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From The Newsroom: Why Parks Are Good For Cities; A Dance Company Takes On Race

Downtown Dallas, Inc.
The Belo Garden in downtown Dallas.

The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: The Belo Foundation last week gave Dallas $30 million to build four parks downtown. That’s good news for a city that consistently ranks in the middle in the annual ParkScore index, which rates park space.

Willis Winters, director of the Dallas Park and Recreation department, talks about why downtown parks are a major concern in the Friday Conversation.

Also this morning:

Maryland-based Dance Exchange is in Dallas this week. It’s a different kind of company that’s using dance and song to draw out the conflicts in Dallas’ racial history.

You can listen to North Texas stories weekdays at 8:20 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM. 

Former KERA staffer Krystina Martinez was an assistant producer. She produced local content for Morning Edition and KERANews.org. She also produced The Friday Conversation, a weekly series of conversations with North Texas newsmakers. Krystina was also the backup newscaster for the Texas Standard.