Richardson’s first-ever Culture in the Core event was held last Saturday in Richardson’s historic CORE (downtown) district, celebrating our globally oriented community through dance, music, food, arts/crafts demonstrations, and a variety of goods for sale from more than 25 vendors. Several countries were represented among the festivities, including Germany, Austria, Africa, India, Cuba, Fiji, China, Turkey, Taiwan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Italy, Lebanon, the Philippines, Spain, Venezuela and the USA.
Richardson has been recognized as the “best foodie city” in Texas for its robust range of ethnic cuisines and has been recognized by the Texas Legislature as the International Business Capital of North Texas. Current estimates are that one of every four Richardson residents was born outside of the U.S.
At the event, Mayor Paul Voelker announced the impending formation of a new City committee focused on diversity and inclusion. The group will focus on providing input for the Library and City Hall renovation projects, Transportation and Mobility Master Plan, and the Parks and Recreation Master Plan. Each of the projects are currently under development and expected to produce their final recommendations and plans early next year.