Leeds United Player Ratings From Their Draw Against Preston North End: Who Disappointed The Most?

Leeds United could collect merely one point from their latest game against Preston North End, and considering that they had an extra man after Ben Pearson was shown the red card in the 60th minute, they should have fared in a much better manner.

Thomas Christiansen’s men did produce an underwhelming day at their own backyard and here is how we rate Leeds United’s players from their goalless stalemate against the Invincibles:

Felix Wiedwald 6/10

The custodian wasn’t tested by anything substantial throughout the game, although he really needs to up the quality of his ball distribution.

Luke Ayling 7/10

Ayling kept making strong and aggressive tackles and blocks throughout the game, but lacked the productivity that was expected from his offensive endeavours.

Pontus Jansson 7/10

He was one of the finest performers for the Whites last season and garnered yet another resilient outing. Jansson did overplay on a few occasions but overall, he put his work-ethics on display.

Liam Cooper 7/10

Cooper formed a strong partnership with Jansson at the heart of Christiansen’s defence.

Cameron Borthwich-Jackson 7.5/10

Borthwich-Jackson, after a quiet start, unleashed his calibre after the visitors went down to ten men, and kept toiling relentless up and down the pitch. His crosses were better this time around.

Eunan O’Kane 6.5/10

The midfielder took his time to discharge his passes but dictated the play from the middle of the park.

Kalvin Phillips 5.5/10

Phillips emerged as the weak link in the midfield of the West Yorkshire based club as he let himself get dominated by the opponents. He was sporadic, inconsistent and deserved to be replaced.

Kemar Roofe 5/10

The youngster failed to erect a strong footing for himself and was actually blunt whilst his attacking endeavours.

Pablo Hernandez 6/10

Hernandez impressed in patches but what deterred his progress were his shambolic decision-making skills at times.

Ezgjan Alioski 5.5/10

He couldn’t get the space he needed to manoeuvre something spectacular and thus, failed to make a substantial impact in the game. However, he did toil hard.

Chris Wood 6/10

The New Zealand international was frustrated owing to the lack of chances and had a very quiet game. Nonetheless, Wood should have scored when he was put through one-vs-one with Chris Maxwell, with the latter pulling off a spectacular save.


Samuel Saiz 6.5/10

Saiz was brought on as a replacement for Roofe and he did create a buzz and it was good to see him aiming for the ball time and again.

Ronaldo Vieira 6.5/10

He added a lot of resilience and flair into Christiansen’s side and kept the pressure on Alex Neil’s men after replacing Phillips.

Stuart Dallas 6/10

Dallas had really little time to make an impact but did the basics right after coming on for Borthwick-Jackson.

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Construction to Reroute Traffic on North End of Campus

A map shows a stretch of the Loop Road and a parking lot (L) that will be affected by this summer’s construction, east of the residence halls and north of the current ATEC building.

A segment of Loop Road – from Rutford Avenue to Lot R outside the Administration Building – will be shut down Wednesday, July 10, through mid-August for median removal. All east-west traffic on the road will be rerouted to Synergy Parkway. The segment of Loop Road will reopen before the fall 2013 semester begins.

In addition, Parking Lot L, at the southeast corner of Rutford Avenue and Loop Road, will be removed in August to accommodate construction on a new parking garage at that intersection. The covered parking structure will include 10,000 square feet of retail space.

Students, staff and faculty who currently use Lot L will be redirected to park in Lots A and B on the northeast side of campus until the new parking structure is completed in fall 2014. Free Comet Cab campus shuttles will help transport students, staff and faculty from Lots A and B to their destinations.

These projects are part of a larger overhaul on the north side of campus, that will eventually include the construction of the new 600-bed Student Housing Complex, a Bioengineering and Sciences building south of the Natural Science and Engineering Research Lab (NSERL), and the redesign of the north campus mall, from the McDermott Library to the Administration Building.

For current information on UT Dallas construction projects, follow on Twitter at @UTDConstruction or check Pardon our Progress updates.

Media Contact: Robin Russell, UT Dallas, (972) 883-4431, robin.russell@utdallas.edu
or the Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, newscenter@utdallas.edu.

