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by mdg109
02 Nov 2020 12:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 333
Views: 166261

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

I did a walk through yesterday evening as well, and I felt there was a steady amount of pedestrian activity all over downtown. I focused around EMC. I left feeling very optimistic bc there was a steady flow of pedestrians coming and going to/from AT&T DD, downtown overall was pretty clean (inclu...
by mdg109
07 Oct 2020 11:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Covid-19 Business Casualties
Replies: 60
Views: 12136

Re: Dallas Covid-19 Business Casualties

Drove by Deep Ellum last night, and looks like Punch Bowl Social is open again.
by mdg109
01 Oct 2020 17:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: City Lights
Replies: 122
Views: 70427

Re: Downtown Dallas: City Lights

Awesome. Anyone have an update on the damaged property next door?
by mdg109
01 Oct 2020 12:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 591
Views: 257104

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Thanks for the clarification @cowboyeagle05
by mdg109
30 Sep 2020 12:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 591
Views: 257104

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

You're right. My job is actually going office-less until next year and I'm already looking into WeWork or something just to get out of the house.
by mdg109
03 Sep 2020 23:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Lower Greenville Development
Replies: 147
Views: 64043

Re: Lower Greenville Development

Progress pics of a few projects on Lowest Greenville this week. Drove by today, and the blue building is going through a reno. Sign says "Son of a Butcher." The old Yucatan space is becoming Manpuku Grille.
by mdg109
29 Aug 2020 12:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 296
Views: 151437

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

A couple progress pics. They got rid of the right turn lane on Commerce.
by mdg109
26 Aug 2020 12:11
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 200
Views: 74721

Re: Downtown Progress

I went last night at around 8 pm, and I was preparing myself to run into protestors, but I didn't see anything. It was actually very calm. Homelessness seemed to be very under control compared to other nights, and it was also pretty clean. I'm assuming this is DDI doing a good job with security and ...
by mdg109
24 Aug 2020 00:50
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 200
Views: 74721

Re: Downtown Progress

Went to Victory Park on Friday night and the patios were packed here as well from Dibbs all the way to Medina restaurant.
by mdg109
19 Aug 2020 00:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 333
Views: 166261

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

It's a restaurant/bar: truekitchenkocktails.com
by mdg109
18 Aug 2020 16:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 333
Views: 166261

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

The section closest to The Majestic finally has the windows uncovered. There's still the whole dining room facing Harwood that is still being worked on.
by mdg109
18 Aug 2020 16:23
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 200
Views: 74721

Re: Downtown Progress

I just read that article, and I think that was the state of downtown several weeks ago. I go to downtown to run and exercise at least once a week in the evenings, and there's a decent amount of activity for being in a pandemic. Pacific Park is always active with a fair number of people, Discovery Di...
by mdg109
13 Aug 2020 22:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Covid-19 Business Casualties
Replies: 60
Views: 12136

Re: Dallas Covid-19 Business Casualties

Yeah, it's pretty sad. I think Dude Sweet Chocolate just has temporary hours. Queso Beso is temporarily closed too. La Tarte Tropezienne seems to be doing really well, Chop House Burger and Freshii are still open.
by mdg109
06 Aug 2020 12:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 494
Views: 239570

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

I've been going to downtown for runs on weekday evenings, and to hangout at certain times day/night on the weekends. I personally haven't seen or heard of protests in weeks. Did I miss something?
by mdg109
05 Aug 2020 12:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Hall Arts Hotel & Residences
Replies: 247
Views: 140314

Re: Arts District: Hall Arts Hotel & Residences

Here's a closer look of the base and the new sidewalks.
by mdg109
03 Aug 2020 17:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 333
Views: 166261

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

La Tarte Tropezienne opened this weekend. I stopped by twice Saturday and Sunday, and both times it was pretty busy. This shot was taken close to 9pm on a Sunday night.
by mdg109
03 Aug 2020 17:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 494
Views: 239570

