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by Jbarn
18 Aug 2020 08:56
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 200
Views: 75220

Re: Downtown Progress

Why downtown Dallas walkin’ man Mike Rhyner is trying to keep the faith amid the pandemic and protests https://www.dallasnews.com/news/commentary/2020/08/17/why-downtown-dallas-walkin-man-mike-rhyner-is-trying-to-keep-the-faith-amid-the-pandemic-and-protests/ I wonder if other big city downtowns ar...
by Jbarn
13 Aug 2020 19:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Covid-19 Business Casualties
Replies: 60
Views: 12331

Re: Dallas Covid-19 Business Casualties

Walked by Dallas Fish Market on Main St this morning and noticed all liquor/glassware/etc has been stripped. I haven't heard anything official but it sure looks permanently gone. Main Street has gone from being the premier street downtown to being a dead zone. It’s a real shame as it had so much po...
by Jbarn
04 Aug 2020 08:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 498
Views: 241001

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

Speaking of Austin, our downtown has more residents, workers, hotels, museums, performance venues, convention attendees, etc...., so what is it about our downtown that makes the streets so much less vibrant? I think a great lack of cohesiveness between the various nodes of activity is a major reason...
by Jbarn
18 Jun 2020 19:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: TC Area: 2727 Turtle Creek Blvd
Replies: 40
Views: 16929

Re: TC Area: 2727 Turtle Creek Blvd

The Turtle Creek Gardens condos right next to 2727 are going to be sold for redevelopment. https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2020/06/18/turtle-creek-condo-complex-up-for-grabs/ Zoning allows construction of a 240-foot tall building height and with up to 871,505 square feet of space. G...
by Jbarn
04 Jun 2020 12:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Kroger
Replies: 41
Views: 15447

Re: East Dallas: Kroger

I think that is just their way of doing business. They are still sitting on a property in north Plano as well, where they have submitted design plans and changed zoning for a store more than two years ago. Aren’t they also still sitting on the Lemmon Avenue parcels and waiting for leases to expire ...
by Jbarn
03 Jun 2020 13:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Kroger
Replies: 41
Views: 15447

Re: East Dallas: Kroger

We can probably scratch central market off the pending list I think. If they couldn’t get the thing started in this last development cycle, I doubt it will ever get done. I know it’s a big project, but the fact that the never ever Drever is actually almost finished, yet the central market site hasn...
by Jbarn
01 Jun 2020 15:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Kroger
Replies: 41
Views: 15447

Re: East Dallas: Kroger

This is 3500 feet from the city place Krogers, and just 1500 feet from the neighborhood wal-mart - why are they bothering to build one so close? I feel like grocery stores in uptown are actually being overbuilt at the moment. new tom thumbs at the union, the gables mckinney, the planned central mar...
by Jbarn
19 May 2020 07:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 333
Views: 167058

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

mdg109 wrote: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.


The name seems to be a play on words, hamburguesa is Spanish for hamburger. But I still don’t get it.
by Jbarn
18 May 2020 15:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 333
Views: 167058

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

I don’t get the it, they are open with that paper covering the windows?
by Jbarn
11 May 2020 19:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 424
Views: 188038

Re: AT&T Discovery District

Also, I like how the gold communications sculpture is near the older art deco buildings while the new interactive piece spherical piece is near the newer white buildings. There were some comments that the gold statue should have been placed towards the front on elm street, but I think they made a w...
by Jbarn
27 Apr 2020 19:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Central Market at McKinney and Lemmon
Replies: 186
Views: 100219

Re: Uptown Dallas: Central Market at McKinney and Lemmon

I have serious doubts about this project. This was announced years ago, and not a shovel of dirt has been turned.
by Jbarn
27 Apr 2020 19:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Field Street District
Replies: 51
Views: 13505

Re: Downtown Dallas: Field Street District

I thought Headington was retreating from downtown.
by Jbarn
12 Apr 2020 12:41
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 376
Views: 172712

