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by Hannibal Lecter
16 Sep 2019 14:28
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 162
Views: 39675

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

Unfortunately, probably I. M. Pei's least distinguished work.
by Hannibal Lecter
12 Sep 2019 15:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 608
Views: 159870

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

lakewoodhobo wrote:Since the Texas Refrigeration Butcher Supply store closed, I can't think of another retail store in Deep Ellum that's managed to hold on as long as Leather Masters


Rudolph's Meat Market is a youthful 124 years old.
by Hannibal Lecter
10 Sep 2019 22:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel
Replies: 489
Views: 139009

Re: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel

lakewoodhobo wrote:..while DART consolidates to a smaller and less visible space inside the building.


A bureaucracy downsizing and becoming less visible?

You aren't from this reality, are you?
by Hannibal Lecter
07 Sep 2019 21:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 608
Views: 159870

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

^ I believe it's in the Deep Vellum bookstore.
by Hannibal Lecter
04 Sep 2019 19:16
Forum: Texas Urban/Suburban/Exurban Development
Topic: Austin's proposed tallest (in 4 yrs)
Replies: 115
Views: 19948

Re: Austin's proposed tallest (in 4 yrs)

DFW has more tech workers. A lot more. But it's a smaller percentage of a much larger population, so they don't stand out.

Austin, on the other hand, has a lot better PR. :-)
by Hannibal Lecter
28 Aug 2019 14:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 608
Views: 159870

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

My girlfriend spoke with a guy who had moved out of one of the penthouse units. He said he had learned not to tell people in Deep Ellum he lived in that building because of the hatred he encountered.
by Hannibal Lecter
23 Aug 2019 14:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 434
Views: 94289

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

After they rebuild Commerce Street. They've already done Elm. Next few years. I'm thinking about selling before the construction starts.
by Hannibal Lecter
23 Aug 2019 12:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 434
Views: 94289

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

D2 puts many more train stations in the CBD/Victory and will increase the entire system ridership potential. Why spend over a billion dollars to increase "potential" in a system that's losing ridership every year? Even DART's own numbers project D2 only adding a few dozen new riders to th...
by Hannibal Lecter
23 Aug 2019 12:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 434
Views: 94289

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Fortunately I think it's going to be pretty well impossible to put a streetcar line down Elm, Main or Commerce. When all three are converted to two-way streets with one lane each way they will be in total gridlock much of the day. Streetcars aren't good at going around band equipment vans, beer deli...
by Hannibal Lecter
22 Aug 2019 14:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 434
Views: 94289

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Now that's an idea we can all get behind!
by Hannibal Lecter
22 Aug 2019 12:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 434
Views: 94289

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

lakewoodhobo wrote:LOL you must really hate walking. How sad to get so triggered at the idea of using your own two legs.


In Pokemon Go I've recorded over 4,100 km -- that's 4.1 million steps -- over the past three years.

You were saying?
by Hannibal Lecter
21 Aug 2019 22:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 434
Views: 94289

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Can't read the article because it's locked, but found this headline interesting from the San Francisco Business Journal: https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2019/08/20/bay-area-exodus-uber-mckesson-dallas-texas-mck.html Hit CTRL+U to view source and scroll down near the bottom to read it.
by Hannibal Lecter
21 Aug 2019 22:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 434
Views: 94289

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

lakewoodhobo wrote:Still if all he can think of is more parking then thanks, but no thanks. What Deep Ellum needs is better pedestrian access to Downtown.


Said no one who lives or works in Deep Ellum.

Ever.
by Hannibal Lecter
18 Aug 2019 17:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 537
Views: 151703

Re: Northpark Center

We hit Dreamscape on Friday afternoon. VERY impressive. The kid can't wait to go again.
by Hannibal Lecter
16 Aug 2019 09:48
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Transition of Uptown
Replies: 53
Views: 8349

Re: The Transition of Uptown

What’s next in the development of booming Uptown Dallas

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/rea ... ing-uptown

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by Hannibal Lecter
14 Aug 2019 13:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 608
Views: 159870

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 ...
by Hannibal Lecter
09 Aug 2019 10:52
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: General roads/transport. issues
Replies: 14
Views: 3990

Re: General roads/transport. issues

'Intersections of Dallas' Highlights Absurd Traffic Patterns"

https://www.nbcdfw.com/traffic/stories/ ... 22691.html

https://www.instagram.com/p/B0yI9Gqhqyk/

I knew what six of them would be without even looking.
by Hannibal Lecter
05 Aug 2019 00:43
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 293
Views: 72902

