North Dallas estate for sale boasts water park, bowling alley, basketball court, 22 bathrooms

Dallas real estate agent Allie Beth Allman dominates the top end of the Dallas-area home sales listings these days.

She already had the three most expensive homes up for grabs in the area. Now, she’s added another megamansion to the list.

Priced at $27.995 million, the 4.3-acre Strait Lane estate has 37,000 square feet with bedrooms, 22 bathrooms, 10 living areas and four dining areas. It has a 10-car garage, two basketball courts, a tennis court, a gymnasium, a bowling alley, a private water park and cabanas.

There are two movie theaters, a bowling alley, a ballet room and a "dog-washing room."

"There are really two houses, but they are connected," Allman said. "There’s a main house for living and a recreational or guest house."

But the real selling feature of the Preston Hollow spread is the private water park out back.

"It’s got three slides, a lazy river and a second-story hot tub," Allman said. "This house is the most fun of any property I’ve ever been in. "It is like a Caribbean resort."

Built starting in 2003 by Dr. Richard Malouf, the property is one of the largest residential estates in North Texas.

It first came on the market earlier this year with a $32 million price tag. Now, Allman has re-priced the grand property and is starting a new marketing campaign.

She also has her sign in front of the $48.9 million former Hicks estate off Walnut Hill Lane in North Dallas. And she’s showing prospects through the $27.5 million Haas Estate on Jourdan Way and the $24.5 million Baron estate off Preston Road on Deloache Avenue in Dallas.

"I’ve got to get these buyers out there," Allman said.

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Presidents of North Texas universities bash decision to end DACA

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From left, UNT President Neal Smatresk, Texas A&M University-Commerce President Ray… more

Presidents of three North Texas universities roundly bashed the Trump administration’s plan to end a program that protects children who were brought into the country illegally from deportation, saying the move will severely hurt higher education and America’s competitiveness for the world’s brightest minds.

The University of North Texas has more than 400 students now protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that Trump plans to end, and there are 800,000 DACA students in the country, university President Neal Smatresk said at an education forum in Dallas.

“This was a bad move,” Smatresk said. “The DACA students have come here, they’ve worked through our high school system, they’ve entered college, they’ve shown that they’re productive citizens, and many of them are working for a living as they go to college. The right thing to do is to give them a path to citizenship, not block that path.”

The United States has the finest university system in the world and depends on students from abroad — especially Asia, Texas A&M University-Commerce President Dr. Ray Keck said at the forum, which was put on by the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce.

All Texas universities have experienced a drop in international students this year as anti-immigrant sentiment has escalated in the United States, Keck said. New Zealand, Australia and other countries have good university programs conducted in English that are available to “bright, STEM seeking students from all over Asia,” and without DACA, students will increasingly gravitate there, Keck said.

“It’s not just the 800,000 students,” he said. “It’s not just the heartless victimization of children who had nothing to do with their fate and are now living in the only country they’ve ever known. It’s what it’s going to do to our ability to attract talent from abroad, particularly in math and science.”

Trump on Tuesday announced that his administration would not accept any new DACA applications, starting immediately, and that any two-year DACA permits expiring after March 5, 2018, would not be renewed. The Obama-era program is designed to protect young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from being deported and allows them to work and study.

Richard C. Benson, president of the University of Texas at Dallas, said he doesn’t know how many DACA students the university has because “we make a point of not asking the immigration status of our students.” Benson said he’s sure “it’s a substantial number.”

“UT-Dallas has been growing by leaps and bounds, but we’re actually seeing substantial declines in the number of applications from international students, many of them from China and India,” Benson said. “These students are redirecting to other countries. Canada, Australia, England and others are seeing major increases. This, of course, is a reaction to the perceived climate in the United States.”

Smatresk said America has traditionally drawn the best and brightest because “we are the world’s biggest clearinghouse for big ideas and new thinking.”

“What is happening now is contrary to that tradition, and it will not bode well for us,” he said. “Let’s do everything we can to continue to attract the best and brightest and build a path for prosperity.”

