Dallas Cowboys: Undrafted rookie reminding some of Maliek Collins

Dallas Cowboys: Undrafted rookie reminding some of Maliek Collins

Could this young defensive end prospect be the Dallas Cowboys next great undrafted rookie free agent find and earn himself a place on the active roster?

Lost in the spotlighted play of Dallas Cowboys rookies like quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott last season was the performance turned in by their 2016 third round selection, Nebraska defensive tackle Maliek Collins.

Despite missing a majority of offseason training during his rookie campaign due to a broken foot, Collins was still arguably the Cowboys most consistent defender in the trenches last season. The now 22-year old recorded 23 tackles in 2016 and was second on the team in sacks with 5.0.

More importantly, according to Next Gen Stats, Collins lead the league in fastest average time from snap to sack among rookie interior defensive linemen. He averaged a blazing 4.28 seconds as a defensive tackle, which placed him fifth among all interior pass rushers in the NFL.

The point being, Collins was one of the fastest players along the defensive line last season. And according to Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, there is an undrafted rookie free agent currently in camp that has the same kind of quickness.

“[Neal’s] got some of that Maliek suddenness,” Marinelli told the Dallas Morning News. “That’s what we kind of liked about him. He’ll fill out and get bigger as he goes. I don’t worry about that.”

The old ball coach is referring to former LSU standout Lewis Neal. Undersized as a defensive end, the 6-foot-2, 272 pound prospect actually led the Tigers in sacks his junior year posting 8.0. And he was known for coming up big in big games.

Although Neal investigated the possibility of leaving for the NFL early, he ultimately decided to go back to LSU for his senior season. But a switch to the 3-4 defense didn’t help his professional cause, as he recorded 60 total tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss and 3.5 sacks in 2016.

Lewis signed with the Cowboys following April’s NFL Draft, which appears to be fortunate for the undrafted free agent. Dallas has suffered a slew of suspensions at defensive end, with pass rushers Randy Gregory, David Irving and Damontre Moore all serving multiple game bans.

This opens the door for a player like Lewis Neal to be able to earn an active roster spot and prove he belongs on this Dallas Cowboys team. So far, it appears the 22-year old undrafted free agent is making the most of his opportunity.

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Dallas Closes Another Homeless Encampment near Fair Park

Dallas Closes Another Homeless Encampment near Fair Park

Sofas, mattresses, crumpled tents and the stench of urine were most of what remained of yet another homeless encampment city officials pushed to close Tuesday.

Residents of the tent city between 2nd and 3rd Avenues under Interstate 30 were told earlier this month that they had to clear out by Wednesday.

A few lingered Tuesday, packing up their belongings, but most others had already left, many moving to other grassy spots under highway overpasses.

The clearing out and cleaning up of homeless encampments has become commonplace in Dallas.

The 2nd Avenue homeless village, near the State Fair of Texas fairgrounds, was once home to about 70 people and is the fourth major encampment closed in the past year.

The trend started last May when city officials shuttered Tent City, a sprawling encampment under Interstate 45 near downtown. It had been home to 300 people, many of whom simply dragged their tents under a different overpass.

City crews regularly clean up smaller encampments scattered throughout the city, and social workers visit those living outside to encourage them to go to a shelter.

Like many of the other smaller tent cities since the Tent City, there were familiar faces at the 2nd Avenue encampment.

Social workers say those living on the streets and in encampments are often the hardest to bring inside. Many battle addictions and struggle with mental illnesses.

But more and more people from the tent cities are accepting help, said Dave Hogan, manager of the Dallas Police Department’s crisis intervention unit.

“Out of each closure, we get some people” to move inside, he said.

Smaller encampments with just a handful of residents are still peppered throughout the city. And another tent city under Interstate 45 at Harwood Avenue has steadily grown for a year. Its population appeared to swell Tuesday.

Though the problem continues, homeless services have learned how to handle tent cities and talk to people who aren’t ready to move inside, said Daniel Roby, executive director of Austin Street Center.

