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Oak Cliff's Bishop Arts District is in the midst of a makeover with new retail and apartments. A few blocks away, a new art gallery – Mercado Artesanal – aims to help the neighborhood keep its cultural identity.

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Fort Worth is growing fast. And while all that growth is exciting, it comes with challenges the city must meet.

That’s what Fort Worth City Manager David Cooke recently told business leaders.

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When Amazon announced plans in September to build a second North American headquarters, it set off a mad scramble by cities to woo the world’s largest e-commerce company. Dallas-Fort Worth might be a strong contender for what looks to be a massive development. 

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings says progress is being made in revitalizing southern Dallas. He credits his GrowSouth initiative in helping stimulate investment and development in communities south of Interstate 30 and the Trinity River. Still, the area faces many challenges.

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Stroll through Vickery Meadow and whiffs of Ethiopian food float through an open patio door. On steamy summer days, women under bright umbrellas sell esquites, Mexican street corn. Wander past an aging apartment complex, and you might just catch snippets of songs in Arabic, Spanish, Somali or any of the 30 or so languages spoken in the neighborhood. 

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Dallas residents will get another chance to offer their ideas on Fair Park’s future at a special Dallas City Council meeting Feb. 8. For decades, people have talked about how to revitalize Fair Park and make the 277-acre fairground a year-round destination, but getting everyone on board has been the sticking point. 

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Toys can do more than entertain. Priscila Caçola, assistant professor of kinesiology in the UT Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation, has published research showing how specific toys and items in the home can help children develop motor skills.

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Plans for Plano’s future has managed to garner significant controversy over the past year. The tension reached a tipping point earlier this month, when the Plano City Council recently passed its comprehensive plan, which addresses growth and development over the next three decades.

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The Bishop Arts District in North Oak Cliff has emerged as one of Dallas’ hottest neighborhoods. With developers swooping in, it’s become ground zero in a hot debate about exactly how the new Bishop Arts should look.

 

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The neighborhood around the American Airlines Center in Dallas was born a decade ago with promises of bustling commerce and restaurants day and night, game days or off days. Despite thousands of apartments and condos, Victory Park’s never lived up to that promise. So developers are trying a reboot.

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Architects and planners from across the country have flown or driven to Dallas for the 23rd annual Congress for the New Urbanism. But they would have rather walked.

“Walkability” is the big focus for this year’s event and experts say duplexes and townhouses help keep people on the sidewalk and out of their cars.

Urban Living Makes Way To North Texas Suburbs

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Not long ago, Downtown Plano was a sleepy, nearly forgotten commercial center, where locals believed only the elderly shopped for antiques. Today, the historic square looks, and sounds, starkly different.

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The 73-year-old Masonic Temple in Downtown Dallas will soon be getting a major makeover. The building’s new owners, Stephanie and Hunter Hunt, will turn the 43,000 square foot building into a hub of creativity.

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Plans for a PGA-sanctioned, championship golf course in southeast Dallas are making headlines, but how are they playing in the neighborhood near Loop 12 and I-45?

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North Texas topped all other US metro areas in job creation the last two years.  But economic development expert Richard Florida says DFW’s success will depend on what the area does to keep workers.

A Dallas developer wants to turn old Dallas High School, also called Crozier Tech, into downtown apartments. KERA’s BJ Austin says the developer also wants a tax break from the city.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings has a Top Ten List to “grow” Southern Dallas. KERA’s BJ Austin says it includes a “culture of clean” – getting rid of neighborhood blight, and a “private” investment fund to spark development.

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Austin, TX – Right now early voters are considering 10 amendments to the Texas Constitution. Supporters of Proposition 4 say it would give counties new opportunities to develop blighted areas. Opponents claim it could lead to eminent domain abuse. Andy Uhler from KUT in Austin takes a look.