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‘Fertile soil for growth’

Dallas mayor speaks at Highland Springs about the city’s future

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September 24th, 2014
residents with the Dallas Mayor

When Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings took office in 2011, he brought a sense of optimism to his new position.

“I had a theory when I was elected mayor,” said Rawlings, speaking to residents of Springs in North Dallas. “I believed the majority of Dallas citizens felt the city’s best days were yet to come.”

To test his hypothesis, Rawlings hired a researcher to ask the question: Do you believe the best days are ahead of us or behind us?

The results were telling.

Forty-five percent of respondents from other parts of the United States said their best days are ahead of them, while 44% said their best days are behind them. Among Dallas residents, 65% said their best days are ahead of them, while 15% said their best days are behind them. 

“There’s a palpable belief in this city that our best days are yet to come,” said Rawlings. “Dallas is a city of opportunity, no matter your life stage. That’s why I love speaking to people who share my passion for the city.”

A packed house

Rawlings visited Highland Springs at the invitation of the community’s Government Affairs Club, which regularly hosts candidates and elected officials at the North Dallas community. It was Rawlings’ second visit to Highland Springs. He participated in a forum for mayoral candidates at Highland Springs in 2011.

“The purpose of the Government Affairs Club is to provide information about candidates, issues, and polling times and locations,” says Oscar Burchard, the club’s president. “We are nonpartisan and focus solely on education and information.”

Nearly 200 residents packed into the Hillcrest Clubhouse to hear Rawlings speak.

“With a number of large corporations like Toyota moving into the area, Dallas is fertile soil for growth,” said Rawlings. “We have the opportunity to dream big dreams for the future of our city.”

Impact on Highland Springs

Highland Springs is experiencing the effects of the city’s growth. The community is 99% sold out with only a handful of apartments available. The priority list, comprised of people who have put down a $1,000 fully refundable deposit to reserve the apartment home of their choice, has grown exponentially in recent months.

To meet the demand for additional apartments, Highland Springs is opening a fourth residence building, Willow Ridge, in early 2015.

“This is an exciting time in the life of our city and our community,” says Sales Director Jennifer O’Reilly. “I encourage people who are interested in our new residence building to call and schedule a tour.”