Cities in Texas forced to rethink Urban Sprawl

DALLAS, August 10, 2018 – The inflow of growth across key regions in Texas is igniting change that will force residents, communities, businesses and transportation systems to stray away from the state’s historically vast resource consumption and development patterns. In recent years, areas such as North Texas allowed uncondensed expansion where towns grew into sprawling suburbs and cities engulfed vast landmass that put much less restriction and need to build out conservatively. As one of the largest states nationwide, just second to that of Alaska, there was little importance put on land and resource conservation as it seemed for many decades there was no shortage of supply.

That is now changing as the lone star state has become the most popular place for domestic and international migration, attracting and retaining some of the highest growth rates in residents seen in state history.

A special edition of Dallas Magazine titled ‘Dallas and The New Urbanism’ highlights these current challenges the state now faces as new generations and populations move in. To highlight this impending need for change, the publication cites “Since 2010, Texas has experienced the largest average growth rate of any state. Demographers say Dallas-Fort Worth will grow by 4.5 million more people in the next 20 years. Collin County is expected to double in population in the next 20. The Dallas urban area is expected to more than double…”

The state’s – and more importantly the North Texas city of Dallas’ ability to sustain this growth will come down to productivity, efficiency and receptiveness to urbanization. Where setup and structure have broken away from the model of today’s most thriving cities centers around an ability to foster environments built for human scale. As younger generations have helped turn cities back into the economic engines of the country, the underlying urban-life principles must be there to stimulate growth that accounts for today’s needs and those of our future generations.

“Dallas now functions in compartmentalized ways where separation has put a gap between urban living while pushing new ideas about residential communities, places of business, roadway systems and downtown areas that have grown further and further apart.” shares property developer Marcus Hiles who has been helping to bring more urban focused housing to the state throughout the past three decades.

It seems the state’s growth is only limited to its ability to adapt and enforce a more conservative approach to expansion that puts consciousness around strategic development and more conservative consumption of land and resources.

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The Chairman and CEO of Western Rim Property Services and Newport Classic Homes, Marcus Hiles is a renowned Texas real estate investor and developer who has spent more than three decades creating properties that embody his vision of luxury living.