Monday, January 4, 2010

CityWalk@Akard Bowl

By Johnice Woods – Director of Projects

For you college football fans (I am one), nothing is more exciting than College Bowl Week, especially if your team makes it to a bowl game. Occurring post-holiday, this week features the best collegiate teams across the U.S. competing at various business sponsored games. The teams enjoy the host city’s hospitality and the great gifts from the titled sponsor. But most of all, they all look forward to being named the champion of the bowl game.

Last week, the opening of CityWalk was like Bowl Week. Preparing for our first four tenants to move in involved a great deal of planning and coordinating. From getting security in place to finding the correct keys, we were moving from sun up to sun down. Then there was the media frenzy - Fox 4, Channel 11, Dallas Morning News, and others descended upon 511 N. Akard to document the residents’ move into the building. Our championship moment was seeing the eyes of the tenants as they opened the doors to their units. But unlike College Bowl Week, we still have a great deal of work to do beyond the game.

Lou Holtz, former head football coach and the only coach in NCAA history to lead six different programs to bowl games, stated, “How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser.”

I know 2010 will bring forth equally great challenges and great successes for CityWalk.

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