“Before the large tent encampment that we had last year, we didn’t know what to do,” he said. “Now we have a better idea of what to do. That doesn’t mean it will eliminate the problem, but it will help the problem.”

Though the shelter was prepared to take in people from the latest closed encampment, many declined the offer, Roby said.

Many staying in shelters have a difficult time moving out because of limited affordable housing options in Dallas.

“We don’t really have a mixed income anything in the city of Dallas,” said Mike Koprowski, executive director of Opportunity Dallas.

Koprowski said that the city needs to develop a comprehensive housing policy, which could increase affordable housing for the city’s poorest and homeless.

In the meantime, crews will patch fences at other former homeless encampments this week to ensure people don’t move back to their old homes.

“No Trespassing” signs are installed under most overpasses now. Anyone who moves in will be told to leave.

On Wednesday, hazardous materials crews will finish cleaning debris left over from the homes people built at the the 2nd Avenue encampment.

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Dallas Cowboys: Over/Under Predictions for 2017 Season

Dallas Cowboys: Over/Under Predictions for 2017 Season

The Cowboys head to training camp in less than a week, but that doesn’t mean everything is quiet in Dallas. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the news stories from just this week:

There was an incident involving Ezekiel Elliott in a bar.

A wannabe rapper stole and returned Lucky Whitehead’s dog after posting several videos on Instagram.

Terrance Williams was racing outside of a strip club after a dispute.

Jaylon Smith is not wearing an AFO brace, despite it being widely reported that he has been. Instead, he’s wearing a more flexible brace that will allow him to get on the field at some point in 2017.

With the season less than two months away, it’s time to shift the focus away from the everyday news of the Cowboys, to the on-the-field stories. It’s one of my favorite times of the year as every team and fan’s hopes are high. Sometimes the hype and hope are warranted, other times it’s not. Without further ado, here are eight over/under predictions regarding the Dallas Cowboys in 2017.

Over 9.5 Touchdowns for Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant is a touchdown-machine. Anytime he is on the field, he is a threat to score from anywhere on the field. However, he hasn’t scored double digit touchdowns in a season since 2014. So what makes me optimistic that he can do it again at age 28? There are two big reasons as to why you should expect a big season from Bryant in 2017.

The first reason being that Bryant is finally healthy. For the past two seasons, he has suffered injuries that have dramatically limited his explosiveness. In 2015, it was a fracture of his fifth metatarsal that forced him to miss six straight games (seven total). When he returned from the injury, Bryant just didn’t look like the same player. It was clear he returned too quickly from the injury and it significantly hampered him for the entire season.

In 2016, Bryant fractured his knee, causing him to miss three games in the middle of the season. However, when he returned, he looked like the same dominant receiver that we saw in 2014. In the team’s final 11 games (including Week 17 where he played only a handful of snaps and the playoff game), Bryant scored 10 total touchdowns as he caught fire in the second half of the season.

What allowed Bryant to become a dominant receiver again was his connection with rookie quarterback Dak Prescott. The two struggled to get on the same page early in the season as Bryant caught just 15 passes on 37 targets in his four games with the rookie. But as they played more together, the two developed much better chemistry.

I expect Prescott and Bryant to pick up where they left off in the playoffs last year. As long as Bryant is healthy, the two should be able to connect for at least 10 touchdowns in 2017. We’ve seen that Bryant has the potential to do that and more as he has three seasons of 12 touchdowns or more in his career. I expect a big bounce-back year for Bryant this season.

Over 7.5 Rookies Make the Cowboys Roster

The Cowboys had a large draft in 2017, selecting nine players in April. But what are the odds that eight or more of those rookies actually make the 53-man roster? The answer might be surprising. Dallas used their nine picks primarily on defense (only two offensive players selected) and at positions that needed a lot of depth. For that reason, it’s hard to imagine that at the very least, seven rookies will make the roster.

