Thursday, April 15, 2010

Go Mavs!

Say what you want about Dallas Maverick's owner Mark Cuban - and there's lots to say - but outside of the box thinking is something that's nearly second nature to him.

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This is the type of stimulative investment that can be leveraged in a number of ways to bring economic viability to a portion of Southern Dallas that really needs it.

"Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is planning a massive development of corporate offices, homes, ball fields and an indoor sports facility in a declining area of east Oak Cliff that city officials say needs the spark such a plan could create."

"As envisioned, the development would include the corporate offices for some of Cuban's businesses, although it is unclear whether that includes the Dallas Mavericks."

"In the first step toward making the development happen, the City Council today is set to expand the boundaries of a tax subsidy zone to include Wonderview, the name Cuban has given to the planned 176-acre development around Kiest Boulevard and Southerland Drive."

""Cuban is looking at a significant-size development in southern Dallas, and it would be a terrific boon to that area. It could be one of those catalyst projects that makes a difference in the work we're doing down there," City Manager Mary Suhm said Tuesday night."

"Cuban and his representatives could not be reached for comment, but KXAS-TV (Channel 5) reported that the project would become the headquarters for the Mavericks."
Often we only call on professional athletes and athletic organizations to be good citizens through philanthropy - and that's important. But many of these teams have the capacity to make investments with impacts that ripple throughout an area, providing health and viability in ways that could never be done through charity.
So, no matter what happens in the playoffs, its time for all southern Dallas residents to start yelling, 'Go Mavs!'

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