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  • Flower Mound plans flora for its medians

    Flower Mound plans flora for its medians

    By Wendy Hundley / The Dallas Morning News

    Flower Mound could become more flowery under a proposal to landscape median strips and rights of way throughout the southern Denton County town.

    Officials have begun drafting a master plan for these areas and held a public meeting this week to outline proposals to create a unified landscaping design.
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    “We’re trying to take medians and rights of way to the next level,” said Jack Jones, the town’s director of parks and recreation.

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  • Lewisville refines plans for mixed-use Old Town area

    Lewisville refines plans for mixed-use Old Town area
    By Wendy Hundley / The Dallas Morning News

    The future of Lewisville’s Old Town area is beginning to take shape.

    City officials this week started refining plans for the Old Town Plaza, Mill Street and a transit-oriented district around the coming A-train station – areas they hope to transform into a mixed-use environment where people live, work and play.

    At Monday’s work session, the Lewisville City Council reviewed preliminary concepts drafted by Design Workshop, a national urban-design firm that conducted public meetings this year to gain input from residents.

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  • Women collaborate on landscaping Ridglea Hills home on Luther Lake in Fort Worth

    Women collaborate on landscaping Ridglea Hills home on Luther Lake in Fort Worth
    By Carol Miller / The Dallas Morning News

    FORT WORTH – When Julie Shoptaugh saw the Ridglea Hills house on Luther Lake in West Fort Worth, she saw an opportunity to put her stamp on the property.

    “The location was good, the bones of the house were good, the lake was good,” Shoptaugh says.

    She loves the neighborhood. “It reminded me of Pittsburgh,” Shoptaugh says, where she had lived before buying the house in 2006. “The Ridglea Hills area really does have hills. Having a lake in an urban area, with views of the lake from the bedroom, the living room, the dining room, the pool, is so, so unique.”

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  • Dallas-area home prices drop 4.1% in new report

    By Steve Brown / The Dallas Morning News

    Home values in the Dallas area are showing modest improvements from a low point set in early 2009, according to the latest data released Tuesday.

    But Dallas-area prices were still down 4.1 percent in May from a year ago in Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller Home Price Index report.

    Some analysts are betting that the North Texas market will flatten out later this year after more than two years of steady declines in prices and sales.

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  • Harbor residents want promised landscaping improvements

    By Richard Abshire / The Dallas Morning News
    July 26, 2009

    Mike Hargreaves, a homeowner near the swanky Harbor development at Lake Ray Hubbard, wants the trees back.

    Hargreaves designed his “nest” for wife Frances 11 years ago, a 4,000-square-foot custom home in Rockwall with a panoramic lake view. It was the view, including large trees not far from the shoreline, that first attracted them, he said.

    But the trees are gone. Now the view is of a hotel and a parking lot, with bits of lake on either side.

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  • Fort Worth Events Calendar

    TCU Department of Theatre presents “A Chorus Line”
    04/01/2009 thru 04/05/2009
    Scott Theatre Fort Worth Community Arts Center

    Bringing sustainability to 21st century Botanic Garden design
    Fort Worth Botanic Garden Dorothea Leonhardt Lecture Hall 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd Fort Worth, TX 76107
    Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Inc. 817-332-4441
    Sustainable design is a natural expression of the mission of a botanical institution. Beyond conserving energy or using renewable materials, their challenge is to conserve, repair and enrich the fundamental resources of their site —land, water, vegetation, cultural traditions, and human resources. Carol Franklin has worked with both the Dallas Arboretum and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Her lecture will explore how the concepts of sustainability can permeate every facet of a public garden.…

    Four Day Weekend presents “Curtis Needs A Ride” Opening Night
    Four Day Weekend Theater 312 Houston Street
    Steve Rupp 651.747.7128
    Opening Night for Downtown’s Newest Comedy Show

    Four Day Weekend, Fort Worth’s longest running show, presents Curtis Needs a Ride, opening on Thursday, April 2nd, 2009 at 8:00 P.M.

    The show, to be held weekly at the Four Day Weekend Theatre in the heart of Sundance Square, aims to be the first choice of entertainment for residents of the DFW metroplex on Thursday nights.

    A Curtis Needs a Ride (CNAR) performance is highly interactive and based on audience participation. With a mixture of improvised and sketch comedy, the members of CNAR use their years of experience in previous comedy shows, comedy festivals, video races, and commissioned videos to create an energetic and intellectual brand of humor.

    Cost: $10.00

    How: 817-922-9596 or HYPERLINK “”


  • Collin, Denton debate future Dallas North Tollway extension

    By ED HOUSEWRIGHT / The Dallas Morning News

    A simple line on a map could translate into billions of dollars for either Collin County or Denton County.

    That line represents a proposed extension of Dallas North Tollway, and the adjacent counties are squabbling over the alignment because of the economic bonanza it could bring as homes and businesses spring up around it.

    Collin and Denton county officials had agreed the 7-mile stretch should be on the counties’ common border to let each share in the riches.

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