC for $296,000.

DAVID L. SMITH has closed on the sale of Hot AC WMJT (96.7 FLASH FM)/MCMILLAN, MI to TRAVIS SUMBERA’s TWO HEARTED MEDIA, LLC for $100,000

SNAKE RIVER RADIO LLC has closed on the sale of K261DB/ST. ANTHONY, ID to FRANDSEN MEDIA COMPANY, LLC for $35,000. The primary station will be SANDHILL RADIO Classic Hits KQEO (ARROW 107.1)/IDAHO FALLS.

TRAVIS MARINER has closed on the transfer of his 100% interest in FORUM BROADCASTING, INC., licensee of News-Talk KDRN-A and Country KDLK-F/DEL RIO, TX, to LARRY MARINER for release of an APRIL 1, 2017 note.

And WALKER BROADCASTING & COMMUNICATIONS, LTD. has closed on the sale of Country KJDL-A and K254CI/LUBBOCK, TX to FLORES COMMUNICATIONS, LLC for $140,000 ($84.500 for the license and assets, $55,500 for Management Lease Agreement fulfillment).

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The CMI Group Hosts Game Drive to Benefit Ronald McDonald House of Dallas

CARROLLTON, Texas — During May 2018, The CMI Group (CMI) conducted a game drive to raise donations for Ronald McDonald House of Dallas.

The CMI Group and its employees donated over 50 board games, card games, and puzzles for the children and families at Ronald McDonald House and for their family rooms in various local hospitals. CMI is gratified to be able to provide a means to allow the children and their families served by Ronald McDonald House of Dallas to enjoy fun pastimes together during their hospital stays.

About Ronald McDonald House of Dallas

In an effort to lessen the burden, reduce stress, keep the family intact, and enhance the quality of life for these families, Ronald McDonald House of Dallas provides temporary housing in a caring home-like atmosphere. Ronald McDonald House program was built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on healing their child – not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal, or where they will lay their head at night to rest. Ronald McDonald House of Dallas is keeping families together, inspiring strength, and giving love and support to families whose children are receiving essential medical care. For more information, visit

About The CMI Group

Founded in 1985, CMI is a full-service receivable management firm providing leading-edge solutions to customers nationwide. Through its subsidiaries, CMI delivers innovative first-and third-party revenue cycle, accounts receivable management, and BPO solutions resulting in enhanced operational efficiency and increased revenue for its customers. Serving a multitude of industries, CMI has headquarters in Carrollton, TX, with satellite offices in Dallas and Rochester, MN. For more information, visit

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Second transgender woman found dead in Dallas in same week

The Dallas Police Department is working to identify the body of a transgender female found floating in the water at White Rock Creek in Texas Saturday.

The victim, found dead by a kayaker, is the second trans woman to die unexpectedly this week, according to the Dallas Police Department.

Dallas Police say a body recovered May 12, 2018 in White Rock Creek belongs to an unidentified transgender female, the second trans woman to die unexpectedly in Dallas the past week. (CBS DFW via Facebook)

The case is classified as an "unexplained death pending a cause of death determination" from the Dallas Medical Examiner’s office, according to police.

Police found 26-year-old Carla Patricia Flores-Pavon unconscious in her apartment May 9, 2018 in the 6100 block of Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway, and she was pronounced dead at a local hospital. (Facebook)

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These Hospitals In Texas Among Nation’s Greatest

A new report says six hospitals in Texas are among the greatest in the nation. Becker’s Healthcare, which publishes business and legal information for the healthcare industry, released its annual "100 great hospitals in America" list Wednesday.

Below are the six Texas hospitals that made the list:

Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center (Houston)

The 850-bed Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center sits on the campus of the largest medical complex in the world: Texas Medical Center. The hospital earned its second consecutive Healthgrades General Surgery Excellence Award in 2018 in addition to Healthgrades’ 2018 Stroke Care Excellence Award. Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a top performer in two adult specialties — cardiology and neurology — in the publication’s 2017-18 rankings.

