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by joshua.dodd
13 Feb 2019 16:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn: Toll Brothers (Congress & Welborn)
Replies: 10
Views: 4648

Re: Oak Lawn: Toll Brothers (Congress & Welborn)

Don't tell the developer this, but this building already exists in Plano at Legacy, is being built off 75 in Dallas and also being built at the Epic in Deep Ellum.
by joshua.dodd
11 Feb 2019 23:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 419
Views: 137530

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

Nothing is going to happen. Trammell Crow is going to sit on this project for as long as they can until they know they're going to make money. Current economic indicators shows the housing, especially ultra-luxury, market is coming to a hard slowdown. I would place a safe bet that the number of new ...
by joshua.dodd
10 Feb 2019 18:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1054
Views: 266054

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

lakewoodhobo wrote:As long as Fort Worth continues to market itself as cowtown and "where the west begins" there will be no Austin-like cool factor.

I've always assumed Denton would be the next Austin.



Hopefully it will stay that way.
by joshua.dodd
10 Feb 2019 18:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1054
Views: 266054

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I actually believe Corpus Christi is the top contender for next boom town. The large seaport is currently under construction there.
by joshua.dodd
10 Feb 2019 18:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Parking Garages
Replies: 139
Views: 39340

Re: Parking Garages

Tnexster wrote:Well, at least it has ground floor space.


lol
by joshua.dodd
09 Feb 2019 17:24
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 123
Views: 27183

Re: TexRail

^ In retrospect, that's actually a good thing. DART's disadvantage is its size. The DART system is far too big for a light rail system. Not to mention, DART has far too many stops along the line that causes for extended waiting periods and longer, more inconvenient rides. Based on my experience with...
by joshua.dodd
08 Feb 2019 06:33
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Illegal dumping
Replies: 3
Views: 1674

Re: Illegal dumping

Illegal dumping has been happening in south Dallas for decades. The city is only now doing something about it because of the new warehouse districts that are being built along 20, Bonnie View and Telephone Rd. Otherwise, they never gave a shat before.
by joshua.dodd
07 Feb 2019 19:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 453
Views: 106429

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Certainly improves the street scene, doesn't it?
by joshua.dodd
06 Feb 2019 23:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown: Luxury Hotel, 2025 Cedar Springs (Pizza Hut Strip Mall)
Replies: 10
Views: 1922

Re: Uptown: Luxury Hotel, 2025 Cedar Springs (Pizza Hut Strip Mall)

Gross. This tower is way too generic for such a location. This is prime real estate that deserves something of great character, less glass, more charm, and more distinction. Dallas has been overwhelmed by generic glass towers. Needless to say, not a fan of this.
by joshua.dodd
05 Feb 2019 07:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown: Cole Park Place Condos (3923 Cole Ave) (3 ST) - Completed 2018
Replies: 12
Views: 1994

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

I'm just waiting for more diversity in our architecture...
by joshua.dodd
04 Feb 2019 18:01
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: VIRGIN TRAINS - TEXAS
Replies: 8
Views: 2686

Re: VIRGIN TRAINS - TEXAS

This is... unexpected...
by joshua.dodd
04 Feb 2019 15:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 201
Views: 50451

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

There must be some sort of initiative by the citizens to force the city and developers to build exclusively brick and mortar buildings of similar architectural aesthetic as the buildings here. No stucco and no glass facades. I think we've had enough glass and stucco a city can take.
by joshua.dodd
04 Feb 2019 15:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1054
Views: 266054

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Keep it out of Dallas...
by joshua.dodd
04 Feb 2019 15:40
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 284
Views: 74719

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

The DART light rail system would work great as a commuter system. However, that would require a transition of infrastructure from light rail to heavy rail such as Tex Rail or DCTA A Train. It would also require removing several stations along the lines in order to speed up the train schedule. DART n...
by joshua.dodd
02 Feb 2019 15:48
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 284
Views: 74719

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

The Tokyo model is also private. The transit lines in Tokyo are privately run.
by joshua.dodd
30 Jan 2019 03:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 327
Views: 106612

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

We need more micro - small units. You might as well be living in SF for that price. You're spot on to recoil from the ever increasing rental prices, but contemplate that urban but not quite "city" neighborhoods in Dallas may have been artificially low for decades -- and that's primarily b...
by joshua.dodd
29 Jan 2019 02:25
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction
Replies: 90
Views: 27027

