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by mdg109
16 Jul 2019 17:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square
Replies: 133
Views: 35135

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square

This is awesome. Thanks for the update!
by mdg109
09 Jul 2019 12:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End: Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum
Replies: 95
Views: 26985

Re: West End: Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum

I believe the entrance is on Houston Street facing the new garage. I walked by there this weekend, and realized that the pacific side of the building will be closed off by the concrete walls.
by mdg109
08 Jul 2019 00:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 178
Views: 36968

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

A few updates from Sunday afternoon. First two pics are from the West End. The third photo is an interior progress shot of the old Sol Irlandes building. Tried Clean Juice today and it was really good. It's good to have a smoothie/juice place especially when it's so hot out. Last shot is one of the ...
by mdg109
02 Jul 2019 12:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 77
Views: 10022

Re: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)

I actually don't know what's worse, a surface lot or a parking garage with no retail.
by mdg109
01 Jul 2019 21:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 182
Views: 43656

Re: AT&T Discovery District

Browder Street getting the Disc. Distr. makeover.
by mdg109
01 Jul 2019 21:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 178
Views: 36968

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

I may be wrong, but I feel like the West End is very slowly coming back to life. The Corner Bakery is now open on Saturdays, work was being done on the front portion of the old Palm restaurant entrance, and progress is being made on the new burger place taking over the old Ellen's location. Also saw...
by mdg109
30 Jun 2019 18:56
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 146
Views: 31297

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

I'm excited for this park as it will help connect the KWP side of downtown to EMC. The downtown parks always look good when they open, but I worry about the maintenance. Belo Garden still looks relatively good, but Main Street Garden isn't doing that great IMO. I just walked by today and the lawn is...
by mdg109
17 Jun 2019 16:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 565
Views: 134244

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

It's only been a yellow house for a couple years. I didn't think it was that beloved of a site. Before that, I think it was used as a parking lot. Sure, a smaller scale, mixed-use development would've been great. Interestingly though, wasn't Bowls and Tacos across the street a former gas station lik...
by mdg109
17 Jun 2019 12:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Masonic Temple
Replies: 13
Views: 3145

Re: Masonic Temple

Pretty cool seeing the entrance lit up last night.
by mdg109
07 Jun 2019 12:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 182
Views: 43656

Re: AT&T Discovery District

A few photos from this week. I really like the smaller tiles used for the sidewalk throughout the entire block. Seeing this up close is starting to make me think this really could make downtown into a destination (like KWP). I tend to be an optimist, so I may be wrong.
by mdg109
07 Jun 2019 12:45
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 273
Views: 54967

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

I rode the train on a Sunday evening from Mockingbird Station to Galatyn Park Station in Richardson. The ride itself was really efficient, but everything else about my trip discourages even a supporter like me from taking Dart. Number 1, the ticket kiosks were out of order. Ended up downloading the ...
by mdg109
05 Jun 2019 12:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 311
Views: 100570

Re: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)

Went by this site last night, and it still looks about the same as the photos from late April. Anyone have info on this?
by mdg109
17 May 2019 14:19
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Lemmon Ave. lane reduction (between Turtle Creek Blvd and US-75)
Replies: 18
Views: 1605

Re: Lemmon Ave. lane reduction (between Turtle Creek Blvd and US-75)

My condo is two blocks away from the proposed Lemmon change. I walk to several places around my neighborhood. Having Lemmon more walkable would be awesome. Wish I could've made the meeting. Thanks for the feedback, DPatel.
by mdg109
28 Apr 2019 21:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 610
Views: 134533

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Yeah, I saw their Instagram posts showing the Stars game. The atmosphere looked amazing. Reminded me of World Cup watch parties. I'm not even a sports fan, but I've been telling friends that if there's a game they want to watch we should go to Hero and watch it, haha. I hung out at S Victory on Frid...
by mdg109
26 Apr 2019 12:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 610
Views: 134533