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Houston’s post-Harvey outlook, Trump expected to end DACA, North Dallas fuel fight: Your Labor Day morning roundup

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Houston’s post-Harvey outlook: ‘If $26 oil doesn’t do us in, 52 inches of rain won’t either’

As Hurricane Harvey moved up the coast from Corpus Christi in South Texas to Lake Charles in Louisiana, predictions of its dire consequences quickly rose from $10 billion into the tens of billions. By the end of its run, the storm’s projected tally was on par with the country’s previous costliest natural disaster, Hurricane Katrina.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he expects disaster relief needed for rebuilding to exceed $125 billion, topping Katrina. Federal spending to restore New Orleans post-Katrina has been estimated at $120 billion.

For more on Houston’s post-Harvey outlook, including real estate, energy and construction, head here.

And: Texas now faces the environmental impact of Harvey.

Also: The Today Show is partnering with United Way for a Harvey donation drive in downtown Dallas on Tuesday morning.

Also: Mexican crews could reach Texas early this week to help with hurricane recovery efforts, an official says.

Immigration reform protesters gather outside the fence for the lighting of the 2013 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, an 88-foot Engelmann spruce, from the Colville National Forest, in northeast Washington State, during an event on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.
Trump expected to end DACA program

President Donald Trump is expected to announce that he will end protections for young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children — but with a six-month delay.

That’s according to two people familiar with the decision. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they aren’t authorized to discuss the decision ahead of a planned Tuesday announcement.

Trump’s expected to delay the formal dismantling of the program to give Congress time to decide whether it wants to address the status of the so-called Dreamers in legislation.

‘We’re here for our parents’: Some North Texas students walked out of classes on Friday to protest President Donald Trump’s potential plan to scrap a program that allows children of immigrants to live and work in the U.S.

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Fight at North Dallas fuel pump ends with man dumping gas in someone else’s car

A man seen on video pouring gasoline into another man’s car at a North Dallas gas station late last week says he did it in defense of other customers.

Louis Huberman told the Houston Chronicle that he is the man holding the gas can in the video. He said the other man had cut in line and was accosting women at the station, though the woman who shot the video said he had cut in line too.

In the video, two men are seen arguing, then fighting over a gas can near a pump. One of the men — Huberman — then pours gasoline into the other man’s car while telling him to leave.

And: Can cool little shops reopen after Hurricane Harvey? Check their insurance policies.

Also: Here’s what you need to know about Texas’ texting and driving ban that started Friday.

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Residents of the Meyerland area of southwest Houston, just north of Brays Bayou, have experienced flooding several times in recent years. Photographs taken a week later of their front yards illustrate Harvey’s impact.

One Meyerland area family left a book titled Goodnight Houston on a heap of damaged furniture. The family’s last name and "2017" were carved into the curb next to the driveway.

Around the site

College sports: Matt Rhule is far from the first Baylor coach to lose his debut.

Weekend of stars: Erykah Badu headlined the bill for the first Riverfront Jazz Festival on opening night, which was peppered with North Texas talent.

Love at first bite: A New York firefighter helping with Harvey relief tries Whataburger for the first time in this viral video.

Sanctuary: The faithful swapped their shovels for hymnals Sunday in the makeshift sanctuaries of Harvey-damaged churches throughout southeast Texas.

Opinion: Do teachers who promote technology brands run afoul of ethics?

Commentary: On Forest Lane, butchered trees were just chopped down because who needs rules?

Info to know: Here’s how to choose a charity for your Hurricane Harvey donations.

Finally,

It’s Labor Day and you might not have your plans totally figured out. Hey, that’s OK! The crew at GuideLive has put together a hearty list of events that you could spend your day being part of. There’s music, pub celebrations, comedy shows and much.

Check it all out here and find something to do today.

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Dallas Cowboys tight end Rico Gathers to start season on injured reserve?

Earlier on Saturdy, Bryan Broaddus fired off a pair of tweets that have got to have Cowboys fans worried. In the first, he answers a question about Rico Gathers’ chances of making the team:

He’s pretty banged up right now. Think they’re looking at options there. https://t.co/qnqOw3kwg8

— Bryan Broaddus (@BryanBroaddus) August 26, 2017

Broaddus then followed up that tweet with another one suggesting Gathers could end up on injured reserve.

Gathers had become something of a fan favorite after the former Baylor basketball star impressed during camp and in two strong outings in preseason games, where he had seven catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns.

But Gathers suffered a concussion during an accidental helmet-to-helmet collision in practice on August 15, and has been in the concussion protocol since.

As is their custom, the Cowboys initially called it a day-to-day injury.

“Still taking his situation day by day,” Garrett said. “He obviously was taken out of practice. It was noted as a concussion initially.”

