Yes, Ft. Worth, Texas. . . and it’s always said with both city and state — the folks are rightfully proud of both.

I spent time with a man named James ( not Jim, James) who’s had a dream to change neighborhoods in Ft. Worth for 20 years and he’s just beginning to see it realized. He’s a passionate man who has been able to hold on to his dream and let it guide him into a career in architecture, build a successful practice, and now begin to realize the dream. His dream began as an idea: that if people of various backgrounds and constituencies could put aside their egos and really learn to listen and learn from one another, that a neighborhood of seemingly disconnected goals could find — together — a unifying theme or goal that would satisfy some, if not all, of the hopes, needs and dreams of all concerned. He held this dream through a period of his life that included college, early practice and raising a family. As he saw his dream realized today (Ft. Worth is embarking on a unique project of collaboration among public, private, philanthropic and religious groups to revitalize three sectors of the city), James put his finger on one of the biggest pieces of the puzzling matrix framed by the questions “Who am I supposed to be?” and “How do I see my passion for something realized?”

He said, “I realized the final step to get me where I wanted to be was for me to relinquish control” of the dream to the partnership he had built and the people that comprised it, and trust their cumulative wisdom. His dream had found it’s place in a bigger dream. His story was powerfully interwoven with the larger story of a community.

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