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by Hannibal Lecter
30 Apr 2021 10:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown: Carlisle St. Urban Renewal Project/Block 968
Replies: 28
Views: 12310

Re: Uptown: Carlisle St. Urban Renewal Project/Block 968

Density is like mass transit.

90% of the people want it...for someone else.
by Hannibal Lecter
29 Apr 2021 16:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 858
Views: 420462

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Anyone got Cuban on speed dial? :D About 25 years ago my phone rang, and the caller ID showed "MARK CUBAN". Keep in mind that back then Caller ID spoofing wasn't nearly as big a thing as it is now. I answered, but to my disappointment it wasn't Mark. Instead it was someone I had business ...
by Hannibal Lecter
26 Apr 2021 22:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 856
Views: 409705

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Yes, very puzzling given the lengths they went to to save the Pittman... Only because they were threatened with legal consequences if they let it deteriorate any further, and then awarded $2 millions in historic preservation tax credits to construct the new building adjacent to it. https://www.dall...
by Hannibal Lecter
19 Apr 2021 09:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Dallas High School
Replies: 124
Views: 49921

Re: Downtown Dallas: Dallas High School

^ Since they're developing a SoGood to the south, it's pretty obvious this area should be NoGood.

After all, many of their patrons are up to NoGood.
by Hannibal Lecter
14 Apr 2021 13:23
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 446
Views: 207295

Re: DART D2 Subway

Some pieces were kept. For instance, the robot at Good-Latimer and Gaston is leaning against a piece: https://goo.gl/maps/SfkYQrG5ewjzhsWK6 I understand that the concrete "1930" from the tunnel entrance was gifted to Preservation Dallas. DART filled in the tunnel because it was cheaper tha...
by Hannibal Lecter
11 Apr 2021 22:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 856
Views: 409705

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Includes a great slideshow, with many historical pictures I've never seen before.

https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news ... uture.html
by Hannibal Lecter
11 Apr 2021 22:19
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 446
Views: 207295

Re: DART D2 Subway

The Deep Ellum community fought HARD to keep the Good-Latimer grade separation, especially the Gaston tunnel. The murals lining the tunnel were a beloved gateway to the area. Similarly, the vast majority of current residents are strongly opposed to replacing I-345 at grade. That effort, like so many...
by Hannibal Lecter
07 Apr 2021 14:09
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Plano: misc. developments
Replies: 67
Views: 24523

Re: Plano: misc. developments

From a city government perspective, residential uses generally have a much lower revenue to expense ratio. Single family residential (which isn't proposed here) generally doesn't generate enough tax revenue to even cover costs. If you want low tax rates as a way to attract businesses you want as lit...
by Hannibal Lecter
24 Mar 2021 11:05
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 350
Views: 144218

Re: I-345

Rather than claiming things will "just work out" - let's have a public referendum where all the stakeholders who vote "yes" on removal get put on a list, and should the referendum pass, they'll be assessed a special "transportation impact fee" in the ballpark of $5-10k...
by Hannibal Lecter
24 Mar 2021 11:01
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 350
Views: 144218

Re: I-345

1) You might not agree with the solution, but they've shown many examples of how many comparable highway tearouts have been done elsewhere . OK, so provide an example of "comparable highway tearouts" -- because nothing at that link is comparable. One thing I learned a long time ago is tha...
by Hannibal Lecter
22 Mar 2021 13:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Dallas High School
Replies: 124
Views: 49921

Re: Downtown Dallas: Dallas High School

Matthews Southwest has a long track record of sticking their hands in the taxpayers' pocket. https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2019/02/26/new-downtown-dallas-apartment-high-rise-includes-affordable-units/ Part of the new apartment project will be funded with low-income housing tax cred...
by Hannibal Lecter
19 Mar 2021 15:19
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 446
Views: 207295

Re: DART D2 Subway

^ The ultimate irony being that there are probably more construction cranes right now within three blocks of I-345 -- where Kennedy said no one would build -- than any similar sized area in Dallas County.
by Hannibal Lecter
16 Mar 2021 14:22
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 424
Views: 202210

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Tucy wrote:It will not provide any meaningful transportation service.


So nothing has changed?

:)
by Hannibal Lecter
16 Mar 2021 14:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown: Jackson at Market Parking Garage
Replies: 22
Views: 1562

Downtown: Jackson at Market Parking Garage

Downtown Dallas block sells for new garage and retail project

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/rea ... l-project/
by Hannibal Lecter
12 Mar 2021 15:40
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 446
Views: 207295

Re: DART D2 Subway

^ Have you seen how they've reduced the footprint of I-30 through the canyon in the redesign?
by Hannibal Lecter
02 Mar 2021 11:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 342
Views: 177614

Re: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

Developers reboot plans for huge project north of downtown Dallas

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/rea ... wn-dallas/
by Hannibal Lecter
26 Feb 2021 18:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 856
Views: 409705

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

^ It's not comeback, it's a hostile takeover from Uptown. The "renovated" Serious Pizza has all the ambience of a Denny's. The other restaurants/bars owned by the same company serve up canned music and cardboard food to plastic people. The ultimate insult is The Stack. As another poster sa...
by Hannibal Lecter
19 Feb 2021 10:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Hoque Global Cedars- So Good
Replies: 55
Views: 21008

Re: Hoque Global Cedars- So Good

SoGood project would transform Dallas’ near south side

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/rea ... outh-side/
by Hannibal Lecter
16 Feb 2021 13:34
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Cheapest source of power for each county in USA
Replies: 9
Views: 5038

Re: Cheapest source of power for each county in USA

The question is whether it's worthwhile to spend $50-100 billion to be ready for a once per 40-100 year event.

