News Around Our Neighborhood – April 2, 2017

Courtesy of the Lakewood/East Dallas Advocate, these news briefs are excerpted from stories originally published on

iStock_000014173851_Large-1050x700-400x270Meet the candidates? It’s not so easy this election cycle

Early voting starts on Monday, April 24 — less than a month from now — for the City Council District 14 and Dallas ISD Board of Trustees District 2 races. Both seats represent a good chunk of East Dallas, and the two incumbents, Councilman Philip Kingston and Trustee Dustin Marshall, have serious contenders in elections that typically are decided by a few thousand voters.

At this point in 2016’s DISD elections and 2015’s City Council elections, voting-inclined citizens were bombarded with meet-and-greets, candidate forums and fundraisers. This time around, not so much. We reached out to all of the candidates this week, and as far as we have heard, no forums (the local version of a political debate) are on the horizon. Other campaign events are few and far between.

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001a-1024x728Crews begin work on Skillman-Abrams center, Alamo Drafthouse

The long-awaited Alamo Drafthouse and surrounding restaurants at Skillman-Abrams is becoming a reality.

That flurry of activity you may have noticed at the shopping center surrounding the old Tom Thumb (the even older Simon David) is the work of landlord, Retail Plazas, Inc. (RPI). The company’s contractors, which moved onsite this week, are beginning redevelopment of the center, which they are renaming Creekside.

“It’s not always the case that landlords and neighborhoods work this well together,” laughed Trey Hodge, VP of RPI as we stood in the center’s parking lot watching construction vehicles and work crews buzz about, “but lots of people from around here have contacted me to say they are excited about what’s coming. It’s been blighted and ugly for some time, and we get that. Neighbors want the Alamo Drafthouse, they want the new restaurants, and they are going to get them.”

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