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by I45Tex
16 Nov 2017 15:44
Forum: Texas Town + City Issues/News
Topic: Houston: TMC Turnaround?
Replies: 0
Views: 46

Houston: TMC Turnaround?

https://www.xconomy.com/texas/2017/06/30/texas-medical-center-leadership-turmoil-here-are-the-latest-moves/ Memorial Hermann Health System's installing a new CEO; their recent one lasted 13 months. The Texas Medical Center CEO departed in March to move to U. of Arizona. August 31st was the last day ...
by I45Tex
14 Nov 2017 17:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18129

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

As for the part beyond fiscal health, though... ...I still disagree about how they ranked Austin's culture so high. These days, the only difference in culture between Dallas and Austin is that people in Austin just constantly rag on Dallas and sometimes Houston. It's not very true, what you're sayin...
by I45Tex
06 Nov 2017 11:26
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 88
Views: 6180

Re: DFW Airport

https://airlinegeeks.com/2017/11/04/eti ... -airlines/

Service to Abu Dhabi will discontinue in March.
by I45Tex
03 Nov 2017 13:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18129

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

There aren't a lot of places where a nineteen-year-old can get a hearing in corporate America. Talented tinkerers are much less scarce here than the supply of white-collars willing to go to bat for them. At the turn of the century, the people who wanted the space to test the newest tools -- tools wh...
by I45Tex
24 Oct 2017 11:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18129

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Rather than look at tech labor pool capacity, Bezos' or his lieutenants' prerogatives, real estate relationships, or the offered incentive amounts, I would be weighing what kind of company they want to become. Different cities instill different values. Austin may be past its intriguing prime, but I ...
by I45Tex
23 Sep 2017 20:29
Forum: U.S. + World City Issues/News
Topic: Mega-Regional Prosperity
Replies: 0
Views: 148

Mega-Regional Prosperity

In City Issues, Cord1936 shared the BEA's metro GDP press release this Wednesday. http://dfwu.dallasmetropolis.com/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=123&start=100#p7713 I notice that of the top fifty metropolitan statistical areas, 19 are in the Sunbelt South. Five are large: DFW = $ 511.6 billion/yr D.C....
by I45Tex
18 Sep 2017 18:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18129

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Harvard owns 110 acres at Beacon Park Yard and AMZN would be just the thing to tie together the T's red and green lines. But the 30th St. Station District (88ac.) plus adjacent Schuylkill Yards (14ac.) give Philly much better immediate centrality in transportation and urban living, if Philly goes wi...
by I45Tex
08 Sep 2017 04:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18129

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I've seen Toronto mentioned on other sites, and while HQ2 is too large for East Bayfront it could get its initial turnkey half million square feet there and then turn the corner into the Port Lands. Islands, beaches, marinas ... though their LRT hasn't reached the Cherry St streetcar yet, as far as ...
by I45Tex
07 Sep 2017 11:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18129

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

We have 82,000 employed in information; Chicago has 84,500.

https://www.bls.gov/eag/eag.tx_dallas_msa.htm
https://www.bls.gov/regions/midwest/il_chicago_msa.htm

Anyway, maybe we should back Mark Cuban and his 175+ acres a couple miles due south of City Hall.
by I45Tex
30 Aug 2017 01:18
Forum: Texas Town + City Issues/News
Topic: Hurricane Harvey
Replies: 28
Views: 1012

Re: DFW Economy

And that would be bad, because as long as business continues as usual, places that didn't even flood this time will flood at less precipitation next time as the prairie further upstream continues to get paved over. Before they bounce back they need to get real. The reason they can make a profit and ...
by I45Tex
29 Aug 2017 13:43
Forum: Texas Town + City Issues/News
Topic: Hurricane Harvey
Replies: 28
Views: 1012

Re: DFW Economy

October 1994 October 1998 June 2001 September 2008 May 2015 April 2016 August 2017 Major Houston floods just since I've lived there. Places that were designed not to flood now flood because of thirty miles of miraculously cheap housing upstream hyped by "opportunity urbanism" boosters, che...
by I45Tex
10 Aug 2017 10:49
Forum: Texas Urban/Suburban/Exurban Development
Topic: San Antonio: Frost Tower
Replies: 3
Views: 714

Re: San Antonio: Frost Tower

The elevator core is rising now: https://app.oxblue.com/open/KDC/frostbank Counting rooftop antennae it will be the tenth tallest building in South Texas. SA - Tower of the Americas - 729' SA - Marriott RiverCenter - 546' SA - Tower Life - 504' SA - Weston Centre - 444' CC - Shoreline Plaza South - ...
by I45Tex
09 Aug 2017 11:08
Forum: Texas Urban/Suburban/Exurban Development
Topic: Austin's proposed tallest (in 4 yrs)
Replies: 2
Views: 191

