1701 Canton Street

Examples of the proposed day care and Montessori school.

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5 thoughts on “1701 Canton Street

  1. This is socialism. This will help destroy Downtown Dallas and be the final nail in the coffin of the farmers market.

  2. Political ideologies don’t have a role in this development. It is approximately 325 citizens (130 parents & 195 children) of the United States who are in need of basic housing and have nowhere else to turn. The supportive services are largely funded by private contributions from our community. The Farmers Market District and Dallas Civic Center will benefit from the replacement of the blighted and underutilized land/buildings, increased street level commercial activity and additional security (eyes on the street). These are the basic fundamental building blocks of urban vitality, increasing property values and creating community.

  3. Not so much socialism as social investment. The focus here is on children – who did not choose to become homeless. However, without some intervention and investment they will likely remain poor, poorly educated and a tax burden for the rest of their lives. Family Gateway’s purpose is to move families out of a state of dependence and into self-sufficiency. These families must work hard to achieve financial independence and they have demonstrated their commitment to do so.

  4. As an active real estate broker and resident of downtown since 2004, I have to disagree. This will in no way increase property values, it will decrease them and hurt current residents and property owners. As real estate agents we have a fiduciary duty to inform buyers of projects like this in their neighborhood, and no-one will want to pay $200K for a condo, when a low/no-income family is living for free next door. I commend your passion and willingness to help others, but the placement of this is misguided. You are going to be hurting hundreds of business and property owners in the area, and because of your actions some of them may end up displaced from their homes, all while you feel good about yourselves because you appear to be helping others. Some of us have worked very hard to turn this area into a true Urban metropolis, with restaurants, parks, dining, attractive housing options and so forth, and then organizations such as this come in and undo all the hard work. These projects exist in other cities because they are already urbanized; Dallas is not. How about you build this in your own neighborhood, not ours? It will do nothing to benefit downtown, I assure you, and if that is truly your goal, you need to listen to the residents of this area.

  5. Thanks for the commentary, responses to statements posted by Chris below;

    ‘will in no way increase property values’ – This has unfortunately become ‘conventional wisdom’ but has been disproven repeatedly. The most rigorous research on the subject shows the opposite effect, that by keeping people (in this case children and families) permanently off of the streets in these neighborhoods, these kinds of projects have, if anything, had a positive effect on the value of surrounding properties. ‘The data strongly indicate that the presence of a PSH project does not adversely affect property values. To the contrary, a reduction in the incidence of homelessness and the investment in real estate is actually correlated with increases in neighborhood values over time.’ – Kevin Gillen, Econsult Corporation, Philadelphia

    — In New York City in a most extensive study, researchers from the Furman Center at New York University analyzed more than 25 years of sales data to assess the impact of 123 permanent supportive housing (PSH) projects in all five boroughs. The authors found that the value of properties within 500 feet of the PSH facilities appreciated slightly faster than those in the same neighborhoods but more than 500 feet away.

    — In Fort Worth a similar study produced similar results.

    — In Denver, research published in the Journal of Urban Affairs in 2002 examined the impact of supportive housing on neighborhood crime rates in 14 neighborhoods. None of the categories of reported crime (total, violent, property, disorderly conduct, or criminal mischief offenses) experienced statistically significant increases near a supportive housing facility.

    — In San Francisco, you can just walk thought the SOMA (South of Market) neighborhood. It has a mix of market and subsidized housing including condos that are currently selling at $600K to $800K. It has a wonderfully active but calm urban vibe … 20 years ago this area was much like SOYO (South of Young) is now.

    ‘a fiduciary duty to inform buyers of projects like this’ – Really? This kind of development isn’t considered a ‘threat’ to anyone’s health, safety, well being or investment portfolio. It is, in reality, very supportive of these considerations … seems like you have not been well informed.

    ‘placement of this is misguided’ – Actually, these supportive residences (30 existing) have been in this exact location for over 25 years now. It has worked quite well for the residents … and with the downturn in the economy it is a good time to expand and improve what has been thoroughly time tested. Those existing light industrial / surface parking lot uses the new residences will replace are not beneficial to economic or cultural vitality in the neighborhood. The new property owners of the building (Butler Brothers) next door have given the project a letter of support.

    ‘these projects exist in other cities because they are already urbanized; Dallas is not’ – Other large metropolitan cities have become urbanized by promoting inclusiveness and a mix of incomes and uses for decades. Mixed income/mixed use neighborhoods have an increase of urban vitality and property values because of the greater development density and major reinvestment that accompanies it. Urban blight and decay due to lack of reinvestment is a major impetus in decreasing property values. Dallas is well on its way to becoming re-urbanized. It has taken awhile, but the trend is strong, noticeable and hopefully sustainable.

    ‘listen to the residents of this area’ – We’ve been listening for a long time now and will continue. … Many downtown residents agree with our proposition. Some are unfamiliar with PSH residential and mixed use developments but are willing to see if it will work here. And yes, some are prejudiced, even fearful, of anything that includes the urban poor. Downtown Dallas has a diverse, growing urban community and, depending on who you ask, you get a wide variety of opinions.

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