The round-up: Speed limits, new jobs, vegan enchiladas and more

Oak Cliff was on TV last night for an NBC DFW story about the “Twenty’s Plenty” campaign, Kessler Park and East Kessler neighbors who put up yard signs reminding drivers to slow down.

Dean Foods, the East Dallas-based dairy company, is building a new plant in South Dallas, near Kiest and Ledbetter. They are expected to hire as many as 100 workers.

City of Ate praises the vegetarian and vegan selection at Bee Enchiladería.

And a story last week in the Texas Tribune about U.S. Census numbers indicating Dallas has no room to grow featured a picture from a cookout at Kidd Springs Park. The story notes that the Hispanic population in Dallas is growing.

Elba Garcia, a Dallas County commissioner, said that anytime a county has a low level of growth, it is a challenge for the tax base — regardless of the ethnic breakdown of the population. She said the spike in the region’s Hispanic population would likely translate to more Hispanic representation in the state’s redistricting process.

But the population decrease inside the city also means that urban residents could lose some sway in the Texas House. Several incumbent members of the chamber represent districts that did not keep pace with the population of neighboring suburban districts, and they may be consolidated.

“The fact that we’re seeing so much growth through the area speaks well for the region,” Garcia said. “Does it present some challenges? Obviously. But I believe it eventually equalizes.”


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