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by exelone31
17 Jun 2019 08:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 335
Views: 78549

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: 564
Views: 124523

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: 307
Views: 63218

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: 3379

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: 584
Views: 120221

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: 242
Views: 44455

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: 242
Views: 44455

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: 30
Views: 5635

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: 41231

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: 326
Views: 76724

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: 2920

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: 242
Views: 44455

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
by exelone31
30 May 2019 14:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 143
Views: 34982

Re: The Cedars Developments

joshua.dodd wrote:Something just seems off about this...


^This x 1,000
by exelone31
28 May 2019 08:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Link at Uptown
Replies: 92
Views: 10260

Re: The Link at Uptown

D Magazine will have a field day with the glare on those renderings. :)
by exelone31
28 May 2019 08:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 143
Views: 34982

Re: The Cedars Developments

This is so sad, was really hoping this would be a cool restoration. I agree with dallaz, this seems pretty strange, just a "random" fire in the middle of the night in an unoccupied building.
by exelone31
17 May 2019 13:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 188
Views: 41231

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

Update: Demolition of Valley View continues in full swing, and there are signs up all over the place showcasing both Beck's plan as well as the Lifetime Fitness complex. Additionally, the old Steak and Shake has been turned into a restaurant that looks like it was ripped straight from the sound stag...
by exelone31
17 May 2019 12:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 307
Views: 63218

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

tamtagon wrote:Does anyone want to call it New Deep Ellum?


I feel like someone called this little area "Douche Ellum", which I heartily endorse.
by exelone31
15 May 2019 09:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 586
Views: 155366

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

Is this the best commercial/residential architectural addition to Dallas in the last 10 years? Other candidates— M&O, Virgin, Epic? I'd say it has to be this or the Epic. M&O is too short and already seems to have been overtaken by surrounding development. The Epic is great because of the n...
by exelone31
15 May 2019 09:18
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco: The Star
Replies: 31
Views: 9838

Re: Frisco: The Star

^ Great photos! It's really amazing to see all of this development take shape. I love that they're are building out what seems to be tons of retail/restaurants and residential simultaneously. I'm not sure what kind of foot traffic is there on a typical day, but it seems that it will only grow as thi...
by exelone31
14 May 2019 16:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 586
Views: 155366

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

Tnexster wrote:That's awesome and if you zoom in on the last pic in the series you get a great view of the sloping roof line. Thanks for posting!


Yes, I was just thinking that! All my fretting over the sloping roof not actually coming to fruition was unfounded. Whew!
by exelone31
14 May 2019 15:10
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 72
Views: 13541

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

I don't want this tournament to fail and move to Frisco, not at all. But if it does, I want the folks who forced this deal through, the same ones who forced the horse park through (which by the way supplanted a homegrown, good-for-the-neighborhood horse park) put on a new millennial pillory until t...
by exelone31
13 May 2019 15:37
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 72
Views: 13541

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

Kind of a rough weekend scheduling-wise too. Heavy rains Saturday morning/early afternoon. The Kaaboo festival (which also seems to have been a bust). The JMBLYA festival (likely different clientele, but another event in the Fair Park/South Dallas area).
by exelone31
09 May 2019 14:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Restaurants: general news/development
Replies: 47
Views: 6060

Re: Restaurants: general news/development

Wasn't there a kebab place that expanded here from Austin recently that flamed out pretty quickly? I think it was Vertskebap, which then became Verts Mediterranean, which has apparently changed its name to Noon Mediterranean. WHICH HAS NOW APPARENTLY BEEN ACQUIRED BY DAPHNE'S MEDITERRANEAN. Not con...
by exelone31
09 May 2019 14:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Restaurants: general news/development
Replies: 47
Views: 6060

Re: Restaurants: general news/development

Wasn't there a kebab place that expanded here from Austin recently that flamed out pretty quickly? I think it was Vertskebap, which then became Verts Mediterranean, which has apparently changed its name to Noon Mediterranean. Not sure how that compares to Doner, but just an interesting recent expans...
by exelone31
03 May 2019 15:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 188
Views: 41231

