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Re: AT&T Discovery District

Postby TreeFrog » 15 Jun 2019 02:50

willyk wrote:Looking great, and just think, they could have gone to Legacy West like everyone else. DTD really hit jackpot when we kept them here.


Fun fact. I work for AT&T and back when we were AT&T Wireless (our own entity), we consolidated our Dallas offices at Legacy but on the east side across from EDS. Looks like where USAA is now. I know it was really sad being that far out of town at the time.

Glad central Dallas is our home now. #attemployee

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Re: AT&T Discovery District

Postby cowboyeagle05 » 15 Jun 2019 11:41

Let's all be glad AT&T also focused on making their home attractive to new talent. Not only leave Downtown but they are seriously reinvesting in Downtown more than other property owners in Downtown. Other properties add a space for a ground floor restaurant and call it a day. AT&T is making itself into a Downtown activity center.

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Re: AT&T Discovery District

Postby DPatel304 » 16 Jun 2019 23:55

Well said. AT&T is doing wonders for our urban core by not only just staying put, but also re-investing into the area, which is giving other businesses and people more confidence in the city and more of a reason to stick around. I'm extremely pleased with what I'm seeing from this development and can't wait until it's completed.

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Re: AT&T Discovery District

Postby mdg109 » 01 Jul 2019 21:59

Browder Street getting the Disc. Distr. makeover.
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Re: AT&T Discovery District

Postby tamtagon » 02 Jul 2019 06:14

You know... there's been so much happening in downtown I keep forgetting about this deal. ATT is spending a lot of money to build a pedestrian environment. Remarkable even if the result is average.

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Re: AT&T Discovery District

Postby cowboyeagle05 » 02 Jul 2019 09:15

Well, the city certainly wasn't doing a very good job of it...

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Re: AT&T Discovery District

Postby Tnexster » 02 Jul 2019 09:20

It looks like it will be very nice and welcome addition to that side of downtown, still think some of those surface lots nearby need to be converted to some residential. Hopefully this will attract some interest.

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Re: AT&T Discovery District

Postby lakewoodhobo » 03 Jul 2019 13:44

I walked through the AT&T lobby today for the first time in maybe years and realized that the Golden Boy was gone.

I don't remember any mention of removing him or moving it to another location. Any info on this?

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Re: AT&T Discovery District

Postby Hannibal Lecter » 03 Jul 2019 14:08

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirit_of_Communication

"As of December 2018, the statue is being prepared to be moved outside pending the completion of AT&T's plaza construction project"

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Re: AT&T Discovery District

Postby Tnexster » 03 Jul 2019 14:11

lakewoodhobo wrote:I walked through the AT&T lobby today for the first time in maybe years and realized that the Golden Boy was gone.

I don't remember any mention of removing him or moving it to another location. Any info on this?


Here is some info....

http://www.mrlocalhistory.org/goldenboy/

Game of Thrones Dethrones Golden Boy

In early 2019, the seat of 1,000 swords has replaced a glimmering Golden Boy that has stood in the lobby since 2009. It was noted by an AT&T spokesperson, “As part of the ongoing process to bring the AT&T Discovery District to life, Golden Boy is stepping off his platform for a few months while we remodel the lobby of Whitacre Tower,” “He’ll return to our campus in the second half of 2019.” It is said that he was taken out to make room for the Game of Thrones “Iron Throne” – go figure!

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Re: AT&T Discovery District

Postby cowboyeagle05 » 03 Jul 2019 14:58

I would love to see the Golden Boy take its rightful place outdoors! I wonder if it will be truly outdoors or incorporated into one of the projects like the food hall they are building across the way.

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Re: AT&T Discovery District

Postby willyk » 03 Jul 2019 23:38

The Rockefeller Center of Dallas

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Re: AT&T Discovery District

Postby tamtagon » 04 Jul 2019 08:42

^hahahaha I was going to say The Sundance Square of Dallas!!! It'll be nice if "Discovery" District turns into a memorable place people seek out, like Rockefeller Center, or Sundance Square. Since ATT's Spirit of Communication is naked, does anyone think the righteous folks of Dallas will pitch a fit and call it pornography?

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Re: AT&T Discovery District

Postby DBadger » 04 Jul 2019 09:09

Well he already got 'neutered' so not much to pitch a fit about :)

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Re: AT&T Discovery District

Postby tamtagon » 04 Jul 2019 10:16

OMG I didn't know that. How stupid

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Re: AT&T Discovery District

Postby Tnexster » 04 Jul 2019 11:57

I'd love to see him outside, would make a great Instagram shot attraction.

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Re: AT&T Discovery District

Postby joshua.dodd » 04 Jul 2019 20:52

tamtagon wrote:^hahahaha I was going to say The Sundance Square of Dallas!!! It'll be nice if "Discovery" District turns into a memorable place people seek out, like Rockefeller Center, or Sundance Square. Since ATT's Spirit of Communication is naked, does anyone think the righteous folks of Dallas will pitch a fit and call it pornography?



I highly doubt it...

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Re: AT&T Discovery District

Postby tamtagon » 04 Jul 2019 21:17

hahaha
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Re: AT&T Discovery District

Postby cowboyeagle05 » 05 Jul 2019 12:37

Yeah, when the previous executives decided to pull him off the building in New York decades ago and bring him down to eye level for other AT&T campuses they had him neutered because they were also afraid of how scandalous it would be close up. It wasn't just a Southern thing.

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Re: AT&T Discovery District

Postby willyk » 06 Jul 2019 02:25

Take a look at the two silver Art Deco statues at the head of the reflecting pool at Fair Park that the city recently restored—no modesty there.

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Re: AT&T Discovery District

Postby dfwcre8tive » 08 Jul 2019 14:26

tamtagon wrote:^hahahaha I was going to say The Sundance Square of Dallas!!! It'll be nice if "Discovery" District turns into a memorable place people seek out, like Rockefeller Center, or Sundance Square. Since ATT's Spirit of Communication is naked, does anyone think the righteous folks of Dallas will pitch a fit and call it pornography?


Adding some pants appeases the Dallas crowd, too.

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Re: AT&T Discovery District

Postby cowboyeagle05 » 08 Jul 2019 15:53

Actually, I think the statues at Fair Park have been made more modest than their originals. Mind you also one of the supposed reasons for removing those two and the Woolfus at Fair Park was calls by religious folk to take down such scandalous artwork.

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Re: AT&T Discovery District

Postby eburress » 09 Jul 2019 07:35

cowboyeagle05 wrote:Actually, I think the statues at Fair Park have been made more modest than their originals. Mind you also one of the supposed reasons for removing those two and the Woolfus at Fair Park was calls by religious folk to take down such scandalous artwork.


I've about had it with the local "religious" folk taking things down (referring to First Baptist).

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Re: AT&T Discovery District

Postby cowboyeagle05 » 09 Jul 2019 10:19

Let's be honest though when it comes to my above statement religious reasons was also a cop out for officials who were looking to get rid of things they didn't want to repair or maintain. The Woolfus was also supposedly taken down for the metal for the War effort. All those things really could have been welcomed by officials looking to rid themselves of expensive maintenance and or repair projects they deemed troublesome. At those times Downtown and Fair Park were seen as outdated relics so stripping them for parts and reducing costs made sense to shrinking budgets and the less enthusiastic public who was looking at places like the far-flung suburbs as the future and not historical references to our past in the old cities.


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