But Gathers hasn’t practiced since the collision with safety Kavon Frazier during seven-on-seven drills almost two weeks ago, and the tweets above from Broaddus make the situation sound a lot more ominous than it initially seemed.

In 2012, the NFL implemented a rule change that allowed teams to activate a single, pre-designated player from IR (“designated to return”) once he’d spent at least eight weeks on the inactive list.

Subsequent changes to the rule now mean teams can return two players from IR, and they no longer have to designate their IR-return players in advance. Instead, they can take any player that has been on IR for at least six weeks and activate him once he’s healthy enough to play.

In recent years, teams have become much less cavalier about head injuries and don’t rush players back from head injuries. If the Cowboys do end up putting Gathers on IR, the earliest he’d be eligible to return would be on October 16, a full 60 days after his injury. And if Gathers is indeed placed on IR, his injury could be much more serious than the Cowboys initially let on.

Or it could simply be about creating an extra roster spot, as Gathers wouldn’t count against the 53-man roster limit as long as he’s on IR, though that sounds a little far fetched. But you never know with these Cowboys.

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REPORT: LEEDS UNITED 0-0 PRESTON NORTH END

Whites held at Elland Road.

Sky Bet Championship

Leeds United 0 Preston North End 0

It was a frustrating afternoon for Leeds United in the Sky Bet Championship as 10-man Preston North End held the Whites to a 0-0 draw at Elland Road.

Leeds made a bright start to the game, Eunan O’Kane did well and put a decent ball into the box, but neither Kemar Roofe or Chris Wood could get shots away.

O’Kane then played Ezgjan Alioski into the box, he cut inside before firing at goal and claimed a hand-ball, but no penalty was given and Preston goalkeeper Chris Maxwell gathered the deflected shot.

Alioski then almost gave Leeds the lead with a fine solo run, he weaved his way past two Preston players, but couldn’t find the target with his effort from the edge of the box.

Preston then threatened through Thomas Barkhuizen, he struck an effort from range, which went just wide of Felix Wiedwald’s goal.

Pontus Jansson was then robbed of possession in his own box by Jordan Hugill, he teed up Alan Browne, but Luke Ayling made a super block to deny him.

Five minutes before the break, Callum Robinson went close for the visitors, again from distance, he fired just inches over the bar.

Kemar Roofe then did well down the left flank, he tried to tee up Wood in the middle of the box, but the Preston defence scrambled the ball away.

Half Time: Leeds United 0-0 Preston North End

Preston had another good opportunity after the break, Hugill again teed up Browne, but he scuffed his shot and Wiedwald made a good save.

Three minutes before the hour mark, Preston thought they had taken the lead when Greg Cunningham volleyed home a free-kick via the crossbar, however his effort was ruled out for offside.

On the hour mark, Preston were reduced to ten men, when Ben Pearson fouled Kalvin Phillips on the counter attack, picking up his second yellow card of the game.

Leeds piled on the pressure on Preston following the red card, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson crossed for Wood, but he couldn’t direct his volley on target.

United substitute Ronaldo Vieira then had a good chance, a Whites free-kick fell to him in the box, but he could only fire wide.

With 17 minutes remaining, Hernandez played Wood through on goal one-on-one with a fine pass, but the New Zealand striker was denied by Maxwell and the re-bound went just behind the oncoming Alioski.

In the 79th minute, Vieira picked out fellow substitute Samu Saiz with a lovely ball into the box, but the Spaniard could only head straight at Maxwell.

Alioski then found Stuart Dallas at the back post, but he saw his header denied by a super save and from the rebound, Hernandez suffered the same fate.

In added time, Preston almost stole all three points, on the break, Josh Harrop saw a deflected effort denied only by the crossbar, as both sides had to settle for a draw.

Full Time: Leeds United 0-0 Preston North End

Leeds: Wiedwald, Ayling, Cooper, Jansson, Borthwick-Jackson (Dallas 82), O’Kane, Phillips (Vieira 61), Alioski, Hernandez, Roofe (Saiz 61), Wood. Subs not used: Peacok-Farrell, Anita, Shaughnessy, Ekuban.

Preston: Maxwell, Cunningham, Pearson, Browne (Gallagher 90), Hugill, Johnson, Fisher, Spurr, Huntington, Barkhuizen (Harrop 65), Robinson. Subs not used: Hudson, Vermijl, Horgan, Davies, Maguire.

