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by I45Tex
23 Oct 2018 08:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Ross Tower / 500 N. Akard
Replies: 14
Views: 2788

Re: Ross Tower / 500 N. Akard

tamtagon wrote:... Now Willis Towers Watson picks the city. Looks like we're going to see just how much can squeeze into downtown.


It's no 1700 Pacific, but Ross Tower will now be 70% occupied. Not yet bursting at the seams even if Kourtny Garrett calls it a big Downtown Dallas success story.
by I45Tex
12 Oct 2018 19:10
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Transition of Uptown
Replies: 28
Views: 1131

Re: The Transition of Uptown

I'm Congressman Goodlatte, and I approved this message.


https://goodlatte.house.gov
by I45Tex
24 Sep 2018 20:49
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 294
Views: 42563

Re: Legacy West

Even if CTBUH would say it isn't habitable, Mesquite's KEOM at 510' for the sentimental win!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mesquite_ ... _Tower.jpg
by I45Tex
24 Sep 2018 20:34
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 294
Views: 42563

Re: Legacy West

I believe Williams Square Central and the tallest at CityLine are still much taller because office floor heights > residential floors.
by I45Tex
24 Sep 2018 20:27
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 160
Views: 25544

Re: DFW Airport

IMG_0510.JPG IMG_0509.JPG IMG_0508.JPG About four more pages of that brochure are gone now. I don't know the year. But google image searching Surtran taxis turns up interesting NYT and architectural articles about DFW opening and Dallas in general. Edit: btw, if anyone has job contacts in New York,...
by I45Tex
21 Sep 2018 23:49
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 160
Views: 25544

Re: DFW Airport

IMG_0495.jpg
Am about to recycle this old paper but thought that some of you will certainly enjoy a look at it:
by I45Tex
18 Sep 2018 10:20
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 170
Views: 28765

Re: DFW Economy

Here is BEA's new estimate of the largest 2017 metropolitan statistical areas by nominal (current-dollar) annual GDP -- $1,718 billion for greater NY $1,044 billion for LA-Orange County (a much smaller geography than greater NY, so apples to oranges) $680 billion in Chicagoland $535 billion in DFW $...
by I45Tex
16 Sep 2018 10:44
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 89
Views: 11834

Re: New Census Population Estimates

Yeah I have been seeing* some doomsaying writing about how even the SF Bay Area, messed up as it is in so many ways, has outperformed LA economically. Ever since the Cold War and increasingly lately. Much is made by these journalists and academics of LA's struggles, I guess. But still, guess what? W...
by I45Tex
14 Sep 2018 12:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 139
Views: 21148

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

HA
by I45Tex
14 Sep 2018 11:57
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Issues/News
Topic: What is a suburb today?
Replies: 50
Views: 13988

Re: What is a suburb today?

Successfully challenging urban centers for growth in a way where --
the faster we grow, the weaker we become:

https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/201 ... -we-become


or a shorter take:

https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/201 ... rer-we-get
by I45Tex
11 Sep 2018 14:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Comerica Bank Tower
Replies: 6
Views: 575

Re: Downtown Dallas: Comerica Bank Tower

The garage on the Harwood end of that block is owned with 1700 Pacific. The shorter garage on the farther Pearl half of the same block is owned with 1717 Main (Comerica Tower). The Comerica garage appraisal reads: Depreciation Physical: 50% Functional: 0% External: 0% Total: 70% Nonetheless, it is b...
by I45Tex
10 Sep 2018 15:52
Forum: Opolis Blueprints
Topic: If-only / What-if .....
Replies: 6
Views: 452

Re: If-only / What-if .....

Maaaaaybe these days that could work, but didn't work in isolation. Tulsa built a nine-block complex with performing arts center, 700-seat movieplex with Dolby sound, fifty retailers and 10+ restaurants, plus office towers and hotels, to no avail: https://www.tulsaworld.com/blogs/news/throwbacktulsa...
by I45Tex
06 Sep 2018 19:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Preston Center
Replies: 15
Views: 1029

Re: Preston Center

It's a lot to do with cost of construction, I think? The article mentions the congregation's campus expansion. Rich suburbs of Boston now offer to give developers prime property with old city buildings on it in exchange for building them new municipal facilities just because adequate new facilities ...
by I45Tex
06 Sep 2018 19:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)
Replies: 105
Views: 9776

Re: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)

Cool looking, but please nobody start crying if they build this design and <25 floors of office atop a garage is three hundred feet shorter than maconahey found on the FAA!
by I45Tex
01 Sep 2018 22:00
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 170
Views: 28765