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Average weekday DART ridership at the DFW station: FY 2014: 922 FY 2015: 898 FY 2016: 968 FY 2017: 976 FY 2018: 929 FY 2019: 951 DFW Airport passenger traffic in roughly that time period increased by 17.5%. The population of the Dallas side of the metroplex increased by 10.4%. DART ridership at the...
by Jbarn
30 Mar 2020 20:23
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 422
Views: 190607

Re: DFW Economy

Yeah, the few times I was here it was very busy with parties and just casual customers in smaller groups. I personally like big spaces for going out but was never a big fan of how they arranged the space. I am a relic in that I still prefer more of a club atmosphere over that of a giant adult versi...
by Jbarn
29 Mar 2020 08:41
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: DART: Bus system
Replies: 52
Views: 26407

Re: DART: Bus system

DART is making some changes to ensure passengers are well-distanced: * Interior areas at transit centers that have them, will close. Outdoor areas will remain available. * Concierges, the information window clerks, will be reassigned to other duties. * For boardings onto buses that have side doors,...
by Jbarn
12 Mar 2020 19:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 424
Views: 188038

Re: AT&T Discovery District

I had dinner at Jaxxon last night at the Discovery District. Very cool vibes, downtown prices (not surprised) and yummy food. Interesting menu choices but all really good. I think this is an awesome addition to downtown. Sat outside at the patio and it was incredible. everyone should give it a try....
by Jbarn
16 Jan 2020 06:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 424
Views: 188038

Re: AT&T Discovery District

I am concerned about all these new restaurants that they are opening in this development. Don’t the current downtown restaurants that are brave enough to stay open in the evening already struggle with getting people in the door? Downtown is still very quiet during the evenings and weekends. Especial...
by Jbarn
04 Jan 2020 18:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Hoque Global Cedars- So Good
Replies: 34
Views: 16096

Re: Hoque Global Cedars- So Good

This is still progressing. zoning change to the PD was approved in the fall as mentioned in this article. https://dallasinnovates.com/catalyst-sites-how-these-north-texas-locations-could-change-the-trajectory-of-the-region/ More recently, though, Hoque obtained zoning approvals for his site in the ...
by Jbarn
22 Dec 2019 16:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Most Exciting Projects of 2020
Replies: 44
Views: 11609

Re: Most Exciting Projects of 2020

I am starting to think #2 under the proposed list is not going to happen. There has been no activity here for months. I know that it is a big project, but something is up.
by Jbarn
01 Dec 2019 18:49
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 208
Views: 101297

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

Tnexster wrote:When I drive by I almost always see people in there but it might take a while to get significant traction. I know KW wasn't packed right away.


I think they should have made the children’s area larger - there are 4 swings and a teeter totter, and that’s basically it for the kids.
by Jbarn
01 Dec 2019 18:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 483
Views: 246901

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

Also curious as to when that plot of land + vacant building that was supposed to be the Dream Hotel will turn into something. Such a waste as it stands. Such a waste and a major eyesore. The vacant building (that was the law firm) was meant to be demolished and never was. It’s in a horrible state o...
by Jbarn
01 Dec 2019 07:34
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 208
Views: 101297

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

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by Jbarn
02 Oct 2019 20:29
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: DART: Bus system
Replies: 52
Views: 26407

Re: DART: Bus system

Redblock wrote:Another D-Town doing a transit study. Sound familiar?


https://www.denverpost.com/2019/10/02/r ... ne-genova/


Seems their issues are very similar to DART’s. Build out a rail network and let the bus system languish.
by Jbarn
26 Sep 2019 06:05
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 200
Views: 75220

Re: Downtown Progress

16,000 college students, 30 schools, 30 arts and entertainment centers....they must have pushed the downtown boundaries out pretty far.
by Jbarn
23 Sep 2019 20:03
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: DART: Bus system
Replies: 52
Views: 26407

Re: DART: Bus system

I have recently been on 2 of the newest DART buses. I'm not sure yet what I think of them compared to the previous ones. Here's a look at the model... The outside. Headlights are much more visible (similar to the newest Express buses) than the models used up to now. There is a higher roofline. The ...
by Jbarn
23 Sep 2019 19:55
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 138
Views: 68403

