DDI Job Posting: Planning and Economic Development Analyst

Downtown Dallas, Inc.
Job Posting

Planning and Economic Development Analyst

General Purpose:

The ­­­­­Planning and Economic Development Analyst is responsible for informing data-driven planning, economic development, policy and programmatic decisions for Downtown Dallas, Inc. The position will stay apprised of current market trends, be nimble in utilizing available data, generate unique sources, and be able to synthesize information into strategic decision making and concise visual and written communication according to end-use and audience.

Work product from the Analyst also positions DDI as the “one-stop-shop” for developers, investors, new business and the media as the resource for valuable Downtown market information.  It supports marketing and economic development efforts with the story of Downtown Dallas’ evolution and makes the case for positive ROI in the core of the city.

The position may also entail other data management and analytic roles pertaining to DDI’s program of work in the areas of public safety and maintenance.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage and maintain databases. Perform scheduled updates and analyses of in-house DDI databases including: parking, transit use, apartments, residential demographics, condos, school enrollment, retail, developments, visitors, etc. This involves a multi-source approach to data collection and may include the creation of survey instruments.
  • Write and help produce reports on data collected from various sources.
  • Collect and analyze data and produce, a variety of reports.
  • Create maps and analyze data using Geographic Information Systems
  • Stay current on relevant types and sources of data available; obtain data from other organizations and research professionals as needed.
  • Utilize on-line data resources.
  • Assist with website maintenance in relevant program areas.
  • Stay current on issues and trends affecting Downtown Dallas, other downtowns and cities nationally, tracking best practices and innovation in other markets.
  • Fulfill internal and external special requests for information and short-term analysis (often lists, infographics, historical trends, or single figures) developed from in-house and outside data.
  • Identify opportunities or need for new analysis within the DDI mission and help produce periodic specialized reports.
  • Interpret data and participate in policy discussion/creation.
  • Present data to stakeholder/community groups, DDI committees, the Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
  • Liaise with the City of Dallas, North Central Council of Governments, The Real Estate Council, Dallas Regional Chamber and other relevant agencies to gain resources and share research and information.
  • Any other duties as assigned.


Skills Needed: 

  • Experience and passion for urban redevelopment.
  • Ability to research and analyze data and write/create professional and visually appealing reports/graphics
  • Excellent writing and oral communications skills.
  • ESRI GIS proficiency.
  • Proficiency with Google Earth and Google Maps.
  • Familiarity with common data sources such as NAICS, American Community Survey and Consumer Expenditure Survey
  • Training will be provided for use with current licensed resources: XCeligent and Buxton Scout
  • Ability to create, manage and improve in-house DDI databases and design database-based analyses.
  • Familiarity with real estate, demographic, census and other data sources and general internet-based research.
  • Microsoft Office proficiency (Access, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Detail-oriented.
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with members of the DDI team, DDI stakeholders, broker and research community, and City of Dallas staff.
  • Self-motivated; ability to perform job independently.
  • Expertise in statistical modeling and analysis.
  • Familiarity with the language of real estate and retail.
  • Proficiency using Adobe Creative Suite.


Educational Requirements:

  • BA/BS or higher degree in an analytical, quantitative methods field such as urban/transportation planning, architecture, landscape architecture, etc.


Experience Requirements:

  • 2-3+ years experience in a related field or industry.


Please email resumes and cover letter to info@downtowndallas.com

subject: Analyst – FIRST NAME LAST NAME

Capital Improvements Matching Grant Program


2016 Matching Grants Program

Call for Project Applications

Downtown Dallas, Inc. (DDI) is a private, non-profit organization funded by voluntary membership dues, assessment revenue from the Downtown Improvement District (DID), and through contracts with the City of Dallas for specific projects and programs.

The Dallas Downtown Improvement District (DID) was created by DDI in June of 1992 to fund important supplemental services and visible improvements to our city center.  In 2001, 2005, and 2013, the DID was voted by property owners to be renewed, and has since embarked upon additional initiatives to make Downtown Dallas clean, safe, and fun for the entire community.  The DID has been renewed through 2020.

As part of the approved capital improvements program in the 2016 DID budget, DDI is soliciting proposals for matching grants to improve public spaces.

Qualified Projects

In general, capital improvement projects that improve the appearance, safety, and functional qualities of the Downtown public environment will qualify.  The Downtown Dallas 360 plan approved by the City Council in 2011 is the guiding policy document.  Refer to downtowndallas360.com. Projects must demonstrate public benefit and must result in tangible improvements.  The following are examples of projects that may qualify:

  • Renovations or enhancements to existing building facades or storefronts with emphasis on ground level public benefit and improvements
  • Significant upgrades or additions to public spaces
  • New landscaping on public streets or sidewalks
  • Improved lighting of public spaces
  • Repair or replacement of curbs and gutters
  • Overall repairs and enhancements to sidewalks in public rights-of-way, including removal of driveway cuts
  • Creative public area improvement projects which meet program goals

Projects must be within the DID boundaries (a map is attached).

If part of the proposed project is on private property, the applicant must have the signed approval of the owner or owner’s agent or specific evidence that such approval has been granted prior to distribution of grant funds.  Projects on public property may be submitted without formal approval of the relevant public agency, but the potential of such approval will be considered by the DID.

Please note that all applicants will be required to indemnify DDI and the City of Dallas against all claims.  In addition, liability insurance for applicant, landlord, and contractors (as appropriate) will be required for construction projects.

The DID is committed to meeting the City of Dallas Good Faith Effort Plan.  Grant applications that include participation from certified Minority/Women Business Enterprises in the City of Dallas will be positively received.

