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by Matt777
07 Jul 2020 12:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 233
Views: 104409

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Someone should prank these NIMBYs, tell them that all their hard work and complaining has paid off, and the developer has scrapped their mixed use, walkable plans and will line the street with LOW density developments. Then, as the NIMBYs hiss and cheer, announce the new tenant lineup, drive thru re...
by Matt777
02 Jul 2020 23:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Smart District
Replies: 135
Views: 51048

Re: Dallas Smart District

Wow, it looks like they're pretty serious about at least starting that One Newpark building early next year. I'd rather have the district start going up all at once rather than piecemeal, but at least it's a start. The modern architecture should be a nice addition. With such a grand vision, I wonder...
by Matt777
23 Jun 2020 20:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District: Urby High-rise Apartments
Replies: 36
Views: 7353

Re: Design District: Urby High-rise Apartments

The tower design isn't my favorite but it's not bad either. It looks like 99% of what's going up in Austin and the gen Z seems to like that look.
by Matt777
29 May 2020 16:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2200 Pacific
Replies: 37
Views: 3340

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2200 Pacific

Maybe there is a relo looking hard at central city. If so some of these FAA inquiries could make sense. If that's the case, I wonder who it would be and who would need that large of a tower? Tesla, CVS/Aetna, Verizon, Wells Fargo (rumored to be leaving SF), or maybe Amazon realized their mistake? T...
by Matt777
22 May 2020 17:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: TC Area: 2727 Turtle Creek Blvd
Replies: 40
Views: 12801

Re: TC Area: 2727 Turtle Creek Blvd

Whenever Mandarin Oriental decides to try to come to Dallas, we have a global economic crash.... True, but this isn't the development for which the Mandarin Oriental is/was slated. Which hotel is included in this development? So many hotels announced new projects at once, and it got hard to track.
by Matt777
22 May 2020 17:14
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 147
Views: 50023

Re: New Census Population Estimates

In looking at March 26, 2020 census.gov data, RELEASE NUMBER CB20-53, it shows Dallas County grew by 6,166 year-over-year July 1, 2018 to July 1, 2019: Population increased slightly, but only due to births over deaths. More live folks voting with their feet moved out than moved in. Fiscal 2019 birt...
by Matt777
21 May 2020 18:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: TC Area: 2727 Turtle Creek Blvd
Replies: 40
Views: 12801

Re: TC Area: 2727 Turtle Creek Blvd

Whenever Mandarin Oriental decides to try to come to Dallas, we have a global economic crash....
by Matt777
19 May 2020 21:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Swiss Tower/Lizard Lounge
Replies: 14
Views: 1383

Re: The Swiss Tower/Lizard Lounge

^hahaha the typos and mission statement about prestigious living... for some reason I was just reminded of a thread on the old forum... Does anyone else remember the Turtle Creek luxury report? Was that the Rosewood character? Oh wow, that was so long ago.... I think I was still a teenager when I s...
by Matt777
19 May 2020 19:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Swiss Tower/Lizard Lounge
Replies: 14
Views: 1383

Re: The Swiss Tower/Lizard Lounge

http://theswisstower.com/aerial_views.php This showed up on the Deep Ellum fb thread. Wouldn't the proposed D2 line go straight through this? I believe the tunnel portal would be right on this site. The renderings show the current DART station that will be removed, so I don't think this is recent o...
by Matt777
16 May 2020 14:59
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW in the Media
Replies: 50
Views: 22693

Re: DFW in the Media

If that were true, would Texas Instruments have settled for owning only a cross-licensing agreement about the intellectual property? https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invention_of_the_integrated_circuit Even your own article says that Jack Kilby invented the first prototype at TI.The first microchip ...
by Matt777
15 May 2020 13:12
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW in the Media
Replies: 50
Views: 22693

Re: DFW in the Media

Nice to be listed. Also embarrassing to have had that much opportunity, be in that kind of company, and yet the city's lasting original contributions to global civilization are the Texas donut apartment block, graphing calculators, Mary Kay marketing mantras, and the inspiration for Outkast's "...
by Matt777
09 Apr 2020 20:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)
Replies: 202
Views: 102066

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

Does anyone know why Dallas isn't much of a high rise condo city? Also what building would you live in, all things considered? Also, I'd add that I personally think our highrise condo developers have not produced the best product/location in Dallas, which lead to not the hottest sales, and have cre...
by Matt777
10 Mar 2020 22:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 314
Views: 136268