Taco Charlton, Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis, and Ryan Switzer are all essential locks to make the roster as they were all chosen within the first four rounds. Not too often do you see high picks cut before their rookie season begins. That leaves Xavier Woods, Marquez White, Joey Ivie, Noah Brown and Jordan Carrell all competing for spots in training camp.

Of those five, Woods probably has the best chance to make the roster as Dallas lacks safety depth behind starters Byron Jones and Jeff Heath. It also doesn’t hurt that Dallas traded a future pick to go up and grab Woods. He’ll likely compete with Kavon Frazier to be the team’s third safety on game days.

White will compete for the fifth cornerback on the roster while Ivie and Carrell may each be able to grab a spot on the roster as well. Brown probably has the steepest hill to climb as he’s the team’s seventh receiver on the depth chart. All four should be able to land on the practice squad if they don’t make the 53-man roster.

I also expect one or two undrafted rookie free agents to grab a job as it always seems like Dallas will find a few that deserve a chance to play on Sundays in training camp. In previous seasons, Lucky Whitehead, Keith Smith and Ronald Leary have earned starting jobs as undrafted rookie free agents.

Overall, this is a deep rookie class that could potentially have as many as 10 players make the opening day roster for the Dallas Cowboys.

Under 400 Snaps Played for Jaylon Smith

A few days ago, I wrote about why Anthony Hitchens and Jaylon Smith will be competing in one of the biggest camp battles of training camp. One of the reasons why it’s so important for these two players is that the loser of the battle likely won’t play much in 2017 as Dallas rarely uses a third linebacker in the defensive packages.

In 2016, only two linebackers played more than 300 snaps on defense for the Cowboys; Sean Lee and Hitchens. Both players return this season and with Hitchens’ improved coverage ability, there are even fewer snaps to go around for the other Cowboys’ linebackers.

We will know how healthy Smith is in the next few weeks, but if he doesn’t practice in pads or participate in live tackling drills, the writing could be on the wall for this season. Smith will probably get on the field at some point this season but expect it to be in a part-time role as Hitchens’ backup. Expect Dallas to be cautious with Smith and limit his snaps in practice and during the games all season long.

Over 3.5 Interceptions for Byron Jones

After playing in all 32 games in his first two seasons in the NFL, safety Byron Jones has recorded just one interception; the one you see above on a Hail Mary pass against Tampa Bay. So why should we expect a big jump in his interception total in his third season? There are a lot of reasons to be optimistic about Jones this season.

The biggest being that he’s now entering his third season in the NFL and his second full season at the safety position. As a rookie, Dallas tried him at both corner and safety. In 2016, they decided to make him a full-time safety and he was just inches away from creating a number turnovers last year. With added experience and insane athleticism, I expect him to convert on those missed opportunities this year.

Another reason to expect more interceptions for Jones is that the team plans on using more zone coverage this year. After ditching Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr in free agency, Dallas now has the personnel to play more zone coverage and that likely means more turnovers in the secondary. When defenders are watching the quarterback rather than a receiver, the chance of picking off a pass should increase.

I expect Jones to not only reach four interceptions this season, but I also expect him to make his first Pro Bowl. Look for Jones to take a massive step in his third season in the NFL and become Dallas’ best defensive back.

Under 5 Sacks for Taco Charlton

Over the past decade, we have seen more pass rushers who were selected outside of the top-10 in the draft find success in their rookie seasons. While it’s certainly possible that Taco Charlton could put up an eight-sack season like rookie Yannick Ngakoue’s season last year, don’t expect him to be that effective.

Charlton will have the advantage of likely starting for the Cowboys in 2017, but Dallas loves to rotate their defensive linemen, meaning that he won’t see the necessary snaps to be that effective. Charlton is also a very raw player who may contribute more in the run game than as a pass rusher right away.

For those reasons, look for Charlton to hover around the four sack mark, rather than approaching double digit sacks. Charlton will get every opportunity to have a big year in Dallas, but it’s asking a lot of a rookie to be the team’s top edge rusher.

