Dallas Is The First U.S. City To Host New Cities Summit
Dallas was selected to host to such an epic event that took place June 17-19 at the Winspear Opera House. The summits, which were previously held in Paris in 2012 and São Paulo in 2013, have brought together government officials, businesses, academic institutions and other individuals to discuss potential problems and come up with proactive programs to deal with issues like sustainability, poverty and social tolerance.
I had the opportunity of being able to attend this prestigious international conference on urbanization as a volunteer. It was an incredible experience being able to listen to global leaders got to from 40 countries chime in on what ideas they have to help make better cities, including those from fields like healthcare, architecture and culture.
So why did organizers choose Dallas for their first American summit instead of cities with greater populations like New York, Los Angeles or Chicago? According to New Cities Foundation executive director Mathieu Lefevre, “The city leadership is very open and very aware of the global playing field on which Dallas is evolving. They’re really open-minded about looking for the best ideas.”
It would appear that Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings was key in establishing that viewpoint, as he also attended the 2013 summit in São Paulo.
I enjoy living in Dallas and have witnessed how it has evolved into a city that embraces change. As a Realtor I am always building relationships and realize the need to shed a light on the coexistence of historical architectural and new development; as well as solutions to accommodate the needs of future inhabitants.
There are people moving from all over relocating to Dallas and in search of job enjoying natural parks, bike-riding trails. The sustainability of our city to meet those needs depends on the government, business leaders and social leaders uniting as a resource team for the purpose of discussing and educating the growth and development for future initiatives.