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by Hannibal Lecter
02 Apr 2020 13:39
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: The Daily Digital 4.0
Replies: 64
Views: 28805

Re: The Daily Digital 4.0

texasstar wrote:So, is picture number 1 circa 1986?


In the picture Trammell Crow Center (then LTV Center) is still under construction. According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trammell_Crow_Center it was completed in 1985. So figure 84-85.
by Hannibal Lecter
01 Apr 2020 20:38
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 130
Views: 41225

Re: New Census Population Estimates

My understanding is that for years the only thing that prevented a population decrease was Parkland Hospital. The annual county population increase was usually less than the number of babies born at Parkland. Thirty years of subsidizing the bottom and the top of the economic ladder while making life...
by Hannibal Lecter
01 Apr 2020 10:33
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 445
Views: 141759

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

The article was updated after it was initially posted. Went from work stopping on the new to tower to "postponing improvements to a single floor".
by Hannibal Lecter
31 Mar 2020 16:59
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 335
Views: 119321

Re: DART D2 Subway

Similarly, if the anti-transit crowd had their way and got a penny in sales tax back by dissolving DART, they'd suddenly have to contend with even more traffic. DART ridership may seem low, but there are like 200 people on each rush-hour Red Line train from Parker Road - that's 200 more cars on 75 ...
by Hannibal Lecter
30 Mar 2020 17:45
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 335
Views: 119321

Re: DART D2 Subway

How much profit does the freeway system directly generate again? Just under a billion dollars a year. That's the amount diverted by the state from fuel tax revenues for other purposes. Most of it, 25% of total fuel tax collections, goes to school funding. More information at http://bettertexasblog....
by Hannibal Lecter
26 Mar 2020 19:09
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 374
Views: 120724

Re: DFW Economy

Note that this closure had nothing to do with this particular location (which was usually packed). The entire chain went belly up.
by Hannibal Lecter
10 Mar 2020 23:54
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Carrollton Area Development
Replies: 1
Views: 472

Re: Carrollton Area Development

Damn that's ugly.
by Hannibal Lecter
10 Mar 2020 18:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)
Replies: 187
Views: 88184

Re: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)

Tnexster wrote:Is that how long ago they opened 1505 up for residential use? I remember that conversion but didn't realize that was 20 years ago.


I bought my current place in early 2002, and looked at 1505 before then.
by Hannibal Lecter
09 Mar 2020 15:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)
Replies: 187
Views: 88184

Re: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)

^ 20 years ago I looked at units in 1505 Elm. Today the penthouse is still shell space. https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1505 ... 4585_zpid/
by Hannibal Lecter
04 Mar 2020 10:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt
Replies: 227
Views: 80293

Re: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt

https://www.bisnow.com/dallas-ft-worth/news/office/cre-snapshot-dallas-cbd-office-market-96023 “While Downtown Dallas is seeing a major transformation in hotels and residential, the fact remains that Downtown Dallas has one of the highest office vacancy rates in the nation,” CBRE Advisory and Transa...
by Hannibal Lecter
01 Mar 2020 15:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 556
Views: 199773

Re: Oak Lawn

cowboyeagle05 wrote:Four lanes back up more traffic during rush hour than three lanes with a center turn lane would.
Get stuck behind a DART bus on Matilda from Ross Avenue to Mockingbird and see if you still think that.
by Hannibal Lecter
27 Feb 2020 16:39
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 374
Views: 120724

Re: DFW Economy

^ TL;DR version: Guy who builds high rise residential buildings likes high rise residential buildings.
by Hannibal Lecter
26 Feb 2020 15:59
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 409
Views: 155132

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

Southwest and American AA sent out memos to all employees to go online and vote against. I very much doubt this. Both airlines' current public position is that it they have no position. Quite frankly, Dallas-Houston is a small market for Southwest these days. The vast majority of AA's passengers be...
by Hannibal Lecter
25 Feb 2020 15:19
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 409
Views: 155132

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

I suspect some ballot box stuffing. When I checked it several days ago it was 90/10 on the for side. Unless you have land that it passes directly through, what's the argument against it? If the project fails someone (i.e. the state) is going to be on the hook for a bunch of clean-up. You can't just ...
by Hannibal Lecter
24 Feb 2020 12:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Lower Greenville Development
Replies: 139
Views: 38992

Re: Lower Greenville Development

"We have to destroy Lower Greenville in order to save it"
by Hannibal Lecter
20 Feb 2020 22:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 742
Views: 263832

Re: Victory Park 3.0

THRILLHO wrote:Let's airlift the original Rangers stadium and plop it down right there.


Hard to do, since they tore it down in 1994.... :-)
by Hannibal Lecter
19 Feb 2020 12:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Hoque Global Cedars- So Good
Replies: 34
Views: 9729

Re: Hoque Global Cedars- So Good

For those who think "SoGood" is a silly name, Westdale now has a banner at the corner of Good-Latimer and Elm for "Good E".
by Hannibal Lecter
18 Feb 2020 14:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Dallas Developments
Replies: 94
Views: 41012

Re: West Dallas Developments

Staff cannot support increased residential density in the area without proper infrastructure for pedestrians—considered paramount for residential welfare and pedestrian safety.