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

After all of the fits and starts, I really do hope this is when things begin to start taking shape. It's encouraging that the Sears site is about to get underway, in addition to demolition picking up steam on the remainder of the mall site. A couple other random items: - They have taken the boards o...
by exelone31
03 May 2019 12:36
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Collin Creek Mall
Replies: 60
Views: 12278

Re: Collin Creek Mall

Wow, amazing that they were able to hack into Scott Beck's recent search history for their headline.
by exelone31
02 May 2019 14:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 188
Views: 41231

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

Life Time has teamed up with Scott Beck of Beck Ventures, a Dallas-based real estate firm, which has been working on plans for years for the revival of Valley View Mall.


The word "working" being stretched so incredibly thin here.
by exelone31
01 May 2019 11:54
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 242
Views: 44455

Re: Trinity River Park

cowboyeagle05 wrote:Looks like more empty promises to me.


This +1000. Anytime I see the phrases "lots of work to go" or "preliminary" or "Trinity River", I take everything with a grain of salt.
by exelone31
30 Apr 2019 08:42
Forum: The Pitch
Topic: Dallas Fuel (esports team)
Replies: 6
Views: 1113

Re: Dallas Fuel (esports team)

Did anyone go to the Dallas Fuel event this past weekend at the Allen Event Center? I didn't get to make it up there, but sounds like it was a pretty resounding success.
by exelone31
29 Apr 2019 11:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 188
Views: 41231

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

I went to see Avengers at the Valley View AMC, and it was amazingly eerie walking through the mall to get to the theater. They are missing an opportunity to shoot any and all zombie shows/movies there.
by exelone31
26 Apr 2019 12:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 584
Views: 120221

Re: Victory Park 3.0

I just don't get the "South" part of it. Victory Avenue is really only in that area.
by exelone31
25 Apr 2019 12:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Dallas Developments
Replies: 64
Views: 18643

Re: West Dallas Developments

Before I forget, I had to drive by the Belmont this morning to get around an accident on I-30. When I made a right turn on Sylvan in front of the Belmont I could not help but notice a survey crew on the sidewalk with their equipment aimed at the hotel. They are clearly doing survey work on that pro...
by exelone31
24 Apr 2019 12:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Demolished (and about to be) Properties 2.0
Replies: 30
Views: 5426

Re: Demolished (and about to be) Properties 2.0

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:Sadly Belmont hotel will be next


I really, really hope that doesn't happen, but have a fear that it might based off some of the recent articles that have come out.
by exelone31
24 Apr 2019 12:04
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Collin Creek Mall
Replies: 60
Views: 12278

Re: Collin Creek Mall

I find the references to downtown Plano puzzling. Perhaps it is close on a map, but CC mall is not included in my (current) idea of DT Plano, by a long shot. But even the short distance as the crow flies does not account for the 10(?) lane wall that is NCX. Yeah I don't get that either. I know they...
by exelone31
22 Apr 2019 13:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 586
Views: 155366

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

This may seem crazy, but if there are only 8 floors left, are we still feeling good that the angled top is going to look as sharp as in the renderings? I think it looks awesome regardless, but just curious when that shape will start to appear.
by exelone31
12 Apr 2019 11:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 165
Views: 33541

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Jay9398 wrote:Ye Olde Scarlet Pimpernel Tavern (yes, seriously...) aka the old City Tavern space opened last night at 6. The space is definitely much improved. We'll see how they do.


Wow, that is an amazing name.
by exelone31
11 Apr 2019 11:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 137
Views: 29763

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

Redblock wrote:
LongonBigD wrote:Don’t you get a discount I’d you wear Cowboy logo on Sunday or something?



The discount is on game days.