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

I haven't been to the new Primo's in Uptown, but the initial Yelp reviews are terrible. 2.5 stars rating right now. The space looks nice, but the food looks ho-hum.
by Matt777
08 Mar 2020 14:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 188
Views: 89419

Re: The Cedars Developments

Looks like the HQ for Doublemint gum. We’ve all been asking for new condo inventory that isn’t ultra lux highrise.... and this is what we get? If this sells poorly (which it may with that design), then it sets things back. If they would have left off the horrible outlandish detailing and just made i...
by Matt777
22 Feb 2020 20:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 745
Views: 299726

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Does anyone recognize what the left side of the table contains? Lots of towers but It has to be another area of town. It goes right over 35.
by Matt777
22 Feb 2020 14:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 745
Views: 299726

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Is this an old development concept for the Northend apartments that I missed? I saw it on Facebook as the cover photo for a DMN article. It’s called “The Interweave.” Fitting name as it would weave together Uptown, Harwood, and Victory Park. I don’t want to speculate but it almost looks like indoor ...
by Matt777
20 Feb 2020 22:33
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW in the Media
Replies: 50
Views: 22693

Re: DFW in the Media

Samantha Brown created a Dallas episode of her PBS TV series "Places to Love." She did the city right, and it was a beautiful, authentic representation of our city. I feel like it will challenge outsiders preconceived notions of Dallas, and hopefully even some of our suburban residents who...
by Matt777
18 Feb 2020 12:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Lower Greenville Development
Replies: 142
Views: 50236

Re: Lower Greenville Development

Good stuff. The neighbors are sure to go crazy but if they want the constant turnover of shops and restaurants in that area to stop, there needs to be a little density added. A medium amount of well designed multi family residential and some office will do this area a world of good.
by Matt777
14 Feb 2020 19:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 304
Views: 126055

Re: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

Crazy to think most of that was supposed to be a Sam’s Club and fast food. So true. I was at the first community meeting with the developers after the Sam's Club was revealed, and was spewed BS when I asked them questions about their crap development and illegal zoning process. It feels good to see...
by Matt777
14 Feb 2020 18:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 233
Views: 104409

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Uno Mas opens the 28th, Barcelona "sometime next week," and Enrique Tomas opened yesterday. Also, today, these rather large decorative lightpoles are beginning to be installed. I like them. I especially like that they'll make walking down Henderson feel much safer. I really like this choi...
by Matt777
14 Feb 2020 18:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 556
Views: 229856

Re: Oak Lawn

I miss the funky old houses on Lemmon, or at least the handful that were left at the turn of the century. If we had torn them down for something urban it might have been worth it, but what replaced these homes really set us back. Add the Avon apartment building to the list, replaced by a parking lo...
by Matt777
12 Feb 2020 20:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 556
Views: 229856

Re: Oak Lawn

That's some expensive paint. Could they not have installed colored tiles/bricks for $128k? Which would be way longer lasting than paint?
by Matt777
08 Feb 2020 10:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: El Centro relocation
Replies: 9
Views: 3931

Re: El Centro relocation

Does anyone else think the proposed El Centro relocation site is too far from most transit for comfort? I feel like one of the main things the current campus has going for it is that it's in the epicenter of transit. Directly on 4 DART Lines and next to the West End bus transfer station. I know this...
by Matt777
06 Feb 2020 07:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 481
Views: 205895

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

We may be adding Truluck’s to the list of closings soon. Developer Trammell Crow plans new Uptown Dallas tower project: McKinney Avenue high-rise would be next door to the Crescent https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2020/02/06/developer-trammell-crow-plans-new-uptown-dallas-tower-proje...
by Matt777
04 Feb 2020 18:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 188
Views: 89419

Re: The Cedars Developments

This will be a catalyst for the revival of that area. Do I see a frame-like structure in the profile of the old Ambassador? I'm talking about the right side corner of the building on the right.
by Matt777
03 Feb 2020 18:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 284
Views: 122523

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

I wonder how feasible it would be to turn all of Jackson into a pedestrian walkway, now that part of it at AT&T is pedestrian only now. Maybe with small slivers of 1 lane limited auto access for the buildings that absolutely need it (ie: the Statler).
by Matt777
28 Jan 2020 12:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 556
Views: 229856