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History, go: UNT film class puts Quakertown walking tour on smartphones

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Denton has remembered Quakertown in paper, ink and sculpted brick. The city renamed the civic park built on the razed homes and shops in 2007, calling it Quakertown Park to honor the residents unjustly evicted from their land in 1923.

This summer, a group of University of North Texas film students will put the freedmen’s town back on the local map — this time in people’s pockets.

The students are calling their interactive film project “Freedman Town 2.0.”

Using a smartphone app, visitors who walk through Quakertown Park will be able to read facts about the buildings that once stood and the people who lived and worked in them, or launch a video of the town’s local descendants talking about the town and its legacy.

Gotta catch ’em all

Filmmakers get their ideas from a lot of different places, and for one University of North Texas film professor, inspiration for a new project came from a blockbuster video game.

“I was really inspired by Pokemon Go,” said Carla LynDale Carter-Bishop, a media arts professor at UNT who helms the summer interactive community video class. “I was interested in how the constructed world of the game was put into the actual environment. You could play the game no matter where you were. I knew there were a lot of different ways to use the same idea in other media.”

Pokemon Go uses a format called augmented reality. Digital animation and programing is integrated into a gamer’s environment through a device — Pokemon Go players allow the game access to their smartphone GPS. That’s how the game could tell you that a rare "Pocket Monster" was hiding three blocks away. Or how a neighbor’s front yard could turn into a Pokemon training gym.

Carter-Bishop said she thought she might be able to experiment with augmented reality and storytelling in her summer interactive community video class.

And when Carter-Bishop discovered the story of Quakertown, she knew she had the class subject matter.

The class would create an interactive video project about Quakertown, a thriving black settlement in Denton. Its residents were self-sufficient, living in the freedmen’s town from the 1880s to the early 1920s.

“I do a lot of work about black communities,” Carter-Bishop said. “When I discovered the history of Quakertown, I started doing research. I read White Lilacs [Carolyn Meyers’ novel for children that tells a fictionalized version of the story]. I saw a lot of similarities between the communities I’ve studied before and Quakertown.”

Carter-Bishop was involved in this year’s Denton Black Film Festival, and when she talked about Quakertown with festival official Linda Eaddy, Carter-Bishop said she knew there was a project in the making.

“Linda really encouraged me,” Carter-Bishop said. “There is a lot of information about Quakertown out there, but there is a lot more that hasn’t been told.”

Quakertown’s residents and businesses were evicted in 1921, when a resident petitioned the City Council to buy the land where Quakertown stood to turn it into a city park. By 1923, all of the residents had relocated, their land purchased or condemned by city officials.

Out of the classroom

Carter-Bishop’s students had just five weeks to research the history and legacy of Quakertown, and turn the information into an interactive media product available to anyone with a smartphone and the free Aurasma app.

The small summer school class got to work right away. They combed through documents and photos at the Denton County Museums and Office of History and Culture. They visited Emily Fowler Central Library.

After amassing their research, Carter-Bishop arranged a meet-and-greet with the children and families of Quakertown’s residents at the American Legion Post 71.

“Being a filmmaker, I knew that none of the research could be complete without talking to people who know something about the community. The meeting was probably the most important part of the project,” Carter-Bishop said.

Nathan Taylor, a UNT senior in the class, focused his research on the businesses that were built in Quakertown.

“I took a map of Quakertown, and studied where the businesses were. All of the businesses used to be on Oakland,” Taylor said. “There was a grocery store, and a doctor’s office. It was all there in the community.”

For as long as most Denton residents can recall, the Oakland Street side of Quakertown Park has been the home of Emily Fowler Central Library, the Denton Woman’s Club Building, a playground and soccer fields at the north end of the park.

Samantha McDanel, a UNT senior, and junior Valorie Buentello spent much of their research talking with residents of Southeast Denton, the neighborhood where some of the descendants of Quakertown’s families live.

“I spent time especially at Fred Moore High School, and I learned a lot just by walking around and talking to the people,” McDanel said. “There are a lot of misconceptions about Fred Moore High, and what they do there.”

Fred Moore High School is an alternative school, where a lot of students can graduate on an accelerated schedule, or recover high school credits. Students benefit from flexible schedules and smaller classes.