Referee: S. Duncan

Booked: Vieira (Leeds), Cunningham, Pearson (Preston)

Sent Off: Pearson (Preston)

Venue: Elland Road

Attendance: 32,880 (671 Preston)

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The BMW Dallas Marathon is returning to its White Rock Lake roots; see the full course

Brandon Wade/Special Contributor FILE – Runners pass the 15 mile marker heading north along the western banks of White Rock Lake before turning back south during the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon, December 14, 2014. (Brandon Wade)

The 2017 BMW Dallas Marathon is returning to its White Rock Lake roots.

The Dec. 10 marathon, half marathon and SMU Cox School of Business Relays will start and finish at Dallas City Hall. Sunday’s full marathon will circle White Rock Lake in its entirety. Organizers released the new full and half marathon courses this week.

"Anyone who has run the race in the past decade will recognize the majority of this course," marathon executive director Marcus Grunewald said. "It pulls together the best parts of old races."

In addition, Saturday’s Coors Light 5K & 10K races will use the Dallas City Hall start-finish and postrace footprint. The 5K/10K courses will be released in the coming weeks.

Marathon officials sought to eliminate the solitary, 21/2-mile uphill along the Santa Fe Trail, which was considered the marathon’s weakest section, according to formal and informal runner surveys conducted by race officials. The goal, said marathon president Paul Lambert, is to enhance the runner, spectator and volunteer experience.

Race officials also wanted to return the start-finish to Dallas City Hall, where the race began and ended for 18 years. Tal Morrison started the marathon, then known as the White Rock Marathon, in 1971 at the lake. It remained there until the start-finish moved to Dallas City Hall in 1983.

In 2001, race officials relocated the start-finish to newly completed American Airlines Center. After 2009, the start-finish relocated to Fair Park (2010-2011) and a variety of other downtown locations including most recently in front of the Aloft Hotel.

The last couple of years, the postrace party has been a few blocks away from the finish line, creating a long walk-off for participants and a disconnect between the two, Lambert said.

"The Dallas City Hall property gives us the opportunity to create a much better atmosphere where everyone can see the finish line and still partake in the postrace party," Lambert said. "It’s all right there."

The new marathon and half courses begin on Young Street and head west, giving runners a gentle downhill to start their endurance journeys. The routes pass numerous local landmarks including City Hall, Dealey Plaza, the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, American Airlines Center, Uptown, Turtle Creek, Highland Park, White Rock Lake and Deep Ellum.

At Riverfront, runners will head north to Continental Avenue then make their way east and north to Cedar Springs Road and Turtle Creek Boulevard, where the new course picks up much of the previous route through Highland Park and past the Granada Theatre on Greenville Avenue.

The full and half runners will then take Richmond Avenue, another road used in past course iterations. The full marathoners will continue east toward White Rock Lake. They’ll head north on the west side of the lake, around the north end and follow the lake south along the east side before heading west back to Richmond.

Upon their return, the full marathoners will rejoin the half marathoners, heading south on Skillman Street to Swiss Avenue. The runners will make their way back to Dallas City Hall by way of the more scenic Main Street through Deep Ellum to Canton Street and Young.

From 2014-2016, the marathon utilized only the west side of the lake because the lake’s east side lacked spectator support. Lambert said his team plans to create two or three cheer zones on the east side to help alleviate that issue.

"We are looking at how to add more entertainment features on the course and how to develop three or four "wow" moments," he said.

Local triathletes shine at USA Triathlon Nationals: Plano’s Kearci Jobe Smith was the national runner-up and the women’s 25-to-29 age group champion at Sunday’s USA Triathlon Age Group Sprint National Championships in Omaha, Neb. In Saturday’s long course national championships, Smith finished fourth in her age group. … Fort Worth’s Allison and Brian Miller also raced in Omaha. Brian, 45, finished seventh in his age group at Saturday’s Olympic distance race. Allison, 38, finished fourth in her age group in Sunday’s Sprint race and 11th in Saturday’s Olympic distance event.

Briefly: Irving’s Max Sui, 64, won the long jump and triple jump at the North, Central American and Caribbean World Masters Athletic Championships in Toronto last weekend. He also placed second in the 100-meter hurdles. … Colleyville’s William Huffman placed 34th overall among the men’s pros in the Yucatan International Triathlon Union triathlon World Cup in 58:27. Huffman, one of the first athletes out of the water, is making a comeback after being sidelined with injuries.

