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by vman
17 Jan 2019 07:10
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 745
Views: 143272

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

More about the Texican Court hotel, with pictures. Looks like something Motel 6 or Alamo Plaza would do in Santa Fe. A little surprised about the exterior-entrance rooms. In most new hotel construction these days, the rooms face inside. https://www.guidelive.com/fun-places-and-events/2019/01/16/hot...
by vman
15 Jan 2019 12:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas: Medical District
Replies: 122
Views: 26920

Re: Dallas: Medical District

Apparently, "the community" see the hospital as a necessity along the lines of a fire department, police department, sanitation department, parks, street lights.... whatever People tend to gripe about paying taxes for services they don't use (especially services for people less fortunate)...
by vman
08 Jan 2019 15:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 113
Views: 21819

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

"Bigger Better Hair" has occupied some of the forever vacant retail space in the 1001 Ross apartment building.
by vman
28 Dec 2018 12:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 467
Views: 84026

Re: T

That seems pretty strange. Could it be that the boxes are just temporary for something? Doesn't make a whole lot of sense any way you slice it, but that's the only possibility that comes to mind. I'll look again next week, but from what I could tell, there was piping in the bottom of them for water...
by vman
28 Dec 2018 11:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 467
Views: 84026

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I went for a walk through Victory Park on my lunch break yesterday. Usually, I walk through AAC, crossing the plaza. When I approached the steps to the plaza off Olive St, I noticed the center is putting huge concrete planter boxes there along with a "NO TRESPASSING" sign prominently displ...
by vman
27 Dec 2018 07:29
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 745
Views: 143272

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Went to Shake Shack on Monday... Place is nice! Actually not too much seating on the inside which sort of surprised me. Staff was super friendly, food was tasty, although a tad bit pricey (I already knew this though as I had been to the one in Uptown several times). I paid $15 for burger, fries and...
by vman
14 Dec 2018 07:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 349
Views: 73447

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

You're joking, right? Leaving aside the ridiculous idea that an individual would have standing to file suit against a developer for not completing a project, the city didn't give any tax breaks to the project, so what damages would they claim? It's not like they promised a luxury hotel and resident...
by vman
08 Dec 2018 21:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Fort Worth: Dickies Arena
Replies: 6
Views: 842

Re: Fort Worth: Dickies Arena

Why does everything built in Fort Worth look like that?
by vman
27 Nov 2018 07:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Convention Center
Replies: 18
Views: 4767

Re: Dallas Convention Center

I was in Houston over the holiday and visited Discovery Green Saturday evening. I couldn't help but think how Dallas made such a huge mistake burying the convention center underground and ignoring the surface area around it. What a missed opportunity to bring some life to that end of downtown. The h...
by vman
16 Nov 2018 13:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Dallas Developments
Replies: 52
Views: 13249

Re: West Dallas Developments

I was in the area yesterday...and anyone know what the large building going up is in the 2200 block of Fort Worth Avenue? It's right next to that new shopping center and in front of those (horrible) new apartments just west of Hampton and Fort Worth Ave. At first glance, it looks like a grocery sto...
by vman
16 Nov 2018 07:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Dallas Developments
Replies: 52
Views: 13249

Re: West Dallas Developments

I was in the area yesterday...and anyone know what the large building going up is in the 2200 block of Fort Worth Avenue? It's right next to that new shopping center and in front of those (horrible) new apartments just west of Hampton and Fort Worth Ave. At first glance, it looks like a grocery stor...
by vman
12 Nov 2018 09:38
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 745
Views: 143272

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I had a chance to take a look at The Sound development in Cypress Waters two weekends ago. I had no idea the project was that far along. It's a great looking project. Hopefully this will rectify my main complaint about this development...with all the apartments and townhouses around, anytime I've dr...
by vman
04 Oct 2018 07:58
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Plague of Pancake Development
Replies: 5
Views: 959