Re: DART D2 Subway

Spent five minutes sitting at the light at Gaston and Good-Latimer today because the asshole train driver hit the button to give him the green through the intersection, then just sat there at the station. They do that all the time at the Baylor station blocking Hall or Malcolm X (and the fire engine...
by Hannibal Lecter
01 Aug 2019 17:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 608
Views: 159870

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

I don't know if you guys are wearing rose-colored glasses, or just don't know the history of this area and the city. The city's solution has always been the same when Deep Ellum starts making the news: drive off the folks making the complaints. I remember back circa 2003 when the police announced th...
by Hannibal Lecter
01 Aug 2019 16:47
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 293
Views: 72902

Re: DART D2 Subway

I wonder how many millions of $ it will cost to move it that 100 yards.
by Hannibal Lecter
31 Jul 2019 16:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 324
Views: 98290

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

LongonBigD wrote:I think we knew this news was coming, but it’s still kinda sad to see the original OTB shuttered.


It's not actually the original. The original was a couple blocks west.
by Hannibal Lecter
30 Jul 2019 12:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 608
Views: 159870

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

One of the best deterrents of crime is getting more places for the common folk to gather and make their presence known in their community. "Common folk" won't gather where they're harassed for money every 20 feet. Common folk won't sit and relax in a seat soaked in urine because the last ...
by Hannibal Lecter
29 Jul 2019 20:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 608
Views: 159870

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Personally I'm indifferent to this, but there is a lot of local opposition. When it was tried before it quickly became a homeless campground. Radiator Alley is getting pretty bad, and it's private property property with security. A public area where you can't just run people off will be far worse. O...
by Hannibal Lecter
25 Jul 2019 23:58
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: DART: Bus system
Replies: 23
Views: 6780

Re: DART: Bus system

Our million-dollar bus doesn't add up. We did the math

https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/edit ... t-add-math
by Hannibal Lecter
16 Jul 2019 22:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square
Replies: 134
Views: 39531

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square

Great news. Thanks!
by Hannibal Lecter
06 Jul 2019 11:37
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: The Daily Digital 4.0
Replies: 49
Views: 17838

Re: The Daily Digital 4.0

^ West Dallas, not Oak Cliff.
by Hannibal Lecter
03 Jul 2019 14:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 210
Views: 56921

Re: AT&T Discovery District

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirit_of_Communication

"As of December 2018, the statue is being prepared to be moved outside pending the completion of AT&T's plaza construction project"
by Hannibal Lecter
02 Jul 2019 12:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Highland Park Village
Replies: 128
Views: 36560

Re: Highland Park Village

^ Interestingly, the UP/HP boundary runs right through their main building.
by Hannibal Lecter
28 Jun 2019 18:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox: The McKenzie (~240 ST / 22 ST)
Replies: 44
Views: 17274

Re: Knox: The McKenzie (~240 ST / 22 ST)

Tucy wrote:Seems surprising they are only at 50% occupancy this long after opening (getting close to a year).


"...and has apartments that rent from $3,500 a month for the smallest to more than $18,000 for a top-floor penthouse."

I think that explains it.
by Hannibal Lecter
28 Jun 2019 14:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Highland Park Village
Replies: 128
Views: 36560

Re: Highland Park Village

^ I don't think you understand the HP mindset. If they could they would gate every entrance to their town, and wouldn't let in anyone but residents and deliveries. No, I'm not exaggerating. Remember when the Park Cities YMCA, a couple blocks from HP Village, expanded? The HP city council tried to ma...
by Hannibal Lecter
28 Jun 2019 14:47
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 187
Views: 41956

Re: I-345

I like having the physical separation between these neighborhoods. That separation is the cornerstone allowing the unique characteristics of Deep Ellum come into being -- since the beginning, too. Having elevated thru-traffic lanes is fine by me, so long as the two street grids are allowed to conne...
by Hannibal Lecter
27 Jun 2019 08:10
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 187
Views: 41956

Re: I-345

That 635 will handle reverted traffic previously on I-345 is a HUGE assumption. 635 is being expanded for existing traffic, and like a self fullfilling prophecy, it will eventually not be enough. Adding additional traffic that would have previously not even been there is ridiculous. Burying i345 is...
by Hannibal Lecter
21 Jun 2019 13:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 11 (The Forum)
Replies: 129
Views: 36867

Re: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 11 (The Forum)

^ Considering this is building number 11 it certainly looks like they know what they're doing.
by Hannibal Lecter
17 Jun 2019 17:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 608
Views: 159870

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

It's only been a yellow house for a couple years. I didn't think it was that beloved of a site. Before that, I think it was used as a parking lot. Sure, a smaller scale, mixed-use development would've been great. Interestingly though, wasn't Bowls and Tacos across the street a former gas station li...
by Hannibal Lecter
17 Jun 2019 16:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 608
Views: 159870

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

tamtagon wrote:This is more Expo Park than Deep Ellum, though, right?


