Sustainability Arlington, Texas

Sustainability Arlington, Texas Creating communities that integrate multi-modal forms of transportation, high efficiency housing, wide sidewalks and walkable communities.(15 min neighborhood)

Sustainability Arlington - Working neighborhood by neighborhood, Sustainability Arlington seeks to create communities that integrate multi-modal forms of transportation, high efficiency/affordable housing, and improve walkability. Join the conversation online @ the Sustainiablity Arlington page A focus of our work is to reintroduce trolley lines in the city of Arlington. Rail lines operated by the North Texas Traction Company ran through the heart of Arlington from 1902-1934. The lines were part of the privately funded, Interurban railway. North Texas Traction operated the line between Dallas and Fort Worth. New street car rails are installed in Oak Cliff and in Dallas on the same streets where they ran over 100 years ago. The new street cars connect Oak Cliff, across the Trinity, to Union Station in Downtown, Dallas. The Dallas streetcar line will then connect from Downtown, Dallas, the Arts District, Clyde Warren Park and then to the historic M-Line that runs through Uptown Dallas. The Oak Cliff Transit Authority applied for and was awarded a 23 million dollar grant in 2010. Phase 1 is a 1.6 mile line. Phase 2, now under construction will connect to the Bishop Arts District. Phase I: A rail line will be constructed on Division St/ between Cooper and Collins St. The street car would then head north from Division St on Collins, Stop at Randol Mill, I-30 and the new Viridian Rail Station. Phase I will connect Downtown/UTA to the Entertainment District and to the Metropolitan North Texas High Speed Rail on I-30. The line will then continue North on Collins to the North Side of Viridian, where a rail station will be added, to the TRE Rail Line that currently runs over Collins St. The High Speed Train is planned to go directly from Houston to Dallas. A line will connect Dallas to Fort Worth. There could be a stop in Arlington, but only if there is a reason and a plan in place. If not we do not have a plan, it will connect through DFW Airport in between Dallas and Ft. Worth. Phase 2 - To connect to the eastern and southern portion of Arlington, streetcar a line will be added to run South on Center St from Division St. and connect to I-20 (at the Highlands). And East on Division St. to connect to Hwy 360. Going south, the line could potentially connect to the Arlington Municipal Airport utilizing the new bridge build over I-20 at Center St. We need to travel in and out of the the Downtown/University District on foot, bike, rail, the Max and car. (Multi-modal) The “car only” conversation will not lead to innovation and increasing property values. Time to slow her down! To stimulate a desire to consider living in Arlington, we have to create and promote a safe city with good schools, private and public, with tons of day to day lifestyle options for diverse families who want to live in a interesting city. This sort of thinking is what motivated a few Dallasites in 1979 to meet and talk about putting the trolley car back on McKinney St to bring back that dogged portion of Dallas (property values are in the multi-billions now). The extension of the McKinney St. Trolley over the last 20 years has become a major part of the transit system in Dallas. Two communities that have reintroduced streetcars, Uptown Dallas and The Bishop Arts District, are two of the most desirable retail, residential and commercial real estate neighborhoods in the region in their own ways. They are unique, one of a kind, environments. Bishop Arts is an interesting case study for Arlington because it has re-developed in the midst of a largely lower income and ethnically diverse community like 76010. Arlington residents have a chance in the coming year to layout a compelling vision that is based on proven economic development principles that are proven to be effective in other cities. (Arlington Proud 12 Priorities). These strategies focus on the ability to develop a sense of “place”. You know the feeling, when you visit a city and you start to think to yourself “Man, it would be really great to live here.” The next thing you know you are online looking at homes online that are for sale or rent. Will street cars and a slower pace change everything? No. But, they are indicators that we are creating a slower pace and a sense of place. That will draw people to consider Arlington as a place to live, especially those finishing college up to 35 years olds. Cities all over the country are beginning to develop their plans to attract the Y Generation (19-35 year olds) and that will be a big challenge because they are difference and larger in numbers than their parent's generation, the Baby Boomers. We have to make sure that our residents, visitors and those that work here, know our priorities are focused on creating a community to raise up a family! One that is safe with walkable neighborhoods, tons of arts options, good schools, and a great place to return to in a generation. A plan to make this happen has to be focused on redevelopment for lifestyle purposes and not speed in and out of our city. The 35 and under generation is calling for something different than their Baby Boomer parents. We can create this new environment in connection with economic development along Abram St., especially on the East side of Arlington. Local folks will be involved in the design street car wait stations and create the art and atmosphere at each location. This is what we can envision in the near future! Street car Wait Station # 1 at Cooper St for UT Arlington. # 2 at The Levitt, City Hall and the Downtown Library. # 3 at the Tarrant County Court House and dozens of restaurants. St # 4 -The Rotary Art Walk at Meadowbrook Park with the great family playground, recreation center and the historic 9 hole golf course just 1 stop from Downtown. Next stop # 5, the beautiful Park View neighborhood and Stadium Dr. (short walk to the Ballpark) # 6 in front of General Motors at 360 where the 5000 employees work each day. and the location for the High Speed Rail station. Final stop #7 on Abram St. and Great Southwest Pkwy. A large park and ride would be developed utilizing the abundant vacant property and empty buildings in the area. (If we were able to extend the line 1/2 mile west, Wait Station #1 could be close to all three new student housing complexes). Can you get the picture? If you have not driven the stretch of Abram east to the city limits in a while - you need to and you will see how a redevelopment plan needs to be initiated. Fast growth has been our hallmark. Wide, ugly and fast moving streets, crossing our city served the purposes of rapid growth for over 40 years. Arlington is now 99% built-out and we can slow down become a community with a “sense of place” and start the redevelopment from the center. The Downtown and University Districts can help set the pace for an entire city. We already have dozens of great neighborhoods in Arlington. If we can focus on developing all of our neighborhoods with a sense of place with the same kind of passion that fueled the passage of the Cowboy Stadium proposal, nothing will be impossible. The financial and quality of life ROI of this strategy, will impact every corner of our city. Opportunities are in front of us that did not exist ten years ago. Federal grant funding (TIGER Funds) is available for streetcar transportation. The McKinney Ave Transportation Authority and Oak Cliff Transportation Authority are good local models and have said they would assist us in any way possible. McKinney Ave Trolley started small and has grown organically from one short line to a key connector for the entire city of Dallas. The same could be the case for an A-Line in Arlington. Long term economic development, comes from people investing their life into loving a city, working hard, starting businesses, raising kids and enjoying an interesting lifestyle. When this happens we will also experience increasing values of our homes and businesses which then increase funding for schools an many other quality of life projects. If we push forward with these priorities, people will see a lifestyle worth to investigate while they are visiting or working in Arlington. Next we will see folks moving to to Arlington for the experience of a lifetime.

