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by tamtagon
15 Nov 2018 12:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 926
Views: 129303

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

^State funding, aka bedrock funding, facing actual reductions has not increased much since the recession, some cases not keeping up with inflation and/or enrollment https://www.texastribune.org/2017/07/27/texas-universities-forced-trim-their-budgets-even-big-state-cuts-avert/ ...though general state...
by tamtagon
15 Nov 2018 10:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 926
Views: 129303

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

From a sheer bodies perspective, DFW already has the most imbalanced tech jobs added to tech degrees conferred ratio in the country. Meaning, we don't produce enough home-grown tech grads to fill existing demand, even without Amazon. And again, bodies aren't the relevant metric, it's top-end talent...
by tamtagon
14 Nov 2018 12:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 926
Views: 129303

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Skybridges are kinda weird, but wouldn't it be something if there's another anchor tenant queued up to get this deal going! Like, that Amazon cavalcade took all the air in the room for a while, so maybe the patient smaller others will find their way into the next addition to the skyline.
by tamtagon
13 Nov 2018 12:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 926
Views: 129303

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I wanted HQ2 in Dallas so bad at first despite the reek competitive corporate welfare incentives perverting a "free market." Now I happy this didn't happen in Dallas since now the city will have a chance at the next incarnation of building a workplace into a city. Whatever
by tamtagon
13 Nov 2018 11:31
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Fair Park
Replies: 65
Views: 10465

Re: Fair Park

^haha With the festival at Fair Park, the Dallas Pride festival will probably attract more visitors than any other in the South. If visibility is one of the goals, this move is the right action regardless of where the parade happens. After a couple years, I would imagine the Cotton Bowl will be used...
by tamtagon
13 Nov 2018 11:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 926
Views: 129303

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Is Alphabet still scouting for another big base of operation? The three sites most interesting to Amazon are three sites that seem of particular interest to the energy industry, pulling Dallas and Houston closer together than ever before - if that train gets on track.
by tamtagon
11 Nov 2018 14:39
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco: China Lesso Group Mixed-Use Development
Replies: 13
Views: 810

Re: Frisco: China Lesso Group Mixed-Use Development

During the next century, the well-being of Collin and Denton County residents is directly related to urban growth boundaries established before too much longer. Development rule of thumb north of Hwy 380, if the land drains to Lake Lewisville keep it rural, if the land drains to Lavon build it out.
by tamtagon
10 Nov 2018 22:22
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco: China Lesso Group Mixed-Use Development
Replies: 13
Views: 810

Re: Frisco: China Lesso Group Mixed-Use Development

Looks great from above, and seems to be better from ground level! There's so much going on in Collin County, even I'm surprise. These pictures really make me think about what will happen with NorthPark when that mall enters the 21st century when the recurrent open air, mixed use, live-work-play, off...
by tamtagon
09 Nov 2018 12:52
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 212
Views: 34905

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

How many employees would that be? Any indication? There's already 2-3,000(?) in Las Colinas, so maybe if the corporate HQ is joining the U.S. Pharmaceutical Group, it'll only be a couple hundred more. From 2017: https://www.dallasnews.com/business/health-care/2017/04/05/new-irving-campus-healthcare...
by tamtagon
09 Nov 2018 12:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 926
Views: 129303

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Atlanta is probably more cityfied... from the state capitol, Georgia State University, to Georgia Tech and up to Buckhead, Peachtree Street delivers a contiguous city that's pretty impressive. Pretty too.
by tamtagon
09 Nov 2018 12:16
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 717
Views: 115042

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Live by the airport for quick access to the rest of the world, work in Downtown Dallas because it's where people want to work...? j/k
by tamtagon
09 Nov 2018 12:14
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 212
Views: 34905

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

OMG, OMFG

McKesson has been a very highly regarded company for decades, quietly and without much publicity. This would be gigantic for North Texas. Oh, maybe it'll be a second HQ. :)
by tamtagon
09 Nov 2018 12:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 454
Views: 72324

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Maybe it's expandable
by tamtagon
09 Nov 2018 07:41
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Arlington: I-30/TX 360 interchange redo
Replies: 3
Views: 166

Re: Arlington: I-30/TX 360 interchange redo

...well, the fans might still show up for the home games, but when are the Cowboys going to show up?
by tamtagon
07 Nov 2018 12:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 455
Views: 66802

Re: Victory Park 3.0

^remember when Azure was the biggest deal and biggest gamble to happen in years?!?!

