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Willis’ Blog: Connecting, not talking about it!

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I’ve been in the Dallas-Ft.Worth area almost 37 years and I’ve  always heard  this talk about the Trinity River divide. It’s noticeable in a lot of ways, but if you look at streets like Westmoreland and Hampton on the south side of the Trinity and see how their names change on the other side, it just gives this feeling of a divided city. When you check the records and see that there has been only one 10 story building erected in the last 50 years south of Main street, it suggest a divided city, but yet so much talk about a connecting the dots. From 10-4-1 to 14-1, at large races to single member districts, Dallas Together Forum One and Two, economic development in the Southern Sector and more, there has been this talk about about connecting.

Well, quietly the connecting has been taking place without a lot of fanfare. Some call it South Side, others call it The Cedars, and now that it is connecting,  some of the powers that be, call it downtown. On April 23 at 10:45 Matthews SW and Casa Linda Development Corporation has a groundbreaking ceremony in the Cedars Southside neighborhood. Dallas Mayor, Mike Rawlings will be on hand with Mayor Pro Tem Pauline Medrano and others will lead the charge to another piece to the puzzle that is connecting and not  just talking. Already in the area, Dallas Police Headquarters, DART rail station, THE BEAT condos (that 10 story building south of Main street), The Omni Hotel, Cedar Social, Off The Bone and Full Circle restaurants, The Nylo Hotel, Gilley’s, South Side Lofts and now this new apartment complex. All walking distance to AT&T, Adolphus Hotel, Jos A Banks store and many other downtown facilities. The point is : IT’S CONNECTING both sides of the Trinity .

Finally some evidence of growing south as Mayor Rawlings would say and some real economic development south of main street, but yet it connects to mainstream  Dallas so well, that some don’t even notice.

This location is becoming a culturally diverse destination, without having to say it. To me, that’s the key to this area , not just talking about it, but being about it. The groundbreaking ceremony of 1400 Belleview is a mixed use development and it’s so special to see every ethnic group “in the mix”.

Dallas can be a great city with all of the great minds and resources here, it can’t  help but be a great city. Now , if  we could only fix that school issue….. but that’s a topic for another day. Just my observations!

  • dio thomas

    How’s the “Dallas Together Forum” coming along? I read about it starting in 1993, but haven’t heard much about its outcomes and tangible results. Might this blog post be an indication of how well its working?

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