That's a nice view. Is that from one of the Left Bank buildings ir a drone shot? That was great for TCU to get a prime time slot on a network last night, especially when game 7 of the ALCS was relegated to one of the Fox cable channels.
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Purely an anecdotal observation, but I heard rumblings a couple of years ago that Toyota was reluctant to jump into sponsorships and partnerships in this area prior to their actual move here (Toyota Stadium naming happened a year before the HQ announcement). I know of at least one local partnership that hasn't been announced yet that was pushed back after the initial discussions a couple of years ago.
I feel like Colonial has little to worry about as long as a sponsor lines up. It's the oldest tournament on the tour still played on its original course. That has to count for something. It will be interesting to see what the Nelson's upcoming move does to that tournament and how moving a major into May changes the schedule.
Latin food versus Mexican or Tex Mex seems to be a trend that's catching on. Gloria's comes to mind as kind of a trend setter with this type of cuisine (I'm not a fan, but I know it's popular). There's a relatively new restaurant in Colleyville called Tio Carlos that's a spinoff of an Irving restaurant by the same name. They have a huge menu that features Tex Mex and a wide variety of more Latin focused items. We really like it, but I don't know how they're surviving. Dinner and Sunday lunch usually has a pretty thin crowd.
I believe Aloft is set to open on Lamar before the end of the year.
I'll have to try Dos Molinas sometime. For a good balance of authentic and Tex Mex, I like Las Fuentes at Seminary and McCart.
I get the traffic concerns, but if I've learned anything over the years, it's that freeway demand and traffic pattern study is counter-intuitive. I'm willing to wait and see what the studies tell the planners and I wouldn't be surprised if it shows that other roadways will absorb the traffic. Just like more lanes doesn't always equal less traffic congestion, removing a spur freeway may not result in Armageddon. I'm sure that the same sky-is-falling arguments were used to try to justify boxing in the north and west sides of downtown Fort Worth with a freeway and not moving the I-30 overhead 100 yards to the south.
I like the renderings of the front of the building. If the back of the building facing Mt. Gilead hasn't changed, I'm not crazy about that part of the design. For the most part, I can live with it if it means ridding that side of downtown of a surface lot. There's far worse buildings downtown and they're not all going to be the Blackstone.
The name or the freeway itself?
This thread has offered some pretty spirited discussion over the years. A few things have changed since the last post more than 3 years ago: the horseshoe interchange rebuild is nearing completion, the toll road on the Trinity that the city said for years had to be complete in order for the horseshoe project to happen never happened and is deader than dead and the area bordering the Trinity to the west of downtown is booming with development, LBJ on the north side was rebuilt, and 183 from Stemmons into Irving is being rebuilt. I'm not sure the discussion and study would even be taking place if the overhead wasn't in such poor structural shape or if money was readily available to replace it. The comment following the NBC5 story from the guy saying he likes the freeway because it isolates Deep Ellum and Old East Dallas from Downtown is...interesting.
I'm interested in seeing what the study shows about traffic flow. This definitely isn't something that will happen overnight.
I know this opinion won't be popular, but if they just went with straight paid parking in all of those garages and quit trying to tie it to certain businesses or to a validation, everyone would probably come out ahead.
Denver's approach emphasizing factors other than incentives and San Antonio saying they're not interested in offering incentives made me wonder if a private partner could emerge that would offer to front the costs of developing HQ2 under some sort of lease/buy back arrangement. There's probably some factors of that type of arrangement where it might be more appealing than public incentives.
I know it's common with any large corporation, but I've heard rumblings that Amazon is not the greatest employer at the distribution/fulfillment center level. They seem to regularly hire on a temp-to-full time arrangement with very few people making the jump to full time.