Grant Awards

No grant may exceed 50% of the actual cost of supplies, materials, construction, and labor.  The applicant’s contribution may be all cash from the applicant or cash from sources other than the applicant.

The minimum grant award is $1,000 and the maximum is $25,000 per project.  The DID reserves the right to modify grant award amounts to meet program budget requirements, so applicants may be offered an amount less than 50% of total project costs.

Projects must be completed no later than 6 months after grant approval.  Projects judged to be substantially complete before grant applications are reviewed will not be considered.

Design Requirements

Projects must be consistent with the design guidelines in the Downtown Dallas 360 plan.  Before commencing construction, projects may be required to undergo a design review with the City of Dallas and DDI.

Compliance with Laws and Regulations

Projects submitted should comply with all federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations. The DID is not responsible for obtaining any required permits.  The grantee shall obtain all required local, state and federal permits.

Application Requirements

To be considered for an award, applicants must complete the application form, limiting responses to the space provided on the application except where additional materials are specifically requested.

Applications for the 2016 Matching Grants Program must be submitted by March 31, 2016.

The application must be sent to the following address:

Jim Wood, VP Economic Development

Downtown Dallas, Inc.

Bank of America Plaza

901 Main Street, Suite 7100

Dallas, Texas 75202

Or emailed to: wood@downtowndallas.com

For more information, please contact Jim Wood at 214-744-1270 or at the email above.

Criteria for Grant Award Decisions

  • The project must demonstrate a public benefit consistent with the Downtown Dallas 360 Plan
  • The applicant meets eligibility requirements
  • The project provides maximum public benefit for the funds required
  • The design quality of the project
  • Approval of property owner or potential for approval by relevant governmental agency
  • The project has support of adjacent property owners, groups, or tenants
  • Maintenance requirements and commitments are in place
  • The project facilitates occupancy of vacant space or existing tenant retention
  • Participation by certified Dallas Minority/Women Business Enterprises
  • The application form is complete and correct
  • Permits, approvals, and implementation can be quickly achieved
  • Track record of organization or company with similar efforts
  • Innovation and creativity
  • Location of project with regard to geographic distribution of grant funds
  • Percentage of project to be funded by applicant
  • The project must be able to be finished in a timely manner

Approval Process

Applications will be submitted to the DDI Capital Improvements Committee which will approve all grant awards.  No committee member with a vested interest in an application will be allowed to participate in discussions or votes concerning that application.

Application review and final decision by of the Capital Improvements Committee should occur within eight weeks of the application deadlines.  The Capital Improvements Committee will have final approval of all grants awarded.  The Capital Improvements Committee reserves the right to reject any or all applications or to approve only a portion of any funds requested.

Finalizing the Grant

Following grant approval, individual grant awards are considered pending until both parties sign the Grant Agreement.  The Agreement will describe the project, the project budget, and the amount of funding awarded by the DID.  Upon execution of the Grant Agreement, the grant is considered finalized and grant funds may be distributed based upon the conditions outlined in the Agreement.

When all conditions of the Agreement are met (the project is complete), a Payment Application and the required documentation will be submitted by the grantee for final funding by the DID.

Click here for the 2016 Matching Grants Application.

Click here to view a sample Matching Grants Agreement.

Deep Ellum Foundation Hires New Executive Director

DALLAS, TEXAS, February 23, 2016: It is fitting that new additions to Deep Ellum come in tandem with new faces at the Deep Ellum Foundation (DEF). DEF has existed since 1993 as the entity responsible for improving, enhancing, and marketing Deep Ellum. New Executive Director Jessica Burnham is eager to establish a fresh take on the role.

“Deep Ellum is in a unique point in its history,” says Burnham. “It’s imperative to maintain its character while still growing and embracing change. The best way to do so is to get to know the key players in the neighborhood directly. Because we are working on behalf of the community as a whole, our office is committed to open communication and educated research and decision-making.”

Burnham started with DEF in June 2015 after playing an integral role in the creation of the Lowest Greenville Collective, a 501(c)6 nonprofit business association on Lowest Greenville Avenue. The Collective was a result of her thesis project while earning her Master of Fine Arts in Design Research at the University of North Texas.

Burnham added Programming and Marketing Coordinator Emily Vanderstraaten in November 2015. Along with the board of directors, Burnham and Vanderstraaten work to implement new systems in the community that will benefit public safety, transportation, city improvements and marketing and promotions.

“We’re excited to welcome new businesses that add to the existing flavor of the area and to integrate programs that will ease growing pains and enhance how the area functions,” says Burnham.

Current projects include the addition of off-duty police officers, a panhandling awareness campaign, Elm Street light pole banners and an updated Deep Ellum Texas website.

The Deep Ellum Foundation is funded from a tax assessment paid by property owners in the Deep Ellum Public Improvement District. DEF works to interface between the property owners, business owners, community and City of Dallas.

For questions or comments regarding the Deep Ellum neighborhood, please contact Jessica Burnham at Jessica@DeepEllumTexas.com or 214-984-7300.


Contact Info:

Phone: 214-984-7300

Website: DeepEllumTexas.com

Email: Jessica@deepellumtexas.com, Emily@deepellumtexas.com, info@deepellumtexas.com

Physical Address: 3106 Commerce St. Dallas, TX 75226

Mailing Address: PO Box 710596 Dallas, TX 75371

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DeepEllumFoundation/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DEF_Texas

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/deepellumfoundation/

Dallas Public Library one of 30 finalists for National Medal Award

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced that the Dallas Public Library is among 30 finalists for the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Services, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for community service.

“We are honored to be one of the finalists for this award,” said Dallas Public Library Director Jo Giudice.  “As a public library, we are committed to providing high-quality services to all members of the community, including people experiencing homelessness.”

