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Over 30 Live Oak Trees Were ‘Hacked’ in North Dallas and People Aren’t Happy

People are outraged after a developer cut off the tops of over 30 live oak trees along Forest Lane in North Dallas this week.

The trees, with foliage that had been visible from Interstate 635 near Josey Lane, were chopped down to their limbs by the property owner, who bought the lot from the neighboring Home Depot, according to city council member Jennifer Staubach Gates.

She drove by the property herself on Friday to see the damage to the trees, which are on the city’s protected list.

“I was appalled. It was horrific,” she said. “There is no arborist on the planet who would recognize that kind of butchering.”

Steve Houser, a local arborist and former chair of the City of Dallas Urban Forest Advisory Committee, agrees and said the way the trees were cut will likely kill them.

“Professional arborists do not top trees like this,” he said. “This is a huge loss for the area.”

He suspects that the motive behind cutting back the trees was to increase visibility of the building from the road while avoiding a tree removal permit and accompanying mitigation fees with the city.

David Cossum, director of Sustainable Development and Construction for the City of Dallas, said the owner of the property, Platinum Construction based in Fate, did not file a tree removal permit with the city.

The company could not be reached for comment on Friday.

The city has not issued a citation, Cossum said, but an investigation is underway to determine if a removal permit should have been filed.

“It’s pretty self-evident that they should be classified as having been removed,” he said of the live oak trees.

“It’s shocking,” said Cindy Beatty who lives down the road from the property. “I just think it’s disgraceful.”

Beatty was was shopping at the Home Depot on Friday when she said she saw the hacked trees. Employees at the store told her the developer is getting ready to build a storage unit facility on the property and wanted the building to be visible from the highway.

“I just hate to see trees destroyed to put up a storage facility,” she said.

The city said the investigation should be concluded by next week, but Houser said regardless of the outcome, the damage has already been done.

“It’s very unfortunate,” he said. “Trees like this clean your air, water, soil and they just improve overall quality of life. Damage like this will kill a tree, and Dallas doesn’t have enough trees as it is.”

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Dallas Cowboys: Is Ryan Switzer the New Cole Beasley?

It’s been nearly two months since Tony Romo announced his retirement, but the Dallas Cowboys still haven’t made a clean break with the four-time Pro Bowl quarterback.

Romo’s locker remains unoccupied, and no one on the current roster is wearing his old No. 9, according to ESPN. The 37-year-old has yet to file his retirement paperwork and hasn’t completely shut the door on a possible comeback, telling reporters in April that he’s 99 percent sure he won’t return for another season.

The Cowboys effectively ended the Romo era in Dallas last season, when rookie Dak Prescott was named the starter early in the year to replace the injured veteran and then Prescott’s role became permanent late in the season. The team was expected to trade Romo in the offseason, but he abruptly called it a career in April.

Could the Cowboys be planning to retire Romo’s number, joining Don Meredith, Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman as the only quarterbacks in franchise history to have that honor?

Romo will most likely lose his locker before seeing another player don No. 9. Head coach Jason Garrett has placed team leaders at different corners of the locker room, a location Romo’s locker currently occupies.

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Southern Dallas Is Growing Faster Than North Dallas, But Still Isn’t Caught Up

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings says progress is being made in revitalizing southern Dallas. He credits his GrowSouth initiative in helping stimulate investment and development in communities south of Interstate 30 and the Trinity River. Still, the area faces many challenges.

The big takeaway from the 2017 GrowSouth annual progress report: Southern Dallas is growing — and at a faster rate than North Dallas. Since 2011, when the initiative launched, the tax base growth in southern Dallas has been about 25 percent – about double the growth happening in the northern part of the city.

“Long story short, if you had invested $100 in North Dallas versus southern Dallas, you would’ve made more money in southern Dallas,” Rawlings said. “We have never seen this type of growth.”

Along with the area’s overall improvements between 2012 and 2016, southern Dallas has seen an uptick in population, lower property crime and a higher high school graduation rate – nearly 11 percent higher. Property values also increased by more than 40 percent. Per capita income is up and unemployment is down.

