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by mdg109
11 Feb 2021 12:38
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 216
Views: 85042

Re: Downtown Progress

Out of curiosity, what are some things you all are hoping to see or looking forward to seeing happen in downtown this year?

I'm hoping the townhomes along Commerce and 345 starts construction, and that the former Iron Cactus gets a new tenant.
by mdg109
29 Jan 2021 16:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 553
Views: 267262

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

Is there a possibility of getting a gasless QT like in Atlanta?

https://www.google.com/maps/@33.7773849 ... 384!8i8192
by mdg109
23 Jan 2021 12:18
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Homelessness
Replies: 72
Views: 34237

Re: Homelessness

Thanks for the update. I was out running in the evening this past week and I saw very few homeless out. They put up a barricade (with some design features on it) surrounding the old Iron Cactus patio and that has really helped visually clean up Pegasus Plaza. Main Street Garden, which is usually a h...
by mdg109
22 Jan 2021 14:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 361
Views: 181897

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Hawthorn in the ATT Disc Distr looks like it's about ready to open:
by mdg109
04 Jan 2021 15:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 341
Views: 167160

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

Thanks, Kingpin! This last photos almost looks like people are shopping. Wish we had more retail options downtown.
by mdg109
03 Jan 2021 14:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 361
Views: 181897

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Thanks for the info doubdfw67!
by mdg109
01 Jan 2021 21:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 361
Views: 181897

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

@Tnexster - yes, if I remember correctly. Exploring the west side of downtown: Chimalma Taco Bar (I think this used to be a Latin Deli); not sure how much longer the renovations at Founder's Plaza will be, but it's definitely taking shape. Lastly, some developments I'd never heard of Rokwood Lounge,...
by mdg109
31 Dec 2020 13:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 361
Views: 181897

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Noticed this next to the taco place at the Mosaic.
by mdg109
16 Dec 2020 12:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 361
Views: 181897

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

I'm not sure when this was put up, but I'm pretty sure it's fairly recent: 609 Harwood
I also noticed the space where Cafe Izmir is/was (Alto 211) is getting renovated.
by mdg109
08 Dec 2020 16:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DISD Administration Building
Replies: 37
Views: 18054

Re: DISD Administration Building

There are still plenty of empty lots that could fill in and make up for the new developments that don't have any retail or neighborhood services. So, I'm still hopeful. Totally agree on all of the above suggestions. At the very least, wide sidewalks and separated bike lane from DT to LG.
by mdg109
02 Dec 2020 11:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 361
Views: 181897

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

I walked around last night around 6pm, and it was definitely quiet. Still, not as dead as in the mid 2000s. I wish Iron Cactus hadn't closed. That just left a giant hole on Main. Agree with all the points above. I will say, though, it was unbelievably clean, and far fewer homeless than a couple mont...
by mdg109
02 Nov 2020 12:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 361
Views: 181897

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: 14776

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: 75007

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: 605
Views: 281075

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: 605
Views: 281075

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: 149
Views: 69552

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: 341
Views: 167160

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: 216
Views: 85042

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: 216
Views: 85042

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: 361
Views: 181897

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: 361
Views: 181897

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: 216
Views: 85042

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: 14776

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: 516
Views: 260914

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: 253
Views: 151755

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: 361
Views: 181897

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: 516
Views: 260914

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: 14776

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: 630
Views: 323815

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: 14776

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: 361
Views: 181897

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: 427
Views: 203334

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: 149
Views: 69552

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: 341
Views: 167160

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: 75007

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: 427
Views: 203334

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: 361
Views: 181897

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: 341
Views: 167160

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

From this weekend:
by mdg109
18 May 2020 14:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 361
Views: 181897

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: 427
Views: 203334

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: 630
Views: 323815

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: 162
Views: 69441

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: 427
Views: 203334

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: 361
Views: 181897

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: 361
Views: 181897

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: 15527

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: 427
Views: 203334

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: 605
Views: 281075

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.

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