Dallas Citizens Council

LEGACY

Dallas Citizens Council has a long legacy of furthering the visionary initiatives that have led to significant progress for Dallas. The timeline highlights many of the significant milestones achieved by the leadership and service of Dallas Citizens Council for the people of Dallas.

1937

RL Thornton founds the Dallas Citizens Council, a nonprofit organization created “to study, confer and act upon any matter, civic or economic in character” that might affect the welfare of the City of Dallas, the County of Dallas, or the State of Texas.

1938

Dallas Citizens Council establishes priorities, including the construction of Central Expressway, a downtown auditorium, and drafting of a master city plan. Voters approve $300k bond program presented to City Council by Dallas Citizens Council to improve Love Field.

1941

Dallas Citizens Council begins long-standing commitment to support the Dallas Symphony

1943

Dallas Citizens Council and the Chamber of Commerce pledge $1.5 million to establish and sustain Southwestern Medical School for 10 years, spurring one of the world’s premier institutions of medical training, treatment and research and an economic engine for Dallas.

1946

Greater Dallas Planning Council created with prompting from Dallas Citizens Council

1948

Dallas Citizens Council, under Herbert Marcus’ committee leadership, works with civic and city officials on water crises resulting in $22.4 million bond program, which included funding for street paving, storm and sanitary sewers.

1949

First leg of Central “Expressway” opens after over a decade of Dallas Citizens Council support.

1957

Dallas Citizens Council recommends far reaching health and civic improvements for West Dallas
Dallas Civic Opera is founded with support from Dallas Citizens Council
Dallas Memorial Auditorium, named in honor of Dallas’ war dead, completed after over a decade of Dallas Citizens Council support and 3 years of construction.

1961

Dallas Citizens Council collaborates with Chamber and African American leaders, to embark on a widespread campaign in support of school desegregation, including the production of the film Dallas at the Crossroads, narrated by Walter Cronkite, which urgently stressed the need to accept and prepare for desegregation “in a peaceful manner”.

1962

Dallas Citizens Council forms the Dallas Assembly, as a “training ground” to DCC membership.

1963

Dallas Citizens Council Board President J. Erik Jonsson greets President Kennedy at Love Field ahead of his expected arrival at a luncheon hosted by Dallas Citizens Council, just hours before his assassination.

1964

Dallas Citizens Council Board urges Dallas County Commissioners Court to issue $20.5 million bond for outer loop around the city, ultimately becoming LBJ Freeway RL Thornton Jr. heads a Dallas Citizens Council committee with DISD and the Chamber to study and implement the creation of a junior college system, which becomes Dallas County Community College District

1967

Dallas Citizens Council provides initial funding for the Dallas Chapter of the Urban League

1973

DFW International Airport opens after years of Dallas Citizens Council leadership and support.

1983

Dallas Citizens Council leads the effort to raise money in the campaign to create DART
Dallas Breakfast Group is founded by Dallas Citizens Council Members Ray Hunt, Bill Solomon, and Johnny Johnson

1987

Dallas Citizens Council establishes the Dallas Business Committee for the Arts, meant to help develop the downtown Arts District

1989

Dallas Citizens Council collaborates with Dallas Chamber to form alliance of Dallas’ nine medical centers named Dallas Medical Resource

1990

Dallas Citizens Council funds public information campaign to support 14-1 plan to transform City Council representation from at-large to single-member districts, as ordered by U. S. District Judge Jerry Buchmeyer, in order to give maximum representation for African Americans and Hispanics.

1993

Dallas Citizens Council creates the Adult Literary and Life Skills task force to promote adult literacy and support the Dallas County Adult Literary Council City Council approves Dallas Citizens Council Public Planning Policy Committee recommendation to study Dallas’ growth and spending needs over the next 35 years, leading to the far-reaching Dallas Plan, which includes the Trinity River Corridor improvement project With significant support from Dallas Citizens Council, DART introduces light rail transportation

1997

Dallas Citizens Council lends support to the City in negotiating for a new basketball/ice-hockey arena, which becomes American Airlines Center

2000

Dallas Citizens Council, with the Chamber, is the catalyst behind the formation of a five-year plan for the school system that included ten education goals. The school board approved all aspects of the plan.

