Back to the People: Dallas' Blueprint for the 21st Century

by Michael J. McManus, Consultant; Fund for the City of New York, New York, N.Y.,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1976, Vol. 46, Issue 7, Pg. 57-60


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Back in the mid-1960s, residents of Dallas, Texas were trying to live down the shame felt by having had a U.S. President assassinated in their city. How to do it? Goals for Dallas was the answer — a long-range program that set achievable goals decided upon by the people themselves. The entire social strata participated in the early planning stages — via meetings and published accounts of the goals finally decided upon. The article details the modus operandi of deciding on and putting these goals into effect, treating especially the people aspect of urban planning. Now in its tenth year, Goals for Dallas has become the model for other cities looking to their own future. Some goals have already been achieved: the new Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, added parkland, and a human relations commission to ensure minority rights.

Subject Headings: Social factors | Public participation | Texas | Urban development

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