Under 1.5 Punt Return Touchdowns for Ryan Switzer

In college, Ryan Switzer returned seven punts for touchdowns in his career while averaging 10.9 yards per return. He was drafted in the fourth round by the Cowboys to compete with Lucky Whitehead for the punt returner job. However, that doesn’t mean you should expect fireworks in his first season in the NFL as a returner.

Since 2006, only four rookies have returned two or more punts for touchdowns in their first season. That list includes Patrick Peterson, Devin Hester, Tyreek Hill and Dez Bryant. While Switzer is a dynamic returner, he’s not the elite athlete that those four are. Switzer is a shifty player who relies on his quickness more than elite speed (4.51 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine).

Instead, look for Switzer to be a reliable returner who boosts the Cowboys’ punt return average rather than their touchdown totals. In time, Switzer could become one of the more dangerous returners in the league, but expecting him to score two or more touchdowns in his rookie year is somewhat far-fetched.

Under 1200 Rushing Yards for Ezekiel Elliott

It was quite a weekend for Ezekiel Elliott. On Friday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Cowboys and Elliott were bracing for a short suspension stemming from an alleged domestic dispute in 2016 before he was drafted. Later that day, Elliott was appealing a conviction for speeding in Dallas after going 100 mph on a Dallas’ highway.

Late on Sunday night, Elliott was involved in a bar incident in which a DJ was punched in the nose. The police issued a statement that they were dispatched to the bar and that a victim was physically assaulted. Elliott has not been charged with any crime, but there does seem to be a general sense that Elliott was involved in some way.

All in all, it’s been a rough offseason for Elliott. He’s been in the news multiple times and for that reason alone, don’t expect him to match his 1,631 rushing yards from 2016. It seems very likely that Elliott will miss some time this season, but the amount of games is unclear. Expect the Cowboys to be without Elliott for a number of games in 2017.

Under 9.5 Wins for the Dallas Cowboys

Winning double digit games in back to back seasons is always tough. It’s especially tough to do so when you play in the NFC East, one of the toughest divisions in football. There are no perennial bottom dwellers in this division, so every game inside the division is a battle.

For the Cowboys to win the division and get back into the playoffs, Dallas will probably need to win at least 10 games in 2017. According to SportsBook.com, the Cowboys’ season wins total over/under sits at 9.5. While Vegas thinks Dallas will likely win 10 games, I’m not as optimistic.

Instead of playing a fourth place schedule like they did in 2016, Dallas will now play a first-place schedule. To make matters worse, Dallas plays the tough AFC West and the NFC West this season. Not only will they have to make do with a first place schedule, they also have the league’s toughest schedule, according to Football Outsiders and ESPN.

On top of a tougher schedule, Dallas could be without Ezekiel Elliott for an extended period of time as I’ve mentioned before. Without Elliott, more of the offensive load would be put on Dak Prescott’s shoulders. While it’s not impossible that they could survive with Zeke, it will be a difficult task to stay afloat without him.

Dallas will also have the task of replacing numerous veterans who were lost this season in free agency, such as Ronald Leary, Terrell McClain, Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne, Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox. That’s a lot of veterans to lose in one offseason.

Dallas will be forced to rely on a lot of rookies and young players, especially on defense. And with a tougher schedule, Dallas seems like a pretty good bet to not reach double-digit wins in 2017. Vegas still believes the Cowboys will make the playoffs (-200), but it’s likely going to be a struggle for them to do so.

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Man Detained After Standoff at Dallas Apartment Complex

Man Detained After Standoff at Dallas Apartment Complex

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas police say a standoff has ended peacefully with nobody found inside an apartment where someone earlier shot through a front door at officers serving a warrant.

Maj. Jimmy Vaughan says a man believed to have been in the apartment, who exited with several other individuals after the shot was fired Thursday morning, has been detained. Vaughan had no immediate information on charges.

Nobody was hurt.

Dallas police say the incident began as officers tried to serve an aggravated assault warrant around 6 a.m. Thursday and someone shot through a door.

