Most Read Stories of 2021 – Lakewood / East Dallas
As 2021 draws to a close, we take a look back at everything that has happened during the year.
We have reported on news related to crime, restaurants, education, health, local government, zoning issues and more.
Some of the topics we wrote about weren’t breaking news. They told the story of our neighborhood. They showed what items East Dallas people buy and sell, what pieces we have as yard art, or even how we celebrate the holidays.
There was a lot to learn this year. Of all the articles we have written, a few have received more attention than others.
Here are the 10 most popular stories of 2021.
“Modern beauty rises above the shore of White Rock Lake,” we wrote in the article in our March issue. “Perched on a hill in The Peninsula neighborhood, the three-story home offers treetop views and scenic lake scenes from its rooftop terrace.”
This is the most read story we published in 2021.
On Facebook, some people marveled at the house, commenting on "beautiful" or a simple heart-shaped emoji. But others had a different reaction.
"Why would I want to watch something we can't afford?" Ken Sparks asked. “It doesn't make sense. I'm going to grab my toys and move to East Texas and live a quiet life without the hustle and bustle of the city and traffic.”
Read about the Perch Haus here.
In March, we announced that a Whataburger would be built at Arboretum Village on Gaston Avenue.
The neighbors' responses ranged from excitement to resentment.
“Hope you like cold burgers,” William Lane commented on our Facebook post.
“More of Whataburger is always better than less of Whataburger imo,” wrote Brandon Daiker.
“When we have a Liberty Burger (and we can have a Garden or an Impossible Burger), why is it a celebration? Asked Scot Mantague. "Whataburger is such poor quality food that has an oversized reputation because of its Texan roots."
It started a series of stories that followed the progress of the restaurant.
We continued to write about the case until November, when city council referred the matter to the Municipal Planning Commission. This happened because the public notices to surrounding landowners for the Plan Commission's initial public hearing were ill-prepared.
Read the story here.
Jimmy's Food Store in Old East Dallas is a neighborhood destination for all things Italian.
So when Eataly, a chain store, expanded to Dallas, a neighbor shared a "law": if you can buy something from Jimmy's and Eataly, buy it from Jimmy's.
Facebook followers appreciated the support of our local store.
“Jimmy's is a Dallas treasure,” wrote Nina Payán. “Not only because of the amazing market and the deli, but also because they are our neighbors and friends. "
“Our Christmas dinners wouldn't be the same without Jimmy, bless this spicy Italian sausage and a Dallas icon,” added Molly Benavides Galbraith.
See the "law" here.
This one wasn't released in 2021. We originally included it in a 2019 magazine issue, but the neighbors just can't get enough.
They are the descendants of the infamous Bonnie and Clyde. Lakewood residents Charles Heard and Sherry Childress befriended Rhea Leen Linder, Bonnie Parker's niece, who wanted to move Bonnie's grave next to Clyde's.
Read the story here.
When we published this story in February, approximately 14,000 customers in East Dallas were without power due to rotating power outages caused by the blizzard.
Neighbors kept letting us know on Facebook how long they had been without power at home and what they were dealing with - indoor temperatures in the 40s, frozen pipes, unable to heat anything, animals in pain.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) triggered the outages due to record demand for electricity.
Read the story here.
Four local restaurants have come together to support Greenville Avenue Pizza Co. manager David Stigall, whose wife, Ashley, passed away suddenly on Christmas 2020.
One day in January 2021, the pizzeria and Goodfriend Beer Garden, Goodfriend Package and One90 Smoked Meats decided to donate part of their sales to the Stigall family.
Learn more about the good job here.
Construction of the possible 17 sets of apartment quarters in the Village began in 1968.
It now has around 7,300 apartments and, at any given time, around 11,000 people live there.
“The best times of my life. 1969 to 1974, ”Yvonne Halphen told us on Facebook.
We've explored The Village's history with data, trivia, photos and more, and published it in our October issue.
Read our full report here.
Earlier this month, we introduced you to Kerry Johnson.
Johnson moved into a house on Vanderbilt Avenue in February, unaware it was located in a conservation district.
She painted the exterior brick, which put her on the City of Dallas radar. Then she realized that she had to replace a few windows. Eventually, she ended up with an arrest warrant issued against her.
Some neighbors on Facebook were nice. Others weren't.
"Maybe ignoring several city notices is a really bad idea?" Jason Blair commented.
“I'm glad the city is focusing on things like this instead of tackling real crime,” wrote Christopher Gambino.
There are a lot more details to know. Read them here.
In June, we reported on a planned development for the Garland Road thrift store site.
The development, Casa View Court, would combine single-family, duplex and apartment living in one neighborhood. A community lawn with grills, benches, play areas and shade covers would be located in the center of the property.
Members of the Greater Casa View Alliance have supported the development, but readers have had mixed opinions on Facebook.
“I never thought of ruining East Dallas more in such a deliberately trashy way, well done,” wrote Peter Doll.
“It sounds like a fantastic development,” wrote John Smart. “No wonder everyone is supporting him. Thanks to Larkspur for all the improvements they are making in East Dallas.
The development was to be discussed at the city planning committee meeting on December 16.
Read our first report here.
The snowstorm caused grief, damage and havoc. But one of the advantages was that our neighborhood had become a winter wonderland.
With days of freezing temperatures and inches of snow, our neighborhood was blanketed in white.
See more pictures here.