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  1. Construction Updates - 09/28/2015 Skyhouse Victory Park and The Ascent looming over the American Airlines Center - Home of the Dallas Mavericks (NBA) and Dallas Stars (NHL) Cineopolis takes shape in the distance. Katy Station rises just beyond the new Camden Apartments in Victory Park
  2. Spent the holiday weekend in the quintessential skyscraper city...HOUSTON! From our base of operations at the soaring Hyatt we had a wonderful time exploring the wide streets and impressive architecture of this giant metropolis.
  3. Perhaps, but John Wiley Price has nothing to do with Dallas city government. He is a County Commissioner.
  4. BATON ROUGE The Capitol Building built during the Great Depression in 1930-32 stands 34 stories and 450 feet tall. Still the tallest state capitol in the U.S. Huey P. Long - The Kingfish The powerful Governor and U.S. Senator who ruled Louisiana with an iron fist is buried beneath his statue. 49 steps form the Grand Staircase toward the entrance to the Capitol of Louisiana. Each step has the name of a state and the year of its admission into the Union - with Alaska and Hawaii sharing stair number 49. Capitol Grounds View from the top of the Capitol steps Looking South from the Observation Deck The Port of Baton Rouge and the Mighty Mississippi River Looking North The giant Exxon refinery at Baton Rouge - one of the world's largest.
  5. The "grassy knoll" is where some conspiracy buffs contend that the shots that were fatal to JFK were actually fired from - and not the Texas School Book Depository.
  6. Directly north, separated by the Woodall-Rogers freeway.
  7. Victory/Downtown/Uptown Skyline at dusk
  8. Downtown walking tour - December 2, 2007: Full sized versions available here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/urbandallas/
  9. Still developing as planned. The House By Starcke One Victory Park The Cirque LFT - Lifestyle Fashion Terminal
  10. Agreed. What makes it a suburb is that most of the people who live there have to travel elsewhere in the metro to find employement.
  11. Watching TV on a daily basis in D-FW, it's impossible to tell exactly where any station is licensed. Well, except for WFAA - " broadcasting in HIGH DEFINITION from Victory Park". (And, yes, they are wearing out that tag line.) Other than that there's no way to tell where any broadcast is originating since they routinely show images of both city skylines and try, effectively I might add, to balance the news coverage to cover all corners of the MetroPlex.
  12. Houston edges out Dallas in GDP race 08:21 AM CDT on Thursday, September 27, 2007 By BRENDAN M. CASE / The Dallas Morning News Bad news in the battle between Dallas and that other large town to the southeast: Houston edged out Dallas in a new ranking of the largest U.S. metropolitan economies. The Houston area's gross domestic product came in at $316.3 billion in 2005, a hair ahead of Dallas-Fort Worth's $315.5 billion. That's one of the conclusions in a new study by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, a unit of the U.S. Commerce Department. The report attempts to measure total output by metropolitan area through 2005. The Texas titans rank as fifth- and sixth-largest metro economies in the nation, following New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and the Washington area. According to the study, the top 10 metropolitan areas accounted for 34 percent of the total U.S. gross domestic product of nearly $12.4 trillion in 2005. The Bureau of Economic Analysis called the study a prototype that was open to tweaking. Its analysis relied heavily on industry earnings data from the state and county levels. In Texas at least, the federal estimates track calculations by Waco economist Ray Perryman. He estimates total output in the Dallas-Fort Worth area at about $315.4 billion in 2005. The Houston area stood at $316.1 billion. METRO ECONOMIES Gross domestic product in billions of dollars by metro area for 2005: ------------------------------------ New York $1,056.4 Los Angeles $632.4 Chicago $461.4 Washington, D.C. $347.6 Houston $316.3 Dallas-Fort Worth $315.5 Philadelphia $295.2 San Francisco $268.3 Boston $261.1 Atlanta $242.4 ------------------------------------ SOURCE: U.S. Commerce Department How great is it that Texas has two powerhouse economies? NYC remains in a class by itself. But, as for the rest, the Texas giants are definitely playing with the big boys.
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