Quite the turn-around Big D, you're finally back on track. Get something done to dramatically reduce regional air pollution, and we're looking at the next Alpha city.
by tamtagon
07 Nov 2018 12:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 454
Views: 72324

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

^I lived in (what once again is called) Peak's Suburban Addition when that attempt to revamp the Peak-Haskell Corridor was falling into oblivion. The transportation deal never seems to gain enough traction.... in biggest part because the peak-commuter destination has not drawn enough traffic to stay...
by tamtagon
07 Nov 2018 11:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 454
Views: 72324

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

The right zoning would allow tens of thousands more people to live in East Dallas, while allowing "Deep Ellum" to evolve into a hemispheric entertainment destination.
by tamtagon
07 Nov 2018 11:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 454
Views: 72324

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Peak-Haskell should have been a transportation priority a decade ago, and now it's edging toward the critical point -- should the neighborhood be protected from ridiculously inadequate peak commuter infrastructure. Central and I-30 are the clear feeders to the the potent employment and educational c...
by tamtagon
07 Nov 2018 11:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 455
Views: 66802

Re: Victory Park 3.0

That office building was too small; the two or three office components to join VP in the future will be along the scale of the legacy towers of the 80s. Harwood will throw up at least one office tower on that scale, but has the land, flexibility and perception to continue medium scale and expensive.
by tamtagon
05 Nov 2018 19:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 11 (The Forum)
Replies: 73
Views: 9957

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

That's nice, but I wont have the sense of release until there's on over a thousand feet.
by tamtagon
05 Nov 2018 16:05
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 197
Views: 25701

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

^How long does it take to get from Cityplace to the CC? Reaching at least a few stations up the line, that's pretty much how the light rail should work. A 30 minute train ride into town from your neighborhood park-n-ride is totally acceptable, longer than that and driving is an easier option. It'll ...
by tamtagon
04 Nov 2018 15:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 926
Views: 129303

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

So, that's where it'll go, wrapped around the SE quardrant of downtown Dallas. DMN-Smart District. I knew there had to be a reason KDC was involved in the DMN transaction.
by tamtagon
03 Nov 2018 11:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 455
Views: 66802

Re: Victory Park 3.0

It's inevitable that a 'convention trade' hotel finds its way somewhere in VP near the stadium, I'm only wondering when. Something along the lines of The Anatole with as much meeting & exhibition space extending use of the arena. The constantly refreshed presence of 800-1,000 super heavy consume...
by tamtagon
02 Nov 2018 12:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum Tower
Replies: 162
Views: 27659

Re: Museum Tower

It's an issue from the same bag of issues that included the Trinity River Tolled Highway, Humann 'Non-profit' operating Fair Park.
by tamtagon
01 Nov 2018 08:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Fort Worth: Panther Island
Replies: 6
Views: 1146

Re: Fort Worth: Panther Island

!!Granger Danger!!
!!Granger Danger!!
by tamtagon
31 Oct 2018 10:45
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 212
Views: 34905

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

I'd love to see more national retail companies move into downtown!
by tamtagon
30 Oct 2018 06:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 508 Young Street (old Dallas Morning News building)
Replies: 11
Views: 1784

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

I think Hunt's own that land now... like, around the time Hunt got control of Union Station, or shortly after that, they swapped Lot E by the convention center for the former Reunion Arena land. I think the city still owns Lot E, or it may have be gifted to Matthews Southwest or Texas Central Railro...
by tamtagon
26 Oct 2018 11:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 109
Views: 15840

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Hopefully, after this is wrapped up, Field@Ross@Griffin will be the next project.
by tamtagon
24 Oct 2018 07:01
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 249
Views: 29594

Re: DART D2 Subway

The creative writing spicing up this debate is kinda fun and gratifying to see disagreements peppered mostly with wit and pith rather than battery acid. Maybe since the Dallas V. Houston fights don't really happen much anymore, there's not a whole lot of vitriol and hubris to seem into other hot top...
by tamtagon
22 Oct 2018 17:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Ross Tower / 500 N. Akard
Replies: 25
Views: 4462

Re: Ross Tower / 500 N. Akard

Sweet! Was it GoldmanSachs that consolidated North Texas operations to Uptown/Arts District, instead of taking one of the suburban miracle slots? Now Willis Towers Watson picks the city. Looks like we're going to see just how much can squeeze into downtown. The Amazon cavalcade has pulled together s...
by tamtagon
20 Oct 2018 10:44
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 309
Views: 47242

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

...But when discussing transportation issues around this state, it's best to use the existing laws as the foundation of the discussion of what is legally possible. I cannot disagree, the existing laws certainly determine what can be built today; the discussion of what is possible, however, cannot t...
by tamtagon
19 Oct 2018 12:13
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park
Replies: 79
Views: 10852

Re: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park

This should be a nice visitor center, but the full blown, world class Big D Visitor Center and Extravaganza will come with the I-30 deck park, HSR Station, Convention Center and Ferris Wheel.
by tamtagon
19 Oct 2018 11:32
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park
Replies: 79
Views: 10852

Re: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park

dfwcre8tive hit the nail on the head with a gondola from the visitor center to the nature and science museum (and all the way to the AAC train stations).