Vaughan says police did not return fire. Several people then came out of the apartment.

Officers treated the situation as a barricaded person until tactical officers, after about 5½ hours, entered the unit and found it unoccupied.

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Some Great Things To Do In Dallas

Some Great Things To Do In Dallas

Dallas is an amazing city in the great state of Texas. There are many fun and entertaining activities you can enjoy when you live in or visit the city. No matter what type of things you enjoy, you can find it in Dallas and enjoy your time there. Continue reading to learn more about Dallas and what some of the great things to do in the city are.

First of all, shopping is abundant in Dallas. No matter what you enjoy shopping for or what you need in your life, you are likely to find it in Dallas. There are several different malls in the city and they all have a nice variety of stores. Along with the malls, there are many other options for shopping in Dallas.

Also, Dallas has just about every type of restaurant you can imagine. Whether you are looking for some Texas barbecue, Asian cuisine, Italian fare, or something else, you can find great foods in Dallas that will allow you to enjoy each and every meal.

Do you love the great outdoors? If so, you will love Dallas. There are many beautiful and fun things to do outdoors in the city and you can enjoy yourself there. You can swim, hike, birdwatch, and so much more in Dallas.

As you can see, there are many different things you can enjoy in Dallas. You can find great shopping venues where you can purchase just about anything that you desire. You can find amazing places to eat where you can find just about any dish that you desire. And, you can find amazing outdoor activities in the great city of Dallas. Whether you live in the area or want to visit, Dallas is a nice place that has so much to offer.

Ex-Dallas Man Gets 7 Years for Insurance Scam of London Firm

Ex-Dallas Man Gets 7 Years for Insurance Scam of London Firm

DALLAS (AP) — A former Texas businessman was sentenced to seven years in prison and ordered to repay nearly $4 million in an insurance scam targeting a British company.

Federal prosecutors say 66-year-old Wesley Michael Woodyard was sentenced Friday in Dallas. Investigators say the 66-year-old defrauded ACE European Insurance Company of London from 2002 through 2013.

An indictment alleges Woodyard stole money meant to buy annuities for beneficiaries of ACE European Insurance policies, including United Nations employees hurt or killed in connection with their jobs.

Woodyard owned an insurance company and acted an agent to sell annuities. Prosecutors say Woodyard fraudulently induced ACE European Insurance to send funds to bank accounts he controlled.

Woodyard was arrested in Minnesota last year. He pleaded guilty to wire fraud in December.

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Lamah Scores Twice, Fc Dallas Beat Toronto 3-1

Lamah Scores Twice, Fc Dallas Beat Toronto 3-1

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Roland Lamah scored two goals to lead FC Dallas to a 3-1 victory over Toronto FC on Saturday, knocking the Canadian club out of first place in the Eastern Conference.

Maximiliano Urruti added a goal and an assist for Dallas (7-3-7). Dallas continued its home dominance of Toronto, having never lost in nine meetings.

Toronto (10-3-5) dropped into second place behind Chicago, a 4-0 winner over Vancouver on Saturday.

Lamah, who has six goals in the first MLS season, took a short pass from the left side by Urruti for a close-in goal in the fifth minute. Lamah made it 2-0 in the 21st off a through ball from Mauro Diaz.

After Toronto cut the deficit in the 56th on Marco Delgado’s tap-in off a deflection, Urruti took a through ball and easily beating goalkeeper Alexander Bono in the 78th for his 10th goal of the season.

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Rescue Workers Search Lake for Girl Who Escaped West Dallas Juvenile Facility

Rescue Workers Search Lake for Girl Who Escaped West Dallas Juvenile Facility

Dallas Fire-Rescue workers have been dispatched to search a lake for a girl who escaped from a juvenile holding center in West Dallas on Sunday.

Two girls walked away from the Marzelle Hill Transition Center. One is in custody, but officers believe the other one jumped into a nearby lake, according to Dallas police.

Police didn’t identify the lake that rescue workers are searching.