Re: The Plague of Pancake Development

I really agree about what the author said about NOT putting residential on large streets. I cringe everytime I see those townhouses that front Ross Ave, Oaklawn, Canton..I could go on. Who wants to open up their front door and walk out onto Oaklawn?? I loved those walk up style townhomes on Canton n...
by vman
04 Oct 2018 07:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 467
Views: 84026

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Is work being done on the Tom Thumb? I work across the street and can't tell.
by vman
03 Oct 2018 07:32
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Plague of Pancake Development
Replies: 5
Views: 959

The Plague of Pancake Development

https://www.architectmagazine.com/design/the-plague-of-pancake-development_o?utm_source=newsletter&utm_content=Article&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ABU_100218A%20%281%29%20B&he=c6c04a1adf7448382017373c1d1ac17445c34dad Great article on the look-alike apartment developments we discuss...
by vman
06 Sep 2018 10:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Lower Greenville Development
Replies: 60
Views: 10005

Re: Lower Greenville Development

Well, I'm very happy the 5420 Ross building (Toasted, Milk & Cream, Bonavide barbershop etc) was saved and renovated. I've always loved that building and everything there seems to be doing relatively well.
by vman
06 Sep 2018 07:29
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 745
Views: 143272

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

As a relatively new resident of Las Colinas/Irving, I explore the entire city, not just Las Colinas. If I hadn't, I never would have known of the beautiful neighborhoods in Irving south of 114 and yes, some south of 183. Neighborhoods that have some actual character, unlike most of the bland incredi...
by vman
30 Aug 2018 07:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 467
Views: 106637

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

That pool at the Fairmount is really active.
by vman
20 Aug 2018 06:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: 900 Main
Replies: 48
Views: 3995

Re: 900 Main

Tucy wrote:
Matt777 wrote:
Tucy wrote:

So... apparently no source.

Uhhhh, you're more than welcome to do some research yourself if you're doubtful of Matt777's info.
by vman
15 Aug 2018 15:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Galleria
Replies: 22
Views: 3164

Re: North Dallas: Galleria

"Ablon at Galleria Muse" is planned for the parking lot area north of Starbucks, The Container Store, and Z Gallerie (across Alpha from the mall). Called "Galleria North" when the original project was built several years ago, there have been many plans/changes since the original...
by vman
14 Aug 2018 07:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 126
Views: 23785

Re: West End 1.0

That rendering is awful; it looks like two buildings mating with each other. Hopefully they come back with something better.
by vman
18 Jul 2018 13:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 8 (New Rolex Building)
Replies: 72
Views: 20617

Re: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 8 (New Rolex Building)

Once again, the renderings were much better than the final product.
by vman
26 Jun 2018 07:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 467
Views: 84026

Re: Victory Park 3.0

I walked through Victory yesterday and was amazed at how the construction is coming along. Signs are up on Orange Theory and Cinepolis. Any word on when the theater is going to open? The sign looks great and there were lights on inside.
by vman
15 Jun 2018 11:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 277
Views: 53603

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

I would love it if Shake Shack packed up and moved to W. Village. I think the Crescent is a horrible location Well, every time I have been there is a line out the door and the patio space is filled with families from Klyde Warren. Even in this heat. I have been surprised how well they used the spac...
by vman
14 Jun 2018 20:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 277
Views: 53603

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

I would love it if Shake Shack packed up and moved to W. Village. I think the Crescent is a horrible location
by vman
16 May 2018 10:52
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 745
Views: 143272

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

A few notes today... 1) They are clearing the pad site in front of Whole Foods. Last I heard it was supposed to be one of those quick ER businesses. We already have a ton of those, and quite frankly not sure how all those places stay in business. Hopefully it'll be something else though! I know Leo...
by vman
10 May 2018 14:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 467
Views: 106637

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

Planet Fitness isn't exactly a high-end tenant so I doubt that exact tenant would find a home in a tower trying for A class tenants plus the rent would be too high. Planet Fitness would work better going in other neighborhoods surrounding the CBD but I doubt their true market is in the CBD. Planet ...
by vman
20 Apr 2018 06:50
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 745
Views: 143272

