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by I45Tex
17 Feb 2019 08:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Smart District
Replies: 99
Views: 21622

Re: Dallas Smart District

Didn't even bother rendering its relationship to anything south of it. Dallas Mentality Monument we'll call it.
by I45Tex
15 Feb 2019 12:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Fort Worth: Alliance
Replies: 1
Views: 91

Re: North Fort Worth: Alliance

Twenty years ago, the big Japanese automakers had their US subsidiaries headquartered near the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. Nissan, the most cost-sensitive, left Torrance for Franklin, TN, and then Toyota from Torrance to Plano. Before Alliance or Las Colinas succumb to the temptation to fil...
by I45Tex
14 Feb 2019 12:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Convention Center
Replies: 31
Views: 5550

Re: Dallas Convention Center

With AT&T doubling down on their slice of DTD is there potential for a new naming rights deal where KBH moves over for Dallas Discovery District Events Hall? ("Convention Center" is becoming very 1989 while "Food Hall" is 2019, if too much so. But it's just an example of the ...
by I45Tex
14 Feb 2019 11:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1030
Views: 181794

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Think there are a whole raft of articles being written today about laughter-free real estate investors and developers in Queens who have already signed on the dotted line for new deals there since the autumn announcement?
by I45Tex
13 Feb 2019 22:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Convention Center
Replies: 31
Views: 5550

Re: Dallas Convention Center

Spectra is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Comcast's sports division.
by I45Tex
13 Feb 2019 15:14
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 270
Views: 51050

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

DFW was fifth nationally in under-construction square footage in the industrial CRE (commercial real estate) market this year: https://www.copaken-brooks.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/national-industrial-market-report-q4-2018.pdf and according to numbers further on down is ranked an equally comfort...
by I45Tex
11 Feb 2019 20:57
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 270
Views: 51050

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

Just like transit must not be a thing, the head of Amazon's Austin operations has crowed, "We're not big on sterile environments here," and yet today's brand new Amazon lease is for half of this extremely sterile fortress: https://www.endeavor-re.com/properties/domain-10/ (quote source: ht...
by I45Tex
10 Feb 2019 22:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1030
Views: 181794

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Corpus is the next Beaumont-Port Arthur! Actually, I've always wondered what was keeping Corpus from really taking off; now with liquid natural gas poised to activate the port, maybe it'll stick. https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/CORP548PCPI Their per capita personal income is above El Paso and Ab...
by I45Tex
09 Feb 2019 13:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1030
Views: 181794

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I'll say what I always said pick the best of both worlds. . . here you have total access to the much much larger talent pool, corporate satisfaction, logistics hub, transit that despite its hiccups is still better than Austin, a very valuable international airport and a city that could sadly be pus...
by I45Tex
08 Feb 2019 17:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1030
Views: 181794

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Whatever the real situation is, I hope it rebounds and redounds to the benefit of Texas communities. I will say that while "there's always more talent to access" is persuasive, companies have cultures just like communities do, and both do rely on continuity for things that even the best an...
by I45Tex
08 Feb 2019 15:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1030
Views: 181794

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

They're staying put. They'll probably not take the incentives due to the public criticism. However, that just makes the deal even sweeter for NYC. The residents will despise them but I don't think the politicians truly care about the people. I understand that you're dead certain about what they're ...
by I45Tex
04 Feb 2019 18:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1030
Views: 181794

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Note to self: don't buy AMZN if the brass thought they could look to New Yorkers, Long Island ones no less, for "being wanted."

Punchline is that after all this shakes out it'll go to UTD by the art museums. Or... Cypress Waters.
by I45Tex
01 Feb 2019 15:22
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 270
Views: 51050

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

I guess a three quarters of a million square foot prelease is always a surprise, but it shouldn't be a surprise that they got it over DFW. When Oracle opened a 560-Ksf campus there less than a year ago, only to announce permits for another 420-Ksf addition, Austin Business Journal noted, "Even ...
by I45Tex
29 Jan 2019 12:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 417
Views: 90187

