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Brother, Can You Paradigm? A Look at a New Plan For Troubled Dallas Neighborhoods.

Just rode up to the briefing room with Tennell Atkins, who -- and I'll try not to take it personally -- seemed awful anxious for those elevator doors to open on five, and we're shooting the breeze in the gallery as the rest of the Economic Development Committee trickles in -- Natinsky another of the first ones in, taking a stroll along the rail to meet his public.

A guy with a shattered iPhone is talking Angry Birds with the guy beside him -- "You put them little birds in a slingshot and you hit these little trolls," he explains -- and it's appropriate, because the City of Dallas is about to get the thing those birds could use most of all -- a bold, new shift in strategy: "A New Paradigm: Strategies for Revitalizing Dallas Distressed Neighborhoods."

Natinsky's getting things rolling, promising a high, "25,000-foot" look at a plan to be presented by Bill Carson, VP and Director of Sustainability at McCormack Baron Salazar (part-owned by the good people at Goldman Sachs), who'll deliver the presentation on this new plan for bringing development to Dallas' inner-city.

Linda McMahon of the The Real Estate Council just spoke briefly, explaining how glad she was to have helped fund the study -- $275,000 from TREC and the same amount from McCormack Baron, we're told, so no money for this study came out of the city's general fund.

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Carson has launched into the PowerPoint now -- it's not posted on the City Hall site -- by running through a description of each branch of the McCormack Salazar family tree. Altogether, he says, they're the "leading for-profit developer of mixed-income housing in the USA."

Carson says the report they're presenting "represents the collective knowledge" of each of those branches of the company, based on think-tank research and repeat trips to South Dallas.

Carson's pulling us up to "a 40,000-foot view" of development now, with a list of 11 bullet points they assembled for development projects, beginning with community involvement. So what are Carson's last 10 ingredients to shift our paradigm? Join me in the comments.

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