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by exelone31
23 Aug 2019 11:43
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Southern Gateway Public Green
Replies: 17
Views: 6380

Re: Southern Gateway Public Green

Wow, that is really really dumb and seems borderline racist(?)

Are they not going have benches because homeless people sleep on them?
by exelone31
22 Aug 2019 14:56
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Fair Park
Replies: 82
Views: 21686

Re: Fair Park

I'm not opposed to any of that if it brings the crowds, but I'd really like to see a full-production brewery, winery or distillery (w/ tap room or bar and to-go sales) open in one of these places. If Pegasus City weren't already opening in a near-ideal location, I would say they would be a prime ca...
by exelone31
21 Aug 2019 10:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 129
Views: 33981

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

I know absolutely nothing about this company, but Jamon Iberico (largest purveyor of cured ham) will open a 2 story restaurant, bar and store on Henderson Ave... Based in Barcelona they have 150 shops across the country. This will be their 1st US location. Seems like a big deal! https://www.dallasn...
by exelone31
21 Aug 2019 10:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 196
Views: 42012

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

I'll be curious to see if there's a strengthening of pedestrian/bike connections between the East Quarter and Deep Ellum. It's a short distance, but IMO not necessarily an inviting walk.
by exelone31
20 Aug 2019 15:36
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 283
Views: 63439

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Would love to know of the other large cities in the US that use open pay open access like DART or those that use a closed pay to enter system. Pros and Cons of both. Of the cities I've been to, I believe only Seattle is the one I have seen open pay open access. Closed pay cities: NYC Chicago SF/Bay...
by exelone31
12 Aug 2019 12:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 150
Views: 35315

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

Royal Blue Grocery coming to the old Bolsa Mercado space Royal Blue Grocery is coming to West Davis. The grocer will open in the former Bolsa Mercado space on West Davis. Confirmation came via Facebook post from Royal Blue manager Liz Lowe, who is hiring for the store. https://oakcliff.advocatemag....
by exelone31
12 Aug 2019 08:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 150
Views: 35315

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

My wife uses the pickup option and Walmart and loves it. Having kids, the ability to shop for everything online then go pick it up quickly at the store (for free, without having to get out of the car) is a massive convenience.
by exelone31
12 Aug 2019 08:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Convention Center
Replies: 34
Views: 8374

Re: Dallas Convention Center

Wow, you know that eSports has arrived as a legitimate sport when all the major venues eschew Downtown Dallas for the suburbs :)
by exelone31
09 Aug 2019 12:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 129
Views: 33981

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Did something new happen with this indicating that it's supposed to start soon? The development looks amazing, but I feel like it's been in a holding pattern for quite some time.
by exelone31
09 Aug 2019 12:18
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: General roads/transport. issues
Replies: 11
Views: 3392

Re: General roads/transport. issues

DPatel304 wrote:Haha.. I saw this posted on Reddit and actually purchased the print from the guy's Etsy store. Here is the store for anyone who is curious:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/barelymaps


Brilliant!!
by exelone31
08 Aug 2019 08:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Routh and Cedar Springs
Replies: 24
Views: 1630

Re: Uptown Dallas: Routh and Cedar Springs

Lots of "gathering" about to happen here, it seems.
by exelone31
07 Aug 2019 16:03
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Farmers Branch: news/development
Replies: 5
Views: 1247

Re: Farmers Branch: news/development

That's a pretty solid area for a mixed-use development. There's opportunity to connect to some parks and the Starscenter as well. Though the concepts look like a strip center, which is lame (not unexpected I suppose), but at least the tenants are unique.
by exelone31
07 Aug 2019 09:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Galleria
Replies: 41
Views: 7680

Re: North Dallas: Galleria

Tnexster wrote:This is the longest tear down.....


That's true on the Beck portion, but the Sears portion has gone pretty quickly. I think they started just 3-4 months ago.
by exelone31
06 Aug 2019 16:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Galleria
Replies: 41
Views: 7680

Re: North Dallas: Galleria

For those curious, the old Sears building has been essentially torn down. Now it's a matter of clearing out all the rubble.

Happy to see some progress and looking forward to the Lifetime Fitness complex starting to take shape.
by exelone31
06 Aug 2019 14:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor
Replies: 140
Views: 48802

Re: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor

I went to the location in Las Colinas and wasn't real blown away by it. It was before a concert at the Toyota Music Factory, so the place (along with every other restaurant) was packed. I'm guessing they just didn't have the non-event day business to sustain what amounts to an expensive Arby's.
by exelone31
06 Aug 2019 08:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 451
Views: 135844

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

I don't think it can be overstated what a great job Exxir has done with this development. They've built out an extension of Bishop Arts that is appropriate in scale as well as the eclectic nature of the shops and restaurants that are populating the storefronts. The connection from a pedestrian exper...
by exelone31
05 Aug 2019 16:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End: Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum
Replies: 98
Views: 31245

