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by joshua.dodd
10 Feb 2018 17:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Dream Hotel
Replies: 63
Views: 8690

Re: Uptown Dallas: Dream Hotel

I like how this project is situated between two buildings and doesn't take up an entire block. I'd personally like to see more developments that are built this way. It adds a nice touch of aesthetic cohesion.
by joshua.dodd
10 Feb 2018 17:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: City Lights
Replies: 15
Views: 2121

Re: Downtown Dallas: City Lights

Let's pray it's not a stand alone suburban style CVS...
by joshua.dodd
03 Feb 2018 13:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD Riverfront Project
Replies: 27
Views: 1567

Re: DTD Riverfront Project

The southern sector of the city is less dense and less populated than the northern districts, which is why new warehouse districts are popping up and why it is the perfect location for a new jail. . .
by joshua.dodd
03 Feb 2018 02:35
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava
Replies: 38
Views: 1977

Re: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava

Looks like water. But, that looks really bad.
by joshua.dodd
03 Feb 2018 02:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD Riverfront Project
Replies: 27
Views: 1567

Re: DTD Riverfront Project

Further from the city center. The 20 corridor in Dallas is essentially a warehouse district now.
by joshua.dodd
31 Jan 2018 14:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD Riverfront Project
Replies: 27
Views: 1567

Re: DTD Riverfront Project

This is the property Mark Cuban owns, right?
by joshua.dodd
31 Jan 2018 00:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)
Replies: 102
Views: 14203

Re: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)

I'll be honest. I hate this building. It's so damn ugly. Especially the top.
by joshua.dodd
26 Jan 2018 00:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt
Replies: 143
Views: 14723

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

I wonder if Foster is trying to mimick this old project, Griffin Square Tower, which never came to life.

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by joshua.dodd
26 Jan 2018 00:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt
Replies: 143
Views: 14723

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

mwaskow wrote:Found this rendering I had never seen before. I hope someday this project is built! In my opinion this would trump the BOA Tower as the king of the Dallas skyline.


If that is to scale, how tall is that? Compared to the Fountain Place, it is a mammoth.
by joshua.dodd
25 Jan 2018 10:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt
Replies: 143
Views: 14723

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

Found this rendering I had never seen before. I hope someday this project is built! In my opinion this would trump the BOA Tower as the king of the Dallas skyline. Man, I REALLY dislike this tower and its lazy, inelegant design. Give me pretty much any Pelli/SOM/Pei tower over this turd. I have to ...
by joshua.dodd
23 Jan 2018 18:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AC Hotel and Residence Inn by Marriott (Mercantile Commerce Building/1712 Commerce St)
Replies: 47
Views: 5386

Re: Downtown Dallas: AC Hotel and Residence Inn by Marriott (Mercantile Commerce Building/1712 Commerce St)

These parking garages are very contradicting. The city and these developers are trying to make Dallas more like a real urban city with urban density. Yet they keep building these buildings with parking garage podiums. The developers are still pandering to that god awful suburban, car-oriented mental...
by joshua.dodd
22 Jan 2018 12:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: McKinney/Boll Tower - 2614 McKinney Ave - (18 ST)
Replies: 72
Views: 7688

Re: Uptown Dallas: McKinney/Boll Tower - 2614 McKinney Ave - (18 ST)

I'm glad Idle Rich is finally about to close. Can't wait to see it demolished and a new tower rise in it's place!
by joshua.dodd
08 Jan 2018 14:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Christopher @The Union (28 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)
Replies: 92
Views: 15410

Re: The Christopher @The Union (28 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)

The Christopher really does add depth to this area. I can't believe how this area went from open spaces to suddenly striking canyons of glass.
by joshua.dodd
03 Jan 2018 00:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 75
Views: 11682

Re: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~460 FT / 42 ST)

I'm referring to signs outside apartments around Uptown saying the first 8 weeks rent free.
by joshua.dodd
01 Jan 2018 13:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: M Line Tower (240 FT / 20 ST)
Replies: 64
Views: 11154

Re: Uptown Dallas: M Line Tower (240 FT / 20 ST)

Time will tell. But it really does seem like a slowdown to me.
by joshua.dodd
30 Dec 2017 13:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 75
Views: 11682

Re: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~460 FT / 42 ST)

Is there credible rumor that this project has been canned? I hope not. However, I'm starting to see signs that there's a slowdown in the housing market.
by joshua.dodd
30 Dec 2017 13:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 184
Views: 21891

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

What's going on with this site? I pass by it nearly every day and for the past few weeks I have seen practically no work being done.
by joshua.dodd
30 Dec 2017 13:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: M Line Tower (240 FT / 20 ST)
Replies: 64
Views: 11154

Re: Uptown Dallas: M Line Tower (240 FT / 20 ST)

I noticed a sign out front of M-Line Tower that says the first 8 weeks are rent free. Is this just a gimmick to attract tenets or could it be a sign of a slowdown in the market?
by joshua.dodd
23 Dec 2017 21:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: San Martín (former The MAC location)
Replies: 14
Views: 3319

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

What a waste of property. This plot of land could have been far more efficiently used had they built a tower here.
by joshua.dodd
07 Dec 2017 20:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: City Lights
Replies: 15
Views: 2121

Re: Downtown Dallas: City Lights

Could use better architecture.
by joshua.dodd
04 Dec 2017 21:31
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 101
Views: 7244

Re: the Cotton Belt line

Now show me the projected traffic numbers on 635/George Bush Turnpike. Inevitably these corridors will only grow worse with congestion.
by joshua.dodd
27 Nov 2017 01:31
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: New Oak Cliff Streetcar
Replies: 81
Views: 5397

