TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description of the Collection

City Issues

Correspondence

Love Field

Complaints

Complaints - City Managers Office

Complaints Card File

Complaints - Action Center

Misc. Clips and Items

Max Goldblatt

Dallas City Council Papers



Overview of the Collection

Accession No.: MA85-20
Repository: Texas/Dallas History & Archives, Dallas Public Library1515 Young StDallas, TX 75201
Creator: Goldblatt, Max
Title: Max Goldblatt : Dallas City Council Papers
Quantity: 18 Boxes
Language: The records are in English.

Biographical Note

If there is one man in Dallas who represents the voice in the wilderness, it's Max Goldblatt. Born on December 6, 1911, the son of an immigrant Jewish family, he became a businessman, politician, and spokesman. He has been described as a dreamer, visionary, a man with integrity, vocal and opinionated. In the Dallas Times Herald, April 9, 1990, Max quoted in response to being called a political gadfly, "Socrates was a political gadfly; I'm glad to be in his company." His ideas on issues facing the city of Dallas were often unique. Undaunted by critics, he continues to espouse his ideas.

Max Goldblatt and his wife Rosa live in Pleasant Grove area. His business, a hardware store at 8022 Traders Village Place, ended forty years of service, November 11, 1985 with Max's retirement at age 74.

Max first ran for a Dallas City Council seat in 1967. Because of the citywide "at-large" election system, he won the district but lost the race. ,ax filed a lawsuit against the system in favor of single member districts. Due to legal technicalities, the suit failed. In 1975 a similar suit claiming the "at-large" system was discriminatory was successful in changing the City of Dallas elections to include single member districts.

Max was elected to the City Council in 1979 representing District 7. He served three terms for a total of seven years. During his tenure as a city councilman he was able to achieve many things. The formation of the Dallas County Community College District and flood controls for the Pleasant Grove area are two of the items he is proud of the most.

Transportation, transit and traffic problems became issues he concentrated on and the issues Max Goldblatt will be remembered for.

He was nicknamed "Monorail Max" because of his very vocal attempt to bring the Disney Corporation to Dallas in order to build a monorail. He continually criticized DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) for being inefficient and antiquated. The monorail idea was shunned and laughed at by the city leaders. However, it may be that his futuristic approach was just "ahead of his time".

As of 1990, Max Goldblatt and his wife are still active in Dallas. At 79, Max continues to lecture, tour, and voice his opinions.

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Scope and Contents

The material in this collection reflects Max Goldblatt's three terms on the Dallas City Council. The original arrangement created by Mr. Goldblatt was retained. The folders and boxes were changed for preservation.

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Persons:

Goldblatt, Max

Family Names:

Goldblatt

Places:

Dallas (Tex.)

Subjects:

Dallas City Council

Occupations:

City Councilman

Titles:

Max Goldblatt: Dallas City Council Papers

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

MA85-20 Max Goldblatt: Dallas City Council Papers, Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

Processing Information

processed by Cindy Smolovik, Archivist

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Detailed Description of the Collection