Re: Northpark Center

My sense is that at the margin between very wealthy and scandalously wealthy, Texans and Oklahomans have almost always opted to spend more time on properties devoted to skiing, ranching, or fishing, as opposed to additional toes on the ground in their city. And that when they downsize and sell the h...
by I45Tex
29 Jan 2019 12:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Christopher @The Union (31 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)
Replies: 161
Views: 47877

Re: The Christopher @The Union (31 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)

That would be a high spend for not a lot of useful visibility, but then again, tech still loves that kind of meteoric signaling. We will have to see if the new 700,000 square foot tower breaking ground on the riverfront in Austin really is pre-leased by Salesforce, as some rumors have it -- that wou...
by I45Tex
29 Jan 2019 09:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 417
Views: 90187

Re: Northpark Center

Northwest Highway is Dallas' equivalent of Houston's West Loop South (if only in distance from the core -- LBJ is much farther than 610) -- and while the first JW Marriott in Texas went there, eventually a second one did find central Houston too. There it and the Lancaster and the ICON are the most ...
by I45Tex
24 Jan 2019 16:05
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 206
Views: 39393

Re: the Cotton Belt line

Delightfully detailed feedback, thanks! I'm glad the regulations exist, too, but it's frustrating if or when digging a hole for a bunch of concrete underneath the Trinity floodplain becomes the best shot we have.
by I45Tex
24 Jan 2019 09:54
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 206
Views: 39393

Re: the Cotton Belt line

As urbanist Johnny Sanphillippo says, history teaches that prosperous institutions rarely reform themselves; they fracture either due to outside change of heart or pocketbook, or to their internal contradictions of both. Most likely the IoT / smart everything business model will disrupt regional tra...
by I45Tex
23 Jan 2019 23:26
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 206
Views: 39393

Re: the Cotton Belt line

Will this actually be called the Cotton Belt line or will it be given a color based name as other DART lines. ... Cotton Belt peak headways (30 mins) are as long as the LRT weekend/off-offpeak headways. Reading through the DEIS, sections 4 & 5 ... talk a lot about timing and coordinating CB tra...
by I45Tex
17 Jan 2019 14:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas: Medical District
Replies: 122
Views: 28844

Re: Dallas: Medical District

You misunderstand "net worth"- someone can own a $300k home, but if the mortgage balance is $250k, they're not in the highest percentiles of wealth. If you look at the SCF with this quick shortcut calculator you can either include or exclude home equity in the assets. https://dqydj.com/ne...
by I45Tex
16 Jan 2019 14:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas: Medical District
Replies: 122
Views: 28844

Re: Dallas: Medical District

Muncien, while good for some things, health clinics are clearly no substitute for level one trauma centers, and there are a lot of ancillary services that it makes sense to concentrate around the expertise of a trauma center, so dispersing referrals around the county is not necessarily improving ove...
by I45Tex
15 Jan 2019 17:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas: Medical District
Replies: 122
Views: 28844

Re: Dallas: Medical District

In downtown Richmond I read it's mostly willow oaks, Matt777.
by I45Tex
26 Dec 2018 16:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Hoque Global Cedars- So Good
Replies: 23
Views: 2081

Re: Hoque Global Cedars- So Good

Among the headliner triad of HQ2 Supersite, East Quarter, and So.Good, this will be the best bridge to the outlying residential city (assuming Deep Ellum will never really form a mature living environment for most uses, or try to) beyond the CBD loop. I like forumer wbarch's idea that this N-S corri...
by I45Tex
22 Dec 2018 13:07
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 244
Views: 39321

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Yeah, if the station truly is already "dug out" and just needs finishing and elevators and such, it shouldn't be too much. There's no need to make it fancy. It it's a concrete shell, commission artists to make it interesting on the cheap. Murals, neon, sculpture, etc. Maybe a water featur...
by I45Tex
22 Dec 2018 12:49
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco: China Lesso Group Mixed-Use Development
Replies: 14
Views: 1827

Re: Frisco: China Lesso Group Mixed-Use Development

Pertaining to Lesso Americas' track record, not to news on Frisco or on moving their headquarters there from California as the original DMN Gensler quotes suggested they were floating: June 2017: http://www.ngkf.com/home/media-center/press-releases.aspx?d=9722#sthash.WArXNQYa.dpbs Feb 2018: https://...
by I45Tex
11 Dec 2018 01:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Hall Arts Hotel & Residences
Replies: 145
Views: 39686