Re: New Oak Cliff Streetcar

Crime and homeless people are synonymous to Oak Cliff. Let's get real. The concern is about the Bishops Arts District, which is a distinct island from the true horrors that is Oak Cliff.
by joshua.dodd
23 Nov 2017 18:58
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Arlington: Mass Transit
Replies: 19
Views: 2012

Re: Arlington: Mass Transit

Where is Dorothy Spur?
by joshua.dodd
23 Nov 2017 18:19
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Arlington: Mass Transit
Replies: 19
Views: 2012

Re: Arlington: Mass Transit

Arlington needs to focus on establishing a public transit system. Buses. They keep experimenting with this and that while traffic gets worse and their infrastructure gets worse. Arlington has this really bad suburban mentality that focuses too much on sports entertainment rather than essential trans...
by joshua.dodd
22 Nov 2017 23:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 175
Views: 28483

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

The tower crane is, in fact, up.

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by joshua.dodd
22 Nov 2017 13:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 225
Views: 23888

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

This building really is turning into a very very expensive redevelopment. It's going to be a long time until all of these loans can be paid off...
by joshua.dodd
19 Nov 2017 13:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Shraman South Asian Museum
Replies: 43
Views: 3447

Re: Shraman South Asian Museum

I'm really excited about this
by joshua.dodd
18 Nov 2017 01:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Central Market at McKinney and Lemmon
Replies: 46
Views: 8425

Re: Uptown Dallas: Central Market at McKinney and Lemmon

flyswatter wrote:There's quite a few electrical contractor vehicles parked out front of the building today. I'm trying not to get my hopes up, and thinking they're doing work inside to keep the building from falling into disrepair.


Funny you mention that. The parking lot lights were all on tonight.
by joshua.dodd
17 Nov 2017 00:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Christopher @The Union (28 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)
Replies: 92
Views: 15410

Re: The Christopher @The Union (28 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)

This is my only problem with many of these buildings going up. They all look the same. Dallas needs more architectural variety in its developments, and less stucco, of course.
by joshua.dodd
16 Nov 2017 23:09
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: MATA: M-Line Trolley
Replies: 70
Views: 7288

Re: MATA: M-Line Trolley

Yeah, the third one was Emma. But she had a malfunction and has been in the barn. She should be running Friday.
by joshua.dodd
16 Nov 2017 02:40
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: MATA: M-Line Trolley
Replies: 70
Views: 7288

Re: MATA: M-Line Trolley

I vaguely recall hearing it had some electrical component fail a few months ago, can't remember where or when though. I'm just glad they're back to having enough operable cars to run three in regular service, instead of just two like they did for a while. They will be running three cars by January....
by joshua.dodd
16 Nov 2017 02:38
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: MATA: M-Line Trolley
Replies: 70
Views: 7288

Re: MATA: M-Line Trolley

Cbdallas wrote:Does anyone know what happened to EMMA I have not seen her run in a long while.


Emma's sitting in the barn. She often has trouble when she goes into service. Nothing has been done with her yet as workers are working on the ex Toronto car at the moment.
by joshua.dodd
16 Nov 2017 02:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 75
Views: 8561

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

That's funny because you would think that the developers of these projects would add first level retail to their projects around the Farmer's Market. Apparently not.
by joshua.dodd
16 Nov 2017 00:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Christopher @The Union (28 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)
Replies: 92
Views: 15410

Re: The Christopher @The Union (28 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)

I personally think that Dallas has had enough glass. We need more brick and traditional style architecture to add into the aesthetic feature.
by joshua.dodd
14 Nov 2017 22:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 225
Views: 23888

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

How awful. And right after the marble is removed.
I'm afraid this skyscraper will eventually be demolished due to all of this mess.
by joshua.dodd
14 Nov 2017 21:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: 1900 Pearl (362 FT | 25 ST)
Replies: 151
Views: 21250

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

This building turned out nicely.

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by joshua.dodd
14 Nov 2017 21:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: M Line Tower (240 FT / 20 ST)
Replies: 64
Views: 11154

Re: Uptown Dallas: M Line Tower (240 FT / 20 ST)

I really like that they used brick for the tower's facade and not stucco.
by joshua.dodd
14 Nov 2017 21:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace West/West Village: Residential Tower (~250 FT / 23 ST) / Hilton Canopy (8 ST)
Replies: 44
Views: 8411

Re: Cityplace West/West Village: Residential Tower (~250 FT / 23 ST) / Hilton Canopy (8 ST)

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by joshua.dodd
12 Nov 2017 18:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Cedar Maple Plaza I,II & III (2301 Cedar Springs Rd.)
Replies: 21
Views: 1869

Re: Uptown Dallas: Cedar Maple

I like the tower, but the street interaction is just god awful.
by joshua.dodd
10 Nov 2017 23:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 216
Views: 26106

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

Why can't dallas build apartments with some more exciting architecture? It seems like this is the most apt spot to really try something fresh. Sandwiched between the energy of the EMC and the energy of the farmers market. It's truly prime real estate! Attached are some new designs/buildings in DC a...
by joshua.dodd
06 Nov 2017 22:47
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's
Replies: 28
Views: 2030

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

What's caused it to stall for so long?
by joshua.dodd
06 Nov 2017 22:38
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: LBJ East reconstruction
Replies: 5
Views: 910

Re: LBJ East reconstruction

2027 completion date? Jesus...
by joshua.dodd
05 Nov 2017 13:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 93
Views: 9790

Re: The Cedars Developments

Tunneling 345 is a pipe dream. It's just not going to happen. It would conflict with the DART subway line, whose portal is too close to the 345 corridor. The amount of effort, engineering and conflicts of interest would make the costs too high. It's just not practical. The best option is simply turn...

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