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by itsjrd1964
14 Jun 2019 14:21
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: General roads/transport. issues
Replies: 5
Views: 1588

Re: General roads/transport. issues

The DMN editorializes Dallas' signal light issues, and how improvements need to happen quicker

https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/edit ... s-changing
by itsjrd1964
13 Jun 2019 12:39
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Street name changes/proposals
Replies: 9
Views: 3056

Re: Street name changes/proposals

For many, many years, the transition point of Pacific-to-Gaston (or the other way) never was clear. Most of the time, street names change at intersections with cross-streets. I always found it unusual that at Central and at Hawkins, it was Pacific, but at Good-Latimer, it was Gaston. I'm sure there ...
by itsjrd1964
11 Jun 2019 02:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: City Lights
Replies: 93
Views: 19268

Re: Downtown Dallas: City Lights

With the way the damages occurred, and as extensive as they are, I don't know how they could just fix what's damaged, as much of the affected section is in the middle. That would be difficult to access with cement trucks and whatever other kind of equipment that would be needed. Plus, it's not total...
by itsjrd1964
10 Jun 2019 05:54
Forum: Art + Sol
Topic: Alan Peppard, DMN veteran of 30 years, remembered....
Replies: 0
Views: 68

Alan Peppard, DMN veteran of 30 years, remembered....

Peppard, who had just called it a career just 2 years ago after 3 decades of stories and columns for the Morning News, died in his sleep over the weekend. He was 56.

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/the ... rs-dead-56
by itsjrd1964
10 Jun 2019 05:47
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Local / Regional Weather
Replies: 1
Views: 81

Re: Local / Regional Weather

Winds spread debris; thousands lose power as storms hit Dallas area

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/weather ... allas-area
by itsjrd1964
10 Jun 2019 05:43
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Local / Regional Weather
Replies: 1
Views: 81

Local / Regional Weather

(Didn't find a general weather thread around at first glance...) The weather people are saying yesterday's storm contained straight-line winds, no tornadoes. The last number I heard was nearly 300,000 electric customers are without power. The strongest winds I've heard of up to now were recorded at ...
by itsjrd1964
09 Jun 2019 15:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: City Lights
Replies: 93
Views: 19268

Re: Downtown Dallas: City Lights

By the looks of the pictures/video, a crane on the building that will also house the Tom Thumb store, it fell over onto the other already-existing City Lights apartment complex. https://www.dallasnews.com/news/weather/2019/06/09/strong-storms-dallas-fort-worth-sunday-could-produce-hail-damaging-wind...
by itsjrd1964
08 Jun 2019 09:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 188
Views: 41229

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

https://cdn.bisnow.net/fit?height=489&type=jpeg&url=https%3A%2F%2Fs3.amazonaws.com%2Fcdn.bisnow.net%2Fcontent%2Fimages%2F2019%2F05%2F5cf135ce742d8-lbj.jpeg&width=717&sign=ODEAkr4_2jNP0qv7paUg4IWSXl0lG6TmSjSed_IRyUg LBJ Freeway Project To Relieve Dallas Congestion Gets Fluor, Balfour...
by itsjrd1964
06 Jun 2019 12:41
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 236
Views: 51464

Re: Silver Line

Redblock wrote:
electricron wrote:
Redblock wrote:DART has ordered 8 FLIRT Emus from Stadler.
https://www.dart.org/news/news.asp?ID=1402


They will be DMUs, not EMUs.


Of course you are right and I knew that. I don't know if that was my bad typing or auto-cottect.


That auto-cottect, it's a killer....
by itsjrd1964
06 Jun 2019 12:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 304
Views: 94787

Re: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)

I've seen very little action from the site since the concrete got done. No preparations, no milling about, no coffee/donuts. I see more from the loiterers by the 7-Eleven. Hopefully this isn't another fake-out like 2000 Ross.
by itsjrd1964
05 Jun 2019 03:23
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Lewisville: misc. developments
Replies: 2
Views: 1039

Re: Lewisville: misc. developments

More apartments on the way in Lewisville's Castle Hills development

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/rea ... evelopment
by itsjrd1964
05 Jun 2019 03:17
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: DART: Bus system
Replies: 18
Views: 4590

