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by dallaz
18 Jul 2018 23:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 8 (New Rolex Building)
Replies: 68
Views: 14685

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

It looks good until it gets to the postage stamp parking lot. That really kills it for me...
by dallaz
17 Jul 2018 15:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Dallas: Trinity Groves
Replies: 63
Views: 9877

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 dallaz
17 Jul 2018 10:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Dallas: Trinity Groves
Replies: 63
Views: 9877

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 dallaz
17 Jul 2018 10:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Renaissance Tower
Replies: 5
Views: 312

Re: Downtown Dallas: Renaissance Tower

Great to see it get a makeover. Now if only someone could convince fountain place to light up. I would love something like this! (Although having residential 50 feet away probably makes it unreasonable ;)) https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c7/Hong_Kong_Bank_of_China_at_night.jp...
by dallaz
17 Jul 2018 10:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Renaissance Tower
Replies: 5
Views: 312

Re: Downtown Dallas: Renaissance Tower

If enough other downtown buildings jump on the LED bandwagon, they could coordinate for a nightly "light show" like Hong Kong does, where people watch from across the harbor. It would be a nice sight from Trinity Groves and the Continental Bridge park, as well as the western banks of the ...
by dallaz
17 Jul 2018 00:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Renaissance Tower
Replies: 5
Views: 312

Downtown Dallas: Renaissance Tower

I happened to be looking at one of the towercam shots of Dallas and it looks like the building’s exterior X lighting features were changing colors. It was around midnight when I took a screenshot of it on my phone. I’m not sure if I’m the only one that noticed it. The building’s crown does look a li...
by dallaz
13 Jul 2018 17:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 231
Views: 38432

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

jrd1964 wrote:
dallaz wrote:*tries to find something postive to say*

Well...at least it’s not an aslphat parking lot :?


...or, an asphalt parking lot, either. ;) ;)

I swear this phone has a mind of its own. It keeps reminding me how I am not tech savvy. :lol: :lol:
by dallaz
13 Jul 2018 13:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 152
Views: 24325

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

It’s amazing the amount of new buildings that have popped up in the last few years around this site. It has created some nice density. Now, if that credit union across from Klyde Warren Park could get going...
by dallaz
13 Jul 2018 13:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 231
Views: 38432

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

*tries to find something postive to say*

Well...at least it’s not an aslphat parking lot :?
by dallaz
13 Jul 2018 13:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 11 (The Forum)
Replies: 26
Views: 5763

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

So, is this going to be a restaurant like a previous posted said?
by dallaz
13 Jul 2018 12:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 355
Views: 53211

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

Certain Fiesta locations are good, but other locations are a TOTAL miss. The Fiesta in South Oak Cliff on Lancaster Road and Kiest Blvd is nasty. My mother happens to live in area and I was just going to pick up a few groceries for her. The whole store smelled like rotting seafood. Yes, they do have...
by dallaz
13 Jul 2018 11:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Cedar Maple Plaza I,II & III (2301 Cedar Springs Rd.)
Replies: 52
Views: 5271

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

Cbdallas wrote:How else would they valet the cars for the restaurants.

Even without the restaurants, the likelihood of a motorcourt would be high. Dallas developers haven’t been able to totally shake their car-centic ideals, even in urban settings like Uptown.
by dallaz
12 Jul 2018 19:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 355
Views: 53211

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

I'm hoping we get some other decent middle class grocery store before Central Market decides to build. Don't know where it could go though. I really think that one or two of the BA-adjacent Family Dollar stores, Jefferson Tower or Davis & Edgefield, would do really well as Aldi stores. I've lea...
by dallaz
12 Jul 2018 19:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 355
Views: 53211

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

What about a Trader Joe's? That seems like it'd be a good fit for the area, just not sure exactly where. There's also the Cox Farms Market at Sylvan Thirty, but I have no idea if it's doing well or is a viable spot. Trader Joe's is a glorified Sack N save. No thank you; I'll buy off brand items for...
by dallaz
12 Jul 2018 19:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Cedar Maple Plaza I,II & III (2301 Cedar Springs Rd.)
Replies: 52
Views: 5271

