Building the City

January 20th, 2015 by Jennifer Smart

Here at PegasusAblon HQ we spend a lot of time talking about the idea of “place,” what it is, how to create it and how to preserve it. We’re fortunate in that we had a once in a lifetime opportunity to put our ideas into practice with the redevelopment of the Dallas Design District. We’re also fortunate to live and work in Dallas, a city in which the notion of creating a sense of place has gained a great number of supporters in recent years. That means the conversation amongst developers in urban Dallas consistently touches on preservation, experience and above all, creating and maintaining disparate pieces of the city which together compose an exciting and united whole.

At the end of 2014 Mike Ablon, our principal, sat on a panel with Scott Rohrman and David Spence, two visionaries working to consciously redevelop the historic Deep Ellum and Oak Cliff neighborhoods respectively. The panel was hosted by D Academy at Old Parkland, another excellent example of redevelopment which conscientiously attempts to maintain its history, and topics ranged from the Dallas Design District, Deep Ellum and Oak Cliff, to the future of Dallas and what makes a city great.

You can read the full transcript of the talk on and our website.


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