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by joshua.dodd
17 Feb 2020 16:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Families vs Singles in Apartment construction in DFW
Replies: 5
Views: 1752

Re: Families vs Singles in Apartment construction in DFW

The problem is actually very unique for the Western world. The Western world is experiencing a birth rate crisis. We simply are not having enough children. This is one of the big reasons why mass immigration has been encouraged in the past several years as a way to "reset" this birth rate ...
by joshua.dodd
19 Jan 2020 00:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 95
Views: 22435

Re: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)

lakewoodhobo wrote:They must've gotten a massive discount on those precast concrete panels because here is project #3 with the same faux 3D brick pattern.

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Disgusting.
by joshua.dodd
08 Jan 2020 00:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 738
Views: 252743

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

I really do believe that these developers need to focus less on fancy glass facades and more on industrial, brick and ornamentation architecture instead.
by joshua.dodd
03 Jan 2020 23:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oaklawn: Old Parkland
Replies: 44
Views: 11699

Re: Oaklawn: Old Parkland

I like it. Not sure where all the hate is coming from. Compared to the garbage going up everywhere, this is refreshing.
by joshua.dodd
03 Jan 2020 02:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building
Replies: 105
Views: 40630

Re: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building

Dallas is already smelly. The Trinity River carries Fort Worth's sewage, and you can smell it bad when it turns over.
by joshua.dodd
29 Dec 2019 04:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building
Replies: 105
Views: 40630

Re: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building

Look at how beautiful and naturally organic the city looked back then. Wow! Kinda makes me sad.
by joshua.dodd
20 Dec 2019 14:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Field Street District
Replies: 22
Views: 3642

Re: Downtown Dallas: Field Street District

Hannibal Lecter wrote:
Dragon_Lady wrote:Give me the original 100 plus story concept back in the day any day over that hot mess.


Where do people get the idea that a 100 story building could ever be built there? Zoning is irrelevant. The FAA gets the last word.


As I understand it, this side of Downtown is in the clear with the FAA.
by joshua.dodd
20 Dec 2019 14:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: The Victor (~453FT / 39ST)
Replies: 81
Views: 37213

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

Yes, these projects are really going up at a phenomenal rate.
by joshua.dodd
22 Nov 2019 19:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: The Stack - 2700 Commerce
Replies: 91
Views: 20532

Re: Deep Ellum: The Stack - 2700 Commerce

Would be better to have a streetcar on Commerce. That aside, i love the bottom portion, but the top is like a sudden kick. Wish they'd go with a more uniformed aesthetic.
by joshua.dodd
15 Nov 2019 18:59
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 325
Views: 117654

Re: Silver Line

Redblock wrote:I got a notification from DART. On Monday, Nov. 18 actual work will actually begin on the Silver Line.....actually.


https://www.dart.org/about/expansion/co ... on=12nov19


Mostly it will be removing the existing track and some utility relocation.


It's a leap forward.
by joshua.dodd
14 Nov 2019 15:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 275
Views: 101030

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

To be fair, I like the glass skin of the Salazar building. It is very Dallas and very Texas, in a strange way.
by joshua.dodd
10 Nov 2019 21:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Hall Arts Hotel & Residences
Replies: 229
Views: 107387

Re: Arts District: Hall Arts Hotel & Residences

Hall has nothing up his sleeve. What a total disappointment this development is downtown. So he builds an 18-story tower that would look better out on the LBJ freeway. Wow 18 stories. Better stand back, that's approaching the 22-story new Dallas height limit. Too bad Dallas has been taken over by p...
by joshua.dodd
08 Nov 2019 03:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Sheraton Hotel
Replies: 39
Views: 11498

Re: Downtown Dallas: Sheraton Hotel

^ Finally, the Sheraton Dallas installed two four-sided, LED video columns at the hotel’s entrance that feature works of art as a way of showcasing the hotel’s connection to the arts district. :roll: Something like these? https://images.ctfassets.net/sahy2rpqbnsp/4yu7PDpKgoGoMKuaqO84WG/f1a75ba74d42...
by joshua.dodd
05 Oct 2019 20:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 453
Views: 189592

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

This should be called the Dallas Space Cube.
by joshua.dodd
26 Jul 2019 21:19
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Issues/News
Topic: What is a suburb today?
Replies: 67
Views: 35113

Re: What is a suburb today?

Frisco and Plano have become major cities in my opinion. What they now need is mass transit.
by joshua.dodd
26 Jul 2019 19:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: The Quadrangle
Replies: 33
Views: 8958

Re: Uptown Dallas: The Quadrangle

I see what you did there lol
by joshua.dodd
24 Jul 2019 18:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Shraman South Asian Museum
Replies: 144
Views: 40054

Re: Shraman South Asian Museum

Hopefully, the architecture will be less stucco and less hip/modern garbage for this site. The West End deserves old, traditional industrial-style architecture.
by joshua.dodd
24 Jul 2019 18:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 361
Views: 116582

Re: AT&T Discovery District

eburress wrote:^^ What is wrong with this city that this BS is allowed to happen??


