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#1 Austin55

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 09:46 PM

It's interesting to see some of the smaller cities out west of us doing some things here and there. Not much major, but exciting to see any city better its downtowns.

Lots of cities are building convention space and adjacent hotels, here's a sampling. 

 

Wichita Falls hotel & Conference center adjacent to the convention center,

 

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Abilene is looking into a mixed use "festival district" adjacent to its convention center with hotel, retail and living space. 

 

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Odessa is proposing a convention center/hotel venue

 

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Lubbock is proposing a 16 story hotel & civic center

 

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Midland is proposing a Convention Center, park space, and Hotel all on the same block. 

 

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It also looks like Midland has built a mixed-use apartments-over-retail building on an old parking lot just East of this development. 

 

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#2 renamerusk

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 10:24 PM

Yes, given that Fort Worth is where the West begins; I like to see things happening in some of our most relatable  West Texas cities.

 

Indeed, feeling more passionate for them than for either east or south.



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Posted 09 May 2017 - 10:41 PM

Looks like some cities are banking on the inevitable bounce back for the oil and gas business.

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 10:44 PM

Looks like some cities are banking on the inevitable bounce back for the oil and gas business.


The Dubai method. Use that oil money to build a tourism industry. Fort Worth is banking heavily on hospitality as well.

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Posted 10 May 2017 - 09:29 AM

Excellent rundown Austin. Thanks for posting! We want to see all of Texas do well. Not just the big metros.

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Posted 10 May 2017 - 03:30 PM

The downtown areas of some of these smaller towns could certainly use help.


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Posted 10 May 2017 - 08:00 PM

Midland-Odessa was really hopping back before oil and gas prices plummeted.  My brother in law worked for a gas rig parts manufacturer and his company owned a massive McMansion in Midland to avoid putting their employees up in the expensive hotel rooms around town.   



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Posted 24 July 2017 - 12:56 PM

I stopped by Midland on the way back from Big Bend.

 

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Posted 24 July 2017 - 01:56 PM

I just moved out of Wall Street Lofts at the end of June. That convention center construction was definitely annoying especially when trying to grap a quick nap at lunchtime.

 

I'm not sure, but the mixed-used project immediately west of the CC (where the courthouse used to stand) is on hold or cancelled last time I heard.


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Posted 28 July 2017 - 03:25 PM

I stopped by Midland on the way back from Big Bend.

 

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Still not getting why all the Which Wich? stores in Ft. Worth are all north of 820... 


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Posted 28 July 2017 - 03:51 PM

There were stores on Berry and Camp Bowie that didn't make it. I don't believe they've done all that well in this area. I know of at least one other store in Colleyville that closed after being open a short time.

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Posted 28 July 2017 - 10:21 PM

There were stores on Berry and Camp Bowie that didn't make it. I don't believe they've done all that well in this area. I know of at least one other store in Colleyville that closed after being open a short time.

 

The closest one to me was on Hulen and that's a Philly shop now. The one that was on West 7th was closed because of "parking issues"... that I could maybe understand. But I don't get the others. 

Mine was filled every time I was there and that's one of my favorite places... I ALWAYS went. 


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Posted 02 August 2017 - 09:42 AM

Worth noting as well that El Paso doing quite well in the urban redevelopment game.  I am out there 1-2x per year and it has been really fun to watch.  Things really ramped up when they got the AAA Padres affiliate from Tucson, and built a downtown stadium for them.  Like Fort Worth's help from the Bass family in the 80's, El Paso is benefiting greatly from a couple of families that have spearheaded things (Fosters and Hunts).

 

One recent article: http://kfoxtv.com/ne...ancy-02-13-2017

 

There are some amazing buildings in downtown El Paso, with this being among them:

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Trost & Trost did some great work in West Texas and New Mexico in the early 20th century and I have stayed in several of their buildings over the years (including the Paisano in Marfa and El Capitan in Van Horn, which are essentially the same design). 






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