Good Governance

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Good Governance

Overview:

In many ways, advocacy is the art of shining a spotlight on an issue, political institutions, and politicians to ensure transparency and just policy. When the Coalition formed in 2015, it became clear that there was an attention gap around Dallas’ transportation and infrastructure issues, and for decades policy was enacted that essentially went unchecked. Business and political interests were more influential than the people affected; appointees were placed based on political favors, not merit.

The problem is also compounded by the fact that Dallas has some of the worst voter turnout for municipal elections; in 2015, only 6% of residents voted in City Council and School Board races. Without an engaged electorate, without a thriving local media landscape and investigative journalism, and without an organized group of citizens who will show up to fight for a connected city, local and national governments typically do business as usual.

We’re here to change that.


Where we stand:

Over the last two years we’ve become the city’s watchdog. We advocate for more transparency, merit-based political appointees, and City Council candidates that believe in new urbanism philosophy. We were proud to have one of our co-founders, urban planner Patrick Kennedy, appointed to the DART Board in 2016.


What they’re saying:

“The availability of that funding, literally buried in fine print and footnotes in federal documents, was discovered in some brilliant research by the Coalition for a New Dallas,  a political action group seeking major changes to Dallas infrastructure to promote a more modern new-urbanist streetscape. They brought it to me.  Without the coalition’s work, I would not know about this. I don’t think you would, either. DART didn’t tell us. The Morning News has never explained it. I’ve never heard it from the City Council. So, thank you, Coalition for a New Dallas.”

– Jim Schutze, “Downtown Dallas Subway May Be More Popular and Possible Than We Think.” Dallas Observer,  August 2016

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