An extremely corrupt city council and people who have absolutely no attachment to this city's past.
by joshua.dodd
23 Jul 2019 19:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 341
Views: 156898

Re: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)

lakewoodhobo wrote:On the plus side, Museum Tower residents will no longer have to deal with that annoying glare from Chase Tower.

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Funny because it is the glare from Museum Tower that everyone complains about.
by joshua.dodd
13 Jul 2019 19:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 318
Views: 143898

Re: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)

willyk wrote:Labor shortage maybe.


Or possibly a sign of a slowdown in the market, which seems most likely.
by joshua.dodd
04 Jul 2019 20:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 361
Views: 116582

Re: AT&T Discovery District

^hahahaha I was going to say The Sundance Square of Dallas!!! It'll be nice if "Discovery" District turns into a memorable place people seek out, like Rockefeller Center, or Sundance Square. Since ATT's Spirit of Communication is naked, does anyone think the righteous folks of Dallas will...
by joshua.dodd
21 Jun 2019 14:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Dallas Developments
Replies: 94
Views: 41110

Re: West Dallas Developments

I'm dreaming of the day when we start to see skyscrapers rising over here.
by joshua.dodd
21 Jun 2019 14:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 361
Views: 155148

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

4802 Mckinney Avenue has a demo fence around it...rumor is 6 stories Actually, it's more than one address and I believe is all or almost all of the entire stretch from Hester to Chelsea Corner I remember this. The original proposal was about 15 stories with maybe 6 stories of garage all above groun...
by joshua.dodd
18 Jun 2019 16:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 361
Views: 155148

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

Stucco on wood sheathing (especially OSB) is risky business in climates with an annual rainfall of 20 inches or more. The best design/construction practice these days is to install a drainage mat between the stucco and the sheathing to relieve hydrostatic pressure on the sheathing and accommodate v...
by joshua.dodd
17 Jun 2019 03:58
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Midlothian Development
Replies: 11
Views: 5104

Re: Midlothian Development

I mean I don't know what the incentives we provided are but I am happy to have those 40 paying jobs in South Dallas. It doesn't mean those 40 jobs families will live in South Dallas though. This does continue the trend of DFW loading up with lots of new data centers though. It's a long way from Sou...
by joshua.dodd
12 Jun 2019 16:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 742
Views: 264286

Re: Victory Park 3.0

No business? Too high rent costs? Why are they closing?
by joshua.dodd
10 Jun 2019 23:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: City Lights
Replies: 110
Views: 50461

Re: Downtown Dallas: City Lights

How is anything I stated "horrible"? It's stating the obvious. But to answer your question, good quality buildings that are strong. It's a known fact that developers notoriously cut corners to maximize profit.
by joshua.dodd
10 Jun 2019 22:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: City Lights
Replies: 110
Views: 50461

Re: Downtown Dallas: City Lights

Considering the poor construction value of these new apartments being built around town, I don't understand why anyone would waste so much money renting a room in these badly built units. Too bad for the residents.
by joshua.dodd
09 Jun 2019 20:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: City Lights
Replies: 110
Views: 50461

Re: Downtown Dallas: City Lights

My goodness. That is some serious damage. On another note, this also brings to light just how cheaply constructed these things are.
by joshua.dodd
30 May 2019 14:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 188
Views: 77385

Re: The Cedars Developments

Something just seems off about this...
by joshua.dodd
30 May 2019 14:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 453
Views: 189592

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

I wouldn't worry about it. Economic indicators are indicating that the housing market in DFW is losing steam. I would say we are around the same stages as Dallas was back around the 87 crash--except this time it is residential. I’m curious as to what you see as being the parallels between 1987 and ...
by joshua.dodd
26 May 2019 00:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Christopher @The Union (31 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)
Replies: 217
Views: 105241

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

Aren't several companies relocating offices from Downtown to Uptown?
by joshua.dodd
26 May 2019 00:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 453
Views: 189592

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

I am involved with the McKinney Avenue Streetcar. We were told before the construction began on the parking garage that they would need us to relocate some of our poles along Olive Street that hold up the wire. This would accommodate access to the apartment tower. Well, now they say it will be at l...
by joshua.dodd
30 Mar 2019 11:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 11 (The Forum)
Replies: 176
Views: 63008

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

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:41 stories... 25 of which will be above grade parking prolly


Haha!
by joshua.dodd
30 Mar 2019 11:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 11 (The Forum)
Replies: 176
Views: 63008

