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by cowboyeagle05
20 Jul 2018 15:29
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 112
Views: 14754

Re: Trinity River Park

I don't think the Corp would allow retaining walls like you speak of. Let me put it this way the Corp has objected to trees, shrubs and natural plantings for decades now. They require that everything down there has to be mowed down regularly like it's a suburban lawn which, to be honest, is why it l...
by cowboyeagle05
20 Jul 2018 14:34
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 156
Views: 17140

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

I signed up for the Tap Card beta testing program. My card should arrive by the 24th they tell me. I currently use the app to buy an $80.00 monthly pass. I will be curious if this tap card is better for me than using that. I am always around an electrical outlet so my phone is never running out of j...
by cowboyeagle05
20 Jul 2018 12:27
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 112
Views: 14754

Re: Trinity River Park

So the new Trinity Park concept is only between the Continental Bridge Park and 35 according to the article correct? Well that's a sizable drop from previously planned improvements all along the flood zone.
by cowboyeagle05
20 Jul 2018 12:24
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike
Replies: 127
Views: 20613

Re: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike

I haven't seen more than 5 bikes a week since and I live in Oak Lawn and work Downtown and ride the DART bus to work. Seems like the city did scare them all off with their fees. The only bikes I have seen left are a few Limes and Ofo's. Spin disappeared and so did VBike best I can tell. All I am see...
by cowboyeagle05
20 Jul 2018 12:11
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Texas Live!
Replies: 47
Views: 5530

Re: Texas Live!

So most likely the giant fountain will be drained in the summer to conserve water. Also, I would like to point out they are promoting one side of the stadium. They probably don't intend to develop all around the stadium and integrate it into an overall larger density play. At least Victory Park and ...
by cowboyeagle05
20 Jul 2018 12:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars: Texas Odyssey
Replies: 25
Views: 1550

Re: The Cedars: Texas Odyssey

The one at Fair Park lacks what this one and the London Eye do which is basically provide a climate controlled touristy experience. The one at Fair Park is a carnival ride with open-air cages. Now it could be heavily modified if the State Fair or the family that owns the Texas Star wants to invest i...
by cowboyeagle05
19 Jul 2018 09:18
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 193
Views: 25438

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/news/2018/07/12/austin-beats-dallas-cities-become-home-armys-high-tech-futures-command UPDATE 10:02 a.m. Friday, July 13: The Army made it official this morning that Austin will be the home of its new Futures Command headquarters. "Austin, Texas, was chosen based...
by cowboyeagle05
19 Jul 2018 09:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 353
Views: 50761

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

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Yeah just look at the ad for the Grand Opening. I wonder where the Valet stand will be located.
by cowboyeagle05
18 Jul 2018 15:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 121
Views: 16801

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

Minor correction: Sears does not own the property. It is owned by Seritage, an independent, publicly-traded REIT. (Sears sold a bunch of its real estate to Seritage (which was formed for that purpose) three years ago. Thanks for the clarification do you know if they have similar ambitions for any o...
by cowboyeagle05
18 Jul 2018 15:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: SkyHouse Victory Place (290 FT / 25 ST)
Replies: 70
Views: 12420

Re: Victory Park: SkyHouse Victory Place (290 FT / 25 ST)

That Italian place is in a pretty big dead zone after all surrounded by speedways designed to move as many people away from the area as fast as possible during games. It's not the area people wander around. Hopefully, they offer delivery so they can pick up some business from online searches for Ita...
by cowboyeagle05
18 Jul 2018 13:21
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: D Magazine New Urbanism Issue
Replies: 36
Views: 1544

Re: D Magazine New Urbanism Issue

Keeping mind all my rambling is my version of what I have seen. I certainly have not seen their budget. I am sure some else may have a different understanding than mine.
by cowboyeagle05
18 Jul 2018 09:06
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: D Magazine New Urbanism Issue
Replies: 36
Views: 1544

Re: D Magazine New Urbanism Issue

Downtown Dallas Inc is like 50% marketing, 45% lobbying organization, 5% they manage actual programs that help Downtown. Downtown Dallas Inc does manage the Downtown Dallas clean up crew that you may have seen. They roll around with mobile cleaning carts much like the staff of a hotel and sweep tras...
by cowboyeagle05
18 Jul 2018 08:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 121
Views: 16801

