If you missed this Sunday’s “Pulse of the City” on KRLD, you can listen here. Our guests did a great job talking about trails and connections in and around Downtown.
John F. Crawford, President & CEO, Downtown Dallas, Inc. Recognized as an Honorary Member of the Texas Society of ArchitectsMarch 7, 2014
March 7, 2014 – Thursday night, AIA Dallas hosted Celebrate Architecture, a special event at Klyde Warren Park, to honor the recipients of the 2013 Community Honor Awards. These annual awards recognize exceptional members, firms, individuals, and organizations for their outstanding achievements in support of the profession of architecture, the built environment, and the quality of life in Texas. John F. Crawford, President & CEO of Downtown Dallas, Inc., was recognized as an Honorary Member of the Texas Society of Architects.
Honorary Membership in the Texas Society of Architects is one of the highest honors the Society can bestow upon a person outside the profession of architecture, and is awarded to an individual for their long-term association with architects, architecture, or allied professions in providing a better quality of life in Texas. Honorary Membership is awarded for accomplishments of the nominee, which are truly outstanding and of statewide significance.
AIA Dallas’ 2013 Community Honors Committee, chaired by Larry Good, FAIA, nominated
chapter members, companies, and other individuals for various awards bestowed by the AIA
Dallas Chapter, Texas Society of Architects, and AIA National.
John’s nomination for Honorary Member of Texas Society of Architects was accompanied by several letters of recommendation from city and civic leaders including former City Manager, Mary Suhm, Jody Grant, Robert Decherd, Larry Good, and Ray Hunt.
Robert Decherd, former President of A.H. Belo Corporation, mentioned in his nomination letter, “John has done more than anyone to fundamentally change the perception of Downtown Dallas and its surrounds, while also achieving unprecedented political support for public-sector investment.”
Larry Good, of Good Fulton & Farrell Architects goes on to say, “John is Downtown’s most visible, effective and respected spokesman.”
“My perspective is one of a longtime Downtown corporate citizen and an associate with John in more than 20 years of leadership in a variety of civic matters. Although he has made contributions in many arenas over that period of time, I perhaps most respect the role he has played in leading Downtown Dallas in a most impressive return to vibrancy,” said Ray Hunt.
Each year since 1971, the Texas Society of Architects has recognized members, individuals, and organizations who are exemplary in their support of the Society’s mission: “The Texas Society of Architects is the voice for Texas architecture, supporting the creation of safe, beautiful, sustainable environments.”
“I am extremely honored to join such a select group and truly believe that only through public/private partnerships will we succeed in generating vibrancy, attracting investment, and creating a live, work, and play urban environment that’s second to none,” said John Crawford, President & CEO, Downtown Dallas, Inc.
About Downtown Dallas, Inc.
Downtown Dallas, Inc. is the primary advocate, champion, and steward for Downtown, effecting change by developing strategies, setting targets, and mobilizing resources that:
- Stimulate a vibrant and sustainable Downtown environment
- Improve infrastructure
- Enhance economic competitiveness
- Create a culturally inclusive urban center
- Position the area as a global destination
Our program areas include: public safety; capital improvements; maintenance; economic development; public policy; planning/transportation; and marketing. For more information, visit www.downtowndallas.com
In 2013, Downtown Dallas, Inc. (DDI) literally reached new heights in many ways, but specifically, we moved our offices to the 71st floor of Bank of America Plaza. We now occupy the highest office space in North Texas and then some; to say we have a great view and perspective of the neighborhood is an understatement.
We made progress on a lot of fronts: for example (to mention only a few), Main Street (thanks to the folks at Headington, Forest City, and others) is flourishing; on-street parking initiatives were made which allow you to pay for metered parking with a credit card or with the new PayByPhone App; we completed the first full year of “Pulse of the City”, our weekly radio show sponsored by the law firm of Munck Wilson Mandala; we have a new and vastly improved website http://www.downtowndallas.com; the success of our Downtown Safety Patrol and Clean Team continues to make a huge difference in the added value they bring in reinforcing safe and clean Downtown; D-Link, a new and free entertainment shuttle, launched in November; we would not be in a position to keep on keeping on without the renewal for seven more years of the Downtown Improvement District; we continue to make steady progress with our strategic plan, www.downtowndallas360.com, as we raise the bar and focus on moving Downtown from good to great; and, fortunately, the list goes on and on and on.
The DDI model is based on teamwork and collaboration. We have developed a sound fiscal and structural foundation to build for the future. Revitalizing and transforming Downtown is a process, not spur of the moment. We have much to be proud of, but excellence, or moving from good to great, is the gradual result of proactively and consistently striving to do better, raising the bar, and moving the ball down the field and over the goal line. More and more, it’s all about creating the “right experience”; it’s not just about geography, building another building, connectivity, or planting more trees.
Save the date for our Annual Meeting Luncheon on April 22 (more information to follow). Let me assure you, you do not want to miss the speaker we have on tap comparing Downtown Dallas to other major cities and how we stack up with our mission to create an urban destination.
On behalf of the entire DDI Team, we wish you a wonderful Holiday Season and a safe and prosperous 2014. Don’t forget to have some fun along the way and please remember: As Goes Downtown, So Goes Dallas—The Best is Yet to Come!