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What Will Folks Think of the Richards Group Building in 10 Years?

I drive Central Expressway nearly every day to downtown Dallas. So I've been watching construction of the new Richards Group building with interest. And I enjoyed reading Cheryl Hall's story about the building. Seems like a cool place to work. But yesterday, driving north on Central, something clicked in my tiny Tim brain.
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The Richards Group told Dallas in 2013 that without a tax break, they couldn't put their new headquarters in Uptown.

Richards_GroupI drive Central Expressway nearly every day to downtown Dallas. So I’ve been watching construction of the new Richards Group building with interest. And I enjoyed reading Cheryl Hall’s story about the building. Seems like a cool place to work.

But yesterday, driving north on Central, something clicked in my tiny Tim brain. So the building is 18 stories, 10 of which are dedicated to parking. More than half of the building accommodates cars. Does that make sense? Maybe it does now, in the year 2015. But the folks at Uber predict that in a few short years, only a fraction of the cars we see today will be on the road. We won’t be driving them, folks. They will be driving us.

Stan Richards is 82. He might just live to see the transition. Let’s hope he built a parking garage that can be easily converted when we no longer need so much space to warehouse our cars.

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