Institute Aims to Make Dallas More Walkable

Downtown Dallas’ redevelopment of the Statler Hotel corridor on Commerce and Harwood streets was awarded the ULI’s Next Big Idea Award. (Rendering by Marriman Anderson Architects)

The Urban Land Institute has increased its presence in Dallas for the last month, as the nonprofit organization focuses on ways to make the city and its suburbs more walkable.

Officials estimate that nearly 98 percent of Dallas and Fort Worth’s incorporated land requires everyday car use to get from place to place. But by digging a little deeper, it’s possible to find pockets of land within the area that could be walkable urban places, said ULI volunteer Scott Polikov, who also works for Gateway Planning.


NorthPark Center presents “Courtside: Photographs by Bill Bamberger”

Retired couple’s garage, Franklin, Maine 2006

NorthPark Center, in partnership with the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and
artist Bill Bamberger, presents “Courtside: Photographs by Bill Bamberger,” an exhibition of vibrant color photographs that capture a variety of basketball hoops around the world.

The exhibit will be on view on level one between Burberry and Louis Vuitton from June 25 to January 2019.


SPCA of Texas Announces Susie Swanson As Paws Cause Chair

FROM LEFT: Susie Swanson and Karen Urie

The SPCA of Texas is thrilled to announce that Susie Swanson will be the Paws Cause 2019 Chair.

Susie Swanson is a Texas native who moved to Dallas in 1975 and is currently a Senior Vice-President with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. Susie is an active member of Highland Park United Methodist Church, the Preston Hollow Women’s Club, and a huge animal lover. She keeps extra leashes in her car in order to pick up lost pups and help them find their way home. Susie has been an active donor and supporter of the SPCA of Texas and Paws Cause for many years.


Legacy Senior Communities Break Ground for New Retirement Community

The Legacy Midtown Park Exterior

The Legacy Senior Communities, a not-for-profit charitable organization, officially broke ground on The Legacy Midtown Park rental continuing care retirement community in Dallas.

Construction on the entire community will officially start next month. The community expects to begin opening Fall 2019 with long-term care and short-term rehab, and independent living and other levels of care will open in 2020.


Equest Expands Riding Therapy Services

Therapists say riding horses offers physical and emotional benefits for patients. (Courtesy Equest)

What started as a small center with a unique approach to therapy has blossomed into a gigantically popular way to help residents all over the state.

The success of equine activities for mental and physical therapy led Equest to consolidate its therapeutic horsemanship programs to Texas Horse Park in Dallas, a 304-acre site in the Great Trinity Forest.


ESD Boat Makes Waves at National Regatta

Congratulations to these ESD freshmen for winning their division at the Stotesbury Regatta in Philadelphia.

A quartet from ESD used a late surge to win the Freshman Boys Quad race at the recent Stotesbury Cup Regatta in Philadelphia.

The team of Ford Bannister, Sam Lindsey, Sam Curtis, and Christopher Hess claimed the 1,500-meter event in a time of 5 minutes, 34.96 seconds, which was more than a second ahead of the runner-up boat from New York.

The Stotesbury Cup, which is held each spring on the Schuylkill River, is the oldest and largest scholastic regatta in the world. This year, the event included more than 5,000 athletes.


JDRF Dream Gala

Jim Lites, Auction Co-Chair Kim Lites and The Midtown Men. (Photos: Tamytha Cameron)

On April 28, the JDRF Greater Dallas Chapter hosted its 2018 Dream Gala themed “Oh What a Night!” which raised a record $2.1 in net revenue to support JDRF’s vision of a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D). Each year, the gala raises money to fund research, advocate for government support of research and new therapies, ensuring new therapies to market, and connecting and engaging the T1D community. This year’s Gala was chaired by David Strauss and honored Joe DePinto, president and chief executive officer of 7-Eleven, Inc. Additional committee members included: Scott Paul, corporate chair; Harold, Leigh and Jordon Gernsbacher, Fund A Cure Chairs; and Elle Paul and Kim Lites, Auction Chairs.