Now THAT'S choice.
by exelone31
11 Apr 2019 11:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 506
Views: 116868

Re: Northpark Center

I guess that lessens the probability for an Eataly near Cityplace, eh?
by exelone31
09 Apr 2019 15:06
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 326
Views: 76724

Re: Legacy West

Seeing as Frontburner Restaurant Group owns both Legacy Hall and Velvet Taco I'm shocked they were able to get them! Ha! :) It's disappointing that the article was written without acknowledging that. I would have never known that! Thanks Kelley I wonder why Velvet Taco wasn't part of the initial li...
by exelone31
09 Apr 2019 14:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 584
Views: 120221

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Thanks for sharing the photos of Hero. I agree it looks really slick and huge. I worry that it will just feel cavernous and empty a majority of the time, but perhaps there is some "build it and they will come" aspect to this. It would be cool if Victory Park was the de facto game day hang,...
by exelone31
08 Apr 2019 11:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 137
Views: 29763

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

Random, but I also noticed they had a 'fan shop' section which was selling a bunch of Cowboys merchandise. Perhaps it is because of the proximity to the AAC and they want to appear as an extension of the Victory Park area? If so, I'm all for that, as this part of town really needs some more cohesio...
by exelone31
02 Apr 2019 08:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: El Fenix site
Replies: 22
Views: 1909

Re: El Fenix site

The whole enchilada: El Fenix's landmark Uptown Dallas property is for sale https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2019/04/02/whole-enchilada-el-fenixsuptown-dallas-property-sale That would be pretty huge if this site gets redeveloped into something mixed use a la The Union. It wouldn't be...
by exelone31
01 Apr 2019 11:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 188
Views: 41231

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

Quick update: Driving by this morning, it appears demolition work has started on the former JC Penney anchor space in the mall. The garage connected to that area on the north side of Valley View has been demolished, so it looks like some meaningful progress. I have made tons of snarky comments about...
by exelone31
29 Mar 2019 15:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 426
Views: 119792

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

Thanks for the photos, Alpaca! I went down to Bishop Arts for a date night last Friday and it was awesome as usual. For me, it's great to have a well-rounded set of options in one spot. You can eat anywhere from casual to upscale, there's cool retail (Wild Detectives, various boutiques, art, etc), a...
by exelone31
28 Mar 2019 16:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 564
Views: 124523

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:Evolution of Deep Ellum..

Punk, Hard-core, post-hardcore, douche-core.


:lol: this is quality
by exelone31
28 Mar 2019 13:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 143
Views: 34982

Re: The Cedars Developments

I can not wait to see what historical building CVS tears down to build a boring pharmacy that would look at home in Garland... While completely unrelated to this area, there was recently a 7-11 and former Black Eyed Pea that was torn down in Far North Dallas to make way for.....a CVS. The best part...
by exelone31
28 Mar 2019 11:58
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 137
Views: 27867

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

Thanks for the pics. I really hope the Medusa night club turns into something else once the park is completed. For sure. It's kind of surprising (or maybe not) how little street-level retail space exists around the park. The Medusa and maybe one or two other spots are it. Hopefully there will be en...
by exelone31
28 Mar 2019 11:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 143
Views: 34982

Re: The Cedars Developments

For those who are rolling their eyes at the transition of the Uptown scene to Deep Ellum (ie - myself), it seems the Cedars is being groomed to become the next "hip" area. I know there's a bunch of stuff there now, but it hasn't reached the tipping point IMO. There's a gap in general retai...
by exelone31
27 Mar 2019 14:18
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 841
Views: 197850

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Axe throwing is a ton of fun. I've been a couple of times to a spot in Richardson (hidden within an industrial park off Arapaho), and it's cool.

I could see that being a huge hit there, and it doesn't require quite as much space as similar attractions like bowling.
by exelone31
27 Mar 2019 11:36
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Meet-Up: Wednesday, March 27th 6PM-8PM @ Purse Building (West End)
Replies: 8
Views: 729

Re: Meet-Up: Wednesday, March 27th 6PM-8PM @ Purse Building (West End)

+1 on the "caw" code word. I'll just go ahead and shout that when entering any public space, just in case...

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