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by emmasensei
04 Jul 2020 14:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 217
Views: 102484

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Yes. There's been quite a bit of tree planting, thank goodness. I don't know if I'd call it "thick," but they're certainly a welcome addition to what was a depressingly flat and dusty landscape.
by emmasensei
04 Jul 2020 10:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 217
Views: 102484

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

I assume because it absorbs significantly less heat, thereby making the pedestrian experience more enjoyable?
by emmasensei
02 Jul 2020 15:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 217
Views: 102484

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

They've been spending a lot of time on landscaping and building drainage, and there's near-daily activity on my end of Henderson--mostly ripping up the road over and over to run electricity to each of the new lightposts. I was told that the actual road pavement will be the very last thing they do.
by emmasensei
04 Jun 2020 12:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: The Victor (~453FT / 39ST)
Replies: 106
Views: 48249

Re: Victory Park: The Victor (~453FT / 39ST)

Or maybe it's easy to keep the sites fully staffed (or working overtime) now that unemployment is so high? I know less than nothing about construction staffing.
by emmasensei
01 Jun 2020 15:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 314
Views: 135472

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Yeah, contractors just leave supplies strewn on sidewalks for months on end in this town. There were bricks (and piles of wires, and trash, and plastic wrapping on the ADA-compliant curbs, and even entire street signs which could be an interesting projectile in a storm...) alongside Henderson Ave fo...
by emmasensei
24 Mar 2020 18:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Lower Greenville Development
Replies: 142
Views: 49874

Re: Lower Greenville Development

I saw quite a lot of active home construction while out on my walk with the dogs today. I do hope those workers are staying safe, but I was also scared about the pandemic's impact on infrastructure (especially Henderson Ave., which is half-done and looks terrible right now). I hope the city commits ...
by emmasensei
06 Mar 2020 12:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 217
Views: 102484

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Another tidbit because I enjoy making fun of 77 Degrees: We recently observed workers diligently stripping off the many custom wood...um...sticks decorating the exterior and replacing them with metal, which was amusing, but then this article today in D Magazine cited that 77 Degrees isn't closed bec...
by emmasensei
25 Feb 2020 14:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Christopher @The Union (31 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)
Replies: 217
Views: 118642

Re: The Christopher @The Union (31 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)

We've tried a few times to make a sorta short term reservation at The Henry and there was no hope. It's always full.
by emmasensei
13 Feb 2020 14:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 217
Views: 102484

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Uno Mas opens the 28th, Barcelona "sometime next week," and Enrique Tomas opened yesterday.

Also, today, these rather large decorative lightpoles are beginning to be installed. I like them. I especially like that they'll make walking down Henderson feel much safer.
by emmasensei
12 Feb 2020 12:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Kroger
Replies: 41
Views: 11019

Re: East Dallas: Kroger

Parking at the Cityplace Kroger is always, always, always a crowded nightmare. I feel like East Dallas is overwhelmed by grocery stores, and yet. Apparently there's demand for a lackluster grocery experience. Also, there always seem to be at least two firetrucks parked there with their lights flashi...
by emmasensei
11 Feb 2020 15:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 776
Views: 382892

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

I echo what CowboyEagle05 pointed out. For instance, Texas is importing a LOT of physicians to respond to our growing population, many of them finishing training on the comparatively expensive coasts. It's not recommended for an attending to purchase a home right away after a move to a new location....
by emmasensei
29 Jan 2020 10:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 481
Views: 204858

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

yeah, we should make it an unofficial forum rule that you can't post direct links to articles behind a paywall. It's so frustrating. :lol: (I pay for access to DMN, even though they're incredibly annoying to their subscribers. But I don't subscribe to biznow or bizjournal or whatever it is.)
by emmasensei
24 Jan 2020 11:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Galleria
Replies: 104
Views: 30119