Re: Oak Lawn

Rainbow Pegasus statues for the gateways. Let’s do it.
by Matt777
15 Jan 2020 17:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Lower Greenville Development
Replies: 142
Views: 50236

Re: Lower Greenville Development

Cafe Brazil is barely holding on. Buzz Brews well they def seem to be expanding to every district in Dallas but they did close the Lemmon Ave location. Yeah I'm definitely not a fan of Cafe Brazil myself, but something in that realm seems like it would be good there, if not necessarily those two br...
by Matt777
06 Jan 2020 18:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 314
Views: 136268

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Anyone know why they removed Queso Beso's cool-ish neon sign? This photo is from a few weeks ago before it opened.. went and had lunch there today and it was gone. How is the grub? I went by on Saturday evening (starving), but couldn't get myself to go in. The decor is so odd, and the lighting temp...
by Matt777
19 Dec 2019 16:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 556
Views: 229856

Re: Oak Lawn

Pints and Quarts was a VERY mediocre burger joint that charged around $15+ for a basic cheeseburger, fries, and soda. Anything additional took you closer to $20. I’m not surprised at all that they’ve closed both locations. If Rodeo Goat opened a location in the same spot with their fantastic product...
by Matt777
14 Dec 2019 16:39
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Reverchon Park
Replies: 45
Views: 16585

Re: Reverchon Park

I take issue with the idea that putting a new baseball facility in Reverchron that a private entity can use from time to time takes away park land. It enhances it and the park board was very upfront about not paving over Reverchron for parking lots and these proposals didn't propose that at all so ...
by Matt777
14 Dec 2019 10:42
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Reverchon Park
Replies: 45
Views: 16585

Re: Reverchon Park

It's a sad realization that instead of saying the city should fix what's broken, that everyone resorts to "let's privatize it" and at the same time reduce park land in THE most embarrassingly under-parked major city in America. Even Houston, HOUSTON, slams Dallas in this respect. Everyone ...
by Matt777
14 Dec 2019 10:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Field Street District
Replies: 37
Views: 6717

Re: Downtown Dallas: Field Street District

Wow, all this hate for an attractive development that would replace what's been a sea of surface parking surrounded by expressway lanes and offramps for many decades.... I say go for it, integrate it well with DART, and let it be a catalyst for a dead concrete sea that hasn't had any hopes for 50+ y...
by Matt777
25 Nov 2019 09:32
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 479
Views: 169937

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

Charles Schwab will move HQ to DFW (Westlake) after TD Ameritrade acquisition

https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news ... s_headline
by Matt777
13 Nov 2019 23:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: McKinney/Boll Tower - 2614 McKinney Ave - (18 ST)
Replies: 151
Views: 66924

Re: Uptown Dallas: McKinney/Boll Tower - 2614 McKinney Ave - (18 ST)

While I agree that this is not some big improvement worthy of an "atta boy," I don't think it'll do too much to hinder the pedestrian experience here. There shouldn't be a constant flow of car traffic in/out of this driveway. Even if there was decent traffic, you experience plenty of this...
by Matt777
12 Nov 2019 22:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: McKinney/Boll Tower - 2614 McKinney Ave - (18 ST)
Replies: 151
Views: 66924

Re: Uptown Dallas: McKinney/Boll Tower - 2614 McKinney Ave - (18 ST)

Is adding that vehicular entrance right on McKinney avenue really a "good job" which is what Jon Anderson of CandysDirt is trying to sell us? It seems like having cars careening over the McKinney Avenue sidewalks all day and night would be a huge detriment to the pedestrian friendliness we...
by Matt777
18 Oct 2019 14:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 220
Views: 104426

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

Aside from Mudhen closing down, do we have any reason to think the Farmer's Market isn't doing well financially? I agree with cowboyeagle05 though, it's not the city's problem any more, which is great. We've been through this. While there were some people abusing the former system, there was still ...
by Matt777
18 Oct 2019 14:34
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 479
Views: 169937

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

I was reading an article about the new Spirit Airlines HQ building that is going up in the Fort Lauderdale area, and the article mentioned that Spirit was also considering a site in Dallas for a corporate relocation before choosing to stay and build a new facility in Florida. Would have been nuts to...
by Matt777
16 Oct 2019 20:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 220
Views: 104426

