With luck, this is the last time we will see this rendering of Lincoln Property’s Lincoln Katy Trail project. Rewinding the clock, in February, the project passed Oak Lawn Committee by a single contentious vote after multiple unsuccessful trips seeking support. This scant win was followed in July by a disastrous City Plan Commission meeting where no commissioner would second a motion my Philip Kingston’s District 14 representative Paul Ridley – and several calling for Lincoln to return with a better plan. After that meeting I saw the city filing of neighborhood support and saw that aside from those cashing out and moving on, not a single entity was in support of the project.

In the ensuing weeks, Lincoln managed to get a letter of support from the Friends of the Katy Trail (more on that later).   However, a meeting last week at the Mayfair condos for its residents plus those of the Vendome and the Claridge resulted in no change of heart from the opposed buildings.

Couple all this with a fierce, largely unsuccessful lobbying campaign around City Hall, and even Lincoln had to finally read the writing on the wall.

At the CPC meeting, Lincoln’s chief opponent stated that there was a way for a redesigned building to move forward. I wondered why, when they were given an out, did they seem too arrogant to take it?

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Pelli Clarke Pelli designed Smart District

In high-rise architectural terms, Dallas is an eight crayon town in a 96 crayon world. After over 30 years of building nothing special, we got McKinney and Olive by award-winning architectural firm Pelli Clarke Pelli. Then in March 2017, Hillwood announced (skyline-changing) Perot Tower designed by noted British architect Sir Norman Foster that won’t apparently be built until there’s a tenant (and that looks similar to a failed Renzo Piano London project).  Finally in October, Hogue Capital and KDC unveiled plans for a 20-acre downtown Smart District also to be designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli.

And be honest, am I the only one who hopes these are just boring mock-ups and not the actual Smart District structures? Trailblazing, they’ ain’t.

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