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by ContriveDallasite
06 Nov 2019 03:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 473
Views: 125289

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Uber announced results yesterday, and it looks like they burned another 1.2b with about 12b left in reserves. Expense growth outpaced revenue growth this past quarter. I am still deeply confused as to why the developer here is so enthusiastic about this, and why they're likely doing a build to suit...
by ContriveDallasite
08 Oct 2019 03:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox: Oliver + Central (18 ST)
Replies: 58
Views: 23337

Re: Knox: Oliver + Central (18 ST)

That will settle - it is pretty telling that we consider a building like this to be infill now. 10 years ago this project would have excited us.
by ContriveDallasite
04 Sep 2019 10:57
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 946
Views: 270556

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Nothing earthshattering here by any means, but I do like how this apartment complex will make use of it's location on the water by providing paddle boards and kayaks to residents... The Legacy at Lake Carolyn: Urban Living with Lakeside Flair https://www.rees.com/about/news/05312018-0943 DMN versio...
by ContriveDallasite
03 Sep 2019 06:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 188
Views: 53550

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

I hate the CVS in the Bishop Arts. They tore down my favorite Mexican restaurant This! Exactly what I mentioned in my last post. El Corazon was one of my favorite restaurants in Dallas. The fact that what probably should have been a historic building was torn down for a CVS proves to me that Dallas...
by ContriveDallasite
02 Sep 2019 09:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 188
Views: 53550

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

That is unfortunate to hear, exactly this mix on Fitzhugh is what makes this part of town exciting. The "Dallasification" of all of its neighborhoods is transforming the city in to one large "Blah" of Stucco and 3 story townhomes.
by ContriveDallasite
06 Aug 2019 13:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 467
Views: 165670

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

Does anyone have the scoop on the leasing concessions for the retail in the new developments? The developer should focus on attracting the right tenant mix and keeping them alive before capitalizing on this project.
by ContriveDallasite
03 Aug 2019 07:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 625
Views: 185450

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

On the bright side, I've saved thousands of dollars in property taxes over the past 15 years. When I protested my valuation back in the early 2000's when this stuff was happening the DCAD appraiser told me about how the Dallas police had harassed her family and arrested her teenage brother leaving ...
by ContriveDallasite
17 Jul 2019 02:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 258
Views: 109596

Re: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)

Looking down at this tower going up every day one can't help but notice the base of this structure is enormous. Taking up the entire block and rising six floors now, going on seven. Those poor folks on the lower levels over at Museum will be looking at a parking garage forever. Those pooor milliona...
by ContriveDallasite
09 Jul 2019 12:05
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 946
Views: 270556

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I think one positive sign is that Total Wine is a somewhat fairly new member of the Irving / Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce. Seems like an obvious first step to opening up a location! I wasn't aware of that, and yes, that's a great sign. Okay, did a little digging on this property. Not saying my s...
by ContriveDallasite
09 Jun 2019 17:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: City Lights
Replies: 101
Views: 36748

Re: Downtown Dallas: City Lights

These things really are built as cheap as they look... I really hope nobody was hurt.
by ContriveDallasite
06 Jun 2019 22:59
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 291
Views: 82714

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

I would also be interested in a further passenger breakdown between travellers and people travelling to the airport for work.
by ContriveDallasite
05 Jun 2019 14:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum Tower
Replies: 187
Views: 75487

Re: Museum Tower

Any infos regarding price reductions on units facing the new tower construction side?
by ContriveDallasite
05 Jun 2019 04:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown - Warsaw Restaurant Office Tower
Replies: 57
Views: 18907

Re: Uptown - Warsaw Restaurant Office Tower

A little disappointing given the potential with the previous development. But still there is something to be said that we have reached the tipping point with residential in the area. It seems every other month there is another +10 story residential proposal sprouting up. Once we reach a critical mas...
by ContriveDallasite
14 May 2019 03:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Hall Arts Hotel & Residences
Replies: 221
Views: 85884

Re: Arts District: Hall Arts Hotel & Residences

This little pencil tower is a lot taller than I anticipated. Looks great!
by ContriveDallasite
10 May 2019 03:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 224
Views: 62822

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

ArtVandelay wrote:Tell that to the low rise homeowners in the farmers market that will no longer have a view of downtown.