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Yeah, that was confusing to me too. I guess they're thinking everything north of the arena is North Victory now?
by mdg109
25 Apr 2019 18:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 302
Views: 76092

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

Glad we'll finally have a CB2. I know it's a pipe dream, but I always thought it'd be cool to have a CB2 downtown.
by mdg109
23 Apr 2019 16:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 172
Views: 40917

Re: West End 1.0

Awesome!
by mdg109
19 Apr 2019 16:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 172
Views: 40917

Re: West End 1.0

Nice find! Glad to see something opening up in this part of downtown. Hopefully it does well.
by mdg109
10 Apr 2019 14:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 157
Views: 47964

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

Not sure what the plan is, but it looks like it could be used as another open floor for the market, or the whole space could be divided up for retail. When I looked in, it was all empty space with no walls.
by mdg109
09 Apr 2019 17:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 178
Views: 36968

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

It's been a while since I've seen the patios at Stone Street packed. From last night:
by mdg109
09 Apr 2019 17:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 157
Views: 47964

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

Farmers Market was pretty busy on Sunday. Glad to see most of the outdoor seating areas being used. Here's a pic of the development off Marilla Street:
by mdg109
09 Apr 2019 16:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 178
Views: 36968

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Former City Tavern update:
by mdg109
09 Apr 2019 12:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 610
Views: 134533

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Looks really good. Hopefully this will bring more activity onto the AAC plaza area.
by mdg109
08 Apr 2019 14:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 519
Views: 127927

Re: Northpark Center

^exactly. Sometimes I wonder what this thread is doing under the urban development category.
by mdg109
01 Apr 2019 12:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Parking Garages
Replies: 139
Views: 34286

Re: Parking Garages

Hampton Inn/AC Hotel/Residence Inn garage: the east side of the garage entrance ground floor is for an indoor pool. Hopefully the Ervay side will get some neighborhood retail.
by mdg109
29 Mar 2019 13:37
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 146
Views: 31297

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

Thanks for the info!
by mdg109
28 Mar 2019 18:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Hines Project - 2700 Commerce
Replies: 47
Views: 4522

Re: Deep Ellum: Hines Project - 2700 Commerce

Yeah this one is really out of scale for this part of DE.
by mdg109
28 Mar 2019 12:33
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 146
Views: 31297

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

Yeah, depending on how the Sheraton parking garage is constructed, it would be nice if that first level could be turned into restaurant/retail. Not sure what the building on Live Oak & Harwood houses, but that would be a good one to convert as well.
by mdg109
27 Mar 2019 17:07
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 146
Views: 31297

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.
by mdg109
21 Mar 2019 14:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 178
Views: 36968

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

^True. I get annoyed/frustrated often but always stay optimistic. West End is supposedly still getting a "food hall" at Factory Six03. Hopefully the WE park, Holocaust Museum, and leasing of the Purse Building will help liven up other areas of DT as well.
by mdg109
21 Mar 2019 12:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 178
Views: 36968

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Agreed. It's annoying af. Sol Irlandes is taking forever - but according to this article it should be completed by this summer as Queso Beso - https://www.guidelive.com/food-and-drink/2018/12/26/most-exciting-new-restaurants-2019-dallas-fort-worth Really looking forward to see how AT&T Discovery...
by mdg109
18 Mar 2019 15:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 178
Views: 36968

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Nice! Didn't know about the juice place. Walked around the West End, and noticed a sign and some construction at the old Ellen's place. Sign says it's for "Burgerim."
by mdg109
26 Feb 2019 17:55
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Plague of Pancake Development
Replies: 13
Views: 2702

Re: The Plague of Pancake Development

Slot homes... so that's what they're called. These are so ugly at street level.
by mdg109
25 Feb 2019 12:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 565
Views: 134244

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

I really like how they've opened up the old Lula B's building. From the site, the coffee shop should be open next month.
by mdg109
18 Feb 2019 23:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 308
Views: 69607

