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September 2019- Fort Worth

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letter editor ANA HOP 24 W hen I was in college, the second I felt the least bit homesick for California, I would get in the car and head straight to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. There was — and still is — something about the serene Tadao Ando- designed building that put my mind at ease. To this day, I consider The Modern my happy place. I could spend hours meditating in the presence of Anselm Kiefer's Book with Wings (1992-1994) or dreaming about the lofty destination that waits at the end of Martin Puryear's seemingly endless Ladder for Booker T. Washington (1996). Needless to say, I'm thrilled that the debut of PaperCity Fort Worth has given me an excuse to spend many more hours at The Modern, as well as its surrounding organizations, the Kimbell Art Museum and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Since we made the decision to launch PaperCity Fort Worth barely nine months ago, I've spent countless days here, getting to know the city, its people, and its organizations. There's something both quiet and vibrant about it — it's like a small town, but with the trappings of a big city. Yours is a city that is decidedly relaxed and casual, which speaks wholeheartedly to my Southern California roots. It's an unparalleled destination for the arts, business, and philanthropy, yet it lacks pretention and flash. Everyone I've talked to who lives here says that Fort Worth is the perfect place to raise a family; it's the definition of genteel Texas life; it keeps a low profile but fosters big projects (see Dickies Arena, The Shops at Clearfork, and every major art exhibition at The Modern or the Kimbell); and it respects, protects, and is deeply proud of its roots. The latter is the primary reason we have created this magazine: to encapsulate and shine light on the brilliant identity of Fort Worth, which is smart, authentic, and bursting with people who are entrepreneurial, charitable, creative, and ambitious. In fact, I have become so enamored with Fort Worth that I've found myself down a Zillow rabbit hole more than a few times, with dreams of buying a historic home (there are many enviable ones), moving here, and renovating it. It's with great pleasure that we have brought a former PaperCity editor back into the fold. Regan Landreth, who was an assistant editor at PaperCity more than a decade ago and now lives full time in Fort Worth with her husband and three young children, was one of the first people I reached out to, asking for her editorial perspective and insights into Fort Worth. She has helped generate ideas for the debut issue and has made countless connections to some of the most intriguing people and businesses in this city. You will see her byline throughout the magazine, from a spotlight on eight of Fort Worth's brightest young women entrepreneurs to a feature on beloved artist Nancy Lamb. And while her humble nature will hate my saying this: She should very well be considered the quiet, unofficial editor of this issue. This project has been nothing short of a labor of love, and our editorial and sales teams look forward to growing the PaperCity brand, here. On that note: We would love to hear from you. Drop me a line anytime. I'd love to know what you think we should be paying attention to in your fabulous town. Christina Geyer Dallas & Fort Worth Editor in Chief

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