Forest trails, bike lanes, trolleys, urban gardens, art and culture, city parks, fresh food markets, public promenades, water, and a myriad of opportunities to be in nature. This is what a 21st century city is wanting to offer, in addition to attractive and affordable homes and job opportunities.

On November 12, 2010, leading innovative experts in their fields of urban study and planning addressed an enthusiastic and involved audience at the 21st Century City Conference. The conference examined the enormous shift taking place in planning, building, and living in cities. A wealth of ideas and examples were presented of ways Dallas can become a model 21st century city, one that other cities will seek to emulate.

The Trinity Trust, The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture/The Center for the City, and the dallas citydesign studio/The City of Dallas co-hosted the conference at Dallas City Hall.

The speakers' topics and quotes:

"A More Humane City" | Rutherford H. Platt, Ph.D.
"…so much effort by urban planners over the last 30 years has been to combat urban sprawl."
"Rebirth of the City Park" | Peter Harnik
"...more thought and more money is being put into Dallas parks today than at any time since George Kessler planned the original system back in 1909..."
"American Cities in 2050" | Joel Kotkin
"You are a young vital city and you are going to be remade by two big groups – the Millennials and the immigrants."
"Experiencing the Soul of the City" | Larry Beasley
"We have to imagine a different kind of city which addresses human needs and one that puts the soul back into the city."
"Nature and Our Public Health" | Ignacio Bunster-Ossa
"Water in the city is pure imagination. It creates a place, and places provoke memory."

Panel: "The Role of Art and Culture"
Margie Johnson Reese | "The soul of the city lies in its tenacity: it decides and then it does."
Veletta Forsythe Lill | "I want you to think about the three letters in the middle of the word EARTH – ART. The arts are the central part of Earth."
Zenetta S. Drew | "If the arts are so vital to our children and for our community, then why is it that every child has access to sports but not the arts?"
Clara Borja Hinojosa | "Art is giving a feast to the senses!"