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  • rkylemcdaniel

    Great article Patrick. Couldn't agree with you more. Dallas is my home and for better or worse, I love it. A pet peeve of mine, City Hall's fascination with being considered, "world class". It's like some 7th grader desperately seeking validation before their peers. Quit this crap. Just make Dallas the city you want it to be, who give a shit what anyone else thinks about it. And for the "Austin's soooo cool set", you want to move to Austin? Cool, have at it Mr. Hipster, I hear the 3 hours weights for BBQ are fantastic.

    • Patrick McDonnell

      I used to work at City Hall and not everybody has that fascination -just a few. In the article, I tried to echo that sentiment and put emphasis on the point that by continuing to create the city we want, we won't need city hall to shape the "world class" landscape for us. Rather, the function of city hall will be there to facilitate what we want to do and change policy so we can do it, not stifle it.

      By doing, organizing ourselves, contributing to the landscape, and challenging the systems of thought now we are creating our own game that other people can be a part of and contribute to as well. I am becoming more and more convinced that Dallas has a strong undercurrent of informed and highly educated citizen planners that are creating our own game. And sooner rather than later, city hall is going to start playing too, lest they be left out.

  • Justin Childress

    This is so, so near to my heart. I often say that Dallas is in a unique place right now, a time of growth and reinvention that all (relatively young) cities encounter at one time or another. This is really a time when we who care can have a huge impact on the direction of the city for the long term, and it's exciting. Definitely exciting enough to keep me here.

    • Patrick McDonnell

      Thanks Seriousiseasy! There's something happening in Dallas, and I think a lot of us can feel it. My excitement is that the push forward is coming from the Doers on the ground, the citizens who give a damn. In a year or two, people are going to be like "What the hell happened, Dallas is cool!" And then they'll move here and to live here.

  • Casey Caplowe

    I love this. I've never been to Dallas, but now i'm eager to check it out some time.

    That, and the bucky fuller quote you share, is one of my favorites as well.

    • Patrick McDonnell

      Casey, Please do visit Dallas. I'd love to show you around! Yup, I use that Fuller quote all the time.

  • April Kilduff

    i grew up in dallas and lived in austin twice as an adult. you couldn't pay me enough money to ever live in austin again! i'm thrilled to see how dallas has come into its own as a city of diversity with a once-again vibrant urban life. austin can have its one-dimensional weirdness. i'll take dallas any day.

    • Patrick McDonnell

      April, I too lived in Austin and Seattle as a matter of fact. I still like them for what they are, but there's something about Dallas that just screams "Mold me!" I'm perpetually attracted at the opportunities to author and invent things in Dallas that haven't been seen anywhere else. This place is a blank slate, a fresh canvas, and people are going to start moving here to be a part of something they can create. I can feel it!

  • Eli Kaufman

    GOOD HQ is also working with Revolutionary Pants to capture video of the killer Neighborday they are hosting. Go Dallas!

    • Patrick McDonnell

      Thanks Eli! We love working with ya'll. GOOD Pants in the house!

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    I love Team Better Block. The fact that you're trying to change old systems with Revolutionary Pants is really cool because if anything, it will make City Hall wake up!

    • Patrick McDonnell

      We're friends with Better Block. They've really opened the door and there are so many of us coming up now that we're shifting the tide. We believe in ourselves again!

  • Elisa Huang

    Awesome post Patrick! It's inspiring to remember that no matter how big the city, the community can always find ways to shape it and make it their own.

  • Hannah Wasserman

    Awesome piece, Patrick! I can relate to a lot of your sentiments. I got a lot of shit from my friends up in Northern California for moving to LA. The perception was of traffic, celebrity and general fake-ness. What I love about LA is that there's so much potential. There are so many creative people all in one place-- the challenge is getting them together to make LA better.