Diplomat Dallas

Fire Department Kills PD-15’s Diplomat Development Deal

By Jon Anderson / December 20, 2019 / 11 Comments

Yesterday I detailed how development plans for the Pink Wall’s PD-15 had been upended for two parcels months after the city council granted new development rights in a contentious battle. Today, we have more news to put under the tree: the Diplomat’s deal has also gone sour. Why? Fire lane width. Earlier this month, I […]

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Unpacking a Solution For PD-15: The Envelope, Please … Part 2

By Jon Anderson / December 7, 2017 / 1 Comment

In Part One, I explained how I’d put my thoughts into an envelope to be opened once the PD-15 process was complete. However, my surprise resignation opened the envelope to share now.  In that first column, I faced the hard truth of the economic viability of redevelopment and how the buildings that might be built […]

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Move It or Lose It: Home Moving May Be The Environmental Choice For Preservation

By Jon Anderson / October 10, 2017 / 3 Comments

It’s been estimated that two acres of forest are cut down for each 1,200 square feet of house built. It’s also estimated that for every 2,200 pounds of cement produced, 1,980 pounds of carbon dioxide are released into the atmosphere. Cement production accounts for approximately 10 percent of man-made carbon dioxide emissions and over 15 […]

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Council Member Jennifer Gates Holds Meeting on Pink Wall Development

By Jon Anderson / July 13, 2017 / 1 Comment

I’ve written tons on the Pink Wall and its Planned Development District (PD) 15. I’ve spent many an hour trying to understand the loosey-goosey definitions found in the decades-old paperwork, even talking to a city attorney. It’s nice to finally have some official clarity … which was different from what I’d been told and I […]

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Developer A.G. Spanos’ Year-Long Courtship of Diplomat Condos Revealed

By Jon Anderson / June 26, 2017 / 5 Comments

Since August 2016, we’ve been reporting on different events surrounding the Diplomat condo building, beginning with a contingent contract and continuing with surveyors in November, quickly followed by soil testing in December.   You’ve likely seen the map above a zillion times, but it’s a shortcut to avoid tediously describing where a certain building is located […]

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