The NIMBYism in this city is incredible :lol:
by ContriveDallasite
27 Apr 2019 09:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 670
Views: 202136

Re: Victory Park 3.0

The area is definitely large enough to delineate a north and south. Folks here fawn over “LoMac” and “Lowest Greenville.” How are those any different? The difference...? LoMac Lower Greenville are nick-names the people came up with on their own, South Victory is a branding effort attached to a mark...
by ContriveDallasite
24 Apr 2019 01:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Demolished (and about to be) Properties 2.0
Replies: 30
Views: 7709

Re: Demolished (and about to be) Properties 2.0

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:Sadly Belmont hotel will be next


I really hope that's not the case. That hotel is beautiful and should be protected, all it needs is new management.
by ContriveDallasite
04 Apr 2019 04:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 158
Views: 58763

Re: The Cedars Developments

Would be nice to see if Turkish Mike still has something going with the Trump Motel planned around the Butler Bro's building.
by ContriveDallasite
29 Mar 2019 13:54
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 946
Views: 270556

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Anyone care to snap some updates of TMF and Water Street?
by ContriveDallasite
26 Mar 2019 04:15
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: The Daily Digital 4.0
Replies: 53
Views: 21651

Re: The Daily Digital 4.0

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:Meh...I wish those old homes on Malone Cliff view would have become a park...A cool coit tower like viewing area would've been better. Something everyone can enjoy.


Yeah honestly, those homes have the best view in the entire city.
by ContriveDallasite
24 Mar 2019 11:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Mockingbird Station
Replies: 104
Views: 29883

Re: Dallas Mockingbird Station

Ironic how we are talking about traffic congestion and championing the fact that this building is adjacent to a DART station. If traffic and parking reach a critical level, then perhaps people will consider jumping in a train more often.
by ContriveDallasite
15 Mar 2019 04:53
Forum: Texas Urban/Suburban/Exurban Development
Topic: Austin's proposed tallest (in 4 yrs)
Replies: 133
Views: 26867

Re: Austin's proposed tallest (in 4 yrs)

It is really impressive seeing the amount of highrises sprouting in Austin. But, downtown Austin is turning in to what Amazons HQ in Seattle is. A boring but "hip" see of glass. The uniqueness of Austin was that it had a thriving CBD with unique and alternative outlooks, but the corporatiz...
by ContriveDallasite
15 Mar 2019 02:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 682
Views: 266214

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

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:Sorry, I don't find this tower appealing.


Do you actually have anything positive to say about any development in this city?
by ContriveDallasite
12 Mar 2019 07:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Hall Arts Hotel & Residences
Replies: 221
Views: 85884

Re: Arts District: Hall Arts Hotel & Residences

Beautiful building, glad to hear this one has a way to go.
by ContriveDallasite
22 Feb 2019 03:40
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 279
Views: 86381

Re: the Cotton Belt line

How much extra is double tracking going to add to the cost of this epic boondoggle? If they're going to be spending all this extra money to bring a 3rd rail line to DFW Airport, I would like to see a plan to integrate the 3 lines into one central station at DFW, and then buses from each terminal to...
by ContriveDallasite
29 Jan 2019 13:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 228
Views: 74240

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

At some point, the quiet areas of the CBD will become a welcome block or two of inactivity for residents. As long as the busy "24 Hour" hives of activity are generally contained, the whole city benefits by a varied array of activity.... eventually. We are still a decade or two away from t...
by ContriveDallasite
13 Jan 2019 06:04
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Grapevine: Grapevine Mills
Replies: 6
Views: 2969

Re: Grapevine: Grapevine Mills

The mall has landed the first US location of Peppa Pig's World of Play, based on the children's show from the UK. It will open next year. https://www.dallasnews.com/business/leisure/2018/06/05/grapevine-mills-get-first-us-location-peppa-pig-play-center Update: the Peppa Pig's World of Play space is...
by ContriveDallasite
20 Dec 2018 08:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: City Lights
Replies: 101
Views: 36748

Re: Downtown Dallas: City Lights

This one definitely hasn't moved much the last quarter.
by ContriveDallasite
13 Dec 2018 02:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: 1900 Pearl (362 FT | 25 ST)
Replies: 200
Views: 75761

Re: Arts District: 1900 Pearl (362 FT | 25 ST)

Great shot! Excited to see two more towers go up in that same shot in the future.
by ContriveDallasite
21 Nov 2018 03:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Mockingbird Station
Replies: 104
Views: 29883

Re: Dallas Mockingbird Station

willyk wrote:I can’t find a Katy Trail map that shows this is part of the trail. Is there really trail there?


Isn't it the Katy Trail extension that leads to White Rock lake?
by ContriveDallasite
19 Nov 2018 14:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1054
Views: 276879

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

:shock: Can we go ahead and lock this thread now :shock:
by ContriveDallasite
15 Nov 2018 17:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 682
Views: 266214

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

Pretty awesome knowing this is not even a 1/3 of the way up yet!
by ContriveDallasite
11 Nov 2018 17:10
Forum: Art + Sol
Topic: UT-Dallas gets art collection, new museum
Replies: 10
Views: 3372

Re: UT-Dallas gets art collection, new museum

You seem to have a personal vendetta against UTD Tivo? The campus really truely has changed in the past decade. You should go check it out. UTD started as a research school for engineering. The fact that UTD has expended the way it has, is entirely due to the fact that the school is trying new thing...
by ContriveDallasite
08 Nov 2018 03:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 670
Views: 202136

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:What we really need is more affordable and/or micro units.