City Issues
1 1 Council Rules of Procedure
2 City Council Hearing on office protocol, Aug. 1983
3 Council Workshop - 1982
4 City Council Budget Workshop, August 1984,
5 City Council Budget Workshop, August 1984
6 City Council Budget Workshop, September 1984
7 Police Department and Fire Department, Budget Review, 1984-85
8 1984-1985 Budget with Symphony Added
9 Worker Year Analyses 1984-85 Proposed Budget
10 City Council Items 1983-85 Misc.
11 Special Recognition Proclamations
12 Proclamations 1980-81
13 Proclamations
14 Resolutions, 1984
15 Resolutions, 1980-1981
16 Resolutions, 1980-1981
17 Possible Board and Commission Nominees
18 Board and Commissions Information, 1980-82
19 Board and Commissions Information, 1980-82
2 1 Board and Commissions, 1983
2 Board and Commissions, 1983-1984
3 Adams Hat, 1984
4 Abrams By Pass, 1982
5 Amphitheater, 1982
6 Auto Insurance Liability Law, 1982
7 Bed Tax, 1982
8 Billingsley, Lucy - Flora St, 1982
9 Bond Program Projects in District 7, 1982
10 Brown Case, 1980-81
11 Bryan-Live Oak Connection
12 Burglar Alarm Ordinance, 1982
13 City Attorney, 1983-84
14 Community Gardner Project, 1981
15 Cost and Management Analysis, 1983
16 Cotton Bowl, 1982
17 Dallas Assembly, 1982 and Dallas 2000 Congress, 1982
18 Dallas Transit System, 1982
19 Dallas Transit System, 1983-84
20 Day Care Centers, 1984
21 East Grand Center, 1981
22 Escarpment and Aviation
23 Equipment Services, 1982
24 Fair Park Development
25 Fetal Disposal Ordinance, 1984
26 Fire Department Affairs, 1982
27 Flooding, 1987
28 Dallas Floodway Extension
3 1 Halfway Houses, 1981-82
2 I.H. 635 proposed ramp modifications, 1983
3 Historic Preservation, 1982-83
4 Swiss Avenue Historic Designation
5 Woolf Bros. Building, 1982
6 Dallas Housing Authority, 1981-83
7 Housing and Neighborhood Services, 1983-84
8 Human Development Committee, 1982-83
9 Lakewood Library, 1982
10 League of Women Voters, 1982
11 Lead Smelters/Emissions, 1983
12 Lead Issue (EPA), 1983
13 Lobbyist in D.C., 1982
14 Mining Ordinance, 1982
15 Motion Picture Classification Board, 1982
16 Moratorium Issue, 1983
17 Municipal Court Affairs, 1982
18 Newkirk St - Crown Rd., to I.H. 635 and Routh/Maple Connector, 1982
19 Open Storage, 1984
20 Parks and Recreation Areas, 1983-84
21 Planning and Development, 1982
22 Planning Policies Issue Paper, 1984
4 1 Planning Policies Issue Paper, 1984
2 Planning Policies Issue Paper, 1984
3 Planning Policies Issue Paper, 1983
4 Police Affairs, 1982-83
5 Preston/Alexis Study - Neighborhood Report
6 Public Safety Committee, 1982-83
7 Rapid Transit Mode Analysis, 1983
8 Reorganization, 1981
9 Retail Revitalization Projects, 1981
10 Rock Island Railroad, 1983
11 Routh St. Widening/San Jacinto 1981 and Thoroughfare plan, 1981-82
12 Redistricting, 1981-82
13 Streets and Sanitation Dept, 1981
14 Economic Development South Dallas, 1982
15 South Dallas, 1984
16 Tax History, 1980-82
17 Telephone System Report, 1982
18 TV - Warner Amex, 1981-84
19 Cable TV Petitions, 1980
20 Tenants, 1985
21 Trial Boards
22 David Robinson Trial Board, 1983
23 Thoroughfare Proposals, 1983
5 1 Townlake
2 Townlake
3 Townlake
4 Transportation Committee
5 U.S. General Imports, 1983
6 Video Games, 1982
7 Water Dept. Affairs and Issues, 1982
8 Water Walk, 1982
9 White Rock Lake, 1982
10 Zoning, 1982
11 Speeches,
12 Max for Mayor
13 City Manager's Recommendations 1982 Bond Financial Capital Improvement Program, 1983
Correspondence
6 1 "A" 1980-81
2 "B" 1980-81
3 "C" 1980-81
4 "D" 1980-81
