Introducing Dallas and The New Urbanism, a Special 13th Issue and Symposium

It's time to decide what the city's future will be.

Later this month, subscribers will receive a 13th issue in their mailboxes. Titled Dallas and The New Urbanism, the special edition explores all the opportunities that the city has at its fingertips to develop into a municipality that is designed for residents. After decades of being battered by transportation decisions that benefit commuters, pedestrians are finally finding open ears, both at City Hall and in the boardrooms of developers.

Demographers believe Dallas-Fort Worth will grow by 4.5 million people in the next 20 years. Collin County, if the predictions are correct, could double. The Dallas urban area grew more last year than it did in the entire decade between 2000 and 2010. City leaders have some heavy decisions to make with these trends; transition our infrastructure to become more friendly to pedestrians or continue the trends of our past, expanding freeways and catering to the car, furthering the deep physical divisions between the city’s neighborhoods that have fueled poverty and segregation.

From 8 a.m. to noon on July 11, we invite you to the Dallas Museum of Art to see the issue come to life. You can find the full schedule here, but we’ll give you a taste. State Rep. Rafael Anchia will moderate a panel on how Dallas can reclaim its urban identity, with Jessica Burnham, the director and clinical professor of the Master of Arts in Design and Innovation at SMU; Mike Hoque, a restaurateur and developer with DRG Concepts and Hoque Global; and Elizabeth Wattley, the Forest Theater lead at CitySquare.

We’ll explore how the city can employ these strategies without displacing residents of up-and-coming neighborhoods; you’ll hear from Assistant City Manager Raquel Favela on that one. She’s in charge of the city’s new housing policy. Another panel is focused on the transition from a commuter city to a residential one.

The issue explores these themes and more through nine chapters. In addition to the D staff, writers include Christopher Leinberger, the Charles Bendit Distinguished Scholar and Research Professor of Urban Real Estate at George Washington University; Brandon Formby, the urban affairs writer at the Texas Tribune; Tracy Loh, a senior data scientist at the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis; infrastructure developer Scott Polikov, president of Gateway Planning and a fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners; and Patrick Kennedy, the Dallas-based urban planner and DART board member.

We hope you’ll join us


  • Kyle Reese

    “transition our infrastructure to become more friendly to pedestrians”


    • Matt Goodman

      One of the editor’s notes is actually about bikes. Lots of stuff in the book for y’all.

  • Kyle Reese

    Also, the rich people in Highland Park will get the final say on what Dallas will become. This is as inevitable as death.

  • RompingWillyBilly

    Rediscover its urban identity? Dallas is Dallas and has always been Dallas. Indeed, Dallas isn’t New York City because that city was modeled after the horse. Dallas was built for cars. One can walk next door in their bare feet in the dead of winter on Dallas to borrow a cup of sugar. NEWS FLASH!! Dallas does not look like New York City!!

    • Matt Goodman

      Dallas is Dallas and has always been Dallas, indeed, but that doesn’t mean that Dallas can’t yet become Dallas.

      • RompingWillyBilly

        The reason people are always trying to make Dallas better is because they once moved from places that suck to the Dallas areaas the best of all the better places to move to. Indeed, Dallas is odd in that the smaller city is bigger than than bigger city Houston which is why that city has such an inferiority complex. Dallas is the reason Austinites choose to remain “weird.” Again, read some of the old encyclopedias. Why change the best place to be in the world?

        • Alejandro Hernandez

          From my experience the only reason people move here is because its cheap. I know a ton of people that would have no problem leaving for a more desirable city in a heartbeat if they could afford to.

  • Hannibal_Lecter

    Brought to you by the same magazine that once — quite seriously — recommended tearing down the School Book Depository and replacing it with a parking lot.

    • Matt Goodman

      You keep making this reference and I can’t ever seem to find what you’re referring to. Can you link us?

  • Trey Darby

    Will this issue be available to the general public?

  • david lewis

    One thing I learned about D https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/91ebb0e95c1ba91a9dd4867f3e9566c5b7d9f42fc0d3325debcd27f15c7c4132.jpg allas is by 2025 the city will change drastically ,but my fear is migration when global warming really kicks up around 2024 many people from the West coast Will move into Dallas by 2039 Dallas will be 47% filled with people from The West coast states Because of rising sea levels…..It will be something to see and witness..