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1 big thing: Dallas finds its hot spots

This concrete paradise can be hotter than greener parts of Dallas. Photo: Kirby Lee/Getty Images

Some Dallas neighborhoods are as much as 10 degrees hotter than others, a new study of heat islands found.

Why it matters: Tree-lined streets and less concrete can make the difference between extremely hot and just regular hot on a summer day.

  • Data on heat islands can guide city planners on where more trees should be planted and whether cooling paving technology should be used.

Driving the news: The hottest part of Dallas on Aug. 5, 2023, was 110 degrees — nearly 10 degrees hotter than other areas, according to a joint study released this week by the city of Dallas and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

  • Volunteers collected more than 60,000 measurements of ambient temperature and humidity data across more than 100 square miles of Dallas in the study.

What they found: Heat stayed concentrated around heavy industrial-commercial development in northwest Dallas, whereas southeast Dallas with swaths of preserved land stayed cooler throughout the day.

  • Plus, the area around Cedar Crest Golf Course was cooler.

By the numbers: Between 6-7am, the coolest temperature at a spot was 81.9° compared to 89.7° in the warmest.

  • By 3-4pm, the temperature reached 110.1° at the hottest spot, compared to 100.9° in the coolest.
  • Between 7-8pm, the hottest spot was 105.6°, compared to the coolest at 95.6°.
  • Shaded, tree-lined residential streets kept temperatures down, the researchers found.
  • Concrete jungles, like downtown, created heat islands.

Losers: The Dallas heat islands include the neighborhoods around downtown, Uptown and Deep Ellum. Oak Lawn, the Medical District and Love Field were also heat islands. Others are:

  • Design District
  • West Dallas
  • Bishop Arts
  • Stemmons/Market Center

Threat level: Residents in disadvantaged neighborhoods without much greenspace may be more at risk for heat-related health problems.

  • The researchers suggest the city develop a heat action plan to identify ways to bring down temperatures in hot neighborhoods.

What's next: The city plans to continue heat mapping this summer.

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2. 📈 Women-owned businesses are booming

Data: Yelp; Table: Alice Feng/Axios

Openings of women-owned businesses in Dallas-Fort Worth increased 21% last year compared to 2022, per Yelp data.

Why it matters: Nearly a quarter of Texas small businesses are woman-owned, more than the national average.

Driving the news: Women-owned business openings rose 17% nationwide, Axios' Analis Bailey reports.

  • The Los Angeles (4,741), New York City (3,189), Miami (2,190), Dallas (1,898) and Atlanta (1,858) metro areas saw the highest overall number of new women-owned businesses in 2023, according to Yelp.

Zoom out: Dallas also ranked fourth nationwide among metros that saw the most new business openings in 2023 with 24,322 total openings.

The intrigue: Women opened more businesses traditionally dominated by men, such as plumbing and HVAC repair, the Yelp report found.

  • They opened more home service businesses than beauty businesses last year.

Reality check: Women-owned businesses rebounded more slowly after the pandemic, and small businesses owned by women are less likely to receive financing than similar firms owned by men, per the Dallas Fed report

  • More than half of men-owned small companies were approved for financing in 2022, compared to about a third of women-owned businesses. And women of color were even less likely to receive financing.

The bottom line: Women business owners in Texas expressed more optimism about their revenue expectations than male business owners, per the Fed report.

  • About 70% of women business owners expected revenue growth through the end of last year, compared to 58% of men.

3. 🤠 Mayor Mattie Parker's perfect Fort Worth day

Mattie Parker has a background in law and was the mayor's chief of staff before taking up the top job in 2021. Photo: Courtesy of Parker's office

Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker loves that Cowtown is the only U.S. city with a twice daily cattle drive.

State of play: When Parker isn't working during her second term as mayor of the 13th largest city in the country, she's running on the Trinity Trails or taking the kids to the Fort Worth Zoo or Westside Little League.

  • We asked the mayor her favorite Fort Worth activities. Here's what she said:

🖼 Favorite neighborhood: Fort Worth Cultural District

☕️ Favorite coffee shop: Black Coffee, Casa Azul Coffee, and Buon Giorno.

🥢 Favorite restaurant: Tokyo Cafe, 5121 Pershing Ave.

ğŸ’ž Favorite date spot: Clay Pigeon or a concert at Billy Bob's Texas.

ğŸŽ¶ Favorite local band: Grady Spencer & The Work

4. ğŸ—ž Burnt ends: Bite-sized news bits

Other strokes of news. Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

🚨 A 19-year-old man is accused of robbing and killing a 78-year-old Lyft driver over the weekend. (FOX4)

ğŸ”Ž Dallas' former police oversight monitor, Tonya McClary, has been hired to lead Philadelphia's police watchdog group. (Axios)

🌮 Houston Tex-Mex restaurant El Tiempo Cantina will open its first Dallas-Fort Worth location in May at Choctaw Stadium in Arlington. (DMN)

5. 🥭 One bakery to go: Cafe Mozart

Light, flavorful enough to forget calories. Photo: Tasha "Alphonso" Tsiaperas/Axios

Visit Dallas' Koreatown for this bakery with cakes, breads and mousses — and of course an assortment of milk teas.

  • Vibe check: The interior has large seating areas that can accommodate small meetings and friend groups, so you don't have to just grab and go.

What to order: Mango mousse cake and the iced rose milk tea latte.

Where: Cafe Mozart Bakery, 11420 Emerald St. There is also a location in Carrollton's Koreatown.

Cost: $6.25 for the cake; $5.75 for the latte.

Six word review: Tastes like fresh fruit, good decisions.

😋 Have a favorite bakery we should try? Hit reply and let us know.

This newsletter was edited by Bob Gee and copy edited by Carolyn DiPaolo.

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