Dallas Public Library Now Lends Laptops And More City News


In this week‘s Dallas news roundup, the library is now lending laptops. There is a decision to be made regarding a DART Rail project in downtown Dallas. There is a permanently closed road that goes under I-45. And there is a company name change for the everyday.

Here’s what happened in Dallas this week:

Road closure
TxDOT has permanently closed a segment of South Harwood Street, from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to South Boulevard. This closure is necessary as they widen I-45.

It is part of the SM Wright Phase II project, which will reconfigure the existing interchange between I-45 and SH 310 (SM Wright Parkway), Cesar Chavez Boulevard and the Good Latimer Expressway.

The project will transform SM Wright Freeway into a six-lane, single-level boulevard with traffic lights. Highway viaducts will be removed and the boulevard will include landscaping and sidewalks.

The closure is a two-block strip of South Harwood that currently sits under I-45. More information on their website at www.smwrightproject.com. The project is expected to be completed in 2023.

Library laptops
The Dallas Public Library now allows residents to borrow laptops, which come with Wi-Fi hotspots.

Laptops can be placed on request just like a library book and picked up through Library To Go’s curbside service. They must be returned in person to the same location they were checked out during business hours. the library.

Laptops can be ordered online at www.dallaslibrary.org, by phone at 214-670-1400, or by contacting a local branch. They can be retrieved for 30 days with the option to renew if there are no outstanding requests.

The library uses Chromebooks, which are laptops designed exclusively for accessing the Internet; they come with Microsoft Office. The library has deployed 100 to nine library locations and will deploy an additional 1,125 in April to 20 locations.

Chromebooks are funded by a grant from the Texas State Library and Archive Commission and are specified for neighborhoods with the greatest digital divide. The laptops were purchased with a CARES grant to help meet the challenges of COVID-19.

A 2016 survey found that more than 42% of Dallas residents did not have an Internet connection at home. In 2020, the Dallas Public Library began checking hotspots, but these were only available on your cell phone.

DART D2 downtown road
Dallas Area Rapid Transit is request Dallas City Council will decide its preferred route for the D-2, the proposed second rail line for downtown Dallas, to relieve congestion from the single route currently running through downtown .

A decision must be made by March 24 to secure $ 800 million in federal funding.

The decision is complicated by a popular proposal to remove I-345. If that happens, the replacement could be moved underground, where D2 would also be, so that they would be competing for the same space.

More from Belo
The parent company of Dallas Morning News look for change its name from AH Belo Corp. to distance himself from its founder, Alfred Horatio Belo, who was a Confederate colonel in the Civil War. New name: DallasNews Corporation. They will ask shareholders to approve the name change in May.

It’s not the only Belo in town: there’s also Belo Garden Park, located near the old downtown newspaper building; and the Belo Mansion, a banquet hall on Ross Avenue currently owned by the Dallas Bar Foundation.

The name change provides a positive distraction from the business reported loss of $ 6.9 million for the year, as well as his plan to initiate a reverse stock split, which companies are doing to try and increase their stock price. The newspaper has a total of 48,903 digital subscribers.

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