Five stories that have North Texas talking: when it comes to housing, Plano is hot; the lead plaintiff in the Dallas ISD desegregation case has died; mourners remember Christian Taylor; and more.
One of the hottest ZIP codes in the country is in North Texas: Plano. That’s according to Realtor.com, which has crunched data to come up with a list of the top housing markets. Plano (ZIP code 75023) is ranked No. 4 on a list of the top 10 communities. Realtor.com reports: “Homes in these top 10 communities sell four to nine times faster than the national average, and spend 20 fewer days on the market than their respective metropolitan statistical areas. Their listings on our site are viewed three to eight times more often than overall U.S. listings—an average of 2.3 times more often than their respective metros.” Realtor.com notes that Plano is home to several corporate headquarters, as well as Legacy West, a $2 billion mixed-use development that's in the works. And 36 percent of households earn at least $100,000. The top three ZIP codes: Melrose, Massachusetts; Worthington, Ohio; and Centennial, Colorado.
- The lead plaintiff in the court case that desegregated Dallas ISD has died. Sam Tasby was 93 and had prostate cancer. The Dallas Morning News reports: “Tasby, fed up because two of his sons could not attend a ‘white school’ near his home, took his case to court in 1970, about 16 years after the Supreme Court ruled that segregated schools are unconstitutional. … Tasby, a plumber at the time, found himself thrust into the public spotlight. He lost his job over the case, and the family endured prank phone calls. A class-action lawsuit was filed with Tasby as lead plaintiff. A year later, a federal judge ruled that the Dallas ISD had not halted segregation and ordered it to do so.” [The Dallas Morning News]
- More than 1,000 people attended the funeral of Christian Taylor. He's the college football player who was shot and killed by an Arlington police officer answering a burglary call at a car dealership. Saturday's service for Taylor at Koinonia Christian Church in Arlington was attended by his family members, friends and teammates. The black 19-year-old attended Angelo State University in San Angelo in West Texas. Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams and Police Chief William Johnson also were at the funeral. Taylor was unarmed when shot Aug. 7 by an Arlington police officer responding to an after-hours burglary call. Security footage of the dealership lot shows Taylor busting out a car windshield, then driving his vehicle into the showroom. Taylor was shot while inside the business. The officer was fired Tuesday. [Associated Press]
- The Nasher Sculpture Center is getting $750,000 to buy works by women artists. Anne Bothwell reports for KERA’s Art&Seek: “The gift comes from The Kaleta A. Doolin Foundation. The museum’s using the money to seed an acquisition fund dedicated to buying work by women, with a focus on living artists. And the first purchase will be a piece by British artist Phyllida Barlow, whose work is the subject of the museum’s current exhibition, “tryst.” The piece is called untitled:hangingmonument2015. Like all of the work on view now, it was designed specifically for exhibition at the Nasher.” Read more at Art&Seek.
- Some of the country’s best new restaurants are in Texas – at least according to Bon Appétit. “Every year, we announce the Bon Appétit Hot 10, our list of America’s Best New Restaurants,” the magazine says. “And it all starts with … 50 nominees.” Texas selections include Luscher’s Red Hots in Dallas; Small Brewpub in Dallas; Dai Due in Austin; and Gardner in Austin. Check out the list. The magazine will release its top 10 list on Tuesday.