Baylor University Medical Center (Dallas)

Baylor University Medical Center got its start with 25 beds in 1903 and has since grown into a facility with 914 licensed beds and more than 1,200 physicians who provide care to more than 300,000 people annually. The medical center is the flagship hospital for Baylor Scott & White Health-North Texas health system and was the first hospital of the Baylor Health Care System. U.S. News & World Report named it the No. 3 hospital in Texas in its 2017-18 rankings.

Houston Methodist Hospital

A nonprofit healthcare organization, Houston Methodist Hospital is affiliated with the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, as well as Weill Cornell Medicine, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and other academic centers. Houston Methodist is the flagship hospital of the eight-hospital Houston Methodist system, housing 907 operating room beds and 78 operating rooms. In 2017, the hospital received a $101 million donation from Rusty and Paula Walter, the largest philanthropic gift in its history; the money will go toward the hospital’s neuroscience research. Houston Methodist is ranked No. 1 among Texas hospitals and has eight adult specialties ranked nationally by U.S. News & World Report for 2017-18.

Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (Houston)

Founded in 1925, this academic medical center is one of only two level 1 trauma centers serving the greater Houston area. In 2014, UHC recognized Texas Medical Center among the top-performing AMCs in the nation in quality and accountability. More recently, CareChex ranked Memorial Hermann the No. 1 health system for overall hospital care in 2018. Texas Medical Center is the primary teaching hospital for The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School. The medical center is well-known for its Heart & Vascular Institute, which has been recognized by the American Heart Association for achievements in quality and safety.

UT Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas)

UT Southwestern Medical Center, which includes the 460-bed William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital and the 152-bed Zale Lipshy University Hospital, is the only academic medical center in north Texas. UT Southwestern Medical Center employs nearly 2,800 physicians, researchers and support staff across 70 different specialties. These physicians take care of more than 2.2 million outpatients and 100,000 inpatients annually. In 2016, UT Southwestern Medical Center was recognized by Press Ganey among the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide on quality measures. In 2017-18, UT Southwestern Medical Center earned the No. 2 spot in Texas on U.S. News & World Report’s rankings.

Texas Children’s Hospital (Houston)

Since breaking ground in 1951, Texas Children’s Hospital has grown to more than 5 million square feet, encompassing a pediatric research center and a comprehensive obstetrics and gynecology facility focused on high-risk births. In 1996, the teaching hospital founded Texas Children’s Health Plan, which was the nation’s first HMO for children. Today, Texas Children’s Hospital ranks No. 4 on U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-18 list of best children’s hospitals in the nation.

The group says the hospitals that made the list have received national recognition for excellence in clinical care, patient outcomes and staff and doctor satisfaction. The list is in alphabetical order and are not to be taken as rankings.

"These institutions are industry leaders that have achieved advanced accreditation and certification in several specialties," the group said on its website. "The list also includes industry innovators that have sparked trends in healthcare technology, hospital management and patient satisfaction."

Becker’s Healthcare has a portfolio that includes trade publications, such as the magazine Becker’s Hospital Review.

The hospital list is based on the group’s analysis of ranking and awards agencies, including the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings, star ratings from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, letter grades from The Leapfrog Group and Truven Health Analytics.

Becker’s also sought nominations for the list.

Patch reporter Dan Hampton contributed to this report.

Photo credit: Shutterstock

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HFF Announces $23.3 Million Financing For 2-Property Hotel Near Dallas-Fort Worth

DALLAS, TX—Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. (HFF) announces the $23.375 million acquisition financing for a two-property hotel portfolio totaling 190 rooms in Grapevine, Texas, near the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

Working on behalf of the borrower, Dallas-based Atlantic Hotels Group, the HFF team placed the three-year, fixed-rate loan with two one-year extensions with a subsidiary of Resource Capital Corp. Loan proceeds were used to acquire the portfolio.

The portfolio comprises the 94-room Hampton Inn & Suites Dallas-DFW Airport North-Grapevine at 1750 TX-121 and the 96-room Comfort Suites DFW Airport North Grapevine at 1805 Enchanted Way. The portfolio properties are located at the entrance to the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and at the intersection of TX-121 and Interstate 635, which provides access to the entire DFW metro area. The Hampton Inn & Suites was completed in 2000 and features a business center, meeting rooms, breakfast area, fitness room and pool. Completed in 2005, the Comfort Suites features an outdoor pool, whirlpool, hot breakfast, meeting spaces, fitness center, guest laundry and business services. Both five-story hotels received recent renovations and upgrades.

