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Aug 8
2017

August 8, 2017

Why did Dallas grow North?

It is no surprise that Dallas gets hot in the summer—the Dallas Morning News is reporting that Dallas is expected to bake in temperatures as high as 110ºF early next week— and when the city of Dallas starts to scorch, so does the rest of the metroplex. However, back in 1907, a few Dallas suburbs apparently defied the laws of meteorology. In 1906, Dallas developer John Armstrong bought the land that would later become the city of Highland Park and…

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Mar 7
2017

March 7, 2017

Parks Catalyze Economic Growth

The success of many global cities can be traced directly to the quality of their public spaces and parks.  Urban parks are among the most noteworthy and visited attractions of any major city— think Central Park in New York City, Millennium Park in Chicago or Hyde Park in London—and serve important social, public-health and environmental functions for their urban populations. Consider these examples: Urban parks tend to decrease crime.  A prime example of the positive impact of urban park can…

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Aug 5
2016

August 5, 2016

Millennials and the Trend Towards Rapid Urbanization

It is no secret that “Millennials,” defined in 2015 as adults aged between 18 and 34, are in the process of reshaping the social, political, and urban landscape of the United States. Recent studies by the Pew Research Center indicate that Millennials now comprise a majority of the US labor force at 53.5% and—with a population of 75.4 million—represent the largest American generation. Millennials are frequently depicted as entitled.  In fact, CNBC has called them “lazy, narcissistic, and addicted to…

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May 10
2016

May 10, 2016

Protecting the Downside

Although I consider myself an optimist, I know better than to assume that failure is avoidable. The fact is that failure is simply inevitable in certain situations, and I am constantly practicing and refining my ability to deal with failure. “One must continuously see and strive for the upside while protecting the downside” – Scott N. Beck— I would like to reflect on protecting the downside through the lenses of real estate, world economics, politics and life lessons. Real Estate…

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Mar 20
2015

March 20, 2015

The Importance of a Digital Persona

Today, simply having a website just isn’t enough. Your digital storefront and your online reputation extend beyond the pixelated confines of your corporate domain to the social networks of Facebook, Twitter, Linked in, Pintrest, and Instagram. These, and others like them, constitute what are commonly referred to as “social media networks.” Your presence (or lack thereof) on these networks collectively forms your digital persona, your personal “state department,” if you will, an online cadre of ambassadors that represent you in…

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Jul 28
2014

July 28, 2014

Creating Place and Building Community

Place is not just buildings, it’s people and people are at the heart of creating place.  People deserve special buildings to celebrate their community so it’s important to remember place is not simply about the buildings it’s the science of building community.  A basic human need is socialization with other people. Buildings such as community centers seek to join people together while places like art galleries exist to further celebrate community while simultaneously providing the community with freedom of expression….

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Mar 5
2014

March 5, 2014

The Rubber Band Effect

When you look around the world, many great cities have been built on a north-south axis. Some examples of foreign cities include Beijing, Bogota, Lahore, and Athens. What causes cities to be built on an alternate axis is usually some type of water tributary, railway, or topographical impediment. Just like most cities, Dallas, Texas is built on a north-south axis.  When Dallas initially expanded out of downtown, it followed Preston Road, a dirt road at the time, to the north away from Downtown Dallas….

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