Re: West End: Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum

^Thanks for the pics as always, Maconahey
by exelone31
26 Jul 2019 12:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 419
Views: 87008

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Epic 2: More Epic-er
by exelone31
26 Jul 2019 12:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 197
Views: 44947

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

^wow, what a perfect fit for that building. Pegasus City has such awesome Art Deco branding, it's going to be a slam dunk.
by exelone31
22 Jul 2019 09:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Alpha + Inwood
Replies: 22
Views: 7647

Re: North Dallas: Alpha + Inwood

Yeah, what I've seen so far just looks like a regular Texas donut apartment complex, but I guess they've got more in store?
by exelone31
22 Jul 2019 08:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 201
Views: 53743

Re: AT&T Discovery District

re: Thomas Building, what an insult. I had no idea that even happened.
by exelone31
12 Jul 2019 08:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)
Replies: 135
Views: 35008

Re: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)

"Quick! To the trademark office! We must protect the name 'Swexan' at all costs. Once our competitors hear it, they will be falling all over themselves to steal it!"
by exelone31
11 Jul 2019 16:23
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Plano: misc. developments
Replies: 23
Views: 6246

Re: Plano: misc. developments

Tnexster wrote:Plano sets a vote that could repeal the master development plan that split the city

https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/comm ... split-city


Good. ness. What a shame.
by exelone31
11 Jul 2019 12:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)
Replies: 135
Views: 35008

Re: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)

cowboyeagle05 wrote:Yeah, the Gone with the Wind windows seems more random than strategically placed. I assume that's supposed to be our Texas Southern influence...


I think you mean "Swexas"
by exelone31
10 Jul 2019 08:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 373
Views: 104606

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

Car wash/gas station closed? The car wash/gas station at Lemmon East and Cole has all the pay slots on the car wash and gas pumps covered over and marked out of service. There was a small rig taking samples. Perhaps checking for gasoline leaks. Has anyone heard of a problem there? Probably just get...
by exelone31
10 Jul 2019 08:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Galleria
Replies: 41
Views: 7680

Re: North Dallas: Galleria

Hmmm, I really wonder what's going to happen with this shopping center. IMO, this whole intersection is kind of weird. On the northeast corner, you've got what I am assuming Galleria North is going to shoot for: a retail/residential mix that surrounds a strip center. To me, that area is kind of a du...
by exelone31
09 Jul 2019 15:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)
Replies: 135
Views: 35008

Re: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)

Looks cool, hope it turns out as translucent in real life.
by exelone31
09 Jul 2019 08:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 152
Views: 43962

Re: The Cedars Developments

willyk wrote:How is the Lorenzo doing? If well, that would suggest a new hotel could be viable here. On the other hand the Trump hotel deal fell through. That could indicate the opposite.


Eh, I wouldn't read too much into the Trump hotel deal. Wasn't that a Mike Sarimsakci venture?
by exelone31
08 Jul 2019 09:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 152
Views: 43962

Re: The Cedars Developments

I wonder what they'll end up doing on the site, and if they'll still get the go-ahead for the annexing of St Paul right there.

Still really bummed about this, but hoping that they are able to salvage any remains and put up a something good in its place.
by exelone31
03 Jul 2019 11:19
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 247
Views: 55490

Re: Trinity River Park

My wife and kids made a trip up to Tulsa last week and visited this new park along the Arkansas River, called "A Gathering Place". (https://www.gatheringplace.org/)

Holy smokes, can you imagine something like that on the Trinity!?!
by exelone31
01 Jul 2019 07:09
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 152
Views: 37520

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

willyk wrote:What’s next for Parks for DTD—Carpenter or the West End? I think Harwood is last.



I would think Carpenter, but considering all the development going on in the East Quarter, I could see Harwood jumping up in line.
by exelone31
27 Jun 2019 12:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 174
Views: 48903

Re: West End 1.0

lakewoodhobo wrote:Also, I wonder what happened to the Planet Hollywood dragon. Wouldn't mind seeing him moved to this spot or maybe the giant empty plaza on the Victory side.


I'll have to track down the article, but I think it was sold to someone out in Amarillo or something like that.
by exelone31
26 Jun 2019 17:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Central Market at McKinney and Lemmon
Replies: 151
Views: 41310

Re: Uptown Dallas: Central Market at McKinney and Lemmon

McLemmon?!?! One name? One name?
by exelone31
21 Jun 2019 09:11
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Prosper: misc. developments
Replies: 4
Views: 1493

Re: Prosper: misc. developments

At first I was going to say "Ha! I'll believe it when I see it!"

Then I read the article and realized it's already built! Maybe I've been asleep, but I feel like this lagoon didn't get a fraction of the hubbub that failed lagoon in Rowlett did.
by exelone31
20 Jun 2019 13:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 628
Views: 156186

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Maybe that place next to Blackfriar?