Re: North Dallas: Galleria

We had to choose between Salt Lake City and Dallas because spouse was getting recruited for a very specific job that only exists in a few random cities. SLC had nothing going for it except outdoorsy activities, and even then, you have to deal with terrible air pollution. There's nothing to do there ...
by emmasensei
22 Jan 2020 11:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 556
Views: 228906

Re: Oak Lawn

ANY improvement at that intersection would be much appreciated. We would charge our EV at the Walgreens charging station on this corner (hey, it's free) and hop over to Mudsmith (RIP) to hang out, nearly dying every time we crossed the road. haha
by emmasensei
21 Jan 2020 09:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 481
Views: 204858

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

huh, I haven't noticed, but I'm not doing my daily walks past the place because Henderson is still a dis-as-ter. It's possible they're suffering due to all the construction, although it's not like anybody parks right on Henderson Ave to go there anyway. Also, a half-dozen other businesses on Henders...
by emmasensei
20 Jan 2020 08:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 388
Views: 178493

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

I go to Knox nearly every day and lately I'm always surprised by just how much pedestrian activity there is, even though all the construction and sidewalk gaps make it a bit of a nightmare. Love seeing what this area is evolving into.
by emmasensei
17 Jan 2020 14:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 284
Views: 121918

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

I was trying to figure that out. At one point I was keeping a rough list of interesting projects to watch in this area, but there have been so many announcements in the last few months that I abandoned it. Can't keep anything straight!
by emmasensei
17 Jan 2020 11:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 284
Views: 121918

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

More details on 300 Pearl here, for those of us behind the bizjournals paywall. https://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=23716 "Located between Pearl St. and Cesar Chavez Blvd., the 20-story building will include 180,000 sf of office space, 25,000 sf of ground-floor retail, and 3...
by emmasensei
08 Jan 2020 10:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 740
Views: 284175

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Here's another anecdote about Deep Ellum from last weekend. My spouse and I like to bike from our home in East Dallas all the way down to Deep Ellum via the trail network, through a part of Old East Dallas that is particularly blighted and depressed. For the first time we saw several of the same ove...
by emmasensei
08 Jan 2020 10:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 740
Views: 284175

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Here's what I like about it: The residents and workers it will attract, who will get out into the street, make Deep Ellum safer and livelier, and who will spend money at Deep Ellum's businesses. That's what I like.
by emmasensei
06 Jan 2020 17:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace West/West Village: Residential Tower (~250 FT / 23 ST) / Hilton Canopy (8 ST)
Replies: 83
Views: 38071

Re: Cityplace West/West Village: Residential Tower (~250 FT / 23 ST) / Hilton Canopy (8 ST)

I tried on maybe 5-6 different occasions to buy things from that J.Crew that I saw on their website. They never, ever had any of the items. Not just merely sold out of my size, but didn't stock their own products at all. It was so odd that it turned into a joke...we refer to it as "the J.Crew o...
by emmasensei
30 Dec 2019 17:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Most Exciting Projects of 2020
Replies: 39
Views: 7026

Re: Most Exciting Projects of 2020

Plano-style McMansions?! NIMBY!

Some of them are definitely over 3k square feet, though, so they're called "McModerns."
by emmasensei
30 Dec 2019 16:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Most Exciting Projects of 2020
Replies: 39
Views: 7026

Re: Most Exciting Projects of 2020

I mean, they're everywhere. Take a drive down the southern end of Manett Street--you have to walk in the road because every lot on either side is under construction. Or any of the streets between Kirby and Carroll Avenue. To illustrate, we almost bought a house on Kirby in mid-2018, but I was too le...
by emmasensei
30 Dec 2019 15:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Most Exciting Projects of 2020
Replies: 39
Views: 7026

Re: Most Exciting Projects of 2020

Indeed! And I live north of Fitzhugh off Henderson, certainly another area with a lot of change, but it's less impactful up here overall because we also have very large apartment complexes and historic neighborhoods (I live in one of the modern monstrosities, although I'm part of Cochran Heights His...
by emmasensei
30 Dec 2019 12:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Most Exciting Projects of 2020
Replies: 39
Views: 7026