A bunch of high end apartments creates a snooty ghost town


Just let these things get built out and wait for the next recession, $3,800 will end up being $2,200 with first two months free :lol:
by ContriveDallasite
06 Nov 2018 09:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1054
Views: 276879

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I still haven't seen a formalized statement, but it does appear that NYC and DC are getting all the attention. Sad that this ordeal was such a farce.
by ContriveDallasite
30 Oct 2018 04:02
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Food Delivery Robots coming to Dallas (6-month pilot program start Nov 1st)
Replies: 4
Views: 2040

Re: Food Delivery Robots coming to Dallas (6-month pilot program start Nov 1st)

They better have some martian Lunar Rover suspensions for the amount of potholes in these streets.
by ContriveDallasite
27 Oct 2018 03:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 436
Views: 149926

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

Considering the 24 Hour Fitness is under there, I would imagine its just a puddle. Wonder why they don't put some tarmac on the roof for an open air basketball court or something.
by ContriveDallasite
26 Oct 2018 04:48
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 301
Views: 87301

Re: DART D2 Subway

For me what is really the urban issue is that there is no presence through the uptown area from Victory up to the southern border of Highland Park. If there was a line that cut up through there and then went up the tollway to Frisco and all of that development then I think it could be a fairly robu...
by ContriveDallasite
24 Oct 2018 16:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Parking Garages
Replies: 139
Views: 40976

Re: Parking Garages

It's a small step forward, but no way this parking garage would have retail 5+ years ago.
by ContriveDallasite
23 Oct 2018 04:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Ross Tower / 500 N. Akard
Replies: 25
Views: 8948

Re: Ross Tower / 500 N. Akard

The Goldman Consolidation was split between Downtown and Richardson. The Richardson office consolidated many of the back office functions along with the new retail division. I believe Goldman still has a Private Wealth office in the Crescent.
by ContriveDallasite
22 Oct 2018 10:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: De La Vega Development: Haskell & US 75
Replies: 22
Views: 7055

Re: De La Vega Development: Haskell & US 75

Tangent: Does anyone know if the City Place outparcels are still planned as residential?

This pocket is really ripe for some redevelopment being wedged between uptown and Deep Ellum-Baylor to the south.
by ContriveDallasite
19 Oct 2018 02:37
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Carrollton: Sandy Lake Amusement Park
Replies: 3
Views: 2350

Re: Carrollton: Sandy Lake Amusement Park

Lot's of memories at this park - but it was certainly outdated. Will be sad if this becomes another industrial distribution park or tract housing.
by ContriveDallasite
19 Oct 2018 02:34
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 213
Views: 67267

Re: DFW Airport

I would say that the DFW Airport experience is already far far ahead of most airports in the country.

Working as a consultant I have seen my fair share of lounges and public waiting areas - and DFW in the majority of its terminals is definitely not behind.
by ContriveDallasite
19 Oct 2018 02:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Turtle Creek : 2999 Turtle Creek Blvd
Replies: 47
Views: 10514

Re: Turtle Creek : 2999 Turtle Creek Blvd

Lincoln Property is marketing the luxury property to potential office tenants while looking to construct a high-rise behind the existing building.


Let's hope they mean what they say.
by ContriveDallasite
16 Oct 2018 13:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1054
Views: 276879

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

How is Las Colinas not on this list? That is surprising. It would seem Las Colinas meets as much of Amazon's criteria as many of these sites. No it is not to anyone following the development from the beginning and reading into Amazons requirements and stated preferences. Plus when they toured DFW t...
by ContriveDallasite
13 Oct 2018 06:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 682
Views: 266214

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

350 units will add a nice 500 or so new residents to the CBD. Pretty fantastic stuff!
by ContriveDallasite
12 Oct 2018 03:13
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 124
Views: 32611

Re: TexRail

While I am really happy that DFW is now connected to both cities, still a little bummed they couldn't figure out the engineering needed to make the trains pull in through the same station. We need to make public transport more convenient.
by ContriveDallasite
28 Sep 2018 02:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 205
Views: 68127

Re: West End 1.0

Imagine when the East Quarter renovations are completed. That will arguably be even more impactful than this single project. Glad to see these old buildings get a new life. The fringes of the West End have been decimated by surface lots. I would love to see some infill that is appropriate to the ar...
by ContriveDallasite
25 Sep 2018 10:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End: Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum
Replies: 101
Views: 41051

Re: West End: Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum

Yak_Forger wrote:A copper coating is definitely a bad idea, it requires a lot of time to be kept in semi decent shape... Isn't the director a shareholder of a house cleaning company? Because it may look "cool" but is a waste of public money.


Is this museum receiving public money?

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