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

This area has always struggled. I was downtown last night, and even on a Sunday night I was surprised at how many people were just walking around, walking dogs, or on the scooters, all along EMC. The Arts District really doesn't have anything going on right now, so yes, it's pretty desolate.
by mdg109
01 Aug 2020 18:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Covid-19 Business Casualties
Replies: 60
Views: 12136

Re: Dallas Covid-19 Business Casualties

Even though Iron Cactus wasn't the best, it's pretty disappointing to see this one go. Right now, only Chop House Burger is holding down the corner of Main & Akard. Went by today, and Pegasus Plaza Park is pretty much a homeless camp. I really do feel for the homeless though - it's not a bad pla...
by mdg109
27 Jul 2020 13:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: The National/Thompson Hotel (1401 Elm)
Replies: 615
Views: 299376

Re: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel

These sidewalks are huge.
by mdg109
27 Jul 2020 13:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Covid-19 Business Casualties
Replies: 60
Views: 12136

Re: Dallas Covid-19 Business Casualties

I believe Iron Cactus is pretty much done.
by mdg109
27 Jul 2020 13:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 333
Views: 166261

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Looks like this one might be opening soon.
by mdg109
27 Jul 2020 13:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 424
Views: 186992

Re: AT&T Discovery District

This is definitely a focal point for downtown. I was downtown on Saturday night, and was pretty much expecting a ghost town because of the pandemic, but I was pleasantly surprised to see a decent crowd out and about despite several restaurants still shut down. ATT Discovery District is definitely a ...
by mdg109
10 Jun 2020 11:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Lower Greenville Development
Replies: 147
Views: 64043

Re: Lower Greenville Development

The Pints & Quarts off lower Greenville and Ross is being renovated. From looking inside, looks like it's going to be a Mexican food joint.
by mdg109
24 May 2020 17:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 296
Views: 151437

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

Love the office view. I don't think I've ever seen the photos of the parking lots next to the Majestic occupied.
by mdg109
19 May 2020 13:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: City Lights
Replies: 122
Views: 70427

Re: Downtown Dallas: City Lights

I hadn't realized this project was so big. Sidewalks are fairly decent on Live Oak, but they do get really narrow towards the entrance.
by mdg109
19 May 2020 13:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 424
Views: 186992

Re: AT&T Discovery District

^ I think so. If I'm remembering correctly, I think they were gutting that space. The dry cleaners in the photo above, is on the Jackson Street side of the DPL building.
by mdg109
18 May 2020 17:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 333
Views: 166261

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Yes, awful name. The "We're Open" sign is for Which Which next door. They're still working on the interior. I was surprised this place was still moving forward.
by mdg109
18 May 2020 14:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 296
Views: 151437

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

From this weekend:
by mdg109
18 May 2020 14:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 333
Views: 166261

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Birguesa next to Which Which:
by mdg109
18 May 2020 14:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 424
Views: 186992

Re: AT&T Discovery District

Jaxon was doing pretty well this weekend. Even with a lot of things shut down, several people were making use of the spread out seating. I really hope it spills over onto Browder Street. I hadn't noticed, but there's a dry cleaners taking a section of the DPL building.
by mdg109
18 May 2020 14:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: The National/Thompson Hotel (1401 Elm)
Replies: 615
Views: 299376

Re: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel

A couple of close-up shots:
by mdg109
13 May 2020 12:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Link at Uptown
Replies: 151
Views: 61769

Re: The Link at Uptown

Here are some close-ups.
by mdg109
08 May 2020 16:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 424
Views: 186992

Re: AT&T Discovery District

The finish out of this project is really good. It will definitely be a destination for downtown once everything is up and running. I really like how they made the dead space along Commerce into a large patio.
by mdg109
08 May 2020 16:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 333
Views: 166261

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

La Tarte Tropizienne got some new signage on Main, as did Modern Vintage on Elm.
by mdg109
30 Apr 2020 14:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 333
Views: 166261

