Behind every great downtown is an even greater advocate, champion, and steward, and in Dallas' case that means Downtown Dallas, Inc.
The dedicated nonprofit touches anything and everything that has to do with downtown, from public safety to maintenance to economic development. But the residents, workers, and visitors of downtown Dallas help make a difference too.
As Downtown Dallas, Inc. president and CEO Kourtny Garrett outlines in the video, here are four ways you can get involved.
1. Get involved with committees and volunteer groups
When you join DDI, your membership dues are invested in the area's growth and success. From Main Street District and Victory Park to Dallas Arts District, Dallas Farmers Market, and Deep Ellum, downtown is evolving faster than ever, and you can have a say in how it grows.
2. Support local businesses
This is the fun part (that you're probably already doing). Eat at downtown restaurants and shop at local boutiques, knowing that each choice you make to support downtown businesses helps strengthen the area. Need tips on how to live like a local? Don't worry, we got you.
3. Enjoy parks and festivals
Green space in the urban core is a priority for DDI, and it maintains most of them: Main Street Garden, Belo Garden, Pegasus Plaza, Browder Plaza, and many more. In addition, three new signature parks are being built in the city center in the next few years, with the newest, Pacific Plaza, having just opened. And there's no shortage of events to attend, from family movie nights to pop-up markets to holiday parades and parties. You'll find a complete list of upcoming events here.
4. Be an advocate for urban issues
The Dallas Downtown Improvement District (DID) was created by Downtown Dallas, Inc. in 1992 to fund services and improvements to the area. It's what helps keep downtown Dallas clean, safe, and fun for the entire community. The DID is currently petitioning to be renewed for the 2021-2027 term, and you can read more about that here.