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by Hannibal Lecter
16 May 2019 10:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 173
Views: 26193

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

If you don't believe safety is a major concern in that area you are clueless. Thanks to the homeless-industrial complex assaults and property crimes are a daily occurence in that area.
by Hannibal Lecter
16 May 2019 10:06
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Lemmon Ave. lane reduction (between Turtle Creek Blvd and US-75)
Replies: 18
Views: 609

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

What's funny is that it seemed like I was the only person to actually walk to this meeting, and I was probably one of the further residents (exactly 1 mile away according to google). It was a beautiful day, and most of them closer than I do, and still chose to drive. What's funny is that you don't ...
by Hannibal Lecter
16 May 2019 09:53
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The "hotelification" of multifamily
Replies: 6
Views: 230

Re: The "hotelification" of multifamily

Actually millennials, along with everyone else, are moving less than previous generations. https://www.nbcnews.com/business/consumer/why-millennials-aren-t-moving-why-s-problem-n720646 https://www.forbes.com/sites/richardgano/2018/02/05/unlike-previous-generations-millennials-arent-moving-but-neithe...
by Hannibal Lecter
15 May 2019 14:50
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The "hotelification" of multifamily
Replies: 6
Views: 230

Re: The "hotelification" of multifamily

Very interesting trend. The future of housing seems to be rooted in flexibility and convenience over stability. I don't think the 30 year mortgage model is as popular with millennials. We seem to want the flexibility to move city to city, hood to hood, and not have to worry about the minutia that c...
by Hannibal Lecter
15 May 2019 14:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)
Replies: 114
Views: 23647

Re: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)

Great idea but I vote for new high profile hotel downtown and let the old buildings get converted to residential. That's ironic. The Fairmont complex was originally designed to be condos. They ran out of money during construction, and the unfinished buildings sat there as massive eyesores on the sk...
by Hannibal Lecter
03 May 2019 18:04
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Introducing the 2019 Dallas Mayoral Candidates - D Magazine
Replies: 12
Views: 749

Re: Introducing the 2019 Dallas Mayoral Candidates - D Magazine

^ Thanks for the heads up. The D.O. has one of those stupid infinite scrolling setups, where the URL changes when you scroll down. Fixed!
by Hannibal Lecter
03 May 2019 15:26
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Introducing the 2019 Dallas Mayoral Candidates - D Magazine
Replies: 12
Views: 749

Re: Introducing the 2019 Dallas Mayoral Candidates - D Magazine

Unfortunately, the politicians who most loudly decry regionalism tend to be the same ones who vote for policies and projects that drive jobs to the suburbs. Just this week the Morons on Marilla screwed small businesses again: https://www.dallasobserver.com/news/dallas-city-council-votes-for-paid-sic...
by Hannibal Lecter
02 May 2019 21:18
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Lemmon Ave. lane reduction (between Turtle Creek Blvd and US-75)
Replies: 18
Views: 609

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

It is odd that they're spending the money to resurface parts of it if they're just going to slim it down... Not a all. You're talking about a city government so incompetent that it spent $350,000 (plus interest for 20 years) to rebuild the curbs and fill some potholes on Good-Latimer -- six months ...
by Hannibal Lecter
29 Apr 2019 10:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 552
Views: 119493

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

R1070 wrote:What’s going in the plot of land at Hall and Elm across from the Case? The lot there is cleared with fencing.

Look back about 10 messages. Hope Lodge: https://www.cancer.org/treatment/suppor ... ility.html
by Hannibal Lecter
27 Apr 2019 11:35
Forum: Texas Urban/Suburban/Exurban Development
Topic: Luxury casino-resort 100 miles from Dallas gambles on $500 million expansion
Replies: 8
Views: 311

Re: Oklahoma: New addition to Choctaw Casino-Durant

Shreveport is more of a local market now. Oklahoma is about half the distance from DFW. Winstar in Oklahoma is now the world's largest casino. https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/big ... world.html
by Hannibal Lecter
25 Apr 2019 19:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 561
Views: 145903

Re: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)

Two feet taller above ground level or sea level? Museum Tower's site is about 20 feet higher.
by Hannibal Lecter
25 Apr 2019 11:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 137
Views: 28404

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

What's the parking situation? I assume they have some kind of free parking for the store.
by Hannibal Lecter
17 Apr 2019 21:37
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 201
Views: 45591

Re: DFW Airport

Interesting that a Chicago paper is writing about this:

https://www.chicagotribune.com/business ... story.html
by Hannibal Lecter
17 Apr 2019 21:32
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 201
Views: 45591

Re: DFW Airport

What is a "connecting flight"? You're never going to have a flight that's just connecting passengers. AA isn't going to start selling tickets marked "VOID IF YOU LIVE IN DALLAS". :-) (For the record, I got an free parking pass for Christmas so personally I don't have a dog in thi...
by Hannibal Lecter
17 Apr 2019 13:46
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 201
Views: 45591

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. Then again, knowing how AA treats its pas...
by Hannibal Lecter
17 Apr 2019 04:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 552
Views: 119493

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

The building they're tearing down for this was occupied by Elm Street Motors. The same folks who sold their property a couple blocks away for the new BS&W HQ. I don't think they'd even been in this building for a year. They never even updated their website. http://www.elmstreetmotors.com/contact...
by Hannibal Lecter
16 Apr 2019 16:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 552
Views: 119493

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

That being said.... I find this to be an odd location for it. Getting good rest is important for these patients and being so close to the entertainment district in DE doesn't seem quiet or peaceful. I hope that they are investing in good soundproofing. During the day, it will be a nice area for pat...
by Hannibal Lecter
16 Apr 2019 15:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 552
Views: 119493

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

gbud wrote:I seriously hope it is not a parking lot or parking garage.