The Dallas Public Library’s Homeless Engagement Initiative launched in September 2013 to improve its services to the many people experiencing homelessness who visit the system’s downtown location each day to access computers, reading material and as a respite from the streets.

Since its launch, the Initiative has garnered national attention for programs like Coffee and Conversation and Street View Podcast. To date, the initiative has engaged more than 4,000 people experiencing homelessness. For more information on the library’s Homeless Engagement Initiative, visit www.dallaslibrary.org.

“The 2016 National Medal finalists make lasting differences in their communities by serving and inspiring the public,” said Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “As key stewards of our nation’s future, we salute them for their excellence in engaging our citizenry and expanding learning of all kinds.”

The 10 National Medal recipients will be named later this spring and the winners will travel to Washington, D.C. to be honored in the National Medal award ceremony.

IMLS is encouraging those who have visited finalist libraries and museums to share their story on the IMLS Facebook page. To Share Your Story visit www.facebook.com/USIMLS.

Learn more about the 2016 National Medal finalists at www.imls.gov/2016-medals.

Spring Break Events & Attractions

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Spring Break Events & Attractions

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Dallas plays host to some of the most lauded attractions in the nation, and visiting places such as the Dallas Zoo, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Gardenat the Dallas Arboretum, Reunion Tower’s GeO-Deck, and Six Flags Over Texas are practically mandatory. Grab the kiddos and hit the town!


2501 North Harwood St. | Listing Info

The Samurai Collection

Discover the exciting world of the samurai during Samurai Spring Break, March 15th-18th! Stop by The Samurai Collection during the week to experience the new exhibition, Samurai: Inside the Armor, and participate in hands-on gallery activities led by The Samurai Collection staff. Children and adults can examine the collection through our special “x-ray goggles”, fold origami creations, participate in several samurai folk traditions, and more! Connect with your inner-warrior and learn about the fascinating culture of the samurai with this world-renowned collection of samurai armor. March 15th-18th, 11AM- 3PM. Free to the public. Samurai: Inside the Armor takes a closer look at what is inside Japanese armor, making special use of x-rays to reveal the hidden secrets behind the construction of these masterpieces. Helmets, masks, and suits of samurai armor present beautiful and creative exteriors. However, it was the quality of the interior composition that ultimately made the difference between life and death for the warrior. Discover the concealed skill and ingenuity of the armorers at The Samurai Collection. Samurai: Inside the Armor is on view winter 2015-spring 2016. Admission is free to the public. (Photo by Matthew Shelley of D Magazine)


2403 Flora St. | Listing Info


Internationally beloved actress Sophia Loren will hold an intimate conversation with Dallas audiences in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House. Featuring a special Q&A session, “An Evening with Sophia Loren” will buy you a first-class ticket into the mind of this prolific artist’s journey from Italy to the silver screen. From her Academy Award-winning role in the film Two Women to decades of celebrated roles in movies like Houseboat, That Kind of Woman and It Started in Naples, Loren has become a bonafide icon in world cinema. You won’t want to miss her unique show in Dallas. Mezzanine tickets are $62 with discount code SOPHIA62. Booking fees apply. Discount is only valid in the Mezzanine section and is not valid in combination with any other offer or on previously purchased tickets.


215 South Tyler St. | Listing Info

Bishop Arts Theatre Center

Our jazz series will open on March 19, 2016 with performances by Nick Colionne and Everette Harp. The event is family-friendly though we serve complimentary cocktails.


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Creative Arts Center

The Creative Arts Center of Dallas (CAC), a nonprofit school of visual arts and community arts organization, geared to beginning, emerging and working artists will bring Art free family friendly art programming to Klyde Warren Park and Dallas Heritage Village during Spring Break. Art as a Second Language features fun family-friendly interactive art activities taught by various teaching artists from the Creative Arts Center. On Sunday, March 13 CAC will be at Klyde Warren Park from 2 to 4pm and Friday, March 18 CAC will be at Dallas Heritage Village for its Spring Fling Celebration from 10am to 4pm.


1010 Flora St. | Listing Info

Crow Collection of Asian Art

Saturday March 5, 10 AM – 2 PM: FREE Adventure Asia: SENsational Sen. In celebration of our newest exhibition, Time and Eternity: Landscape Paintings by Bireswar Sen, think small and create your own miniature landscapes with activities like shaving cream landscapes, crayon cloisonné, and salt water watercolors. Experience story time and landscape yoga, and strike a pose at the Crow Collection of Asian Art.
Tuesday, March 8, 7 PM – 8 PM: FREE for Friends of the Crow Collection, $10 Public The Art of Compassion with Swami Sarveshananda. Swami Sarveshananda, Resident Acharya (Spiritual Head of the Center) of Chinmaya Mission DFW will elaborate on the notion of compassion, its definition and how to implement it. Swamiji has touched many lives through his service, dedication and loving presence.
Friday, March 18, 6 PM – Midnight: FREE After Dark: Goodnight Gorlizki. Help us celebrate the final days of the ever-playful exhibition Alexander Gorlizki: Variable Dimensions. Playing off of his colorful abstractions and amalgamations, create your own free-form mirror and ink blown tiles and contribute to a large-scale community collage.


8525 Garland Road | Listing Info

Dallas Arboretum

Dallas Blooms, the largest floral festival in the Southwest returns February 27 through April 10 at the Dallas Arboretum. This year’s theme “The Artistry in Nature”, features the renowned Gary Lee Price’s Great Contributors Bronze Statues exhibit, set among over 500,000 spring blooming bulbs. Weekly highlights include, Children’s Activities on Monday and Tuesdays, Guided Walking Tours. Also, check out the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, open daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the north end of the Arboretum, this 8-acre scientific children’s garden is where science and fun become one. FYI: The Great Contributors exhibit is a part of Gary Lee Price’s renowned art collection. A fellow of the National Sculpture Society, Price has been recognized worldwide for his bold work lifting and celebrating the human spirit. The life-size bronze sculptures that will be placed throughout the spring garden include Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Claude Monet, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Mark Twain and the Wright Brothers, many of which are on benches or in garden settings.


