Philanthropic donations akin to Hiles’ have become increasingly necessary in recent years, as Dallas’ inner-city school districts lag in overcoming a 2011 ruling by the state Legislature to cut $5.4 billion in education funding. Hit the harsdest by the cuts were the city’s low-income, urban communities, where minimal property taxes are unable to compensate for the budget loss. Since the controversial 2011 decision, these districts have lost an average of 12 percent of their full-time teachers, keeping students in overcrowded classes and with less individual time with teachers. As reported by the New York Times, the state of Texas identifies 66 percent of kids in the Dallas school district as at a considerable risk of dropping out, and Marcus Hiles believes the city’s youth deserve better opportunities. “For these children hailing from lower income families, a quality education plays a pivotal role in improving social mobility,” Hiles has said. “Kindergarten through 6th grade is essential to the next generation’s success.”
Frequently little more than a tool for weight loss, regular physical activity is much more than that: it is an important part of decreasing risk of heart disease, avoiding injuries, feeling well mentally, overall fitness, and living longer. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), says Marcus Hiles, regular exercise plays a critical role in warding off heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, type-2-diabetes, obesity, depression, multiple forms of cancer, and osteoporosis in people of all ages. The American Journal of Preventative Medicine exclaims that leading an active lifestyle can add up to five years to life expectancy, while The Lancet’s studies attribute many mental and physical benefits to exercise, including, “a sense of purpose and value, a better quality of life, improved sleep and reduced stress, as well as stronger relationships and social connectedness.”
The earliest remnants of planned communities in the U.S. were seen in St. Augustine back in 1565. Throughout the industrial revolution, company towns such as Gary, Indiana were the sites of tech innovations and economic fervor. Early modern communities were developed during the Florida land boom of the 1920s down in Southern Florida, as Miami suburbs including Coral Gables, Opa-locka, and Miami Springs were fully planned to emulate the feel and architecture of Spain, Arabia, and Mexico. Marcus Hiles notes that the Great Depression witnessed the Federal Government building model towns in West Virginia, Tennessee, Maryland, Wisconsin, and Ohio with the goal of easing the weight of the nation’s economic downturn on coal miners, construction workers, and their families. Remote neighborhoods in Oak Ridge, TN; Richland, WA, and Los Alamos, NM were developed during World War II to accommodate the families of scientists, engineers, and industrial workers working on the Manhattan Project. These days, blueprinted cities cover the United States, including Washington, D.C. along with state capitals in Mississippi, Ohio, Indiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Utah, Texas, and even Florida.
With the goal of displaying Texas’ natural splendor, Western Rim’s lavish townhomes and apartments are built within the state’s rich green areas. However, they are close to the town’s central locales. Marcus Hiles maintains eco-friendly building practices that keep the tranquility of the environmental surroundings intact—and frequently, bettering it by creating walkways and parks. He says that the abundance of woods and vegetation encircling these living places give unbelievable benefits, because they eliminate air pollutants while maintaining and isolating carbon dioxide. It reduces greenhouse gases and the consumption of energy. In line with the USDA Forest Service, “Woods effectively placed around residential areas can minimize
air conditioning needs by 30 percent.”