Spotlight on Community
City Leaders Visit Agent Meetings
Those of us who depend on real estate for our livelihood are very interested in the future of our communities. That’s why city officials, both elected and appointed, are frequent speakers at various Metrotex MLS meetings. Recent meetings here on the East Side have included talks by representatives from Rockwall, Rowlett, Forney, Garland and Balch Springs. While each of these officials had announcements specific to their own communities, there were several interesting ideas they shared with their counterparts in other communities.
Revitalization of Downtown Spaces
Klyde Warren Park (pictured above) and the Dallas Arts District go suburban! One thing each of the city officials underlined was downtown revitalization projects. In fact, the term Klyde-Waren-type-park was used over and over again. These cities don’t plan to build a park over a highway. They just mean a centralized multi-use park is a major feature in their planning for their downtown spaces.
With these parks and revitalization projects there is a refreshing return to the arts. Whether it’s amphitheaters for outdoor performances or spaces defined as community arts centers, art is making a comeback. Culinary art rated right up there with the others as the cities’ representatives were quick to point out restaurants were being wooed into the downtown, but chains were being discouraged in favor of more modern and unique choices. Pictured above is Downtown Rockwall on Farmer's Market day.