Sunday, May 30, 2010

1998-2010: What Kind of 21st Century is Dallas Becoming?

Thanks to Jim Mitchell of the Dallas Morning News, for digging through the papers archives and bringing out this 12 year old piece. A roundtable discussion of city leaders in which I was included, giving our views on what it would take to make Dallas a 21st century.

I know my perspective hasn't changed - what's interesting is, it is arguable as to whether or not the views of a different generation of leaders has changed that much. Here's a brief excerpt.

"It's always interesting to dig into the DMN archives. Never sure what's there, but when I find a gem, I want to share it."

"Here's one circa Oct. 18, 1998 -- a roundtable discussion of the future of Dallas in the 21st Century moderated by former Morning News Editorial Page Editor and vice president Rena Pederson. It's a huge and impressive group of participants such as: Ron Kirk, Stanley Marcus, Gerald Britt, Jan Pruitt, Kern Wildenthal, Lee Jackson and many others."

"And the subjects covered -- education, economic development, poverty, housing -- provide insight into how far the city has -- and hasn't -- come."

"The full transcript follows:

"Publication Date: October 18, 1998 Page: 1J Section: SUNDAY READER Edition: HOME FINAL"

"What kind of city should Dallas be in the 21st century?"

"The Dallas Morning News recently brought together a group of
civic leaders - politicians, educators, ministers, arts supporters,
pollution experts and so on - to talk about what it will take to
make Dallas a better place to live in the new millennium."

"They discussed how to make Dallas a city that both nurtures and
inspires, that meets the basic needs of its citizens while giving
them cultural opportunities of the highest order."

"The discussion was moderated by Morning News Editorial Page
Editor and vice president Rena Pederson. Following are excerpts:

"Stanley Marcus, chairman emeritus of Neiman Marcus and Morning
News columnist: For a long time, I have been interested in the
history of cities. And I have always had a great interest in
culture, culture in the broadest sense of the word. It seemed to me
very early in my college career that culture didn't come from
country towns. You can have a great violinist from [a small town],
but you can't afford a symphony there. You can have a great
basketball team in Dallas, but you couldn't have one in Ennis. It
just comes with the size."

"I know when we were raising money for the symphony, somebody kept
telling people that this would be good for business. But that
really wasn't our objective. Our objective was to make this place
more enjoyable so people wanted to live here, so young people could
look at Dallas with the feeling that this would be a city where
they could grow intellectually, as well as economically."

"I think that Dallas has its faults, and it will have them in the
next millennium, too. I would hope in the next millennium we'll do
less talking about racial relations and more doing. A city cannot
achieve greatness if it is going to be a lopsided city."

Read the rest of Jim's post here...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Dallas future- see east St Louis and Detroit!