With little fanfare, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson visited the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex last week, making it the second stop on his national “listening tour.” Carson made public appearances with both Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price. He toured neighborhoods, housing complexes, parks, and facilities across the area. Presumably, he got in some listening.
Where this tour is taking him next—and what people are telling him on the ground, in unscripted conversations—is not public knowledge. (HUD has not responded to CityLab’s requests for an interview.) The announcement of Carson’s trip to Texas came just hours before his first public event there.