Austin's proposed tallest (in 4 yrs)

Been seeing features online about 600 Guadalupe (downtown block bounded by 6th, Guadalupe, 7th, and San Antonio). Initial proposal has ground floor retail with 500Ksf office below 300+ luxury apartments, but if they increase either component then the floor count could increase from 62 into the "...
by I45Tex
06 Aug 2017 08:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 164
Views: 16250

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Occupiable shell space is one possibility, allowing owners to invest further to partition and customize when they choose:

https://thespaces.com/2017/04/26/naked-house-offers-ultra-minimal-london-homes-for-as-little-as-150k/
by I45Tex
11 Jul 2017 06:08
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Issues/News
Topic: What is a suburb today?
Replies: 45
Views: 4353

Re: What is a suburb today?

... the most desirable of anything is almost always also the most expensive. The anecdote of roommates in a closet-sized apartment has been well known for along time regarding living in Manhattan, San Francisco etc. It's crazy expensive to live there because it's crazy nice to live there. http://ww...
by I45Tex
08 Jul 2017 05:38
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 106
Views: 9960

Re: DFW Economy

I can't resist posting this old excerpt: "Dallas is the City on the Hill of American business. Businessmen built the city and they have always run it. Of all the neat, middle-aged men in blue wool suits driving boxy American cars to glass office buildings off the Dallas Toll Road, Ross Perot is...
by I45Tex
07 Jul 2017 10:37
Forum: U.S. + World City Issues/News
Topic: LA's new tallest, The Wilshire Grand
Replies: 9
Views: 766

Re: LA's new tallest, The Wilshire Grand

This coming year is likely to see a veritable Top Ten of new tallests arriving at their final heights: 1121' - Philadelphia - Comcast Technology Center 1099' - Los Angeles - Wilshire Grand Center 1070' - San Francisco - Salesforce Tower 918' - Monterrey - Torre KOI 900' - Jersey City - 99 Hudson St....
by I45Tex
04 Jul 2017 20:58
Forum: U.S. + World City Issues/News
Topic: LA's new tallest, The Wilshire Grand
Replies: 9
Views: 766

Re: LA's new tallest, The Wilshire Grand

Since no one's responded to my substantive posts lately, I'll throw in some trivia. Wilshire Grand's spire has a purpose, yet it was not really to beat LA's existing tallest, but to ward off The Bay's new tallest. The new one in SF specifically has a 100-foot tiara to make it "officially" ...
by I45Tex
29 Jun 2017 16:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: 2711 N. Haskell
Replies: 3
Views: 654

Cityplace East: 2711 N. Haskell

http://www.dallascad.org/AcctDetailCom.aspx?ID=00C7713000TOWER00 http://www.datumengineers.com/assets/files/Garage%20Book.pdf http://www.datumengineers.com/assets/files/Parking-Structures.pdf The last link states, for Cityplace, "6, 7 & 9 Levels 9,000 Cars 2,500,000 Sq. Ft. Post-Tensioned ...
by I45Tex
29 Jun 2017 10:19
Forum: U.S. + World City Issues/News
Topic: LA's new tallest, The Wilshire Grand
Replies: 9
Views: 766

Re: LA's new tallest, The Wilshire Grand

I got tired of the sneaky, "well technically it reaches a higher architectural height" and "no, antennas aren't allowed to count as spires" garbage ten or fifteen years ago and built my own database that's like a topographic map, but for highrise architecture. You can choose a to...
by I45Tex
28 Jun 2017 06:21
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 106
Views: 9960

Re: DFW Economy

All sorts of inner and outer causes can slowly or suddenly affect how long a growth wave rises before it plateaus or moves elsewhere. What you are left with then gets you through (if you're lucky and prepared to be agile) until something else gives the curve its next upward kick or nudge. I hope we ...
by I45Tex
28 Jun 2017 03:50
Forum: Texas Town + City Issues/News
Topic: Oil industry - Texas "tea"
Replies: 26
Views: 1309

Re: Oil industry - Texas "tea"

If you think the Middle East is a mess now, just wait till we knock its economy out from under it?
by I45Tex
16 Jun 2017 07:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: New Hotel at Hall and Oak Grove
Replies: 28
Views: 4131

Re: Uptown Dallas: New Hotel at Hall and Oak Grove

Flyswatter's link now has a rendering of 2934 N Hall condo infill. It has six floors.
by I45Tex
31 May 2017 07:00
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 296
Views: 24254

