Editor’s note: Another week has come and gone, and there’s a lot we all probably missed. But we’re looking out for you, kid. Here are the most popular stories from this past week:
1. This is how much you need to make to live comfortably in Dallas. A new study from GoBankingRates.com has revealed that Americans living in 39 of the 50 most populous U.S. cities have incomes below (or far below) what’s needed to live comfortably. Surprisingly, that stat doesn't really seem to apply to Texas, which has seven cities in the study.
2. This high-speed system would get you from Dallas to Austin in just 20 minutes. A Star Wars-esque innovation promises to put at least some of the nightmarish traffic on Texas’ most clogged roadways — I-35, I-45, and I-10 — in our rearview mirrors. A company called Hyperloop One recently named a proposed high-speed, L-shaped route linking Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, Houston, San Antonio, and Laredo as one of 11 U.S. finalists in a contest to develop a futuristic tube-based system for shuttling passengers and cargo.
3. Dallas says yes to cite and release for marijuana. The city of Dallas now has a cite-and-release program for marijuana, with a 10-5 majority of the Dallas City Council voting yes to the policy at its meeting on April 11. This is the second time the Dallas City Council has considered cite and release, following a pilot program that was considered in 2016 and rejected.
4. Dallas’ most promising young professionals gala continues to blossom. Dallas is known for a lot of things — big hair, for example — but we think its most enduring legacy will be fundraising for the world’s most important causes. The city’s young professionals are upholding this important tradition through impressive organizations like the Yellow Rose Gala Foundation and its annual gala.
5. Where to eat in Dallas right now: 10 hottest new restaurants for April. The dining scene in Dallas is so dynamic right now that pretty much every month we see a slew of new restaurants. New is good, but diners in the know want to know where the hot ones are.