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by vman
04 Jun 2019 08:49
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Fair Park
Replies: 76
Views: 17904

Re: Fair Park

So now that Fair Park hosted the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade, I'd like to see the numbers. All I have is a quote from NBC5 that said the parade itself was 50% bigger, which I believe based on what looked like a lot more corporate floats. It was great to see the parade televised but I never caugh...
by vman
04 Jun 2019 07:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 353
Views: 75469

Re: Oak Lawn

I tagged along with my cousin and his partner Sunday to the Pride Parade at Fair Park. Although I haven't been to the parade on Cedarsprings in years, I thought Fair Park was a much better venue. Tons of spaces to escape the heat, you could definitely see the parade better and people were spread out...
by vman
04 Jun 2019 07:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Christopher @The Union (31 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)
Replies: 191
Views: 59252

Re: The Christopher @The Union (31 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)

Before I met a friend at The Henry last night, I decided to check out the Tom Thumb. It's a really nice store, but more importantly, it was quite busy at 6:00 on a Monday evening. Actually, the entire development was very active. By the time I left the restaurant, The Henry's first floor seemed to b...
by vman
28 May 2019 11:52
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 55
Views: 9696

Re: Cypress Waters

^^
Looks like it was a really good turnout, especially in a development I consider somewhat isolated and under the radar.
by vman
16 Apr 2019 10:45
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 55
Views: 9696

Re: Cypress Waters

Another office building for Cypress Waters https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2019/04/16/high-rise-building-works-billingsleys-cypress-waters "We have decided to go 10 stories on it," said Billingsley Co. partner Lucy Burns. "We are working with O'Brien Architects on the ...
by vman
09 Apr 2019 11:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 584
Views: 120068

Re: Victory Park 3.0

^^^
There's a lot going on with that interior!!.. but I definitely hope it's successful and look forward to checking it out. Any word on the concept, menu? It seems so hush-hush.
by vman
04 Apr 2019 14:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Sheraton Hotel
Replies: 30
Views: 4892

Re: Downtown Dallas: Sheraton Hotel

Walked through the new lobby and restaurants and I call say is "yawn". The Starler, Cambria and even the Lorenzo have a cohesive design and they each tell a story. The story here is someone picked a few things out of a catalog and called it a day. It feels like the Westin at One Main: bor...
by vman
27 Mar 2019 07:43
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 841
Views: 197593

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Kelley USA wrote:A new Axe throwing franchise is Coming to the TMF... I think this is a pretty solid addition!

http://dallas.culturemap.com/news/enter ... ry-irving/

Mmmm..never knew this was a thing
by vman
25 Mar 2019 11:58
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 841
Views: 197593

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Wanted to share my weekend experiences at Water Street and Music Factory... Friday Night- Weather was great so a friend and I decided to head down to Water Street to grab some dinner. The entire place was packed! We thought we'd grab a pizza at Olivella's, but they were on a 20 minute wait. Their p...
by vman
19 Mar 2019 07:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 165
Views: 33496

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Nice! Didn't know about the juice place. Walked around the West End, and noticed a sign and some construction at the old Ellen's place. Sign says it's for "Burgerim." Glad to see something happening in this space. I always thought this location would be great for a coffee shop. I know I w...
by vman
04 Mar 2019 13:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Medical/Market Center: Stemmons Towers
Replies: 12
Views: 1405

Re: Medical/Market Center: Stemmons Towers

These have always caught my eye when riding TRE. Always thought they looked pretty nice. There's so much potential too, with all the surface parking, to make a nice area. I was driving home Friday and took a good look at this development. And I don't how I just noticed that J Pepe's had a location ...
by vman
01 Mar 2019 06:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Medical/Market Center: Stemmons Towers
Replies: 12
Views: 1405

Re: Medical/Market Center: Stemmons Towers

I've always liked this group of buildings and have always thought the area around them should be developed. I'm glad to see the Stemmons Corridor getting some attention. It seems to have been mostly ignored by a few of Dallas' boom cycles.
by vman
27 Feb 2019 07:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: (PWC) Park District Tower (316 FT | 20 ST) + Residences at Park District (385 FT | 32 ST)
Replies: 173
Views: 53665

Re: Uptown Dallas: (PWC) Park District Tower (316 FT | 20 ST) + Residences at Park District (385 FT | 32 ST)

Jbarn wrote:
This is so Dallas - placing a very expensive steakhouse in a prime location, directly across the street from the most visited park in the city. Missed opportunity to put a really neat, approachable establishment there I think.