UNT film student Valorie Buentello, left, chats with Alma Clark, a longtime resident of Denton whose late husband, William, was a resident of Quakertown, a black settlement in Denton that was forcibly relocated so the city could create a park. UNT Media Arts

Buentello met with the women of the Denton Christian Women’s Interracial Fellowship, a long-standing partnership between the churchgoing residents of the neighborhood and the predominantly white women who belong to Trinity Presbyterian Church.

“The women we talked to talked about what the heart is of the group, and I was surprised to find out that the fellowship still comes together. The women still meet,” Buentello said.

UNT senior George Starks said his research — which went back to the original Freedman Town — turned up a surprise.

“The Freedman Town where this all started, the families who left White Rock [community in Dallas] have two dates for when they left — 1857 and 1875,” Starks said. “But as I did the research, I found that the slaves in that area, they weren’t freed until around 1863.”

Paring it down

The UNT summer session is short, especially considering the time filmmakers need to research, shoot and edit their work.

“I thought it was going to be a long documentary, and I went into the class with that mindset,” McDanel said. “When I found out this was going to be totally different, I wasn’t sure how we were going to do it. But everyone is doing part of it, and everyone wants to do their part. It’s a lot of work for a five-week class, but everyone is on board.”

Carter-Bishop said the class is expecting to get the project complete by Aug. 10-11. After that, the interactive video — interviews, maps and the like — will be available through the app. Carter-Bishop said the class has made a video explaining the project that will be available on social media.

Carter-Bishop said she plans to present a program on the project at the Denton Senior Center when it’s complete, to help technophobic seniors learn how to use the app and the interactive media.

And the project doesn’t have to end with the class.

“This is something we can build on,” Carter-Bishop said.

Taylor said he’s glad to be part of a project that people can use — perhaps years from now.

“Once all this is finalized,” he said, “I will be grateful that I can do this for the younger generation. It was great to get to know people who know about this community. And I think it’s good to be able to get this out there to people who don’t know about it, and might not be able to find this history.”

Buentello said she and other people assume that anything they need to know is on the internet.

“That’s what shocked me,” she said. “How so much of all of this isn’t on Google. You think everything is, you know? But if you want to know about Quakertown, you’re not going to find much of it by Googling it.”

LUCINDA BREEDING can be reached at 940-566-6877.

FEATURED PHOTO: Valorie Buentello, left, grins as UNT film students set up a video shoot with Place 1 City Council member Gerard Hudspeth. The students were making a video for an augmented reality app that will reveal videos and digital media as users roam Quakertown Park in Denton. (Courtesy photo/UNT Media Arts)

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Brazos Island, its unique legacy

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Barometers measured the storm’s low pressure at 28.02 inches or 948 millibars at Brownsville at 1 am on Monday, the 5th. These figures characterize the hurricane as a Category 3 one. It is listed as #31 of 65 of the most intense storms to hit Texas.

The elements created a tidal surge of 13 feet along Brazos and South Padre Islands. All dunes on the latter were flattened. South Padre Island had over 40 overflow channels cut in it to the Laguna Madre.

The marginal ranching on the south part of South Padre Island was abandoned forever after this storm. On Brazos Island some Valleyites had constructed summer cottages of wood on pilings. They were in residence because of the holiday weekend. Coast Guardsmen boated over to Boca Chica Beach to warn them of the coming storm.

Some fled immediately while others chose to ride out any storm. In a VMS 8/4/05 account Lorene Valdez Meyners related what transpired. Battering waves soon struck the beach houses and started to tear them apart. The occupants then began a trek five miles south to Del Mar Beach and the shelter of its bathhouse.

Many ended by cowering behind sand dunes and moving as one by one they were eroded by tidal action. Fortunately all survived as the strongest part of the storm edged into the Valley a little more to the north. Their neighbors had not been so lucky.

Young Jose Longoria saw his 18-year-old sister Concepcion hit on her head by a beam, then swept by the winds out of the beach house only to be impaled on a spiny shrub. She succumbed to her injuries. The Coast Guard ferried some of the harrowed survivors to Port Isabel. Sam Robertson related that his Del Mar complex was not inundated by the high waters but that a large channel had been cut in the north end of the island.

