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johnfwd

Member Since 20 Oct 2010
Offline Last Active Feb 23 2018 12:40 PM
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In Topic: Climate contolled streets

23 February 2018 - 12:30 PM

Seriously I wonder if this would work on major highways and bridges as de-icers.  Vents installed on either side of the roadway.  Warm air pushed through the vents onto the surface.  Seems like its technologically feasible but, of course, the installation costs for long stretches of highway would likely be prohibitive.


In Topic: Project Sundance

22 February 2018 - 03:39 PM

 

 

but also that it could be shelved a few years due to a possible downturn in the Real Estate market which unfortunately seems to be looming.

 

 

What makes you say that?

 

Not meaning to play economist here, which I am not by profession, I believe we may be in for higher interest rates in the future.  That might mean borrowing for capital (to finance construction) becomes tighter, and that might have an adverse effect on building a tall skyscraper.


In Topic: Amazon in search of 2nd headquarters

21 February 2018 - 12:14 PM

 

In any case, if I were Amazon, I would want to take my considerable wealth and transform a community in need such as Newark.  Attract the talent they need to a place that needs investment.  Heck, they're already in Seattle.  Spread the wealth.  I love the investment that companies like Quicken Loans, On Star, and Shinola have made to lift Detroit.  If, for Amazon, the location of their 2nd headquarters is a strictly "add to the bottom line" business decision, where they are cynically fishing for large incentives, with no egalitarian return on investment, then, yes, someplace boring and expensive like Boston, Dallas, or Northern Virginia will likely win out.


I love this point. I would be impressed by Amazon looking to truly improve upon a community in need.

Another point that I left out yesterday is I don't think for a second that, if Amazon were to land in Fort Worth, Dallas would sit back and not count it as a regional win or even a win for Dallas alone.

 

 

This is an excellent point, namely that Dallas "wants to have it's cake and eat it too" (which would certainly be the case as, you suggest, the chosen site is in the Fort Worth area).  My reaction to the article by Schnurman is that Fort Worth has nothing for which to apologize.  And it really isn't the fault of either city that Amazon was insisting on "regional" bids.  


In Topic: Downtown Ft Worth

20 February 2018 - 07:21 AM

Construction has started on the CVS pharmacy at 515 Houston Street (see the first announcement of the project in the Fort Worth, Inc. article, Post #4).  This appears to be the only construction project ongoing in downtown of late, if you discount work on the apartment building near the Chesapeake Tower or the city's construction of the Hemphill-Lamar connector off Lancaster.  New high-rise hotels and condos still lie in the future, at least we hope so.


In Topic: Hyperloop here? Try Chisholm Trail...

20 February 2018 - 07:03 AM

Yeah, but the first sentence is probably all you need to know.  I am an advocate for this kind of transportation system if it is feasible.  As I see it, no one in DFW or elsewhere is going to take the hyperloop seriously until they see a working model.  I believe one of the companies is developing a prototype out west somewhere.