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by cowboyeagle05
25 Mar 2019 15:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 290
Views: 64677

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

My friends were out that night and honestly, all the bars were slow even in the nearby gaybourhood. I talked to my friends who are bartenders and we are in a transition time for the nightlife. From Friday night to Saturday night a lot of things are shifting to spring/summer from fall/winter attitude...
by cowboyeagle05
25 Mar 2019 14:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 158
Views: 28153

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Yeah, I know people who drive to Dallas to watch the Cowboy games because even they don't want to deal with the traffic and aren't the kind that wants to pay Jerry Jones prices for most games.
by cowboyeagle05
21 Mar 2019 15:04
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 308
Views: 66095

Re: Legacy West

Well, I doubt we will see a Subway or a Sabrro in the sense that Legacy Hall's owners would probably just reformat the building with bigger spaces for full-service restaurants rather than so many food booths like there is now. Hell if they had to they could reformat upper floor as office or event sp...
by cowboyeagle05
19 Mar 2019 11:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 255
Views: 50962

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

And City Hall and other landowners who have a stake in the neighborhood as well. As well as future retail and restaurants in the area who would benefit from the additional foot traffic.
by cowboyeagle05
15 Mar 2019 16:17
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's
Replies: 47
Views: 9687

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

TXDOT I am sure was against any road diet because they also have fought city hall on the Live Oak exit removal. When city hall first started talking about removing the Live Oak exit TXDOT was a big proponent and then overnight they changed their support.
by cowboyeagle05
15 Mar 2019 11:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 522
Views: 129609

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

Two towers dancing in the sky high, forever changing shape and form as you drive around the city. It will be Incredible. Exactly what Dallas is known for in the Architecture textbooks drive by architecture. Looks good from the highway passing by at 70 mph but up close it's largely unengaging, cold ...
by cowboyeagle05
15 Mar 2019 11:07
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's
Replies: 47
Views: 9687

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

The redo was needed because it was a tangle of criss-cross roads that needed to be realigned with the standard street grid. The time it's taken is ridiculous though and it was badly thought out and most of all badly implemented. I drive through this area for Uber now and it's improved but until they...
by cowboyeagle05
14 Mar 2019 14:19
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 224
Views: 43321

Re: Silver Line

Keep in mind the logo for this line will diminish after it opens. While this line isn't the Green, Blue, Orange and/or Red lines, which don't really have logos, the initial promotion of the opening of new lines tends to create this kind of need for brand awareness. They will put up posters, TV ads e...
by cowboyeagle05
14 Mar 2019 11:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown
Replies: 50
Views: 9735

Re: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown

Yeah, the utility work related to this project has been tearing up the side streets all around this project so it's very noticeable that it's having an impact on surrounding properties. Plus they have been doing some major work to the power station nearby.
by cowboyeagle05
03 Mar 2019 23:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: City Lights
Replies: 55
Views: 14474

Re: Downtown Dallas: City Lights

Yeah, I think the floor plates are quite complicated so pouring each floor is a time taking process. Its easier to throw up a garage and a square podium tower on top like Amli Fountain Place. When you throw in a more varied floor plate shape the molds and pouring can take longer.
by cowboyeagle05
03 Mar 2019 23:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 129
Views: 22293

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

The same treatment has been done to parts of the exterior of the Hall of State in Fair Park and it looks a hell of a lot better as well. I wonder how long it will take to look somewhat dirty/aged.
by cowboyeagle05
03 Mar 2019 23:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 499
Views: 99952

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Hines is also proposing that office tower in Deep Ellum which I assume neither will happen unless a big office tenant signs up.
by cowboyeagle05
01 Mar 2019 16:39
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava
Replies: 75
Views: 14500

Re: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava

Except that cars are much more protected from flying cables than pedestrians and bike riders.
by cowboyeagle05
01 Mar 2019 14:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Medical/Market Center: Stemmons Towers
Replies: 12
Views: 1012

