DHLbootcamp2015

A week ago, I had the opportunity to attend the 17th annual Neighborhood Boot Camp, which is offered by the Dallas Homeowners League. It was my first time to attend, but I have to say – it’s a must for anyone who has had trouble getting help from City Hall in the past – or who belongs to a neighborhood association or crime watch.

The morning was chock-a-block full of useful information from the beginning panel discussion moderated by the Dallas Morning News‘ Robert Wilonsky (panel members included Monte Anderson, Patrick Kennedy and Wick Allison), to the workshops after covering things like navigating City Hall, defining a strong neighborhood, adapting to change in neighborhoods, supporting and promoting DISD, historic preservation and water conservation tips.

I attended the workshop on navigating city hall, conducted by Philip Kingston, and the workshop on promoting and supporting DISD, conducted by Melissa Kingston (more on those tomorrow).

The morning began, however, with a panel discussion on the challenges Dallas faces, as well how to build a vibrant downtown Dallas. “Many of us live in neighborhoods with terrible streets,” Wilonsky acknowledged, adding that many neighborhoods lack amenities you can walk to, as well.

One question the group tackled was how to reconnect downtown to the city neighborhoods – and how to navigate city hall while trying to do so.  (more…)

Dallas City Hall

Dallas City Hall will host the Dallas Homeowners League Boot Camp on Saturday, Aug. 15.

Ever wondered who to call when the storm drain starts to flood your street, how you can facilitate historic preservation, or what ways you can support your neighborhood Dallas ISD campuses?

You can answer these questions and more on Saturday during the annual Dallas Homeowners League Boot Camp. The event held from 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Dallas City Hall will also include a panel discussion moderated by Dallas Morning News reporter Robert Wilonsky on what neighborhoods need to do in today’s changing urban environment. Expect a lively back-and-forth from panelists Monte Anderson of Options Real Estate, housing expert Mercedes Marquis urban planner and blogger Patrick Kennedy, and D Magazine founder Wick Allison.

Jump to find out how to register.

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