Business of the week: CANVAS

Formerly the NYLO, Canvas is an all-new concept hotel featuring some of the best views of Downtown Dallas from the South Side. Check out their remodeled bars and common areas February 28th from 6-9 p.m. during their grand opening. You must RSVP. More here:

Merriman Anderson/Architects Pays It Forward on Random Acts of Kindness Day

Merriman Anderson/Architects (MAA) kept their three-year tradition alive by celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Day and passing out breakfast tacos to morning commuters in front of their office in downtown Dallas, which is steps away from the DART Akard Station.

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National Random Acts of Kindness Day is a non-profit organization intended to spread kindness through schools, communities and homes, and believes in the power of kindness to change the way people see and experience the world. Random Acts of Kindness Day was first created in Denver in 1995 as a nonprofit dedicated to inspiring everyone to practice and spread kindness.

Employees of MAA set up in front of their office early Friday morning and greeted downtown commuters as they walked to work with warm breakfast tacos. Stickers placed on each taco read “BE KIND” and “How Can You Pay It Forward Today?” to inspire recipients to get involved and pay it forward. Posters on the MAA office windows also served as kindness inspiration. This event was one of many for the nationally held Random Acts of Kindness Day and serves as a reminder that everyday should be Random Acts of Kindness Day.

MAA is a Dallas-based architecture, design and planning firm offering programming, urban planning, architectural design, space planning, interior design, graphic design, construction observation and 3D visualization. They are responsible for many of Dallas’ iconic projects and renovations. For more information, please visit

About Merriman Anderson/Architects, Inc. (MAA)

A Dallas based architecture and planning firm offering programming, urban planning, architectural design, space planning, interior architecture/design, graphic design, construction document production, construction observation, 3-D visualization and facilities move coordination. With offices in Dallas, Texas; Austin, Texas and Charlotte, North Carolina, MAA provides services to clients on a national and international basis, emphasizing repeat clients as the heart of their practice. Each MAA professional listens to the needs of the firm’s clients and works to meet their individual and specific schedule, budget and scope requirements. For more information, visit, follow on Twitter @MerrimanArch Facebook @MerrimanAnderson or on Instagram @maa_dallas.

Downtown Dallas, Inc. Holds Annual Meeting


Downtown Dallas, Inc. (DDI) held another successful Annual Meeting presented by East Quarter on January 31st at the Omni Dallas Hotel that featured an update on the big wins for Downtown in 2018 and laid out DDI’s vision for the new year. “We’re entering this new year with so much optimism. Our team’s focus is on hard work, evolving strategies, and action. We’re challenging ourselves to be forward thinking, creative, and nimble – all to make a difference that you’ll see on the streets every day,” said DDI President and CEO Kourtny Garrett.

The crowd of 1,000 elected officials, stakeholders, and more heard about recently and soon-to-be completed developments changing the face of Downtown and got an update on DDI’s bold initiatives like the continuation in 2019 of our early morning outreach engaging the homeless population to assist in identifying appropriate services and programs. Todd Interests also revealed plans for the East Quarter of Downtown in development now that will include creative office space and restaurants with a concept from Nick Benavides. View the video here:

DDI’s Board of Governors and Board of Directors for 2019 was voted on and approved, and Dr. Tim Moonen with The Business of Cities presented his keynote address Dallas and its Downtown, A Global View. Dr. Moonen said of the city center, “This means cities must do more than have a good business climate. They also need to foster eco-systems, cluster specialization, and develop an all-round business reputation and brand. Downtowns are fundamental to this.”

Dr. Moonen also highlighted high-speed rail and the decision to locate the Dallas-Fort Worth station Downtown as a real game changer for the continued growth and success of the Downtown core. He also suggested vigorous investment in branding and telling the story of Downtown’s victories and potential, which DDI is in the process of doing through a robust economic development campaign we plan to roll out soon.

2018 Annual Report:

2018 Infographic:

Presenting Sponsor – East Quarter

Pinnacle Sponsors:  Encore Event Technologies, Headington Companies/The Joule, Merriman Anderson Architects, Omni Dallas Hotel

Urban Legend Sponsors: 400 Record/City Electric Supply, A.H. Belo Corporation, AT&T, Atmos Energy Corporation, Corgan, D CEO, Hoque Global, Hunt Consolidated/Reunion Tower, Jacobs, LDWW Group, Oncor, Outfront Media, Page, Stantec, Stream Realty Partners, The Statler, Trammell Crow Center/Crescent Ross Investors LLC

Urban Champion Sponsors: please see