Re: TexRail

The DART train to DFW was scary af when I used it... a lot of people arguing and fighting with each other and the smell of urine was noticeable... When the train stopped at DFW, no one got off... they were just using it as a mobile shelter. It may have been because it was early morning and cold out...
by Jbarn
19 Sep 2019 16:48
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 138
Views: 68403

Re: TexRail

Any particular reason why were seeing growth? Does anyone know if companies are providing passes to employees? This certainly is an encouraging trend. And in the meantime, DARTS orange line train to and from DFW is virtually empty at all times, which is very discouraging. 95% of the people I talk t...
by Jbarn
03 Sep 2019 17:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 220
Views: 123190

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

I will have to check out the Farmers Market again. I used to go every two weeks or so. But with the transition, there were days when there wasn't a single produce vendor available. After about six months of extremely limited produce, I finally gave up. I did enjoy the shed and other vendors, but a ...
by Jbarn
12 Aug 2019 20:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 788
Views: 354187

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Another fight and shooting in Deep Ellum this past weekend. Seems to be some sort of incident down there every weekend now according to the local news. Unfortunately, for most folks, perception is reality, and if it is perceived as a dangerous place, folks will stop going. They better get a handle o...
by Jbarn
04 Aug 2019 20:31
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 346
Views: 170618

Re: Silver Line

And takes all of about 5 minutes to traverse. There are also awnings and space for bus stops, although nothing stops there now except for service interruption buses. It would be nice if they could have stops for direct shuttles to Terminals C, D, and E, rather than relying on the current Terminal L...
by Jbarn
18 Jul 2019 13:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 424
Views: 188038

Re: AT&T Discovery District

I think this will be a game changer for downtown. Downtown has improved by leaps and bounds in the last few years, and actually feels like a real downtown at times, but it has been missing that central gathering place where residents and visitors can gather. I hope this will be that place.
by Jbarn
03 Jul 2019 17:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 608
Views: 284514

Re: Oak Lawn

So I noticed I couple of days ago that there is something called “Maple Street Food Hall” being built into a vacant buliding on maple ave next to Ojeda’s restaurant. I noticed early in the year they had bulldozed a building or 2 next to the vacant site and built a large surface lot. Hopefully there...
by Jbarn
08 Jun 2019 07:32
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 376
Views: 172712

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Putting ticket takers on every train while costly would make the train feel more inviting to paying customers while removing those that don't pay or use the train as a homeless shelter which drives more paying riders away from using the train. If I could go back in time I would have insisted they g...
by Jbarn
07 Jun 2019 07:12
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 376
Views: 172712

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

I ride the train regularly from the Bachman station to DFW airport and then back again. I have been doing it for the last few years and have done it at all different times of the day, morning, evening, rush-hour, etc... I can tell you that those numbers, although pitiful, are probably exaggerated. I...
by Jbarn
06 Jun 2019 13:02
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 376
Views: 172712

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

I guess I was under the impression that DART would be doing a total reconfiguring of its entire bus route, similar to what Houston did a few years back, especially given that DART needed 10 years to complete it. DART is too focused on getting national press. They need to redirect their energy to get...
by Jbarn
04 Jun 2019 08:05
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 376
Views: 172712

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/dallas/2019/06/03/dart-hired-uber-drive-around-riders-now-considering-autonomous-buses In Dallas, for example, DART ridership has decreased every year for the past five years — even though the Dallas-Fort Worth area is one of the fastest-growing regions in the U.S. F...
by Jbarn
25 May 2019 16:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 412
Views: 218169

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

^^^or perhaps redevelopment of the 7-11 lot which has been under development for years now.
by Jbarn
25 May 2019 16:08
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 422
Views: 190607

Re: DFW Economy

The Dallas area is not slowing down and continues to lead the State with its red hot growth. Dallas led Texas in the number of new jobs in the first quarter of 2019 with 27,900 new jobs ... with the largest first quarter gain in the TAMU series history of conducting these reports (since 1990)! ----...
by Jbarn
25 May 2019 16:04
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 501
Views: 215218

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

texasstar wrote:
Jbarn wrote:Hopefully the fact that Lowe’s wants rail access will automatically disqualify Plano and Frisco.


