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by Matt777
14 Mar 2019 14:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown
Replies: 50
Views: 9462

Re: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown

Work has been underway for a good while now. It started with the demolition of all those properties, and then they dug a massive hole for the garage. Is construction at ground level now?
by Matt777
12 Mar 2019 14:30
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park
Replies: 92
Views: 17204

Re: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park

A high-rise hotel or two facing KWP would have been nice, and presented a welcoming view for visitors to our city.

Maybe one could go where that little parking lot is on the corner of Harwood and Woodall Rogers.
by Matt777
11 Mar 2019 16:37
Forum: Texas Urban/Suburban/Exurban Development
Topic: Austin's proposed tallest (in 4 yrs)
Replies: 73
Views: 6970

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

Keep chanting it man. Its (and every place’s) boosters act like momentary high percentage growth is going to lead to taking over the world, but it always turns out to be the low hanging fruit that gets harder to grab in a mature metro economy — those are built not for the population trend of the mo...
by Matt777
11 Mar 2019 15:29
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's
Replies: 47
Views: 9479

Re: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's

According to the latest timeline of the project made public by Dallas City Council member Philip Kingston on Friday, workers should have tied up the project's loose ends, like traffic signal work and sidewalk and driveway repair, by Aug. 2, closing the book on a project that was approved for design...
by Matt777
11 Mar 2019 10:53
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Google Maps updated imagery (Nov 18)
Replies: 5
Views: 183

Re: Google Maps updated imagery (Nov 18)

flyswatter wrote:You have to go on actual Google Earth. It will update there a little bit before maps.google.com does


I hope they wait and retake the photos. The imagery on Google Maps may be outdated, but it is green and pretty. The photo posted above is winter brown and looks depressing.
by Matt777
10 Mar 2019 19:50
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Google Maps updated imagery (Nov 18)
Replies: 5
Views: 183

Re: Google Maps updated imagery (Nov 18)

Finally. Although, I wish they had done it in a "greener" month than November. Better than January, but Spring/Summer always makes urban areas look better from above when things are greenest. EDIT: Where did you get this imagery? When I look at Dallas on google maps, long completed project...
by Matt777
08 Mar 2019 18:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 90
Views: 20739

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

I hope more complete street projects come to Dallas, but I also wish they could be completed quicker. One year seems like a lot to re-do a street and sidewalks. I know there's other utilities involved, but dang one year?
by Matt777
01 Mar 2019 10:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Medical/Market Center: Stemmons Towers
Replies: 12
Views: 973

Re: Medical/Market Center: Stemmons Towers

The Stemmon's corridor needs a huge cleanup. The roads are terrible including I-35, the buildings are neglected and filled with random businesses, litter everywhere, just seedy. It's sad because most people passing through Dallas on I-35 get this area as their impression of Dallas.
by Matt777
28 Feb 2019 20:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Medical/Market Center: Stemmons Towers
Replies: 12
Views: 973

Re: Medical/Market Center: Stemmons Towers

Nobody tell Trammell Crow or Sam's Club, please.
by Matt777
28 Feb 2019 11:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 283
Views: 61011

Re: Oak Lawn

Key point to understand about the immediate gaybourhood is a lot of land is owned by Caven Enterprises a employee owned company that runs S4, Sue Ellen's, Jr's and TMC. They own more than just the land the bars sit on. They own parking lots and strip centers in the area. If they ever want to sell e...
by Matt777
28 Feb 2019 09:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 283
Views: 61011

Re: Oak Lawn

Does anyone know if the rainbow crosswalks on Cedar Springs will be painted, or something more permanent like tiles? I would rather see rainbow tiles than paint which will fade and need to be repainted. I know most people fear changing Cedar Springs and the area losing its community, so a tile cross...
by Matt777
27 Feb 2019 10:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 234
Views: 55004

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

jetnd87 wrote:Not to be a downer, but isn't the RH front just a one-story strip mall?