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TODAY! The Neighborhood Art Show. All artist will be outside. #buylocal #art at locations across Downtown Arlngton. Get ...
10/17/2020

TODAY! The Neighborhood Art Show. All artist will be outside. #buylocal #art at locations across Downtown Arlngton. Get outside, take a walk Downtown and buy from a #localartist Locations listed below. #arlingtonproud #neighborhoodartshow

Calling all artists and creators! Reserve your space now for the first Third Thursday Market on October 15, from 4-8pm. ...
10/07/2020

Calling all artists and creators! Reserve your space now for the first Third Thursday Market on October 15, from 4-8pm. There is no fee for you place in the pop-up. Deadline is Oct. 13. Send email to [email protected] for more info. www.createarlington.com

Looking for a place to work outside of you home a couple days a week? Looking for a studio space to create? Check out Cr...
10/06/2020
Your Studio Space — Create Arlington

Looking for a place to work outside of you home a couple days a week? Looking for a studio space to create? Check out Create Arlington in Downtown today online!
https://www.createarlington.com/your-studio-space

Creatives and entrepreneurs thrive in the right space. Just need a work space for today? Day Pass 19.00 Quantity: Add To Cart How about a place to send your mail? Remote Mailbox 14.00 Quantity: Add To Cart    Member benefitsWork spaces to share or claim for yourselfPitch opportunities for your sta...

