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by Jbarn
21 Mar 2019 19:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 151
Views: 27913

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: 151
Views: 27913

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: 151
Views: 27913

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: 173
Views: 48340

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: 173
Views: 48340

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: 283
Views: 61717

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: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 384
Views: 87573

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: 31
Views: 4520

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...
by Jbarn
14 Feb 2019 07:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Convention Center
Replies: 31
Views: 6098

Re: Dallas Convention Center

The city of Dallas should be fixing our streets, keeping us safe, etc...which they are failing at. The more we can take away from them and leave to the professionals to run, the better.
by Jbarn
05 Feb 2019 13:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 384
Views: 87573

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

I was just downtown. Not a bit of activity going on with this building. The city really needs to step in and get some sort of timeline when the sidewalks will be reopened. Totally unacceptable that the city allows developers to shut down sidewalks for years, especially when it is obvious the develop...
by Jbarn
26 Jan 2019 21:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 151
Views: 27913

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Oh man, that's very disappointing. I guess if the demand isn't there, I can't really blame them, I was just hoping we were finally at a point where we could support more late night venues in downtown. I've actually never been to the place in the evening, so I suppose I'm part of the problem. Hopefu...
by Jbarn
26 Jan 2019 16:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 151
Views: 27913

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Ugh, The Commissary downtown just announced new hours: 7am-6pm. Oh man, that's very disappointing. I guess if the demand isn't there, I can't really blame them, I was just hoping we were finally at a point where we could support more late night venues in downtown. I've actually never been to the pl...
by Jbarn
27 Dec 2018 15:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: San Martín (former The MAC location)
Replies: 43
Views: 13739

Re: Uptown Dallas: San Martín (former The MAC location)

I've been waiting for the opening for months now! Visited this weekend and was very impressed with the food quality.. The variety of the bakery goods was amazing! Everything was made with fresh ingredients! Service was attentive but had some flaws. I ordered coffee and waitress forgot to bring suga...
by Jbarn
20 Dec 2018 12:53
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Grocery Store Thread 2.0
Replies: 42
Views: 8593

Re: The Grocery Store Thread 2.0

Also, I am wondering if when they say “Dallas”, that actually means Dallas, or are they referring to the metro area? I could see this going to Legacy or some new development in Frisco.
by Jbarn
15 Dec 2018 07:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1035
Views: 195896

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Seattle's bus system is actually useful, unlike Dallas' rail system. Number of miles or number of stations is irrelevant if you're not actually providing a competitive way to get from place to place. The way that Seattle makes their bus system useful is by prioritizing buses over cars with things l...
by Jbarn
14 Dec 2018 12:02
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 103
Views: 23043

Re: Downtown Progress

Mentioned in this D Magazine article about Royal Blue Grocery: * 11,000 - live in the urban core * 8200+ - existing DTD residential units * 3100 - DTD residential units to come * 135,000 - daytime CBD population https://www.dmagazine.com/publications/d-ceo/2018/december/meet-the-trio-behind-downtow...
by Jbarn
12 Dec 2018 13:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 384
Views: 87573

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

At any given time, they have less people working on this skyscraper than they would have building a new house in Frisco. At this rate, it will take years and years and years to get this done. I am not confident this will ever get finished. The city should require that they at least put up scaffoldin...
by Jbarn
15 Nov 2018 14:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Link at Uptown
Replies: 31
Views: 3415

Re: The Link at Uptown

Three years until completion seems like a long timeline for a building like this.
by Jbarn
02 Aug 2018 14:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1035
Views: 195896

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

The powers that be in Texas, especially in the Governor's office know the impact bills like that cost the state and obviously there are elected officials on both sides of the aisle that also understand the impact. Never underestimate the power of legislators to enact laws that don't serve the state...
by Jbarn
02 Aug 2018 11:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1035
Views: 195896

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I am not sure why we even pretend like we have a chance at this. Amazon absolutely will not move to a place that is located in a state that probably will have a bathroom bill passed during the next legislative session. I recently attended a presentation by a state house rep that talked about this i...
by Jbarn
02 Aug 2018 07:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1035
Views: 195896

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I am not sure why we even pretend like we have a chance at this. Amazon absolutely will not move to a place that is located in a state that probably will have a bathroom bill passed during the next legislative session.
by Jbarn
29 Jul 2018 20:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 239
Views: 49072

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

tamtagon wrote:^It's a neighborhood grocery store, not a Wal-Mart Supercenter....


