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by itsjrd1964
05 Jun 2020 07:46
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 253
Views: 103112

Re: DFW Airport

You won't see this one on CNN... DFW becomes the world’s busiest airport during COVID-19 downturn DFW International Airport was the world’s busiest airport in May, leaping ahead of other major travel hubs that have downsized during the COVID-19 pandemic. DFW, still running a fraction of the flights...
by itsjrd1964
28 May 2020 13:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2200 Pacific
Replies: 29
Views: 1371

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2200 Pacific

I found a feet/stories online converter, and it says 830 feet = 76.66 stories. If that's true, wouldn't that beat BoA and the tallest in Houston also? IDK if that converter is using correct or regularly-used ceiling heights per floor or not. For an office building, 830 feet is probably closer to 50...
by itsjrd1964
28 May 2020 10:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2200 Pacific
Replies: 29
Views: 1371

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2200 Pacific

I found a feet/stories online converter, and it says
830 feet = 76.66 stories.
If that's true, wouldn't that beat BoA and the tallest in Houston also? IDK if that converter is using correct or regularly-used ceiling heights per floor or not.
by itsjrd1964
28 May 2020 10:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2200 Pacific
Replies: 29
Views: 1371

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2200 Pacific

Just did a quick Google, and no matches, other than the mapping of the site. Either the FAA is the only bunch that knows, or anyone else (media, real estaters, contractors, etc) feels its too early to make things known.
by itsjrd1964
17 May 2020 19:22
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW in the Media
Replies: 50
Views: 21534

Re: DFW in the Media

tamtagon wrote:Gentlemen's clubs!


Now we know what Tamtagon does with at least some of his money ;)
by itsjrd1964
17 May 2020 07:15
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park
Replies: 134
Views: 51586

Re: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park

I wonder if the Covid pandemic will delay this expansion for a year or two at least.. I couldn't remember did they fundraise the full amount they needed or were they still a ways away.. The last I heard, they didn't specify that they had all the $$$, but they were shaking their pom-poms about it fo...
by itsjrd1964
17 May 2020 06:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Covid-19 Business Casualties
Replies: 31
Views: 3232

Re: Dallas Covid-19 Business Casualties

They did have to do quite the juggling act with legitimate business, and homeless/panhandlers/loiterers. I saw someone in there one time get upset that he couldn't use the bathroom without buying something, so he just relieved himself in the middle of the floor. It's kinda sad that it's gone, but th...
by itsjrd1964
15 May 2020 23:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Covid-19 Business Casualties
Replies: 31
Views: 3232

Re: Dallas Covid-19 Business Casualties

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:McDonald's at West End station is closed and gutted. Feels unreal.


That will definitely send more food/drink business toward the 7-Eleven at Ross/Griffin.
by itsjrd1964
09 May 2020 11:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 553
Views: 195618

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Our Mr. Wilonsky just tweeted that the Lizard Lounge is closing. He didn't reveal other specifics as of yet.

https://twitter.com/RobertWilonsky/stat ... 58752?s=19

(Putting it here, as it is likely Epic-related...)
by itsjrd1964
09 May 2020 10:48
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: The Colony: Grandscape
Replies: 25
Views: 9422

Re: The Colony: Grandscape

According to this article, sporting goods anchor Scheel's opened last week.

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/ret ... -pandemic/
by itsjrd1964
09 May 2020 10:45
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco: Stonebriar Centre mall
Replies: 19
Views: 8108

Re: Frisco: Stonebriar Centre mall

The Hyatt Regency at Stonebriar is (partially) set to open June 1.