Sam Watson’s - “The Unseen Mate”  Art Opening, Friday, October 9, 6pm - 9pm at Create Arlington. Wine and Charcuterie wi...
10/05/2020

Sam Watson’s - “The Unseen Mate” Art Opening, Friday, October 9, 6pm - 9pm at Create Arlington. Wine and Charcuterie will be served along with coffee, water and tea. Create Arlington is located at 306 W Main St. Masks required and social distance will be practiced.

#bookofthemonth Do you love your city? How about Arlington? If you are interested in strategies to love your city in a w...
10/01/2020

#bookofthemonth Do you love your city? How about Arlington? If you are interested in strategies to love your city in a way that will make it a place that others will love as well, read “For The Love Of Cities” The Love Affair Between People And Their Places by Peter Kageyama.

Stop by on October 9, 2020 between 9 am - 9pm 306 W Main St in Downtown Arlington for the FIRST local artist opening at ...
09/26/2020

Stop by on October 9, 2020 between 9 am - 9pm 306 W Main St in Downtown Arlington for the FIRST local artist opening at Create Arli from. Canvas and sculpture by Arlington Artist Sam Watson. #buylocal #freeadmission

Third Thursday Create Arlington Outdoor Marketplace. October 15, 4p-8p on the 300 block of W. Main. FREE tables for loca...
09/25/2020
Upcoming Events — Create Arlington

Third Thursday Create Arlington Outdoor Marketplace. October 15, 4p-8p on the 300 block of W. Main. FREE tables for local handcrafted creators and artist. Email [email protected] with questions. All CA events listed at https://www.createarlington.com/upcoming-events @DTarlington @UTAShorthorn

Community events Sep 21 to Oct 10 "The Unseen Mate," canvas and sculpture by Sam Watson Mon, Sep 21, 2020 9:00 AM Sat, Oct 10, 2020 7:00 PM Create Arlington (map) Google Calendar ICS Create Arlington Gallery will feature canvas and sculpture by Arlington artist Sam Watson starting September 21, 2020...

Check out the first Create Arlington E-Newsletter.  Please forward on to your friends! www.createarlington.com
09/15/2020
Create Arlington Launches Exciting New Space for Artists

Check out the first Create Arlington E-Newsletter. Please forward on to your friends! www.createarlington.com

Hello, and welcome to our first newsletter! While Create Arlington is brand new, we've actually been part of the Downtown Arlington arts scene for a while now. We've been part of the Arlington Proud initiative and the popular East Main Street Arts Festival (yes, it'll be back in 2021). And now, Cre...

09/11/2020
Arlington Proud

Larry Ladale Performs for the Arlington Proud Live Stream Live From Create Arlington Studio Space in Downtown Arlington Texas 308 W Abram 76010

Larry Ladale Performs for the Arlington Proud Live Stream Live From Create Arlington Studio Space in Downtown Arlington Texas 308 W Abram 76010

Streets and roads have two very different purposes. Here's how to take the stroad (i.e. street-road hybrid and financial...
08/19/2020

Streets and roads have two very different purposes. Here's how to take the stroad (i.e. street-road hybrid and financial/social disaster) and turn it into either a productive street or an efficient road.

Streets and roads have two very different purposes. Here's how to take the stroad (i.e. street-road hybrid and financial/social disaster) and turn it into either a productive street or an efficient road.

08/07/2020
Arlington Proud

Arlington Proud

Martin High School Graduate, Ayden Trammel will be performing live, broadcasted from Precision Press in downtown Arlington!
"From receiving a Stratocaster on Christmas morning when he was 7, Trammell made it to jazz band at Arlington’s Martin High School, where he met drummer Nathan Walters, a future bandmate in local rockers Big Red Ants and now Trammell’s backing band, The Forty Stories. Trammell’s first time onstage was during freshman year with Big Red Ants at a sports bar in 2014. He played rhythm guitar and sang backup. Though the Ants are still a thing, Trammell is excited about his solo work. He’s been performing with The Forty Stories since 2019 and has played venues across North Texas, including MASS on the Near Southside and Lola’s Trailer Park."
Read the full article at https://www.fwweekly.com/2020/07/22/ayden-trammell/
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Arlington Proud Live is a weekly streaming series that serves to support Arlington artists and musicians in the trying times that we live in. Without continued community support, these visionaries of our growing scene will seek other opportunities and leave us culturally depleted. Please consider sharing a donation or becoming a sponsor, and of course, enjoy the show!