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

Everything about this is stupid. The way Mudhen blamed Dallasites for their failure, their tone, and the fact that the very expensive taxpayer funded fraud bait and switch that was the Farmer’s “Market” redevelopment is continuing to show little return. Too big a space, and until many more residents...
by Matt777
04 Oct 2019 09:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 188
Views: 89419

Re: The Cedars Developments

Yikes, I was hoping that design element near the roof was going to end up on the cutting room floor hahahaha.
by Matt777
04 Oct 2019 09:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Restaurants: general news/development
Replies: 80
Views: 29321

Re: Restaurants: general news/development

What does Black's BBQ have to do with Loro (aside from them both being from Austin)? Because my comment referenced the steady stream of Austin chefs opening restaurants in Dallas. How reciprocal is it? I know that the people I know in Austin shudder at the thought of eating in a Dallas based eatery...
by Matt777
03 Oct 2019 21:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Restaurants: general news/development
Replies: 80
Views: 29321

Re: Restaurants: general news/development

I think this is great news for the area, and definitely welcome concepts from other cities. If the food is great, it doesn't really matter to me who is cooking it. As for Pecan Lodge, I think they will be just fine, and adding Black's BBQ to the area shouldn't totally knock out their business. Peca...
by Matt777
03 Oct 2019 14:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Restaurants: general news/development
Replies: 80
Views: 29321

Re: Restaurants: general news/development

I actually think this is great news. Considering what is currently there, and considering the location, I wouldn't really expect anything more than a suburban style restaurant, so I'm completely happy with it. These guys have quite the reputation, so to have them invest in this area is a great sign...
by Matt777
02 Oct 2019 12:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Lower Greenville Development
Replies: 142
Views: 50236

Re: Lower Greenville Development

There have been a number recent closures/relocations along lower Greenville and I imagine there will be a few closing soon (e.g., Gung Ho), but on the other hand there are a number of new bars and restaurants opening soon. I got excited when I saw the proposed rezoning sign in front of Taco Cabana ...
by Matt777
01 Oct 2019 16:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 556
Views: 229856

Re: Oak Lawn

While I am glad to see this project do something at least we will see a nice new wall with some landscaping. Once again I have to wonder about the Oak Lawn Committee and any commitment to dense urban growth if they approved this layout. I agree about OLC and I've said it before. They have some seri...
by Matt777
26 Sep 2019 22:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District 1.0
Replies: 72
Views: 24526

Re: Design District 1.0

The DD has an oppertunity like few other to create an awesome little network of pedestrian alley ways that link various business/resturaunts/lofts etc., if they repurpose their network of former rail right of ways. There are tons of them, and they all conveniently link to existing or prosed trails,...
by Matt777
26 Sep 2019 22:05
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 254
Views: 107499

Re: DFW Airport

Delta is buying a 20% stake in LATAM, South America's largest airline group which has hubs in most large South American cities. LATAM is part of Oneworld and partnered with AA, and will be leaving Oneworld ASAP. This is not good news for AA. They lose connectivity in South America from the cities th...
by Matt777
25 Sep 2019 15:14
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: The Cedars: Old City Park & Dallas Heritage Village
Replies: 24
Views: 12072

Re: The Cedars: Old City Park & Dallas Heritage Village

I didn't realize this until this morning, but the "Destination Residences" condo building across from the Lorenzo Hotel is well underway and looks pretty much topped out. When I saw the original plans I honestly didn't think it would go anywhere but the construction team was buzzing. As a ...
by Matt777
24 Sep 2019 21:32
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 325
Views: 137834

Re: Silver Line

Yikes. They want to get this boondoggle operational quickly. Can't wait for the 20/20 feature story on "The Train to Nowhere." Why don't you go tell the UTD student/staff population that you don't think they deserve rail service because they live in the middle of "nowhere?". Nev...
by Matt777
24 Sep 2019 09:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Smart District
Replies: 135
Views: 51048

Re: Dallas Smart District

"Academic Campus- +/- 1.4 million SF." El Centro College relocation? The best thing about these new renderings is that the Eagle's Nest seems to stay intact. It would make a fantastic Food Hall space or a market. Those high ceilings, the tall stained glass windows, all the ornamentation. I...

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