:)
by exelone31
19 Jun 2019 11:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 11 (The Forum)
Replies: 129
Views: 34622

Re: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 11 (The Forum)

Totally agree with Tivo. I think if you looked and individual properties on their own merits, you would say "eh, not bad". But if you look at the entire neighborhood and what they are saying they are trying to accomplish, it really falls short. This area could have been designed with both ...
by exelone31
19 Jun 2019 11:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 174
Views: 48903

Re: West End 1.0

https://www.dmagazine.com/frontburner/2019/06/the-neon-arches-are-returning-to-the-west-end/ Next Wednesday, the neon arches will return to the West End. Sort of. They won’t be the Dallas Alley connector between the now-shuttered West End MarketPlace and the old Coca Cola Building. And they won’t b...
by exelone31
18 Jun 2019 16:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Dallas Developments
Replies: 75
Views: 27095

Re: West Dallas Developments

Looks good, like the brick.

I also enjoy this creative re-phrasing of "strip center"

12,700 square feet of single story freestanding retail/restaurant space
by exelone31
17 Jun 2019 08:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 373
Views: 104606

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

Dang, that's a real bummer. I wonder what that means for the franchise in general?

That was a really cool bar and hopefully whatever takes its place (if anything) maintains the same vibe.

Ditto to DPatel, losing Idle Rich and Gingerman stings.
by exelone31
13 Jun 2019 12:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 588
Views: 151309

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

The eastern sides of Malcolm X and Commerce have always been an unfortunate dead zone with its service stations and parking lots that don't really fit with the rest of Deep Ellum. Fortunately it looks like we're getting a popular fried chicken place on the SE corner and add some much needed life to...
by exelone31
13 Jun 2019 11:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 419
Views: 87008

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Are they going to knock down the building then? This doesn't really look anything like it.

I've got to think that there's going to be a splitting of Deep Ellum into two districts. Maybe not two totally different names, but something like 6th Street and "Dirty 6th" in Austin.
by exelone31
13 Jun 2019 11:09
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: The Cedars: Old City Park & Dallas Heritage Village
Replies: 19
Views: 4596

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

Hopefully there is no "old wiring" in either of these buildings.
by exelone31
12 Jun 2019 13:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 628
Views: 156186

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Yeah I'm also pretty surprised the Hard Rock lasted this long. Maybe with a large-ish company like Hard Rock, they were able to eat the cost for a while before calling it quits. My purely speculative Spidey sense tells me that a steak house is bound to move in there. Something like Fogo de Chao coul...
by exelone31
12 Jun 2019 11:31
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 247
Views: 55490

Re: Trinity River Park

Hannibal Lecter wrote:^ NTTA made in very clear they have no interest in the project unless the city forks over $1B+ up front.


I feel like that will be much easier with fewer dissenting voices in the room. I'm curious more to the legal/political aspects of whether or not the toll road is "dead".
by exelone31
11 Jun 2019 16:14
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 247
Views: 55490

Re: Trinity River Park

Not sure if this is the proper thread, but it relates to the area. Does anyone know if there's the possibility that the Trinity Toll Road could re-appear on the radar? With Scott Griggs and Philip Kingston, two of its more vocal opponents, gone, my gut tells me it is only a matter of time before NTT...
by exelone31
11 Jun 2019 13:27
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Historic Images of Dallas
Replies: 32
Views: 8209

Re: Historic Images of Dallas

lakewoodhobo wrote:Dallas City Photographer Prints from the Mid-20th Century
https://cityofdallaspreservation.wordpr ... h-century/


This is awesome, thank you for sharing!
by exelone31
10 Jun 2019 11:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 188
Views: 51238

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

Didn't we JUST do this?
by exelone31
06 Jun 2019 11:45
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 328
Views: 89706

Re: Legacy West

Wow. 4,000 people seems like a lot of people in a 12-story, 540,000 square foot building. https://dealbreaker.com/2019/06/jpmorgan-sending-investment-banking-team-to-texas So it turns out that it's the NY based IB team coming to Plano. I used to work in IB for JP Morgan back in the day. So typicall...
by exelone31
04 Jun 2019 13:34
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Richardson: Main Street Improvements
Replies: 15
Views: 3749

Re: Richardson: Main Street Improvements

It's interesting, the city rebranded the Main Street corridor as the "Core District", which seems to be pretty lacking in terms of charm. But heck, if they are able to pull off this revitalization, they can call it whatever they want.

Looking forward to seeing this one develop!
by exelone31
30 May 2019 14:34
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 247
Views: 55490

Re: Trinity River Park

Which of these happens first:
- Complete tear-down and redevelopment of the former jail site into a mid-to-high rise mixed use building
- A single shovel of dirt being moved on the park itself

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