Re: DART: Bus system

DART hired Uber to drive around riders. Now, it's considering driverless buses I'm not exactly sure I'd want to ride on an autonomous bus. Should be interesting to see what the plans are. https://www.dallasnews.com/news/transportation/2019/06/03/dart-hired-uber-drive-around-riders-now-considering-a...
by itsjrd1964
05 Jun 2019 03:03
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Mesquite: misc. developments
Replies: 3
Views: 1320

Re: Mesquite: misc. developments

Mesquite approves $71 million industrial park on Interstate-30 A new industrial/logistics park is planned for the north side of I-30 between Galloway and Northwest Dr., east of I-635. There are plans for 5 buildings on 80 acres. https://dallasnews.imgix.net/1559685703-Mesquite-Urban-District-30---P...
by itsjrd1964
05 Jun 2019 02:21
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 271
Views: 50698

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. F...
by itsjrd1964
05 Jun 2019 01:33
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: South Dallas issues
Replies: 0
Views: 117

South Dallas issues

In historic South Dallas neighborhood, residents are tired of being terrorized by a car wash Our Mr. Wilonsky looks into a long-time situation, the continuing problems at a car wash near MLK Blvd./Malcolm X, and the efforts its owner is taking to keep the City from shutting it down. https://www.dal...
by itsjrd1964
05 Jun 2019 01:07
Forum: The Airports
Topic: American Airlines
Replies: 19
Views: 4161

Re: American Airlines

Meanwhile, in the same article, a picture of the site of the upcoming replacement company headquarters complex was shown, from last November. The picture is looking southwestward, with Trinity Blvd. in the upper center distant. The tax arrangement made with the City of Fort Worth required that the c...
by itsjrd1964
05 Jun 2019 00:58
Forum: The Airports
Topic: American Airlines
Replies: 19
Views: 4161

Re: American Airlines

American Airlines is building a $250 million hotel, conference center at the 'heart' of its HQ https://www.dallasnews.com/business/american-airlines/2019/06/04/american-airlines-building-new-250-million-hotel-conference-center-heart-hq The hotel, which is planned to have 600 rooms, has not been app...
by itsjrd1964
03 Jun 2019 13:51
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 271
Views: 50698

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

I wonder, how much longer it will be before we see new light rail cars replacing the ones that mostly date to 1996. DART has recently approached Stadler about new FLIRT cars for the upcoming Silver Line.
by itsjrd1964
03 Jun 2019 13:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor
Replies: 128
Views: 38881

Re: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor

Atlanta developer heads to Dallas with new project east of downtown Another set of apartments, this time at Ross/Peak, on the site of an old car lot. The article says the complex will finish up in 2021. https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2019/06/03/atlanta-developer-heads-dallas-new-pr...
by itsjrd1964
03 Jun 2019 03:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Noteworthy New Construction
Replies: 27
Views: 10173

Re: East Dallas: Noteworthy New Construction

A rep with Bowlski's, the concept eat/drink/bowling space taking on the Lakewood Theater, was interviewed over the weekend on Ch.4. I looked for a video link, but didn't find one. He said it should open in late June or early July. Looks like a really nice place. Several original wall murals were unc...
by itsjrd1964
02 Jun 2019 22:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Restaurants: general news/development
Replies: 47
Views: 6060

Re: Restaurants: general news/development

The Mockingbird Diner across from Love Field has closed. The owner is blaming staffing issues.

https://www.guidelive.com/food-and-drin ... ld-airport
by itsjrd1964
01 Jun 2019 09:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 441
Views: 105853

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

Thanks for sharing. I had forgotten this was built by H.L. Hunt and used as the pretend offices of JR Ewing on the tv show. Actually, the longtime Ewing Oil setting on Dallas was next door at what is now Renaissance Tower. Previously, in the show's first 5 episodes, Bryan Tower was used as the inte...
by itsjrd1964
31 May 2019 04:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Wynnewood Village
Replies: 0
Views: 205

Oak Cliff: Wynnewood Village

Yes, it's been mentioned in other Oak Cliff-related threads, but it looks like the work at Wynnewood is at a level that deserves it's own thread IMO. Incoming/upcoming: * LA Fitness, with its foundation going in now, on the site of a torn-down office building. Completion is set for later this year. ...
by itsjrd1964
31 May 2019 03:17
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 242
Views: 44451

