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City Says It Hasn't Turned Its Back on Southern Dallas. And Now It Has the Website to Prove It.

And just the other day I was grousing that Dallas City Hall's yet to plant those long-promised Seeds of Change. But moments ago city spokesman Frank Librio sent word: that "coming soon" is "right now" as City Hall attempts to combat The Dallas Morning News's 10 Drops in the Bucket series with its own happy-faced variation that shows, hey, man, the city gets stuff done south of the Trinity. Or, as City Hall puts it: "We know that much of the positive work that leads to improvements in our city will never make the morning newspaper or evening newscasts." So here ya go!

Turns out the 10 Seeds of Change website is quite the to-do being run out of Librio's office: There's not just the list of 10 good-news items for the month, but also a podcast featuring Brent Brown and David Whitley of the CityDesign Studio, a list of "points of interest (everything from Fair Park to the Texas Theatre), maps breaking down Southern Dallas into 10 areas ("for purposes of understanding and visualizing the vast area that makes up southern Dallas") and lists of demolitions made during the last two fiscal years. In other words: The city really, really, really, really cares about Southern Dallas. Right, Mary Suhm?

Some may say the City and business community have turned their back on areas south of the Trinity. But the facts tell a different story and that is what this project hopes to spotlight. Has enough been done? No, but now more than ever, southern Dallas has the best opportunity to attract new business and development.

The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge is not only a new icon for North Texas and points beyond, but it is a beacon of hope for southern Dallas. The bridge is sending a signal to many developers that points south of the city are ripe for change and prosperity.

For some reason I can't get this out of my head now.

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Robert Wilonsky
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