Like other public officials, Dallas City Council member Veletta Lill got the pitch in the Victory Marketing Center, a former machine shop made over to sell the prime, quite empty real estate around American Airlines Center. The show was impressive. Flickering down the granite-topped table were slides of new hotels and chic stores on Chicago's Michigan Avenue, a massive 53-story corporate headquarters and theater on New York's Central Park, fountains dancing in a bougainvillea-filled plaza in West Palm Beach, Florida, whole new city centers in the high-tech hubs of San Jose, California, and... More >>>
The great tan hope: City-center advocates are counting on the Mercantile complex, a long-dead set of bank buildings, to spur the district back to life. The Dallas City Council approved $28 million in tax incentives last spring, but construction work has not begun.