Rawlings said the city is trying to attract more jobs to the area by encouraging investment from companies like Uber – which has hired more than 2,500 people in southern Dallas. Starbucks announced this week it will be opening a store next to Red Bird Mall to help revitalize the area and provide more jobs for young people.

There’s still more work to do

Public school enrollment is down slightly, aggravated assaults are up, and not enough has been done to attract larger retailers to the area.

“We have to work harder, faster, quicker to catch up to North Dallas, and I think we are. I think we have that sense of urgency but we need to keep that intensity going,” he said.

Rawlings said the plan is to push more public-private partnerships and integrate GrowSouth into the city’s daily operations. He’s looping in Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax, who will take the initiative beyond the mayor’s office.

“I’m committed to building upon the rich history of southern Dallas through this initiative,” Broadnax said. “Our strategies and approaches for making decisions and investments in southern Dallas need to be built around data – looking at market strengths that I believe will result in transformative projects in the neighborhoods in southern Dallas and create the ripple effect we strive to create in economic development.”

The hope is that the initiative can continue on after Rawlings’ term ends in 2019.

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A Perfect North Dallas Renovated Ranch

Our Inwood House of the Week is one of those homes you expect to see as a location for a TV series set in the 1950s. Mom is vacuuming in heels and pearls as dad fires up the grill for a neighborhood barbecue, jazz wafting out onto the patio. This North Dallas renovated ranch at 11439 Chicot Drive perfectly captures the character and nostalgia of the era, but step inside and you quickly move from 1951 to 2017.

The ranch is a uniquely American style, originating in the 1920s though it was popularized during the post-war building boom. The idea was to create a family-friendly house with a connection to the outdoors, generally through sliding glass doors, as there was an emphasis on backyard life. Remember, this was when the barbecue craze began. Inviting the neighbors over for cocktails and tossing a steak on the grill was a weekly event. Regional architects added signature looks, and we began to see split levels and features borrowed from Mediterranean and Colonial homes, like the dormers on this one.

A new generation of buyers is embracing the 50s ranch and all that it embodies, including that love of backyard life and neighborhood parties. While they are drawn to the defining exterior features, today’s buyer wants a clean transitional feel inside, and that’s exactly what you get with this renovated ranch.

Raegan Barringer of Barringer Homes was the mastermind behind the remodel.

“It’s just beautifully done,” Dave Perry-Miller listing agent Sharon Redd said. “The spaces are open, light, and bright. It is the perfect balance of old and new. It has a great floor plan. The quality of materials and the workmanship are meticulous.”

The kitchen was opened up to the family room, and beautiful Carrara marble countertops were installed along with some very hip wallpaper in the breakfast area.

One of our favorite features of this 3,957-square-foot home is the two-sided fireplace. The present owners removed the walls on either side of it to bring in light from the French doors across the back of the former sun porch.

A couple of steps down from the kitchen is another living area with sliding glass doors to the yard. It would be a great game room for the kids or a wonderful home office space.

This home was built for family living with four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a powder bath. The yard is enormous. You can easily fit in a sizable pool and still have plenty of play area.

Redd listed this terrific renovated ranch on Monday for only $ 1.075 million. Grab your pearls and heels and get ready to grill some steaks and party on the patio!

Karen Eubank is the owner of Eubank Staging and Design. She has been an award-winning professional home stager for more than 25 years. She’s been a professional writer for 20 years. Karen is the mother of a son who’s studying music at The University of Miami. An ardent animal lover, she doesn’t mind one bit if your fur baby jumps right into her lap. Find Karen at www.eubankstaging.com

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This Tiny North Dallas Restaurant Serves up a Spectacular Feast of Vietnam’s Greatest Hits

My quang yellow noodles, special vermicelli bowl, and shrimp and barbecue pork wide rice noodle soup, com bo luc lac (shaken beef) and eggrolls at La Me.

Pho is served at La Me, but not too many people seem to order it.