The HFF debt placement team representing the borrower included senior director Pete Fehlman.

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Affluent Suburban Plano Votes on Recalling a Bigot. Dallas Black Leaders Defend Segregation.

Harry LaRosiliere, mayor of Plano, is a walking emblem of the reversal that makes Plano a new battlefield for diversity and tolerance while black leaders in Dallas defend segregation and patronage.

On Monday, the Plano city secretary certified enough of the 4,400 signatures on a petition to require a special election to recall (or not) Plano City Council Member Tom Harrison, accused of making multiple public Islamophobic statements online. Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere called Harrison’s actions “an utter embarrassment to our city.”

Plano 40 years ago was typical of the little burned-out cotton towns north of Dallas that were still occupied mostly by old-time small-town and country white folks. People in Plano back then were uncomfortable with anybody who wasn’t a cousin, let alone not of the same color.

LaRosiliere is the perfect emblem for the way decades of raging growth and development have changed the human face of Plano. A successful wealth management adviser, LaRosiliere was born in Haiti. He is the product of Catholic schools in Harlem and is a graduate of City College in New York with postgraduate degrees from Bryn Mawr and the University of Chicago.

According to the U.S. census 2012-16 American Community Survey, Plano is whiter than Dallas — 67.8 percent versus 61 percent. It is more affluent, with an average personal income of $43,296 and an average home value of $291,100 versus an average income of $30,739 and home value of $157,100 in Dallas. At 19.9 percent, Dallas’ poverty rate is almost three times Plano’s rate of 6.7 percent.

From there, old paradigms begin to erode and fracture. Dallas may be diverse in whole numbers, but its residents remain harshly segregated. (See Stephen Young’s story yesterday on the new study from the Communities Foundation of Texas and the Center for Public Policy Priorities.)

Plano, on the other hand, is home to an ethnic diversity that is moderated by economic parity — people of different ethnic and national origins who share a fairly narrow economic band at the upper-middle to upper end of the scale. Plano’s nonwhite population is heavily influenced by upwardly mobile immigrants. Its second-largest ethnic group is Asian, at 19.1 percent, made up mainly of Asian Indians and Chinese people.

Council member Harrison, target of the recall election, reposted a video showing girls in school wearing hijab head-coverings. A caption in the video said, “Share if you think Trump should ban Islam in American schools.” When people objected to his repost, he deleted the video from his Facebook page.

I’m not really here to mediate the issues of racism and Islamophobia in Harrison’s repost, even though bigotry clearly is the core question. But I think the good people of Plano are going to be able to figure out the bigotry thing just fine on their own without pointers from a guy in Dallas. And please forgive me if you think my focus is a little arcane, if not maybe even dilettantish.

What intrigues me personally is the economic and geographical migration of the quest for tolerance. Forty years ago, the assumption of liberals and conservatives alike was that tolerance and assimilation were going to be black and brown inner-city causes, and that the exurbs were destined to become fortified plague castles harboring white people seeking refuge from those causes. But that world, even if it existed only in fever dreams, has been turned topsy-turvy.

Look at Dallas. A new regime in the professional staff at Dallas City Hall, most recruited fairly recently from around the country by a new city manager, is offering the City Council a housing policy designed to achieve true racial and economic integration. At a meeting at City Hall last week, some of the Dallas black community’s most tenured and respected leaders harshly denounced that plan.

The new plan devised under City Manager T.C. Broadnax seeks to reverse a longstanding city policy of funneling public housing dollars into already segregated neighborhoods, for two main reasons. That policy, heavily funded by federal grants, conflicts with federal law and court rulings saying that putting more public housing into already segregated areas does not accomplish the goal of decreasing segregation.

More pointedly, the new policy observes that the old one never got much done. Even if the only criterion were counting the number of houses built for the money, the old scheme produced pitifully few housing units and a great wealth of excuses.