This, of course, wasn’t the first hurricane to devastate the island. Most of the then existing buildings on the island were destroyed by the hurricane of 1867. This included the military depot on the north end. It was never rebuilt.

The 1933 storm did have one positive impact. The storm surges that drove waves across Brazos Island uncovered numerous Union Civil War artifacts, especially at the very north end where the Union Army had established a depot at Brazos Santiago. Col. Sam was to collect many artifacts from the sands turned up by the waves.

This piqued his interest in the Civil War, a war that had devastated his father’s life and that of his grandfather. He went on to collect stories and documents from old local residents. These included an 1867 map of the island. He donated this to Port Isabel’s Harbart Davenport, the local historian who was also a founding member of the Texas Historical Society. Davenport, in turn, presented it to Lota M. Spell of the Advisory Board of Texas Historians. Lota Mae Spell was the first director/curator of the Nettie Lee Latin American Collection.

The resort had opened with considerable fanfare with family friends and newspaper people attending the event. Another promotion in April 1933 ended in tragedy. During a skydiving exhibition, the parachute of William G. Swan failed to open, and he fell to his death over open water.

Continuing to lure guests to the resort the Robertsons, as Thomas relates, continued various promotions. One was

“October 1, 1934 (when) Sam and Maria promoted a fishing tournament for Red Fish, Trout, and Catan. Paul Usher won most trout for a day (28) winning $ 2.50, Librado Perez won largest red fish (19 ¼ lbs.) winning $ 5.00 prize money, and C. A. Pinkley won longest catan, winning ($1.00 ) prize money. August 25, 1937 (brought) a crowd of 3,250 visitors and on April 25,1938 (the resort) had 1,650 visitors. (On) May 13,1938 they again promoted ‘Cottages, Casino action, and Redfish competition at the Del Mar Beach Resort’.”

During World War II the U.S. Coast Guard asked Maria, who succeeded her dead husband in managing the resort, to close its operation. This was done on Thanksgiving Day 1942. After the war the lease and 800 acre property were sold by Al and Lloyd Parker to wealthy Dallas Texas business investors. The Brazos Island and Boca Chica State Park access are served by Texas State Highway 4.

The area has used over the decades by four-wheel drive vehicles, fishermen, campers, surfers and bathers but because of its remoteness isn’t heavily trafficked. The park was acquired and opened in May 1994. In July 2007, the Texas Parks & Wildlife entered into a 50-year lease agreement with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and is now part of the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

Now the area and the south end of Brazos Island will get a new lease on life as development by the Space Explorations Technologies Corporation, better known as Space X, continues with its rocket launching base, currently under construction. Brazos Island with its long, unique history will again welcome change.

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North Dallas Standoff Prompts Apartment Evacuations

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Police evacuated a north Dallas apartment complex after a man fired shots into one of the units.

Police were able to bring this to an end peacefully without any injuries but not before some tense moments all unfolding before a crowd of evacuees.

People packed the sidewalks and grassy areas surrounding the Suncrest Apartments after patrol officers heard gunshots from the building. The officers weren’t the only ones who noticed the distinct sound and the sight of gunfire.

We were locking the door, and we turned that way as soon as we heard the shots, and it looked like it was yellow and white, and I don’t know,” tenant Melaniie Torres said.

Torres says she and her family live directly below the suspect. Police say the man fired multiple shots into an occupied apartment before barricading himself in his own unit.

“At first we thought it was like a car backfiring or something, but as we were walking we heard something just kind of graze by,” said David McKnight, who lives nearby.

As the SWAT team set up a perimeter, investigators say the suspect fired shots through a wall with SWAT officers on the other side. Police sent tear gas into the unit, and the sound startled the crowd outside. Eventually officers were able to convince the suspect to surrender.

“That’s our goal is to have zero injuries including the suspect,” Dallas Police Deputy Chief Thomas Castro said.

Police are not releasing the suspect’s name and say for now they don’t know why he fired the shots. He faces four counts of aggravated assault, and more charges could follow.

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‘Rats Fell from the Ceiling’ at Chipotle in Downtown Dallas, Customer Says

Rodents were crawling around a downtown Dallas Chipotle in the West End Historic District on Tuesday.

