Denton is a historic Texas city about forty miles from Dallas and a similar distance from Fort Worth.
On January 20th, I wrote a letter to the mayor the Denton, Texas, which is the home of two major universities -- University of North Texas and Texas Women's University. The mayor's public biography shows he is an attorney. The letter was not acknowledged.
I believe that Denton residents and university officials should be writing and formally voicing similar opinions. Here's the letter:
The Honorable Mark Burroughs
Mayor, City of Denton
Denton, Texas 76205
Dear Mayor Burroughs:
My interest in Denton comes from having been a student at North Texas in the early 1960s and from meeting my wife, Patty, who graduated from there several years after I did.
In addition to good memories of those days, I have purposely kept in regular touch with many of my classmates and professors. Sadly, only Leon Breeden and Ted Colson of the professors are still alive.
For the past five years, Patty and I have lived in Dallas. I've been a real estate broker for forty-five years, and she is a retired school counselor. Prior to moving to Dallas, we lived in Galveston where I owned a large brokerage firm and had other business interests.
My years as a resident of Denton mean as much to me as my time as a student at UNT. I honestly loved that whole period, and I'll talk about it and tell stories about it at the drop of a hat.
Yesterday, I drove to Decatur to officiate as the arbitrator of a property appraisal dispute between a taxpayer and the CAD. On the way back to Dallas, I thought I'd like to drive through the UNT campus.
Mayor Burroughs, frankly what in the world were the city council and citizens thinking when they allowed the property on the periphery of the UNT campus to go unbridled by architectural control? That is the biggest mess I've ever seen in my travels throughout towns that have colleges and universities.
Allowing your city to take free-form shape, dictated by the whims of an insignificant number of property owners, I believe, has and is seriously hurting Denton's economic collateral.
I wish you and your council colleagues and friends would seriously study and address those issues, and do your best to reverse what has happened. I'm not looking for a job, but I've had years of experience in inner-city redevelopment. If I can help you any at all, let me know.
William S. Cherry
BILL CHERRY, REALTORS
Dallas - Park Cities