It's going to be a multi-level flagship store, with an attached midrise RH hotel. The plans looked very cool.
by Matt777
26 Feb 2019 14:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 507
Views: 105737

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

"We had absolutely no seating, and with the summer coming and 100-plus degrees weather, we thought, 'How are customers going to wait and sit outside, especially with kids?'" Babar says. "So we decided to move now." Their new spot is also in Deep Ellum, just a few blocks away, in...
by Matt777
25 Feb 2019 21:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: 2711 N. Haskell
Replies: 23
Views: 3945

Re: Cityplace East: 2711 N. Haskell

For $9 million, I would think it's more repairs and nip/tuck versus a total re-do. And I'm okay with that. I like the 80s design of the building, the light fixtures, etc, but many of the light fixtures along the surrounding roads are broken and need to be repaired. I hope they don't try to "mod...
by Matt777
23 Feb 2019 18:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 507
Views: 105737

Re: Deep Ellum: Hines Project - 2700 Commerce

Very good info, Tamtagon, thanks! I was a child around the last time DE was popular, so I have no real idea on how it used to be. If the crowds back then were larger than they are today on weekends, it must have been very busy. If residential does continue to go up around the outskirts of DE, I'm ho...
by Matt777
22 Feb 2019 19:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Galleria
Replies: 31
Views: 4427

Re: North Dallas: Galleria

Apple is closing its Plano and Frisco stores and opening a new one at Galleria Dallas https://www.dallasnews.com/business/retail/2019/02/22/apple-closing-frisco-plano-stores-opening-new-one-galleria-dallas Wow, sounds like some expensive drama involving the Eastern District Court of Texas and Apple...
by Matt777
21 Feb 2019 14:05
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 224
Views: 42638

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 Matt777
19 Feb 2019 15:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Restaurants: general news/development
Replies: 40
Views: 4313

Re: Restaurants: general news/development

I don't know if this was posted, but Tacos Mariachi seems to have added a second location in the former Crisp Salad spot on Lower Greenville. I've been to the one in West Dallas and they have solid, authentic Tex-Mex breakfast tacos and burritos. None of that Tacodeli type nonsense.
by Matt777
19 Feb 2019 09:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: First Baptist Church
Replies: 36
Views: 2330

Re: Downtown Dallas: First Baptist Church

Hannibal Lecter wrote:Address?


It's 505 N. Ervay. It's coming down for a parking garage, of course. Annoying.
by Matt777
18 Feb 2019 16:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 227
Views: 49265

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

https://dallas.eater.com/2019/2/15/18226405/komodo-deep-ellum-opening-club-restaurant Following the influx of more outsider nightlife spots to Deep Ellum (think Bottled Blonde from Arizona and forthcoming Punch Bowl Social from Denver), a clubby “Asian fusion” restaurant from Miami has also set its...
by Matt777
16 Feb 2019 00:03
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 280
Views: 54310

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

Well, sadly, it looks like Downtown Dallas won't be getting the Payless Shoes HQ after all:

Payless ShoeSource closing all 2,100 U.S. stores, starting liquidation sales Sunday

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/20 ... 885949002/
by Matt777
15 Feb 2019 13:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Fairmont Hotel
Replies: 1
Views: 325

Re: DTD: Fairmont Hotel

Great. Can we get an exterior renovation now? The exterior, especially the base, is stuck in a weird mix of 1978 and 1992.
by Matt777
14 Feb 2019 17:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1035
Views: 193738

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

We already have a big problem with giving companies 20 year tax abatements while our roads suffer and deteriorate. We already have a problem with roads deteriorating, though. Granted, Amazon will get out of taxes for a long time but that infusion of good paying salaries will have a net positive eff...
by Matt777
14 Feb 2019 15:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Riverfront Blvd Hotel / Residential Towers
Replies: 14
Views: 922

Re: Riverfront Blvd Hotel / Residential Towers

The rendering says Hard Rock. Interesting. If you've ever driven by the fast food restaurants around Riverfront and Continental, it's easy to see why this would be prime development land. Those shabby restaurants have one of the most incredible skyline views in the area, even from ground level. The ...
by Matt777
14 Feb 2019 15:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1035
Views: 193738

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

According to an article I read, Amazon has ~500 tech workers in Dallas and around ~1000 in Austin. They could easily add thousands more to both, however no other fast growing metro in the US is set up to absorb the sheer numbers of people as Dallas is, except maybe Houston (which lags on mass transi...
by Matt777
12 Feb 2019 15:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Christopher @The Union (31 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)
Replies: 175
Views: 51079

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

The Tom Thumb has interior fittings and finishes done, but no products yet. I drove by a few weeks ago and then again this weekend, and there was no change.
by Matt777
11 Feb 2019 12:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Cedar Maple Plaza I,II & III (2301 Cedar Springs Rd.)
Replies: 56
Views: 13002

Re: Uptown Dallas: Cedar Maple Plaza I,II & III (2301 Cedar Springs Rd.)