Re: Medical/Market Center: Stemmons Towers

A lot of the land owners in this area have long been big supporters of the Trinity Toll-road and been very influential in pushing that project along. They wanted the added traffic from a Trinity Toll-road access to improve the value of the Stemmons corridor. I would love to see a new visionary devel...
by cowboyeagle05
28 Feb 2019 17:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Hines Project - 2700 Commerce
Replies: 29
Views: 1866

Re: Deep Ellum: Hines Project - 2700 Commerce

Sad that they won't bury any of the parking then. If they buried even half of the parking the project wouldn't seem so incompatible with the neighborhood but this tower seems just too tall. The cost and build time schedule will change drastically if they do so.
by cowboyeagle05
28 Feb 2019 17:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: (PWC) Park District Tower (316 FT | 20 ST) + Residences at Park District (385 FT | 32 ST)
Replies: 173
Views: 48426

Re: Uptown Dallas: (PWC) Park District Tower (316 FT | 20 ST) + Residences at Park District (385 FT | 32 ST)

Keep in mind guys Park District Tower is a luxury tower and I mean actual luxury not just what every apartment slaps on a flyer. They are leasing Apartments at super high prices. They wanted to sell units on a Ritz Carlton level of service so a Steak House is not surprisingly what they want to take...
by cowboyeagle05
28 Feb 2019 10:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 283
Views: 61886

Re: Oak Lawn

Key point to understand about the immediate gaybourhood is a lot of land is owned by Caven Enterprises a employee owned company that runs S4, Sue Ellen's, Jr's and TMC. They own more than just the land the bars sit on. They own parking lots and strip centers in the area. If they ever want to sell em...
by cowboyeagle05
28 Feb 2019 10:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: (PWC) Park District Tower (316 FT | 20 ST) + Residences at Park District (385 FT | 32 ST)
Replies: 173
Views: 48426

Re: Uptown Dallas: (PWC) Park District Tower (316 FT | 20 ST) + Residences at Park District (385 FT | 32 ST)

Keep in mind guys Park District Tower is a luxury tower and I mean actual luxury not just what every apartment slaps on a flyer. They are leasing Apartments at super high prices. They wanted to sell units on a Ritz Carlton level of service so a Steak House is not surprisingly what they want to take ...
by cowboyeagle05
25 Feb 2019 01:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Christopher @The Union (31 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)
Replies: 182
Views: 52127

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

I imagine for Tom Thumb this will be a very important store for them to prove they can compete for urban customers as well as the customer who stays in suburban strip centers for their grocery needs. Keeping in mind this store will serve plenty of office workers who need to get some groceries on the...
by cowboyeagle05
25 Feb 2019 01:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 283
Views: 61886

Re: Oak Lawn

It's not the bars that were only running scared so much as the rest of the businesses on Cedar Springs that fear any transformative change will run them out of business. Many of the businesses that aren't bars on Cedar Springs don't want the emptying out like what happened to Lowest Greenville. They...
by cowboyeagle05
24 Feb 2019 14:17
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: MATA: M-Line Trolley
Replies: 86
Views: 21851

Re: MATA: M-Line Trolley

These new old cars are great for making MATA a more useful transportation system for Uptown. The smaller cars were cute and a great love but these new old metal streetcars will add capacity and still hold the historical attractiveness that MATA has been able to capitalize on.
by cowboyeagle05
24 Feb 2019 14:14
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 330
Views: 69493

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

It's a chicken and egg argument and one that can be struck down with the right argument. It's like saying a chicken isn't a bird because it's not flying. I am no legal scholar of course but I doubt the argument will ultimately stand up in the long war they are fighting here.
by cowboyeagle05
24 Feb 2019 13:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 283
Views: 61886

Re: Oak Lawn

Don't expect much guys the LGBT task force has done a lot of this in secret and they were against any road diet or street reconfigurations that would have made the street safer. The number of lanes will stay the same so traffic will stay the same speedy dangerous way it always has with turn lanes th...
by cowboyeagle05
23 Feb 2019 10:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 139
Views: 29795

Re: West End 1.0

The basement is a parking garage now
by cowboyeagle05
23 Feb 2019 10:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Galleria
Replies: 31
Views: 4532