2002

Dallas Citizens Council campaigns for $1.37 billion bond package to improve school structures, based on improvements being made in school system.

Dallas Citizens Council studies allotment of state-awarded research money to public universities in North Texas, resulting in the formation of the Texas Research Alliance, to promote inter-university and university/industry collaboration and to advocate for increased research funding.

2003

Dallas Citizens Council issues white paper on public school financing, suggesting tax reforms ultimately approved by the Texas Legislature in 2006

2008

Dallas Citizens Council supports $747 million bond program to build a new Parkland Hospital, which is open in 2015.

2014

Dallas Citizens Council takes public position favoring the expansion of Medicaid in Texas to cover millions of uninsured Texans, including hundreds of thousands of Dallas residents.
Dallas Citizens Council spearheads Charter Amendment Campaign to raise pay for Dallas City Councilpersons and Mayor for the first time in 13 years, resulting in higher caliber candidates seeking office.

2015

Dallas Citizens Council supports Texas House Bill to provide added funding for early childhood education
Dallas Citizens Council collaborates with Dallas Regional Chamber to support $1.6 billion Dallas ISD bond package, largest bond election in district’s history.
Dallas Citizens Council ramps up long-time support for the Trinity Parkway by hosting “Dream Team” Charrette process, resulting in unanimous support from City Council for a four-lane, slower speed parkway in the Trinity River Corridor, to enhance chances for a big-vision park.
Dallas Citizens Council launches its own Listening Tour to cement stronger relationships with community groups and involve more diverse leadership in local policy issues.

2016

Dallas Citizens Council submits amicus legal brief, which is joined by State of Texas, in support of the City’s ban on a lease of a sexually-oriented enterprise at the Dallas Convention Center. Based largely on the amicus, U.S. District Judge Sidney Fitzwater rules in the City’s favor.

LEGACY

Dallas Citizens Council has a long legacy of furthering the visionary initiatives that have led to significant progress for Dallas. The timeline highlights many of the significant milestones achieved by the leadership and service of Dallas Citizens Council for the people of Dallas.

1937

RL Thornton founds the Dallas Citizens Council, a nonprofit organization created “to study, confer and act upon any matter, civic or economic in character” that might affect the welfare of the City of Dallas, the County of Dallas, or the State of Texas.

1938

Dallas Citizens Council establishes priorities, including the construction of Central Expressway, a downtown auditorium, and drafting of a master city plan. Voters approve $300k bond program presented to City Council by Dallas Citizens Council to improve Love Field.

1941

Dallas Citizens Council begins long-standing commitment to support the Dallas Symphony

1943

Dallas Citizens Council and the Chamber of Commerce pledge $1.5 million to establish and sustain Southwestern Medical School for 10 years, spurring one of the world’s premier institutions of medical training, treatment and research and an economic engine for Dallas.

1946

Greater Dallas Planning Council created with prompting from Dallas Citizens Council

1948

Dallas Citizens Council, under Herbert Marcus’ committee leadership, works with civic and city officials on water crises resulting in $22.4 million bond program, which included funding for street paving, storm and sanitary sewers.

1949

First leg of Central “Expressway” opens after over a decade of Dallas Citizens Council support.

1957

Dallas Citizens Council recommends far reaching health and civic improvements for West Dallas
Dallas Civic Opera is founded with support from Dallas Citizens Council
Dallas Memorial Auditorium, named in honor of Dallas’ war dead, completed after over a decade of Dallas Citizens Council support and 3 years of construction.

1961

Dallas Citizens Council collaborates with Chamber and African American leaders, to embark on a widespread campaign in support of school desegregation, including the production of the film Dallas at the Crossroads, narrated by Walter Cronkite, which urgently stressed the need to accept and prepare for desegregation “in a peaceful manner”.

