Friday, September 25, 2009

Terrorist Plot on Fountain Place

Yesterday Dallas FBI agents intercepted a Jordanian terrorist in an attempt to detonate a car bomb to blow up the Fountain Place building. Fountain Place is a 1.2 million-square-foot office tower of green reflective glass rising 60 stories from a beautiful water garden located at the corner of Ross Avenue and Field Street in downtown Dallas. This is one of my favorite modern buildings in downtown Dallas. I see it everyday on my way to work and on the drive home.

Designed by I.M. Pei & Partners, the original plans were for the development of a second twin tower that was not built. It's location was just north adjacent to the existing tower. The second tower was also to include the famous plaza and water gardens with connections to the first tower. Although it was not built I can only imagine what the two towers would have looked like peering over the Dallas skyline.

The alleged terrorist mentioned during the planning stages of the attempted bombing that he wanted to blow up the tower because it reminded him of the World Trade Center in NYC. An eerie thought for sure. It makes me happy to know that the F.B.I. are diligent in their mission to seek out and uncover terror activity, and we can all see the value in their efforts especially on a day like yesterday.

Monday, September 21, 2009

The Pearl Latte @ The Pearl Cup

This is the Pearl Latte: this gigantic mother-load of a latte is from The Pearl Cup. My new favorite coffee shop. It's on Henderson Ave. just across the street from Barcadia.
The vibe inside this coffee shop is that of the independent spirit, laid back locally owned espresso bar ala: Austin!
The two women who own it moved from Austin and after finding that they didn't like their jobs in corporate America, decided to strike out on their own. If you ask anyone that's visited this jem, they'd agree that this place is definitely a one of a kind and worth visiting on a regular basis!

I can't wait to go back and enjoy the atmosphere, great employees and a hot cup of coffee!