Dallas Developer Monte Anderson Named First Urban Pioneer by Planning Council

By Leah Shafer / December 11, 2014 / 0 Comments

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,” […]

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Houston Shows How Art Finds a Home in a Culturally Significant Neighborhood

By Joanna England / June 13, 2014 / 2 Comments

Back in the early 1990s, developers, who were attracted to the Third Ward’s prime location at the southeast corner of downtown Houston, began tearing down the shotgun houses and displacing residents. It was then that Rick Lowe decided to act. Lowe, a contemporary artist, helped purchase and renovate 22 shotgun houses in Houston’s Third Ward for what […]

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Bay Area Battle Begins Between Realtors And Activists Over Laws Limiting Speculation in San Francisco

By Joanna England / February 7, 2014 / 2 Comments

As Silicon Valley buyers moved in to San Francisco, prices for rentals and single-family properties have pushed sky-high. As Candy reported, the bus routes that shuttle employees to and from the Facebook and Google campuses have been protested and picketed by folks fed up with increasing cost of living and being pushed out of the […]

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Gentrification Rebellion: What We Can Learn From Mistakes San Francisco Has Made

By Candy Evans / February 3, 2014 / 8 Comments

Is this the new gentrification rebellion? I have been fretting about this for years: the middle class is shrinking in the U.S. Perhaps because I am so entrenched in real estate, I see the way the 1% is living up close. A story in this week’s TIME confirmed it (sub. req.): The gap between rich […]

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