Dallas is experiencing phenomenal inner city growth. Neighborhoods like Oak Cliff, the Trinity River Corridor, Deep Ellum, Ross Avenue, and the Design District are seeing urban infill like never before, showing up in all scales and types.

inner city growth

Robert Meckfessel, FAIA

These changes are remaking the city and opening up new opportunities for residents and businesses alike. But when we look at housing, retail, restaurants, office, and streetscapes, what are the traits that make for good infill and connectivity for these areas?

These are the questions posed for the next Dallas Architecture Forum event, a panel presented in collaboration with Preservation Dallas called Remaking the City.

The event will be moderated by Robert McFessel, FAIA, President of DSGN Associates and past president of leading organizations involved with the quality of the built environment, including the Dallas Architecture Forum, Preservation Dallas, LaReunion TX, and AIA Dallas.

McFessel currently serves on the boards of LaReunion TX, The Trinity Trust, Trinity Commons Foundation, DoCoMoMo U.S., Greater Dallas Planning Council, and the Advisory Board of the Dallas Architecture Forum.

Panelists include:

  • Edwin Cabannis: Owner of the Kessler Theater
  • Katherine Seale: Chair of the City of Dallas Landmark Commission and Past Director of Preservation Dallas
  • Evan Sheets: Senior Urban Designer at Dallas City Design Studio
  • Dan Shipley, FAIA: Founder and Principal at Shipley Architects

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GailThomas_72dpi Neel SleeperJames Gandy CityplaceUpdate 8:47 pm : Whoops! Another great Keller Williams sponsor is Janet Pool of Janet Pool Blinds and Shutters. Which makes our sentence even better:

A pigeon in a darling black tie flying into the HUB after a nice long dip in the pool…. if you can think of a better sentence using these names, you can be my personal guest tomorrow afternoon!

“This is a fantastic, do-not-miss event for anyone who wants to know what’s next in Dallas luxury real estate, and you’ll get to see Candy at her best!”

Ha! Jo wrote that! Actually, you will see me at my WORST!

I have to be on my best behavior as I moderate a panel discussion between these heavy hitters:

Gail Thomas of the Trinity Trust

Neal Sleeper, president of Cityplace

Jim Gandy, president of the Frisco Economic Development

OMG those names! Keller Williams and Luxury Homes International is hosting the panel discussion tomorrow evening at the Dallas Country Club from 3 to 6 p.m. No drinks before — I told you, they want me on my best behavior —but happy hour and hors’d’oeuvres from 5:00 to 6:00 pm.

It will be a Happy Hour indeed because we are going to hear what is in store for what Realtors will be selling, what is selling now, and what kinds of development will be coming in the future — almost like a look into the future of Dallas real estate.

Jo says: “Candy will be emcee, so expect an entertaining program!”

Program sponsors include Steve Pidgeon of Starfloors, Jim Marks of HUB Insurance, Dustin Black of Black Tie Moving, and Ruth Darling of Lawyers Title Insurance.

A pigeon in a darling black tie flying into the HUB…. oh boy, are we going to have a good time!