A Facebook video showed one rodent scurrying across the ground, another climbing the wall and a third limp on the ground at the restaurant in the 200 block of North Market Street, near Elm Street. Customer Bahadir Han Koseli uploaded the footage, which had been viewed nearly 115,000 times as of Wednesday afternoon.

“Rats fell from the ceiling at Chipotle in the West End,” he wrote. “That brought a quick end to lunch. Management didn’t do anything while we were there but apologize.”

Koseli appeared to have removed the Facebook post Wednesday afternoon, but the video remained on Twitter.

Chipotle corporate said they were mice that got into the restaurant from the outside.

Management removed them before contacting professionals who found a small structural gap, which is believed to be the access point and is being repaired, Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. spokeswoman Quinn Kelsey said.

“This has definitely been high on our radar since yesterday, and we’ve been in close touch with the customer to offer our sincerest apologies and to make it right,” Kelsey said. “This is an extremely isolated incident, but of course it’s never anything we’d want our customers to encounter.”

The Denver-based company has tried to regain the public’s trust after several health-related incidents in the past few years, most notably an E. coli outbreak in 2015.

Recently, one of its restaurants in Virginia closed after some illnesses reported by customers that were consistent with norovirus, a virus from contaminated food that can cause stomach pain, nausea and diarrhea, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But the Dallas Chipotle has received stellar food inspection scores the past three years.

In January, the city gave the restaurant a score of 94 out of 100, which means “very good,” according to the scale.

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Developer Kdc Is Working on Project at the North End of D/Fw Airport

Developer KDC is marketing a mixed-use building project at the north end of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

The 50-acre tract at Royal Lane and State Highway 114 is owned by an Austin investor.

KDC is pitching the vacant Avion Business Park property as a site for office, hotel, retail and industrial development.

KDC is one of North Texas’ busiest commercial builders with a number of corporate projects under its belt.

The developer is currently building the more than 1 million-square-foot State Farm Insurance campus in Richardson.

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North Texas Home Sales, Prices Set Record in June

North Texas real estate agents sold a record number of houses in June.

Last month 11,638 preowned properties changed hands in the area – up 13 percent from a year ago and the largest number ever in a single month.

Area prices also hit a high point in June. The median sales price for a single-family home was $256,000 – 8 percent ahead of where it was in June 2016, according to data from the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University and the North Texas Real Estate Information System.

Through the first six months of 2017, real estate agents have sold 51,627 houses through their multiple listing service – 5 percent more than in the first half of 2016.

“I think Dallas will set another record for all of 2017,” said Dr. James Gaines, chief economist with the Real Estate Center. “The market is still very strong and it isn’t backing off much if anything.”

Gaines said worries about rising mortgage costs may be putting pressure on the summer homebuying market.

“It could be the talk of interest rates increasing by the Fed is spurring people to come into the market and brining demand forward,” he said. “If you believe the cost of financing is going up, it spurs you to action.

“In the long run increasing interest rates will cause demand to go down a little bit.”

There are signs that the huge undersupply of homes for sale in the Dallas-Fort Worth area is easing.

At the end of June there were 11 percent more houses listed for sale with agents in North Texas than a year earlier. Almost 22,000 houses were on the market.

But that still only amounts to a 2.6-month supply of preowned homes available for purchase.

And almost 13,000 of the houses listed for sale are priced over $300,000.

Sales of homes priced at $1 million or more have had the biggest increase this year. So far in 2017 874 million-dollar properties have traded – 37 percent more than in the first half of 2016.

Sales of North Texas houses priced at less than $180,000 are down because of a shortage of low and moderate priced properties.

The average time it takes to sell an house dropped to just 36 days in June, down 5 percent from a year earlier, according to the data from real estate agents.

North Texas in the last few years has seen some of the fastest rising home prices in the country.

Median sales prices in the first half of 2017 were up 11 percent from the sale period last year.

And in the last five years prices have jumped 55 percent, according to the latest sales data.

The biggest price increase have come and the low and moderate sections of the market.

Appreciation of high-end homes has begun to slow this spring and summer, agents say.

“The over $750,000 market for sure is most definitely flatting out,” Gaines said. “There is a whole lot more inventory in the upper price ranges.