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I went to the soft opening for the Alamo on Monday and it was, well, a soft opening. Monday was the absolute first day of operation for them, so I bet they were a bit frazzled. I've been to multiple Drafthouse locations and they are pretty consistent, so I feel pretty good that they will be fully r...
by vman
10 Apr 2018 07:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Canyon In Oak Cliff
Replies: 52
Views: 10717

Re: The Canyon In Oak Cliff

Also Hispanic people don't go to Olive garden..FACTS! It's overpriced Chef Boyardee. You've obviously never been to the Olive Garden off 183 in Irving. But let's be real....Dallas is never going to be an "urban" city in regards to development. We will get pockets of urban style developmen...
by vman
06 Apr 2018 06:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)
Replies: 145
Views: 38854

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

At least Museum tower is beautiful. This building for me is a huge let down. The very top of that thing looks horrific. Still glad it got built but could and should have looked much better. I think I've only seen the building from behind (west facing side), but it's really unattractive. It actually...
by vman
22 Feb 2018 11:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor
Replies: 124
Views: 28572

Re: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor

I go to other cities and am blown away by the designs of the new residential going up. Most of the Dallas apartment builders are national firms, and it's very easy to find the exact same buildings in other cities around the US. You are correct, I do see these designs in other cities, but not nearly...
by vman
22 Feb 2018 07:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor
Replies: 124
Views: 28572

Re: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor

Plain beige EIFS stick built apartment in Dallas. Groundbreaking. Ross Ave isn't Uptown. To get high-end construction and design, you have to be able to fetch high-end prices, and you're just not going to get that here. It's either the unexciting midrise that will bring 600 more people and their vi...
by vman
20 Feb 2018 06:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: (PWC) Park District Tower (316 FT | 20 ST) + Residences at Park District (385 FT | 32 ST)
Replies: 141
Views: 41530

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

This is probably my favorite development going up right now. Main reason...because unlike so many recent developments, it's just as impressive as the renderings.
by vman
20 Feb 2018 06:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: Cinépolis /The 23 (~273 FT / 23 ST)
Replies: 107
Views: 34596

Re: Victory Park: Cinépolis /The 23 (~273 FT / 23 ST)

Signs have been posted on the southwest side of the building for Orange Theory fitness.
by vman
20 Feb 2018 06:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 8 (New Rolex Building)
Replies: 72
Views: 20617

Re: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 8 (New Rolex Building)

Mmmm, its a pretty neat building, but I don't think it's as impressive as the renderings. Maybe I need to see it in person.
by vman
15 Feb 2018 07:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 467
Views: 84026

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Still the problem is that rents are much higher than what it costs to buy a house in Dallas. I bought a nice house in Casa Linda last year. I pay almost half of what a rent on a high rise in Uptown or Victory costs. I realize many folks would prefer to rent depending on their personal financial sit...
by vman
07 Feb 2018 07:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 259
Views: 52724

Re: Oak Lawn

The centrum improvements have been great. Mudsmith and Quarts n Pints are fabulous. My only complaint is the lighting in mudsmith. Too dark. Can't read. I don't understand all the hate for the renovations. I'm not blown away by the new Centrum, but I don't think it's awful either. The redo does bri...
by vman
07 Feb 2018 07:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 259
Views: 52724

Re: Oak Lawn

The centrum improvements have been great. Mudsmith and Quarts n Pints are fabulous. My only complaint is the lighting in mudsmith. Too dark. Can't read. I don't understand all the hate for the renovations. I'm not blown away by the new Centrum, but I don't think it's awful either. The redo does bri...
by vman
31 Jan 2018 16:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 259
Views: 52724

Re: Oak Lawn

Some did years ago and now they live everywhere. Last I checked the gays, me being one, just started integrating without much concern for a gaybourhood while there is still a fairly large contingent that clings to the safety of finding people like themselves in one area. I have even started seeing ...
by vman
29 Jan 2018 07:09
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 745
Views: 143272

