While Dallas’ ritzy suburbs boast many magnet schools regarded among the country’s best public high schools, offering world-class instructors and facilities, while the inner city district is stuck in a different reality and reflects what is becoming an epidemic throughout the country’s urban communities: a striking majority of children live in dire circumstances. 86 percent of students in the Dallas Independent School District (DISD), are eligible for free and reduced-price meal plans, while the state considers 66 percent of the district’s kids to be at risk of dropping out, according to the New York Times. Furthermore, Marcus Hiles claims that a report submitted during a recent City Hall Council Meeting proving that 38 percent of children in the downtown area are either homeless or live in a household that earns a gross income under the poverty line, even though more than 27,000 of the adults in these families work full-time jobs.
Marcus Hiles takes pride in protecting the native foliage in the design stage of his developments. “Creating communities that work in harmony with nature and lessen humanity’s carbon footprint is a responsibility I embrace,” Hiles points out. His commitment is evident; extensive walking/jogging paths and private, on-site parks define exclusive locations nestled alongside expanses of countryside, undisturbed ponds and pristine streams. At the Estates Woodland in Magnolia, the century-old oaks and pines of the W.G. Jones State Forest border the property, providing access to the park’s leafy trails and scenic lakes. In San Antonio, the Mansions at Briggs Ranch boast the rich, indigenous flora of the Hill Country, most notably historic mountain laurels, which are beneficial for removing excess carbon dioxide. Trees stand as a prominent component in Hiles’s ecological objectives: through his company’s ongoing program to increase the canopy of shade trees throughout the state, 2,500 trees are installed annually. Hiles noes the 30,000 that have been planted in the last ten years serve to improve the air quality throughout the Lone Star state by sequestering about 75 tons of carbon dioxide every year, a strategy which promotes a sustainable relationship between endemic scenery preservation and the upscale living Hiles’s developments are known to offer.