1962

Dallas Citizens Council forms the Dallas Assembly, as a “training ground” to DCC membership.

1963

Dallas Citizens Council Board President J. Erik Jonsson greets President Kennedy at Love Field ahead of his expected arrival at a luncheon hosted by Dallas Citizens Council, just hours before his assassination.

1964

Dallas Citizens Council Board urges Dallas County Commissioners Court to issue $20.5 million bond for outer loop around the city, ultimately becoming LBJ Freeway RL Thornton Jr. heads a Dallas Citizens Council committee with DISD and the Chamber to study and implement the creation of a junior college system, which becomes Dallas County Community College District

1967

Dallas Citizens Council provides initial funding for the Dallas Chapter of the Urban League

1973

DFW International Airport opens after years of Dallas Citizens Council leadership and support.

1983

Dallas Citizens Council leads the effort to raise money in the campaign to create DART
Dallas Breakfast Group is founded by Dallas Citizens Council Members Ray Hunt, Bill Solomon, and Johnny Johnson

1987

Dallas Citizens Council establishes the Dallas Business Committee for the Arts, meant to help develop the downtown Arts District

1989

Dallas Citizens Council collaborates with Dallas Chamber to form alliance of Dallas’ nine medical centers named Dallas Medical Resource

1990

Dallas Citizens Council funds public information campaign to support 14-1 plan to transform City Council representation from at-large to single-member districts, as ordered by U. S. District Judge Jerry Buchmeyer, in order to give maximum representation for African Americans and Hispanics.

1993

Dallas Citizens Council creates the Adult Literary and Life Skills task force to promote adult literacy and support the Dallas County Adult Literary Council City Council approves Dallas Citizens Council Public Planning Policy Committee recommendation to study Dallas’ growth and spending needs over the next 35 years, leading to the far-reaching Dallas Plan, which includes the Trinity River Corridor improvement project With significant support from Dallas Citizens Council, DART introduces light rail transportation

1997

Dallas Citizens Council lends support to the City in negotiating for a new basketball/ice-hockey arena, which becomes American Airlines Center

2000

Dallas Citizens Council, with the Chamber, is the catalyst behind the formation of a five-year plan for the school system that included ten education goals. The school board approved all aspects of the plan.

2002

Dallas Citizens Council campaigns for $1.37 billion bond package to improve school structures, based on improvements being made in school system.

Dallas Citizens Council studies allotment of state-awarded research money to public universities in North Texas, resulting in the formation of the Texas Research Alliance, to promote inter-university and university/industry collaboration and to advocate for increased research funding.

2003

Dallas Citizens Council issues white paper on public school financing, suggesting tax reforms ultimately approved by the Texas Legislature in 2006

2008

Dallas Citizens Council supports $747 million bond program to build a new Parkland Hospital, which is open in 2015.

2014

Dallas Citizens Council takes public position favoring the expansion of Medicaid in Texas to cover millions of uninsured Texans, including hundreds of thousands of Dallas residents.
Dallas Citizens Council spearheads Charter Amendment Campaign to raise pay for Dallas City Councilpersons and Mayor for the first time in 13 years, resulting in higher caliber candidates seeking office.

2015

Dallas Citizens Council supports Texas House Bill to provide added funding for early childhood education
Dallas Citizens Council collaborates with Dallas Regional Chamber to support $1.6 billion Dallas ISD bond package, largest bond election in district’s history.
Dallas Citizens Council ramps up long-time support for the Trinity Parkway by hosting “Dream Team” Charrette process, resulting in unanimous support from City Council for a four-lane, slower speed parkway in the Trinity River Corridor, to enhance chances for a big-vision park.
Dallas Citizens Council launches its own Listening Tour to cement stronger relationships with community groups and involve more diverse leadership in local policy issues.

2016

Dallas Citizens Council submits amicus legal brief, which is joined by State of Texas, in support of the City’s ban on a lease of a sexually-oriented enterprise at the Dallas Convention Center. Based largely on the amicus, U.S. District Judge Sidney Fitzwater rules in the City’s favor.