I agree. Seems like a much better location for Shake Shack imo.
by vman
05 Feb 2019 07:24
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 841
Views: 197593

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Walk-On's is open on Regent. I tried it this weekend and really enjoyed it. Anyone know what is being built next to Walk-On's? I looked up Green Gator and it looks somewhat similar to Walk-On's. I do enjoy Cajun, so I look forward to trying it. I also noticed another place in the retail strip west o...
by vman
31 Jan 2019 06:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 158
Views: 35357

Re: West End 1.0

Looks like the Brewery Building (703 McKinney Ave) redevelopment is back on. Owners were in front of the Oak Lawn Committee for approval of a landscape plan. Oak Lawn Committee Revisits The Starck Club, Past Election https://candysdirt.com/2018/12/05/oak-lawn-committee-revisits-the-starck-club-past...
by vman
23 Jan 2019 15:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 165
Views: 33496

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

DPatel304 wrote:I never went to the old City Tavern but this one looks a bit small/crowded? I'm guessing this new location won't have a patio any more, correct?

Either way, I'm excited for this to open.

The old one was crowded too, but not nearly this nice. This looks awesome. Can't wait to check it out.
by vman
17 Jan 2019 07:10
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 841
Views: 197593

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

More about the Texican Court hotel, with pictures. Looks like something Motel 6 or Alamo Plaza would do in Santa Fe. A little surprised about the exterior-entrance rooms. In most new hotel construction these days, the rooms face inside. https://www.guidelive.com/fun-places-and-events/2019/01/16/hot...
by vman
15 Jan 2019 12:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas: Medical District
Replies: 123
Views: 34549

Re: Dallas: Medical District

Apparently, "the community" see the hospital as a necessity along the lines of a fire department, police department, sanitation department, parks, street lights.... whatever People tend to gripe about paying taxes for services they don't use (especially services for people less fortunate)...
by vman
08 Jan 2019 15:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 165
Views: 33496

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

"Bigger Better Hair" has occupied some of the forever vacant retail space in the 1001 Ross apartment building.
by vman
28 Dec 2018 12:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 584
Views: 120068

Re: T

That seems pretty strange. Could it be that the boxes are just temporary for something? Doesn't make a whole lot of sense any way you slice it, but that's the only possibility that comes to mind. I'll look again next week, but from what I could tell, there was piping in the bottom of them for water...
by vman
28 Dec 2018 11:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 584
Views: 120068

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I went for a walk through Victory Park on my lunch break yesterday. Usually, I walk through AAC, crossing the plaza. When I approached the steps to the plaza off Olive St, I noticed the center is putting huge concrete planter boxes there along with a "NO TRESPASSING" sign prominently displ...
by vman
27 Dec 2018 07:29
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 841
Views: 197593

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Went to Shake Shack on Monday... Place is nice! Actually not too much seating on the inside which sort of surprised me. Staff was super friendly, food was tasty, although a tad bit pricey (I already knew this though as I had been to the one in Uptown several times). I paid $15 for burger, fries and...
by vman
14 Dec 2018 07:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 391
Views: 101428

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

You're joking, right? Leaving aside the ridiculous idea that an individual would have standing to file suit against a developer for not completing a project, the city didn't give any tax breaks to the project, so what damages would they claim? It's not like they promised a luxury hotel and resident...
by vman
08 Dec 2018 21:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Fort Worth: Dickies Arena
Replies: 7
Views: 1627

Re: Fort Worth: Dickies Arena

Why does everything built in Fort Worth look like that?
by vman
27 Nov 2018 07:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Convention Center
Replies: 31
Views: 7059