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I went to the new Yard House saturday afternoon. Very nice restaurant, very good food. The place was nicely busy at 2:30. It seems Grimaldi's should be opening this week judging by the activity there. I'm skeptical about Big Beat. Seems like one of those ideas that will probably start out strong, th...
by vman
29 Jan 2018 07:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: High Point Crossing
Replies: 17
Views: 4153

Re: High Point Crossing

tamtagon wrote:what a disappointment

As mentioned in an earlier post, this area is EXTREMELY retail heavy (Northpark is right down the street), these big box retailers don't surprise me at all. I mean, what else is there? It's hard to think of a retailer that isn't in a three mile radius of these place.
by vman
24 Jan 2018 14:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AC Hotel and Residence Inn by Marriott (Mercantile Commerce Building/1712 Commerce St)
Replies: 58
Views: 14638

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

Wow, that is really awful. I work in Victory Park across the street from the Tom Thumb/Cineapolis project. The developers put some kind of screening over the parking garage and it really makes the garage less noticeable and gives a cleaner, more finished appearance to the building. I wish something...
by vman
19 Jan 2018 06:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor
Replies: 124
Views: 28572

Re: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor

Ross Ave. would drastically change if they built a landscaped median from downtown to lower greenville. It is great to see all these projects, but such a median, in my opinion, is what will truly change how Ross feels. I agree. I love the townhouse developments shown above, but why would you want a...
by vman
18 Jan 2018 06:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Noteworthy New Construction
Replies: 26
Views: 7942

Re: East Dallas: Noteworthy New Construction

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:Tuff crowd in comment section of the article

They do have a point about the street grid around there...it's a mess.
by vman
05 Jan 2018 06:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 259
Views: 52724

Re: Oak Lawn

I agree 100% with you Lakewoodhobo. I have had many many conversations with neighborhood owners and the like and that's when I figured out what a lot of gays tend to do is blame Caven cause its the easiest target. The reality is Caven doesn't appear to have a vision for the future but neither does ...
by vman
04 Jan 2018 07:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 293
Views: 74186

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

cowboyeagle05 wrote:Yeah cause I know a number of people that still wish the building was torn down cause they don't get mid-century architecture.

You're right. I've heard people refer to the building as "ugly" for years, while I've always found it to be beautiful and a wonderful piece of architecture.
by vman
05 Dec 2017 07:16
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 745
Views: 143272

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

They kind of all run together, but that's a Sleep Experts up on 635. Sleep Number tends to be a tad more upscale. There is one at Grapevine Mills, Shops of Southlake, Park Lane in Dallas... Might be a good fit for this development. I was never actually a fan of having a fast food drive-thru there. ...
by vman
05 Dec 2017 07:13
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 745
Views: 143272

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

They kind of all run together, but that's a Sleep Experts up on 635. Sleep Number tends to be a tad more upscale. There is one at Grapevine Mills, Shops of Southlake, Park Lane in Dallas... Might be a good fit for this development. I was never actually a fan of having a fast food drive-thru there. ...
by vman
28 Nov 2017 06:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Case Building (~197 FT / 18 ST)
Replies: 40
Views: 10875

Re: Deep Ellum: Case Building (~197 FT / 18 ST)

The bare concrete portions of the main building look really bad. I was hoping/expecting some kind of surface treatment to improve the appearance, but with the first residents already in that's looking less and less likely. I agree and it's such a shame because it's a good looking building otherwise...
by vman
10 Nov 2017 06:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: Cinépolis /The 23 (~273 FT / 23 ST)
Replies: 107
Views: 34596

Re: Victory Park: Cinépolis /The 23 (~273 FT / 23 ST)

I've been working in Victory Park since August and I'm very impressed with the way things are turning out down here. I hope these places all open and STAY open. Granted, mistakes have been made, but the potential is definitely here for Victory Park to become a wonderful part of town.

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