Re: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction

What it boils down to is simply this:

We have a massive influx of people moving to the metro by the day. Our freeways are congested. We have painfully limited transit that is inefficient. People really like their cars. Widening the freeway is inevitable. But it's a temporary fix.
by joshua.dodd
26 Jan 2019 04:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 419
Views: 137530

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

Fug...
by joshua.dodd
22 Jan 2019 23:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Dream Hotel
Replies: 107
Views: 39857

Re: Uptown Dallas: Dream Hotel

Not about the market? It has everything to do with the market. The market dictates everything about developments in the city. Don't forget about McKinney and Boll falling through.
by joshua.dodd
22 Jan 2019 14:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Dream Hotel
Replies: 107
Views: 39857

Re: Uptown Dallas: Dream Hotel

^ Not a good sign for the market.
by joshua.dodd
19 Jan 2019 16:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt
Replies: 170
Views: 57640

Re: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt

I like this version better than the tripple A battery. Nonetheless, the design is nothing exciting. Generic at best. Glassy and blase at worst. But it's still much better than the Foster battery.
by joshua.dodd
06 Jan 2019 21:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 327
Views: 106612

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

That's very short sighted thinking. I'm thinking in the long term. Parking garages and more people is only going to create monolithic traffic congestion which will gridlock the streets. 75 is already a parking lot during rush hour.
by joshua.dodd
05 Jan 2019 21:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 327
Views: 106612

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

We would all like to see something more dense and urban. However, the lack of sufficient public transit makes that improbable and impracticable. People are still dependent on vehicle travel, and with the expressway next door, the demand for cars is sufficiently high. However, to change these dynamic...
by joshua.dodd
26 Dec 2018 17:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 419
Views: 137530

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

That is precisely what is going to happen. As of now, the luxury boom is finished. Uptown and Victory Park might see a few more developments over time, but even Uptown has had projects like the 18 story Boll Tower fall through. The current market is now in bearish territory. Big Tech has collectivel...
by joshua.dodd
25 Dec 2018 01:37
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 123
Views: 27183

Re: TexRail

I've seen the trains several times now rolling over 114 and around Grapevine! Slick trains!
by joshua.dodd
24 Dec 2018 15:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Hoque Global Cedars- So Good
Replies: 24
Views: 4807

Re: Hoque Global Cedars- So Good

I see they're utilizing the abandoned railroad spur for a post industrial aesthetic.
by joshua.dodd
23 Dec 2018 03:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 419
Views: 137530

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

I wouldn't keep your hopes up too high. The current housing market is screeching to a hard slow. Even major media publications are talking about how DFW is the epicenter for a housing slowdown. I've even heard talks of a looming crash.
by joshua.dodd
14 Dec 2018 19:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel
Replies: 492
Views: 151356

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

One Elm is a relic of yesteryear. All the demand for office is in the northern burbs or Uptown. They like mixed use now. Epm was built for one use.
by joshua.dodd
14 Dec 2018 19:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: 1900 Pearl (362 FT | 25 ST)
Replies: 200
Views: 73169

Re: Arts District: 1900 Pearl (362 FT | 25 ST)

Uptown is just a developers dream. There's no real authenticity.
by joshua.dodd
10 Dec 2018 07:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Fort Worth: Dickies Arena
Replies: 7
Views: 2191

Re: Fort Worth: Dickies Arena

Fort Worth keeps it classy
by joshua.dodd
06 Dec 2018 13:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown - Warsaw Restaurant Office Tower
Replies: 57
Views: 18060

Re: Uptown - Warsaw Restaurant Office Tower

Also, Concrete and Clutch have signed leases for new spaces not in Uptown. So I wonder if that site down the street is getting closer to getting redeveloped. Let me guess, they're going to Deep Ellum and taking the frat boy/affliction and sorority girl crowd with them? Hahaha Ain't that the truth!
by joshua.dodd
06 Dec 2018 13:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Most Exciting Project?
Replies: 24
Views: 4482

Re: Most Exciting Project?