08/07/2020
Arlington Proud

Arlington Proud

Martin High School Graduate, Ayden Trammel will be performing live, broadcasted from Precision Press in downtown Arlington!
"From receiving a Stratocaster on Christmas morning when he was 7, Trammell made it to jazz band at Arlington’s Martin High School, where he met drummer Nathan Walters, a future bandmate in local rockers Big Red Ants and now Trammell’s backing band, The Forty Stories. Trammell’s first time onstage was during freshman year with Big Red Ants at a sports bar in 2014. He played rhythm guitar and sang backup. Though the Ants are still a thing, Trammell is excited about his solo work. He’s been performing with The Forty Stories since 2019 and has played venues across North Texas, including MASS on the Near Southside and Lola’s Trailer Park."
Read the full article at https://www.fwweekly.com/2020/07/22/ayden-trammell/
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Arlington Proud Live is a weekly streaming series that serves to support Arlington artists and musicians in the trying times that we live in. Without continued community support, these visionaries of our growing scene will seek other opportunities and leave us culturally depleted. Please consider sharing a donation or becoming a sponsor, and of course, enjoy the show!

Martin High School Graduate, Ayden Trammel will be performing live, broadcasted from Precision Press in downtown Arlingt...
08/07/2020
Ayden Trammell

Martin High School Graduate, Ayden Trammel will be performing live, broadcasted from Precision Press in downtown Arlington!
"From receiving a Stratocaster on Christmas morning when he was 7, Trammell made it to jazz band at Arlington’s Martin High School, where he met drummer Nathan Walters, a future bandmate in local rockers Big Red Ants and now Trammell’s backing band, The Forty Stories. Trammell’s first time onstage was during freshman year with Big Red Ants at a sports bar in 2014. He played rhythm guitar and sang backup. Though the Ants are still a thing, Trammell is excited about his solo work. He’s been performing with The Forty Stories since 2019 and has played venues across North Texas, including MASS on the Near Southside and Lola’s Trailer Park."
Read the full article at https://www.fwweekly.com/2020/07/22/ayden-trammell/
___________________________
Arlington Proud Live is a weekly streaming series that serves to support Arlington artists and musicians in the trying times that we live in. Without continued community support, these visionaries of our growing scene will seek other opportunities and leave us culturally depleted. Please consider sharing a donation or becoming a sponsor, and of course, enjoy the show!

Though he just started college, this 19-year-old is already racking up more than 8,000 monthly streams on Spotify. The guy generating all that traffic is soft-rock singer-songwriter Ayden Trammell, whose latest single, “Water and Salt,” follows two previous singles and an EP. The Tarrant County ...

07/31/2020
Arlington Proud

Court Hoang

Live Stream Set with Court Hoang. Suppoprt #localmusic

07/30/2020
We Used to Just Call These "Houses" — Strong Towns
07/30/2020
We Used to Just Call These "Houses" — Strong Towns

We Used to Just Call These "Houses" — Strong Towns

We used to have a different name for the modest dwellings that now get labeled “tiny houses.” For most of history, this was simply a house—a low-cost way for people to put down roots in a place and begin to grow some wealth for themselves and the neighborhood.

The City of Arlington partners with developers for a 22 million dollar redevelopment project in central Arlington. Each ...
07/29/2020
Arlington apartment complex gets a makeover. Will it start a neighborhood turnaround?

The City of Arlington partners with developers for a 22 million dollar redevelopment project in central Arlington. Each of the 350 units at what was once Spanish Park Apartments is being gutted and lined with new flooring, insulated windows, new kitchen appliances and updated plumbing. Outside, contractors are installing play areas, ball courts, solar panels and roofing. The finished complex will also have 18 Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant units.
https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/arlington/article244080052.html#storylink=cpy https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/arlington/article244080052.html

City officials, business owners and community groups hope a multimillion-dollar renovation of low-income apartments will breathe life into the neighborhood.