Re: Trinity River Park

There's tons of renderings showing how riverfront boulevard would look like without the jail. But selling the jail is one thing, moving the other jail buildings requires political muscle that is completely unrealistic in my opinion. Not only moving them, but *where* would they move them? No other p...
by itsjrd1964
31 May 2019 03:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 586
Views: 155362

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

^ Like one of those NYC skinny towers. Except, thankfully, it's no skinny residential building like NYC that looks like it could tip over at the slightest wind or tremor--there's actually something structural to the "skinny" look at Fountain Place. I don't care how much they prop up and f...
by itsjrd1964
30 May 2019 02:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 143
Views: 34982

Re: The Cedars Developments

The DBJ has this Thursday throwback to March 2016, a look inside the Ambassador:
https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news ... toric.html
by itsjrd1964
29 May 2019 05:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 143
Views: 34982

Re: The Cedars Developments

From what I'm hearing, the owner still wants to do something mixed residential/retail/restaurant with the property.

https://www.dallasnews.com/arts/archite ... ore-loseit
by itsjrd1964
29 May 2019 05:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 391
Views: 101539

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

willyk wrote:Weren’t there a lot of “free rent” signs in the ‘80s?


For a long time, there were special deals and freebies, depending on the complex. That even extended to apartments, IINM.
by itsjrd1964
29 May 2019 05:15
Forum: Texas Town + City Issues/News
Topic: State liquor laws
Replies: 0
Views: 136

State liquor laws

Texas Legislature green-lights bigger liquor chains, but still excludes the biggest retailer, Walmart Retailers, including Walmart, have been working in Austin to try to change retail laws regarding the sale of liquor. Apparently, the lobbying was only somewhat successful. Walmart and other big ret...
by itsjrd1964
29 May 2019 02:14
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Roanoke: misc. developments
Replies: 2
Views: 216

Roanoke: misc. developments

Peabody Hotel with its famous ducks coming to Roanoke in Denton County A Memphis company is bringing a Peabody to Roanoke, with 300 rooms, 2 restaurants, a spa, and a flock of ducks included in the hotel lobby's fountain. The article didn't specify exact location (although it said near Texas Motor ...
by itsjrd1964
28 May 2019 21:46
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 55
Views: 9719

Re: Cypress Waters

There was a SpringHill Suites due to come to a spot by/near Belt Line/Hackberry but that project seems to have stalled. The property isn't on Marriott's online coming-soon list either. So far, the only close hotel with conference space is the Four Points-Sheraton on the west side of Belt Line. I don...
by itsjrd1964
28 May 2019 04:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 143
Views: 34982

Re: The Cedars Developments

Huge news.... the Ambassador building went up in flames overnight. Firemen are still on the scene looking for hotspots and keeping traffic/onlookers away. A good part of the structure was destroyed. Too early to know the fate of the apartment conversion project, if it even goes forward at this rate....
by itsjrd1964
27 May 2019 21:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Highland Park Village
Replies: 96
Views: 23575

Re: Highland Park Village

So, *if* HPV were in the running for a new hotel, which brand and how big? The size of a Hotel Lumen, or bigger? A conservative/traditional brand, or one of the more hip and stylish concepts?
by itsjrd1964
26 May 2019 00:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District: Virgin Hotel
Replies: 110
Views: 37225

Re: Design District: Virgin Hotel

Just took a look at Virgin's site: https://virginhotels.com/coming-soon/ and it lists Dallas' upcoming property first before the others (Nashville, NYC, Las Vegas, Silicon Valley (Milpitas, CA), New Orleans, Washington DC (Urban Market), Edinburgh (Scotland), Palm Springs), seemingly because it will...
by itsjrd1964
24 May 2019 02:30
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco: misc. developments
Replies: 13
Views: 2735

Re: Frisco: misc. developments

UNT’s new Frisco campus to preserve natural, green spaces for learning and play The future campus is now eyed for a 2023 opening, with fields of study to include business and data-related subjects. Green space, to include wetlands, will take up just less than half the acreage there. https://www.dal...
by itsjrd1964
24 May 2019 02:16
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Food deserts / 'Food swamps'
Replies: 2
Views: 963

Re: Food deserts / 'Food swamps'

Dallas couldn't buy its way out of the food desert, so now it's hoping to plant a few small seeds Dallas' city officials change course on trying to stem the tide of food deserts, by looking at smaller targets instead of one (or a few) larger ones, like what happened with a recent addition at Simpso...
by itsjrd1964
20 May 2019 14:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 307
Views: 63212

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

cowboyeagle05 wrote:Bottle Blonde will also have to go...