Re: Arts District: Hall Arts Hotel & Residences

I noticed that too, but I like it. That's a big trend in NYC these days. I like it too, and I wouldn't mind a few more like that. I mean, it's just some quirky trend or anything, that's just what happens in high-demand areas when FAR is the binding zoning constraint. You have a given amount of squa...
by I45Tex
11 Dec 2018 01:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Fort Worth: Dickies Arena
Replies: 7
Views: 1225

Re: Fort Worth: Dickies Arena

Actually I think what he's picking up on is the neotraditionalist aesthetic of longtime DC+FW architecture firm David M Schwarz

https://www.traditionalbuilding.com/pro ... architects
by I45Tex
11 Dec 2018 01:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 508 Young Street (old Dallas Morning News building)
Replies: 14
Views: 3422

Re: Downtown Dallas: 508 Young Street (old Dallas Morning News building)

Depending on their cost of capital it could have still been a reasonable bet even without the immediate HQ2 turnaround; $33MM for 7.2 acres in downtown Dallas with or without HSR terminus ought to compare favorably to 2.1 acres Duke Energy bought in uptown Charlotte for $27.5MM, just for another exa...
by I45Tex
26 Nov 2018 16:05
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Retail / shopping issues
Replies: 8
Views: 886

Re: Retail / shopping issues

So you're saying there's a gap?
by I45Tex
26 Nov 2018 16:00
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Delta in the Metroplex
Replies: 3
Views: 531

Delta in the Metroplex

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/airbus-a220-airliner-delta-us/index.html From early November: "If you have plans to fly from New York to Dallas-Ft. Worth or to Houston, Delta is hoping you'll take notice. Those are two of the first routes the airline plans for these new jets beginning in Jan...
by I45Tex
21 Nov 2018 17:51
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 188
Views: 42281

Re: DFW Economy

So if I'm hearing you right, the gameplan is to tank a bunch of already precarious nation-states, gloat that they will turn to the Chinese for stability, and somehow imagine that the dramatic expansion of China's geopolitical control -- that will come from this "over-a-barrel" dealmaking s...
by I45Tex
09 Nov 2018 14:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1030
Views: 181794

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I only disagreed that Stringer was completely biased. The kernel of truth in Atlanta's favor is that at least three areas -- South Downtown & the Gulch, (1.) (2.) (3.) Tech Square, (4.) (5.) and Old Fourth Ward / Inman Park / Reynoldstown, (6.) (7.) -- felt to me like urban destinations with hea...
by I45Tex
09 Nov 2018 13:38
Forum: Art + Sol
Topic: UT-Dallas gets art collection, new museum
Replies: 10
Views: 1382

Re: UT-Dallas gets art collection, new museum

Harwood funder/founder Barbier-Mueller is Swiss (Geneva?) as well. I don't see the value of trying to make DMA a kind of Southern comprehensive Metropolitan Museum of Art, so it's fine with me to specialize, especially if an institution hasn't earned someone's trust, which institutions even more tha...
by I45Tex
09 Nov 2018 13:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1030
Views: 181794

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Atlanta has some high-profile brands; not just Coke, Chik-fil-A, Delta and CNN, but Mercedes-Benz USA, UPS, Napa, Arby's, Home Depot, Invesco and SunTrust. All told, it's much smaller -- 2017 metropolitan product of 385.5 billion/yr compared to 535.5 billion here in DFW -- but is divided into dozens...
by I45Tex
09 Nov 2018 11:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 484
Views: 99598

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Not many entities will build 80,000 s.f.+ floorplates even in the suburbs these days. Interesting architectural program brief.
by I45Tex
23 Oct 2018 08:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Ross Tower / 500 N. Akard
Replies: 25
Views: 6113

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: 3226

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: 305
Views: 62113

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: 305
Views: 62113

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: 171
Views: 38592

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: 171
Views: 38592

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: 188
Views: 42281

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: 17340

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: 145
Views: 30321

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: 17772

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: 1021

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: 1998

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: 18
Views: 2805

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: Harwood No. 11 (The Forum)
Replies: 73
Views: 14458

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!

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