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by I45Tex
02 Apr 2018 12:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 669
Views: 62605

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: 669
Views: 62605

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: 669
Views: 62605

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: 669
Views: 62605

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: 3543

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-...
by I45Tex
16 Mar 2018 16:23
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco: The Star
Replies: 25
Views: 3682

Re: Frisco: The Star

In the days of EDS and Frito-Lay and blue wool suits, I guess Plano could get away with being a fresh but somewhat boring brand. Lately with infrastructure beginning to age, more stylish housing stock further north, a growing airport owned by county seat McKinney, and a municipal name that resembles...
by I45Tex
16 Mar 2018 13:39
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Pipes et cetera
Replies: 3
Views: 349

Re: Pipes et cetera

https://www.uptexas.org/Government/Public-Works/Construction-Projects “Blastco installed scaffolding and is placing a shroud around the entire tank to enclose the work area.” From now till end of May they’ll be repairing inside and external problems with the tank and then repainting it. They will no...
by I45Tex
16 Mar 2018 13:36
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: eSports Stadium Arlington
Replies: 6
Views: 226

Re: eSports Stadium Arlington

So what is the mechanism for times when a project needs to be discussed in two complementary perspectives, for instance a public park that’s supposed to foster urban economic growth? How would threading work there? I’m thinking of the Oak Cliff Deck Park in that example, but also here’s a link to ye...
by I45Tex
16 Mar 2018 01:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 669
Views: 62605

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

PS: numbers from the population area pane on the very enjoyable and free-as-advertised www.freemaptools.com
by I45Tex
16 Mar 2018 01:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 669
Views: 62605

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Not intending to pile on, here, but even if such passenger pipes were operational and people felt like packing into coffins to just get it over with and be somewhere (I mean, I guess, that is the logical conclusion of what we thrifty passengers have gotten airlines to do), guess what? The radius fro...
by I45Tex
15 Mar 2018 22:20
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: eSports Stadium Arlington
Replies: 6
Views: 226

eSports Stadium Arlington

Converting old Convention Center — thoughts, folks?

https://www.guidelive.com/video-games/2 ... st-stadium
by I45Tex
15 Mar 2018 12:34
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Pipes et cetera
Replies: 3
Views: 349

Re: Pipes et cetera

PS -- the beautiful facility being rebuilt

Metroplex NW Highway Rebuild.png


:shock:
by I45Tex
15 Mar 2018 11:22
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Flower Mound: Lakeside Tower (15 floors/48 units)
Replies: 5
Views: 1053

Re: Flower Mound: Lakeside Tower (15 floors/48 units)

Thank you, Alex. Nice to hear that.
by I45Tex
14 Mar 2018 06:11
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Flower Mound: Lakeside Tower (15 floors/48 units)
Replies: 5
Views: 1053

Re: Flower Mound: Lakeside Tower (15 floors/48 units)

Last I checked were only 6 units left unsold within the top ten floors of tower, which per website seems to now be 16 floors. Has it topped out yet?
by I45Tex
13 Mar 2018 18:15
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco: The Star
Replies: 25
Views: 3682

Re: Frisco: The Star

Blue Star Land has filed plans with Frisco — three more office buildings at The Star, say DBJ and DMN, 7 to 12 stories tall.
Believe it or not, they’re not for Amazon.

https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news ... risco.html
by I45Tex
09 Mar 2018 11:58
Forum: U.S. + World Urban Development
Topic: New York City: U-Shaped Skyscraper
Replies: 2
Views: 877

Re: New York City: U-Shaped Skyscraper

If you are interested in U-shaped skyscrapers, you'll probably be interested by this:

http://www.ctbuh.org/TallBuildings/Acad ... fault.aspx
by I45Tex
06 Mar 2018 18:42
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Pipes et cetera
Replies: 3
Views: 349

Pipes et cetera

Has there been anything on here lately about rebuilding the crazy water tower in University Park? (right between 3521 and 3533 Northwest Parkway, on Northwest Hwy) Driving by, I also liked the cool chimney on 3601 Northwest Parkway (1963) nearby. Oh, and lots of work just north in Dallas around Walc...
by I45Tex
05 Mar 2018 13:11
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 140
Views: 7653

Re: I-345

Also, you're freeing up space for 10,000 or whatever lower-VMT residents as opposed to the counterfactual where those units are built further out, in places requiring more driving. CityMAP does indicate that traffic will be transferred from highways to local streets, and you are correct that local ...
by I45Tex
22 Feb 2018 18:58
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 141
Views: 16937

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

Well you were right; the second link I had was Project c3po...
by I45Tex
22 Feb 2018 11:54
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 141
Views: 16937

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

Oh I see, you mean the early 2014 one:

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/dallas- ... ooking-for
by I45Tex
22 Feb 2018 11:52
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 141
Views: 16937

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

Timing seems a little off, but it’s a good suggestion for sure.

