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by Jbarn
30 Mar 2020 20:23
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 374
Views: 120713

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: 44
Views: 15253

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: 361
Views: 115876

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: 361
Views: 115876

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: 9724

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: 39
Views: 5014

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: 203
Views: 68179

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: 481
Views: 181102

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: 203
Views: 68179

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: 44
Views: 15253

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: 118
Views: 46313

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: 44
Views: 15253

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: 137
Views: 46578

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: 137
Views: 46578

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: 218
Views: 93270

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: 738
Views: 252254

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: 325
Views: 117391

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: 361
Views: 115876

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: 556
Views: 199759

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: 345
Views: 113746

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: 345
Views: 113746

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: 345
Views: 113746

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: 345
Views: 113746

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: 359
Views: 154771

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: 374
Views: 120713

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: 445
Views: 141741

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: 445
Views: 141741

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: 5831

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: 5831

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: 217
Views: 91985

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: 175
Views: 71198

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: 230
Views: 89954

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: 111
Views: 35518

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: 99
Views: 34203

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: 99
Views: 34203

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: 99
Views: 34203

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: 742
Views: 263810

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...
by Jbarn
06 Apr 2019 15:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 154
Views: 53574

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

I went to the The Union Tom Thumb today and also had a pleasant experience. The store has so many things you wouldn't find in a normal grocery around here. I must have spent double my usual grocery shopping time in here just browsing all the new stuff. If that was their goal, they succeeded. Take a...
by Jbarn
04 Apr 2019 06:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel
Replies: 534
Views: 212903

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

From the 10th floor of One Main, I see workers on the west side of the podium today (the side facing Renaissance Tower). Two guys are working on a corner drop a few floors above the podium on the NW corner. They appear to be "sanding" the concrete, maybe to prepare it for the tiles? There...
by Jbarn
02 Apr 2019 13:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel
Replies: 534
Views: 212903

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

dallaz wrote:Glad to see progress! Hopefully, this continues (fingers crossed).


Just walked by there. I could hear crickets.
by Jbarn
26 Mar 2019 21:51
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Old Footage of Dallas
Replies: 45
Views: 15876

Re: Old Footage of Dallas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nC_reaiwbIM I don't remember this being posted before, but it's gold. It is a 70's Soviet documentary on life in Dallas that devolves into JFK conspiracy stuff by the end. I saw and translated this when I worked at the Dallas Historical Society years ago, but had com...
by Jbarn
21 Mar 2019 19:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 280
Views: 113147

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

It probably wouldn’t hurt if we had some festivals and events downtown also. Something that appeals to the masses and doesn’t cost a fortune to attend. Something to get people down there. Klyde warren, Deep Ellum, farmers market all have events and festivals, but not much of anything in the actual c...
by Jbarn
21 Mar 2019 10:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 280
Views: 113147

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Yea I'd imagine it's a temporary stall due to the insane amount of construction in the area (and greater downtown). I jogged through multiple parts of downtown 2 days ago (including this one), and literally almost every block is under some form of construction - both aggravating and exciting. Mediu...
by Jbarn
20 Mar 2019 20:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 280
Views: 113147

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

lakewoodhobo wrote:Noticed that City Hall Bistro now has an entrance on Main St. next to Which Wich. Also, a juice place is opening next door to Bread Zeppelin.

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Glad to see something going in here. This block is sad. Downtown seems to have stalled.
by Jbarn
28 Feb 2019 14:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: (PWC) Park District Tower (316 FT | 20 ST) + Residences at Park District (385 FT | 32 ST)
Replies: 182
Views: 81848

Re: Uptown Dallas: (PWC) Park District Tower (316 FT | 20 ST) + Residences at Park District (385 FT | 32 ST)

Keep in mind guys Park District Tower is a luxury tower and I mean actual luxury not just what every apartment slaps on a flyer. They are leasing Apartments at super high prices. They wanted to sell units on a Ritz Carlton level of service so a Steak House is not surprisingly what they want to take...
by Jbarn
26 Feb 2019 13:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: (PWC) Park District Tower (316 FT | 20 ST) + Residences at Park District (385 FT | 32 ST)
Replies: 182
Views: 81848

Re: Uptown Dallas: (PWC) Park District Tower (316 FT | 20 ST) + Residences at Park District (385 FT | 32 ST)

Do we know yet if any restaurants have signed on for the ground floor space? Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille to Relocate in Uptown https://www.dmagazine.com/commercial-real-estate/2019/02/perrys-steakhouse-and-grille-to-relocate-in-uptown/?ref=feat-sect This is so Dallas - placing a very expensive st...
by Jbarn
26 Feb 2019 12:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 556
Views: 199759

Re: Oak Lawn

I think Maple Ave is the only major street in Oak Lawn that has the potential for an urban renaissance in our lifetime. Of course it all depends on what the big landowners have in mind, so I'm keeping an eye out for that big development in the works by MQ Development. I've even heard rumors of a 20...
by Jbarn
23 Feb 2019 07:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel
Replies: 534
Views: 212903

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

Tnexster wrote:Talked to somebody at Drever this week. He said the building should resume full construction in March.


Have they ever been at full construction?
by Jbarn
23 Feb 2019 07:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Galleria
Replies: 102
Views: 21097

Re: North Dallas: Galleria

I wonder if Apple is looking at other locations in DFW to make up for the closure of Plano and Frisco. Maybe Las Colinas or Downtown Dallas? I feel like the aesthetic of their stores and products would be a perfect fit for the Arts District. I have no idea if a location there would make the most bu...

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