Re: DFW Economy

* It’s been so long since Houston scored a major league win in the corporate relocation game, it’s hard to hold hope that economic development can do anything substantive about Houston’s vacancy problem. Is this referring to the entire Metropolitan area, or just Houston proper? I'm not as familiar ...
by I45Tex
26 Aug 2018 22:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 427
Views: 64895

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Thank you for the excellent name fact about Race Street, Hannibal! That block is 2.5 acres inside the sidewalk easements, of which DallasCAD says BUMC owns the 1.8 acres, contiguous and with no holdouts, that aren't along the DART tracks. Lakewoodhobo and I, and probably Elm St. Motors' owners (who ...
by I45Tex
26 Aug 2018 19:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 427
Views: 64895

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

For the record, they don't own that whole block. Elm Street Motors even has (had?) a sign proudly proclaiming "THIS IS NOT BAYLOR PROPERTY". DMN did write that the admin block and its equally sized parking garage are going up "in the 3700 block of Elm," contrary to the email att...
by I45Tex
26 Aug 2018 19:32
Forum: Texas Urban/Suburban/Exurban Development
Topic: Austin's proposed tallest (in 4 yrs)
Replies: 19
Views: 2209

Re: Austin's proposed tallest (in 4 yrs)

In cross-section this fresh tower's sloping faces might start to add up to something on the skyline -- especially now that nearby 308 Guadalupe's tapering pyramidal proposal just got a hundred feet taller this week... https://austin.towers.net/downtown-austins-republic-office-tower-gets-a-surprise-h...
by I45Tex
26 Aug 2018 12:58
Forum: Texas Urban/Suburban/Exurban Development
Topic: 47-st office tower, Houston Chronicle old HQ site
Replies: 1
Views: 132

47-st office tower, Houston Chronicle old HQ site

Now that CBD office vacancy has dipped a whole percentage point beneath 20% again, Hines has broken ground this summer on a new high-rise (by some accounts the twelfth it's built from the ground up in downtown Houston). It will sit at an angle on the 800 block of Texas Avenue near venerable, soon-re...
by I45Tex
26 Aug 2018 12:17
Forum: Art + Sol
Topic: FW/Dallas Trellis, Pergola, & Brise-Soleil
Replies: 2
Views: 176

FW/Dallas Trellis, Pergola, & Brise-Soleil

https://dallasmetropolis.com/dfwu/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=190&start=100#p17230 In the above post, forumer buildingswithlegs remarked the trend of public sunshades popping up across North Texas. Within a year of the Winspear Opera House's opening in October 2009, a whole bunch were also finished ...
by I45Tex
03 Aug 2018 07:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas: Market Center area
Replies: 15
Views: 1072

Re: Dallas: Market Center area

Might I ask for a quick clarification? Possibly the tech product showroom industry was disappearing, but in Atlanta the apparel mart downtown complex still seems to be chugging along. Maybe Infomart's ownership and lenders modeled a higher foreseeable ROI for the tech industry, but... unless Dallas'...
by I45Tex
01 Aug 2018 10:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: No. 10 Harwood (22 ST)
Replies: 95
Views: 18970

Re: Harwood Int'l District: No. 10 Harwood (22 ST)

The elevation is Harwood's biggest advantage with their developed property. Its constantly made their projects that are moderately tall appear more prominent. Well the elevation and having direct access to the freeway ramps. Hall Arts, Flora & Olive, and the proposals for 3001 Turtle Creek, Ced...
by I45Tex
12 Jul 2018 08:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Dream Hotel
Replies: 74
Views: 16711

Re: Uptown Dallas: Dream Hotel

The new Dream on Printers Alley in Nashville, funded by local investors, topped out in late October 2017. One has just been announced for Buckhead in Atlanta:

https://atlanta.curbed.com/2018/7/11/17 ... swell-road
by I45Tex
03 Jul 2018 17:58
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Homelessness
Replies: 50
Views: 3675

Re: Homelessness

tamtagon wrote:gross


I know, it's gotten tricky to respond in detail to his posts about transit, smart growth and culture or society when I can't recall which Koch brother he is IRL
by I45Tex
03 Jul 2018 12:54
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: D Magazine New Urbanism Issue
Replies: 36
Views: 2580