Flora & N Harwood streets | Listing Info

Dallas Arts District

It’s that time of year, again! On Friday, March 18 starting at 6 p.m., join the Dallas Arts District as we celebrate spring by closing streets for a block party with the Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas Museum of Art, and Nasher Sculpture Center. Grab dinner or dessert from gourmet food trucks lining the streets as you enjoy all three museums and participate in art activities, live concerts, guided museum tours, DJ’s, outdoor film screenings, and more. TheSpring Block Party is a free street festival for the whole family that lasts until midnight. Note: Admission to the indoor activities at the Dallas Museum of Art is $15. All other indoor and outdoor activities are free.


Dallas Center For Architecture

Skyline360 Tour, Klyde Warren Park. March 5 2:30 p.m.; March 7 12:30 p.m.; March 10 5:30 p.m.; March 12 2:30 p.m.; March 14 12:30 p.m.; March 17 5:30 p.m.; March 19 2:30 p.m. No advance registration is required.
Arts District Walking Tour, March 5 10:00 a.m. March 19 10:00 a.m. $10 for adults/$5 for students and seniors. Register at DallasCFA.com.
West End Walking Tour, March 5 10:00 a.m. March 19 10:00 a.m. Tours are held on the first and third Saturdays of each month, beginning at 10:00 a.m. $10 for adults/$5 for students and seniors. Register at DallasCFA.com.
Main Street Walking Tour, March 12 10:00 a.m. Tours are held on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, beginning at 10:00 a.m. $10 for adults/$5 for students and seniors. Register at DallasCFA.com.
Fair Park Walking Tour, March 16 Noon. Register for the tour by e-mailing info@DallasCFA.com. Free and open to the public.
Build Your City! Fair Park March 17 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; Klyde Warren Park March 19 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Free and open to the public.
More details and registration for all events


5938 Skillman | Listing Info

Dallas Children's Theater

Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts’ Hansel and Gretel – Adapted from the Brothers Grimm with Book, Original Songs & Lyrics by B. Wolf, March 4 – April 3, 2016. You don’t always need a prince and princess for your heroes to live happily ever after. Two children in search of food for their hungry family get lost in an enchanted forest. They must depend on all their powers of imagination to save them from the crafty, mysterious old woman in the candy house and (in this less “grim” version) lead them back to the loving arms of their parents. The familiar, melodic music of Engelbert Humperdinck brings an inventive theatricality to the retelling of this beloved fairy tale adventure. HANSEL AND GRETEL brings another feast for the eyes and ears to the stage from Kathy Burks’ Master Puppeteers. Recommended for ages 4 and up. More details


1515 S. Harwood St. | Listing Info

Dallas Heritage Village

Spring Fling: Luck o’ the Irish! Tuesday, March 15 – Friday, March 18 (Museum open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Activity times: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.) (Regular admission rates of $9/adults; $5/children 4+ and $7/seniors 65+. Parking is free.) Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day all week at Dallas Heritage Village this Spring Fling. Go on a leprechaun hunt at the Sullivan house and help us link rainbow chains around the Village. Play vintage board games of chance with a roll of the dice or a spin on the wheel at the Saloon or lucky horseshoes behind Millermore. We will be spinning and twisting golden ropes at the Farmstead too. Put on some green, grab your lucky charms, and head to the Village for a little Irish fun. www.DallasHeritageVillage.org 1515 S. Harwood, Dallas TX 75215 214-421-5141


211 N. Record Street, Suite 100 | Listing Info

Dallas Holocaust Museum

Mondays through Thursdays, March 7 – March 24, Dallas Holocaust Museum, 1:30 p.m. Explore our special exhibit,Anne Frank: A History for Today, in a new way with the education staff of the Dallas Holocaust Museum. Each program features readings from The Diary of a Young Girl, followed by a short discussion and learning activity. Recommended for ages 10 – 18. Included in cost of admission.


1717 North Harwood St. | Listing Info

Dallas Museum of Art

Spring Break at the Dallas Museum of Art caters to all ages! Enjoy a FREE fun-filled and unforgettable week of hands-on art-making activities. Families will be able to participate in interactive gallery tours and story times. From drawing to light graffiti opportunities, there is something for everyone! Spring Break programming will be held daily Tuesday through Friday, March 15-18, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The week culminates with Late Night and theDallas Arts District Block Party, on Friday, March 18. Come also to celebrate the final weekend of Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots from 6:00 p.m. to midnight. It will be an evening full of experiences for visitors of all ages with performances, concerts, readings, film screenings, tours, talks, family programs, and more! Tickets are $15 (some exhibitions require an additional ticket), FREE for children 11 and under and FREE for DMA Members.


909 1st Ave. | Listing Info

Dallas Summer Musicals

Dallas Summer Musicals presents Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID, March 11-27 at the Music Hall at Fair Park. STUDENT RUSH ALERT! $25 best available ticket with valid student ID, 1 hour before eligible performances at the Music Hall Box Office! Eligible performances: March 15-18 & 22-25, evenings only. One ticket per ID.