Re: North Dallas: Galleria

They won't build another Apple store the Galleria store will be big like NorthPark. Keep in mind they just renovated the Willow Bend store so they are obviously making a hard and or public message by closing two obviously profitable stores. This tells us also why a West Legacy or Frisco Star store w...
by cowboyeagle05
09 Feb 2019 13:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1035
Views: 196329

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I'll say what I always said pick the best of both worlds. In Dallas, you have still access to the Austin effect which wears off after you get to know Dallas and here you have total access to the much much larger talent pool, corporate satisfaction, logistics hub, transit that despite its hiccups is ...
by cowboyeagle05
08 Feb 2019 13:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1035
Views: 196329

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Yeah keep saying that about Austin but it has none of the things Amazon requested. The question is if they pull back from their current plans won't they adopt a new plan that spreads things out further. If they come to Texas, for example, I wouldn't put it past them to break the project up further. ...
by cowboyeagle05
08 Feb 2019 10:53
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 156
Views: 26118

Re: I-345

Are they though? Not really when you are on them they are so damn wide the arches kinda disappear and it feels like you are driving across an IKEA parking lot rather than a singular bridge. Hey, you can take some really cool pics from the river bottoms if you angle it right and cover up the 300 lane...
by cowboyeagle05
08 Feb 2019 09:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Alto211 (211 North Ervay)
Replies: 11
Views: 2737

Re: Downtown Dallas: Alto211 (211 North Ervay)

Um, lets put it this way Mike has investors who pay his bills and has to answer to them like anyone should have to. There is a reason he aligns himself with Trump. He is lucky there isn't an elected body that can publicly air his dirty laundry.
by cowboyeagle05
07 Feb 2019 18:32
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: MATA: M-Line Trolley
Replies: 86
Views: 21851

Re: MATA: M-Line Trolley

Its probably tied in with delays on the Knox Complete street project. I think the Trolley extension would be a part of the conversion project of converting Cole and Mckinney to two-way streets which was only recently approved for some funding. Please though anyone feel free to correct me where I am ...
by cowboyeagle05
07 Feb 2019 18:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 255
Views: 50962

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Still no announcement for any of the ground floor spaces. Keeping in mind the office tower seemed to be their first priority to get done and open.
by cowboyeagle05
07 Feb 2019 18:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown: Luxury Hotel, 2025 Cedar Springs (Pizza Hut Strip Mall)
Replies: 10
Views: 920

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

Sounds like it could be one of those projects they are shopping around and if a hotel flag signs on the design would change based on their standards and requests. It could get better or worse depending on which hotel flag signs on the dotted line. Just cause this version gets approved doesn't mean t...
by cowboyeagle05
07 Feb 2019 18:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Alto211 (211 North Ervay)
Replies: 11
Views: 2737

Re: Downtown Dallas: Alto211 (211 North Ervay)

lakewoodhobo wrote:Didn't realize that they're finally expanding the Elm St. sidewalk in front of 211 Ervay. cowboyeagle05 you've really let me down. :lol:

There is a reason I don't work for them anymore, thank god! I haven't been at Alto211 for over a month and the mess that is that organization...
by cowboyeagle05
07 Feb 2019 17:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: First Baptist Church
Replies: 36
Views: 2416

Re: Downtown Dallas: First Baptist Church

FBC made a deal for their most recent parking garage with a nearby office tower to share in the access so I imagine they could be doing the same here. Selling the property for parking rights.
by cowboyeagle05
05 Feb 2019 10:37
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Oak Lawn: Lee Park/Oak Lawn Park
Replies: 7
Views: 625

Re: Oak Lawn: Lee Park/Oak Lawn Park

What's wrong with Oak Lawn park its the actual name of the park when it was built. They changed it to Lee Park when they installed the statue. I don't see why it needs to be changed again. Oak Lawn once covered much of what is Uptown, Turtle Creek and the Medical District. When Parkland moved to Har...
by cowboyeagle05
05 Feb 2019 02:20
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Grapevine: Grapevine Mills
Replies: 6
Views: 1505