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Yeah, I agree with Dpatel. It's on the other side of Good Latimer so it does feel separate from DE's EMC.
by mdg109
14 Feb 2019 12:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 150
Views: 38275

Re: The Cedars Developments

Good find. Before and after:
by mdg109
12 Feb 2019 12:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 610
Views: 134533

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Was at VP around 8 last night. A lot of the plywood covering retail storefronts has come down. The Imoto entrance looks better now. There's also a new ramen place with a large patio next to the Cinepolis that looks like it will be opening soon.
by mdg109
06 Feb 2019 19:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: First Baptist Church
Replies: 36
Views: 3773

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.
by mdg109
03 Feb 2019 11:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square
Replies: 133
Views: 35135

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square

Visited TGS yesterday morning and was really impressed. It was spotless. A really pleasant experience. As I left, several groups of people came in to explore.
by mdg109
03 Feb 2019 11:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 183
Views: 33105

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

I like how they're extending the enclosed bottom portion of the triangular building for more retail/restaurant space. Also, I didn't realize they're wanting to close the street next to it for pedestrians.
by mdg109
28 Jan 2019 13:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 178
Views: 36968

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

I was just downtown last night from about 6-8pm. I was surprised to see the amount of people on a Sunday night walking around and on scooters/bikes. Luckily Royal Blue stays open until midnight everyday. There were a few of us working on stuff at the cafe section. Walking around, I noticed the Irish...
by mdg109
23 Jan 2019 12:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 178
Views: 36968

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Ugh, The Commissary downtown just announced new hours: 7am-6pm.
by mdg109
19 Dec 2018 12:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square
Replies: 133
Views: 35135

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square

Checked out TGS a couple nights ago. The new landscaping looks really good. Everything looked really clean. I'll try to stop by during the day over the weekend and get some pictures.
by mdg109
14 Dec 2018 15:12
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 103
Views: 28113

Re: Downtown Progress

^That's true. It's better than before, but with so many projects completed I would have thought there would be a pretty consistent level of street activity by now. The thing is there are still too many empty storefronts, construction zones or empty lots separating all the active spots downtown. Hope...
by mdg109
05 Dec 2018 12:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Most Exciting Project?
Replies: 24
Views: 3609

Re: Most Exciting Project?

Agree w/ Dpatel. I'd say Discovery District for creating a destination for downtown, East Quarter for merging downtown and Deep Ellum, and I'd add the Holocaust Museum for hopefully bringing more activity to the West End.
by mdg109
04 Dec 2018 12:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 364
Views: 88565

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

Got some close up shots of San Martín over the weekend. Sorry they're so dark. I didn't see any signs for an opening date.
by mdg109
30 Nov 2018 18:19
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Main Street Garden
Replies: 16
Views: 2472

Re: Main Street Gardens

Looks like the cafe will be operated by Hot Off The Press Dallas: https://www.facebook.com/409974622868391/photos/a.437583370107516/437635923435594/?type=3 They're currently at the Unbranded pop-up shop on Commerce this week: https://hotoffthepressdallas.com/ Also, the name is singular, Main Street ...
by mdg109
27 Nov 2018 12:19
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 103
Views: 28113

Re: Downtown Progress

Is work being done on the old Sol Irlandes building? I was downtown on Sunday, and realized how dead it felt not having this building and patio active there anymore. It's crazy that so many projects have been completed, but because they're not contiguous, downtown still doesn't feel as vibrant as it...
by mdg109
21 Nov 2018 15:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 157
Views: 47964

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

I drove by this morning and the area by the Stewpot was pretty clear. Went a little farther down and looks like the crowds are now at the entrance of the Library.
by mdg109
05 Nov 2018 13:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 364
Views: 88565

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

I just went a couple weeks ago, and it's sad bc the interior design and patio were really well done. It made you want to linger there.

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