Five stories that have North Texas talking: 32 buildings bought in Dallas' live music neighborhood, firms sweep in with $410 million Twinkie offer and more.
Deep Ellum can be a frustrating place in the daytime. Not because of a lack of treasures to enjoy, mind you. Just a lack of access to them. For instance, Murray Street Coffee does a proper cappuccino with biscotti on the side better than most spots in Dallas. It just closes at 7 p.m. and doesn't open its doors on Sundays. Even though Deep Ellum's population has increased from 300 to 2,000 in 15 years, that's still too scant to sustain a vibrant 24-hour 'hood life in the eccentric area.
Dallas developer Scott Rohrman has seen the lack of livability that keeps Deep Ellum on the empty side, when it isn't rock-show o'clock at night. He loves the buildings and the potential. So what has he done? He's bought 32 vacant properties with designs on bringing restaurants, art galleries, a bike shop -- and people -- to Deep Ellum. WFAA has the story.