Marzelle Hill is at 2600 Lone Star Drive and is run by Dallas County.

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Dallas Apartments for Rent

Dallas Apartments for Rent

This North Texas boomtown keeps its eye on the future while celebrating a rich heritage.
Airport Affordable Shopping Parks Aquarium Historic College Public Transportation Rail Service

It’s one of the largest cities in America, combining urban sophistication with an incomparable Texan personality. 1.3 million people call Dallas home, representing every walk of life imaginable; as a result, the city is a completely unique blend of cultures, styles, and flavors. Living in Dallas puts you right in the thick of it all, with endless options to customize your experience. Corporate professionals seeking to avoid a commute may want to look for condos in downtown Dallas, which enables many folks the freedom to walk to work. If cultural stimulation is your thing, consider settling down in an apartment near the Dallas Arts District, home to the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Winspear Opera House, and so much more. And for the more creative types, folks in places like Old East Dallas and North Oak Cliff foster artistic pursuits among neighbors. For your off-hours, Dallas offers some of the most diverse nightlife in Texas, often just a short ride or walk from residential apartment areas. From laid back lounges to thumping night clubs, you should be able to find the ideal night spot for your weekend R&R.

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The Dallas skyline on a cloudy afternoon

Southfork Ranch in Dallas

The Pumpkin House at the Dallas Arboretum

Living in Dallas
Trammell Crow Park is a massive green space following the banks of the Trinity River as it flows past Downtown. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden features an exquisite collection of lush flowers and greenery on the shores of White Rock Lake. Smaller parks like Uptown’s Reverchon Park are scattered among the city’s countless neighborhoods, providing attractive and relaxing recreation grounds for everyone. As one of America’s largest cities, the rental market in Dallas is incredibly diverse and covers a huge range of prices. Affordable apartments are available in several styles and sizes, and it’s not terribly difficult to find rates under $600 per month. On the other end of the spectrum, upscale houses and swanky properties go for over $10,000 monthly. Average rental rates for a one-bedroom apartment hover around $1,000 and just under $1,500 for a two-bedroom unit, making it one of the more affordable large cities in the country. Transportation While Dallas sometimes gets a bad reputation for traffic, just about every neighborhood in town is extremely walkable. If you decide to make your nest a bit outside the urban core, don’t worry about being cut off from the city. There is no shortage of public transport in the area, and downtown is only a 20 minute DART light rail ride away from places like Richland. Also, McKinney Avenue Uptown is serviced by the McKinney Avenue Transit Authority streetcars, which are free to the public.
No matter where your Dallas apartment is located, you will have no trouble finding excellent shopping options close to home. The West Village in particular finds its residents coexisting with all sorts of business, including charming boutiques and upscale shops. In north Dallas, just off the toll way, you can visit the Dallas Galleria, which houses over 200 shops, boutiques, and restaurants. Virtually all of your shopping needs can be met here, just 10 minutes away from your Highland Terrace apartment in Richardson. Thanks to its vibrant collective of cultural influences, Dallas is packed full of incredible dining options. Whether you’re craving exquisite European cuisine, unpretentious diners, or the ever-popular Tex-Mex and barbecue, there will be plenty to satisfy your appetite, often only minutes from your Dallas apartment. If you’re looking for a food truck, head over to the Truck Yard on Lower Greenville. Lovingly referred to by locals as an “adult playground” with a tree house bar and at least three food trucks parked in the 15 thousand square feet of shady dining area, the Truck Yard is a one-of-a-kind Dallas experience. The trucks rotate daily, so check their schedule to see if something yummy catches your eye. The area now known as Dallas was part of Spain’s vast colonial empire for centuries before the city was officially founded in 1841. The late 19th century brought enormous growth in both industry and population, and the young city rapidly developed into a modern metropolis with railroad access, electricity, and the first zoo in Texas (which is still in operation today). Aviation became a major industry starting during the First World War, with Love Field being established as a pilot training facility. Oil buoyed the city’s economy during the Great Depression, and helped turn Dallas into a financial powerhouse. A building boom starting in the late 1970s transformed the historic community into the city we see today, although many grand historic buildings have been preserved to honor Dallas’ rich legacy.
NearbyThis North Texas boomtown keeps its eye on the future while celebrating a rich heritage.
Airport Affordable Shopping Parks Aquarium Historic College Public Transportation Rail Service

