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Few North Texas cities have preserved their historical heritage more than Waxahachie. Though history buffs and architectural junkies flock to the city year-round to get an outward glimpse of its treasured structures, the annual Gingerbread Trail Tour gives visitors a chance to step back in time and step into select homes and buildings for an inside look.

Slated for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2, the 51st Annual Gingerbread Trail Tour of Homes will spotlight the ornate historic architecture for which Waxahachie is known. Get a peek at Queen Anne Victorian, Gothic Revival, Bungalow, Romanesque, and Greek Revival styles.

Plus, CandysDirt.com will be giving away one pair of tickets to the Gingerbread Trail Tour of Homes, so stay tuned next week!

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Monte Anderson

On Tuesday night, the Greater Dallas Planning Council honored North Texas developer Monte Anderson with its inaugural Urban Pioneer Award at the Urban Design Awards.

Anderson is the president of Options Real Estate, a multi-service real estate company that concentrates its work in southern Dallas and Ellis counties, specializing in creating sustainable neighborhoods that invite “gentlefication,” as opposed to gentrification.

Here’s a great working definition of “gentlefication”:

Moving into a neighborhood in an effort to reduce crime, create harmony, and build community. As opposed to “gentrification,” which changes neighborhoods by forcing out low-income residents with high-income folks seeking the next hip thing. Gentlefication helps long-term residents take back their neighborhoods, stabilize property values, and build safe spaces for their children and grandchildren.

“The award means a lot because it means people are staring to recognize that incremental development, or ‘microsurgery’, not big silver bullet deals, works in our southern Dallas neighborhoods,” he said. “My approach is to come in and get other small developers and entrepreneurs to come in very early and be a part of the change. These are the people who make it cool, like artists and restaurateurs, and they [usually] end up not owning anything and getting pushed out in the end.” (more…)