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/rea ... y-to-open/
by itsjrd1964
06 May 2020 12:41
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 352
Views: 131652

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

20200506_124150.jpg The installation of the railside 'candlesticks' continues. This is the west side of the platform at the Walnut Hill (Red/Orange line) station. 20200506_124237.jpg The east side of the same platform. 20200506_124304.jpg A close-up, which includes a spray-painted spot placed in ad...
by itsjrd1964
05 May 2020 22:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 381
Views: 139242

Re: AT&T Discovery District

The Discovery District opening has been put off, but the article doesn't reveal how much more time before a new opening date.

http://www.dallasnews.com/business/real ... s-delayed/
by itsjrd1964
28 Apr 2020 08:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 553
Views: 195618

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

uber.headquarters.dallas.jpg Here's better rendering of the Uber tower in the Epic development that's currently coming out of the ground. Do you think uber will survive through this pandemic? IDK, the drivers I've talked to lately have all said they haven't been to DFW in at last 2-3 weeks, and are...
by itsjrd1964
27 Apr 2020 22:36
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Plano: Willow Bend Mall
Replies: 26
Views: 9772

Re: Plano: Willow Bend Mall

Plano's Shops at Willow Bend is no longer owned by Starwood Retail The mall is now in receivership. Starwood wasn't able to refinance their most recent loan. Getting a new owner may take time due to the coronavirus. https://www.dallasnews.com/business/retail/2020/04/27/planos-shops-at-willow-bend-i...
by itsjrd1964
15 Apr 2020 09:35
Forum: The Pitch
Topic: Dallas may get XFL franchise
Replies: 17
Views: 7785

Re: Dallas may get XFL franchise

XFL, with an upstart team in Dallas, lays off all employees and has no plans to return in 2021

Well, so much for all that work they did on the Ballpark....

https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news ... gades.html
by itsjrd1964
14 Apr 2020 14:03
Forum: The Pitch
Topic: TPC-Craig Ranch to host AT&T Byron Nelson
Replies: 2
Views: 471

TPC-Craig Ranch to host AT&T Byron Nelson

The tournament will move to Craig Ranch next year, and will be hosted there for the next 5 years.

https://www.dallasnews.com/sports/golf/ ... g-in-2021/
by itsjrd1964
10 Apr 2020 10:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)
Replies: 200
Views: 98507

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

Also what building would you live in, all things considered? Actually, I'm pretty happy where I'm at. First floor, older quiet complex in an older suburban neighborhood I'm very familiar with. Fortunately also, the family that owns the complex isn't being hounded by tear-it-down/replace-it-with-big...
by itsjrd1964
08 Apr 2020 07:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)
Replies: 200
Views: 98507

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

Wow, they've only sold 1 whole unit all year. >ugh<, Glad I'm not in that business.
by itsjrd1964
01 Apr 2020 13:28
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's
Replies: 53
Views: 23995

Re: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's

Good to see Cesar Chavez finally done (after entirely too long)... now to see how long Pearl will take.
by itsjrd1964
01 Apr 2020 13:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: 2711 N. Haskell
Replies: 42
Views: 15256

Re: Cityplace East: 2711 N. Haskell

That many rooms as well as the meeting/ballroom space will definitely require a good bit of dedicated parking somewhere.
by itsjrd1964
01 Apr 2020 13:10
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 383
Views: 141240

Re: DFW Economy

According to an article this week in the DMN, they named: * The Adolphus * Hilton-Lincoln Centre * Westin-Stonebriar among the hotels that have closed, while the new Virgin Hotel is still trying to stay open even with upwards of 200 layoffs. https://www.dallasnews.com/business/economy/2020/03/31/hot...
by itsjrd1964
31 Mar 2020 06:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: 2711 N. Haskell
Replies: 42
Views: 15256

Re: Cityplace East: 2711 N. Haskell

I wonder, besides the other hotel amenities, if the owners/developers are thinking of having a different parking area built and available for guests, or if they will make everyone do like some of the downtown properties and have only valet-based parking without self-parking.
by itsjrd1964
31 Mar 2020 05:54
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 383
Views: 141240

Re: DFW Economy

It won't be just downtown, or just restaurants. Any business that's been running by the seat of their pants and not planning adequately for downturns or surprises could be in trouble. It could be an interesting year or so around here.
by itsjrd1964
30 Mar 2020 12:48
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 352
Views: 131652

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

DART is making more changes, beginning April 6, with supposedly temporary timing adjustments. All light rail routes will run every 20 minutes during the week. Other changes mainly involve the bus schedules.

https://www.dart.org/about/servicechang ... il2020.asp
by itsjrd1964
30 Mar 2020 12:44
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: DART: Bus system
Replies: 51
Views: 19461

