Posts Tagged ‘Mike Rawlings’

NYLO Dallas South Side Grand Opening

Posted by    |    August 21st, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Mike Muller, Dan Healy, Mike Rawlings, Pauline Medrano and Jack Mike Muller, Dan Healy, Mike Rawlings, Pauline Medrano and Jack Matthews at the NYLO Dallas South Side ribbon cuttingMatthews at the NYLO ribbon cutting

Mike Muller, Dan Healy, Mike Rawlings, Pauline Medrano and Jack Matthews at the NYLO ribbon cutting

On Monday, August 20, Mayor Mike Rawlings cut the ribbon for the grand opening ceremony of NYLO Dallas South Side. The third NYLO in Dallas was converted from a 102-year-old building next to South Side on Lamar into a boutique, LEED certified urban hotel. Yesterday marked an important day for those who have worked on developing the hotel, but it also marked a milestone for the revitalized South Side and anyone watching as Dallas transforms into a world-class city.

NYLO Dallas South Side features art created by local artists specifically for the hotel and effectively reflects the soul of the hip neighborhood. The hotel also features the French-inspired Terrace Bistro and the inevitably cool rooftop Soda Bar with infinity pool, casual grill, and an unforgettable view of downtown.

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The Bridge: A Green Model in Dallas for Shelters Across the U.S.

Posted by    |    March 19th, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Driving around after a visit to the farmer’s market last week, I stumbled upon a building that caught my interest. I asked a man on the street what the attractive brick-and-pane-glass complex was, and he told me it was a shelter, called The Bridge. He lived there, and said it was a nice place.

I was caught off-guard for three reasons, the first being that this sleek collection of buildings looked more like a corporate headquarters or a private high school than a shelter. Secondly, this man seemed to be proud of his homeless shelter. That struck me as odd.

Then came my third surprise — the ‘Aha!’ moment. Over Christmas, visiting family in Charleston, SC, my cousin roped me into volunteering with her at a local food shelter there. The buzz around that place, Crisis Ministries, was the upcoming groundbreaking of a new LEED certified center, at a cost of $6 million.

It seemed questionable that a city, especially one in the not-so-rich deep south, would be spending so much money on its homeless population. Any questions I had about the merits of dropping that kind of dime on the needy were alleviated after my discovery of The Bridge in Dallas. (more…)