Re: Dallas Convention Center

I was in Houston over the holiday and visited Discovery Green Saturday evening. I couldn't help but think how Dallas made such a huge mistake burying the convention center underground and ignoring the surface area around it. What a missed opportunity to bring some life to that end of downtown. The h...
by vman
16 Nov 2018 13:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Dallas Developments
Replies: 64
Views: 18606

Re: West Dallas Developments

I was in the area yesterday...and anyone know what the large building going up is in the 2200 block of Fort Worth Avenue? It's right next to that new shopping center and in front of those (horrible) new apartments just west of Hampton and Fort Worth Ave. At first glance, it looks like a grocery sto...
by vman
16 Nov 2018 07:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Dallas Developments
Replies: 64
Views: 18606

Re: West Dallas Developments

I was in the area yesterday...and anyone know what the large building going up is in the 2200 block of Fort Worth Avenue? It's right next to that new shopping center and in front of those (horrible) new apartments just west of Hampton and Fort Worth Ave. At first glance, it looks like a grocery stor...
by vman
12 Nov 2018 09:38
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 841
Views: 197593

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I had a chance to take a look at The Sound development in Cypress Waters two weekends ago. I had no idea the project was that far along. It's a great looking project. Hopefully this will rectify my main complaint about this development...with all the apartments and townhouses around, anytime I've dr...
by vman
04 Oct 2018 07:58
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Plague of Pancake Development
Replies: 13
Views: 2331

Re: The Plague of Pancake Development

I really agree about what the author said about NOT putting residential on large streets. I cringe everytime I see those townhouses that front Ross Ave, Oaklawn, Canton..I could go on. Who wants to open up their front door and walk out onto Oaklawn?? I loved those walk up style townhomes on Canton n...
by vman
04 Oct 2018 07:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 584
Views: 120068

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Is work being done on the Tom Thumb? I work across the street and can't tell.
by vman
03 Oct 2018 07:32
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Plague of Pancake Development
Replies: 13
Views: 2331

The Plague of Pancake Development

https://www.architectmagazine.com/design/the-plague-of-pancake-development_o?utm_source=newsletter&utm_content=Article&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ABU_100218A%20%281%29%20B&he=c6c04a1adf7448382017373c1d1ac17445c34dad Great article on the look-alike apartment developments we discuss...
by vman
06 Sep 2018 10:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Lower Greenville Development
Replies: 69
Views: 15141

Re: Lower Greenville Development

Well, I'm very happy the 5420 Ross building (Toasted, Milk & Cream, Bonavide barbershop etc) was saved and renovated. I've always loved that building and everything there seems to be doing relatively well.
by vman
06 Sep 2018 07:29
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 841
Views: 197593

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

As a relatively new resident of Las Colinas/Irving, I explore the entire city, not just Las Colinas. If I hadn't, I never would have known of the beautiful neighborhoods in Irving south of 114 and yes, some south of 183. Neighborhoods that have some actual character, unlike most of the bland incredi...
by vman
30 Aug 2018 07:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 586
Views: 155137

Re: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)

That pool at the Fairmount is really active.
by vman
20 Aug 2018 06:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: 900 Main
Replies: 48
Views: 5940

Re: 900 Main

Tucy wrote:
Matt777 wrote:
Tucy wrote:

So... apparently no source.

Uhhhh, you're more than welcome to do some research yourself if you're doubtful of Matt777's info.
by vman
15 Aug 2018 15:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Galleria
Replies: 36
Views: 5844

Re: North Dallas: Galleria

"Ablon at Galleria Muse" is planned for the parking lot area north of Starbucks, The Container Store, and Z Gallerie (across Alpha from the mall). Called "Galleria North" when the original project was built several years ago, there have been many plans/changes since the original...
by vman
14 Aug 2018 07:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 158
Views: 35357

Re: West End 1.0

That rendering is awful; it looks like two buildings mating with each other. Hopefully they come back with something better.
by vman
18 Jul 2018 13:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 8 (New Rolex Building)
Replies: 72
Views: 25307

