Downtown Dallas was recently featured in a special insert in the Dallas Business Journal. Click the link below to read about updates on Downtown Dallas 360, the fifteen districts, the Downtown retail market, entertainment districts and economic development.
Some called him a Downtown champion, others called him an artist and others will remember Jeff West as a savvy businessman. He was an active member of the DDI Board and Executive Committee. Here around the DDI office we will remember Jeff as the guy full of life. You always knew when Jeff was in the room. His laugh was contagious. He always seemed genuinely interested in what you had to say, he could always relate and he gave the best hugs around.
Jeff West worked behind the scenes for many years to better Downtown Dallas and improve the city’s arts. He died Monday at 54. West’s work included 11 years as executive director of the Sixth Floor Museum and five years as managing director of the Dallas Theater Center. At the time of his death, he was working as vice-president at Matthews Southwest, the development company responsible for the Omni Dallas Convention Center Hotel.
West helped bring the American Film Institute brand to Dallas during the 3-year run of the AFI Dallas International Film Festival. That event is now known simply as the Dallas International Film Festival.
Downtown Dallas, Inc. President & CEO, John Crawford recalled West’s dedication to the city thru his work in numerous non-profits over the last 20 years in everything from the film festival to working to bring conventions to town.
“One of the marks of success is that you leave a place better than when you started.” Crawford said. “Jeff West accomplished that with all he did as an advocate for Downtown and the arts. It’s a sad day for all of us.”
We’ve been running around like zombies but not because of Halloween. We’ve been working hard to make Downtown FUN! It all started late last month with a new TX/OU tradition thanks to Downtown Dallas, Inc. and Mike Hoque’s DRG Concepts. Football & BBQ – what a winning combination, if we do say so ourselves!
We put a couple of Texas pitmasters up against some Oklahoma pitmasters before the big game. In the end we had Fort Worth’s Cousin’s competing against Leo’s from Oklahoma City and Cousin’s came up victorious, winning the title of Ultimate Pitmaster.
By all accounts, the first-ever Red River Rivalry BBQ Shootout was a tremendous success, bringing over 1500 people downtown for community and good food!
Earlier this month we started the Pegasus Plaza Outdoor Markets and the Fall Movies Series. Today is actually your last chance to enjoy the markets and tomorrow is your last chance to pack a picnic and watch a movie at Main Street Garden.
The Outdoor Markets have been very successful and we want to thank all of the vendors who made it a grand success. We want to especially thank YOU for coming out, spending time with neighbors and supporting these local vendors. These outdoor markets have created great community and we will hope to explore similar endeavors.
Earlier this week we had our 360 Community Forum and Reception. We began the evening with a quick update on Downtown Dallas 360. You may recall the City approved the plan in April. After the update, attendees were treated to yummy street vending, music, art and cocktails, as we activated Browder Plaza. This temporary urban space is an indication of what’s to come as we complete those “quick wins” laid out in the Downtown Dallas 360 plan. Whew, what a ride. Again, pardon us if we look like zombies… Fall is almost over!
P.S. Many thanks to Jaime Clintsman & Dustin Bullard for working day and night to make Downtown FUN!
The DDI Fall Membership Forum & Luncheon presented by Museum Tower is already sold out. We hope you got your tickets early.
This year’s theme: Downtown Dallas Bucking the Trend; Corporations take notice as national economic competitiveness drives business back to Dallas.
The strong North Texas economy continues to make headlines. From the most recent Beige Book report to articles in USA Today, distress to the north, east and west is pushing Dallas to the top of the list to attract business, commerce and culture. But, why? Is this a sustainable trend?
Economic and business experts Dr. Terry Clower of the University of North Texas and David Johnson of NewsRadio 1080 KRLD will address this phenomenon, and provide some crystal ball gazing into what the future holds.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Hyatt Regency Dallas
300 Reunion Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75207
Uplift Education and the Dallas Museum of Nature & Science are helping make John Crawford’s revitalization dreams for Downtown Dallas easier to achieve. As President and CEO of Downtown Dallas, Inc., Crawford sells prospective business tenants and residents on the idea that downtown is a vibrant center for living, entertainment, art and culture.
The recent opening of Laureate Preparatory School just blocks from the new site of the Museum of Nature & Science has provided another important cultural asset for Downtown. Laureate is the newest and most unique of the 17 charter schools operated by the nationally recognized Uplift Education in Dallas, Irving and Arlington. Laureate’s partnership with the Dallas Museum of Nature & Science establishes it as the city’s first museum charter school and emphasizes Uplift’s commitment to help fill the state’s critical shortage of students pursuing careers in science.
“Laureate Preparatory is a welcome addition to Downtown,” says Crawford. “It gives downtown an important educational outlet for families with young children. As the downtown population grows, the residential mix is changing from young, upwardly mobile singles to include more families with children.”
Laureate Prep, has opened with classes for K through 2nd grade, but will steadily expand to serve an estimated 480 students with classes through the 8th grade.
Downtown Dallas, Inc. Welcomes Billingsley Company
Texas Land Development Leader Moving to One Arts Plaza
Dallas, Texas. Billingsley Company has announced the opening of a second office in Downtown Dallas. The company will occupy the 7,400 square foot space on the 13th floor of 1722 Routh Street beginning Friday, September 1st.
Billingsley Company is a longtime leader in Texas master-planned developments and new urbanism. Founded in 1978, the company has offices in Downtown Dallas and Carrolton. Leaders look forward to making the move to One Art Plaza.
“This is more than a place where you can live, work and play,” said Lucy Billingsley, a partner with Billingsley Company. “This is a community where lives are enriched by the electricity of the Arts District – the sights, sounds, tastes, and experiences that transform every regular day into art.”
One Arts Plaza is in the heart of the 19-block Dallas Arts District, in northeast Downtown Dallas. The district houses some of the city’s most storied buildings and community hotspots including the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculputre Center, the Meyerson Symphony Center, the Winspear Opera House and Wyly Theatre.
“We are thrilled with Billingsley Company’s plans to expand in Downtown,” said John F. Crawford, President & CEO of Downtown Dallas, Inc. “Lucy Billingsley’s long standing commitment to Downtown and the Arts District makes all the difference. Her dedication to not only investing and developing in Downtown, but also to building community is exemplary.”
About Billingsley Company
Billingsley Company delivers unique insight and expertise to the art and science of commercial and residential real estate development. Founded in 1978 by Lucy and Henry Billingsley, Billingsley co-owns, designs, finances, leases and manages their properties for the future success of their investments and the success of their tenants.
Combining their relationships in the local market with their expertise in development, Billingsley Company provides expanded opportunities for their business partners. From raw land to fully developed communities, they are engaged in each step of the process. Delivering smart design integrated with artistic works and natural spaces, Billingsley Company’s developments are life-enhancing communities in which to work, live, play, shop, and dine. For more information visit www.billingsleyco.com.
About Downtown Dallas, Inc.
Downtown Dallas, Inc. is the principle advocate, champion and steward of Downtown, affecting 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
Every year we come up with our annual Program of Work, a set of goals and benchmarks to determine our success. We break it down into our priorities and then ongoing tasks. The difference is our priorities are items that are unique to that specific year, like 2009 we had the opening of the AT&T Performing Arts Center and Main Street Garden, so those two huge projects determined about 3-4 months of our workload. The ongoing tasks are just that, things that we do day in and out of any given year that will never change, picking up litter, promoting downtown, etc.
Below is a link to our 2010 Priorities. Let us know your thoughts!