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

Harwood doesn't excite me at all as a developer. The designs are great but the final product is always underwhelming.. alot of it has to do with the height of their towers and their lack of pedestrian infrastructure. Call me when they start working with an urban planning firm that'll actually make ...
by joshua.dodd
27 Mar 2019 20:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: The Stack - 2700 Commerce
Replies: 91
Views: 20532

Re: Deep Ellum: Hines Project - 2700 Commerce

I just don't like the box on top. It's odd looking to me I agree. The box on top is not harmonious with the bottom portion of the structure. The bottom half looks fantastic. Great architecture. Could use a little more classical ornamentation, but it works. The top half looks alien. Modern trashitec...
by joshua.dodd
27 Mar 2019 20:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: The Stack - 2700 Commerce
Replies: 91
Views: 20532

Re: Deep Ellum: Hines Project - 2700 Commerce

I really don't understand the obsession with limiting height in the urban core of the city. We still need tons and tons of more density in the core and the only way to get it there is height. This is not just a Deep Ellum issue. What we really need is a viable public transit system--not DART--that ...
by joshua.dodd
22 Mar 2019 14:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Hall Arts Hotel & Residences
Replies: 229
Views: 107387

Re: Arts District: Hall Arts Hotel & Residences

j_d_p wrote:Maybe need to see this in full sunlight but I work nearby and this building is hideous. The glass or whatever design you'd call what they have on the Ross side is really not pleasant to look at.



To be fair, this is true for almost every building going up now.
by joshua.dodd
20 Mar 2019 15:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 511
Views: 173514

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

I can totally see how the current dynamic is a bummer to longtime residents, but clearly this iteration of Deep Ellum is more sustainable than what came before. Keyword is sustainable. This is debatable. So what was sustainable in the past that isn't now? Aren't some bars closing because they don't...
by joshua.dodd
19 Mar 2019 18:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 511
Views: 173514

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

As someone who used to live in Deep Ellum, I have to concur. The sentiment for the original Deep Ellum crowd is negative. While the development has brought tremendous revenue to the bars and businesses, t has also killed the atmosphere that Deep Ellum was once known for. It really isn't as fantasti...
by joshua.dodd
19 Mar 2019 18:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 511
Views: 173514

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Isn't the change in Deep Ellum just more of a sign of the changing times, more than anything? The whole grunge/metal/punk rock thing isn't as popular as it was back in the 90s, so Deep Ellum today is just a reflection on how society has changed. This has nothing to do with it at all. It's the menta...
by joshua.dodd
19 Mar 2019 13:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 511
Views: 173514

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

As someone who used to live in Deep Ellum, I have to concur. The sentiment for the original Deep Ellum crowd is negative. While the development has brought tremendous revenue to the bars and businesses, t has also killed the atmosphere that Deep Ellum was once known for. It really isn't as fantastic...
by joshua.dodd
09 Mar 2019 23:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 11 (The Forum)
Replies: 176
Views: 63008

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

Does anyone have any renders of this massive project?
by joshua.dodd
05 Mar 2019 20:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: City Lights
Replies: 110
Views: 50461

Re: Downtown Dallas: City Lights

The "stick builds", as you call them, make me feel very uncomfortable. They look like they will just fall over. And being that this is Texas and we have tornadoes, that makes them that much more uncomfortable to me.
by joshua.dodd
05 Mar 2019 00:09
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava
Replies: 99
Views: 34259

Re: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava

They should have never built these arches in the first place. They look awkward and out of place. They perfectly epitomize vanity and waste. Now, if the freeway bridge had been built as one structure supported by said arches, then the arches would be fine.
by joshua.dodd
04 Mar 2019 19:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Fort Worth: Panther Island
Replies: 12
Views: 5558

Re: Fort Worth: Panther Island

When will those Panther Island bridges be open? Not as soon as commuters might hope Bridges on North Main Street and on Jacksboro Highway are going in as part of the Panther Island project, but long delays have put off work. Parallel detours have been in use during the work on both bridges. Now it ...
by joshua.dodd
02 Mar 2019 20:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 764
Views: 342197

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

When will that parking garage next door finally get its glass cladding?
by joshua.dodd
02 Mar 2019 07:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: City Lights
Replies: 110
Views: 50461

Re: Downtown Dallas: City Lights

This one is taking forever to build.
by joshua.dodd
27 Feb 2019 20:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Dallas High School
Replies: 67
Views: 24027

Re: Downtown Dallas: Dallas High School

It should be noted that Woodall Rogers was originally planned with the intention of having a deck park on top of it. As for the elevated portion that separates the West End and Victory Park, that was built because of a massive railyard that was originally beneath it. (Original Dallasites might recal...

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