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I for one am really getting sick and tired of buildings that are being bastardized by "committees" ... first was the Oak Lawn tower at Lemmon and Oak Lawn, now this one.
What is wrong with Dallas?
Can't we start seeing ourselves as the major metropolis that we really are and start letting taller and more dense developments fill our inner city core? With the region destined to overtake Chicago before 2030 as the third largest metro in the nation why can't Dallas start treating developments in the city core like a New York, LA, or Chicago would? Those cities have embraced taller with a vengeance ...
At a minimum this tower should have been allowed to be 700 feet or taller to begin with!
Instead of letting the developer go up and provide more landscaped open space around it, Dallas forces developers to go lower and more squat. Generally the same density is still there ... just not as appealing because the developer has been forced to squish the height and make the building shorter and fatter.
The zoning laws that are causing this, and their associated "committees", are simply out of date and need revised to promote greater height where possible in exchange for a guarantee by the developer to provide more landscaped public space surrounding the development to encourage greater street interaction and provide aesthetic amenities for the general population to enjoy.
And it is beyond high time that someone stand up to the FAA's height restrictions over areas that do not have a flight path directly over it!
The local FAA office that approves Dallas building heights is based in Ft. Worth ... not accusing Ft. Worth of jealousy or anything but one has to wonder if the old competition between the two cities is still not in play with the Ft. Worth FAA office seemingly always wanting to lower the height of whatever highrise or skyscraper building that is being proposed in Dallas.
Change zoning to allow and encourage much greater height in exchange for more landscaped open space surrounding the building, especially in the greater City Center, rezone areas where development has organically taken hold to allow greater height and density in exchange for landscaped public plazas (i.e. Preston Center and immediate nearby areas along Northwest Highway, the Galleria district, Stemmons corridor, Mockingbird Station, Northpark, LBJ/North Central interchange, and several other sections of the North Central corridor) to encourage mass transit to be implemented to those areas so they become economically feasible.
Rezone other areas such as the LBJ/Stemmons interchange for significant density to promote future dense developments there.
And some big boy (i.e. Harwood International with Harwood Forum) put the FAA in their place for Dallas' own future good!
Grow up Dallas (pardon the pun!) and act like the major metropolis we have become!