Dream City Coalition

Dream City Coalition

The Dream City Coalition

Join us in turning a city slogan into entrepreneurial reality.

About the Dream City Coalition

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The Goal

Members of the DCC encourage the City of Arlington to create an environment that is welcoming to all those who seek to start or expand a business. 

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Who We Are

Our members are business owners, individual supporters, and like-minded organizations. To join, a member must donate value in labor or funding in the amount of at least $100 per year. 

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2017 Projects

We are working on currently include a) the ongoing transportation discussion, and b) the newly revised smoking ordinance, for which we have obtained a temporary injunction until late July. 

2017 Projects

Transportation

Arlington leaders have historically been embarrassed to admit that the city's electorate have not approved mass transit until recently. Under new leadership, the city is evaluating many new ideas, eschewing large-scale bus and rail systems. The DCC supports the following:

  • Formally legalize Uber and Lyft, so entrepreneurs do not have to depend on lack of enforcement to continue business. 
  • Focus on allowing private sector solutions, rather than dwelling only on city-funded solutions. 

Transportation

Arlington leaders have historically been embarrassed to admit that the city's electorate have not approved mass transit until recently. Under new leadership, the city is evaluating many new ideas, eschewing large-scale bus and rail systems. The DCC supports the following:

  • Formally legalize Uber and Lyft, so entrepreneurs do not have to depend on lack of enforcement to continue business. 
  • Focus on allowing private sector solutions, rather than dwelling only on city-funded solutions. 

Overregulation

Arlington must work to improve its reputation among business leaders in DFW. Builders, schools, and restaurant owners can all attest to the difficulty in trying to build a business in a city that allows favored organizations to do as they please, but acts overtly to end businesses which do not merit protection in the eyes of the governing authorities. The DCC suggests:

  • As a city policy, the Council should grandfather existing businesses when implementing new regulations. 
  • Use general rules, rather than overly complex ordinances which require a grant of permission or involve special treatment by favored organizations. 

Overregulation

Arlington must work to improve its reputation among business leaders in DFW. Builders, schools, and restaurant owners can all attest to the difficulty in trying to build a business in a city that allows favored organizations to do as they please, but acts overtly to end businesses which do not merit protection in the eyes of the governing authorities. The DCC suggests:

  • As a city policy, the Council should grandfather existing businesses when implementing new regulations. 
  • Use general rules, rather than overly complex ordinances which require a grant of permission or involve special treatment by favored organizations. 

Smoking Ordinance

The Arlington City Council recently passed a smoking ordinance that did not eliminate smoking on public property generally, but prohibits smoking in private businesses where everyone present is over 21 years old. Inexplicably, the law exempts bingo parlors and fraternal organizations, and grandfathers no one. 

STATUS: In response to this new law, the Dream City Coalition filed a civil suit to stop its enforcement. City staff had already said it would not enforce the law for 60 days, but that delay was not in the law the council passed, so the staff could change its mind and there would be little defense. Business owners need stable environments, and should not need to depend on the generosity of bureaucrats to let them operate. 

Smoking Ordinance

The Arlington City Council recently passed a smoking ordinance that did not eliminate smoking on public property generally, but prohibits smoking in private businesses where everyone present is over 21 years old. Inexplicably, the law exempts bingo parlors and fraternal organizations, and grandfathers no one. 

STATUS: In response to this new law, the Dream City Coalition filed a civil suit to stop its enforcement. City staff had already said it would not enforce the law for 60 days, but that delay was not in the law the council passed, so the staff could change its mind and there would be little defense. Business owners need stable environments, and should not need to depend on the generosity of bureaucrats to let them operate. 

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Dream City Coalition

Arlington, TX

817-264-6443