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16 Years After Boeing, Downtown Dallas Chasing ‘Bigger, Better Trophy’ in Amazon

Downtown Dallas Inc.'s John Crawford is determined not to miss the opportunity to bring 50,000 jobs to the region.

Downtown Dallas Inc. Vice Chairman John Crawford has a long memory. Sixteen years ago, Dallas was a top contender to land the headquarters of aerospace giant Boeing. When North Texas ultimately lost out to Chicago, movers and shakers in downtown Dallas, including Crawford, got to work making the urban core more vibrant.

As the Dallas Regional Chamber prepares to submit a response to Amazon’s RFP for its second headquarters that promises to bring 50,000 jobs, Crawford is having flashbacks.

At the Urban Land Institute North Texas’ Impact Awards on Tuesday, Crawford, the event’s emcee, called Amazon’s HQ2 a “bigger and better trophy” than Boeing.

“This time there will be no apologizing, only looking forward,” he said. “Let’s bring the big A to Big D.”

Following Crawford’s opening remarks, the Eagle Family Plaza at the Dallas Museum of Art won ULI’s Public Place award, McKinney & Olive won the Innovation award, the Village of Rowlett won the Influence category, and the Statler Corridor won the Next Big Idea award. Herb Weitzman was honored as ULI’s 2017 Vision Award recipient.


  • Vermont Royster

    I could give u 12 good reasons why Amazon will NEVER move their HQ’s here but I will only give u ONE and that is CULTURE PPL–Amazon is a West Coast Liberal Corporation and they WILL NEVER move to a Cracker Culture Mentality like Dallas–Count on it—Denver will get the HQ’s in the SE area aka Parker

    BUT–I can withhold :

    anyone who thinks Amazon will move here needs their head examined…other good reasons Amazon goes 2 Denver:…they have the best outdoor rock arena in the US aka Red Rocks and the Broncos who just crapped on the Pokies…Denver had cleaner air & less trafic and NO TOLLS run by Spanish Companies…And Denver has liable ppl vs the snot balls of Cracker Dallas…Also, Denver does NOT have the overpriced food…And, housing is cheaper in Denver…Denver pays its PPL alot more than the minimum wage and provides Health Insurance to its employees…and Dallas has the HIGHEST property tax rate per $1,000 in the US-

    • mgreen15

      Your overuse of capital letters, lack of grammatical skills and nonsensical opinions are obvious signs of mental problems. Maybe you should get your head examined?

      • Vermont Royster

        too bad ur brain is in ur panties cause u no nada–may b u should check out 2 another world as ur worthless and need a better life–u must b just another sycophant 2 the slobbery and cracker racist mentality of Dallas where they kill presidents

        • mgreen15

          I feel sorry for you. It must be hard being an illiterate nut job. I’ll be sure to give you my spare change the next time I see you shouting nonsense in the streets.

          • Vermont Royster

            ur worthless—stick a 9 n ur mouth & think hello 2 hell