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

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Work will start soon on an apartment complex near the planned Toyota North American Headquarters in the Van Allen Belt.

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 suburban deep space. I feel better.

Last month when Toyota opted for the suburbs of Dallas instead of moving into the city itself, our mayor said Toyota had told him their decision was driven mainly by our troubled urban school system. I got into major hot water with some readers when I said I thought the school system was an awfully convenient peg on which to hang a hatful of possible other explanations, as in proximity to poor people generally and poor ethnic minorities in particular.

You know how it is now. If you say anything that even touches on race, you get this huge back-flow from the ultra-whites. They want to tell you there is no such thing as race anymore. Somebody waved a wand.

Oh, but let's not really go there. Like I said, I think today's story is a better indicator of what's going on. This is really about a totally honest and legitimate lifestyle choice -- employees and bosses who never want to be more than five minutes from each other. Think about it.

Everybody who wants to live right next to their place of employment, raise your hand. OK, I couldn't see that, sorry. Limitations of the technology. But take my point: not everybody. Not, for example, me.

For me, what's so great about a big messy diverse city is all of the opportunity it offers me to hide from my employer. I can walk out that office door, plunge into the junky quagmire that is the city, and it's like I left the planet. For somebody else, they want their house or apartment to be kind of an annex to the office. Or the office wants it that way, six of one, half dozen of the other.

I want two things, independent of each other. Office. Not office. Totally separate realms. But in that other culture, there is no true un-office space. Everything is the office. You never leave.

That culture was never going to come into the city. It was always going to seek virgin ground somewhere where it could create its own space station. Reminds me of '87 when J.C. Penney shocked New York by announcing it would move its world headquarters to Dallas, by which they meant Plano. I knew somebody here who worked for them in a high position.

I said, "How are all those lifelong New Yorkers going to adjust to the empty prairies of Plano? Won't they pine for Manhattan?"

He said, "Are you kidding? First of all, they're not lifelong New Yorkers. They're store managers from Dubuque. And they view Manhattan as Hades. Their Nirvana is a place where they can work in brand-new offices, live in brand-new houses minutes from work, be close to brand-new golf courses and brand-new churches and never ever ever come across a scuzzy-looking protester with a beard and an animal rights placard."

He was staring right at my beard.

It's OK. It's their right. Dallas enjoys a huge leg up over lots of other regions because it can offer both things to both cultures. People who love cities and funk can come right on into this one and make themselves very much at home. People who prefer the sterile space-station life can jump into their space suits and toddle on out to Plano/Frisco/Hidey-Ho-whatever.

But for the sake of everybody's basic serenity, we need to get over the idea that this was ever a one-on-one, zero-sum competition. City people are city people. Suburban people are suburban people. Never the twain shall meet.

Well, seldom. Obviously when the suburban people's children reach their teen years and begin suffering symptoms of sensory deprivation, they will all come down to Deep Ellum, have cow bones inserted into their lower lips and get into bits of mischief. That's really a medical issue. We know how to handle that one. What's really called for is mutual respect. I'm going to work on that, promise.


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rusknative
rusknative

but will Plano name some streets "Hiroshima Place" or "Nagasaki Boulevard" or "Hiro Hito Turnpike?"

peninsular
peninsular

"If you say anything that even touches on race, you get this huge back-flow from the ultra-whites."

Jim keeps typing these howlers shamelessly. Must be addicted to the salary increase from page views. He also provides amazing verbatim quotes from 1987. Wave that wand mang!

gordonhilgers
gordonhilgers

Am I the only white person who doesn't like white people all that much? 

I'm not generalizing here, but when we get into the generalization required by any kind of race talk--as if melanin content in one's skin is THE measure of a human being--we get all kinds of distorted perceptions.  Those of us who suffer from melanin deficiency after eons of living in snowy tundra way up north, the fact being that those with lighter skin needed less protection from the sun that actually wasn't there much as well as the advantage of blending into all those snowflakes, have to live with what Schutze caled "ultra-white", a completely different race from the rest of us white people, and boy oh boy, is that ever uncomfortable.


