Dec 22, 2021 - News

The most important Dallas stories of 2021

Dallas airline CEOs testify before the U.S. Senate

Local airline CEOs testifying in front of the U.S. Senate. Rough times. Photo: Tom Brenner/The Washington Post/Bloomberg via Getty Images

As the year draws to a close, here's a look at some of the biggest storylines in the Dallas area in 2021.

Why it matters: These are the ongoing stories we found most interesting and important this year — and also some of what we'll be following in 2022.

The ever-evolving pandemic: This year the COVID stories were a little different. As schools went back to in-person learning, mask mandates became a contentious topic across North Texas.

A no good, very bad year for local airlines: Both of the large airlines based in North Texas had a rough 2021. Southwest and American both had weekends that included thousands of canceled flights, costing millions.

Dallas lost a lot of data: The city of Dallas is still looking into exactly how 8 million data files from the police department were lost.

Local insurrectionists: Dozens of North Texans have been arrested through the year, after storming the U.S. capitol on Jan. 6.

Critical race theory in the wealthy suburbs: Southlake has had quite the time trying—and then sort of refusing—to teach public school students issues related to race and personal identity.

The crazy real estate market: Prices have skyrocketed, and they're still climbing.

Local lakes getting makeovers: Bachman Lake in Northwest Dallas is getting a $25 million makeover that includes dredging the bottom and building a public skate park.

The Cowboys are pretty good: The team has so much potential it actually hurts a little.


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