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

This isn't Becks rendering this is the site Sears owns and partnered to get redeveloped. Becks portion surrounds this property. Beck only owns parts of the mall not every department store site. Sears owned its parking and building so SEARs is partnering with developers around the country to redevelo...
by cowboyeagle05
18 Jul 2018 08:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown: Carlisle St. Urban Renewal Project/Block 968
Replies: 15
Views: 1842

Re: Uptown: Carlisle St. Urban Renewal Project/Block 968

It depends on what is important to you the people arguing against this project do have some reasonable objections when you fact in more than just pretty renderings and perceived value.
by cowboyeagle05
18 Jul 2018 08:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Dallas: Trinity Groves
Replies: 66
Views: 10140

Re: West Dallas: Trinity Groves

Not to mention Downtown Dallas has had millions of incentives available for decades and it goes as fast as demand seems to push it. Trinity Groves only recently was added to the Victory Park tif but developers are seeing more opportunity there for a number of reasons and overall its good for the fut...
by cowboyeagle05
17 Jul 2018 13:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Dallas: Trinity Groves
Replies: 66
Views: 10140

Re: West Dallas: Trinity Groves

New Hotel is a go at Trinity Groves. They mention the possibility of adding a rail component to the project. Interesting https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Hotel-Construction-to-Begin-at-Trinity-Groves-488327621.html I can’t imagine seeing buildings that tall in West Dallas. It seems like a very agg...
by cowboyeagle05
17 Jul 2018 11:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 119
Views: 16938

Re: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

^Sams/Walmart wanted a spot close to the inner-city and Trammel Crow was willing to go to bat for the check they would get at the end.
by cowboyeagle05
17 Jul 2018 08:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 119
Views: 16938

Re: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

Someone named Urban Smart Growth LP is the current owner of the corner property where this project is planned. Trammel Crow appears to still be the owner of the surrounding property where the Sams Club would have been built had they succeeded.
by cowboyeagle05
17 Jul 2018 08:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 119
Views: 16938

Re: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

I have been reading city planning documents and city council agendas for months now I have not seen a thing. Isn't the council on a summer break right now as well? The question is really what is the land zoned as already. If it's already sufficient for what they want to build they might not need muc...
by cowboyeagle05
16 Jul 2018 15:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 70
Views: 9599

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

Also, I would not put it past the hospital admin to be currently active in encouraging new developers to move in for projects like this. Hospitals that want to attract a good hiring pool of talent will want the area immediately surrounding the hospital to be flush with options for lunch, dinner, dec...
by cowboyeagle05
16 Jul 2018 15:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 70
Views: 9599

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

That's funny you say that. I know several people that live in that area that would gladly welcome a grocery store of the Sprouts kind and feel like there are no options in Oak Cliff. They also don't like driving to Fiesta down on Jefferson or the Wynnewood Kroger and will most likely drive across th...
by cowboyeagle05
16 Jul 2018 10:32
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 31
Views: 5069

Re: TexRail

DART trains and TexRail though are different animals so let's recognize that TexRail is more like DCTA than its like DART trains. DART light rail brings inner ring suburb commuters into the city and back home in the evening reiterating the bedroom community paradigm that the highway system created. ...
by cowboyeagle05
16 Jul 2018 10:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Cedar Maple Plaza I,II & III (2301 Cedar Springs Rd.)
Replies: 52
Views: 5357

Re: Uptown Dallas: Cedar Maple Plaza I,II & III (2301 Cedar Springs Rd.)

The worst part of that statement of mine is those who are anti-urban redevelopment walkable, transit etc will misunderstand what I mean when it comes to my expectations of individual transportation and its role in urban Dallas redevelopment. We will all see what we want in my statement condemnation ...
by cowboyeagle05
16 Jul 2018 08:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 70
Views: 9599

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

That would be odd cause Walmart/Sam's like many retailers always puts in a non-compete clause so its unlikely the old Sams on Park Lane could easily be leased to a competitor like Costco. The question is has someone come up with a way to redevelop the property to render the non-compete clause null a...
by cowboyeagle05
16 Jul 2018 08:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 162
Views: 25657

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Yeah, the residential tower is definitely under construction as well as the hotel. The Hotel addition is the smallest construction but the hotel project is definitely moving along. This project is moving full steam ahead.
by cowboyeagle05
13 Jul 2018 11:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Cedar Maple Plaza I,II & III (2301 Cedar Springs Rd.)
Replies: 52
Views: 5357

Re: Uptown Dallas: Cedar Maple Plaza I,II & III (2301 Cedar Springs Rd.)