2301 Flora Street | Listing Info

Dallas Symphony Orchestra

A Tribute to The Beatles, March 11-13, 2016. MARTIN HERMAN conducts CLASSICAL MYSTERY TOUR band. From Imagine to Yesterday and Yellow Submarine, you’ll be amazed at the meticulousness of their performance. The Los Angeles Times hails concerts by the Classical Mystery Tour for their “goose bump quotient.” Tickets start at $19.
ReMix: Aaron and Bryce Dessner, March 11 & 12, 2016. Enjoy an evening with Aaron and Bryce Dessner from the rock band The National, plus free appetizers, a cocktail and chance to meet the musicians. Tickets are $19 for general admission. Information and tickets.
Celtic Fire, March 18 & 19, 2016. JEFF TYZIK conducts EILEEN IVERS Irish Fiddle. Hailed as the “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin” by The New York Times, Grammy Award-winner Eileen Ivers and her band bring a very special St. Patrick’s Day concert to the Meyerson.


2400 Flora Street | Listing Info

Dallas Symphony Orchestra

All The Way, March 3 – March 27, Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Texas native Robert Schenkkan, Dallas Theater Center’s All the Way is a suspenseful new play about one of the most powerful Texans, Lyndon B. Johnson, from the moment of his accidental presidency in 1963 to his hard-won landslide election a year later. A co-production with the Alley Theatre and directed by DTC Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty, the Houston Chronicle calls All the Way, “a fascinating portrait of one of the most colorful and complex figures in U.S. history.” Robert Schenkkan’s masterful script paints a gripping portrayal of LBJ, civil rights hero, ruthless bully, and perhaps one of our greatest legislative presidents. With a title harkening back to the slogan for his 1964 campaign, All the Way is a searing and enthralling dramatization that explores political gridlock, strong-arm manipulation, and the morality of politics and power. Tickets to All the Way are on sale now atDallasTheaterCenter.org and by phone at (214) 880-0202. Photo by Karen Almond.


650 South R. L. Thornton Freeway | Listing Info

Dallas Zoo

Family Zoo Adventures – March 5. Families can explore the wonderful world of wildlife together during Family Zoo Adventure Saturday Programs! This month’s theme will focus on Amazing Amphibians and include activity stations, animal encounters, and special zoo tours that will make learning fun for young and old alike. Program on March 5 from 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. Register
Wild About Art – March 12. Calling all creative animal lovers ages 5-8! Your blossoming artist will explore their creative side using a variety of materials and art techniques while being led in an animal-inspired project by a Dallas Zoo instructor. Register
Dallas Zoo Wild Adventures Spring Break Camps – March 7-11 & 14-18. This spring break, explore animal extremes at the Dallas Zoo Wild Adventures Spring Break Camps! Each single-day camp features a Zoo tour, games, crafts, and animal encounters unique to each extreme theme. Register
Nature Connects – Through April 10. Visit the Dallas Zoo to visit the newest exhibit, Nature Connects, a LEGO® brick art exhibit. built by award-winning artist Sean Kenney! Included with admission. More info


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Downtown Dallas

Check out our event calendar for the most up to date events calendar for all that Downtown’s 15 districts have to offer.


2943 SMU Boulevard | Listing Info

George W. Bush Presidential Center

Step into the candidates’ shoes at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in the special exhibit, Path to the Presidency. Discover the history of presidential campaigns and elections in the United States. Deliver a speech from the teleprompter, pose for your own campaign poster, and watch clips of historic political ads and debate moments. Learn about landmark elections of the past, how technological and cultural advances are changing the way we elect our leaders, and get a glimpse of life on the campaign trail. Receive $1.00 off admission. Visitbushcenter.org and use the code SPRING BREAK when purchasing a ticket. MARCH 1 – OCTOBER 9, Monday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


2012 Woodall Rogers Freeway | Listing Info

Klyde Warren Park

Klyde Warren Park Spring Break Events: Food Trucks in the Park every day, 11am – 3pm
March 5: Family Art Activities with Nasher Sculpture Center, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Family Experiments with the Perot Museum, 11am – 2pm
Imagination Playground, 9am – Noon
Music and Stories with KidzWorks, 11am – Noon
Capoeria with RCJ Machado Jiu Jitsu, 10am – 11am
March 15: Imagination Playground, 9am – Noon
Music and Stories with KidzWorks, 11am – Noon
Jazz on the Green Presented by Chase, 7pm – 9pm
March 18: Dallas Pets Alive! Dog Adoptions, 10am – 3pm
Dallas Children’s Theatre, 10:30am – 11:30am
Build Your City! with Dallas Center for Architecture, 11am – 4pm
Kids Live, 1pm – 2pm
Movies in the Park, 8pm
March 19: African Dance with Fihankra Dance and Fitness Studio, 11:30am – 12:30am
Poetry Under the Stars, 6pm – 8pm


2600 Live Oak at Good Latimer | Listing Info

Latino Cultural Center

The Legacy of Octavio Medellin: A Survey of His Work & Influence, January 22 – March 31, 2016. Born in 1907, Octavio Medellin was an influential artist working in Dallas in the 20th Century. He founded the Creative Arts Center of Dallas in 1966. As part of the Creative Arts Center’s 50th Anniversary, the Latino Cultural Center will showcase a survey of Medellin’s artistic works and will highlight the legacy and influence he left behind, including historical and biographical narratives of his artistic output. The exhibition will also feature work from Dallas-based artists influenced by Medellin, including Eliseo, Marty Ray, Rob Pollock, and David Hickman. Designed by Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta, the Latino Cultural Center is a 27,500 sq. ft. multidisciplinary arts center located at the intersection of downtown Dallas and the Deep Ellum neighborhood. The mission of the Latino Cultural Center is to serve as a regional catalyst for the preservation, promotion, and development of Latino and Hispanic arts and culture. Regular hours for the galleries are 10 am to 5 pm. Galleries are free and open to the public during regular operating hours.


