I just found out what I am doing Wednesday morning--well, other than getting my toes painted. From 7:45 a.m. to 11:25 a.m., because apparently doing things on the half-hour is for suckers, the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce will be hosting what actually looks like a fascinating real estate symposium. Titled "The Changing Face of Real Estate in the Metroplex," they've rounded up a top-notch opening speaker (Richard Fisher, who's the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas) and scheduled at least two programs worth sitting in on if you're at all interested in the face--and fate--of the city. Me, I just like eating runny eggs in hotel meeting rooms with guys who have more money than me.
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Karl Zavitkovsky, the director of the city's Office of Economic Development, and Ted Hamilton, vice president of Hamilton Properties Corporation, will talk about "Combining Public Dollars With Private Real Estate Development—Can It Be A Win Win?" Seems to me they shoulda invited Don Williams too or Walt Humann; maybe they did. Hamilton's company is responsible for many of the downtown rehabs, among them the Dallas Power & Light Building, the Davis Building and the Union Tower Complex on Thanks-Giving Square. Hamilton and Zavitkovsky will probably talk about why downtown is swell. People in Frisco will take their words for it. Also during the earlier morning session, Daniel L. Jeakins, a principal at HKS Inc., which has designed most of the city (more or less, sure seems like it), will offer "A Bird's Eye Video Perspective of the 'Downtown Dallas of the Future.'" The event, which takes place at the Hilton Dallas Lincoln Centre at 5410 LBJ Freeway, is $55 for non-chamber members; you can sign up here (oh, lookie, a September 29 breakfast with the mayor). See you there--I will be the guy not wearing a tie. --Robert Wilonsky