This restaurant, on the far northeastern edge of Dallas adjoining Richardson and Garland, is one of the most popular gathering places among Dallas County’s population of more than 26,000 Vietnamese-Americans. At mealtimes, La Me buzzes with energy. Walk in during lunch rush on Friday and a table for two might be impossible to find. Come for dinner and at least one table, if there’s one free, might be taken up by employees picking through enormous laundry baskets of fresh herbs and aromatics.

La Me serves a wide range of Vietnamese foods, from home-cooking to dishes commonly served at wedding feasts and other special occasions. For American diners who only know pho and banh mi, this diversity can be a revelation. That’s especially true because the kitchen here, with its genius for great soup broths and its mastery of an enormous menu, is quite simply one of the best in Dallas.

Try my quang ($8), a bowl of wide rice noodles made bright yellow with the addition of turmeric to the dough. It’s a specialty of the Quang Nam province, served in a gently savory, meaty broth with pork, a few tail-on shrimp, dozens of chopped roasted peanuts and a slew of herb garnishes, from basil to chives. The shrimp are nicely cooked, the peanuts add bursts of texture to a flavorful broth and the bowl is generous enough for two meals, especially since it comes with an enormous sesame cracker on the side.

Bring a group of friends to La Me and order a few soups to share.

The soups at La Me can be a wonder, since nearly all of them start with their own broths. Bring your friends, order a whole table full of soups and dip a spoon into your neighbors’ bowls. That way you can compare the delicate, lightly sweet duck broth in the duck noodle soup (bun mang vit, $8) with the rich, deep, gently spicy taste of the thick rice noodle soup with shrimp and barbecued pork (banh canh tom thit, $7.50).

The duck soup is good, and the bone-in duck oh-so-tender and just the right amount of fatty, but that thick rice noodle soup’s broth is eye-popping. Less eye-popping are the thick rice noodles themselves, which have less substance and less give than you’d expect.

An order of the “house special” soup, my kho dac biet ($8), can actually be prepared with the broth served on the side. Try it that way. First take a few bites of the thin, kinky noodles and admire the bowl’s piece de resistance, a whole shell-on shrimp fried directly into a big, bubbly cracker. Some of Dallas’ most avant-garde restaurants could learn that trick and charge twice the price for it. And, yes, fried this crispy, the shell is perfectly edible.

Bo luc lac, AKA shaking beef, one of Vietnam’s national dishes.

Then add the broth. On its own, sitting in its side bowl, the broth is a transparent light yellow, mild but well-developed. Once in the bowl, it combines with the ground and grilled pork, crab claws, clams, scallions and noodles to develop into a rich brown, thicker and meatier, with a bit of sweetness from the grilled pork. It’s like a culinary magic trick.

Another dish that shows La Me at its formidable best is shaking beef, or bo luc lac ($10), the stir fry that is one of Vietnam’s national dishes. Here tender filet mignon is cubed and marinated in rice vinegar, soy sauce and fish sauce, then tossed into the wok and served on rice with scallions, red onions and greens on the side.

One comparative letdown is the bun bo hue ($8), the soup that’s often bright red from its sweet-sour-spicy broth. Here it comes with solid cubes of pig’s blood, coppery-tasting and with the texture of tofu. Spice fans will need to add a big squirt of chili sauce, though. The same general description also applies to bun rieu ($8), a variation with generous amounts of fried fish and shrimp.

Vermicelli bowls get a whole page on the menu; simply choose your favorite combination of toppings. The special is a marvelous mixture of gently sweet grilled pork, a couple of grilled shrimp, two small egg rolls, bean sprouts, pickled carrots, a handful of chopped peanuts and more vegetables besides ($9.50). It’s the ultimate power lunch.

This is a good time to point out that La Me’s egg rolls, ordered in a combination bowl or separately as an appetizer ($6 for five), are rather special. They’re small and generously filled, but the stars are the wrappers, folded into multiple layers each with their own texture, the interiors soft and doughy, the outside edges fried until crisp with airy bubbles. These egg rolls taste like a wave of nostalgia, like your memory of how egg rolls tasted when you were a kid.

