Amanda Popken

Amanda is a community strategist & economic development specialist focused on placemaking and urban design promoting, inspiring, teaching & engaging communities to grow their own social capital. She is President of Congress for the New Urbanism North Texas and can be found at amandapopken.com

Dallas Drafts a Mobility Plan as DART Revamps Routes

By Amanda Popken / March 16, 2020 / 4 Comments

Now’s your chance to have a say in the transportation and mobility planning in Dallas, with both the City and DART. Would you believe Connect Dallas will be the very FIRST Strategic Mobility Plan for the City of Dallas? This document will take all the transportation plans and projects, and set the priorities which will […]

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Newly Opened Novel Bishop Arts is Setting a High Bar

By Amanda Popken / May 31, 2019 / 1 Comment

With all the new development around the Bishop Arts District, there’s some steep competition coming online in the apartment market. From the get-go, Crescent Communities has worked hard to set themselves apart. I remember sitting in Rob Shearer’s living room probably two years ago with a handful of other neighborhood residents, to meet with Michael […]

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Autonomous Vehicles Bring Real Estate Redevelopment Opportunities As Soon As 2025

By Amanda Popken / May 1, 2019 / 0 Comments

  We’re starting to see the impact that self-driving, autonomous vehicles will have on real estate development. It corresponds, interestingly ,with the same trends we saw in the recent WalkUp Wake Up Call for DFW: these will be two major real-estate-driven boons to our local economy that will change the landscape of our cities over […]

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Walkable Urban Places: DFW’s Wake Up Call to a Real Estate Trend Sweeping the Nation

By Amanda Popken / April 10, 2019 / 0 Comments

The January release of “The WalkUP Wake-Up Call: Dallas-Fort Worth” happened quietly, though the implications for investment are huge. This is the largest study done on D-FW on the most profitable type of real estate in the nation. Walkable Urban Places (WalkUPs) are seeing higher property values, lower vacancy, and commanding higher rental rates. Even […]

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North Oak Cliff’s 12th Street Connector: The Road Is Coming Out!

By Amanda Popken / January 25, 2019 / 5 Comments

The historic Winnetka Heights neighborhood in North Oak Cliff had a big win this Wednesday at City Hall. The city’s thoroughfare plan was amended to take away the 12th St. Connector, knitting the neighborhood back together with parks and open space. It was a change 40 years in the making, with some of the original […]

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Founders Park Land Swap Development Stalls Out

By Amanda Popken / January 22, 2019 / 4 Comments

After over a year of meeting with neighbors, stakeholders, and City of Dallas staff, the WindMass Capital development team has thrown in the towel just before this Wednesday’s City Council meeting where they would have been on the agenda to move forward on a very complicated deal. WindMass owns the Founders Square Apartments. Over the […]

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