Free drive thru Covid-19 testing begins again on Monday at the East Branch of the @arlingtontxlib parking lot in the Par...
07/26/2020

Free drive thru Covid-19 testing begins again on Monday at the East Branch of the @arlingtontxlib parking lot in the Park Plaza Shopping Center. 1624 New York Ave, 76010

The East Main Arts Festival was cancelled this year, but we are still bringing you live music from the bands. TONIGHT, T...
07/16/2020

The East Main Arts Festival was cancelled this year, but we are still bringing you live music from the bands. TONIGHT, Thursday, LIVE STREAM at 8 pm we bring you Carlos Ramos on The Arlington Proud page. Please share to all your social media platforms. Sponsored by Precision Press, Gallery 900 and Arlington Proud.

Rise of the Essential Class
05/29/2020
Rise of the Essential Class

Rise of the Essential Class

Source: gundersenhealth.org I've been struggling to come up with something meaningful to say about the future of cities in the aftermath...

Special thanks to Debra Bennett for sponsoring our weekly Live Stream Concert. This week, KatsüK, Thursday at 8pm, right...
05/26/2020

Special thanks to Debra Bennett for sponsoring our weekly Live Stream Concert. This week, KatsüK, Thursday at 8pm, right here on Arlington Texas Proud. www.Deb3Consulting.com

Arlington musicians desperately need our financial support NOW!  Can you sponsor one of our LIVE Streaming concerts? Ove...
05/17/2020

Arlington musicians desperately need our financial support NOW! Can you sponsor one of our LIVE Streaming concerts? Over the last couple of weeks we have been streaming live concerts with local bands. The amount of views and interaction has been amazing, 3-5000 views and hundreds of comments and shares. However, our local bands need CASH MONEY! For $250 you can sponsor a live streamed show here on Arlington Proud. We have over 30,000 followers on our FB pages and 2500 on Instagram. Your business will get tons of visibility as we promote the shows and during the concert. So, if you want to see our local music thrive when the live music venues open up, we have to support our bands NOW! 100% of proceeds will go directly to the musicians. If interested in sponsoring, send an email to [email protected].

Please Share. East Main Arts Fest #emaf2020 had to be cancelled, but we are bringing you live shows of some of the bands...
05/08/2020

Please Share. East Main Arts Fest #emaf2020 had to be cancelled, but we are bringing you live shows of some of the bands. TONIGHT Igimèjí on Arlington, Texas Proud at 7:30pm. Live from Precision Press Printing & Graphics.

The East Main Arts Festival was cancelled because of COVID 19. But, we are still bringing you great talent from the Fest...
05/02/2020

The East Main Arts Festival was cancelled because of COVID 19. But, we are still bringing you great talent from the Festival. TOMORROW, Sunday, at 8 PM. UTA Alumnus Dalton Sessumes will live stream a fire performance for your viewing pleasure. #EMAF2020

TOMORROW AT 8 PM

UTA Alumnus Dalton Sessumes will live stream a fire performance for your viewing pleasure

04/30/2020
Arlington Proud

Arlington Proud

Artemis Funk LIVE Concert for the East Main Arts Festival, Downtown, Arlington, Texas at Precision Press Printing & Graphics

04/26/2020
Arlington Proud

September Moon
Virtual Tip Jar:
Venmo: @Daniel-Brown-248

September Moon
Virtual Tip Jar:
Venmo: @Daniel-Brown-248

Strong Towns
04/18/2020
Strong Towns

Strong Towns

Here's a first look at Oakland's bar-raising "slow streets" plan: an impressive 74 miles of city streets now reserved for citizens walking, cycling, and rolling (and for drivers, *slowly* accessing their own homes). Turns out we can do a lot quickly when we commit to small steps! How's your city doing in comparison?

–via Streetsblog San Francisco.

Have you seen the 6’ office space? Will your company be ready for employees to re-enter your office space? Or, will you ...
04/16/2020
Our offices will never be the same after COVID-19. Here’s what they could look like

Have you seen the 6’ office space? Will your company be ready for employees to re-enter your office space? Or, will you let your workers continue to work remotely?