Re: D Magazine New Urbanism Issue

Yes. "This." For instance, CityLine and Galatyn Park both seem to have peak WalkScores below the cutoff, disqualifying them, while downtown Richardson's max walk score is high enough but its square footage disqualifies it. I used to be able to use heatmaps on WalkScore.com but can't seem t...
by I45Tex
02 Jul 2018 11:50
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: D Magazine New Urbanism Issue
Replies: 36
Views: 2580

Re: D Magazine New Urbanism Issue

Thanks Tucy!
by I45Tex
30 Jun 2018 19:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Comprehensive Dallas Development Map / List
Replies: 36
Views: 10798

Re: Comprehensive Dallas Development Map / List

Downtown block 122, I think it's called, surrounded by Park, Saint Louis, Harwood, and I-30, has been marked as one of Mike Hoque's purchases, but according to DCAD maps and assessment hearings it still appears to be owned in pieces by Sam Harrington and at least one grocery business. Any info on wh...
by I45Tex
30 Jun 2018 17:56
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: D Magazine New Urbanism Issue
Replies: 36
Views: 2580

Re: D Magazine New Urbanism Issue

There were a bunch of articles and you didn't link us to what you're referencing, but I do feel like Houston is a sidetrack from the potential of this thread. Wednesday after next, on July 11th, there's a morning-long symposium on the New Dallas -- get tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dall...
by I45Tex
26 Jun 2018 09:36
Forum: Art + Sol
Topic: Dallas Museum of Art
Replies: 3
Views: 554

Re: Dallas Museum of Art

Speaking of beauty, jrd... hate the game, not the player, I suppose, but will Dallas have ever "arrived" before a discussion like that one actually includes the word beauty? I read the article; I sure noticed profile, impact, importance, check box, check box, extraordinariness, tourism mag...
by I45Tex
25 Jun 2018 23:42
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Meacham Airport
Replies: 8
Views: 572

Re: Meacham Airport

Leisure travel base alone may not be enough to keep an airline going, though. No matter how many people live in Tarrant County, (I think I do remember the latest population estimates put the Ft Worth-Arl Metropolitan Division in the neighborhood of 2.5MM or 33% and the Dallas-Plano-Irving Metropolit...
by I45Tex
23 Jun 2018 14:04
Forum: Texas Transportation + Infrastructure
Topic: NorthEast Texas Trail
Replies: 3
Views: 691

Re: NorthEast Texas Trail

I don't want to come across as negative, because I do like this project. I hope it can be completed and maintained for an achievable amount of resources and I hope the Circuit Trail Conservancy* and other projects link up with it somehow in the future. But I'm rubbed the wrong way by the bit about b...
by I45Tex
19 Jun 2018 20:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 95
Views: 9286

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

Would someone be willing to helpfully transcribe the graphic at the top of this thread onto our pinned comprehensive projects map? I want to do it but, at least this month, I just can't justify the time while I'm applying for urban development or wider regeneration/innovation jobs (PM if you know so...
by I45Tex
07 Jun 2018 14:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 72
Views: 12114

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Yes, I'm encouraged by Masinter's investment in the neighborhood. It's not my neighborhood, but the NIMBYs who were overacting this drama (e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJp4THVsVe0 :o ) were the same ones who voted down a DART station there. Taxpayers may feel like they are naturally the owne...
by I45Tex
28 May 2018 10:13
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 89
Views: 11834

Re: New Census Population Estimates

I'm surprised that folks have let that claim stand. The burbs are not more dense. Garland may be 57 square miles at an average density of 4100-4200 residents per square mile, but ten minutes with a ZCTA map can show you an equally extensive square mileage of central and north-central Dallas with res...
by I45Tex
23 May 2018 23:43
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 210
Views: 24492

Re: DART D2 Subway

This is a good thread. What do you think about the following? While AT&T rival Sprint's headquarters is a massive EDS or JCPenney-style suburban Kansas City campus, big competitors like Verizon (on Bryant Park Midtown Manhattan) and Comcast (attached directly to Suburban Station) have spurred ou...
by I45Tex
23 May 2018 22:07
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: A Dallas-Fort Worth slogan
Replies: 10
Views: 701

Re: A Dallas-Fort Worth slogan

In Census 2000, Fort Worth had 45% of Dallas' 1.2MM population, sure. Now Big D is around 1.3MM and what some would like to call its suburb has already jumped from 535K to just about 900K. Panther Island really is going to blow Victory out of the water, too... I think the FWD idea with West + East k...
by I45Tex
23 May 2018 19:14
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: A Dallas-Fort Worth slogan
Replies: 10
Views: 701