Re: DART: Bus system

More changes, starting April 6, as DART makes new, and supposedly temporary, schedule adjustments to most bus routes. The bulk of them will have a more-weekend-style timing to them.

https://www.dart.org/about/servicechang ... il2020.asp
by itsjrd1964
28 Mar 2020 03:16
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: DART: Bus system
Replies: 51
Views: 19461

Re: DART: Bus system

DART is making some changes to ensure passengers are well-distanced: * Interior areas at transit centers that have them, will close. Outdoor areas will remain available. * Concierges, the information window clerks, will be reassigned to other duties. * For boardings onto buses that have side doors, ...
by itsjrd1964
25 Mar 2020 04:28
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 383
Views: 141240

Re: DFW Economy

My employer issued us all letters. I get to work at night before any curfew gets going, but it's good to have something from my bosses to at least try to cover my arse. The occupancy at my hotel has gotten to 20-25% and held for now. Our companion hotel next door has only had 4 or 5 guests and may h...
by itsjrd1964
20 Mar 2020 09:22
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 383
Views: 141240

Re: DFW Economy

Well, I spoke too soon. My GM relieved me this morning, and gave me 2 options. Either a full temporary layoff, or a cutback to 24 hours (3 nights)/week. I've gotta call the Workforce office and see which of these is the better deal. In either case, IDK what I'll have left after rent/bills/DART (if I...
by itsjrd1964
19 Mar 2020 23:33
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 383
Views: 141240

Re: DFW Economy

My asst. GM told me when I got to work, that several hotels will have to close, including the Renaissance at the Market Center. The company furloughs reported this week will include property-level employees at various hotels. Again, I was assured that I still have my position for now.
by itsjrd1964
19 Mar 2020 19:59
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 383
Views: 141240

Re: DFW Economy

Thanks CT, I actually just got through watching it. I've been off for 2 days but had an email from the GM wanting me to do some filing when I get to work tonight, so I must still have my job. I've tried to get a hold of my landlord to see what she would do in the event I might lose my job or get fur...
by itsjrd1964
18 Mar 2020 13:35
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Dead Man's Curve
Replies: 13
Views: 8020

Re: Dead Man's Curve

Well, they can't finish this project soon enough. Yet another accident there Tuesday night, as an 18-wheeler jackknifes at the curve.

https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/jackk ... s/2333316/
by itsjrd1964
18 Mar 2020 12:18
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 383
Views: 141240

Re: DFW Economy

I've only been to 1 store since this all started, a Walmart in Plano (Monday morning, 3-16). I didn't get a good look at general merchandise, mainly grocery. There were no paper towels, Kleenex, or toilet tissue. Much of the rest of grocery looked like the day after Christmas. Very spotty. Frozen fo...
by itsjrd1964
18 Mar 2020 03:42
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 383
Views: 141240

Re: DFW Economy

My hotel's GM is now telling us, no more breakfast buffet. When we use up what's left we will go to grab-and-go bags. Apparently cheaper for the hotel, and will encourage guests to go back to their rooms instead of lingering in a big group in the lobby. The GM said also we have passed below the poin...
by itsjrd1964
16 Mar 2020 11:04
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 383
Views: 141240

Re: DFW Economy

Here's a running list of area business closings and changes I found:

https://www.wfaa.com/mobile/article/new ... ec94d1d65a
by itsjrd1964
16 Mar 2020 10:51
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 383
Views: 141240

Re: DFW Economy

I am currently working for an extended-stay chain, and other employee's hours have already been cut. I am thankful and fortunate that mine have not. Our occupancy has slid steadily since awareness of the virus. Last week we were in the 40-50% range, this week we are in the 30s. The forecast through ...
by itsjrd1964
11 Mar 2020 18:37
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco: Fields Ranch development
Replies: 15
Views: 8181

Re: Frisco: Fields Ranch development

Frisco okays site plans for new PGA Omni hotel and resort

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/rea ... nd-resort/
by itsjrd1964
11 Mar 2020 18:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Fort Worth: Sundance Square
Replies: 6
Views: 4011

