Graffiti-Curating Real Estate Developer Enters Council Race. His Opponent *Cough* Adam Medrano *Cough* Remains a Mystery.

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Herschel Weisfeld is a property developer by trade, but he's also the guy who started CorinthPark, the graffiti-covered artist's collective that is something of a model for the Dallas Police Department. Yesterday, the Dallas Voice broke the news that he also hopes to replace Pauline Medrano as District 2's city council member.

"I have a passion for the city. I've been involved and engaged in so many different parts of the city for so many years, I decided it was time to take a look at City Council and ask myself what can I [offer]?" he said today.

The answer, he says, is diverse experience that includes a childhood spent in McAllen, as the child of a produce grower, involvement in a long list of civic organizations and strong support of the arts, graffitied or otherwise. He loses no points on the diversity front for being openly gay, Jewish and a fluent Spanish speaker.

The latter will be key in a district with such a large Hispanic population, particularly if Adam Medrano decides to enter the race. The DISD trustee, Pauline's nephew, is the would-be heir to the District 2 seat. As Rudy Bush reported yesterday at the Morning News, Adam Medrano pretty much already has made that decision, though he hasn't technically made it official. Getting officially into the race would require him to leave his job with the city's Park and Recreation Department.

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Instead, his aunt is sending out a birthday card featuring a cartoon Adam Medrano running down the Katy Trail, a city of Dallas water bottle in one hand, the other giving his bicycling aunt a thumbs up. He has a the No. 2 on his shirt. Just to dispel notions that the card is a de facto campaign announcement, it should be pointed out that Medrano is jogging in the picture, not running, and that the No. 2 represents the number of legs he's using to do so, not the council district he lives in. As for the water bottle, he just really likes that stylish city logo.

I've emailed him to talk about his potential candidacy, but for now, what of Weisfeld's vision for the city? He mentioned some specific ideas about promoting smart development around Love Field and making sure the city drains well during floods, but emphasized that what the city really needs is a vision for the next 30 to 50 years. For Weisfeld, that includes a lot more multifamily developments, more walkable neighborhoods and transportation infrastructure that encourages walking, biking and public transportation.

"I think what's happening in urban sprawl is a thing of the past," he said. "What we're looking at now is density. ... I think we look at issues of security, and I think we have to look at places like London."

London, as in the place where cameras watch your every move. Cameras have worked well downtown, and Weisfeld wonders when the city will acknowledge that they can be used in other areas to enhance public safety.

But that's the future. For now, Weisfeld's just wondering who might enter the race against him.


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6 comments
EdD.
EdD.

You should get that cough looked at. It's really harming your ability to spellcheck headlines.

Sam851
Sam851

Oh lord, Yet another member of the Medrano Mafia is running for the family seat in Disctrict 2. This guy can Hang it up right now. Everybody knows the Medrano family has well over 2 thousand Fraudulent Voter ballots to turn in every election. They have built up a database of non voting Latinos and Latinos that have moved out of the district from their Rental Property management business over the years. Every Election the Medrano Family gathers around the table, pulls out the old files and starts filling out ballots and forging signatures. Why do you think hundreds of those ballots have the same handwriting every election?

 

Even Pauline Medrano was caught red handed in fraudulent ballot scheme in the late 80's that was investigated and reported on by the Dallas Morning News. The Medranos  continue to get away with every election and this one will be no different.

TheCedar
TheCedar

As a 14 year resident of the Cedars Herscel Weisfield can hardly call himself a developer.  On many occasions the neighborhood association has had to badger him to clean up and secure his properties (some of the worst in the area).  The Cedars has one of the lowest crime rates in the city of Dallas. Without any help or input from him. He has not once been to a cleanup, park building, lot clearing, meeting on neighborhood policing, or paint project, yet he somehow finds a way to take credit for the hard work the residents have put in.  I am amazed that nowhere in this article does it mention the real reason we now enjoy, almost no crime, a good relationship with our police and an improved quality of life.  That reason is a hard working Assocation and all the help we have received from our police and city council.  Mr. Weisfield played little or no part in the improvement of of an already wonderful place to live.

Pegasus
Pegasus

Cue Sharon Boyd calling Hershel the last (insert one of the following: noble, honest, unbought, etc) man in Dallas. Also cue Billy MacLoed losing to all candidates in a landslide.

differencedisagreement
differencedisagreement

Is that Medrano from the famous Medrano voter-fraud crime-family? Gee whiz this "Diversity" stuff sounds great! This "diversity" stuff sounds AWESOME!!!  diversity (n.)  mid-14c., "quality of being diverse," mostly in a neutral sense, from O.Fr. diversité (12c.) "difference, diversity, unique feature, oddness:" also "wickedness, perversity," from L. diversitatem (nom. diversitas) "contrariety, contradiction, disagreement;" also, as a secondary sense, "difference, diversity," from diversus "turned different ways" (in Late Latin "various"), pp. of divertere (see divert). http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=diversity

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