Re: A Dallas-Fort Worth slogan

I wouldn't try anything more than DFW. A hefty attempt was made to brand the region as "North Texas" for the superbowl, but there was no follow thru so no chance that could have stuck anywhere outside the region... I'm glad for that, too. North Texas is a university, or geographic region ...
by I45Tex
23 May 2018 11:07
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: A Dallas-Fort Worth slogan
Replies: 10
Views: 701

Re: A Dallas-Fort Worth slogan

I think "consolidating" many of the cities' and the four core counties' administrative functions (serving 6.6 million or more than 22% of all Texans*) would be no wilder a boondoggle than what we've already got, but, short-term, would probably hasten the flight to the far exurbs just acros...
by I45Tex
18 May 2018 10:37
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 210
Views: 24492

Re: DART D2 Subway

But surely you do understand, Tucy, that raising the ceiling that has to be raised before any other central transit projects can raise ridership directly, is also indirectly just as necessary.
by I45Tex
15 May 2018 20:44
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 88
Views: 14167

Re: Downtown Progress

The thread though remains for downtown Dallas’ progress, not its regress. File that idea in our Opolis Blueprints subforum under “DeplorabLouvre,” if you’d like.
by I45Tex
01 May 2018 21:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)
Replies: 133
Views: 29608

Re: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)

Nice find, DPatel, although cringeworthy also, of course.* I guess it's still weird to me because D Magazine was talking price hikes on these units three years ago: https://candysdirt.com/2015/04/23/prices-movin-ciel-bleu-ciel/ Maybe zero of those deposits eventuated into real live pre-sales after a...
by I45Tex
23 Apr 2018 12:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: The Spire Mixed Use Project
Replies: 76
Views: 10833

Re: Arts District: The Spire Mixed Use Project

Thanks for that reference jsoto, and really great ideas lakewoodhobo and Troy. Please be gentle on me for a dumb one... but if I were Spire, I mean, these folks are top 1% and do have a lot of clout within their network even if they've recently been farther from hitting it out of the park or getting...
by I45Tex
21 Apr 2018 10:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: The Spire Mixed Use Project
Replies: 76
Views: 10833

Re: Arts District: The Spire Mixed Use Project

But seriously, I agree w/ Hwulivn. Good concept system, tamtagon. Trying to think of a suggestion to build further on it...
by I45Tex
21 Apr 2018 10:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: The Spire Mixed Use Project
Replies: 76
Views: 10833

Re: Arts District: The Spire Mixed Use Project

But they have renderings showing people shopping and living their best life!!! No, pretty sure that was Robert Jeffress and Joel Osteen, not Spire and Valley View. 8-) "I asked a painter why the roads are colored black He said, 'Steve, it's because people leave, and no highway will bring them ...
by I45Tex
02 Apr 2018 12:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 797
Views: 112613

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Most of life is small ball, tanzoak. I guess you'll (?) just as often as you like, but it's the same way I wouldn't base a business in a state that embraces casinos -- show enough citizens that it's better to be lucky or networked than good, and long-term that's the kind of locale you will build. Th...
by I45Tex
02 Apr 2018 09:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 797
Views: 112613

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

While I do in fact think we highly overestimate the attractiveness of North Texas to young people when comparing the probable top of our longterm growth lifecycle to the near-trough of Chicago's or LA's, that's truly for some other thread. What I was "trying to argue" is that a city that t...
by I45Tex
01 Apr 2018 15:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 797
Views: 112613

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I concur, except that it's not a mere matter of whether this firm's practices deserve incentive packages, Whit. New Jersey and Dallas and all other urban suitors explicitly want Amazon to come in as the trendsetter for their next-gen business image/growth/community. Even if everyone substantially ag...
by I45Tex
31 Mar 2018 21:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 797
Views: 112613

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

There may be becoming a critical mass of young people who won’t be “talked back down from” ethical stands, or even seduced with career opportunities like the Boomers were, now that they’ve seen for sure just how thoroughly and dishearteningly impossible it is to be a Weinstein, Gates, Kalanick, Elli...
by I45Tex
16 Mar 2018 17:26
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Richardson: CityLine
Replies: 21
Views: 4961

Re: Richardson: CityLine

Since Atlanta IIRC was one of two more State Farm mega-outposts this decade, thought I would post this link for other forumers to know some related development in the health insurance space in our ‘New South’ rival: https://atlanta.curbed.com/2018/1/29/16942648/anthem-technology-center-construction-...

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