By no stretch of the imagination would this be considered a “grocery store”. More like a convenience store. You would be hard pressed to find enough ingredients of any kind here to even cook half a meal.
by Jbarn
29 Jul 2018 15:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 239
Views: 49072

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

I went this morning and was terribly disappointed. Very small, and very small selection, unless you want a bottle of wine. Basically a glorified 7-11.
by Jbarn
19 Jul 2018 05:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 507
Views: 106817

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

This seems more like an inexpensive hotel than a hostel. Backpackers staying in hostels are looking to pay about half that amount or less to share a room with others. This has definitely been dallasized.
by Jbarn
11 Jul 2018 19:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 499
Views: 99710

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Is there a parking garage for the cinepolis theatre? If not, they’re screwed.
by Jbarn
10 Jun 2018 19:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DISD Administration Building
Replies: 23
Views: 5777

Re: DISD Administration Building

Personally, I'd only consider The Spire and also Smart City to be the only 'huge swaths of urban land' that may or may not be developed this cycle. Everything else would either be an area that is not all that important at the moment, or the land isn't really large enough to negatively effect the su...
by Jbarn
09 Jun 2018 18:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DISD Administration Building
Replies: 23
Views: 5777

Re: DISD Administration Building

I certainly hope that we are not about to see a repeat of what has happened in Dallas for decades now; developers come in with grand plans, clear cut huge swaths of urban land, the economy falters, and we are left with vast areas of dead space for years until the next wave of development. Creates re...
by Jbarn
05 Jun 2018 08:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)
Replies: 148
Views: 37516

Re: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)

The road patchwork looks really terrible. I agree..... It's not just in this location either. Whoever is in charge of patching roads is doing a terrible job. The area where Harry Hines meets Akard in front of The Union is deplorable. They patched it up many months ago, did a terrible, ugly, uneven ...
by Jbarn
21 May 2018 18:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 286
Views: 64385

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

CTroyMathis wrote:Ok, was wondering. I don't think I saw that this past Saturday so hopefully it's gone.

https://twitter.com/CTroyMathis/status/ ... 6727848962


The second photo in your twitter link, beside the red pickup, all the way across the front of the building.
by Jbarn
20 May 2018 19:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 286
Views: 64385

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

Hope they can get that graffiti off the front I was wondering what graffiti you are referring to. The old MAC blue wall is still there dividing the ugly Shell-dominated strip center and has hand-written paint on it saying what restaurant is moving in (been there about 1.5 years) and someones random...
by Jbarn
18 May 2018 06:49
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 103
Views: 23043

Re: Downtown Progress

I wonder where all that empty acreage is in New York City. I have rarely ever seen an empty space there. Rochester, buffalo, Houston, Tampa, etc....less available space than nyc and Chicago. I have been to all theses cities, this report is highly questionable.
by Jbarn
16 May 2018 19:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 286
Views: 64385

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

Hope they can get that graffiti off the front
by Jbarn
06 May 2018 18:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: San Martín (former The MAC location)
Replies: 43
Views: 13739

Re: Uptown Dallas: San Martín (former The MAC location)

I believe if I saw correctly when I drove past there last weekend, there was graffiti across the front of the building. I may be mistaken.
by Jbarn
07 Mar 2018 11:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1035
Views: 195896

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I don’t know who we think we are kidding. We have no chance with this. Dan Patrick easily won his primary, and will probably trounce the Democrat in November. The bathroom bill will be returning next year and will probably pass this time as they are stacking up the Texas legislature with ultra-conse...
by Jbarn
30 Jan 2018 14:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1035
Views: 195896

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Would Amazon really want to risk coming to a place that will probably be passing a bathroom bill in the next legislative session? That would be a huge risk for them.
by Jbarn
28 Nov 2017 06:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Mid Elm Lofts
Replies: 69
Views: 15892

Re: Mid Elm Lofts

DPatel304 wrote:Looks like progress has picked up in the past month or so. That's not saying much, but it's still exciting to see the progress.


Yeah, should be complete by 2021 or so.
by Jbarn
28 Nov 2017 06:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End: Factory SIX03
Replies: 42
Views: 12429

Re: West End: Factory SIX03

mdg109 wrote:From a couple weeks ago.