General consensus is that Deep Ellum in north of 30 and the Exposition Park neighborhood is south of 30, even though the actual Exposition Park park is north of 30 (and just one block south of this property).
by Hannibal Lecter
16 Jun 2019 13:19
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Mill Creek Drainage Relief Tunnel
Replies: 6
Views: 1307

Re: Mill Creek Drainage Relief Tunnel

casperitl wrote:I worry that the discharge from the tunnel will have a negative impact on Lower White Rock Creek and the Great Trinity Forest.

Where do you think that water goes now?
by Hannibal Lecter
14 Jun 2019 16:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 608
Views: 159870

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

mcrdal15 wrote:Absolutely disgusting


lakewoodhobo wrote:Bummer



Let me guess...neither of you actually live or work in Deep Ellum. Right?
by Hannibal Lecter
11 Jun 2019 18:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: City Lights
Replies: 98
Views: 27501

Re: Downtown Dallas: City Lights

homeworld1031tx wrote:
The_Overdog wrote:For all the people above stating that this is illustrative of how cheaply apartments are made... what a load of shit. Few things could withstand this. The garage took a direct hit from the crane's concrete ballast essentially in free fall from 100+ feet up.


Bingo.
by Hannibal Lecter
11 Jun 2019 18:33
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 253
Views: 58084

Re: Trinity River Park

^ NTTA made in very clear they have no interest in the project unless the city forks over $1B+ up front.
by Hannibal Lecter
08 Jun 2019 11:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Hall Arts Hotel & Residences
Replies: 196
Views: 70137

Re: Arts District: Hall Arts Hotel & Residences

That enclosed stairwell looks really ugly from the south.
by Hannibal Lecter
08 Jun 2019 11:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: City Lights
Replies: 98
Views: 27501

Re: Downtown Dallas: City Lights

One of the cranes is coming down.
by Hannibal Lecter
07 Jun 2019 13:20
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 102
Views: 23807

Re: TexRail

Now you can argue away why those units aren't there because of the Streetcar but it certainly looks like to the common person that mass transit attracts redevelopment. The empirical evidence actually indicates the opposite. Look at map of development downtown over the past 10 years -- there's an in...
by Hannibal Lecter
07 Jun 2019 09:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 434
Views: 94289

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

The crane on The Hamilton (the apartment building) is scheduled to come down this weekend.
by Hannibal Lecter
06 Jun 2019 22:32
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 102
Views: 23807

Re: TexRail

Because "modern" streetcars (there's any oxymoron for you) have been such a success in U.S. cities. Have you noticed that Griggs never mentions the OC line he pushed so hard for? There's not a word about it on his campaign website. While campaigning on a platform of being anti-boondoggle h...
by Hannibal Lecter
03 Jun 2019 16:51
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 283
Views: 68534

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. Fr...
by Hannibal Lecter
02 Jun 2019 19:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel
Replies: 489
Views: 139009

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

^ You are way on. :)

By coincidence, when Thanksgiving Tower was constructed it was the second tallest building downtown. The building it supplanted? Elm Place.
by Hannibal Lecter
31 May 2019 16:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 152
Views: 45958

Re: The Cedars Developments

You have a 115 year old building, you don't try to secure it? Pay a little to have a grounds keeper? A 115 year old building, probably the most valuable in the Cedars, is gone. It does not have to criminal, it does not have to be intentional, but is negligence acceptable? Similar crap happened with...
by Hannibal Lecter
31 May 2019 07:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 152
Views: 45958

Re: The Cedars Developments

From https://www.dallasnews.com/news/fire-1/2019/05/28/ambassador-dallas-oldest-historic-hotel-structure-destroyed-fire Tuesday afternoon, officers took a man into custody in handcuffs from an unoccupied building across the street from the Ambassador. Police said the arrest was not related to the fi...
by Hannibal Lecter
31 May 2019 06:59
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Thoughts on Phil Kingston
Replies: 5
Views: 957

Re: Thoughts on Phil Kingston

Kingston has publicly stated that he is against any up-zoning in Oak Lawn that will increase density. I personally oppose Kingston because he's "the rules are for other folks" kind of guy. He was censured for using his city hall office for campaign purposes in violation of city ethics rule...

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