News roundup: Urban core, flooding rescues, crime

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The northern suburbs are growing faster, and their populations are wealthier and more educated than the urban core of Dallas. To catch up, the city could raise the minimum wage to $10.25 an hour. And we should encourage urban infill development, according to this story from the Dallas Morning News:

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North Central Texas Council of Governments transportation director Michael Morris told the Young Constructors Council of the TEXO construction association last week that instead of an ever-extending transit network, the solution is dense infill developments where highway capacity and rail service already exist.

“The more development you can get to locate to areas that already have adequate transportation, the less you have to then build in the green-field areas,” Morris said in a subsequent interview.

Several families had to be evacuated from their homes in West Dallas Thursday night because of flooding. Floodwater also caused stalled cars on Illinois at Hampton, where Dallas Fire and Rescue had to rescue motorists who ignored barricades.

This is the wettest month in history for North Texas, and 8 million acre feet of water have fallen into Texas reservoirs in the past month. The Washington Post helps us visualize just how much water that is (enough to submerge the whole state of Rhode Island under 10 feet of water).

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A shooting near Rugged and Hansboro this week injured two people and caused a pickup to crash into a telephone pole and knock out power in the neighborhood.

In the same area, near Ledbetter and Altoona, a 23-year-old man was arrested for attempted kidnappings.

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