Monday, February 7, 2022

Is a Palisades Settlement or Lawsuit Brewing?

 On February 7, 2022, the agenda of the Richardson City Council lists an executive session on the following topic:

In compliance with Section 551.071 (1) and (2) of the Texas Government Code, Council will convene into a
closed session to discuss the following:
• Consultation with City Attorney regarding JP – KBS Holdings, LLC Payment Request

What is JP - KBS Holdings? That is a holding company that now owns and manages the Palisades development. You know, Palisades, that stalled development that got former Mayor Laura Maczka twice convicted of federal charges surrounding corruption. Oh yes and along with that there was/is a potential $47 million economic development agreement.


Friday, February 4, 2022

The Story of Scottsdale

The Story of Scottsdale is the story of every residential street in Richardson. The story of Scottsdale is the story of almost every suburban residential street in America. I pick this example because it is a practical real-world example with dollars, places, bids, and votes and not merely a piece of theory.

I start with this first post after relaunch because it is an example of something I want to emphasize through The Richardson Echo. An important point about cities that is often overlooked is that, of the things a city can control, land use policy is possibly the most important key to a city’s health and well-being.   More after the jump.

Scottsdale Dr. - January 2021 (photo by Google)