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Monte Anderson Channels Belmont Sale Money Into More South Dallas Development

By Leah Shafer / November 23, 2015 / 7 Comments

Monte Anderson thrives on shaking up standard ways of thinking about development in Dallas. After he sold the historic Belmont Hotel five months ago, a bellwether renovation and restoration project that put his name on the map in 2005, he got right back to work doing what he does best. “I took all the money from the hotel sale, and we […]

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Encore Park Brings the Music Back to Historic Art Deco Building in Downtown

By Leah Shafer / August 29, 2015 / 1 Comment

You probably never noticed the boarded-up tan brick building near Park and Young streets in downtown Dallas. It sat abandoned for two decades, its sidewalks littered with trash and walls vandalized with graffiti. But behind the grime and neglect, there was a story of intersecting histories waiting to be told. This Art Deco structure, called 508 Park, […]

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The Future of Bishop Arts: A Neighborhood Conversation on The Pedestrian Scale

By Amanda Popken / June 22, 2015 / 2 Comments

Surprisingly, the discussion this past Tuesday (last week) over the future of Bishop Arts didn’t devolve into a gripe-fest. The evening began with a showing of The Human Scale at the Texas Theater. The film by Scandinavian architect Jan Ghel explores the state of cities and the evolution of our understanding of  the human habitat. […]

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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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