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Old 08-07-2013, 09:23 PM
 
Location: ITL (Houston)
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I agree. Suburban corporate campuses are giant wastes of good land, surrounded by seas of asphalt. I thought we learned a while ago that they aren't a good idea, but it seems the business culture here in Texas is always years behind the curve.

I wonder how insanely cool the Dallas skyline would look if corporations were more centralized in the downtown core instead of spread over a handful of suburbs?
That's just how Exxon is. Chevron is building a 50 story tower downtown.
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Old 08-08-2013, 07:36 AM
 
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That's just how Exxon is. Chevron is building a 50 story tower downtown.
Indeed, but Chevron did refer to their plans in downtown Houston as a corporate campus. So, I assume they must have scrapped the 200 story building for three fifty story ones.

Isn't Phillips 66 building a corporate campus out in Westchase?
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Old 08-08-2013, 09:01 AM
 
Location: ITL (Houston)
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Indeed, but Chevron did refer to their plans in downtown Houston as a corporate campus. So, I assume they must have scrapped the 200 story building for three fifty story ones.

Isn't Phillips 66 building a corporate campus out in Westchase?
They have been out that way for a while. actually moving closer in. Nice try though.
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Old 08-08-2013, 12:57 PM
 
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That's just how Exxon is. Chevron is building a 50 story tower downtown.
Hmmm, then I don't see the problem that Blinky mentions. Simply having a presence downtown does wonders for tax revenue and boosting surrounding businesses.
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Old 08-08-2013, 05:16 PM
 
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Hmmm, then I don't see the problem that Blinky mentions. Simply having a presence downtown does wonders for tax revenue and boosting surrounding businesses.
From their point of view, Chevron isn't bucking the trend. They have their corporate campus as well which is how they referred to it, but just in downtown Houston.

Still, this is going against the movement of companies moving out of the inner core of Houston to corporate campuses within Westchase, and to even more hidden campuses within the Energy Corridor, and in and around The Woodlands.

The skyscraper should be considered passe` for the time being. In contrast to Dallas, the massive energy companies based in Houston have its office market out of sorts. As is clearly obvious, there isn't much of a stepping up in office space from low, to mid, to high rise in and around downtown Houston. In the inner core of Dallas, the office space starts off in the Stemmons Corridor as low level mostly single story office space. Approaching downtown, it rises up to mid-rise in the Oak Lawn and Turtle Creek areas, steps up even more in Uptown, and, finally, maxes out in downtown Dallas.

If you want to see the true city itself, you've got to learn to get past the immature obsession for well endowed office space. In Dallas, that happened many years ago with the birth of the Dallas Light Rail system.
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