The Dallas Morning News released a jaw-dropping but unsurprising review of the City of Dallas that it commissioned through the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton. The conclusions are disenheartening: Dallas is a visionless city that is screwing up basic city functions like crime prevention, education*, and economic development.
This is disappointing. I put my reputation on the line when I encouraged my family to move inside of Dallas and Dallas ISD in Sepember ’03. Even though I live in a stable area with a good elementary school and a reasonable commute to work, sometimes I wonder whether I made the right long-term decision.
Will Dallas change course? Does City Hall have the guts to concentrate on the big picture, stop micromanaging, and curtail its pointless bickering? City Hall’s response over the next few days will be interesting.
Should I dig in and fight for the city? Should I just acknowledge a mistake and plan my exit path?
*I know education is not run by the city, but the report shows how Dallas could do much better at helping Dallas ISD do its job.