The Dallas Morning News Case Study

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The Dallas Morning News September 01-November 30, 1986 5/4/2011 Bradley Wyly | The Dallas Morning News has covered the metroplex since October 1, 1885. Since then it has become one of the largest newspapers of the United States with over 250,000 subscribers. The metroplex experienced problems in 1986 with the recession. Oil prices collapses and the economy was in a free fall. The recession had a daunting effect on Dallas. They ranged from more homeless being on the street to the vacancy of the city manager and assistant city manager spot. The Dallas Morning News showed this struggle with the recession through various articles in the months of September through November of 1986. The beginning of September began with the crushing of…show more content…
The leaving of Richard Knight and Charles Anderson left a hole that needing filling in the assistant city manager and the city manager spot’s in Dallas. Charles Anderson left for DART as executive director, with Charles Knight also joining DART as deputy executive director (October 14, 1986). Anderson had many duties when he joined DART such as overseeing the preparation of a financial plan that satisfied the board and DART's 16 serving cities. He needed to work with suburban cities to get funding for a 93-mile, $2.8 billion rail system to be built by 2010(October 5, 1986). He also needed to rebuild a staff that had extensive holes in the ranks, to find a way to raise fares 70 percent, but also scale back bus service within Dallas and the suburban cities (October 5, 1986). Mayor Starke Taylor worried as some of his most experienced city administrators left for DART. This created a large hole in the city and assistant city manager spots (October 14, 1986). The problem for Dallas would be that it would have to find elsewhere to fill its administrator ranks rather than trying to promote within. Another problem would be that it would be harder to find one since most city managers left when the city was in excellent financial health, but the new one would be entering in a time of cutbacks and a soft…show more content…
The growing epidemic of homelessness affected Dallas. According to estimates, 14,000 homeless were on the streets in the year of 1986 with 40 to 60 percent of them having mental problems (November 23, 1986). On a typical day, 4,000 homeless have to compete for only 1,400 shelter beds (November 27, 1986). Thousands of others are on the verge of being homeless by being a rent check away from losing their homes. The government of Dallas became frugal with their spending due to funding. Volunteer groups such as The Salvation Army and North Dallas Share Ministries had to pick up the slack instead and try to expand their facilities to accommodate more people (November 27, 1986). With the withering economy cutting down in donations in the private sector problems became apparent. Many of these groups had to turn down help to the needy with rent, food, and shelter. With increasing demand for these facilities, organizations are seeing 25 to 60 percent increases (November 27, 1986). For example, the Holy Trinity Ministry to the Poor projected a 144 percent increase this year (November 27, 1986). The economy of Texas with an unemployment rate of 9.5 percent (1.5 percent higher the past year) along with the increasing number of transient out-of-towners has helped increase the problem with homeless being on the streets (November 27, 1986). In addition, the shortage of more than 45,000 units of low-income housing,

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