Re: Fort Worth: Sundance Square

Downtown Fort Worth landmark will become luxury hotel The former Continental Life Insurance building at 714 Main will become a Kimpton Hotel. The 24-story building will have 232 rooms and be open by summer of next year. https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2020/03/11/downtown-fort-worth-...
by itsjrd1964
10 Mar 2020 15:24
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Dead Man's Curve
Replies: 13
Views: 8020

Re: Dead Man's Curve

New update:::: Just got an email earlier today from one of the local traffic reporters, who heard from a TxDOT spokesperson, who said westbound US 175 should open to I-45 by mid-April. That could change if weather is an issue in-between; at the latest, it would be May before all is fully done. Appar...
by itsjrd1964
10 Mar 2020 14:27
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 383
Views: 141240

Re: DFW Economy

I wish I had that info, but I wasn't working there this time last year. Based on an average I've seen since being there, a ballpark of at least 80%-90%. But my property is an extended-stay type, and it fluctuates some. We were busy during the Fair/Texas-OU, and expected to drop off some after that, ...
by itsjrd1964
10 Mar 2020 13:21
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 383
Views: 141240

Re: DFW Economy

I just looked at the forecast for the next month at the hotel where I work, and every night but 2, we will be projected to be at less than 50% occupancy. The hotel company even has a new request code for those with reservations wanting to cancel based on the coronavirus situation.
by itsjrd1964
10 Mar 2020 13:16
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 383
Views: 141240

Re: DFW Economy

Ordinarily, it would be a help to spring break and pre-summer travelers to have gas at less than $2/gallon (at many stations), but now with the sickness-of-the-moment messing up nearly everything these days, there won't be a whole lot of moneymaking for a while at either end of the pipeline, I'm afr...
by itsjrd1964
08 Mar 2020 09:37
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Dallas to get another Area Code
Replies: 2
Views: 2493

Re: Dallas to get another Area Code

Tnexster wrote:Been a while since we got a new one, anybody remember when Mayor Kirk wanted to keep 972 out of Dallas?


I think I'd forgotten that. Not surprised that anyone felt that way back then. Now it's not a big deal.
by itsjrd1964
03 Mar 2020 23:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oaklawn: Old Parkland
Replies: 44
Views: 14333

Re: Oaklawn: Old Parkland

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2020/03/03/massive-redevelopment-would-replace-former-parkland-campus/ A Dallas real estate developer is giving the first look at an ambitious plan to repurpose the former Parkland Hospital campus northwest of downtown Dallas. Property company EB Arro...
by itsjrd1964
03 Mar 2020 18:12
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Dallas to get another Area Code
Replies: 2
Views: 2493

Dallas to get another Area Code

As if we don't have enough numbers to remember around here, another Area Code is coming to Dallas: 945 . Dallas' 3 Area Codes, 214, 469, and 972, will not be enough as of next year. Houston just got a 4th one in the last couple of years. Existing surrounding codes include: * 682/817 - Fort Worth * 9...
by itsjrd1964
29 Feb 2020 02:48
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 138
Views: 54136

Re: TexRail

TEXRail gets money to expand its commuter trains into the Fort Worth medical district Trinity Metro wants to extend TexRail to a proposed station near one of the Medical District hospitals, but they have to work out an agreement with Union Pacific and Fort Worth & Western railroad first. Trinit...
by itsjrd1964
27 Feb 2020 10:47
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 352
Views: 131652

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Sorry about the delay, but I finally got a couple of angles of the Parker Road Station 'candlesticks'. One I got with the trains parked, the other has all trains clear so you can see better where they are placed. 20200227_100417.jpg 20200227_100546.jpg I don't know how well those who are visually-im...
by itsjrd1964
27 Feb 2020 10:32
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Dead Man's Curve
Replies: 13
Views: 8020

Re: Dead Man's Curve

I think I've found out the correct status so far. It looks like the eastbound lanes of the new section have opened up, as well as the direct I-45 connection to those eastbound lanes. If you don't exit at the new US 175 exit and try to use S.M. Wright instead, there won't be any US 175 signage at the...
by itsjrd1964
26 Feb 2020 10:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 304
Views: 121339

Re: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

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The image of the year for Dallas! Amazing. The Richards Group folks might have a Borg of a building themselves, but they sure found a way to make gallons of lemonade from this lemon!

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