The old scheme did, however, provide a steady income stream for community housing nonprofits run by the old minority leadership. In the name of social justice, the new plan contemplates cutting off that gravy train and redirecting federal grant money to larger, more efficient entities.

Then there is the real knife in the back, as far as traditional black leadership in southern Dallas is concerned. The new housing plan intends to locate new housing in so-called “areas of opportunity,” in keeping with federal law and the courts. The South Dallas community leaders, not inaccurately, are reading that term, area of opportunity, as meaning white and north.

Whether city officials ever will be able to overcome NIMBY resistance enough to carry off that goal, southern Dallas leaders view it as an assault on their community and political base, not to mention the patronage money.

Everybody is welcome to jump on that one with both boots according to everybody’s personal predilections. I assume lots of white folks and maybe some upwardly mobile black people will start cranking away about poverty pimps. And, sure, I get that.

But the kind of southern Dallas leaders I heard at the City Hall meeting last week included people like former Dallas City Council member Diane Ragsdale, who has poured her entire life since high school into her community. She is in the crosshairs of a federal probe right now for activities of the housing nonprofit she runs, including giving away a federally funded house for free. That’s not cool. But the investigation is going on that one, and we need to know more before judging.

In the meantime, I think it’s fair to assume that when Ragsdale speaks, she channels the sincere and heartfelt sentiment of the community she has represented all these long decades. I tried to crane and see but was blocked at the last minute from observing the facial expression of the city staffer most responsible for the new housing policy, herself a minority recently arrived from another city, when Ragsdale spoke.

Ragsdale delivered the head-spinning argument that desegregation is the same thing, in the end, as segregation: “It’s important to realize that poor people should not have to move to upper-middle-class white neighborhoods in order to enjoy a decent standard of living,” she said. “So there is a responsibility to the neighborhoods where we have a concentration of poor people and minority people.”

Using the time-honored terminology of the civil rights movement, Ragsdale accused city staff of pushing the southern Dallas black community out of southern Dallas against its will to achieve a social goal that Ragsdale clearly does not consider valuable — not valuable enough to make people move.

In 2015, Ahmed Mohamed, known as "Clock Boy," and his family became the confident new faces of suburban Irving.

“We have been victims of private redlining and public redlining,” she said. “We should not have to be force-moved once again to enjoy a decent standard of living.”

Of course, nobody will really have to move under the new policy. People in southern Dallas simply will have more opportunities to move north.

I don’t know if the new city staff saw that one coming. Any longtime observer could have warned them that integration has always been a dirty word in South Dallas. It’s one of the qualities that make Dallas unique, and who is to say that uniqueness is automatically a bad thing? It is what it is.

In the meantime, however, the entire direction of social change in the suburbs is almost 180 degrees from South Dallas. I first started seeing it three years ago during the "Clock Boy" blow-up in Irving.

Former Mayor Beth Van Duyne, an early Trump supporter, defended school officials for kicking a Muslim boy out of school. They assumed the kid’s science project, a clock, was some kind of improvised explosive device because, you know, Muslim.

One of the people I spoke to in Irving who was most outspoken in defending tolerance and diversity was a way-back white-guy inhabitant, John Danish, a lawyer who had been on the Irving City Council for years and was a former chairman of the board of Dallas Area Rapid Transit. Danish directed me to a new subdivision in Irving where all of the streets were named for famous places in the Middle East.

He went on and on about his Korean and Mexican clients who were hugely successful entrepreneurs. He was aghast that bigots like Van Duyne were insulting this new population of people, whom Danish considered so extremely valuable to his city.

That’s a big part of it. It’s easy for rich people to like rich people. Even the affluent people who pity the poor tend not to want them next door. Ragsdale knows that and doesn’t want her people to have to live next door to people who don’t want them there. That has always been a big part of South Dallas.

This fact remains: The most interesting fight for tolerance in our region right now is the recall campaign in Plano. The most outspoken champions of racial segregation right now are Ragsdale and the leadership of southern Dallas. Just sayin’.

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