For more running news, check out: sportsday.dallasnews.com/tag/running.

CALENDAR
SATURDAY’S RACES

Brooke Hester Hustle VII, Kennedale Town Center, 405 Municipal Drive, Kennedale, mile 8 a.m., 5K 8:30 a.m., mile 10-and-under free, 11-15 $15, 16 and over $20, 5K timed $22 through today, $25 race day, Brookehesterhustle.org.

Melon Dash 5K/Fun Run, Towne Lake Park Recreational Area, 1405 Wilson Creek Parkway, McKinney, 7:45 a.m., 5K Run/walk $40, Fun Run $25, runproject.org.

United Way Hustle for Heath 5K/10K/Fun Run, Sherman Municipal Lawn, 405 N. Rusk St., Sherman, 8 a.m., Mini K $10, 5K $30, 10K $40, chip2chipracetiming.com.

SUNDAY’S RACES

Carrollton Runners Club Prediction 5K, Josey Ranch Athletic Complex, 1440 Keller Springs Road, Carrollton, 7:30 a.m., preregistered online $2, others $3, carrolltonrunners.com.

Old College Tri (250-yard pool swim/12-mile bike ride/3-mile run), Denton Aquatic Center,2400 Long Road, Denton, 7 a.m.,individual $93, team challenge $189, dallasathletesracing.com, then search races. (USA Triathlon membership required. Adults: $15 1-day pass or $50 annual membership; Youth $10 annual pass.)

TUESDAY’S RACE

Five55 Series 5K, Meadowmere Park, Lake Grapevine, 3000 Meadowmere Lane, Grapevine, 6:30 p.m., short course $30, long course $40, 5K Run Series $15 per event, five55series.com.

WEDNESDAYS THROUGH AUG. 30

Jogger 5K Summer Series, Bachman Lake, Northwest Highway at Lakefield Boulevard, 7 p.m., free (participants need to sign in and get a bib), jogger.me.pn.

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North End Dallas Real Estate

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Leeds United Player Ratings From Their Draw Against Preston North End: Who Disappointed The Most?

Leeds United could collect merely one point from their latest game against Preston North End, and considering that they had an extra man after Ben Pearson was shown the red card in the 60th minute, they should have fared in a much better manner.

Thomas Christiansen’s men did produce an underwhelming day at their own backyard and here is how we rate Leeds United’s players from their goalless stalemate against the Invincibles:

Felix Wiedwald 6/10

The custodian wasn’t tested by anything substantial throughout the game, although he really needs to up the quality of his ball distribution.

Luke Ayling 7/10

Ayling kept making strong and aggressive tackles and blocks throughout the game, but lacked the productivity that was expected from his offensive endeavours.

Pontus Jansson 7/10

He was one of the finest performers for the Whites last season and garnered yet another resilient outing. Jansson did overplay on a few occasions but overall, he put his work-ethics on display.

Liam Cooper 7/10

Cooper formed a strong partnership with Jansson at the heart of Christiansen’s defence.

Cameron Borthwich-Jackson 7.5/10

Borthwich-Jackson, after a quiet start, unleashed his calibre after the visitors went down to ten men, and kept toiling relentless up and down the pitch. His crosses were better this time around.

Eunan O’Kane 6.5/10

The midfielder took his time to discharge his passes but dictated the play from the middle of the park.

Kalvin Phillips 5.5/10

Phillips emerged as the weak link in the midfield of the West Yorkshire based club as he let himself get dominated by the opponents. He was sporadic, inconsistent and deserved to be replaced.

Kemar Roofe 5/10

The youngster failed to erect a strong footing for himself and was actually blunt whilst his attacking endeavours.

Pablo Hernandez 6/10

Hernandez impressed in patches but what deterred his progress were his shambolic decision-making skills at times.

Ezgjan Alioski 5.5/10

He couldn’t get the space he needed to manoeuvre something spectacular and thus, failed to make a substantial impact in the game. However, he did toil hard.

Chris Wood 6/10

The New Zealand international was frustrated owing to the lack of chances and had a very quiet game. Nonetheless, Wood should have scored when he was put through one-vs-one with Chris Maxwell, with the latter pulling off a spectacular save.