Plano has DART Rail.


I am referring to the parts of Plano that every corporation is flocking to, Legacy, Legacy West, Granite Park, etc...I work at Granite Park, it is a transit desert.
by Jbarn
23 May 2019 15:30
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 501
Views: 215218

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

Hopefully the fact that Lowe’s wants rail access will automatically disqualify Plano and Frisco.
by Jbarn
16 May 2019 14:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Hampton Inn (Allen Bldg., 1700 Commerce)
Replies: 15
Views: 8854

Re: Downtown Dallas: Hampton Inn (Allen Bldg., 1700 Commerce)

Every Neiman's I have been in has always been a very quiet place even the NorthPark location. Their sales expectations are very different than Nordstroms, Macy's and Dillards who I would more closely judge by the number of people walking around. I guess I was just trying to think of a reason why Ne...
by Jbarn
16 May 2019 13:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Hampton Inn (Allen Bldg., 1700 Commerce)
Replies: 15
Views: 8854

Re: Downtown Dallas: Hampton Inn (Allen Bldg., 1700 Commerce)

It is amazing that Neimans has allowed their garage to fall into such disrepair. Especially considering the fact that they have their logo on the front of the building. Does the downtown location do enough business to justify its existence or do they just keep it open due to its historical significa...
by Jbarn
08 May 2019 15:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 223
Views: 122847

Re: West End 1.0

Yeah sounds like they are very much on an early concept level. What is interesting is they want to do on campus housing but with a third party. Sounds like this new campus will not be anything like their current community college campus model. I could see them salvaging some of their current campus...
by Jbarn
27 Apr 2019 08:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Central Market at McKinney and Lemmon
Replies: 186
Views: 100219

Re: Uptown Dallas: Central Market at McKinney and Lemmon

How long does it usually take the city plan commission to review and sign off on plans like this? Are we looking at several months until construction starts still?
by Jbarn
18 Apr 2019 14:53
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 266
Views: 133989

Re: DFW Airport

A terminal without parking would be the ultimate "screw you" to local passengers. What is currently the best major airport in the world for O&D passengers would lose its competitive advantage. Riding a bus between terminals is just so much fun. Honestly, with the new Dart station up a...
by Jbarn
18 Apr 2019 13:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Link at Uptown
Replies: 151
Views: 62101

Re: The Link at Uptown

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5c8831e6b10f254b3074ac7e/t/5c9453906e9a7f698e2e542e/1553224619850/Brochure+Round+3-05.jpg?format=2500w Cool view I found on the linkatuptown.com website. That is a great shot. It is absolutely amazing how much that whole area has changed just within even the l...
by Jbarn
11 Apr 2019 10:41
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava
Replies: 100
Views: 48503

Re: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava

tamtagon wrote:If you think Dallas is bad, look at Atlanta.


We could do better though, and it seems like we keep making the same costly mistakes over and over again due to the city not having proper audit controls in place. There is a great lack of accountability in this city.
by Jbarn
11 Apr 2019 09:21
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava
Replies: 100
Views: 48503

Re: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava

Dallas City Council votes to send bill of $7.1 million to Trinity Park Conservancy for bridge repair https://www.dallasnews.com/news/dallas-city-hall/2019/04/10/dallas-council-oks-71-million-fix-mcdermott-bridge-wants-trinity-group-fund Does the Trinity Park Conservancy pay the bill and own the eng...
by Jbarn
10 Apr 2019 06:47
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava
Replies: 100
Views: 48503

Re: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava

I’m sorry, but everybody involved with this debacle should no longer be employed.
by Jbarn
09 Apr 2019 14:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 752
Views: 363276

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Developers celebrate Dallas' Victory Park revamp https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2019/04/09/developers-celebrate-dallas-victory-park-revamp They have the infrastructure, now they just need to get some people down there. That will be the hard part. I pray that they are successful thi...

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