An example of the disconnect between the people on this forum and the people who live, work and own businesses in Deep Ellum.
by Hannibal Lecter
16 Apr 2019 15:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Sheraton Hotel
Replies: 30
Views: 4511

Re: Downtown Dallas: Sheraton Hotel

"Sheraton Dallas Completes Major Renovation Project, Adds High-Tech Art Experience"

http://www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com ... xperience/
by Hannibal Lecter
13 Apr 2019 23:15
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava
Replies: 99
Views: 17244

Re: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava

At-large seats are considered to be inherently discriminatory.

So the city went to 10-4-1 (10 single member districts, 4 super districts superimposed of the 10, and only the mayor at large. Courts struck that down as still not good enough and imposed 14-1.
by Hannibal Lecter
13 Apr 2019 19:49
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava
Replies: 99
Views: 17244

Re: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava

http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,924718,00.html A City That Still Works When it comes to smooth efficiency, neither Rome under Mussolini nor Richard Daley's Chicago could outshine modern day Dallas. Potholes are filled within three days; a clogged sewer is usually cleared within ...
by Hannibal Lecter
11 Apr 2019 13:22
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava
Replies: 99
Views: 17244

Re: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava

I suspect that few of you here are old enough to remember when Time Magazine ran the cover story "Dallas: The City That Works". In the 1980s we were the city that everyone else envied. Then one thing happened: 14-1. Before 14-1 we had a city council that represented the entire city, not th...
by Hannibal Lecter
11 Apr 2019 13:11
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 271
Views: 50728

Re: DART D2 Subway

^ One can only hope. Crossing fingers!
by Hannibal Lecter
10 Apr 2019 22:20
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava
Replies: 99
Views: 17244

Re: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava

^ LOL. Griggs is just another politician with his own set of boondoggles. How many tens of millions of dollars did the city waste on his stupid streetcar? The thing is so useless they can't even charge a dollar to ride it, because it would be too embarrassing to see it totally empty instead of just ...
by Hannibal Lecter
09 Apr 2019 18:12
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava
Replies: 99
Views: 17244

Re: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava

Whelp, at least there is a plan in place. I know not too long ago, one article mentioned just leaving it broken and never fixing it. While that would be the cheapest option, I'd seriously hate to see that happen. This isn't really that much better, but hopefully when this is all said and done, we'l...
by Hannibal Lecter
09 Apr 2019 12:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Bank of America Plaza
Replies: 9
Views: 1016

Re: Downtown Dallas: Bank of America Plaza

When it was announced it was supposed to be the 10th tallest in the world, but the rest of the world went on a building spree and left it behind.
by Hannibal Lecter
07 Apr 2019 19:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: 1700 Pacific
Replies: 38
Views: 5209

Re: 1700 Pacific

Matt777 wrote:Wonder what this office was? Looks like it almost has a little mini studio suite in it with a closet and private full bath, maybe a lawyer's office?: https://easterling-tech.easterlingtechn ... e/4705.pdf


Good guess.

https://www.bjciplaw.com/Contactus.html
by Hannibal Lecter
29 Mar 2019 13:10
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 134
Views: 25328

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

^ It's owned by a company called Source. They converted the building from office to a COLO data center around 2010. They rent out space in it to other companies.
by Hannibal Lecter
28 Mar 2019 13:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Hines Project - 2700 Commerce
Replies: 47
Views: 3539

Re: Deep Ellum: Hines Project - 2700 Commerce

There might be a way of stopping this thing. From the Deep Ellum PD ordinance: (c) Maximum building heights. Maximum permitted heights for buildings are: (1) 150 feet for buildings having an FAR for residential uses of 1.0 or more; and (2) 130 feet for all other buildings. https://dallascityhall.com...
by Hannibal Lecter
26 Mar 2019 11:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Hines Project - 2700 Commerce
Replies: 47
Views: 3539

Re: Deep Ellum: Hines Project - 2700 Commerce

“We had to destroy the village in order to save it.”