Substitutions:

Samuel Saiz 6.5/10

Saiz was brought on as a replacement for Roofe and he did create a buzz and it was good to see him aiming for the ball time and again.

Ronaldo Vieira 6.5/10

He added a lot of resilience and flair into Christiansen’s side and kept the pressure on Alex Neil’s men after replacing Phillips.

Stuart Dallas 6/10

Dallas had really little time to make an impact but did the basics right after coming on for Borthwick-Jackson.

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Construction to Reroute Traffic on North End of Campus

A map shows a stretch of the Loop Road and a parking lot (L) that will be affected by this summer’s construction, east of the residence halls and north of the current ATEC building.

A segment of Loop Road – from Rutford Avenue to Lot R outside the Administration Building – will be shut down Wednesday, July 10, through mid-August for median removal. All east-west traffic on the road will be rerouted to Synergy Parkway. The segment of Loop Road will reopen before the fall 2013 semester begins.

In addition, Parking Lot L, at the southeast corner of Rutford Avenue and Loop Road, will be removed in August to accommodate construction on a new parking garage at that intersection. The covered parking structure will include 10,000 square feet of retail space.

Students, staff and faculty who currently use Lot L will be redirected to park in Lots A and B on the northeast side of campus until the new parking structure is completed in fall 2014. Free Comet Cab campus shuttles will help transport students, staff and faculty from Lots A and B to their destinations.

These projects are part of a larger overhaul on the north side of campus, that will eventually include the construction of the new 600-bed Student Housing Complex, a Bioengineering and Sciences building south of the Natural Science and Engineering Research Lab (NSERL), and the redesign of the north campus mall, from the McDermott Library to the Administration Building.

For current information on UT Dallas construction projects, follow on Twitter at @UTDConstruction or check Pardon our Progress updates.

Media Contact: Robin Russell, UT Dallas, (972) 883-4431, robin.russell@utdallas.edu
or the Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, newscenter@utdallas.edu.

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History, go: UNT film class puts Quakertown walking tour on smartphones

UNT Media Arts

Denton has remembered Quakertown in paper, ink and sculpted brick. The city renamed the civic park built on the razed homes and shops in 2007, calling it Quakertown Park to honor the residents unjustly evicted from their land in 1923.

This summer, a group of University of North Texas film students will put the freedmen’s town back on the local map — this time in people’s pockets.

The students are calling their interactive film project “Freedman Town 2.0.”

Using a smartphone app, visitors who walk through Quakertown Park will be able to read facts about the buildings that once stood and the people who lived and worked in them, or launch a video of the town’s local descendants talking about the town and its legacy.

Gotta catch ’em all

Filmmakers get their ideas from a lot of different places, and for one University of North Texas film professor, inspiration for a new project came from a blockbuster video game.

“I was really inspired by Pokemon Go,” said Carla LynDale Carter-Bishop, a media arts professor at UNT who helms the summer interactive community video class. “I was interested in how the constructed world of the game was put into the actual environment. You could play the game no matter where you were. I knew there were a lot of different ways to use the same idea in other media.”

Pokemon Go uses a format called augmented reality. Digital animation and programing is integrated into a gamer’s environment through a device — Pokemon Go players allow the game access to their smartphone GPS. That’s how the game could tell you that a rare "Pocket Monster" was hiding three blocks away. Or how a neighbor’s front yard could turn into a Pokemon training gym.

Carter-Bishop said she thought she might be able to experiment with augmented reality and storytelling in her summer interactive community video class.

And when Carter-Bishop discovered the story of Quakertown, she knew she had the class subject matter.

The class would create an interactive video project about Quakertown, a thriving black settlement in Denton. Its residents were self-sufficient, living in the freedmen’s town from the 1880s to the early 1920s.

“I do a lot of work about black communities,” Carter-Bishop said. “When I discovered the history of Quakertown, I started doing research. I read White Lilacs [Carolyn Meyers’ novel for children that tells a fictionalized version of the story]. I saw a lot of similarities between the communities I’ve studied before and Quakertown.”

Carter-Bishop was involved in this year’s Denton Black Film Festival, and when she talked about Quakertown with festival official Linda Eaddy, Carter-Bishop said she knew there was a project in the making.

“Linda really encouraged me,” Carter-Bishop said. “There is a lot of information about Quakertown out there, but there is a lot more that hasn’t been told.”