Project Wall-E hit executive sessions in late 2011 dwindled away in 2012 whereas this Panasonic decision came in 2014:

https://www.denverpost.com/2014/12/18/p ... otropolis/
by I45Tex
17 Feb 2018 16:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 669
Views: 62605

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

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by I45Tex
17 Feb 2018 00:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 669
Views: 62605

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I don’t think we’ve satisfactorily established that this matter of Tier 1 / R1 pipeline (with or without grade inflation on the definition in the years since 1994*) even matters for cities’ real value proposition to AMZN. Especially when compared to the myriad cultural opportunities to get Amazon em...
by I45Tex
12 Feb 2018 11:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD Riverfront Project
Replies: 39
Views: 3805

Re: DTD Riverfront Project

Fortunately there is an opportunity now for us to treat the homeless with respect —

https://candysdirt.com/2017/12/20/mehrd ... side-pics/
by I45Tex
10 Feb 2018 16:23
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Collin Creek Mall
Replies: 22
Views: 2929

Re: Collin Creek Mall

Think they beat you to that suburbia phase three tagline already:

http://www.gatewayplanning.com/radiate/ ... .20.17.pdf
by I45Tex
08 Feb 2018 00:30
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Melissa: misc. developments
Replies: 3
Views: 259

Re: Melissa: misc. developments

Well, it’s passed up Celina and has its sights on Anna’s back, now, dude. At only a 24-mile commute to The Star, by the time that commute becomes utterly intolerable it’ll hope to have landed its own office parks to compensate. Of course the neighborhoods will be looking a bit drab next to the newes...
by I45Tex
19 Jan 2018 17:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 669
Views: 62605

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

One person on the Houston forum said today, “Amazon knows that by including Indy and Columbus, Indiana and Ohio will go all-out on incentives, which they can then leverage over more desirable locations that aren't as likely to play the incentive game (NYC, DC, Boston, LA, Denver, etc.).”
by I45Tex
19 Jan 2018 15:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 669
Views: 62605

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

tamtagon said we in DFW have all the same creativity, it’s just not as obvious/concentrated Matt said Austinites are pretentious in a different way than Dallasites, but pretentious nonetheless. DPatel said, “A lot of my friends there grew up in DFW, and I see how differently they act in Austin versu...
by I45Tex
15 Jan 2018 18:51
Forum: Texas Urban/Suburban/Exurban Development
Topic: Austin's proposed tallest (in 4 yrs)
Replies: 4
Views: 647

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

Update - the developers asked the FAA for 847’ feet above grade. A study is being conducted since anything above 499’ would be an obstruction to air navigation under the Code of Federal Regulations Section 77.17 (a) (1) https://oeaaa.faa.gov/oeaaa/external/searchAction.jsp?action=displayOECase&o...
by I45Tex
28 Nov 2017 13:03
Forum: U.S. + World City Issues/News
Topic: LA's new tallest, The Wilshire Grand
Replies: 10
Views: 1949

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
27 Nov 2017 22:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)
Replies: 117
Views: 18611

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

https://oeaaa.faa.gov/oeaaa/external/searchAction.jsp?action=displayOECase&oeCaseID=253384488&row=2 https://oeaaa.faa.gov/oeaaa/external/public/publicAction.jsp?action=showDashTwoForm&suppCaseNoticeID=327561271 It appears their crane’s airspace obstruction permit finally expired in Febru...
by I45Tex
16 Nov 2017 15:44
Forum: Texas Town + City Issues/News
Topic: Houston: TMC Turnaround?
Replies: 0
Views: 465

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: 669
Views: 62605

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: 107
Views: 13814

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: 669
Views: 62605

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: 669
Views: 62605

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: 370

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: 669
Views: 62605

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: 669
Views: 62605

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: 669
Views: 62605

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: 2014

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: 2014

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: 1207

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: 4
Views: 647

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: 240
Views: 33671

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: 8289

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: 119
Views: 15947

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: 10
Views: 1949

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: 10
Views: 1949

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" ...

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