It’s a tale of two videos. One shows Dallas breaking ground on the brand new CityPlace, an enormous development that will be home to a whopping 3,000 houses, condos, townhouses, and apartments. The other, mind you, shows the building site, being built, and the people who live in the area.
David B. Novak, one of the partners behind CityPlace, filmed this scene in mid-September, more than three months before the big opening. The hard-hat man is Jonathan Lehman, a paid employee of the development’s main contractor, Puente Group. The entire city stands behind Lehman, as he unveils the elaborate state-of-the-art scaffolding made out of a bright white brand new crane painted “BL.” It’s a hard to match image — and even harder to miss.
“It’s like this is the leaning tower of crane,” Lehman said, pointing to the bright white column as it hovered from the ground and rose up into the sky.
With a design that took over three years and more than $200 million, the crane is supposed to look like something of the French side of the Big Apple. “The sum of its parts is intended to look like the city,” said Novak. “It’s a city in itself.”
If the project is a world-class development, then the actual inhabitants of the city are “super-class.” But it is not far off. In just two decades, more than 33,000 people have moved into Dallas. And on Friday, they will finally see what the city looks like from above — with a few high-profile investments, a new commuter rail line and a state-of-the-art shopping mall — when the groundbreaking for CityPlace begins in earnest.