By Laurie Bianco

Dalworthington Gardens has come a long way since its beginnings as a Depression-era homestead association initiated by the Roosevelt administration.

DWG, as it is commonly known, is the only Texas homestead association from those days to maintain its identity and independence. They proudly claim the longest name for a city in the state of Texas – “Dal” from Dallas, “worth” from Fort Worth and “ington” from our sister city, Arlington.

Growing up in North Carolina, I grew up in a family that embraced the core values of America — faith, family, patriotism and music. From an early age, I decided to be a teacher. I started my teaching career at LJ Bell Elementary in North Carolina and was later named teacher of the year.

After living abroad and traveling around the world, I returned home with my husband and moved to Dalworthington Gardens with my daughter, Emily. I joined the inaugural class of the Citizens Public Safety Academy. 

When I was asked to consider running for mayor, I sought guidance and wisdom through prayer. I asked for a clear indication that this was God’s plan for my life.

It has been one of my greatest blessings.

Dalworthington Gardens is a thriving community with grand ideas. Given the history of the community, the city strives to maintain a suburban feel with large, lush minimum half-acre residential lots, while also seeking to promote successful businesses that fit the culture of the community. We are creating a name for ourselves. 

With businesses such as Green’s Produce, a household name in the greater Arlington area, and Grounds and Gold, the newly found favorite café, DWG is quickly becoming the new destination for unique businesses, setting themselves apart from surrounding cities.  

The DWG Planning and Zoning Commission and the City Council have been working diligently over the past few years to update the city’s Comprehensive Plan. Setting up the city for future success is the primary objective of the governing bodies. DWG is a fantastic place to do business because the building process is simplified as they have a small 

The city is looking to gain more commercial businesses that fit the community, such as upscale restaurants, a brewpub and/or beer garden, a winery, boutique hotels and unique flavors of retail. City staff works cohesively to keep projects moving to get doors open as quickly as possible. DWG wants your business, and they aren’t afraid to show it. 

The citizenry of DWG is filled with a collective body of friends who work together to ensure that the community is the safest, best place to live in the metroplex. The city is fortunate to have an extraordinary staff and the best tri-certified Department of Public Safety in the country. If that was in question, just ask me.  

Laurie Bianco has served as mayor of Dalworthington Gardens since 2018. She is an active member at Fielder Church. Mayor Bianco is the vice chairwoman of the Tarrant County Mayor’s Council, serves on the Salvation Army Advisory Board and also serves on the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition.

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Dalworthington Gardens

Total population: 2,192
Female: 49% | Male: 51%

0-9: 9%
10-19: 10%
20-29: 11%
30-39: 5%
40-49: 18%
50-59: 23%
60-69: 16%
70-79: 10%
80 and older: 5%

No degree: 2%
High school: 14%
Some college: 36%
Bachelor’s degree: 25%
Post-graduate: 20%

White: 74% | Asian: 9% | Hispanic: 8% | Black: 7% | Two or more: 2%

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