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  1. Amazon HQ2

    "And with more than 560,000 square feet of available office space... it provides a location to develop and thrive from Day 1." It was totally directed at Amazon.
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    The numbers are the most interesting part of your post, and do appear to give Dallas an edge in talent pool, which we already knew, but good to see it quantified. I would be interested in seeing the same comparisons between Houston and Austin, or perhaps three-way, Houston, Austin, and Dallas. I wonder what went into Compaq's decision to move to Houston when they broke away from TI. Whether there was some advantage in getting away from the Dallas environment, where you could still draw talent from around the state but not have TI, Raytheon, etc. right next door. It was 1982, a time when Houston was much more of an oil city than it is now, and was hitting a real estate bust. Maybe the cheap land was attractive? Today it is still HP's largest facility in the U.S., and works well as a back-office to their headquarters in Silicon Valley. Of course the world has passed HP by, but 15 years ago when they were on top of things, this was a dual setup that made sense.
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    I like the part where he says the east end of it is "surrounded by warehouses." Then when you watch the video Houtex linked, you see like a few metal warehouses. I really would like to know what the received wisdom in Houston would have thought of the neighborhood they took over in Seattle, before they remade it.
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    Your post came across as sarcastic until I watched the video. This has me excited, and I almost hope it doesn't get wasted on Amazon's back offices. Too special a location.
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    That loud thunk you just heard was a Midway exec punching the table after he read this post and realized he would never get financing for East River. Wait. No, actually it was another Astro falling flat on his ass after swinging and missing another Yankee pitch. Carry on.
  6. Development List for Buildings in Houston - March, 2014

    Ok, in the January map they had the start date as 1Q 2017, so it looks like they bump it up every once in awhile.
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    Another thing which hasn't been sufficiently addressed: this project is basically a back office which Amazon is calling a second headquarters in order to get desperate cities to pour incentives on it. It will nominally be called a headquarters, but it is a back office. Great article in the Puget Sound Business Journal this week on how they have built their empire by milking struggling cities across America for incentives based on dreamy promises. It's what they do.
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    The site in Chicago is a big wasteland on the south branch of the river that has been sitting there for 30 years, next to some of the worst neighborhoods on planet earth. Combine that with the worst city and state governments any corporation would ever want to be under and we can safely say that their proposal is a nonstarter. As far as Dallas and Victory, that is some really expensive land squeezed next to a giant freeway that is about to get bigger. If Amazon prefers that over cheap land next to a bayou that is basically a river at that point, with a killer skyline view and a blank canvas of a neighborhood that they can shape however they want, I'll eat my hat.
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    Here's the thing about incentives packages. You don't actually pay them money. You just tell them they'll never have to pay any taxes. You can also promise to improve roads and infrastructure, and then just throw the burden on those departments, to be paid for eventually. It's really easy to do an incentives package. All you really need is a public that is willing to let another Fortune 500 skate by without paying for their fair share of the things that middle-class homeowners all pay for, and we have that here.
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    Like I said, not all millennials are deaf and blind to any culture that was produced before they were born. It's not all live music and weirdness. Having great fine arts across the board doesn't by itself make you cool, but it doesn't hurt. When Chicago lured Boeing, the visiting delegation was served a white tablecloth dinner in the Art Institute of Chicago. Dallas gave them all a Dirk Nowitzki bobbin'-head doll. They chose Chicago. If we rented out the MFAH for a night, or maybe the Wortham upstairs lobby, I think it could make an impression. We're also losing sight of the fact that Houston is in Texas, and we are renowned for our economic engine and business climate. Bezos has investments in Texas and seems to trust the place. They might already have Texas penciled in and are just looking at bids. I think Austin loses on costs and lack of non-stop flights, and if we put together a compelling site bid, we may win out over Dallas.
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    Our restaurants are pretty well above the cities you mentioned. If more people aren't aware of that, we need to learn how to make them aware. There's an opera and ballet, yes, and there's also an art museum that is head and shoulders above anything in those other cities. Not all millennials are deaf and blind to any culture that was produced before they were born, even if that is the impression one gets sometimes. As for architecture, even if you aren't very knowledgeable about it, great architecture across a cityscape has an impact on anyone. And we have an impressive cityscape. I really think some of us don't understand how great are the things we have. We've grown up reading these articles about how Houston has a bad image, etc., and it's kind of sunk in. If there is one thing we can legitimately learn from Dallas, it is the way they market themselves. You have the landscape of Oklahoma with a bunch of glitzy buildings, the culture of King of the Hill with a few garnishes, and they market it like it's a new Los Angeles, and actually convince people to go there. I'll never understand how they can be ahead of us in the image department, and it's really our own fault for letting them be.
  12. Development List for Buildings in Houston - March, 2014

    Marquette 24 story building planned to start 2Q 2018... was there some news on that that I missed? Did they get their financing?
  13. Amazon HQ2

    1990 - Midtown is a dump 2000 - Downtown is a dump 2010 - The East End is a dump 2017 - The KBR area is a dump
  14. Amazon HQ2

    1. Houston is hipper than you and many people on here have convinced yourself it is. It certainly holds a candle to Portland. Our fine and performing arts, our cuisine, and our architecture are all in a different league than Portland, and nationally recognized as such. No, we aren't currently as much on the hip radar, but we certainly hold a candle. 2. Amazon is not looking for hipness. They don't want something as dull as Sacramento or Omaha, but hipness is not first priority. Their Seattle hq fulfills that for them. What they mainly want is meat and potatoes economics. Houston can provide that.