I remember sitting in the Inwood Village Starbucks about seven years ago merely minding my own business and reading The New York Times, mainly because I wanted to read real news with actual details the local papers tend to avoid because, well, details might give people information, and no, no, no, we cannot have that--says official Dallas.  It was a hot summer day, but one after another, aged white ninnies that looked like human skeletons popped in dressed as if they were ladies in their twenties, their haunches revealing no fat, no bootie, nothing but painful-looking bones as they wore their white clam diggers while grossing me out completely.  The men they were with were all wearing sports jackets--in 104 degree temperatures--and dress shoes or penny loafers along with dress slacks, and there it was: Saturday afternoon. 

One female skeleton, sitting behind me, talked on her cell phone in deep and heavy complaint over the Democrats pointing out that John McCain, then running for president, was born in Panama, a not-too-subtle response to the birthers who were claiming that Obama, a mixed race man, could not possibly be American with a name like Barack and a dad who happened to be a supporter of the Mau Mau revolutionary guerrilla fighters in Africa during the Sixties. 

"The New York Communist Times!" the female skeleton twanged, more than likely quite well apprised I was reading the "New York Communist Times".  She sounded like a one woman cat fight she was so upset over Obama, that Muslim, Marxist, Fascist, Nazi, Communist, friend of Bill Ayers, subversive.  I felt like vomiting, and finally stood-up, turned around and did this:

I raised my left fist into the air, shouted, "POWER TO THE PEOPLE!" and waved my copy of the "Communist New York Times". 

I continued: "Combat Liberalism!  You know who said that?  Mao Tse Tung.  1937!  In reaction to the NEW DEAL!!!  He's ON YOUR SIDE!!!" 

Her look resembled a nuclear bomb about to go off.  So I took leave of her, my opinion of the ultra-whites completely changed.  I like human beings much better than white people. 

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

Looking at the litany of comments from people about Jim's preoccupation with race, and racism, and Toyota, and DISD...did I get all of 'em? probably left some out, but nonetheless.

I'm wondering if everybody read the article from start to finish or just gazed at a part and felt they knew where Jim was going and just shut their mind. Here's what might be viewed as the summary:

But for the sake of everybody's basic serenity, we need to get over the idea that this was ever a one-on-one, zero-sum competition. City people are city people. Suburban people are suburban people. Never the twain shall meet.

hmm. I suppose that some people could intone a racial connoctation in the phrase "Suburban people", but anyone who has ever been in the subs are aware there is a diversity of races. Plano for instance has close to the national average of racial composition except there is a much greater % of asians.

wow. toyota went to a commmunity that has a 3x number of asian residents than what is average. go figure.

so where is the "racism" that people are seeing in this article? it isn't there, it is a piece about lifestyle preference.

Jim is right on target. suburbia is where Toyota came from, and suburbia is where they feel they belong.

Rooster0620
Rooster0620

If I said it once, I'll say it a thousand times.

No one...and I mean NO ONE...at the Observer should be allowed to write dinky-doo about business or economics, and ESPECIALLY the thought process behind a business relocation, since it's painfully obvious they know nothing about it.

In Shutze's last article, no one claimed racism didn't exist.  That's a straw-man argument on it's best day, normally to attempt to cover his own factless biases.  There were plenty of people who did say when you have shareholders to answer to, the only thing that matters is the bottom line.

Toyota would have dropped this relo in the middle of Harlem if that's where it made the most economic sense.

MattL11
MattL11

There's probably a lot more truth to this than most people are willing to admit.  

PeteJr
PeteJr

"Ultra-whites?"  Jesus, Jim, you're such a colossal racist and hate monger.  You spew so much race-baiting hatred, and stir pots purely for self-aggrandizement.  You're like the firebug arsonist who sets blazes so he can put them out and act the hero.  The world does not need people like you.  Stop tearing off scabs to remind us where the wounds are.  We know where they are.  Let us work on healing, and solutions.  But you can't, because you're stuck in hippie time.  You're the Bizarro Anti-Archie Bunker, and you don't realize the extreme grandpa myopia on your end of the spectrum does just as much damage to the community around you as your counterpart's.  Please, please, do everyone a favor and just stop writing. 