Until they write us a big enough check.
by Hannibal Lecter
11 Feb 2020 13:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Kroger
Replies: 21
Views: 8086

Re: East Dallas: Kroger

It's time to resurrect this thread. New apartment and grocery project in the works on eastern edge of downtown Dallas An Atlanta developer is working on plans for a new mixed-use project on the eastern edge of downtown Dallas that will include apartments and a supermarket. Southeastern Development h...
by Hannibal Lecter
11 Feb 2020 00:03
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DISD
Replies: 3
Views: 1266

Re: DISD

Things have changed. I was one of those magnet thieves -- and they were very happy to have me. During high school I moved outside of the district. It wasn't exactly a secret. Hell, one of my teachers lived a block from me. But I was an endangered species -- the only white male in my graduating class...
by Hannibal Lecter
06 Feb 2020 10:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Mill Creek Residential (14ST)
Replies: 8
Views: 1579

Re: Mill Creek Residential (14ST)

^ They bought everything north of Mockingbird years ago.
by Hannibal Lecter
04 Feb 2020 16:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 275
Views: 100814

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

There is also opportunity to convert an alley (such as 'Clover St') into a bikeway of sorts. But that seems like more work. IDK I've thought about that for Clover, but unfortunately it just doesn't work. Clover is five blocks long, dead-ending into minor streets at either end. Basically it goes fro...
by Hannibal Lecter
04 Feb 2020 15:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 275
Views: 100814

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

I drove through area on last Sunday before the Super Bowl and there were lots of people out but going up Commerce and down Elm and back up Main were easy and not a big deal. I don't see traffic as a problem but more of a solution to slow down vehicles and make the urban area more pedestrian oriente...
by Hannibal Lecter
04 Feb 2020 14:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 275
Views: 100814

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

I tend to agree about the parking... But, the width of Commerce itself is excessive; Almost to the point that it's difficult to parallel park at times when vehicles come flying down that street. Uncle Ubers is one of my main reasons for visiting DE, but that street is a dangerous mess. It would see...
by Hannibal Lecter
04 Feb 2020 12:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 275
Views: 100814

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

^ The plan for bike lanes on Commerce through Deep Ellum was eliminated due to neighborhood opposition. At the last neighborhood meeting to discuss the proposals for the lanes the only support came from bikers from outside the neighborhood. Not one property owner, business owner, or resident support...
by Hannibal Lecter
03 Feb 2020 16:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 275
Views: 100814

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

Sure looks like a pedestrian walkway between the new building and that triangular building where Nick Badovinus is putting in his new restaurant. Ironically, since they re-built Caesar Chavez the city has prohibited pedestrian crossing across it on the south side of Commerce. For months they also c...
by Hannibal Lecter
30 Jan 2020 10:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: The Stack - 2700 Commerce
Replies: 91
Views: 20471

Re: Deep Ellum: The Stack - 2700 Commerce

Not new renderings. They've been out for awhile.

This probably won't go down as the last nail in the coffin for Deep Ellum. But we're getting close.
by Hannibal Lecter
29 Jan 2020 12:22
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: It’s time to close Dallas’ Triple Underpass and build a memorial park
Replies: 9
Views: 1778

Re: It’s time to close Dallas’ Triple Underpass and build a memorial park

But, I wouldn't mind if Main street were tamed to a two lane road with wide sidewalks, parallel parking, and curb bumpouts from this point all the way into the core (where it's already two lanes). ALthough seeing parked cars inside of Dealey Plaza seems like it will take some getting used to. I don...
by Hannibal Lecter
29 Jan 2020 11:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 481
Views: 181125

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

Set your web browser to disable JavaScript on the DMN site and the paywall disappears.
by Hannibal Lecter
26 Jan 2020 21:23
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 335
Views: 119321

Re: DART D2 Subway

...I'd much rather see DART invest in frequent service in the city center instead. in·vest /inˈvest/ verb 1. expend money with the expectation of achieving a profit or material result by putting it into financial schemes, shares, or property, or by using it to develop a commercial venture. "th...
by Hannibal Lecter
23 Jan 2020 19:18
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 325
Views: 117413

Re: Silver Line

Cons: - The tracks cross three of the major routes in/out of the neighborhood. The trains block the street a surprising percentage of the time. - The train drivers love to push the button to lower the crossing gates long before they leave the station. This is especially dangerous when they block the...
by Hannibal Lecter
23 Jan 2020 12:34
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 325
Views: 117413

Re: Silver Line

Meanwhile the residents of urban Dallas are begging for more stations and transit options and these people don't even want the train up in their suburban neighborhoods. I still don't believe in this line and would rather have diverted this money to D2 and opening up more urban stations. Some people...
by Hannibal Lecter
21 Jan 2020 22:46
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 374
Views: 120724

