The 30 Divide: Down Town Dallas Part 1

When we talk about the large issues facing Dallas we inevitably speak about north and south. Our politics and economic developments all face the age old quagmire of south Dallas versus the northern part of Dallas. It’s the sad state of this cities continued and sometimes bitter struggle for political and economic dominance. Give or take a mile or two interstate 30 seems to be the line of demarcation. That’s the mason Dixon of the city. You can truly say that when you cross south of that large interstate that you have entered the territory we all know as “south Dallas”. When you stay north you are in the vast northern area known as “north Dallas”.

Down town Dallas rest firmly in the northern corridor of the divided city. It’s as if it is the Jerusalem of Dallas. A down town shared by both the sophisticated upwardly mobile and affluent elements of the north and the hip risk taking urbanites of the south. If you Watch the faces of down town Dallas you can see the concerned and inquisitive looks on the faces of the quickly moving visitors of the contested down town area. They must be asking, do they dress like me? Look like me? Do they use bar soap or a liquid pump? Would it be Briefs or boxers are they democrat or republican? Did they drive to down town or ride the bus? These questions are all critical to determine if that person scurrying about down town is from the north or south. Let me see did that person pay in cash or use a credit card? Because we all know that there are fewer credit cards in south Dallas. That person walking across Main Street has a shopping bag. Is it from Macy’s of Wal-Mart? You know the obvious difference there. Where do they eat lunch, the spot that actually has a valet or a drive thru window? You make the call. By this point in this commentary you must be at least confused and a little ticked off. Is the author trying to be funny? Is the author serious? Well perhaps both. Can you honestly deny much validity to this? Is there a divide in Dallas? Down town at least? Consider this, if you were going to divide up the city in three groups, and you were to label the three south Dallas, north Dallas, and I don’t know, The I don’t knows would have fewer in its line.

-Barry Curtis

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A Patriots Call

The first duty of a patriot is to be informed; the second duty is to be armed. I now call upon all patriots to adhere to the first responsibility of citizenship. It is clear that our founding fathers demanded that we as patriots remain engaged in the struggle for freedom. Adams, Jefferson and Washington never took a break from the burdens of citizenship. Our founding patriots recognized that the struggle for freedom never ends. Ronald Reagan often said that our nation’s freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. I call upon this young and untested generation to Facebook,  Tumblr, texting and Twitter their way into the national dialogue of freedom. The nation’s first words of freedom may have been echoed in Philadelphia over 230 years ago but the great discussion of liberty that so shook independence hall in the warm summers of the continental congress have never gone silent. The greatest guarantee of freedom for our nation’s future is to secure the knowledge and love of the constitution in our youth.  The most significant difference between our founding fathers and politicians of today is that our original orators of this argument of liberty had an undying love for the declaration and the constitution. That is not an exaggeration, there was an absolute love for these documents and of course the ideas and the principles they stood for. It was clear by the passion and intensity that our founding hero’s spoke, that they would lay their lives on the line for the said principles that they argued for. I call upon all patriots make ready to do the same. We must take to heart the sacred and noble honor to stand in defense of the nation’s founding documents. I as a citizen have no shame or embarrassment to publicly proclaim that I love the constitution, I love the declaration of independence and that I am a patriot. Can you say the same? Will you answer the call of our fathers and say clearly that I will be patriotic by staying an informed citizen.

-Barry curtis