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Oct 11
2017

October 11, 2017

Why Amazon’s HQ2 Should Be Dallas Midtown Bound

Amazon (ticker: AMZN) recently sent shockwaves across most major American cities by announcing it would be building a second headquarters, called HQ2, which would be a “full equal” to its Seattle campus.  The aftershocks have persisted into this week, as major metropolitan newspapers continue to assess their respective cities’ viabilities in the competition — examples include the Chicago Tribune’s “How big a deal? Amazon’s massive HQ2 in Chicago scale,” The Baltimore Sun’s, “Breaking down Baltimore’s chances for Amazon HQ2,” and…

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Aug 8
2017

August 8, 2017

Why did Dallas grow North?

It is no surprise that Dallas gets hot in the summer—the Dallas Morning News is reporting that Dallas is expected to bake in temperatures as high as 110ºF early next week— and when the city of Dallas starts to scorch, so does the rest of the metroplex. However, back in 1907, a few Dallas suburbs apparently defied the laws of meteorology. In 1906, Dallas developer John Armstrong bought the land that would later become the city of Highland Park and…

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May 16
2017

May 16, 2017

Jumping the Markets Boom Bust S-Curve

As a country, the United States is arguably the most economically successful and powerful in the history of modern man. We have survived and flourished, adapting into the world’s largest economy. However, despite our success, our economy continues to experience massive ups and downs. In this blog, I propose a theory that, unlike past boom-bust cycles, this boom may be different: our country—as in prior eras of the silver age, transportation/industrial revolution, the communications/internet revolution—is once again on the precipice…

Posted in Business, Economics, Politics | and

Mar 7
2017

March 7, 2017

Parks Catalyze Economic Growth

The success of many global cities can be traced directly to the quality of their public spaces and parks.  Urban parks are among the most noteworthy and visited attractions of any major city— think Central Park in New York City, Millennium Park in Chicago or Hyde Park in London—and serve important social, public-health and environmental functions for their urban populations. Consider these examples: Urban parks tend to decrease crime.  A prime example of the positive impact of urban park can…

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Sep 21
2016

September 21, 2016

Ride Sharing, Autonomous Vehicles and the predictable crash of the Consumer Car industry

Within the past year, mobile car services like Uber and Lyft have threatened to eclipse limousines and taxis as the transportation option of choice to and from DFW International Airport. Together Uber and Lyft tallied 107,437 rides to and from DFW airport this past January, compared to 68,871 taxicab rides and 47,188 limousine rides. Uber and Lyft show no signs of slowing down as, within the past six months, their collective share of the airport market increased from 1/6 to…

Posted in Business, Economics, Technology | and

Aug 5
2016

August 5, 2016

Millennials and the Trend Towards Rapid Urbanization

It is no secret that “Millennials,” defined in 2015 as adults aged between 18 and 34, are in the process of reshaping the social, political, and urban landscape of the United States. Recent studies by the Pew Research Center indicate that Millennials now comprise a majority of the US labor force at 53.5% and—with a population of 75.4 million—represent the largest American generation. Millennials are frequently depicted as entitled.  In fact, CNBC has called them “lazy, narcissistic, and addicted to…

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Jun 6
2016

June 6, 2016

The Art of Social Media in Presidential Politics

In my blog dated March 20, 2015, “The Importance of a Digital Persona,” I discussed in detail that, as we continue to progress as a digital, socially-connected world, one’s relevance will be perceived by their digital persona. This truism is now being played out within our political election process in the 2016 U.S. presidential race. Since 2012, Donald Trump has been planning and refining his “Art of Social Media.” I would contest that it’s not only Donald Trump who has…

Posted in Business, Politics, Social Media |

May 10
2016

May 10, 2016

Protecting the Downside

Although I consider myself an optimist, I know better than to assume that failure is avoidable. The fact is that failure is simply inevitable in certain situations, and I am constantly practicing and refining my ability to deal with failure. “One must continuously see and strive for the upside while protecting the downside” – Scott N. Beck— I would like to reflect on protecting the downside through the lenses of real estate, world economics, politics and life lessons. Real Estate…

Posted in Business, Global Business, Real Estate |

Apr 6
2016

April 6, 2016

Links Between the Increased Global Standard of Living, Technology and Education

I always have considered myself a glass half-full type of person, a person who does not accept the status quo or simply think outside the box, but, rather, I tend to create my own box.  Lately, I have begun to ponder what external forces exist in 2016 that have enabled me to be so optimistic about our collective futures. Global Prosperity Let’s start with the average standard of living: it is higher now than it ever has been at any point,…

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Mar 20
2015

March 20, 2015

The Importance of a Digital Persona

Today, simply having a website just isn’t enough. Your digital storefront and your online reputation extend beyond the pixelated confines of your corporate domain to the social networks of Facebook, Twitter, Linked in, Pintrest, and Instagram. These, and others like them, constitute what are commonly referred to as “social media networks.” Your presence (or lack thereof) on these networks collectively forms your digital persona, your personal “state department,” if you will, an online cadre of ambassadors that represent you in…

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