The Dallas Parks Board last week approved an in-depth plan to light White Rock Lake, but some neighbors still have concerns. Hear what city staff, lighting design experts and our neighbors have to say about it all. 
Will budget cuts drive East Dallas dwellers to suburbia? It could happen, and here’s why.

Friends of the Santa Fe Trail, a group you read about in the Advocate magazine last year around this time, just received its first major financial boost. The city is building the trail, which eventually will link Deep Ellum and Fair Park to White Rock Lake, but the “Friends” will fund the extras. Read more on the Back Talk blog.

A free outdoor movie
launches at Mockingbird Station tonight at 8 p.m. with “Drop Dead Gorgeous”, a mockumentary about beauty pageant contestants and their sadistic shenanigans. Mockingbird Station, along with the Angelika, will screen similarly campy cinematic brain candy Thursdays throughout the summer.

Lower Greenville could have a new grocery store next year. A small, organic grocery chain is said to have pre-leased the anchor spot in a development planned for the site of the old Arcadia nightclub. We reported last year the development was on track for a spring 2009 opening. But the opening has been pushed back, probably to late 2010, because of tighter lending standards. If you know other news about neighborhood businesses — anniversary specials, new ownership, updated digs, a grand opening or the like — send us the scoop at for a new Advocate magazine monthly column we’ll be starting shortly.

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