Higher end Shopping, Dinning and Dancing

We need to bring in high end shopping, restaurants, dining and dancing. We have enough lower scale places to Dine and shop, I would much rather spend my money in my local area instead of having to go into Southlake, Dallas or Downtown Fort Worth. Please it's time to dress up Keller!!!

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  • commented 2016-06-01 08:58:57 -0500
    I agree with you 100%. The question that often comes up is what can be done about it.

    Hillwood and the other developers have shown no interest in hearing the community’s feedback on the issue. Unless of course it is offering praise. I am not sure if there is any incentive to attract high-end options as it is clear that the overwhelming majority do not value or care about the quality of retail/dining options. Those who do will slowly leave and be replaced by those who do not.

    Volunteer leaders in the community have shown no interest in relaying the opinions to those who can make a change. Particularly if our opinions can lead to an uncomfortable conversation.

    The question that is not being considered is “what will the result of a laissez faire development of retail and dining result in five, ten, twenty years from now?” I do not know about you, but I had the pleasure of living in an area that experienced on a smaller scale the non-managed growth similar to what we are seeing here. That area has been struggling for the past 20 years to shake off lagging property values and stagnation. Most recently the effort has been public investment in “destination retail”. It is comical in a sense to hear about high end grocers and retailers/restaurants being ‘incentvised’ to locate in areas with average HH income half of here (<$42,000 year). They get Whole Foods and PF Changs, … we get Walmart and Pei Wei.

    Finally I do know this is not non-managed growth… this is actually part of an ambitious growth plan lead by Hillwood… which makes it all the more confusing/maddening when you see the same mistakes being made.
  • published this page in Community Feedback 2016-05-31 20:28:43 -0500