Re: Grapevine: Grapevine Mills

I already disliked this mall every time I visited it in the past now I really know it was not meant for me. I'll stay where I belong down in Dallas proper.
by cowboyeagle05
05 Feb 2019 02:14
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Allen Sports Village
Replies: 8
Views: 1159

Re: Allen Sports Village

I drove for Uber recently and drove a mom of three who works in University Park but moved to Allen only 2 months ago. She was telling me about this project without me provoking her on the subject. Apparently, everyone is concerned about the noise from a stadium and the traffic. She said they moved o...
by cowboyeagle05
05 Feb 2019 01:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 384
Views: 87791

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

I do occasionally see people on site so I think they just have a very very very small group of workers making minor progress on various projects. Not that it's a wonderful sign other than I don't think the site is completely dead. They will never meet their deadlines with a tiny crew but maybe some ...
by cowboyeagle05
05 Feb 2019 01:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 129
Views: 22293

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

Hold your horse's guys look again at that rendering again. There is a driveway curb cut clearly still there where the public street was so it looks like it will still be a Valet pull through at least. Still a major improvement but hardly eliminating cars altogether. Even looks like they simply plan ...
by cowboyeagle05
31 Jan 2019 17:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: First Baptist Church
Replies: 36
Views: 2416

Re: Downtown Dallas: First Baptist Church

So they were installing a construction elevator on 505 North Ervay today when I passed by. I assume to start removing asbestos before eventual demolition.
by cowboyeagle05
31 Jan 2019 17:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Lower Greenville Development
Replies: 67
Views: 12514

Re: Lower Greenville Development

The bet is how long will the Fiesta shopping center last. I imagine at least another 5 years before it may be more valuable as a denser project the city will easily rezone for residential and more ground floor retail space.
by cowboyeagle05
31 Jan 2019 17:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: The Quadrangle
Replies: 3
Views: 501

Re: Uptown Dallas: The Quadrangle

They will probably play around with patios facing outward and modifying the parking plan to accommodate valet and Uber/Lyft pick ups and drop offs better. New landscaping and maybe a big new tenant of some sort if they can figure out how to put in some big name tenant and still have easy access that...
by cowboyeagle05
17 Jan 2019 19:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Bryan Tower
Replies: 34
Views: 4469

Re: Downtown Dallas: Bryan Tower

It is still hard for these downtown places to seriously keep a resident population interested. Main Street is where most of the after-hours crowd congregates. This end has two hotels and office buildings that empty out around 5pm. Even the Sheraton as big as it is isn't enough to keep a place like t...
by cowboyeagle05
16 Jan 2019 16:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 139
Views: 31458

Re: AT&T Discovery District

Overall I think AT&T was tired of waiting for the rest of Downtown to blossom with retail needed to make the area popping for new recruits. DowntownDallas Inc has been cheerleading a shopping district anchored by Neimans for decades now and its been full of starts and stops. AT&T needs to sn...
by cowboyeagle05
16 Jan 2019 16:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas: Medical District
Replies: 123
Views: 30767

Re: Dallas: Medical District

Hospitals good. Taxes Bad. Hospitals + Taxes = Ehh depends on who you ask. Got it.
by cowboyeagle05
09 Jan 2019 16:05
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 281
Views: 55243

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

They could also easily office the creative department in another part of DFW if that was imperative to attracting talent if they were also relocated to Texas. Sounds like their priorities for the HQ were in the warehouse selection.
by cowboyeagle05
09 Jan 2019 15:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 507
Views: 107044

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

I think you would do better being in Oak Cliff if you want to maintain the "small town feel" after all Deep Ellum is a part of a major Downtown despite it not being the center of DFW life. Its likely hood of maintaining all aspects of the small township is a losing battle. Most if not all ...
by cowboyeagle05
29 Dec 2018 09:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 283
Views: 61886

Re: Oak Lawn

That apartment project next to the Melrose still has to go through the city approval process. They have only presented to the Oak Lawn committee to get a feeling for some of their design proposals. They need some serious waivers from setbacks I believe so I wonder if they got more pushback from the ...

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