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For  months, residents living in  weathered rent homes in West Dallas were told they had to clear out by early June. That's been the focus of KERA's series One Crisis Away: No Place To Go.

On Monday, the landlord offered to sell those homes to tenants who are still there and a judge pushed that June 3rd deadline to early October. Despite those developments, most of the families who’d been renting there have already left. 

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The owner of hundreds of aging West Dallas rental homes that had been slated for closure said Monday that he will sell upwards of 75 of them to tenants. Hours later, a Dallas County district judge extended a move-out deadline for remaining renters until October.

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In Dallas, the numbers on affordable housing are shocking. There are only 19 affordable homes for every 100 low-income families who need them. That’s playing out in West Dallas—as KERA's been exploring in the series One Crisis Away: No Place To Go.

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West Dallas has been an afterthought for the better part of a century-- today it’s booming. The last four years have been a construction frenzy of new restaurants and upscale apartments. Some of the oldest residents don’t recognize the place.

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A lot has changed in West Dallas since Pete Hernandez’s dad built his family a tiny house — one room at a time — on Guam Street almost 80 years ago. The neighborhood’s mostly one-story, wood-frame homes now have running water. The streets are now paved. 

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In West Dallas, concerns over alleged voter fraud have delayed the results of the District 6 seat on the City Council. A runoff is likely. 

Courtney Collins / KERA news

Dozens of people wearing “I Heart West Dallas” t-shirts packed a Dallas County courtroom Friday hoping for good news about their rental homes—which are scheduled to close in less than a month.

It's the focus of KERA's series One Crisis Away: No Place To Go.

Allison V. Smith / KERA News special contributor

A lot has changed since State Rep. Eric Johnson grew up in West Dallas. His old neighborhood is in the midst of a transformation. 

Allison V. Smith / KERA News special contributor

West Dallas is undergoing a transformation with new apartments and restaurants. Meanwhile, the city is implementing tougher housing standards, and longtime residents are getting moved out. That's the primary issue for the five challengers to incumbent Monica Alonzo in the race for City Council District 6 in Saturday's election.

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The City of Dallas can now inspect the inside of rental properties—something that wasn’t possible before code enforcement standards were tightened in September.

Allison V. Smith / KERA special contributor

The days are numbered for 305 weathered rental homes, most of them in West Dallas. The city says they aren’t up to code—so the landlord had to choose: fix them, or close up shop. He picked the latter.

Allison V. Smith / KERA news special contributor

A century ago, West Dallas was a poor, mostly white, unincorporated home for folks on the edge of society. As industry came, black families moved in— then Latinos, who put down roots that still run deep today.

Allison V. Smith / KERA news special contributor

KERA’s ongoing One Crisis Away project looks at life on the financial edge. Next week, we launch a series set in a neighborhood that’s been on the financial edge for more than a century.

Courtney Collins / KERA news

Dallas families bracing to lose their housing this June will get some money to relocate. The City of Dallas Housing Finance Corporation voted Tuesday to set aside $300,000 for families renting homes owned by HMK Ltd.  – homes that don’t meet housing standards that were strengthened last fall.

Courtney Collins / KERA news

There was some movement Monday in the case of 300 families slated to lose their rental homes in West Dallas. At a City Hall news conference, Mayor Mike Rawlings announced that Catholic Charities Dallas will start canvassing the neighborhood.

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Bon Appétit announced its list of 50 nominees for America’s Best New Restaurants -- and one of them is a family-owned taqueria in West Dallas.

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Lead contamination caused a crisis with the water supply in Flint, Michigan. But the CDC says at least 4 million households have children living in them that are being exposed to high levels of lead.

Courtney Collins / KERA News

No late fees, no due dates and no shushing librarians. Those are just some of the perks of the Little Free Libraries program. Several of them are popping up in neighborhoods across Dallas this summer.

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It’s been a huge week for West Dallas. Springtime crowds are flocking to the Trinity Groves collection of restaurants. And the neighborhood’s first grocery store, Cox Farms Market, opened Thursday. It’s the first opening at the Sylvan Thirty complex, which also plans to include apartments and retail space. For this week’s Friday Conversation, Sylvan Thirty owner/developer Brent Jackson sat down with KERA’s vice president of news, Rick Holter.

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Can food revitalize an ailing neighborhood? In Dallas, global flavors seem to be playing a pretty big part in one area's transformation.

For decades, West Dallas was a ramshackle place: a Superfund site with a cement plant, some crime-ridden warehouses and a modest Latino neighborhood known as La Bajada across a potholed two-lane bridge from glittery downtown.

Now there's a soaring new bridge, the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, that some called the "Bridge to Nowhere." But with a dozen new restaurants, nowhere is becoming somewhere.

Can food revitalize an ailing neighborhood? In Dallas, global flavors seem to be playing a pretty big part in one area's transformation.

For decades, West Dallas was a ramshackle place: a Superfund site with a cement plant, some crime-ridden warehouses and a modest Latino neighborhood known as La Bajada across a potholed two-lane bridge from the glittery downtown.

Jerome Weeks / KERA News

Dallas Contemporary opened four shows over the weekend, including one by Dallas artist Arthur Peña.

The show caps off what has been a productive period for the young painter who works in West Dallas, KERA’s Jerome Weeks reports on Art&Seek.

Clyde Biggins Celebrates Memorial Day And Barbecue In West Dallas

May 27, 2013

Texas barbecue is more popular than ever, and some local barbecue establishments have received much acclaim for their smokey meats and flavors. But not all the best barbecue is found in restaurants. Clyde Biggins sells his tenderly made barbecue by the side of the road in West Dallas, in the neighborhood where he was raised.

BJ Austin / KERA News

A West Dallas neighborhood is trading four drug houses on the same block for new, Habitat for Humanity homes. 

A last-minute compromise between developers and residents of the West Dallas La Bajada neighborhood cooled down what could have been a hot debate at City Hall. The only fireworks came outside Council Chambers, after both parities claimed a win-win.

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Dallas business leaders will showcase the new Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge this weekend. They say it will breathe new life into long-neglected areas of West Dallas.