Where's the cry-in-my-beer emoji for that one? ;)
by itsjrd1964
20 May 2019 14:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 188
Views: 41229

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

This is nothing more than a self-promotion puff piece by a north Dallas city councilman's over-adulating about his daughter's project work. Nepotism? ...whatever; besides it is completely an unrealistic architectural render of some blah blah avant-garde Dallas Midtown "signature tower" at...
by itsjrd1964
20 May 2019 14:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 508 Young Street (old Dallas Morning News building)
Replies: 37
Views: 5576

Re: Downtown Dallas: 508 Young Street (old Dallas Morning News building)

You know what would be badass on this piece of land? A freakin' CASINO! Can you imagine? Winstar Dallas, MGM Grand Dallas, Horseshoe Dallas! Dallas would benefit so much from casinos. Plus, I wouldn't have to drive all the way to Oklahoma anymore. Just a thought. It would, IIRR, have to come to a s...
by itsjrd1964
18 May 2019 16:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 188
Views: 41229

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

Additionally, the old Steak and Shake has been turned into a restaurant that looks like it was ripped straight from the sound stage of some crappy mid-90's TV show. Behold....Midtown Pizza. I hope they cleaned it up good in the process. It was boarded up a *long* time, plenty of time for mold'n'stu...
by itsjrd1964
17 May 2019 11:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 353
Views: 75565

Re: Oak Lawn

Oh that's right, forgot about the construction angle--and the DART rail mess. Should make for an interesting, if not colorful, Pride time this year.
by itsjrd1964
17 May 2019 01:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 353
Views: 75565

Re: Oak Lawn

Can anyone explain why Dallas pride won’t be in oak lawn this year?? I always thought that was the best thing about Dallas pride. Fair park seems weird. Not sure where you'll find it posted or otherwise online, but the negotiations and planning for the event(s) have had a bit of hand-wringing regar...
by itsjrd1964
16 May 2019 02:08
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: US 75-N. Central Expwy.
Replies: 11
Views: 1697

Re: US 75-N. Central Expwy.

I can't even imagine being faced with a $17 million property tax bill. I knew that block was pricey real estate, but, wow, that's a chunk.
by itsjrd1964
15 May 2019 04:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oaklawn: 2929 Oak Lawn
Replies: 33
Views: 4435

Re: Oaklawn: 2929 Oak Lawn

Interesting how we actually have 2 projects in the city (this one, and the AMLI at Fountain Place) that are taking actual tangible steps to match, evoke, or be an architectural good neighbor to, an existing/adjacent building.
by itsjrd1964
15 May 2019 03:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)
Replies: 115
Views: 25695

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

9B9D6794-3514-4780-BA7E-C5D29A6A4DCD.pngFirst thought was Soffitel, but that’s French. Maybe Swissotel?? If so, Swissotel is an Accor brand (company that used to own Motel 6/Studio 6). They only have 1 North American location, in Chicago on Wacker Drive overlooking the Chicago River. Elsewhere: Aus...
by itsjrd1964
13 May 2019 15:06
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 72
Views: 13541

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

There has been temporary digital signage on I-30 approaching Fair Park for "Golf Parking". Still up this morning. I'm sure the Byron Nelson crowd was just thrilled to have to park in South Dallas and then be shuttled farther south.
by itsjrd1964
13 May 2019 14:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Hampton Inn (Allen Bldg., 1700 Commerce)
Replies: 15
Views: 3529

Re: Downtown Dallas: Hampton Inn (Allen Bldg., 1700 Commerce)

Well, it's not Fireside Pies, but... Starbucks has been named as the tenant for the storefront by the Hampton Inn. The article doesn't give a timeframe for completion or opening.

https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news ... allas.html
by itsjrd1964
11 May 2019 03:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 441
Views: 105853

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

East side of the building tile replacement is almost done, looks fantastic and they are well underway on the south side facing Elm. Bright and shiny it will look like new when it's done. https://live.staticflickr.com/7888/47529840512_e10e2ef323_k.jpg Well, after months and months and *months* of th...

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