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by cowboyeagle05
09 Feb 2019 13:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1030
Views: 180737

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: 1030
Views: 180737

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: 146
Views: 23463

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: 2509

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: 83
Views: 20076

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: 202
Views: 45069

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: 658

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: 2509

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: 30
Views: 1543

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: 460

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: 1330

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: 6
Views: 903

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: 374
Views: 81088

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: 121
Views: 19813

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: 30
Views: 1543

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: 11379

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: 375

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: 32
Views: 3830

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: 137
Views: 28829

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: 122
Views: 28620

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: 268
Views: 50510

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: 484
Views: 98950

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: 260
Views: 56418

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 ...
by cowboyeagle05
27 Dec 2018 19:07
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 103
Views: 21506

Re: Downtown Progress

The article is an opinion piece written by Kourtney G. from Downtown Dallas Inc. Its merely a cheerleading article meant to just stir up interest from those who may be interested in the work Downtown Dallas Inc is doing. It's just another PR piece for those who don't know the nuts and bolts of what'...
by cowboyeagle05
27 Dec 2018 16:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Hoque Global Cedars- So Good
Replies: 23
Views: 2034

Re: Hoque Global Cedars- So Good

Well, Lower Oak Lawn (LOL) didn't last so there is hope that all things picked by marketing team don't necessarily last.
by cowboyeagle05
27 Dec 2018 16:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: San Martín (former The MAC location)
Replies: 43
Views: 12948

Re: Uptown Dallas: San Martín (former The MAC location)

I went in with a friend who lives nearby but never even noticed it being built. He loves Mexican pastries so he was hoping to find something he loved. He sure did, even if things weren't as exciting as being in a Mexican bakery in Oak Cliff. He got a cinnamon roll as well and couldn't believe how go...
by cowboyeagle05
24 Dec 2018 16:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 145
Views: 30045

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

They also mentioned demo of the mall is in progress and last I heard all court cases still had everything frozen until the spring.
by cowboyeagle05
24 Dec 2018 16:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Hoque Global Cedars- So Good
Replies: 23
Views: 2034

Re: Hoque Global Cedars- So Good

Hogue Global also claimed they would break ground on the giant Smart District with or without Amazon and we have yet to see any sign of that moving forward so I do hope this one has a better chance of getting off the ground. The scale of this development is certainly more doable at the moment and wo...
by cowboyeagle05
23 Dec 2018 09:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Hoque Global Cedars- So Good
Replies: 23
Views: 2034

Re: Hogue Global Cedars- So Good

Looks pretty good but whats the potential for this project to move forward? Is it dependent on name office tenant to start or is it driven mainly by residential demand?
by cowboyeagle05
21 Dec 2018 18:59
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Dallas Love Field Airport
Replies: 74
Views: 13889

Re: Dallas Love Field Airport

Remove the Wright Amendment Part Deux.
by cowboyeagle05
21 Dec 2018 18:57
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park
Replies: 86
Views: 15779

Re: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park

Some of the best quotes: Instead of expanding the park in a way that would be a genuine attraction to visitors (and residents!), the city would instead turn that space over to pure boosterism. More to the point, there's almost no park in this park—the additional space there would be is a cut off fro...
by cowboyeagle05
21 Dec 2018 18:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: TC Oak Grove Tower (13 ST)
Replies: 8
Views: 951

Re: Uptown Dallas: TC Oak Grove Tower (13 ST)

They are snapping up every lot they can that overlooks the cemetery cause they will have protected views in most cases.
by cowboyeagle05
20 Dec 2018 21:08
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Fair Park
Replies: 67
Views: 14278

Re: Fair Park

I would be happy with a linear park on the Cullum side as long as it had all the needed functions for a neighborhood geared park. I would also still support the rebuilding of RB Cullum to a more condensed street format. The current street is massively wide with lots of land wasted on giant medians w...
by cowboyeagle05
20 Dec 2018 21:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square
Replies: 128
Views: 27058

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square

I love a healthy dose of prairie grasses blowing in the wind. Thank goodness everyone can see progress. It's hard to convince people who don't follow the forum that something is being done but its gonna take time.
by cowboyeagle05
20 Dec 2018 20:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: City Lights
Replies: 49
Views: 12742

Re: Downtown Dallas: City Lights

It probably has something to do with the complexity of the building's layout. Look at the renderings and the site shape. It's a massive building and unlike Trammel Crows new parking garage downtown it's not just a big square. This project has curves and two parking garages, one for the grocery store...
by cowboyeagle05
17 Dec 2018 17:38
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike
Replies: 168
Views: 35956