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

I wonder if Jim could write a really boring, pointless navel-gazing article without race baiting.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

It's almost as if different people have different desires for themselves and their families.

Huh.


dingo
dingo

>Obviously when the suburban people's children reach their teen years and begin suffering symptoms of sensory deprivation, they will all come down to Deep Ellum, have cow bones inserted into their lower lips and get into bits of mischief.

----

I didn't see that in this racialist northern suburb full of ultra-whites, ultra-blacks and ultra-browns.


The kids head to attractions, extra-curriculars, sporting events, etc. all across DFW and the state for that matter.


Then they mostly head off to Austin, Norman, College Station, Lubbock, Nacogdoches, San Marcos, etc.


But you urban core folks can keep on framing the issue around your own little world because you live in the center of the universe.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

"You know how it is now. If you say anything that even touches on race, you get this huge back-flow from the ultra-whites. They want to tell you there is no such thing as race anymore. Somebody waved a wand."

Could you get any more asshat than that?  Most of the comments to your last article on this took you to task for injecting race into a discussion that wasn't about race, but about the schools.  YOU were the one waving the wand.  Toyota never mentioned race, nor have any of their actions suggested racial makeup of an area was a motive.  The city never brought it up.  None of the readers would have mentioned it if it hadn't been the focus of your article.  YOU look at the world through race-tinted glasses.  Everything is based on race with you.  You can't seem to comprehend that most of us have actually moved on and are trying to get the damn system moving in the right direction and toward a more equal society.  We just can't figure out what the hell is keeping us anchored in the past..... Oh wait, there it is, it's a damn silly old white man writing about racism to keep himself relevant.

James_the_P3
James_the_P3

The real issue that's being overlooked is that Toyota is a car manufacturer.  All of its employees own Toyotas (or Lexuses for the executives).  The prospect of a dense, walkable, urban environment that is well served by mass transit has no allure for them.  They want someplace that can be reached quickly and easily by car.


They're sure as hell not going to a city that would consider tearing down a freeway through its city center.  Such talk is anathema to a car manufacturer.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@peninsular

Jim is the flip side of the JWP coin.

doublecheese
doublecheese

@gordonhilgers Cool story bro.  


And no, you are not the only white person that dislikes white people.   Nobody dislikes white people more than white liberals. There's a lot of that self loathing around here.  It's quite disgusting.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@mavdog

If only he had omitted the paragraph prior to that one .

Couldn't resist tossing a little red meat, I suppose. Old habits die hard.

doublecheese
doublecheese

@mavdog  wow. toyota went to a commmunity that has a 3x number of asian residents than what is average. go figure.


Now we find the REAL racist plot behind all this.  Those damn dirty Japs.

JFPO
JFPO

Settle down, Beavis. All of you who think racism is dead need to get out of your bubbles. There's a reason real estate agents to this day tell white folks moving to the area to "go to Oklahoma and turn around" if they want to live in a "good" area.

lebowski300
lebowski300

@PeteJr "You're the Bizarro Anti-Archie Bunker" I'm spending minutes trying to decode this phrase. Does that mean he *is* Archie Bunker? Because "Bizarro" means opposite and "anti" means opposite, right? Anyway, stfu.

James080
James080

@TheRuddSki 

JimS is only capable of seeing the world through the prism of his own prejudices.

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

@dingo Did you grow up here? I did -- in Plano -- and you can bet your sweet bippy that when we got to our mid teens we thought hanging out in the "big city" was much cooler than the arcades or pizza places in the burbs. I realize Frisco has a bunch of innovative silly shit for kids to do (indoor skydiving and whatnot) but the exotic grit of the city will always attract the young adults from the burbs. Pull your head out, Ward Cleaver; the Beav sometimes likes seeing live shows in dingy nightclubs.