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

I just went by last night, and all the restaurants were still open for take-out: Shiva's, iFratteli, Tiff's Treats, and a new empanada place I didn't even know had open-end there. The only one closed, besides the CVS was a hair salon.
by mdg109
29 Apr 2020 12:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Field Street District
Replies: 51
Views: 13404

Re: Downtown Dallas: Field Street District

There has to be a happy medium between the ultra high-end retail and the chain retail/restaurant found at Sundance. I appreciate downtown FW's success, but every time I visit, it feels like I'm at a bigger Firewheel.
by mdg109
29 Apr 2020 12:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 424
Views: 186992

Re: AT&T Discovery District

Oh yeah, I follow them on Instagram, and they've been doing soft promos of upcoming movie screenings for the fall.
by mdg109
28 Apr 2020 12:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 591
Views: 257104

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

It's good to see the front of the Knights of Pythias building finally redone. Went running through here a couple days ago. The new sidewalks and trees would make it a pretty pleasant walk all the way to the East Quarter.
by mdg109
27 Apr 2020 12:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 591
Views: 257104

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

I saw a sign out on the fencing around this block. They're calling it "Good E" with a completion in 2021. Here's a link I found: https://theretailconnection.net/propert ... dallas-tx/
by mdg109
23 Apr 2020 17:01
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Homelessness
Replies: 60
Views: 30571

Re: Homelessness

Got this from the Arts District/Flora thread: "The city has written off the downtown library. It exists now only as a homeless campground. Have you been by it lately? They have to keep cops stationed in front of it 24/7." Yes, I have noticed. Why is the library the main hangout, is it beca...
by mdg109
23 Apr 2020 16:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 494
Views: 239570

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

The good thing is that there is plenty of retail space on both sides of Flora between Olive and Pearl for future tenants. Hopefully that will make the Arts District a little more enjoyable. Flora Street beyond Pearl still needs work in terms of street life. Ideally the hotel and residential would he...
by mdg109
15 Apr 2020 12:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 333
Views: 166261

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Yeah, I've noticed all the new retail there too this past year. I really hope they can make it through this quarantine (hopefully by end of May?). I wonder how the Indian restaurant is doing on the other end.
by mdg109
14 Apr 2020 13:59
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 208
Views: 100843

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

It's looking great. I was there probably a week ago. Landscaping look maintained and overall pretty clean. It wasn't empty, actually, people were kicking the ball around, walking dogs, running, etc. It wasn't crowded so people did maintain their distances.
by mdg109
11 Apr 2020 10:38
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 200
Views: 74721

Re: Downtown Progress

The good thing is that we have space to plan for what we want. I doubt we'll ever get to the density level of New York or Tokyo any time soon. But I do understand the fear - I never want to be on a cruise ship ever, tbh. I live in a townhome in lower Greenville, and being quarantined here isn't so b...
by mdg109
10 Apr 2020 12:11
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 200
Views: 74721

Re: Downtown Progress

I'm not sure if this is the right thread for this, but I was wondering what the state of downtown will be once we slowly reopen in a month or two. I read the D magazine article on Headington, which is disappointing, but it also leaves me optimistic about what we can do better. I still think more res...
by mdg109
07 Apr 2020 14:30
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 394
Views: 175264

Re: DART D2 Subway

That's a good point. And it's not just the initial expense of purchasing the car, you also have maintenance, gas, insurance, etc.
by mdg109
01 Apr 2020 12:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 333
Views: 166261

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

I know this means nothing during this quarantine, but I hadn't noticed this before. It would be awesome to have something in this building in the future.
by mdg109
01 Apr 2020 12:45
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's
Replies: 53
Views: 30145

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

I finally got to see this re-do up close yesterday. The East Quarter is starting to feel like a really cool neighborhood. Although I'm not a fan of giant streets downtown, I am happy about the new trees and wider sidewalks. I just wonder how long the landscaping will last or who's in charge of the m...

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