Dallas a city that champions "urban lite" so you can still drive a fully loaded truck and park without consequences anywhere you want and tell yourself you are a modern urban millennial.
by cowboyeagle05
13 Jul 2018 11:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 355
Views: 53354

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

I certainly enjoyed the Garland location when I visited it back in the day for the sheer variety of some ingredients that are regulated to one small section in Kroger.
by cowboyeagle05
13 Jul 2018 11:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Cedar Maple Plaza I,II & III (2301 Cedar Springs Rd.)
Replies: 52
Views: 5357

Re: Uptown Dallas: Cedar Maple Plaza I,II & III (2301 Cedar Springs Rd.)

News agencies like to point to Uber/Lyft-tification but I doubt that's what is truly driving every 80's office tower in Downtown Dallas to build motor courts as their biggest updates.
by cowboyeagle05
13 Jul 2018 11:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown
Replies: 25
Views: 2327

Re: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown

Yeah, I'm not sure how much demo has started but the fences are up and at least preliminary demolition seems to have begun. I was not able to confirm a dumpster onsite but then again I haven't personally been there since last week when I drove by.
by cowboyeagle05
13 Jul 2018 11:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 355
Views: 53354

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

I have never been in that Fiesta but its definitely in that perfect to become a good crossover store. Appeal to the newbies who are looking for a reliable traditional suburban grocery format while staying true to the existing neighborhood culture.
by cowboyeagle05
13 Jul 2018 11:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building
Replies: 100
Views: 15542

Re: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building

According to the meetings with the historical commission, the butter yellow is historical to the modern facade they installed back in the day so color choices were limited to colors back then and what would have been on the stucco at the time it was installed.
by cowboyeagle05
13 Jul 2018 09:51
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Lowest Stemmons Project
Replies: 21
Views: 1609

Re: Lowest Stemmons Project

My best guess and it is a guess is that is an improvement from TXDOT's point of view and allow them to delay a bigger project once the results of these changes set in.
by cowboyeagle05
13 Jul 2018 09:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 355
Views: 53354

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

I would shop at Trader Joes more often if I didn't have Kroger literally across the street from my kitchen window. From what I have heard about the Cox Market at Sylvan from a few friends over there it took them months to even discover it because it's not well advertised as a grocery store. Also, th...
by cowboyeagle05
13 Jul 2018 09:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building
Replies: 100
Views: 15542

Re: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building

If the low cost redo translates into more affordable housing, it’s worth it. Do apartments here rent for less than EMC, Victory and Uptown? I think it translates into more profitable housing, not more affordable, as long as he can fill the units. I don't know occupancy rates, but they were offering...
by cowboyeagle05
13 Jul 2018 09:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown
Replies: 25
Views: 2327

Re: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown

Cool a friend lives in the apartments within an earshot so he is about to have to get used to construction noise but he is excited to have the potential coffee shop.
by cowboyeagle05
13 Jul 2018 09:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building
Replies: 100
Views: 15542

Re: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building

Also to clarify most of the original brick was not behind the stucco. When the stucco was added to the facade back when the building was updated decade ago a significant amount was replaced with red brick to infill from construction work to the facade update. You could see what I am talking about in...
by cowboyeagle05
12 Jul 2018 12:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Ventana (12 ST / 12 ST)
Replies: 26
Views: 4081

Re: North Dallas: Ventana (12 ST / 12 ST)

It certainly makes a massive impact being right on the freeway. Makes the building look massive in scale.
by cowboyeagle05
12 Jul 2018 12:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 170
Views: 29117

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

No sign of anything from what I can tell visiting the area. I wonder if some sort of wait is because related to utility work is behind this. Sylvan Blvd from SIngleton to I-30 was delayed while the city and AT&T argued over utility changes among other things. Those companies sometimes have to pr...
by cowboyeagle05
12 Jul 2018 12:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Cedar Maple Plaza I,II & III (2301 Cedar Springs Rd.)
Replies: 52
Views: 5357

Re: Uptown Dallas: Cedar Maple Plaza I,II & III (2301 Cedar Springs Rd.)