It's as much of an attraction as a Ferris Wheel.
by tamtagon
19 Oct 2018 11:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Central Market at McKinney and Lemmon
Replies: 97
Views: 19809

Re: Uptown Dallas: Central Market at McKinney and Lemmon

^hahahaha

I really hope the corporate offices of Central Market move into this office building in preparation to expand the brand through out North America and the Internet. Maybe the HEB Grocery expansion into North Texas can be coordianted in the office on Stemmons.
by tamtagon
19 Oct 2018 11:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Turtle Creek : 2999 Turtle Creek Blvd
Replies: 14
Views: 2360

Re: Turtle Creek : 2999 Turtle Creek Blvd

That's money for you -- when built, this had little chance of lasting for long, but having the nicest office in the nicest part of town for the last several years of a real estate career more than paid off.
by tamtagon
19 Oct 2018 08:10
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park
Replies: 79
Views: 10852

Re: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park

THIS will be the most luxurious parking garage in Texas!!!
by tamtagon
19 Oct 2018 08:03
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 161
Views: 28646

Re: DFW Airport

^that's good to hear, in the last decade I've been to five airports so my personal consideration set is inadequate. As an emerging global portal, the experiences, services and accommodations available to travelers passing through DFW Airport needs to compare favorably to airports around the world. T...
by tamtagon
18 Oct 2018 11:51
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 309
Views: 47242

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

I think it all boils down to age-old rural versus urban politics, regardless of what the actual law may or may not say. Grimes county politicos thinly veiled their opposition to HSR tracks as an assault on property rights, building arguments that there's no local benefit and only localized damage fr...
by tamtagon
18 Oct 2018 10:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Smart District
Replies: 81
Views: 15878

Re: Dallas Smart District

I know for Dallas and Atlanta, the HQ2 process has at least put the spotlight on near-ready downtown masterplans to land a one of the big corporate relocations or consolidations scouting around the country. The promise in Dallas is substantial with so much passenger rail expansion, D2 & HSR. The...
by tamtagon
18 Oct 2018 08:53
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 161
Views: 28646

Re: DFW Airport

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/dfw-airport/2018/10/18/new-lounges-dfw-airport-cater-types-fliers New lounges at DFW Airport cater to all types of fliers by Conor Shine ...While airlines like American are investing millions of dollars upgrading their lounges with an eye toward catering to the mo...
by tamtagon
16 Oct 2018 07:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 338
Views: 57204

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

... It's a shame to say that, but this developer hasn't shown any reason to believe their word. They haven't been honest about their struggles, insisting all along this year that they would get the project completed on time. If Drever isn't given the extension, it almost certainly forces another sa...
by tamtagon
15 Oct 2018 12:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Central Market at McKinney and Lemmon
Replies: 97
Views: 19809

Re: Uptown Dallas: Central Market at McKinney and Lemmon

Any chance HEB is coming up with a new Central Market concept store for this site? I don't remember how long HEB circled around Houston before moving into the market, but for some reason it seems like the move into North Texas is taking longer.
by tamtagon
15 Oct 2018 12:09
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 294
Views: 45405

Re: Legacy West

How much will the owner of the Legacy developments contribute to this? Actually, the owner should pay for most of the constructions, Shops of Legacy and Legacy West are both single owner, and the same owner, right? There's one and only one corporation lined up to benefit from a deck park, so the cit...
by tamtagon
15 Oct 2018 10:58
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 294
Views: 45405

Re: Legacy West

Kindof a weird park, with a huge road running through the middle, I'm not so sure about that. Hopefully more than two park-nubs on either side of the thoroughfare what's being proposed.
by tamtagon
14 Oct 2018 14:05
Forum: Texas Town + City Issues/News
Topic: Hurricane Harvey
Replies: 37
Views: 5277

Re: Hurricane Harvey

I've always wondered if there's public-private project potential in a structure outside and mirroring the levees. Levee side of the structure would set a moisture barrier 30 feet below and 30 feet above ground level while the north side of the structure is habitable for whatever purpose adjacent Des...
by tamtagon
14 Oct 2018 11:23
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Columbia/Main Complete Streets
Replies: 6
Views: 387

Re: Columbia/Main Complete Streets

Tam, sometimes I wonder if you're just trolling to get attention. haha the hyperbole is a reaction to the notion that a complete street application is silliness screwing up the thoroughfares in East Dallas. Exactly "which" suburbanites drive down Columbia to get to work? ... 99% of the co...
by tamtagon
14 Oct 2018 10:57
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Greater DFW-area trails
Replies: 8
Views: 799

Re: Greater DFW-area trails

I'd love to see permaculture design applied to the whole trail system. While Trinity River flash floods are a particularly daunting challenge, the end result would be the best case scenario.
by tamtagon
13 Oct 2018 11:28
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Columbia/Main Complete Streets
Replies: 6
Views: 387

Re: Columbia/Main Complete Streets

Another win for local residents! The quality of life within East Dallas neighborhoods improve every time another street is stripped of the self-inflicted, well intentioned, gun-shot-wound-of-an-attempt to minimize congestion during peak commuter traffic. No one expect suburbanites to bike into the c...
by tamtagon
13 Oct 2018 10:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum Tower
Replies: 162
Views: 27659

Re: Museum Tower

Maybe we should have a tracking page or whatever, kinda like the pending projects page, arranging data of the handful of pricey condos for which Tucy has provided monthly sales progress.

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