Welcome to bustling downtown Dallas folks. Oh my god, that looks sad.
by Jbarn
28 Nov 2017 06:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 298
Views: 84545

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

mdg109 wrote:Dallas Morning News.


Looks good. I do wish they would have made the Dallas Morning News lettering on the front of the building larger though, it is very small.
by Jbarn
28 Nov 2017 06:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: McKinney & Olive Tower (335 FT | 21 ST)
Replies: 56
Views: 17579

Re: Uptown Dallas: McKinney & Olive Tower (335 FT | 21 ST)

Well victory isn't really dense right now a bunch of the apartments just opened or are about to open. Give it time. That would all be well and good if the people that lived in those buildings actually acted liked they live in an urban area and left their apartments on foot as opposed to jumping in ...
by Jbarn
26 Nov 2017 19:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: McKinney & Olive Tower (335 FT | 21 ST)
Replies: 56
Views: 17579

Re: Uptown Dallas: McKinney & Olive Tower (335 FT | 21 ST)

This model of luxury and high-end everything just makes this end of Uptown dead. Look what happened to the first round at Victory Park. Compare that to Uptown North of Maple Ave. a totally different atmosphere. I rode my bike through Victory today. Another picture perfect day when you would think t...
by Jbarn
26 Nov 2017 18:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: McKinney & Olive Tower (335 FT | 21 ST)
Replies: 56
Views: 17579

Re: Uptown Dallas: McKinney & Olive Tower (335 FT | 21 ST)

I was there yesterday afternoon, picture perfect weather. The Starbucks was busy, but the area out front and around the building was dead, depressing. It has so much potential, but when you have the ritz Carlton “Wall” on one side, an overpriced steakhouse that is closed during the afternoon on one ...
by Jbarn
16 Nov 2017 06:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1035
Views: 195896

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Thank god they are making their decision before the bathroom bill gets passed in the next legislative session. Otherwise, we wouldn’t even be in the running for this project.
by Jbarn
06 Oct 2017 07:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 298
Views: 84545

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

I love all that’s going on with this property but I wish we would get retail. All that gets announced Downtown is new restaurants. People need places to shop downtown. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very happy with all the activity going on downtown. We just need some new retailers people who live downtow...
by Jbarn
01 Oct 2017 08:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Mid Elm Lofts
Replies: 69
Views: 15892

Re: Mid Elm Lofts

soco wrote:20170930_145036.jpg


Yea, only 3 more years to go before this one is completed.
by Jbarn
14 Jul 2017 12:10
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW in the Media
Replies: 30
Views: 9808

Re: DFW in the Media

As long as our great state leaders continue to push and pass anti-gay, woman, immigrant, minority, etc...bills, does it really do any good for well-known folks to try and promote our city to millennial outsiders? We have the unfortunate position of being a great city located in a wacky state. Outsid...
by Jbarn
09 May 2017 19:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Main Street: Saint Jude Chapel
Replies: 12
Views: 3304

Re: Main Street: Saint Jude Chapel

I remember an article many years back about this church (St Jude Chapel) specifically trying to address the needs of workers, by providing a true 'sanctuary' from the hustle and bustle of the outside world for prayer purposes. I've never been in here, but I know my mother-in-law used to go when she...
by Jbarn
30 Apr 2017 19:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanksgiving Tower
Replies: 34
Views: 11218

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanksgiving Tower

mdg109 wrote:I'm not sure about Mudsmith. It would be a while before they'd be able to move in. This pic is from yesterday.



How odd. That is the exact same way that it looked two years ago. I am surprised they have been able to block that whole side of the street for this long with no visible progress.
by Jbarn
28 Mar 2017 06:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown - Warsaw Restaurant Office Tower
Replies: 43
Views: 10394

Re: Uptown - Warsaw Restaurant Office Tower

And once again, we end up with a huge, empty lot that will potentially be that way for the foreseeable future. It ruins the dense cohesiveness we are always striving for when we have these huge empty lots. This seems to happen a lot in Dallas.
by Jbarn
16 Feb 2017 19:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building
Replies: 100
Views: 26405

Re: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building

/\ I love historic buildings but frankly at the point it was deemed too damaging to the building to restore it to the original i would rather have seen it demolished. What we have now is just as ugly as it was before and will do little for the street life. But we know that more than likely if this ...

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