Green space just for the sake of green space isn't valuable. Hell South Dallas has lots of green space. Green space is only useful if it's thoughtfully integrated and I still argue this space isn't.
by cowboyeagle05
12 Jul 2018 11:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Cedar Maple Plaza I,II & III (2301 Cedar Springs Rd.)
Replies: 52
Views: 5357

Re: Uptown Dallas: Cedar Maple Plaza I,II & III (2301 Cedar Springs Rd.)

https://candysdirt.com/2018/07/11/oak-lawn-committee-sees-possible-signature-building-near-crescent-court-and-more/ Cedar-Maple-Exterior-1.jpg ...At ground level there will be two stand-alone restaurant spaces. The larger one will be a more formal option like a Hillstone or R+D. The smaller building...
by cowboyeagle05
12 Jul 2018 11:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 355
Views: 53354

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

They own land for a future store aka probably 5 years out from such a project. Once the West Village store is built then ask yourself about when the Oak Cliff store will start.
by cowboyeagle05
12 Jul 2018 08:26
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Lowest Stemmons Project
Replies: 21
Views: 1609

Re: Lowest Stemmons Project

...Originally for the past 20 yrs, TxDOT was telling the city there was no way to improve this section of the freeway without building the Trinity River Tollway... I thought this message was coming from the city's backers of the tollway. TxDOT position being the reconstruction will happen with or w...
by cowboyeagle05
11 Jul 2018 10:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Fort Worth: Sundance Square
Replies: 4
Views: 292

Re: Fort Worth: Sundance Square

Some will be upset by this but I equal it in some ways as that of Firewheel Towncenter or Southlake Towncenter. Neither are terrible destinations but they lack the autheticity that I desire in an urban area. Of course, you could tear my analogy apart and talk about how each example is better than th...
by cowboyeagle05
11 Jul 2018 09:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 308
Views: 56047

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

It's merely a numbers game for these office tower owners. We saw it about the spanking brand new McKinney and Olive tower and it's plentiful parking garage that is having trouble getting used. The executives signing the leases want a certain parking ratio, usually tied to the same ratios permitted i...
by cowboyeagle05
11 Jul 2018 09:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building
Replies: 100
Views: 15542

Re: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building

http://dallas.culturemap.com/news/restaurants-bars/07-10-18-burgers-downtown-butler-brothers-building/ Very casual burger bar opens in historic downtown Dallas building ...The building was originally slated to get a concept called Motopia, a unique, Euro-style business that would combine motorcycles...
by cowboyeagle05
10 Jul 2018 09:13
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Lowest Stemmons Project
Replies: 21
Views: 1609

Re: Lowest Stemmons Project

Keep in mind this was planned as a bare-bones project because there is sharp disagreement about how to solve the traffic problems on 35. Originally for the past 20 yrs, TxDOT was telling the city there was no way to improve this section of the freeway without building the Trinity River Tollway. They...
by cowboyeagle05
10 Jul 2018 08:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Fort Worth: Sundance Square
Replies: 4
Views: 292

Re: Fort Worth: Sundance Square

Good to see more evolution in Downtown Fort Worth. Sundance has always been a gimmick to me that didn't interest me in that it was more like the old West End than a true urban Downtown. More neighborhood service makes for a balanced residential and a tourist-favored area for all.
by cowboyeagle05
10 Jul 2018 08:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: No. 10 Harwood (22 ST)
Replies: 75
Views: 14343

Re: Harwood Int'l District: No. 10 Harwood (22 ST)

The elevation is Harwood's biggest advantage with their developed property. Its constantly made their projects that are moderately tall appear more prominent. Well the elevation and having direct access to the freeway ramps.
by cowboyeagle05
10 Jul 2018 08:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown
Replies: 25
Views: 2327

Re: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown

The Old Warsaw site was a family looking to make a splash so they moved forward without a big signature tenant signed to move in. Banks don't lend without a lead tenant so they never got off the ground. In this case, we have a developer that has a tenant a hotel operator with a flag so I am sure it ...
by cowboyeagle05
09 Jul 2018 11:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 308
Views: 56047

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

The next phase of this data fight is what is truly Downtown. Downtown Dallas Inc usually has two numbers its likes to push. One is Greater Downtown including; Deep Ellum, Victory, Uptown, Cedars, South Side, Design District etc. Where does the limit on Downtown Austin begin and end. Its easy in Dall...

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