Less than two weeks remain until the annual Exchange Club of Lake Highlands Fourth of July Parade — have you decorated your float yet? On this week’s podcast, we also announce that there’s a $1,000 prize in it for the winner, courtesy of neighborhood Councilman Jerry Allen. And did you hear that Dallas Mayor-elect Mike Rawlings will be the grand marshal?

Also, we discuss what goes — and more puzzling, what stays — at Lake Highlands Plaza in the process of turning aging retail buildings into residential homes. At least a couple of neighborhood business owners are upset that city tax dollars in the form of TIF money has been allocated toward the homes, but no improvements were required of the developer on the remaining retail stores. We wonder aloud: Is it fair for the city to spend tax dollars to benefit new projects over existing shopping centers? You don’t want to miss the discussion.

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