Re: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 8 (New Rolex Building)

Once again, the renderings were much better than the final product.
by vman
26 Jun 2018 07:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 584
Views: 120068

Re: Victory Park 3.0

I walked through Victory yesterday and was amazed at how the construction is coming along. Signs are up on Orange Theory and Cinepolis. Any word on when the theater is going to open? The sign looks great and there were lights on inside.
by vman
15 Jun 2018 11:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 330
Views: 78264

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

I would love it if Shake Shack packed up and moved to W. Village. I think the Crescent is a horrible location Well, every time I have been there is a line out the door and the patio space is filled with families from Klyde Warren. Even in this heat. I have been surprised how well they used the spac...
by vman
14 Jun 2018 20:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 330
Views: 78264

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

I would love it if Shake Shack packed up and moved to W. Village. I think the Crescent is a horrible location
by vman
16 May 2018 10:52
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 841
Views: 197593

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

A few notes today... 1) They are clearing the pad site in front of Whole Foods. Last I heard it was supposed to be one of those quick ER businesses. We already have a ton of those, and quite frankly not sure how all those places stay in business. Hopefully it'll be something else though! I know Leo...
by vman
10 May 2018 14:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 586
Views: 155137

Re: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)

Planet Fitness isn't exactly a high-end tenant so I doubt that exact tenant would find a home in a tower trying for A class tenants plus the rent would be too high. Planet Fitness would work better going in other neighborhoods surrounding the CBD but I doubt their true market is in the CBD. Planet ...
by vman
20 Apr 2018 06:50
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 841
Views: 197593

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I went to the soft opening for the Alamo on Monday and it was, well, a soft opening. Monday was the absolute first day of operation for them, so I bet they were a bit frazzled. I've been to multiple Drafthouse locations and they are pretty consistent, so I feel pretty good that they will be fully r...
by vman
10 Apr 2018 07:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Canyon In Oak Cliff
Replies: 52
Views: 14129

Re: The Canyon In Oak Cliff

Also Hispanic people don't go to Olive garden..FACTS! It's overpriced Chef Boyardee. You've obviously never been to the Olive Garden off 183 in Irving. But let's be real....Dallas is never going to be an "urban" city in regards to development. We will get pockets of urban style developmen...
by vman
06 Apr 2018 06:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)
Replies: 152
Views: 49623

Re: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)

At least Museum tower is beautiful. This building for me is a huge let down. The very top of that thing looks horrific. Still glad it got built but could and should have looked much better. I think I've only seen the building from behind (west facing side), but it's really unattractive. It actually...
by vman
22 Feb 2018 11:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor
Replies: 128
Views: 38824

Re: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor

I go to other cities and am blown away by the designs of the new residential going up. Most of the Dallas apartment builders are national firms, and it's very easy to find the exact same buildings in other cities around the US. You are correct, I do see these designs in other cities, but not nearly...
by vman
22 Feb 2018 07:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor
Replies: 128
Views: 38824

Re: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor

Plain beige EIFS stick built apartment in Dallas. Groundbreaking. Ross Ave isn't Uptown. To get high-end construction and design, you have to be able to fetch high-end prices, and you're just not going to get that here. It's either the unexciting midrise that will bring 600 more people and their vi...
by vman
20 Feb 2018 06:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: (PWC) Park District Tower (316 FT | 20 ST) + Residences at Park District (385 FT | 32 ST)
Replies: 173
Views: 53665

Re: Uptown Dallas: (PWC) Park District Tower (316 FT | 20 ST) + Residences at Park District (385 FT | 32 ST)

This is probably my favorite development going up right now. Main reason...because unlike so many recent developments, it's just as impressive as the renderings.
by vman
20 Feb 2018 06:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: Cinépolis /The 23 (~273 FT / 23 ST)
Replies: 107
Views: 41410

Re: Victory Park: Cinépolis /The 23 (~273 FT / 23 ST)

Signs have been posted on the southwest side of the building for Orange Theory fitness.

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