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Irving Ranks High Among Young Adults, Urban Sophisticates


FUN, FAMILY ACTIVITIES

Juneteenth Celebration
4 to 8 p.m. June 15
Complete with outdoor activities and entertainment, the annual Juneteenth Celebration will be held at the Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Center, 3925 Jackson St.

Daze of Summer Car Show
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 22
The Daze of Summer Car Show will be held in the Heritage District at Whistlestop Plaza, 200 N. Main Street. Blues band Three Kings will take the stage from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Event also will feature awards and concessions.

Patriotic Fireworks, Celebration
6 p.m. July 3
Fireworks and live music will fll the skies at the intersection of Las Colinas Boulevard and Lake Carolyn Parkway. This celebration will feature bands, the Irving Symphony, fireworks and close with a live performance by the band MAXX! Inflatables and concession stands also will be part of this pre-Independence Day celebration. Parking will be available for $5 at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd.

Fourth of July Parade
9 a.m. July 4
The annual Fourth of July parade will be held in downtown Irving. This year’s theme is A 50 State Salute. The parade will be followed with a free celebration in Heritage Park, 217 Main St. A post-parade concert will feature the award-winning Texas Gypsies band.

Admission to all events is free. For a complete listing of city-sponsored events, visit irvingevents.org or call (972) 721-2501.
In a quality-of-life survey comparing North Texas neighborhoods, three Irving communities received top ratings from key demographic groups.

Natural green spaces, convenience, affordability, safety and quality schools are hailed as reasons why people are flocking to Irving, according to a series of stories published by “The Dallas Morning News.” In the ongoing series, “The News” spotlights North Texas neighborhoods and communities that rank high among key groups and categories. By the ninth week of the 13-part series, which runs through June 16, Irving neighborhoods already had received three positive nods in the data-intensive study.

Urban sophisticates, or those who value the amenities offered by high-density neighborhoods, rate Irving’s Valley Ranch neighborhood higher than Dallas’ Uptown and Oak Lawn communities. According to the study, Valley Ranch received its rating “because Irving is a major employment center, people living in this area along MacArthur Boulevard have shorter commutes than most in Dallas. Meanwhile, the Sam Houston Trail is a draw for walkers and cyclists.”

Dining, entertainment, access to transportation coupled with safe, affordable living earned the Las Colinas and University of Dallas (also located in Irving) communities top-10 ratings from 18- to 24-year olds. In the article, the walkability of the Las Colinas community is compared to a college campus.

“What I find interesting about this study is that the values of young adults and urban sophisticates are no different than yours or mine,” City Manager Tommy Gonzalez said. “Irving is attractive to a variety of demographics for many reasons — we have the jobs, access to major highways, entertainment and dining options, and we’re located in the center of one of the fastest growing regions in the nation. People want to be where the amenities are.”

For urban sophisticates, the top five priorities for livability are safety, affordability, schools, quiet neighborhoods and shopping. The poll conducted by “The News” indicates safety, affordability, schools, friendly neighbors and quiet neighborhoods are the top five priorities for 18- to 24-year-olds. Common values shared by both groups are safety, affordability, schools and quiet neighborhoods.

More than 217,000 people live in Irving, which boasts beautiful country clubs, golf courses, and highly acclaimed schools. Three Irving schools were included in a recent “Newsweek” report on America’s Best High Schools — Uplift Education’s North Hills Preparatory School, Irving Independent School District’s Jack E. Singley Academy and MacArthur High School. With 190 acres of parks, 17 miles of canal waterways and 10 miles of riverside hiking and biking trails, Irving has many amenities available to residents. Moreover, crime in Irving has decreased 35 percent since 2006, and 6.75 percent in 2012 alone.

“The survey does not even consider our low tax rate or proximity to the airport,” Gonzalez added. “But the people have spoken, and the big takeaway is that Irving is home to some of the best neighborhoods and communities that the North Texas region has to offer.”

Posted June 7


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