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What are the Issues Facing North Central Texas?

The list below lays out some of the sub-issues comprising each of these selected issues under consideration by Vision North Texas. For each heading, you can click on it to expand and reveal a list of bullet items:

  • Community Form - Click here to expand/contract
    • Development form of the region (sprawl vs. compact)
    • Land use patterns within the region
    • Location of mixed use, more intense development centers
    • Preservation and reclamation of natural and agricultural areas
    • The definition of ‘community’ – physical, online, etc.
    • The region’s cultural and arts assets
    • The opportunities for revitalization or sustaining the vitality of developed communities
    • The potential for creation of new communities or areas of development within the region
    • The opportunities and challenges facing communities of various types (core cities, inner tier, outer tier, separate)
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  • Demographics - Click here to expand/contract
    • The amount of growth expected in North Texas
    • The changing character of the people who will live here and the households they will live in
    • The income mix of future households
    • The aging of the population
    • The impacts of immigration (legal and illegal) on the region
    • The values and interests of the ‘millennials’ and other generational trends
    • Global demographic trends (such as the growth of the 3rd world middle class and male population in China)
    • The mobility of residents and stakeholders
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  • Economics - Click here to expand/contract
    • National and global economic trends
    • The amount of job growth expected in North Texas
    • The industry sectors expected to contribute the largest share of jobs and economic value in the region
    • The types of jobs that will be in highest demand in this region
    • The location of major employment centers within the region
    • North Texas’ role in the national and global economy
    • The region’s economic competitiveness compared to other regions
    • The economic viability of agriculture
    • The nature of work, and the ‘office of the future’
    • Economic operation of ‘mega-regions’
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  • Education - Click here to expand/contract
    • The anticipated skill sets future residents are expected to have
    • The ability to have a workforce with skills needed by the businesses of the future
    • Alternatives in the way education and training are delivered
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  • Energy - Click here to expand/contract
    • The price of gasoline
    • Availability of energy resources to meet the demands of residents and businesses
    • Economics and availability of alternative energy sources
    • The potential for energy conservation within the region
    • Changing opportunities for energy production within the region
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  • Environment - Click here to expand/contract
    • Anticipated air quality in the region
    • Climate change and its effect on the region
    • Anticipated water quality in the region’s lakes, streams and rivers
    • Availability of sufficient supplies of water
    • Extent and role of the urban forest in the region
    • Greenprint analysis (framework results)
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  • Governance & public policy - Click here to expand/contract
    • Federal policies and funding programs for infrastructure, housing and other urban issues
    • Proliferation of jurisdictions within the region
    • Identification of the attractions that succeed only at a regional level
    • Effects of ‘globalization’
    • Methods to address the competition for resources in the region (natural, energy,
      financial, etc.)
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  • Health - Click here to expand/contract
    • Food availability
    • Obesity
    • Health improvements that lengthen life
    • Ability of the region to be a center for medical research, health care & ‘health tourism’
    • The system of health care provision and its funding (in the region and nationally)
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  • Housing - Click here to expand/contract
    • The housing stock available in the future that already exists today
    • Anticipated housing stock, in terms of housing type and location
    • Market demands for various types of housing based on future household
      characteristics
    • Need for (or lack of) affordable housing
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  • Infrastructure - Click here to expand/contract
    • The infrastructure networks that will be constructed based on current plans, and their ability to serve anticipated growth (roads, transit, water, etc.)
    • Changes in patterns of transport for freight and goods
    • Anticipated traffic congestion and related costs to the region
    • New transportation options
    • Definition of other regionally-significant infrastructure components (such as those related to health or education)
    • Opportunities to use natural systems to provide ‘green infrastructure’
    • Availability of natural resources (such as water) needed to meet demands of residents and businesses
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  • Innovation and Resilience - Click here to expand/contract
    • The region’s ability to lead innovation and to take advantage of innovative discoveries
    • The region’s ability to adapt and to be resilient in response to unanticipated changes
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  • Security - Click here to expand/contract
    • Global conflict and its impact on this region’s people and businesses
    • Management of the world’s food supply
    • Issues of identity theft
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  • Technology - Click here to expand/contract
    • Changes in computer & communications options
    • New materials production
    • Nano- and bio-technology
    • Effects of technology on social and work interaction

View a Powerpoint file of Selected Issues

 

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