Re: Most Exciting Projects of 2020

Yep, my list essentially covers many of the areas I try to walk in nearly every day. Another one is the truly aggressive gentrification happening in the box between Fitzhugh to the north, Central Expressway, Ross, and Cityplace to the south. (Would we technically call that Belmont Park?) The entire ...
by emmasensei
28 Dec 2019 13:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 481
Views: 204858

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

Context is everything. Grammatical errors on forum posts are fine, even expected.

They're also expected on family holiday cards. Incorrect singular/plural possessives run RAMPANT on holiday cards. :lol:
by emmasensei
26 Dec 2019 15:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 740
Views: 284175

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

That's a pretty big chunk of land. Really exciting.
by emmasensei
26 Dec 2019 13:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 481
Views: 204858

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

Everything about this is mediocre to bad, and the clunky name (I stared at the banner for a good 30 seconds trying to figure out where it begins and ends) is the worst. It's also grammatically incorrect. The possessive of a singular noun is formed by adding an apostrophe and s, whether the singular ...
by emmasensei
25 Dec 2019 16:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Most Exciting Projects of 2020
Replies: 39
Views: 7026

Re: Most Exciting Projects of 2020

Mine:

1. Henderson Avenue--all of it
2. The Epic
3. East Quarter
4. Continued street activation in Victory Park
5. All the hotel construction in Uptown and what that will mean for street life
6. Weirs mixed use in Knox
by emmasensei
12 Dec 2019 09:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 217
Views: 102484

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Yep, exactly. I really, really want this development underway ASAP, but there's an incredible amount going on right now on top of the complete streets project. Off the top of my head: Barcelona Wine bar Enrique Tomas Uno Mas new nail salon renovation of Emeralds to Coconuts several new condo project...
by emmasensei
25 Nov 2019 09:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 472
Views: 208105

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

I was just trying to describe Mendocino Farms to someone the other day, and I think I called it a "Los Angeles Flower Child but more sandwichy." I admittedly love these kinds of upscale fast-casual concepts and am glad to see the urban core embracing them. If Dallas could get a Dig Inn (oh...
by emmasensei
21 Nov 2019 15:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 556
Views: 203062

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Might be time to review the concept of induced demand.
by emmasensei
21 Nov 2019 15:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Highland Park Village
Replies: 171
Views: 83957

Re: Highland Park Village

Not trying to rile anything up but I have always wondered why Highland Park Village and Northpark are under the urban discussion tab especially since most of the discussions only involve store front changes not extra growth or new buildings and neither are in a very urban part of the metro mostly s...
by emmasensei
21 Nov 2019 13:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 217
Views: 102484

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

A Denver-based taco joint called Uno Mas is under construction next to Smithy in a building that's been vacant for at least a few years, on the end of Henderson I think of as the "fancy" end (considering that we have Barcelona and Enrique Tomas incoming). I'm a little amazed that this part...
by emmasensei
19 Nov 2019 11:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 217
Views: 102484

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Thanks for the review! I didn't know they opened. I feel like places that can be described as "cozy" are so few and far between in this part of Dallas, so that's encouraging. I'm going to make a point of checking it out this week.
by emmasensei
18 Nov 2019 12:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 388
Views: 178493

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

Interesting. There's some shuffling afoot in Knox--a popup for a Nantucket shoe store opened next to Yeti in the former On the Border building, and Stag Provisions is moving from across the street into that same building as well. No idea what will replace Stag. It's news to me that the Weir's tower ...
by emmasensei
16 Nov 2019 11:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District: Virgin Hotel
Replies: 149
Views: 69541