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 buildin...
by dallaz
10 Jul 2018 20:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 305
Views: 55658

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

Back on AMLI, an observation about the now completed 10 story parking garage. Being in an office that looks down on this complex I can not help but notice that they have an abundance of parking in that garage. So much so that once you get above the third level there appear to be very few cars parke...
by dallaz
10 Jul 2018 19:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Cedar Maple Plaza I,II & III (2301 Cedar Springs Rd.)
Replies: 52
Views: 5271

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

Well it's a pretty building, but I still hate they're planning to knock down the existing buildings - especially since there's room to fit this on the property without doing so. I kinda don’t like that as well. I just really wish they would rethink the ground level of the building. This building wi...
by dallaz
10 Jul 2018 09:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Fort Worth: Sundance Square
Replies: 4
Views: 281

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. Same here. I alway...
by dallaz
04 Jul 2018 11:32
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava
Replies: 56
Views: 6222

Re: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava

I swear the City of Dallas is so incompetent at times. Who skips a cable stress test to save money? I really can’t understand the thought process behind that. Now, the City has to pay millions just to fix an issue that could have been done right the first time.
by dallaz
03 Jul 2018 19:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 231
Views: 38432

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

Yall have to realize that the hotel is going to be built on top of the garage and its going to have about 30,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. Oh don't worry we realize it but the hotel isn't a sure thing until it starts construction as is the same story with every pretty rendering project th...
by dallaz
03 Jul 2018 14:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 231
Views: 38432

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

ContriveDallasite wrote:That is one massive parking garage.

It sure is...and that why I’ve been very vocal in my dislike of it. Hopefully, the other phases will be competed soon. Then maybe I’ll change my opinion...
by dallaz
03 Jul 2018 14:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 152
Views: 24325

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

Now the excitement can officially begin!
by dallaz
03 Jul 2018 08:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 231
Views: 38432

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

Wow! I’m loving the interior so far.
by dallaz
01 Jul 2018 17:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)
Replies: 148
Views: 22262

Re: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)

^^^^ It is kinda strange to have them placed like that. Maybe it’s because they are Live Oak trees (well they look like Live Oaks). They are going to get very big and perhaps (eventually) spread onto the roadway. Maybe they needed a buffer? At least they are native and drought resistant. But I’m not...
by dallaz
28 Jun 2018 18:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 11 (The Forum)
Replies: 26
Views: 5763

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

What’s being constructed?
by dallaz
26 Jun 2018 21:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: No. 10 Harwood (22 ST)
Replies: 75
Views: 14308

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

^^^^ I agree. I think it’s because it’s on a higher elevation.
by dallaz
25 Jun 2018 18:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 152
Views: 24325

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

I’ve been waiting for news like this. Very excited to see this project starting soon...
by dallaz
25 Jun 2018 08:57
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 153
Views: 17009

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Two underground Dallas subway stations that are all but forgotten. Curious Texas digs for answers https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2018/06/25/two-underground-dallas-subway-stations-forgotten-curious-texas-digs-answers The DART train doesn't stop at the Knox Street station. It never di...
by dallaz
21 Jun 2018 16:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: City Lights
Replies: 38
Views: 5910

Re: Downtown Dallas: City Lights

So is this tom thumb express going to be separate from the Tom thumb that was planned as the tenant for the city light building? I just don't know why they would place the express store and the actual store so close together. Why not else where in East Dallas? Over by Columbia or up on Gaston. Yes,...
by dallaz
19 Jun 2018 14:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 162
Views: 25583

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

It looks like they were testing lights on the building as well.
by dallaz
13 Jun 2018 11:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 292
Views: 42641

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

Here’s bisnow’s take https://www.bisnow.com/dallas-ft-worth/news/commercial-real-estate/this-weeks-dallas-fort-worth-deal-sheet-89443 Drever Capital Management has announced that it will — yes, finally — close on the construction financing of its 50-story skyscraper in June after clearing its final ...
by dallaz
13 Jun 2018 10:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 292
Views: 42641

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

Aren’t the tunnels the reason why Downtown has lower pedestrian activity?