Hopefully they're rethinking the entire design as it is a step back in urbanity. Build out the original 1980s plan and scale it taller if needed. That plan blended in with the neighborhood and was pedestrian friendly. They could probably even squeeze out more rentable office space and retail space t...
by Matt777
08 Feb 2019 09:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 227
Views: 49265

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Does anyone think that this area on the north side of Deep Ellum could become a shopping district for the urban core? I know retail is on the decline, but it's a chore for urban core residents to head north towards NorthPark/NW Highway area to shop. I think it's time for a small/midsize mixed-use ur...
by Matt777
07 Feb 2019 22:22
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: 47898

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

I said "new" class A space. Not vacant. Let's face it, the Amazons, Apples, Googles, and the Salesforces of the world want brand new space with the most updated technology infrastructure. I don't know about Salesforce, but the rest of them all recently announced relocations/expansions to ...
by Matt777
07 Feb 2019 17:54
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: 47898

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

So if a company wanted to relocate a large office to Downtown or Uptown into new Class A space this year, are they pretty much out of luck? I keep saying... we need some new office space to break ground with a good amount of spec space or we could be losing out on jobs to the suburbs or areas like ...
by Matt777
07 Feb 2019 12:35
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: 47898

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

So if a company wanted to relocate a large office to Downtown or Uptown into new Class A space this year, are they pretty much out of luck? I keep saying... we need some new office space to break ground with a good amount of spec space or we could be losing out on jobs to the suburbs or areas like H...
by Matt777
06 Feb 2019 22:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: First Baptist Church
Replies: 36
Views: 2330

Re: Downtown Dallas: First Baptist Church

I'm rarely downtown on Sunday mornings, so not sure if people stick around after their services. But when I visit downtown during the week I rarely see anybody around the FBC premises. I haven't kept up, but I haven't read anything that says it will definitely become a garage. I live Downtown. They...
by Matt777
06 Feb 2019 16:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: First Baptist Church
Replies: 36
Views: 2330

Re: Downtown Dallas: First Baptist Church

Disgusting. There needs to be a ban on any new above-ground parking in our core urban areas. Downtown is becoming a dark sea of garages. I don't even get it, because new buildings aren't really going up. Just new parking. And deader, darker streets with more cars aggressively driving through the cor...
by Matt777
06 Feb 2019 14:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown: Luxury Hotel, 2025 Cedar Springs (Pizza Hut Strip Mall)
Replies: 10
Views: 890

Uptown: Luxury Hotel, 2025 Cedar Springs (Pizza Hut Strip Mall)

We finally see a proposal to replace the Pizza Hut strip mall on Cedar Springs, an unnamed luxury hotel. The designs look nice and address the terrible pedestrian infrastructure currently on this lot. It was presented to the Oak Lawn committee asking for 2 minor allowances, and seems to be ready for...
by Matt777
06 Feb 2019 09:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 109
Views: 23785

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

Don’t get too excited - word on the street is the store will be a “Costco Business Center” which means no gas, booze, free samples, electronics, etc. Lame. I thought this Costco would at least help reinvigorate this blighted area's attractiveness to new residential development, but it's going to be...
by Matt777
05 Feb 2019 11:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Smart District
Replies: 106
Views: 23648

Re: Dallas Smart District

Exxon does a periodic real estate review, like every four or five years I think, something like that, and with train to Houston looking more and more likely, we might see Exxon-Mobile move into the Smart District. Sure would make some sense. Whatever.... Exxon just built a massive worker bee comple...
by Matt777
05 Feb 2019 11:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown: Cole Park Place Condos (3923 Cole Ave) (3 ST) - Completed 2018
Replies: 12
Views: 801

Re: Uptown: Cole Park Place Condos (3923 Cole Ave) (3 ST) - Completed 2018

emmasensei wrote:Isn't Cole another street that will be undergoing a re-do soon? I was under the impression it will be converted back to a two-way street and the sidewalks redone.