Re: Design District: Virgin Hotel

Saw on a Dallas instagram that they were installing the sign yesterday.
by emmasensei
13 Nov 2019 15:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District: Urby High-rise Apartments
Replies: 36
Views: 7139

Re: Design District: Urby High-rise Apartments

yaaaay. I especially want to see the Trinity Strand Trail begin to pop. I live so close to the Katy Trail that I never have the urge to go down there, especially when it's as un-vibrant as it currently is. But with the KT becoming downright crowded on weekends, there's no reason why we can't start s...
by emmasensei
12 Nov 2019 10:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown: Dual Brand Hilton Tower / Oak Grove & Hall
Replies: 38
Views: 10062

Re: Uptown: Dual Brand Hilton Tower / Oak Grove & Hall

....and I just Googled Hilton Motto: "The City Stay, Solved. All the things you want in a hotel without the typical hotel fuss. Motto offers a social common space and thoughtfully efficient rooms..." ...so I'm pretty sure I nailed it. :lol: :lol: Marriott's version of this concept is calle...
by emmasensei
12 Nov 2019 10:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown: Dual Brand Hilton Tower / Oak Grove & Hall
Replies: 38
Views: 10062

Re: Uptown: Dual Brand Hilton Tower / Oak Grove & Hall

so odd. I work in the luxury travel industry and am usually very up on new hotel brands, especially when they're under the big names. But it's a sign of the times--every hotel brand on Earth is frantically conducting loads of market research to figure out what young Millennials and Gen Z want out of...
by emmasensei
29 Oct 2019 14:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 217
Views: 102484

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Ah, thank you E! I'm SO excited about it.
by emmasensei
29 Oct 2019 13:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 217
Views: 102484

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Oh yes, I misspoke. Capitol Pub is closing!

Wait, you were able to spot where Barcelona will be going in? Where exactly will it go? I've been trying to figure it out!

Enrique Tomas announced a mid-November opening date. Can't wait for that either.
by emmasensei
29 Oct 2019 11:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 217
Views: 102484

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Both Mr. Rich and Capitol Grill are closing. I want to be encouraged by it, since it might suggest a more grownup direction for Henderson Avenue, and these were both party pads. Of course I don't want to lose the vibrancy, but if they're replaced by slightly more sedate restaurant concepts, that'd b...
by emmasensei
12 Oct 2019 12:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 388
Views: 178493

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

Away Suitcases is going in next to Follain. The evolution of Knox is getting really interesting. There are neighborhoods in other cities that really attract lots of these formerly internet-only, Millennial-focused brands (the Seaport in Boston being a prime example) and lots of temporary and experim...
by emmasensei
11 Sep 2019 15:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox: Oliver + Central (18 ST)
Replies: 62
Views: 31371

Re: Knox: Oliver + Central (18 ST)

I stare at this all the time while walking my dog and it is definitely blah. And although I can't believe I'm making this distinction, at least it's not in what I think of as the "good" part of Knox. Thank God the Broadstone, which IS in the best part of Knox, decided to go with undergroun...
by emmasensei
11 Sep 2019 14:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 388
Views: 178493

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

Wow, this looks pretty great. If the building can't be mixed-use, this is certainly the next best option.
by emmasensei
08 Sep 2019 16:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 217
Views: 102484

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

"EscapeHatch has learned that the Irving-based Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group (Del Frisco’s Grill, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle and Sullivan’s Steakhouse) plans to open Barcelona Wine Bar, an upscale casual dining restaurant that specializes in Spanish and Mediterranean small plates and wines, in a...
by emmasensei
06 Sep 2019 14:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Central Market at McKinney and Lemmon
Replies: 181
Views: 82267

Re: Uptown Dallas: Central Market at McKinney and Lemmon

Just drove past it a few hours ago. It's a ghost town.
by emmasensei
02 Sep 2019 16:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 217
Views: 102484

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

If Emeralds to Coconuts becomes another CVS, we take to the potholed streets and we riot.

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