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Quite close, if this determination's projected dates are still good:

https://oeaaa.faa.gov/oeaaa/external/se ... 161&row=10
by I45Tex
18 May 2017 04:09
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 296
Views: 24254

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Several Metrorail stations in the DC/MD/VA system are surrounded by nothing but private residential property. Sure it's three- and four-floor townhomes, and those people will find it convenient, which is better than nothing; but it amounts to substantially wasting your shot. It doesn't have a signif...
by I45Tex
12 May 2017 10:12
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 106
Views: 9960

Re: DFW Economy

Good new release yesterday: https://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/regional/gdp_state/qgsp_newsrelease.htm Texas' fourth quarter 2016 GDP growth was good, although the whole Southern half of the country west of Atlanta and east of Phoenix was quite low for the year. The BEA will not release 2016 GDP growt...
by I45Tex
27 Apr 2017 16:57
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 88
Views: 6180

Re: DFW Airport

I was hoping someone could link me to an analysis (that must exist somewhere) like this one, which I've since found for LAX: http://www.scag.ca.gov/Documents/AnalysisOfAirportCapacityConstraints.pdf My source for that claim was page 10 of this file: https://www.faa.gov/airports/planning_capacity/pro...
by I45Tex
27 Apr 2017 15:30
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 88
Views: 6180

Re: DFW Airport

I stay out of the airports conversations, but I have been wondering lately what the maximum passenger capacity of DFW will be. I know there must be a lot of variables, including: air traffic control spacing taxiway and runway infrastructure for aircraft movements terminal capacity noise control regi...
by I45Tex
25 Apr 2017 03:25
Forum: Site Issues + Feedback
Topic: Site UI, UX and formatting
Replies: 14
Views: 1577

Re: Site UI, UX and formatting

So I used the insert URL option in the Full Editor, and all I got was a lousy t-shirt (and two bracketed plaintext URL tags on either side of a non-working link). Can we get a button for HREF tags, or are they somewhere that I haven't noticed?
by I45Tex
25 Apr 2017 03:19
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 171
Views: 12624

Re: Legacy West

According to [url]factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/PEP/2016/GCTPEPANNR.US23PR[/url] the Dallas-Plano-Irving Metropolitan Division is 4.8 million and the remainder is 2.4 million, so I don't think Fort Worth can really shift the center of mass of that talent ecosystem.
by I45Tex
17 Apr 2017 14:37
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction
Replies: 69
Views: 4512

Re: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction

If you take a shortcut on DNT etc. then the NTTA references your plates to an address and sends you the bill. Never thought I was suggesting a "road wall" around the city centers; but why not charge different rates for different demand elasticities? If you want to encourage central job gro...
by I45Tex
12 Apr 2017 01:02
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction
Replies: 69
Views: 4512

Re: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction

Well, similarly, don't take this as mansplaining, but when you weigh in, please communicate equally constructively or don't bother. It won't bother me to be told no. Sure, a lot of different moving parts went into those sketches, but we can have a conversation about them. We can even use expressway ...
by I45Tex
11 Apr 2017 16:34
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction
Replies: 69
Views: 4512

Re: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction

I wonder whether we couldn't build a constituency for funding a better alignment of Interstate 30 (first phase to I-35; second to I-32; and third to I-20) by going ahead and fully tolling the existing I-30 as follows in orange. fullsizeoutput_319.jpeg If that happened, then I-45's signed route would...
by I45Tex
29 Mar 2017 11:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oaklawn: Old Parkland
Replies: 13
Views: 1296

Re: Oaklawn: Old Parkland

This kind of debate is actually not about taste or tackiness or design fluency; architecture itself merely inherited the debate from the rest of the humanities, so it may not even be soluble within the precinct of Architecture. The early modern ideal of constant historical progress came from a varie...
by I45Tex
27 Mar 2017 15:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt
Replies: 119
Views: 10117

Re: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt

A supertall does not need to be millions of sq ft to be over 1,000 ft. There are a number of ways to do it. -having smaller floor plates with a great number of floors -having higher height per floor -spire or crown Many of the largest commercial office buildings (by sq ft) are NOT supertall buildin...
by I45Tex
26 Mar 2017 17:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown: Adolphus Tower
Replies: 16
Views: 1612