Re: DFW Economy

Dallas-Fort Worth ranks third in the world for data centers Dallas-Fort Worth ranks as the third-largest data center market in a new international comparison. Commercial property firm Cushman & Wakefield looked at data center projects and demand around the world for its study. More than $100 bi...
by Hannibal Lecter
21 Jan 2020 14:54
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 445
Views: 141759

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

Too bad we can't START the businesses here. That's the flip side to this situation. The relocations won't last forever and if they do the competition will get stiffer to land them. https://www.forbes.com/sites/andrewdepietro/2019/11/13/best-worst-states-entrepreneurs-2020/#12410f1546a6 Here are the...
by Hannibal Lecter
18 Jan 2020 17:02
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 290
Views: 74271

Re: I-345

The Atlanta Financial Center in Buckhead straddles a highway and MARTA rail line. https://42floors.com/images/H8714cb7220b8e1b24fc1890364ae0bafc66b5b9aS1000x700W0seB505153O/b1d770305c281ad42e96fbc3ffcc70697539e28e https://1bht2ni6oc-flywheel.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/tunnel.jpg?w=640
by Hannibal Lecter
18 Jan 2020 16:52
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 345
Views: 113768

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

^ If DART hadn't agreed to spend the hundreds of millions to put the rail line under Central instead of using the MKT line south of Mockingbird there would be no DART rail in the corridor. Period.
by Hannibal Lecter
17 Jan 2020 19:21
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 290
Views: 74271

Re: I-345

I have to admit I don't understand why people who so much want downtown to grow want to make it harder to get in and out by removing access. Here is something I posted to another thread in response to someone wanting to remove the Live Oak exit ramp, but it's relevant here: Unless you're coming from...
by Hannibal Lecter
15 Jan 2020 11:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 361
Views: 115881

Re: AT&T Discovery District

...or the name of the company that occupied the buildings before them. You mean AT&T? :-) The bottom half of the building on the left is the Central Office (CO) for downtown Dallas. Except for the ground floor it's all electronics, no people. The skybridge is so the humans in the upper half can...
by Hannibal Lecter
15 Jan 2020 11:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 738
Views: 252263

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Today.
by Hannibal Lecter
15 Jan 2020 11:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 738
Views: 252263

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

^ Parking lot is long gone.
by Hannibal Lecter
14 Jan 2020 17:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 361
Views: 115881

Re: AT&T Discovery District

A certain high school intern's desk, circa 1978 -- when it was the real AT&T.

(No, I didn't get the window. But I could see it from my cubicle).
by Hannibal Lecter
14 Jan 2020 15:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 738
Views: 252263

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Sure that wasn't The Stack? (God, who came up with that name???) Their crane is going up right now.
by Hannibal Lecter
13 Jan 2020 00:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 738
Views: 252263

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

^ Almost definitely their late night SUP renewal.
by Hannibal Lecter
12 Jan 2020 17:01
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 91
Views: 31315

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

they've been around for 70/80 years, have raised over $150,000,000 to help over 100,000 underprivileged children.... so, like, that's a long time and a whole lotta money helping not very many kids every year. Where's all that money going, really? Your character assasination of the Momentous Institu...
by Hannibal Lecter
10 Jan 2020 10:56
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 325
Views: 117413

Re: Silver Line

DART just loves to throw money at new/experimental stuff that's incompatible with everything they've already got, then acts surprised when it's crap. Example: The Oak Cliff streetcar.
by Hannibal Lecter
10 Jan 2020 10:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: City Lights
Replies: 110
Views: 50361

Re: Downtown Dallas: City Lights

Does he have any insight into how they were able to extract it? From the pictures that I saw of 'the event', essentially an entire vertical section of the garage was collapsed, so I'm guessing that anything above the first floor was inaccessible due to the ramps being destroyed. They brought in two...
by Hannibal Lecter
10 Jan 2020 10:47
Forum: Opolis Blueprints
Topic: I-345
Replies: 4
Views: 2457

Re: I-345

by Hannibal Lecter
10 Jan 2020 10:39
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 137
Views: 46582

Re: TexRail

https://www.star-telegram.com/news/traffic/article239013403.html But even so, the number of passengers riding TEXRail is nowhere near the level that transit planners and supporters originally forecast. According to documents filed with the Federal Transit Administration in TEXRail’s applications for...
by Hannibal Lecter
09 Jan 2020 15:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Dallas High School
Replies: 67
Views: 23908

Re: Downtown Dallas: Dallas High School

The Good Latimer Expy exit serves the exact same purpose as Live Oak exit. Regardless of what happens with I345, this should be removed. Unless you're coming from I-35 or the DNT via Spur 366. Then you're screwed. It's stupid to have to exit at Olive, loop around to the service road and then drive ...

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