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  1. 2027 GDP-PPP adjusted major urban region rankings, by percentage 100 JJJ (Beijing-Tianjin-Baoding) (#1) 86.1 NYC - N.NJ - Bridgeport (#2) 85.7 metro Shanghai-Suzhou-Wuxi (#3) 79.0 Greater Tokyo (#4) 69.6 Shenzhen-HK (#5) 63.6 Guangzhou-Foshan (#6) 58.6 L.A./Orange/Riverside/Oxnard (#7) 52.3 Greater London (#8) 51.5 Jakarta Raya (#9) 50.5 Московская агломерация (#10) … 27.3 Greater Houston-Brazos Valley (#24) 26.9 Greater DFW-Denton-Sherman (#25) 26.2 Mumbai Metropolitan Region (#26)
  2. 2016 GDP-PPP adjusted major urban region rankings, by percentage 100 Greater Tokyo (#1) 99.3 NYC - N.NJ - Bridgeport Tri-State (#2) 68.4 JJJ (China) (#3) 66.1 L.A./Orange/Riverside/Oxnard (#4) 63.6 metro Shanghai-Suzhou-Wuxi (#5) 60.2 Greater London (#6) 57.6 Greater Moscow (#7) 54.9 Shenzhen - HK (#8) 53.7 Seoul (Sudogwon) (#9) 46.7 Île-de-France (#10) … 30.3 Eastern Marmara Megaplex (#20) 29.8 Greater Houston-Galveston (#21) 29.1 The DFW Metroplex (#22)
  3. Maybe negative environmentalism presuming to guilt and scold people's inaction is itself part of the problem but... still, the fact that this close-to-top-of-site subforum has not seen a single reply for 280 days, since a time when people had been watching it due to a thread on killing mosquitos? That's, hmm, potentially a good piece of diagnostic information concerning care of our natural world in a pro-breakneck-expansion city bursting with engineers. As we see a metro population of seven million approaching in the headlights, a population that the previous American city to attain it, Chicagoland, attained 55 years ago (calcs if you want 'em), we begin to see ten million on the highway signs. I think our easy growth period is actually soon to be gone; Chicago at that point thought their previous trends' population surge would continue, too. Nevertheless, as part of a masters' thesis, I have gotten to consult some of these business intelligence databases whose subscriptions are more than I make in a year, and, while I can't reprint their forecasts, I think it will be permissible to share some stats if I change enough of the metro groupings and report only percentage rankings with no estimate numbers attached. See posts below.
  4. Frenchy's Chicken "...we recently chose to terminate our agreement with a non-compliant franchisee. The four locations owned and operated by this franchisee will be closed as a result on Monday, July 31." No one posting in the article's comments added anything to that.
  5. Odd Chirping Sounds At Night (not Crickets?)

    Many forum posters agree it is the Rio Grande Chirping Frog. Two videos above to verify.
  6. Park West Apartments

    In-depth new coverage on this 2.2 million square foot complex:
  7. New Dallas Development

    While it could mean that, I think there's ample reason the study went down seventy degrees below room temp, but a fraction of that above it. People don't like having to wash their clothes for the day after ten or fifteen minutes outside -- and for all of the Texas Triangle cities, there's a bit more than a third of each calendar year that the average daily high temperature is above 88 degrees...
  8. New Dallas Development

    Reminds me of the way areas along I-66 have been built out in Fairfax County, Virginia. Lots of commuter townhomes. But what is walking distance when summer trips home occur at 95+ degrees? Do they mean the homes will have subterranean ped-tunnels like downtown? If a Real Walking City like San Francisco or London were to have a week of 95+ degree temperatures, even their people in white collars would only walk up to about 250 feet between air-conditioned enclosures (Summer afternoons there are often about 70 degrees).
  9. Why Modern Architecture Sucks

    There are several concurrent strands going on around architectural modernism that I would prioritize to highlight. PM me if you want to talk about it.
  10. Big Butt-Ugly Building at 1500 OST\&source=bl&ots=CItxn4iL0c&sig=YXq52BpPS53HOiNO9rDu8VUFhbM&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi4196Q6LrUAhXGYVAKHcmcAWYQ6AEINTAC#v=onepage&q=cullen center masterplan\&f=false Welton Becket and Associates, of Los Angeles (now part of AECOM, also of Los Angeles), had a Houston office from 1960. The success of their premier Southland Life Center complex in Dallas led the Cullen family to want to plan the same thing on an even grander scale with a "Cullen Center" -- this was before the Pierce Elevated ran right there. The Houston office directors voted not to share work from other offices of WBA but fell below their financial targets in the 1970s. The office was closed, and with it, though I'm not sure on this point, the venerable mechanical and electrical firm of Carden L. Jenkins, which the WBA Houston office had acquired in 1972. The Shell Information Center had been planned to be part of a nearly square-mile mixed-use development on land acquired by Shell. Its name, Plaza del Oro, still lingers in the neighborhood although the modernist project never really materialized.
  11. New Dallas Development

    My understanding is that Henry Cobb designed Allied Bank Tower to play off of its older brother Allied Bank Plaza in Houston. It's a nice link. Both buildings also make more sense in plan view. Where Allied Bank Plaza (1000 Louisiana, Wells Fargo Plaza) is like two quarter-circles offset diagonally, so too Allied Bank Tower at Fountain Place is a square with a parallelogram inscribed diagonally across it. The tower's peak ingeniously splits the parallelogram in half. The angles of the resulting secondary triangles are a little off visually when viewed in section, but who's counting? The bluish glass has become so imitated in Texas buildings since that it unfortunately no longer obviously links the two sibling towers.
  12. Texas Music Museum

    You cannot swing an armadillo in this state without hitting three cynical schemes for "economic development." How could this be anything more earnest than a cultural land-grab? It's not necessary to bother trying gamely to justify it with musical history and authentic originality hoo-hah. All about the Benjamins.
  13. Frost Bank Tower

    parkitecture is go:
  14. Holiday / Days / Heaven On Earth Inn (801 Calhoun)

    "Why the Garden Club Couldn't Save Youngstown" has some lessons you might appreciate on that front.
  15. New Dallas Development

    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