(I'm hoping the irony isn't totally lost on those too young to remember the Vietnam War.)
by Hannibal Lecter
25 Mar 2019 15:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Mockingbird Station
Replies: 95
Views: 18068

Re: Dallas Mockingbird Station

Low cost of construction. Low maintenance. Low labor costs. Low utilities. High rents. Some of the smaller units in that building rent for $20-25/SF/yr.

https://www.publicstorage.com/2019/self ... 41&CHID=LL
by Hannibal Lecter
25 Mar 2019 13:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Mockingbird Station
Replies: 95
Views: 18068

Re: Dallas Mockingbird Station

Development fantasy, after this gets off the ground, that the storage unit center behind it is developed into a long mixed use center with retail/dining facing the Katy Trail/pedestrian bridge and lots of residential above. Very unlikely. Self Storage is one of the greatest cash cows there is. Noth...
by Hannibal Lecter
24 Mar 2019 18:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Mockingbird Station
Replies: 95
Views: 18068

Re: Dallas Mockingbird Station

Considering the campaign for a deck park at Legacy West has begun, then I don't see why we can't have additional ones throughout the city. Because a deck park costs 50-100x as much to build as a regular park of the same size? Imagine if instead of KW we has 100 parks of the same size spread around ...
by Hannibal Lecter
21 Mar 2019 18:30
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 157
Views: 29266

Re: I-345

^ Bingo. It was just like the Embarcadero: a glorified exit ramp. Also not mentioned is that Milwaukee has barely a half million people -- and decreasing.
by Hannibal Lecter
20 Mar 2019 22:18
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 255
Views: 47423

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Griffin is a disaster. I don't know which is more inexcusable -- that DART thinks it's acceptable, or that the city let's then get away with it.
by Hannibal Lecter
20 Mar 2019 18:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 295
Views: 58134

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Historically, lots of "FREE RENT" signs everywhere until the market hits equilibrium. By giving a month or two of free rent prorated over the term of the lease the tenants get a reduced payment and the developers get to show the units leased at proforma rates to keep the wolves, er, I mean...
by Hannibal Lecter
20 Mar 2019 12:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 295
Views: 58134

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

So what was sustainable in the past that isn't now? Aren't some bars closing because they don't get enough traffic only on the weekends? I heard the idle rye owners say this in news story. It's easy to blame the lack of crowds, but it's BS. Idle Rye had inconsistent food. Sometimes great, frequentl...
by Hannibal Lecter
20 Mar 2019 12:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 295
Views: 58134

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

tamtagon wrote:The isolation of Deep Ellum is probably over for good, as it should be.


I wonder what the reaction would be here if they had built The Epic in Bishop Arts.
by Hannibal Lecter
19 Mar 2019 16:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 295
Views: 58134

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Quick question because I really don't know - where do longtime residents of Deep Ellum actually live? The only residences that have been around awhile which come to mind are the Adam Hats lofts. Mostly in places like this: https://www.wfaa.com/video/features/gianna-madrini/287-2172569 :-) Ignoring ...
by Hannibal Lecter
19 Mar 2019 12:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 295
Views: 58134

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

I'm talking about the people who live here.

Not a City Hall that only cares about more tax revenue they can waste on signature bridges, fake rapids and useless street cars.

Not a North Carolina company that owns half the buildings.
by Hannibal Lecter
18 Mar 2019 17:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 295
Views: 58134

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

It's an interesting dichotomy. Like so many changes in Deep Ellum it's liked by the Internet armchair quarterbacks who don't live in the neighborhood, yet almost universally detested by the people in the neighborhood it's in. The only person I know who's looking forward to this development is the ow...
by Hannibal Lecter
12 Mar 2019 14:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 552
Views: 119493

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

^ I meant $/SF. That stretch of Elm is one of the, if not the, priciest areas in DE.
by Hannibal Lecter
11 Mar 2019 15:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Mockingbird Station
Replies: 95
Views: 18068

Re: Dallas Mockingbird Station

As existing zoning allows a new building as tall as theirs I would say their view is already screwed.
by Hannibal Lecter
27 Feb 2019 10:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Dallas High School
Replies: 53
Views: 12576

Re: Downtown Dallas: Dallas High School

jetnd87 wrote:Is the consensus here somehow that IH-345 isn't a monstrosity which has no business cutting through our urban core?


Nah. There are still plenty of kids who think life is all about riding a scooter to Starbucks for an $8 coffee.

They'll grow up some day.
by Hannibal Lecter
26 Feb 2019 19:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 552
Views: 119493

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

After the initial rush that place died. They were a joke.

I suspect the reason for the move is two-fold: lower rent and the total change in concept to more of a kid's birthday party place.
by Hannibal Lecter
24 Feb 2019 20:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 552
Views: 119493

Re: Deep Ellum: Hines Project - 2700 Commerce

Willyk, speaking as someone who has lived in Deep Ellum for roughly 20 years (and frequented the area for 20+ years before that), the city -- and particularly the cops -- were the primary causes of the area's decline. While I'm a firm believer in "don't attribute to malice that which is adequat...
by Hannibal Lecter
23 Feb 2019 17:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Galleria
Replies: 36
Views: 5478

Re: North Dallas: Galleria

Seems strange to abandon the northern burbs but great for Dallas and the Galleria. Not if you know the real reason. Closing those two stores may save them hundreds of millions of dollars. https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/02/apple-closes-two-dallas-stores-in-apparent-bid-to-ward-off-patent-t...

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