TCI West End, Inc. (defendant) demolished a building in a historic district in the City of Dallas (plaintiff) without seeking the city’s approval, in violation of a city zoning ordinance. Another city ordinance listed in subsections the ordinances that the city could enforce by civil action, including a subsection authorizing civil actions for violations of zoning ordinances that classified a district for a specific use. Other subsections in this ordinance explicitly limited certain city enforcement actions to matters of health and safety. The city brought a civil suit against TCI, seeking damages for the violation of the demolition ordinance. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the city, and the trial court awarded the city $750,000 in damages. The court of appeals reversed, finding that the city could enforce by civil action only health and safety zoning ordinances. The city appealed.