It's like the concept of the 100-year flood plain. Society picks the balance between cost and safety that it's willing to live with.
by Hannibal Lecter
12 Feb 2021 10:41
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 437
Views: 229842

Re: DFW Economy

Dallas County’s talent problem: Collin, Denton and others are poaching workers Collin and Denton counties are some of the best places in the U.S. to attract and develop talent, a trait crucial to growing businesses and strengthening the economy. Both counties score high on net migration, education,...
by Hannibal Lecter
10 Feb 2021 11:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 856
Views: 409705

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

I can understand why local businesses like on-street parking, but if I lived within walking distance to a place, I don't quite get why I would prefer on-street parking over a bike lane? Three part answer: 1) Visitors: Friends, family, deliveries, clients (lots of residents work at home). 2) Some of...
by Hannibal Lecter
10 Feb 2021 10:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 856
Views: 409705

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

By the way, if anyone here ever goes to the 7-Eleven at Elm & Good Latimer in the evenings, please give my young-old daughter a warm DFWU Forum hello. She's been there for over a year and loves it. If she's who I think she is, she has sold the good doctor more than a few lottery tickets. I'll s...
by Hannibal Lecter
09 Feb 2021 11:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 856
Views: 409705

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

CTroyMathis wrote:Does Mark Cuban (or associated) own the next building over (with the Mavericks logo on the roof and other Mavs stuff on the exterior walls) and the parking lot? Just curious. Seems like he/"they" do.
Team HQ: https://www.facebook.com/MavsGG/
by Hannibal Lecter
09 Feb 2021 11:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 856
Views: 409705

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

It's sad how many people here are out of touch with the reality of urban living. This isn't Sim City. Real people in a real neighborhood need real the same real businesses and services that everyone else does. Not another dozen Thai-Inspired Ice Cream Shops and Surf Board Fitness Studios. The new 7-...
by Hannibal Lecter
09 Feb 2021 11:27
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 385
Views: 174084

Re: Trinity River Park

From my earlier post at the top of this page:

Trinity River at Flood stage: 30-50+ feet deep, 1+ miles wide.

Mill Creek Tunnel: 30 foot diameter
by Hannibal Lecter
05 Feb 2021 17:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 856
Views: 409705

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

And this popped up on the DMN website within the last hour:

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/ent ... eep-ellum/
by Hannibal Lecter
05 Feb 2021 17:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 856
Views: 409705

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

They've been working out of that building for awhile, but keeping a very low profile. I didn't really pay attention to it at the time, but driving by the building today there was a new construction trailer-type building on the parking lot across the street. Looks like they're getting started. https:...
by Hannibal Lecter
05 Feb 2021 10:41
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 385
Views: 174084

Re: Trinity River Park

MC_ScattCat wrote:I don't fully understand why such a huge flood plain was built, but seems like an area ripe for a re-do.


Image
by Hannibal Lecter
04 Feb 2021 21:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Galleria
Replies: 145
Views: 50986

Re: North Dallas: Galleria

I remember driving through West Texas in the 1980's and the radio station was running a big contest for a weekend in Dallas.

Q: Why do so many New Mexico high school football players got to Texas Tech?

A: They want to see live in the big city!
by Hannibal Lecter
27 Jan 2021 12:11
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 424
Views: 202210

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

^ Are you sure they weren't talking about flanges?

https://www.reliance-foundry.com/blog/s ... rence#gref
by Hannibal Lecter
25 Jan 2021 12:42
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW in the Media
Replies: 81
Views: 37653

Re: DFW in the Media

Mark Hamill orders takeout from this neighborhood eatery in Uber Eats commercial

https://lakewood.advocatemag.com/2021/0 ... lvet-taco/

"In Knox"????
by Hannibal Lecter
25 Jan 2021 12:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 564
Views: 283974

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

Tucy wrote:I think you meant to type 151K per year, not 15.


Typo corrected -- Thanks. The daily ridership figures were correct.
by Hannibal Lecter
25 Jan 2021 12:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 564
Views: 283974

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

My dude. How often do you minimize or dismiss others due to what part of town they live in? Unless you’re a Cliffie, then congratulations on the new place! Huh? How did my comment in anyway "minimize or dismiss others due to what part of town they live in"? The only thing I "dismisse...
by Hannibal Lecter
25 Jan 2021 12:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 564
Views: 283974

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

Remind me again, how many people use the streetcar on a daily basis? NOTE: Typo corrected. 151k, not 15k. The most recent figure I see is 151k/year trips from 2008. Source: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/2018/04/25/get-your-wallets-out-bishop-arts-streetcar-will-no-longer-be-free/ At 365 days per ...
by Hannibal Lecter
24 Jan 2021 21:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 564
Views: 283974

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

^ Certainly can't have profitable, taxpaying businesses that service the people who actually live there, can we?