#officespace #workplace #thenewnormal #testing #openconcept #hiringnow #beready #employees #flexibleoffice

https://www.fastcompany.com/90488060/our-offices-will-never-be-the-same-after-covid-19-heres-what-they-could-look-like

Eventually we will have to go back to our offices. But how will work… work?

Please check out how you can help Arlington Non Profit Organizations
04/03/2020

Please check out how you can help Arlington Non Profit Organizations

03/20/2020

East Main Art Festival Rescheduled to 2021. As our community bands together to help in the efforts to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, the staff of the (EMAF) East Main Arts Festival has decided to reschedule the 2020 event. The event falls within the 8 week window the CDC has recommended for preventative efforts to be in place, so we feel this is the right decision for the safety of our patrons, artists, volunteers, and staff. Our team looks forward to presenting the festival to 2021, with a tentative date of May 1, but final details will be released this fall. We will continue our efforts and encourage the support of local artists, musicians, and small businesses through our social media audiences during this trying time. Stay safe and love your neighbor as yourself. Again, thank you for your understanding and we look forward to seeing you next year.

City of Arlington Announces Their  State of Emergency Plan. https://www.theshorthorn.com/news/city-of-arlington-announce...
03/14/2020
City of Arlington announces local state of disaster in response to coronavirus outbreak

City of Arlington Announces Their State of Emergency Plan. https://www.theshorthorn.com/news/city-of-arlington-announces-local-state-of-disaster-in-response/article_df283cc2-6598-11ea-a787-9bbd4e7c886e.html

The declaration activates the City of Arlington Emergency Management Plan, which is how the city prepares for, responds to and performs its emergency response functions during times of natural or