Re: Downtown: Adolphus Tower

Saint Louis architect Preston Bradshaw's Baker Hotel is the hipped-roof brown one peeking out. That's where Whitacre Tower is now. To the foreground is George Dahl's Southwestern Life Building, southeast corner of Akard and Main, where Pegasus Plaza lies now.
by I45Tex
26 Mar 2017 11:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt
Replies: 119
Views: 10117

Re: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt

Without the benefits of an advanced modeling engine, I did a range of quick Trimble SketchUp experiments and found that the diagrid does become more appealing if you subliminally relax the equilateral triangle into an isosceles by a few percent as the cylinder rises. What percentage looks most propo...
by I45Tex
25 Mar 2017 15:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt
Replies: 119
Views: 10117

Re: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt

That would be a billion dollar bet on an area without the same perks as other supertalls west of the Mississippi. SF's new one is at a new $4.5 billion commuter hub, for instance. LA's is on their convention center corridor street, one block away from their three-level underground transit hub. The 4...
by I45Tex
25 Mar 2017 04:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt
Replies: 119
Views: 10117

Re: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt

I generally respect architecture that required more thought going into it, but I get the desire for a classically restrained modernist thing. Elegance in that your piece of flair is your lack of pieces of flair. Hopefully the ground plane will be good. The tiara works better than the one on Dallas' ...
by I45Tex
23 Mar 2017 11:52
Forum: Texas Urban/Suburban/Exurban Development
Topic: July 1, 2016 Census Bureau estimates release
Replies: 3
Views: 437

Re: July 1, 2016 Census Bureau estimates release

;)

Total chg 4/10-7/16 for Texas Triangle metros

Gtr. Houston +852K
the Metroplex +807K
Austin-Ro.Ro. +340K
SA-New Braunfels +287K
Killeen-Temple +31K
Bryan-C.S. +26K
Waco +12K
by I45Tex
23 Mar 2017 11:23
Forum: Texas Urban/Suburban/Exurban Development
Topic: July 1, 2016 Census Bureau estimates release
Replies: 3
Views: 437

Re: July 1, 2016 Census Bureau estimates release

Top MSAs for domestic migration 2015-2016:

+60.2 DFW
+51.4 PHX
+46.7 TPA
+36.6 ATL
+33.4 AUS
+31.7 CLT
+30.8 SEA
+29.4 ORL
+28.1 HOU
+27.7 LAS
+24.8 SAT
+24.1 PDX
+20.8 BNA
+20.4 DEN
by I45Tex
23 Mar 2017 11:18
Forum: Texas Urban/Suburban/Exurban Development
Topic: July 1, 2016 Census Bureau estimates release
Replies: 3
Views: 437

July 1, 2016 Census Bureau estimates release

https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=PEP_2016_GCTPEPTCOM.US24&prodType=table Released this morning. DFW metropolitan statistical area passed Houston in '15-'16 to be first in the nation once again for net domestic migration, as it was before the shale...
by I45Tex
09 Mar 2017 16:04
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 171
Views: 12624

Re: Legacy West

http://www.datacenterdynamics.com/content-tracks/colo-cloud/why-data-centers-are-heading-for-dallas/97180.article In the twelve months covering Q4 2015 through Q3 2016, datacenterhawk David Liggitt estimated the Metroplex data center market grew "from 252MW to 275MW of commissioned power,"...
by I45Tex
09 Mar 2017 11:58
Forum: Opolis Blueprints
Topic: Mansfield + Midlothian
Replies: 8
Views: 1047

Re: Mansfield + Midlothian

Factoid I found out: if you add the 7/1/2015 estimated populations of Dallas and its three surrounded towns, they are the same population as A/FW plus their sixteen surrounded towns. Which means when new 7/1/16 ests come out, FW+A > D (granted, D occupies only 70% of their land area)...
by I45Tex
09 Mar 2017 10:05
Forum: Opolis Blueprints
Topic: Mansfield + Midlothian
Replies: 8
Views: 1047

Re: Mansfield + Midlothian

To recognize both of your excellent points, I've taken time to make a little illustration for us all. I used the latest GIS maps online for the extraterritorial jurisdictions (ETJs) of Burleson, Fort Worth, Grand Prairie, Mansfield, Midlothian, and Waxahachie, and roughly transcribed them here. Red...
by I45Tex
05 Mar 2017 08:40
Forum: Opolis Blueprints
Topic: Mansfield + Midlothian
Replies: 8
Views: 1047

Mansfield + Midlothian

The first of the Census Bureau's July 2016 metro/micro/county-level (and I think possibly city-level) population estimates should come out within the next three weeks. I fully expect the Metroplex will re-pass Greater Houston as the largest net domestic migration gaining U.S. metro since the 2010 Ce...

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