Ah, you could be right. Maybe that's why the streetscape they installed looks so temporary and basic.
by Matt777
05 Feb 2019 10:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Smart District
Replies: 106
Views: 23648

Re: Dallas Smart District

If not Amazon, who are the big fish that could be considering a corporate relocation right now, and would need a lot of consolidated office space for corporate staff? Maybe General Electric, FedEx, Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase, or a healthcare company? IBM tends to build large satellite campuses too.
by Matt777
05 Feb 2019 10:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown: Cole Park Place Condos (3923 Cole Ave) (3 ST) - Completed 2018
Replies: 12
Views: 801

Re: Uptown: Cole Park Place Condos (3923 Cole Ave) (3 ST) - Completed 2018

Yeah, these aren't really mid range based on the square foot price, I'd say lower high end. They do deliver a lot for the money in that range though, especially location and finishes. It's no wonder they've sold briskly. What still boggles my mind is the tiny sidewalks that are still allowed in Dall...
by Matt777
25 Jan 2019 13:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Christopher @The Union (31 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)
Replies: 175
Views: 51079

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

Remember when Lucy Billingsley couldn't get Two Arts Plaza off the ground, even after a much smaller redesign? Since then we have seen KPMG Plaza, McKinney & Olive, 1900 Pearl, PwC Tower (Park District) and The Union break ground and fill up. Agreed, the office building developers have been ver...
by Matt777
24 Jan 2019 11:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 424
Views: 95705

Re: Northpark Center

A JW Marriott would be a good fit for Northpark, but I would prefer that marque Downtown.
by Matt777
24 Jan 2019 11:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff Progressing
Replies: 73
Views: 15513

Re: Oak Cliff Progressing

That will fit in really nicely with the area, and replace a dilapidated old junk building. Very nice. I agree with the middle windows being too small, though. Using a couple of the larger 3-section windows there would improve the aesthetics a lot.
by Matt777
20 Jan 2019 13:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt
Replies: 169
Views: 39891

Re: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt

The Dallas skyline has enough "fat," rectangular or square towers. A skinny tower would help accentuate the height of the skyline, because the thick office buildings make the buildings look shorter than they are. I like the cylinder based designs.
by Matt777
15 Jan 2019 13:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas: Medical District
Replies: 123
Views: 30379

Re: Dallas: Medical District

It would be nice to see these tree initiatives spread into other parts of the city too. Downtown would be less hot in the summer, and overall more attractive if the streets were lined with tall, skinny at the base trees that provide a high canopy. I'm not a tree expert, but looking at Richmond VA on...
by Matt777
14 Jan 2019 16:09
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Grocery Store Thread 2.0
Replies: 42
Views: 8442

Re: The Grocery Store Thread 2.0

Anybody know when the Tom Thumb at the Union in Victory Park will open? Originally, they said Fall 2018, then early 2019, so I would think it should be opening soon.
by Matt777
13 Jan 2019 19:01
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 84
Views: 13946

Re: TexRail

There are airside bridges between all terminals except E. What about landside between the two rail stations? I guess my question is how easy is it to transfer between the two rail lines if needed. I know that would be rare. If someone wanted to go from Las Colinas to DTFW by rail, how easy is it to...
by Matt777
13 Jan 2019 17:27
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 84
Views: 13946

Re: TexRail

Used that yesterday to get all the way from dallas downtown to fw downtown (via orange line). Quite surprised how many people went to experience new train - there were no places to sit. Didn't found any walkways between airport terminals, it seems only way to get between terminals is using airport ...
by Matt777
13 Jan 2019 12:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 138
Views: 30664

Re: AT&T Discovery District

What an absolute shame if the destroy a 1916 building for parking. A step backwards for Dallas in all possible ways. The building is a landmark. So, it’s not going anywhere. I know there’s a pretty big parking garage attached to the building. Maybe that’s what they’re interested in. Hopefully, they...
by Matt777
13 Jan 2019 12:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 519
Views: 127599

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

I'm hoping that Perot goes with a skinny tower design in the lot next door so it doesn't overwhelmingly block the view of this beautiful tower in the skyline.

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