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Sustainability Arlington - Working neighborhood by neighborhood, Sustainability Arlington seeks to create communities that integrate multi-modal forms of transportation, high efficiency housing, community gardens and and excellent system of sidewalks. Join the conversation online @ the Sustainiablity Arlington page A focus of our work is to reintroduce streetcar lines in the city of Arlington. Rail lines operated by the North Texas Traction Company ran through the heart of Arlington from 1902-1934. The lines were part of the privately funded, Interurban railway. North Texas Traction operated the line between Dallas and Fort Worth. New street car rails are installed in Oak Cliff and in Dallas on the same streets where they ran over 100 years ago. The new street cars connect Oak Cliff, across the Trinity, to Union Station in Downtown, Dallas. The Dallas streetcar line will then connect from Downtown, Dallas, the Arts District, Clyde Warren Park and then to the historic M-Line that runs through Uptown Dallas. The Oak Cliff Transit Authority applied for and was awarded a 23 million dollar grant in 2010. Phase 1 is a 1.6 mile line. Phase 2, now under construction will connect to the Bishop Arts District. Phase I: A rail line will be constructed on Division St/ between Cooper and Collins St. The street car would then head north from Division St on Collins, Stop at Randol Mill, I-30 and the new Viridian Rail Station. Phase I will connect Downtown/UTA to the Entertainment District and to the Metropolitan North Texas High Speed Rail on I-30. The line will then continue North on Collins to the North Side of Viridian, where a rail station will be added, to the TRE Rail Line that currently runs over Collins St. The High Speed Train is planned to go directly from Houston to Dallas. A line will connect Dallas to Fort Worth. There could be a stop in Arlington, but only if there is a reason and a plan in place. If not we do not have a plan, it will connect through DFW Airport in between Dallas and Ft. Worth. Phase 2 - To connect to the eastern and southern portion of Arlington, streetcar a line will be added to run South on Center St from Division St. and connect to I-20 (at the Highlands). And East on Division St. to connect to Hwy 360. Going south, the line could potentially connect to the Arlington Municipal Airport utilizing the new bridge build over I-20 at Center St. We need to travel in and out of the the Downtown/University District on foot, bike, rail, the Max and car. (Multi-modal) The “car only” conversation will not lead to innovation and increasing property values. Time to slow her down! To stimulate a desire to consider living in Arlington, we have to create and promote a safe city with good schools, private and public, with tons of day to day lifestyle options for diverse families who want to live in a interesting city. This sort of thinking is what motivated a few Dallasites in 1979 to meet and talk about putting the trolley car back on McKinney St to bring back that dogged portion of Dallas (property values are in the multi-billions now). The extension of the McKinney St. Trolley over the last 20 years has become a major part of the transit system in Dallas. Two communities that have reintroduced streetcars, Uptown Dallas and The Bishop Arts District, are two of the most desirable retail, residential and commercial real estate neighborhoods in the region in their own ways. They are unique, one of a kind, environments. Bishop Arts is an interesting case study for Arlington because it has re-developed in the midst of a largely lower income and ethnically diverse community like 76010. Arlington residents have a chance in the coming year to layout a compelling vision that is based on proven economic development principles that are proven to be effective in other cities. (Arlington Proud 12 Priorities). These strategies focus on the ability to develop a sense of “place”. You know the feeling, when you visit a city and you start to think to yourself “Man, it would be really great to live here.” The next thing you know you are online looking at homes online that are for sale or rent. Will street cars and a slower pace change everything? No. But, they are indicators that we are creating a slower pace and a sense of place. That will draw people to consider Arlington as a place to live, especially those finishing college up to 35 years olds. Cities all over the country are beginning to develop their plans to attract the Y Generation (19-35 year olds) and that will be a big challenge because they are difference and larger in numbers than their parent's generation, the Baby Boomers. We have to make sure that our residents, visitors and those that work here, know our priorities are focused on creating a community to raise up a family! One that is safe with walkable neighborhoods, tons of arts options, good schools, and a great place to return to in a generation. A plan to make this happen has to be focused on redevelopment for lifestyle purposes and not speed in and out of our city. The 35 and under generation is calling for something different than their Baby Boomer parents. We can create this new environment in connection with economic development along Abram St., especially on the East side of Arlington. Local folks will be involved in the design street car wait stations and create the art and atmosphere at each location. This is what we can envision in the near future! Street car Wait Station # 1 at Cooper St for UT Arlington. # 2 at The Levitt, City Hall and the Downtown Library. # 3 at the Tarrant County Court House and dozens of restaurants. St # 4 -The Rotary Art Walk at Meadowbrook Park with the great family playground, recreation center and the historic 9 hole golf course just 1 stop from Downtown. Next stop # 5, the beautiful Park View neighborhood and Stadium Dr. (short walk to the Ballpark) # 6 in front of General Motors at 360 where the 5000 employees work each day. and the location for the High Speed Rail station. Final stop #7 on Abram St. and Great Southwest Pkwy. A large park and ride would be developed utilizing the abundant vacant property and empty buildings in the area. (If we were able to extend the line 1/2 mile west, Wait Station #1 could be close to all three new student housing complexes). Can you get the picture? If you have not driven the stretch of Abram east to the city limits in a while - you need to and you will see how a redevelopment plan needs to be initiated. Fast growth has been our hallmark. Wide, ugly and fast moving streets, crossing our city served the purposes of rapid growth for over 40 years. Arlington is now 99% built-out and we can slow down become a community with a “sense of place” and start the redevelopment from the center. The Downtown and University Districts can help set the pace for an entire city. We already have dozens of great neighborhoods in Arlington. If we can focus on developing all of our neighborhoods with a sense of place with the same kind of passion that fueled the passage of the Cowboy Stadium proposal, nothing will be impossible. The financial and quality of life ROI of this strategy, will impact every corner of our city. Opportunities are in front of us that did not exist ten years ago. Federal grant funding (TIGER Funds) is available for streetcar transportation. The McKinney Ave Transportation Authority and Oak Cliff Transportation Authority are good local models and have said they would assist us in any way possible. McKinney Ave Trolley started small and has grown organically from one short line to a key connector for the entire city of Dallas. The same could be the case for an A-Line in Arlington. We will launch this vision integrated with the Abram St redevelopment project in April. Long term economic development, comes from people investing their life into loving a city, working hard, starting businesses, raising kids and enjoying an interesting lifestyle. When this happens we will also experience increasing values of our homes and businesses which then increase funding for schools an many other quality of life projects. If we push forward with these priorities, people will see a lifestyle worth to investigate while they are visiting or working in Arlington. Next we will see folks moving to to Arlington for the experience of a lifetime.


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