5900 Bishop Blvd. | Listing Info

Meadows Museum

Salvador Dalí: An Early Surrealist Masterpiece, through June 19. The Meadows Museum debuts its latest acquisition, Salvador Dalí’s L’homme poisson (1930), the first Dalí painting to enter a public Texas collection. The exhibition will take a renewed look at this early masterpiece within Dalí’s oeuvre.
Between Paris & Texas: Marie Cronin, Portraitist of the Belle Époque, through June 5. The first monographic show devoted to Marie Cronin, a Texas-raised artist who trained and exhibited in the salons of Paris before returning home to paint portraits of Texas Statesmen.
Process & Innovation: Carlotta Corpron and Janet Turner, through June 5. Presenting the work of two pioneering artists working and teaching in Texas in the 1940s and 1950s whose experimentation cast a wide net of influence over students and contemporaries.
Pictured above (L-R): Carlotta Corpron (American, 1901-1988), A Figure Arose From Coral and Glass, 1949; Salvador Dalí (Spanish, 1904-1989); Marie Cronin (American, 1867-1951), Lady in Green, c. 1908. Oil on canvas. Courtesy of the Bell County Museum. Photo by Brad Flowers.


2001 Flora Street | Listing Info

Nasher Sculpture Center

HALF PRICE ADMISSION. Join us at the Nasher Sculpture Center during Spring Break from March 15 – 20 for half-price admission and family activities in the galleries. Admission for children 12 and under is always FREE!
‘TIL MIDNIGHT AT THE NASHER. Plus, on Friday, March 18 don’t miss the FREE ‘til Midnight at the Nasher concert and film in the garden in conjunction with the Dallas Arts District Spring Break Block Party, 6 pm – Midnight. The FREE ‘til Midnight event on March 18 features a concert with by Kirk Thurmond & The Millenials, followed by a screening of Edward Scissorhands. Guests have the opportunity to engage in social media scavenger hunts, progressive tours and to view the permanent collection and special exhibitions. Nasher Cafe by Wolfgang Puck offers special reserve-ahead picnic dining for two, as well as and grab & go snacks and street tacos the night of the event. Reservations for picnic dining at ‘til Midnight on March 18 are open through Wednesday, March 16 at 5 pm. * Please note the museum is closed on Monday, March 14.


2201 N. Field Street | Listing Info

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is your go-to spot for endless discovery this Spring Break with an inspiring mix of daily spring science crafts, bookworm readings, science trivia, live demonstrations and drop-in activities involving making clouds, rainbows, egg dyeing, pinwheels/wind energy, marshmallows and mini kite flying. New 3D films will transport you from the depths of the prehistoric sea to the outer reaches of the universe or allow you to peer into the astonishing lives of some of Earth’s smallest animals. Plus, Discovery Days: Fossils on Saturday, March 12, will feature a variety of paleontology-themed activities, and Spring Break sleepover opportunities to “doze with the dinos” are scheduled for March 12 and March 18. The Museum will have extended hours March 5-20 until 7 p.m. for plenty of time to take in all five floors of adventure.


300 Reunion Blvd E | Listing Info

Reunion Tower GeO-Deck

Spring Break at Reunion Tower! Say hello to spring at the GeO-Deck! Enjoy free activities, entertainment and more with your general admission ticket purchase. Keep the fun going with our high-definition zoom cameras, interactive touch screens, telescopes and photo ops at our indoor/outdoor observation deck. Come up and put a new spin on spring!


411 Elm Street | Listing Info

Sixth Floor Museum

Sign of the Times: The Great American Political Poster 1844 to 2012, Special Exhibit at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza February 3-March 10, 2016. Kick off this election year at The Sixth Floor Museum! From hand-colored portraits of Henry Clay and James K. Polk to the Roy Lichtenstein classic of the Clinton Oval office, this special exhibit displays the influence and art form of the most exciting and rarely seen political posters of the last 170 years. Exhibit included with Museum admission. Reserve tickets


650 S. Griffin St. | Listing Info

The Black Academy of Arts and Letters

Jazz is hot in “Big D” and jazz lovers and would be jazz lovers don’t want to miss one of America’s most beloved jazz performer, WILL DOWNING! Get your tickets and prepare for a fantastic Dallas night on the town. We can’t rock without you, so come on out and rock at TBAAL for another memorable Jazz Weekend! Hosted by TBAAL Board of Directors and Dallas Alumnae Chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Saturday, March 12, 2016 @ 8pm – Naomi Bruton Main Stage. Admission $25 // $30
Jazz Appreciation Educational Youth Workshop, Saturday, March 12 , 2016 @ 12pm. Clarence Muse Cafe Theatre. Admission-Pay What You Can.


811 Pemberton Hill Rd | Listing Info

Texas Horse Park

Visit the Texas Horse Park adjacent to the Great Trinity Forest on the 3rd Thursday of each month (March 17, 2016) and enjoy free riding and other activities for people of all ages from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. The two non-profit operators at the Texas Horse Park, Equest and River Ranch Educational Charities, invite you to ride horses or learn about them and explore the beautiful 302 acre setting of the park. For more details, trot over to texashorsepark.com.


6500 Great Trinity Forest Way | Listing Info

Trinity River Audubon Center

Kids (aged 5–12) experience outdoor fun and learning at Audubon Adventure Day Camps, March 14–18 from 9am–3pm. Camps are nestled in the wild and beautiful Great Trinity Forest at Trinity River Audubon Center, located just minutes from downtown Dallas. More details


300 Commerce Street | Listing Info

Trinity River Audubon Center

All Out Trinity and Trinity River Levee Run. All Out Trinity is Dallas’ premier fitness festival and it will take place on Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 7:00 a.m. until sunset. The day of events kicks-off at 7:00 a.m. with the Inline Skate 10K and is followed by the Trinity River Levee Run Opening Ceremony at 7:30 a.m. with the 10K and 5K races beginning starting at 8:00 a.m. The action continues on the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and the Continental Avenue Bridge and West Dallas Gateway after the race with a full line-up of activities for people of all ages. Visitallouttrinity.com to register and for the full schedule.