Ask yourself this: How many people a day use that boondoggle streetcar, and how many use that CVS and gas station?
by Hannibal Lecter
11 Jan 2021 17:40
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: DART: Bus system
Replies: 83
Views: 32811

Re: DART: Bus system

But energy is being exerted by the buses already regardless if people right them or not. More people riding buses that already exist and are already circulating would mean energy savings, right? I understand that buses only start to make sense after a certain number of people are riding it, but wha...
by Hannibal Lecter
11 Jan 2021 17:25
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: DART: Bus system
Replies: 83
Views: 32811

Re: DART: Bus system

A car expends 5,465 Btu per vehicle-mile. Four cars expend 21,860 Btu. A bus expends 16,509 Btu. Does that mean that a bus expends less energy than four cars? Am I understanding the data correctly? Using the table above, on a per vehicle mile basis a bus uses about as much energy as seven cars (39,...
by Hannibal Lecter
11 Jan 2021 14:48
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: DART: Bus system
Replies: 83
Views: 32811

Re: DART: Bus system

I really would like to see DART emphasize how much 'greener' and environmentally friendlier it is to take the bus. Except they're not. In the real world, unless a bus is packed (rare around here) private cars use less energy per passenger mile. BTU per passenger mile, from U.S. DOT: https://i.stack...
by Hannibal Lecter
10 Jan 2021 18:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)
Replies: 190
Views: 108681

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

rono3849 wrote:I still don't understand why an entire side of the tower is all concrete.


I'm not familiar with the parcel. Is that side built up against a property line, as opposed to a street? If so it's likely a fire code issue.
by Hannibal Lecter
10 Jan 2021 18:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown: Cole Park Place Condos (3923 Cole Ave) (3 ST) - Completed 2018
Replies: 18
Views: 7334

Re: Uptown: Cole Park Place Condos (3923 Cole Ave) (3 ST) - Completed 2018

That really surprises me. I wonder what Dallas is lacking that other markets or not? Do you have any insight as to how they determine this? As far as I can tell, nobody has really attempted to build a new condo development in Dallas in quite sometime (at least not the type we are referring to). I r...
by Hannibal Lecter
07 Jan 2021 19:22
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 350
Views: 144218

Re: I-345

So you want to route traffic going from Woodall Rodgers to East Dallas and Deep Ellum along a winding path of downtown streets through downtown and the Arts District? You really want to dump all that thru traffic onto downtown streets? Actually, I've taken that route more than a few times. And it su...
by Hannibal Lecter
30 Dec 2020 15:43
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Hunt Realty, AT&T partner on lighting up Reunion Tower for New Year's Eve
Replies: 16
Views: 9492

Re: Hunt Realty, AT&T partner on lighting up Reunion Tower for New Year's Eve

This will be the last year I get to see the tower fireworks from home. Next week the new East Quarter tower will block the dome.

The walls of the fishbowl are closing in.

:-(
by Hannibal Lecter
28 Dec 2020 16:35
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 356
Views: 195612

Re: Silver Line

Plano receives 16,000 feet of additional rail for DART Silver Line construction Sixteen thousand feet of rail — 200 sections, each one 80 feet long — recently arrived in Plano for DART’s Silver. The rails were delivered Dec. 18 on a special train from Steel Dynamics of Indiana to an area east of Sh...
by Hannibal Lecter
21 Dec 2020 12:57
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 350
Views: 144218

Re: I-345

What solutions have the tear down proponents offered other than "everything will just work out"?
by Hannibal Lecter
19 Dec 2020 15:50
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 446
Views: 207295

Re: DART D2 Subway

Two injured in DART derailment in downtown Dallas "According to a DART spokesman, a northbound Orange line train made contact with a southbound Green line train around 1:15 p.m. at St. Paul Station." https://www.dallasnews.com/news/2020/12/19/two-injured-in-dart-derailment-in-downtown-dal...
by Hannibal Lecter
19 Dec 2020 15:03
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 350
Views: 144218

Re: I-345

^ Amen.
by Hannibal Lecter
18 Dec 2020 13:40
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 350
Views: 144218

Re: I-345

^ $3.3 billion and ten years to complete.
by Hannibal Lecter
07 Dec 2020 14:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum Tower
Replies: 222
Views: 144010

Re: Museum Tower

Tucy wrote:Nov 2020

Zero sold.

112 sold in 8 years. (1.17 per month) 1 remaining


It's time to put that one unit up for auction and be done with it.
by Hannibal Lecter
02 Dec 2020 19:36
Forum: Texas Urban/Suburban/Exurban Development
Topic: Houston Development News
Replies: 17
Views: 9906

Re: Houston Development News

Austin55 wrote:Surprising they'd choose Houston over Dallas or Austin.


The Houston area is already their largest employment center, even ahead of Palo Alto. I suspect this dates back to their purchase of Compaq around 20 years ago.

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