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by I45Tex
17 Jan 2019 14:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas: Medical District
Replies: 122
Views: 27014

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: 27014

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: 27014

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: 19
Views: 1235

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: 228
Views: 35418

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: 1553

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: 138
Views: 35548

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: 6
Views: 856

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: 3014

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: 703

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: 410

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: 180
Views: 39403

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: 974
Views: 166065

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: 1218

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: 974
Views: 166065

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: 481
Views: 92193

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: 5648

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: 2734

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: 300
Views: 57274

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: 300
Views: 57274

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: 169
Views: 35930

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: 169
Views: 35930

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: 180
Views: 39403

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: 16130

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: 28183

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: 16913

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: 923

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: 1686

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: 17
Views: 2402

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: 13191

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: 180
Views: 39403

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: 481
Views: 92193

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: 481
Views: 92193

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: 23
Views: 4704

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: 395

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: 500

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: 1763

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: 98
Views: 25232

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: 86
Views: 23074

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: 53
Views: 7676

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: 4210

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: 4210

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: 14109

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: 4210

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: 929

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: 1275

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: 1470

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: 111
Views: 16738

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...

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