The Mitchell’s ONE Year Anniversary Party

RSVP here.

Join us this Thursday February 25th and raise our glasses as we celebrate The Mitchell’s ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY!

-LIVE music with Downtown Doug from 8pm-11pm.
-Complimentary Hors D’Oeuvres

We are very grateful to celebrate this special occasion and hope you will join us in doing so!

The Mitchell
1404 Main St.
Street & Garage Parking Available (Third Rail Lofts & Davis Building)
Reservations: chris@bhrdcorp.com

Notes from the Downtown Public Safety Follow-Up Meeting

Notes from the Downtown Public Safety Follow-Up Meeting

The meeting was convened by John Crawford, President & CEO of Downtown Dallas, Inc.  He thanked everyone, including the number of Dallas Police Department (DPD), DART, and Oncor representatives present, for attending the public safety follow-up meeting at Fort Work. The purpose of the meeting was a follow-up from last month’s Downtown public safety meeting.  Crawford also thanked everyone for their collaboration and DPD Assistant Chief Tittle and DART Police Chief Spiller for participating. The overarching theme of the meeting was certainly the importance of partnerships, recognizing the need for further agency cooperation, as well as community involvement.

Crawford provided a review of the nine priority action items that were assembled from the first meeting just last month. They include:

  • Residential property safety audits. I’m pleased to report that already 25% percent of properties in the core of Downtown have participated, and we are continuing our commitment to push for 100% participation. Furthermore, Councilman Kingston assured us that he is exploring policy to enhance code requirements.
  • Ongoing collaboration. We will continue to work with stakeholder groups to coordinate public safety meetings like this to provide a forum for continued partnership. Subscribe to the Downtown Dallas, Inc. (DDI) email list and stay tuned to social media to hear about future meetings.
  • Improve DART and DPD communication. We heard from Chief Tittle (DPD) and Chief Spiller (DART) on various ways they work together to apprehend suspects and utilize technology to communicate and work together, but they also spoke about much needed improvements in processes, many of which are in the works. Chief Spiller spoke about jurisdiction and the DART Code of Conduct. He encouraged attendees to text 41411 anytime they see something suspicious on DART property or feel uncomfortable to call – this texting system will connect with a live operator who can immediately respond with appropriate action. He also reminded us about the red button on each train, that when pushed, dispatches an officer to that location. You can also pick up the phone at any station and a camera records everything happening there until an officer arrives. Additionally, you can call 214-928-6300 to directly reach DART police dispatch. Chief Spiller also announced a soon-to-be-launched app that will allow users to text/send photos directly to DART if they see something that needs to be addressed.
  • Lighting and sidewalks. DDI is working to identify “quick win” projects that can be implemented quickly with available resources. DDI has also engaged Oncor in the conversation. Longer term, the Downtown Dallas 360 plan is addressing many of the infrastructure issues to assist in setting priorities for future bond funds.
  • Merchant safety seminars. DPD has offered to visit with Downtown merchant businesses to provide safety tips for employees as well as security audits of their establishments. Merchants can email info@downtowndallas.com to request a seminar.
  • No Panhandling Campaign. DDI commits to reinvigorate its panhandling awareness campaign which is aimed at educating the public as to better ways to give, as well as the no panhandling law. Businesses may request the DDI No Panhandling posters by emailing info@downtowndallas.com.
  • Lasting solutions to address panhandling and vagrancy. These are issues that require a comprehensive approach including regulation, enforcement, and social services. Working with public policy leaders, related agencies and service providers, and the community, DDI will provide a forum for conversation and planning rooted in principles from the Dallas Ten-Year Plan. Near-term, our Downtown Safety Patrol has created a Top 10 Quality of Life offenders list to share with DPD – these are some of our most aggressive offenders, often with multiple citations. Aggressive panhandling has long been a hot topic – Chief Tittle told the crowd that there had been 162 arrests for aggressive panhandling through February 15th – a double-digit average per day. Of those 162 arrests, 21 were repeat offenders and 33 had violent criminal history. This initiative has officers running the operation 16 hours a day, which is intensive on resources, but it has proven to be a great success and attendees agreed they’ve seen an impact. Chief Tittle reiterated that the solution is a three-prong approach – regulation, social service, and enforcement. DPD can only handle enforcement – the other two are partnerships between many entities in the room.
  • Incarceration of impact offenders. DDI has been working with DPD and the Dallas County District Attorney’s office since 2010 on a specific program that targets impact offenders and efforts to ensure career criminals are held on bond, prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and that plea bargains are not an option.
  • Neighborhood crime watch. Resident groups are already working to establish or grow crime watch and neighborhood patrols. In particular, the Downtown Dallas Neighborhood Association (DDNA) has made progress to that end. Steven Wollard spoke about the plans for DDNA to help facilitate the formation of a neighborhood watch. Jeanine Jiral and Teresa Patoine also spoke about the Downtown Residents Council’s (DRC) efforts over the last several years to collectively advocate for public safety improvements like establishing the First Watch, opposing TABC license renewals for liquor stores refusing to abide by the DDI-led agreement not to sell high-alcohol content single serve beer/wine, holding annual public safety meetings, and actively distributing information throughout each residential building about important issues and events.

