Steve Brown

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    Toyota Headquarters Was Headed for Outer Space and Not the Inner City Anyway

    Real estate writer Steve Brown has a story in today's Dallas Morning News about massive apartment projects springing up around the site of the new Toyota headquarters in Plano. Apparently these will be part of an even bigger sea of apartments not far from the J.C. Penney headquarters up there in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2013

    The Bank of America Tower, Dallas' Tallest Building, Is Changing Its Neon Green Lights

    You know the building, even if you don't know its name. It's a neon silhouette that juts from the downtown skyline like a radioactive thumb. My 3-year-old calls it The Pickle, because that's kind of what it looks like, but its official name is the Bank of America Tower. Since it was built in 1985, i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    Victory Park Is Getting a Makeover

    The biggest tip-off that the above picture is a rendering of Victory Park and not a photo isn't the color saturation or its overall sketchbook quality. It's the presence of human beings, who have tended to steer clear of the rather forbidding development when there's not a Mavs game or a Lady Gaga c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2012

    Tom Leppert is Moving, We're Just Not Sure to Where

    Tom Leppert, you might have notice, did not do terribly well in his quest for U.S. Senate. He lost. Got trounced, even. Not Craig James trounced, but defeated rather handily. So he's not going to Washington, but he is going somewhere. On the same day voters go to the polls to choose between one of L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    Sixth Street Comes to Uptown As Kung Fu Saloon Takes Over Old Perry's Location

    ​Speaking of your deep-felt desire for retro arcading ...Well, I was going to give Steve Brown the credit, till a quick search reveals it was former Observer-er Merritt Martin (sniff) who actually broke the news two days ago that Austin-based Kung Fu Saloon is due to take over the former Place at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    The Superconducting Super Collider Is For Sale. And Who Doesn't Need 14 Miles of Tunnels?

    ​Steve Brown tips us to the story, but not the site: Newmark Knight Frank's sprawling online ad for the Superconducting Super Collider down in Ellis County, just outside Waxahachie, where the feds sunk $800 million into a project that's been kaput since '93. Can't be going for more than $6.5 mil: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    A Deep Thought for the Late Hugh Prather III

    ​On January 10 of this year The Dallas Morning News ran a lengthy obituary for Hugh E. Prather Jr.: "one of the last surviving icons of the early 20th-century Dallas real estate industry, a former civic leader and a longtime Highland Park resident," wrote Steve Brown. Hugh Jr., who died the first ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    Local Commercial Real Estate Community Is Mighty Nervous About the Sudden Disappearance of Money Man Eric Brauss

    Eric Brauss​Speaking of local real estate deals ...A few days ago a Friend of Unfair Park who's in the commercial real estate business asked, "Ever heard of Eric Brauss?" Couldn't say that I had. He then pointed me to Today Realty Advisors' Web site, which details the dozens of transactions the fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2009

    Quite the Hiccup: In Oak Cliff, Four INCAP Fund Properties Are Posted For Foreclosure

    View Larger MapThis morning, Steve Brown mentioned that more than 250 local commercial properties are up for foreclosure next month, including "several vacant tracts of land in Oak Cliff along Davis Street, Kings Highway and Stevens Forest Drive." But Brown didn't mention which properties -- or who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2009

    You'd Best Get Used to That Moonscape at Walnut Hill Lane and N. Central Expressway

    If your head explodes with dark foreclosings too, I'll see you on the dark side of the moon. Or at Walnut Hill and Central, either way.​Back in June, Provident Realty spokesperson Marie Fahey told Unfair Park that, look, the developer wasn't quite sure when it was gonna get around to building tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2009

    Is Victory Park Verschraubt?

    A little while ago, a Friend of Unfair Park forwarded along a piece from the Deutschland version of Financial Times detailing the potentially big trouble brewing at Victory Park, where, it appears, Hillwood is in danger of defaulting on a $185 million loan. Steve Brown has more or less rewritten the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2009

    So Much For Hope and Change: A "Catalyst for Redevelopment" Along the Trinity is Sinking

    All that land you see at right marked "SITE" was supposed to be the location of Irving-based JPI's Trinity River development -- about 60.5 acres' worth of residential, retail, offices, restaurants and everything else you could stuff into a billion-dollar mixed-use development. The city was counting ... More >>

  • News

    August 21, 2008

    Eat My Dirt

    A builder's guide to skirting the zoning laws and making the city look goofy

  • News

    December 14, 2006

    Rock 'n' Role

    Try walking a mile, or 26.2 of them, in Micah's shoes

  • News

    February 16, 2006

    Sugar Ray

    Why council members love Mr. Hunt so much

  • News

    April 17, 2003
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    April 17, 1997
  • News

    January 2, 1997

    Grateful Dead

    Holly Mullen explains how a massive paupers' graveyard barely survived greedy landowners and a stealth real-estate deal

  • Film

    February 29, 1996

    Joe Bob Briggs

    Drive-In Movie Critic of Grapevine, TX

  • News

    November 3, 1994