It’s one of the largest cities in America, combining urban sophistication with an incomparable Texan personality. 1.3 million people call Dallas home, representing every walk of life imaginable; as a result, the city is a completely unique blend of cultures, styles, and flavors. Living in Dallas puts you right in the thick of it all, with endless options to customize your experience. Corporate professionals seeking to avoid a commute may want to look for condos in downtown Dallas, which enables many folks the freedom to walk to work. If cultural stimulation is your thing, consider settling down in an apartment near the Dallas Arts District, home to the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Winspear Opera House, and so much more. And for the more creative types, folks in places like Old East Dallas and North Oak Cliff foster artistic pursuits among neighbors. For your off-hours, Dallas offers some of the most diverse nightlife in Texas, often just a short ride or walk from residential apartment areas. From laid back lounges to thumping night clubs, you should be able to find the ideal night spot for your weekend R&R.

Explore the City

The Dallas skyline on a cloudy afternoon

Southfork Ranch in Dallas

The Pumpkin House at the Dallas Arboretum

Living in Dallas
Trammell Crow Park is a massive green space following the banks of the Trinity River as it flows past Downtown. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden features an exquisite collection of lush flowers and greenery on the shores of White Rock Lake. Smaller parks like Uptown’s Reverchon Park are scattered among the city’s countless neighborhoods, providing attractive and relaxing recreation grounds for everyone. As one of America’s largest cities, the rental market in Dallas is incredibly diverse and covers a huge range of prices. Affordable apartments are available in several styles and sizes, and it’s not terribly difficult to find rates under $600 per month. On the other end of the spectrum, upscale houses and swanky properties go for over $10,000 monthly. Average rental rates for a one-bedroom apartment hover around $1,000 and just under $1,500 for a two-bedroom unit, making it one of the more affordable large cities in the country. Transportation While Dallas sometimes gets a bad reputation for traffic, just about every neighborhood in town is extremely walkable. If you decide to make your nest a bit outside the urban core, don’t worry about being cut off from the city. There is no shortage of public transport in the area, and downtown is only a 20 minute DART light rail ride away from places like Richland. Also, McKinney Avenue Uptown is serviced by the McKinney Avenue Transit Authority streetcars, which are free to the public.
No matter where your Dallas apartment is located, you will have no trouble finding excellent shopping options close to home. The West Village in particular finds its residents coexisting with all sorts of business, including charming boutiques and upscale shops. In north Dallas, just off the toll way, you can visit the Dallas Galleria, which houses over 200 shops, boutiques, and restaurants. Virtually all of your shopping needs can be met here, just 10 minutes away from your Highland Terrace apartment in Richardson. Thanks to its vibrant collective of cultural influences, Dallas is packed full of incredible dining options. Whether you’re craving exquisite European cuisine, unpretentious diners, or the ever-popular Tex-Mex and barbecue, there will be plenty to satisfy your appetite, often only minutes from your Dallas apartment. If you’re looking for a food truck, head over to the Truck Yard on Lower Greenville. Lovingly referred to by locals as an “adult playground” with a tree house bar and at least three food trucks parked in the 15 thousand square feet of shady dining area, the Truck Yard is a one-of-a-kind Dallas experience. The trucks rotate daily, so check their schedule to see if something yummy catches your eye. The area now known as Dallas was part of Spain’s vast colonial empire for centuries before the city was officially founded in 1841. The late 19th century brought enormous growth in both industry and population, and the young city rapidly developed into a modern metropolis with railroad access, electricity, and the first zoo in Texas (which is still in operation today). Aviation became a major industry starting during the First World War, with Love Field being established as a pilot training facility. Oil buoyed the city’s economy during the Great Depression, and helped turn Dallas into a financial powerhouse. A building boom starting in the late 1970s transformed the historic community into the city we see today, although many grand historic buildings have been preserved to honor Dallas’ rich legacy.
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Troubled South Dallas Apartment Complex Now in Hands of Receiver