As for spring rolls, why not make your own? The “Tiny Rice Stick” menu page is meant for do-it-yourself types; each brings one or two fillings, a huge platter of veggies and herbs and a stack of rice paper wrappers. The name refers to the tiny rice noodles you can use to fill out your roll. On the grand combination plate ($9.50) a particular favorite filling was the sausage patties made from shrimp; there are whole shrimp, too, with intense scorch marks from a quick visit to the grill.

The egg rolls at La Me are over-the-top good.

Quarters at La Me are tight, but not cramped. Service is efficient – by the way, Yelper comments that the staff don’t speak English are dead wrong – and food often arrives impressively fast. Just remember to pay at the counter when you’re done.

La Me boasts consistently terrific execution and a mind-bogglingly huge menu. There are whole categories of food which this review doesn’t have space to cover, like the restaurant’s porridge bowls or its seafood fried rice with shrimp, cuttlefish and scallops, or dishes that reveal the influence of Chinese cuisine. There’s even pho, if you can bring yourself to order it.

La Me, 9780 Walnut St., #140. 972-669-8515. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday-Tuesday.

Update: Man Fatally Shot at Far North Dallas Apartment

Police were seeking more information Tuesday about a fatal shooting at a far north Dallas apartment complex.

Herston Monroe, 21, was shot about 11:40 p.m. Monday at an apartment complex in the 4000 block of Frankford Road, according to the Dallas Police Department crime blog.

Live this morning at apt. complex in Far N. Dallas. Man was shot in the parking lot, made it inside his apartment, then died at hospital. pic.twitter.com/M03bhWtX8Y

— Dan Godwin (@DanGodwinFOX4) February 7, 2017

Monroe died after he was taken to a nearby hospital.

Police requested that anyone with information about the shooting to contact Homicide Det. Brent Maudlin at 214-671-3676 or brent.maudlin@dpd.co.dallas.tx.

To contact Crime Stoppers, which will pay up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest and indictment for this case and other felony offenses, call 214-373-8477.

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Man shot dead in north Dallas apartment overnight

Neither the victim or his assailant were identified by Dallas police at the scene in the 4000 block of Frankford Road.

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Mark David Smith: 817-390-7808, @MarkSmith_FWST

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Police Investigate Murder at Far North Dallas Apartment

A man found shot at a Far North Dallas apartment died from his injuries.

The victim’s friend found him inside a unit at the Walker’s Mark Apartments at 4055 Frankford Road around 11:40 p.m. Monday. He called for help, but the man died at the hospital.

Police later identified the victim as 21-year-old Herston Monroe.

Investigators say they found a gun and a trail of blood in the parking lot outside the apartment building.

Police have not released a suspect description or a possible motive.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Dallas Police Department.

Far North Dallas Apartments – Finding The Best Realtor

Are you looking for the best Far North Dallas apartments? If you don’t have time to visit each of the vacant listings on your own, you can always rely on the services of a realtor. However, you need do a lot of research to find the right one for the job, if you want the best results. Here are some of the top qualities to look for in a good realtor.

1. Proactive
Your realtor should be ready to pounce on new listings to make sure they match the type of apartments you’re looking for. It would be disappointing if you hired a realtor who doesn’t have new leads and isn’t ready to find new listings for you. Therefore, find someone who is diligent and proactive and has new listings ready just in case you don’t like what’s already in place.

2. Good Listening Skills
A realtor who listens and understands what you’re looking for is the best partner for your apartment hunting project in Far North Dallas. You need someone who can find the exact type of apartment that you’re looking for and he/she needs to first listen to your housing needs first. For instance, if you’re looking for a house with central AC rather than the old and rattling radiators, the realtor shouldn’t force you to settle for nothing less.

3. Quick Adaptive Skills
If a client doesn’t look like a particular listing, the realtor should immediately should adapt and find something that matches to what the client is looking for. Therefore, look for a realtor with quick adaptive skills to find you what you’re looking for regardless of how outrageous the demands might be.

In conclusion finding a good realtor is the best way to find the best apartments in Far North Dallas. Use these tips to find the best realtor for your needs.