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  1. "Why the Garden Club Couldn't Save Youngstown" has some lessons you might appreciate on that front.
  2. Dallas' creative economy continues to fuel intown development-- 2015 US Bureau of Labor Statistics data revealed that North Texas supports 99,000 creative jobs, while Texas' second and third-ranking creative metros combine for 103,000. final.pdf
  3. Funny you should ask! I think I heard yo' mama was.* * ( so fat she preleased a super-tall)
  4. As far as I can figure, that pavilion was itself just a reference to the Church of Saint Mary in Sompting, Sussex, England. The name for that kind of roof geometry is "Rhenish helm"
  5. Kohn Pederson Fox now has a slicker sleeker updated take on the same idea completed in Shenzhen last year: 600 meters even though the spire wasn't built (so 230 meters higher than BOTSW's roof)
  6. You can change the state using the buttons at the top: Harris County had a net domestic migration of -16,000 last year, while the exurban counties of the MSA gained +45,000. Travis County picked up 8,000 compared to +15,000 into Williamson and 8,000 into Hays. The two core Metroplex counties compared to the outlying counties had +7,000 and +52,000, respectively.
  7. This would have looked better than Amegy precisely because Amegy is experienced from a glance on a freeway. But for a double block in our most historic city after El Paso... just nah.
  8. For a city as rich and warm as San Antonio, this cold pinwheel is bland, forgettable, and unreflective (pun intended) of any cultural vibrancy but that of commercial architecture production professionals' firms, which are not where the vibrancy in the field of architecture takes place. This is a site that could have tied that side of downtown together, and instead, here's what hideously little they did with the plan (site) view:
  9. Silicon Valley has half the skyline of Fort Worth, too, and by your "more is better" logic, what sense could that make? -- but most tech firms need to communicate more than hierarchical organizations. Being twenty-five floors apart doesn't lead to collaboration.
  10. I visited an actual world-class city this week. It's striking that urban Texans bandy the term about so much these days without much philosophic thought as to what it would mean. That philosophical void is a central part of why Texas doesn't have any world-class cities yet. Profound thinkers that Texas shaped almost always had to leave to make their contributions; the contributions people come to Dallas or Houston to make, by contrast, are about "who brings in more money," not about humanity. The two are not mutually exclusive, or have not always been, but here, Texas' leading industrialists merely give donations to creative and intellectual organizations rather than really participating riskily in becoming a nucleus of intellectual circles themselves. (Check out for a prototype of a better way of doing things. is almost exhausting, but highlights include industrial chemistry, the steam engine, the first rocket engine (by the polymath grandfather of Francis Galton and Charles Darwin), social, religious, financial and educational/pedagogical reforms, modern postal service, the cavity magnetron, and computer scientist Conway Berners-Lee, better known for his son Tim -- which seems a pretty good place to close this web forum parenthetical.)
  11. Doesn't a slowdown produce the opposite of filling up? Houston's port is 16th in the world if you count every ounce of gunk that gets shipped from the refineries. If you don't, it's 64th. Not entirely outside the topic of this thread, though, so thanks for bringing it up, since new Dallas development is what drives a lot of that container traffic on the coast. Speaking of waterways, everybody knows the Harris County water was purely responsible for fueling Tom Brady's rally, so congrats on having it. For those interested, the Bureau of Economic Analysis' 2016 GDP metro estimates will be released on May 11th.
  12. Chron once reported it wasn't catty corner but 1010 Lamar itself: "In October [2011] the church established downtown services again at the same address as the old church. The environment has changed much in four decades. The old church was demolished and a new office tower was built at the site, which is near the Fannin intersection. 'When the property downtown was sold, it was written into the contract that we would always be able to use a space in the new building for Bible study,' said Diane Bagby." Interesting interior atrium photo from 1981. Architect Mo Nasr would later be known for finishing KPF's Heritage Plaza tower.
  13. Sorry, it just gets old.
  14. Could you do all the taking down a notch in private message, or is the attempt something that just has to be public to be entertaining?