“If you are looking at a house less than $250,000 there is a real shortage.”

The booming economy in North Texas should keep the local home market hot through the rest of 2017, Gains said.

“Dallas-Fort Worth and really all of Texas has been a bellwether market around the country,” he said. “Until the economy slows down considerably the housing market will stay strong.”

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No End in Sight for North Texas’ Homebuilding Labor Shortage

Ask a homebuilder to name the industry’s biggest concerns, and the lack of labor is near the top of their list.

Unfortunately for the housing industry, the shortage of workers is not something that’s easy to fix.

Studies suggest it may be impossible to lure enough young Americans into the construction trades to meet ongoing demand. And tougher immigration policies mean there will be fewer foreign workers on construction job sites.

In North Texas, the labor pinch is even worse. Dallas-Fort Worth leads the country in residential building, with more than 50,000 apartments and about 30,000 single-family homes under construction.

Builders could do even more if not for the unprecedented labor shortages.

“In our estimation, it is 18,000 to 20,000” workers needed in the area, said Phil Crone, head of the Dallas Builders Association.

Good luck finding them. North Texas is almost at full employment, and there aren’t enough skilled workers to fill jobs in many sectors.

The shortfall in the homebuilding industry goes back more than a decade.

During the Great Recession, dozens of local builders shut down and laid off workers. When the housing market came back, the labor didn’t.

Finding labor has become a full-time job for some subcontractors, who must be on their toes to keep competitors from stealing their workers.

The shortage of labor and land has held back home construction all across the U.S.

“We have not recovered in terms of production of new homes in this country,” said Doug Yearley, CEO of top-10 builder Toll Brothers. “Going back to the 1970s, this country produced 1.5 million new homes every year.

“We went from producing 1.5 million houses a year to 500,000” during the recession, Yearley said. “It hasn’t come close to approaching the 1.5 million starts a year.”

In the D-FW area, single-family home starts are still about 40 percent below 2005 and 2006 levels — before the crash killed buyer demand.

The buyers came back. But a lot of the folks building houses haven’t.

“We have a tough labor market, and it’s going to get worse,” says Colorado builder Gene Myers.

Myers, whom I visited with last week at a conference in Denver, said the housing industry has done a poor job of keeping up with employment innovation and is lagging in worker production. He said tighter immigration policies are adding to the strain.

“Disruption is possibly on our doorstep in the industry,” Myers said. “This kind of moribund industry is ripe for disruption.”

Myers says a lot of the vacant building jobs are positions Americans don’t want.

A recent industry study found that a majority of young Americans would not take construction jobs even if they paid six figures or more. They basically said they didn’t want to work that hard.

The National Association of Home Builders estimates that the industry in the U.S. is short almost 1 million workers.

And with the average age of many skilled laborers — plumbers, electricians, masons and the like — in their late 50s, housing will see even more people leave the business in the years ahead.

By some measures, 20 percent of the current residential building workers plan to retire in the next decade, taking away another 900,000 jobs.

Those are jobs that will be increasingly hard to fill in hot real estate markets like North Texas.

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Found a Really Great Apartment in North End Dallas

I was searching for a new apartment to rent. The lease on the one I was in was almost up and I was ready to move. I didn’t want to renew my lease because my neighbors were just terrible and tried to pick fights with me and my friends all the time. I knew it was time to move on and go somewhere else to get away from them. They were really rude and wouldn’t even try to get along with me or anyone else. I wasn’t the only one that had problems with them.

I started looking for a new apartment and went online and searched for North End Dallas apartments for rent. I had to find something that was reasonably priced, but not too expensive. I also wanted something that was nice and in an area that I wanted to live in. I found several apartments for rent in North End Dallas that I really liked. I saved them so I could contact the landlord and look at them in person.

I contacted a few different landlords and asked to see the apartments in person. After looking at a few of them, I decided which one I wanted to rent and the landlord got the lease agreement ready for me to sign. I was able to move in the following week. I have never been so relieved to get away from neighbors like I have with these people. I feel so much better every day because I don’t have to deal with the stress and trouble making they caused for me. I really like this new apartment. The neighbors are great and there is even a pool for the apartments. I love it and the price I got it for too.