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

Still a great deal of misinformation here. The City allowed these companies to operate for almost a full year before any type of regulations were put into effect. Cities across the country were watching Dallas as we were just about the only city that did not immediately impose regulations. If you t...
by cowboyeagle05
16 Dec 2018 12:24
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike
Replies: 168
Views: 35956

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

Who do they think they are fooling they will outlaw these as soon as a few taxpayers complain just like they did with the bikes. The scooters are only surviving right now because the city granted them a delay on taxing the scooter companies. As soon as city hall decides to start taxing Bird and Lim...
by cowboyeagle05
14 Dec 2018 17:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1030
Views: 180737

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

The re-wilding of the Trinity is exactly what the new Trinity Conservancy is planning more wildflowers, trees, trails with very few big built elements anywhere but on the edges where the Army Corps of Engineers may or may not allow. They want to stay away from trying to build a very boxy Central Par...
by cowboyeagle05
14 Dec 2018 17:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Sylvan Thirty
Replies: 10
Views: 2744

Re: Sylvan Thirty

Sounds like another Food Hall-ish project. I wish them luck I know more than a few friends that live over there and wish they had more options still for food and shopping.
by cowboyeagle05
13 Dec 2018 16:51
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike
Replies: 168
Views: 35956

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

Who do they think they are fooling they will outlaw these as soon as a few taxpayers complain just like they did with the bikes. The scooters are only surviving right now because the city granted them a delay on taxing the scooter companies. As soon as city hall decides to start taxing Bird and Lime...
by cowboyeagle05
13 Dec 2018 16:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 363
Views: 81502

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

How can you build a residential project on a garage while the garage is in use? The residential portion was never a real thing. While I have been negative on this project from the start the residential portion is easy to do. It was always designed to come later if it ever did. The residential tower...
by cowboyeagle05
13 Dec 2018 16:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1030
Views: 180737

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Its more of an afterthought and I am sure Amazon saw through it. They had to throw it in there for the sake of the request but it's not really a valuable connection. No doubt they also promised the high-speed rail too.
by cowboyeagle05
13 Dec 2018 16:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 374
Views: 81088

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

What I didn't notice till last night is they have removed a major section of glass and structure on the DART station side on the podium level. I only saw it because I rode the DART train yesterday and it reminded me of those pass-throughs some buildings are doing now that are multiple stories and cr...
by cowboyeagle05
13 Dec 2018 16:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 479
Views: 117925

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

The city and TXDOT previously weren't interested in removing this one altogether they just wanted to rebuild the ramp with a different design that would restore the street grid and make it safer overall. The Live Oak one TXDOT was totally on board to remove but overnight they changed their mind like...
by cowboyeagle05
11 Dec 2018 20:41
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Alliance Airport
Replies: 1
Views: 336

Re: Alliance Airport

I think it's important to point out Hillwood has a close relationship with Amazon and any development Amazon does in DFW will probably be through Hillwood. Hillwood knew how to woo them for Alliance and I am sure they tried really hard to woo them for their Downtown Dallas property.
by cowboyeagle05
11 Dec 2018 20:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 479
Views: 117925

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

It's already in the city of Dallas wish list but it will need a major supportive push not from a council member to get off the ground. They already almost got Live Oak exit removed and then TXDOT changed its mind at the last second and all support vanished. To get the ramp modified not eliminated wo...
by cowboyeagle05
11 Dec 2018 20:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor
Replies: 126
Views: 31376

Re: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor

Will this finally be the start of a Ross Avenue nightlife. I know the corner Ross and 75 has had bars for a while but this place seems like it will make a much bigger splash being kinda in the middle between Greenville and Downtown.
by cowboyeagle05
11 Dec 2018 16:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 479
Views: 117925

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

Great photo. It looks like we've traveled back in time to see Fountain Place under construction. Yay, so all the smart design decisions we made in our Downtown are coming flashing back too! Onward to depressed public spaces, massive parking garages, underground retail and walled off office building...
by cowboyeagle05
07 Dec 2018 21:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 133
Views: 27209

Re: West End 1.0

Yeah, the plans for the rest of the property basically sound like more of a propping up the property in its current desperate state than a real bringer to life.
by cowboyeagle05
07 Dec 2018 20:59
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 197
Views: 32753

Re: Trinity River Park

I think it's about limiting the size to contain the budget and achievability. We have long planned to redevelop the Trinity from top to bottom from Irving to almost I-20 depending on which design you look at from the past and the budget gets bigger every time. Now we have almost no public money to u...

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