In addition to these specific goals, DPD has made tremendous strides to combat some of the most recent critical issues. Chief Tittle outlined some very promising activities that have progressed since last meeting. First and foremost, the assailants of Sarah Hoff have both been arrested. Additionally, over 160 arrests have been made for aggressive panhandling and there have been six felony arrests for sales of K2.

Additional discussion included:

  • A push to clarify statistical reporting from DPD and DART.
  • Further policy exploration into jurisdictional issues to make monitoring and enforcement more efficient and effective.
  • Additional explanation of DART Code of Conduct rules and enforcement.
  • Reinforced need for broadened education on the no tolerance on panhandling ordinance and better ways to give.
  • The need for the community to REPORT issues we encounter.
  • Exploration into extradition of those with out of state felony warrants.

DDI would like to thank participants for another productive meeting and will continue to facilitate communication and advance action items. Stay tuned for future meeting dates that are in the works, and we encourage you to participate in our Downtown resident and merchant groups.

Texas State Historian Bill O’Neal kicks off A&M-Commerce Mini-Speaker Series in Downtown

Texas State Historian Bill O’Neal kicks off A&M-Commerce Mini-Speaker Series in Downtown

By Sara Wray

DALLAS, TX— The Universities Center at Dallas and Texas A&M University-Commerce will kick off their Mini-Speaker Series on March 2 with Texas State Historian Bill O’Neal. The Mini-Speaker Series will feature a line-up of speakers covering intellectual, relevant and intriguing topics of today.

An alumnus of A&M-Commerce, O’Neal is currently serving his second term as State Historian of Texas. He has written over 40 books, as well as 300 articles and book reviews. He has also appeared on TV documentaries on TBS, The History Channel, The Learning Channel, CMT, A&E, and currently the series “Gunslingers” on the American Heroes Channel. He has earned multiple awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Wild West History Association in 2012, the A.C. Greene Distinguished Author Award of 2015, a Piper Professorship in 2000 from his time teaching at Panola College, in addition to being named True West Magazine’s Best living Nonfiction Writer. In 2013, A&M-Commerce awarded O’Neal with an honorary Doctor of Letters degree.

“I am delighted and honored to inaugurate the A&M-Commerce Mini Speaker Series on the 180th Anniversary of Texas Independence Day!” said O’Neal.

At the event, O’Neal will premiere his latest book, “Sam Houston, A Study in Leadership.” Sam Houston was a general of the victory at San Jacinto, signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, and the only man to have served as governor for two states, Texas and Tennessee. Though Houston is a Texas icon, he lived a wild and controversial life filled with drama, conflict, and outstanding achievements.

“Sam Houston was a larger-than-life hero, whose story radiates incredible courage and passion and accomplishment,” said O’Neal.

The event will take place March 2 at 1910 Pacific Place, Dallas, Texas on the third floor. A complimentary buffet lunch provided by A&M-Commerce will be available at 11:45 a.m. with O’Neal’s speech at 12:15 p.m. There will be a book signing at 12:45 p.m. The public is cordially invited.


About Texas A&M University-Commerce: Founded in 1889, Texas A&M University-Commerce is a member of The Texas A&M University System.  Located in Northeast Texas, A&M-Commerce is home to more than 12,000 students, four academic colleges, a thriving graduate school, and more than 140 degree programs.  As the region’s focal point of higher education, A&M-Commerce offers students facilities ranging from the world-class Keith D. McFarland Science Building and University Planetarium to the Sam Rayburn Student Center, to a fully equipped recreational facility and music hall.  The university also has convenient locations in Corsicana, downtown Dallas, Midlothian, McKinney, Mesquite and Rockwall.

About the A&M System: The A&M System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $4.2 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies, two service units and a comprehensive health science center, the A&M System educates more than 137,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. System-wide, externally funded research expenditures exceed $932 million and help drive the state’s economy.​

Fashion Fix: Euro Meets Urban at Upscale Dallas Boutique

Full article here.

DALLAS- Three years ago when Princess Pope moved from California to Dallas she had one vision in mind.

“I was like we need to do a men and women`s boutique, so I came up with the perfect analogy:  guns being for the men and roses for the women,” Princess explained.

Guns &  Roses Boutique located in the heart of Downtown Dallas is a unisex clothing store catering to the creative and cutting edge in fashion. It’s what Princess calls “a little bit of Euro-Parisian twist mixed with a rock-star flare.” But, in her palace everyone is made to feel like a king or queen.

The upscale shop offers a masculine yet sophisticated touch for the gents and sassy but daring pieces for the ladies. Not only are customers coming in to shop from a selection of exclusive fashions but they’re also getting schooled on what’s hot and what’s not.

“We like to give you product knowledge so we teach you about your body type, teach you what looks good to you, teach you what`s the new fashion trend, ” she added.

Princess also makes it a point to attend the the latest trade shows from around the world just so she can keep her clients in the latest trends. The boutique currently carries labels such as D9-Reserve, EnNoir, and Chloe.

“It`s exciting because I`m always out there looking for the next hottest trend or creating a trend so, it`s my job to keep you ahead of time and I do that by traveling the world,” she explained.

Guns & Roses has also earned a fair share of bragging rights. Some of the hottest celebrities in the game have come through the boutique to show her some love. Big Sean was one of the first to christen the quarters, followed by  Lil’ Romeo, Chrissette Michelle and Angela Simmons.








“We want them to feel like Dallas is booming and usually if they stop here at Guns & Roses Boutique we`re able to pull that off,” Princess added.

But that’s not all Guns & Roses has in store for the fashion saavy. The staff is trained to style as well as serve. While you shop,  you can also enjoy a full bar, a DJ spinning the latest tunes, and the customer favorite– a massage chair.

So, if you’re in need of Euro-luxe meets urban street … Guns and Roses Boutique just might be your next Fashion Fix.