James080
James080

@dingo 

You have to forgive JimS, he's never been north of Loop 12.

mindingthestore
mindingthestore

@RT. One cannot separate Dallas schools from race, as the district is 96% minority and 89% poor. If you refuse to buy into the race issue, which is incredulous to me, then at least acknowledge the class issue. Plano schools are predominantly Anglo and middle class,so their test scores are much better than DISD's. Every study known to man will show you that a population such as Plano's will produce schools

that score better. So, yeah, top executives would rather have their kids enrolled in a school where kids look like them and live in a neighborhood where people look like them.

lebowski300
lebowski300

@RTGolden1 People who don't see this "somebody waved a wand" dynamic are absolutely not in the same universe as me (and presumably Jim, since he wrote it). It happens all the time. So, no, he could get a lot more asshat than saying that. I mean he could call things "reverse-racism" with a straight face and then I'll be right on board with you that he could not get any more asshat. Until then, he's still aiming for the asshattery bar you set.

losingmyreligion
losingmyreligion

@RTGolden1

Riiiiggght. Like Toyota was actually going to make a public announcement, 'We're not moving to Dallas 'cause of all those non-white people stinking up the place, especially all those non-white kids our precious well-off white kids might have to associate with.' 

But you know what? This might be news for you: Lots of times, when people say 'urban school system,' they're STILL talking about race, especially when they talk about 'under-performing urban school system.' And people who "have actually moved on" and are "trying to get the damn system moving in the right direction" sound an awful like all those people who don't want to say any of this out loud. So 'moving on' seems like 'trying real hard to make it go away because I never want to talk about it again.'  Good luck with that.

doublecheese
doublecheese

@James_the_P3 Why would an elite World Class city like Dallas want them anyway?  Private transportation is so bourgeois.  

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

@doublecheese To be fair, it's pretty easy to disparage yourself when you realize that your kind, namely white males, have been in charge throughout most of the history of Western Civilization. It's sort of like the boss criticizing his own failings. In fact, a little bit of introspection is supposed to be a pretty good management style, I've heard.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@doublecheese

And when self-loathing whites project their loathing onto others, they get irrational.

They judge a man by the color of their skin, and if that color is white, then they assume that person does as well.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@JFPO

There's a reason real estate agents to this day tell white folks moving to the area to "go to Oklahoma and turn around" if they want to live in a "good" area.

Are we to assume the state that enjoys some of the greatest economic and social growth in the nation is so damn racially dysfunctional that it's losing to Oklahoma??

The level of actual racism on these boards as compared to the racialophobia is way out of whack.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@James080

Jim, quite frankly, is boldly racist.

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

@mindingthestore It is not about appearance, it is about intelligence.


The only people who want to live around idiots are idiots.

doublecheese
doublecheese

@losingmyreligion Whether or not those are often used as euphemisms for minority dominated schools, doesn't change the fact that they really are terrible schools.  Either they are terrible schools, or they are good schools filled with minority kids who are incapable of doing basic school work.  You choose.  Either way, parents with children of average and above average intelligence want the best for them, and that means not placing them in a class full of losers.

pak152
pak152

@JimSX @RTGolden1 and many people are finding Coates article to be 14,000 words too long and a bit tendentious


doublecheese
doublecheese

@JimSX @RTGolden1 I read the article.  Didn't find a single argument.  All I see are statistics on who is in favor of reparations, depending on what reparations are.  


As for your flat-screen, are white people who are trying to move on from the shameful past of racism REALLY the people you have to worry about stealing your TV?  Really...

JFPO
JFPO

@TheRuddSki Once again you fail at reading comprehension. Agents tell the white folks to go to Oklahoma and turn around, since up north is where the white folks live. I know people in Frisco who now feel the need to move to Prosper, as Frisco has gotten to "urban" (one of white folks favorite dog whistles).

JFPO
JFPO

You don't know the meaning of the word racism....much like your misuse of the words socialism, communism, et. al...

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@pak152

That's only because they keep finding him and bringing him back home.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@JFPO

You have no earthly idea what you are talking about.

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