Quakertown’s residents and businesses were evicted in 1921, when a resident petitioned the City Council to buy the land where Quakertown stood to turn it into a city park. By 1923, all of the residents had relocated, their land purchased or condemned by city officials.

Out of the classroom

Carter-Bishop’s students had just five weeks to research the history and legacy of Quakertown, and turn the information into an interactive media product available to anyone with a smartphone and the free Aurasma app.

The small summer school class got to work right away. They combed through documents and photos at the Denton County Museums and Office of History and Culture. They visited Emily Fowler Central Library.

After amassing their research, Carter-Bishop arranged a meet-and-greet with the children and families of Quakertown’s residents at the American Legion Post 71.

“Being a filmmaker, I knew that none of the research could be complete without talking to people who know something about the community. The meeting was probably the most important part of the project,” Carter-Bishop said.

Nathan Taylor, a UNT senior in the class, focused his research on the businesses that were built in Quakertown.

“I took a map of Quakertown, and studied where the businesses were. All of the businesses used to be on Oakland,” Taylor said. “There was a grocery store, and a doctor’s office. It was all there in the community.”

For as long as most Denton residents can recall, the Oakland Street side of Quakertown Park has been the home of Emily Fowler Central Library, the Denton Woman’s Club Building, a playground and soccer fields at the north end of the park.

Samantha McDanel, a UNT senior, and junior Valorie Buentello spent much of their research talking with residents of Southeast Denton, the neighborhood where some of the descendants of Quakertown’s families live.

“I spent time especially at Fred Moore High School, and I learned a lot just by walking around and talking to the people,” McDanel said. “There are a lot of misconceptions about Fred Moore High, and what they do there.”

Fred Moore High School is an alternative school, where a lot of students can graduate on an accelerated schedule, or recover high school credits. Students benefit from flexible schedules and smaller classes.

UNT film student Valorie Buentello, left, chats with Alma Clark, a longtime resident of Denton whose late husband, William, was a resident of Quakertown, a black settlement in Denton that was forcibly relocated so the city could create a park. UNT Media Arts

Buentello met with the women of the Denton Christian Women’s Interracial Fellowship, a long-standing partnership between the churchgoing residents of the neighborhood and the predominantly white women who belong to Trinity Presbyterian Church.

“The women we talked to talked about what the heart is of the group, and I was surprised to find out that the fellowship still comes together. The women still meet,” Buentello said.

UNT senior George Starks said his research — which went back to the original Freedman Town — turned up a surprise.

“The Freedman Town where this all started, the families who left White Rock [community in Dallas] have two dates for when they left — 1857 and 1875,” Starks said. “But as I did the research, I found that the slaves in that area, they weren’t freed until around 1863.”

Paring it down

The UNT summer session is short, especially considering the time filmmakers need to research, shoot and edit their work.

“I thought it was going to be a long documentary, and I went into the class with that mindset,” McDanel said. “When I found out this was going to be totally different, I wasn’t sure how we were going to do it. But everyone is doing part of it, and everyone wants to do their part. It’s a lot of work for a five-week class, but everyone is on board.”

Carter-Bishop said the class is expecting to get the project complete by Aug. 10-11. After that, the interactive video — interviews, maps and the like — will be available through the app. Carter-Bishop said the class has made a video explaining the project that will be available on social media.

Carter-Bishop said she plans to present a program on the project at the Denton Senior Center when it’s complete, to help technophobic seniors learn how to use the app and the interactive media.

And the project doesn’t have to end with the class.

“This is something we can build on,” Carter-Bishop said.

Taylor said he’s glad to be part of a project that people can use — perhaps years from now.

“Once all this is finalized,” he said, “I will be grateful that I can do this for the younger generation. It was great to get to know people who know about this community. And I think it’s good to be able to get this out there to people who don’t know about it, and might not be able to find this history.”

Buentello said she and other people assume that anything they need to know is on the internet.

“That’s what shocked me,” she said. “How so much of all of this isn’t on Google. You think everything is, you know? But if you want to know about Quakertown, you’re not going to find much of it by Googling it.”

LUCINDA BREEDING can be reached at 940-566-6877.

FEATURED PHOTO: Valorie Buentello, left, grins as UNT film students set up a video shoot with Place 1 City Council member Gerard Hudspeth. The students were making a video for an augmented reality app that will reveal videos and digital media as users roam Quakertown Park in Denton. (Courtesy photo/UNT Media Arts)

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