5 "E" 1980-81
6 "F" 1980-81
7 "G" 1980-81
8 "H" 1980-81
9 "I" and "J" 1980-81
10 "K" 1980-81
11 "L" 1980-81
12 "M" 1980-81
13 "N" 1980-81
14 "O" 1980-81
15 "P" 1980-81
16 "R" 1980-81
17 "S" 1980-81
18 "S" 1980-81
7 1 "T" 1980-81
2 "V", "W", AND "Z" 1980-81
3 1982
4 1982
5 1982
6 1981-82
7 1982-83
8 1982-83
9 1983-84
10 1983-84
11 1983-84
12 1983-85
13 1983-85
14 1983-85
8 1 Memos to City Council, March-July. 1980
2 Memos to City Council, August-September, 1980
3 Memos to City Council, October-December, 1980
4 Memos to City Council, January-May, 1981
5 Memos to City Council, June-July 1981
6 Memos to City Council, August-December, 1981
7 Memos to and from City Manager's Office, Feb-May, 1980
8 Memos to and from City Manager's Office, June-Oct, 1980
9 Memos to and from City Manager's Office, Oct-Dec, 1980
10 Memos to and from City Manager's Office, Jan-Oct, 1981
11 Kleberg, 1981-84
12 Lakewood/Ferguson, October 1984
13 Lakewood/Ferguson, November 1984/85
14 Tax Inquires, 1983-84
Love Field
9 1 Correspondence - Love Field, 1981
2 Correspondence - Love Field, 1981-82
3 Correspondence - Love Field, 1981-82
4 Correspondence - Love Field, 1981-82
5 Correspondence - Love Field, 1981-82
6 Correspondence - Love Field, 1981-82
7 Love Field, 1984
8 Love Field, 1984
9 Love Field, 1984
10 Thanks for Assistance, 1982-1983
11 Thank You Letters for Appearances, 1982
12 Congratulation Letters - Reelection, 1983
13 Invitations, 1983-84
14 Misc Letters of Support
Complaints
10 Complaints 1980-81
11 Complaints 1980-81
12 Complaints 1980-81
13 1 A-B 1982-83
2 C 1982-83
3 D 1982-83
4 E 1982-83
5 F 1982-83
6 G 1982-83
7 H 1982-83
8 J 1982-83
9 K 1982-83
10 L 1982-83
11 M 1982-83
12 O-P 1982-83
13 R 1982-83
14 S 1982-83
15 S 1982-83
16 S 1982-83
17 T 1982-83
14 1 W 1982-83
2 W-Y 1982-83
Complaints - City Managers Office
14 3 City Manager's Office - Charles Anderson, 1982-84
4 City Manager's Office - Levi Davis, 1983
5 City Manager's Office - Levi Davis, 1984
6 City Manager's Office - Levi Davis, 1985
7 City Manager's Office - Jay Fountain, 1982-83
8 City Manager's Office - Jay Fountain, 1984
9 City Manager's Office - Jay Fountain, Jan. 1985
10 City Manager's Office - Richard Knight, 1982-83
11 City Manager's Office - Richard Knight, Jan-March 1984
12 City Manager's Office - Richard Knight, April-June 1984
15 1 Richard Knight, July-September 1984
2 Richard Knight, October-November, 1984
3 Richard Knight, 1985
4 Jim Reid, June-November, 1983
5 Jim Reid, January, 1984
6 Jim Reid, March-April, 1984
7 Jim Reid, May-June, 1984
8 Jim Reid, July-August, 1984
9 Jim Reid, October-December, 1984
10 Jim Reid, September 1984-February 1985
11 Jim Reid, Shin Ho Kim Zoning /URSB Case, 1984
12 Jim Reid, January-February, 1985
13 Jim Reid, March 1985
16 1 Jim Reid, March-April, 1985
2 Vic Suhm, May-July, 1983
3 Vic Suhm, August-December, 1983
4 Vic Suhm, February-April, 1984
5 Vic Suhm, May-June, 1984
6 Vic Suhm, July-August, 1984
7 Vic Suhm, September-December 1984
8 Vic Suhm, January-February, 1985
9 Vic Suhm, March-April, 1985
Complaints Card File
16 10 A-C
11 D-G
12 H-K
13 L-M
14 N-Q
15 R-S
17 1 T-W
Complaints - Action Center
17 2 A-B, 1981-82
3 C-D, 1981-82
4 E-F, 1981-82
5 G-H, 1981-82
6 J-L, 1981-82
7 M-N, 1981-82
8 R-T, 1981-82
9 T-W, 1981-82
10 Action Center, 1984
11 Action Center, 1984
12 Action Center, 1984
13 Pecena, Paul, 1981
14 Mrs. E. Steiner, Sr. 1984
Misc. Clips and Items
18 1 1984-85
2 1983-84
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