Troubled South Dallas Apartment Complex Now in Hands of Receiver

A South Dallas apartment owner who blew sarcastic kisses at angry tenants on his way out of a courtroom this week has been replaced by a receiver appointed to oversee the complex by a Dallas County judge. It’s unclear what that means for residents beleaguered by code violations, health concerns and high crime.

Late Thursday evening, Dallas County Judge Dale Tillery appointed a Dallas businessman to run and repair a treacherous South Dallas apartment complex at the center of a 2-year-old lawsuit filed by the city of Dallas. That means, if nothing else, that for the next 360 days, the 14-unit complex at 3006 Holmes St. off Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard will be out of the hands of Jaymeson Joseph Haynes, the 35-year-old owner accused of threatening tenants and ignoring legal orders that required him to repair and secure a dangerous building by the end of April.

A burned-out Toyota 4Runner sat in the parking lot at 3006 Holmes St. days after someone set it ablaze.

Tillery appointed as receiver Albert Black III — better known as Tre, son of well-known Dallas entrepreneur Albert Black Jr.

According to the judge’s order, Black will be tasked with taking control of the property, collecting rents and making any repairs necessary “to bring the property into compliance with the minimum standards” spelled out in the city code.

The order says Black is to be paid $250 an hour every 90 days. That money that will come out of rent he collects from tenants, who pay around $800 a month to live in a complex where drug dealers and dope-seekers urinate and defecate next to broken mailboxes, toilets flush wastewater into bathtubs and apartments are missing such essentials as smoke detectors, stoves, refrigerators and light fixtures.

He’s also supposed to use that same rent money to make much-needed repairs. If his receipts total more than $10,000, he is supposed to submit receipts to the city and Haynes and seek Tillery’s approval.

When reached by phone Friday afternoon at the offices of On-Target Supplies & Logistics, Ltd., the company founded by his father, Tre Black said he “just found out” about the judge’s order. He also added, via email, that since he was just appointed, “I do not have any comment on the case at the time.”

Black said he didn’t know why he’d been appointed as the receiver. But according to legal documents filed in 2014 in an unrelated bankruptcy in which a federal judge appointed him receiver for a company to which he had no connection, Black said “it is common for court-appointed receivers to be drawn from a list or panel maintained by the state court.”

Melissa Miles, the city attorney who has been investigating Haynes and 3006 Holmes for more than three years and prosecuting its owner for more than two, said she could not comment.

Tenants at 3006 Holmes St. can’t get their mail because boxes are missing doors or are not locked.

According to a document dated May 1 and signed by Miles and Ray Galvan Jr., Haynes’ attorney, the apartment owner could have been fined up to $1,000 per day per violation, of which there are hundreds. Miles has said that at a hearing Wednesday that Tillery was supposed to determine the amount Haynes owned based on what he had — or, more appropriately, had not — done at 3006 Holmes.

But the judge did not punish the apartment owner. Instead, he has made the complex the responsibility of Tre Black, who, until Thursday evening, knew nothing about it.

That infuriates Dr. Terry Flowers, headmaster at St. Philip’s School and Community Center, who sat through almost a dozen hearings in the hopes of cleaning up a troubled property that, he says, has helped bring drugs, prostitution and violence into a neighborhood that’s all too familiar with being told it doesn’t deserve justice.

“All people need hope, and when you take away hope that is not in the best interest of civilization,” he said. “In this case, it’s penalizing us, not the apartment owner, so people will just throw up their hands and say, ‘Why bother? Why care? Why vote? Why invest?’ It’s a message not just for South Dallas, but all of Dallas. When you hurt people, you hurt people.”

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