The most exciting project would be a supertall. We have yet to see that happen. Until then, everything else is just generic infill.
by joshua.dodd
03 Dec 2018 12:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Parking Garages
Replies: 139
Views: 39340

Re: Parking Garages

I don't think parking garages have high enough clearance for RVs
by joshua.dodd
01 Dec 2018 09:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Parking Garages
Replies: 139
Views: 39340

Re: Parking Garages

The Butler's parking garage has been there for over 40 years, so it has a good excuse. Everything else, agree. I also find it hilarious that we have a thread dedicated to parking garages. This thread alone epitomizes the cultural significance of Dallas' carcentric mentality. On another note, aren't ...
by joshua.dodd
30 Nov 2018 09:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District 1.0
Replies: 60
Views: 11459

Re: Design District 1.0

Dunhill is keeping too tight a reign on the DD. I find it very telling that while new projects are being floated in almost every other neighborhood, very little is even on the drawing board here. They risk missing the market, at which point they become another Spire/Midtown. For as long as they hav...
by joshua.dodd
30 Nov 2018 09:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District 1.0
Replies: 60
Views: 11459

Re: Design District 1.0

Design District office tower will become new Hilton hotel https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2018/11/28/design-district-office-tower-will-become-new-hilton-hotel The 9-story Feizy Center building on Stemmons Freeway just across the highway from the Infomart is being converted into a ho...
by joshua.dodd
25 Nov 2018 06:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1054
Views: 266054

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Office demand seems to favor Uptown and the northern burbs over Downtown.
by joshua.dodd
23 Nov 2018 12:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 662
Views: 243154

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

I disagree. While this project is heavily car oriented with its pedestal parking garage and a massive parking garage next door--which is still in need of the cladding we were promised--the projects are essentially centered around the water gardens in front of Fountain Place. The plan is to have reta...
by joshua.dodd
22 Nov 2018 17:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1054
Views: 266054

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

It's ironic that there is literally a big tech bubble bursting on the stock market right now as we speak, Amazon included. Bezos has personally lost 42 billion as the big tech names have lost 20% in value, nearly a trillion dollars, in less than a month.
by joshua.dodd
22 Nov 2018 03:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 662
Views: 243154

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

I believe it would be behind Fountain Place from that angle. So no.
by joshua.dodd
13 Nov 2018 23:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 419
Views: 137530

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

I bet this is going to end up being one of the strongest structures ever built in the city of Dallas.
by joshua.dodd
13 Nov 2018 23:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1054
Views: 266054

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Jesus Christ! This is a horrible deal for New York. Thank goodness azon didn't choose Dallas. I'd say we've dodged a bullet.
by joshua.dodd
12 Nov 2018 21:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Re: DTD: Republic Center/Towers (I, 36 st., 602 ft.; II, 50 st., 508 ft.; III, 8 st.)
Replies: 19
Views: 6200

Re: Re: DTD: Republic Center/Towers (I, 36 st., 602 ft.; II, 50 st., 508 ft.; III, 8 st.)

The real historic architecture doesn't exist anymore. Theater Row and the old Medical Arts Building are long long gone. I hope they have historic photos for the exhibit. Probably the biggest loss, besides the Medical Arts Building, was the giant Coca Cola signage that used to light up the area like ...
by joshua.dodd
12 Nov 2018 21:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1054
Views: 266054

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Well, this debate is officially over.
by joshua.dodd
05 Nov 2018 07:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)
Replies: 137
Views: 41168

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

To be fair--and I say this as someone who hates buildings built on parking garage pedestals--it is very difficult and expensive to build parking underground since you hit limestone after going 10 feet underground.
by joshua.dodd
03 Nov 2018 04:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 11 (The Forum)
Replies: 129
Views: 39929

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

I think that project is dead.
by joshua.dodd
01 Nov 2018 01:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Fort Worth: misc. developments
Replies: 42
Views: 13742

Re: Fort Worth: misc. developments

Got some bad news for Fort Worth. Panther Island has been placed on hold.
by joshua.dodd
29 Oct 2018 23:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 508 Young Street (old Dallas Morning News building)
Replies: 45
Views: 10370

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

itsjrd1964 wrote:
joshua.dodd wrote:Hopefully, this will incentive the redevelopment of the former Renaissance Arena lot.


I would guess you mean *Reunion* Arena.


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