Houston19514

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  1. Amazon HQ2

    The city is promoting General Park? Generation Park has submitted a proposal and they are certainly promoting themselves. How is the city promoting them? From Generation Park's website
  2. Amazon HQ2

    Some time in 2018. Presumably pretty early in the year.
  3. Amazon HQ2

    Wow. That was easily the best Houston promo video I've ever seen (nicely and subtly directed at Amazon) Thanks for posting.
  4. Amazon HQ2

    Yes, some of us have seen the site. We'll have to agree to disagree as to whether it is an irredeemable dump as you seem to think (With respect, Midway Corp knows a lot more about real estate redevelopment than either of us and they seem to think it is quite redeemable and have backed up those thoughts with millions of dollars; I'll go with their opinion). But let's assume arguendo, that the site is a dump. Given Amazon's history in Seattle, it is hard to see how that would make the site a nonstarter. In fact, it may be a plus. With a tiny bit of imagination, it is easy to see Amazon being interested in a large site with sufficient existing office space in a central city location on the cusp of redevelopment. As to the "unattractive" steel warehouses, developers with imagination can do exciting things with so-called unattractive buildings. Ever seen the Sawyer Yards development? If not, they are also pretty easy to remove, allowing for redevelopment of the land.
  5. Amazon HQ2

    One excellent site is better than 20 mediocre sites. It's not as if this is a lottery where more entries increases your chances of winning. I am unaware of a single site being proposed in DFW that meets the base requirement of having 500,000 square feet available on site in 2019.
  6. Amazon HQ2

    Amazon is interested in available workforce, or more precisely, a city/site to which a desirable workforce is willing to move. To my knowledge, Houston has never had a problem attracting people to move here for good jobs. Except to the extent it stands in as a proxy for available workforce, I doubt they care much at all about how many other jobs there are for their desired workforce. It could even be a negative.
  7. Amazon HQ2

    They don't have 500,000 square feet that can be ready by 2019. Pretty sure it's all new-build. (And in case you missed it, note I also added that tangible cultural difference are indeed relevant. I believe culture is also on Amazon's list.)
  8. Amazon HQ2

    Sites that meet the requirements, including 500,000 square feet that can be ready by 2019. And cultural elements are also on Amazon's list. So tangible cultural differences are important.
  9. Amazon HQ2

    I guess your definition of area, and whether it's the area or the site that is the problem, is all flexible as needed for whatever point you want to make at the moment. (Not long ago you commented about the fact that the KBR site had failed to develop despite being near MinuteMaid Park and Toyota Center.)
  10. Amazon HQ2

    Please show us sites being proposed in any city about which the same cannot be said. By definition, Amazon will be going to a site that has not been previously chosen by a relocating company.
  11. Amazon HQ2

    Let's take the "Kick me" sign off our back already. Dallas does not have everything Houston has. And it's way past time for us to stop telling the world it does.
  12. Amazon HQ2

    If hipness is defined by the mere presence of one "hip" industry, I doubt Amazon will give it much consideration.
  13. Amazon HQ2

    and yet you claim Dallas is more hip than Houston.
  14. Amazon HQ2

    This the typical frustrating Houston attitude. Focus on the fact that one city has a more vibrant music industry, while ignoring the fact that Houston beats that city in pretty much every other category -- restaurants, museums, performing arts, etc etc. Another city has a larger fashion industry, again ignoring that Houston has better restaurants, museums, performing arts, etc etc. What is it about Houstonians that makes us so afraid of touting what we have instead of focusing on the items we lack?
  15. Amazon HQ2

    What do Dallas, Atlanta, Nashville and Pittsburgh have that makes them more hip than Houston? Here's a fun article from the Huffington Post about Houston being one of the country's coolest cities. I guess maybe cool is different than hip. ;-)