I’ve been in the tunnels during lunchtime and most people don’t realize how busy they can be. The street level is dead in comparison to certian sections of the underground tunnels.
by dallaz
12 Jun 2018 17:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 292
Views: 42641

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

I’m starting to think this project is cursed. Here’s the latest from the DMN... Downtown Dallas skyscraper project working on new funding https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2018/06/12/downtown-dallas-skyscraper-project-working-new-funding Developers redoing one of downtown Dallas' bigge...
by dallaz
12 Jun 2018 13:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 70
Views: 9528

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

Interestingly, there is yet another chain of Tom Thumb convenience stores besides the ones formerly owned by Kroger. A family-owned chain in South Florida, Ft Lauderdale to Key West. Wow. I guess the Tom Thumb name will likely never expand outside of Texas. Probably due to not trying confuse it wit...
by dallaz
12 Jun 2018 12:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 70
Views: 9528

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

^^^A Tom Thumb Express could work in Downtown, Bishop Arts, etc. Smaller format stores in urban areas, are extremely convenient for people who are on the go.
by dallaz
12 Jun 2018 10:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 70
Views: 9528

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

I wonder if Kroger, who owns its own chain of convenience stores called "Tom Thumb" in Florida and Alabama, will try to block Safeway using the name Tom Thumb for this (and possibly other) convenience store(s). Kroger recently sold all of its convenience stores. But I doubt it...the Tom T...
by dallaz
12 Jun 2018 09:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 70
Views: 9528

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

Why would Tom Thumb open a convenience store just east of downtown Dallas? https://www.dallasnews.com/business/retail/2018/06/11/tom-thumb-open-convenience-store-just-east-downtown-dallas Tom Thumb is staking out some turf just east of downtown Dallas while it waits for one of its supermarkets to ge...
by dallaz
08 Jun 2018 13:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DISD Administration Building
Replies: 22
Views: 2654

Re: DISD Administration Building

I’m starting to have my doubts about this project. Looks like work has stopped and the site looks abandoned. The historic structure that remains had huge graffiti tags and lots of broken windows. I wonder if the can scrap their plans and tear down the building, which would be sad. I’ve noticed that...
by dallaz
06 Jun 2018 07:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 355
Views: 53211

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

jrd1964 wrote:"Uptownification"...
I have a strange feeling that word will be used much more than once on this forum in the future, depending on the development trends around here.

That’s my exact thoughts....and that’s what I’m afraid of.
by dallaz
04 Jun 2018 18:39
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Old Footage of Dallas
Replies: 18
Views: 680

Re: Old Footage of Dallas

Sure would be nice if the city allowed normal signage again. "Cleaning up" the appearance of downtown street, decluttering and whatever sure seemed to make sense a couple decades ago, just like cutting into the sidewalks for additional traffic lanes. I suppose for a generation or two, ini...
by dallaz
04 Jun 2018 18:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 355
Views: 53211

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

I’m all for redevelopment, but I hope some of the historic homes are preserved and restored. It seems like developers are completely tearing down everything just to build more apartments. As an Oak Cliff native, I don’t want to see people who’ve lived in Oak Cliff for years displaced because of gen...
by dallaz
04 Jun 2018 14:52
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Old Footage of Dallas
Replies: 18
Views: 680

Re: Old Footage of Dallas

In this video, you can see the ground level of the Old Sanger-Harris Dept. Store (now DART HQ) **notice that the signage over the door says “Sanger-Harris Open tonight until 9:00”** It would be awesome (today) if we could get any large retailer to stay open until 9 pm. Skip to 0:13 https://m.youtub...
by dallaz
04 Jun 2018 14:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 355
Views: 53211

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

I’m all for redevelopment, but I hope some of the historic homes are preserved and restored. It seems like developers are completely tearing down everything just to build more apartments. As an Oak Cliff native, I don’t want to see people who’ve lived in Oak Cliff for years displaced because of gent...
by dallaz
02 Jun 2018 18:22
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Old Footage of Dallas
Replies: 18
Views: 680

Re: Old Footage of Dallas

In this video, you can see the ground level of the Old Sanger-Harris Dept. Store (now DART HQ) **notice that the signage over the door says “Sanger-Harris Open tonight until 9:00”** It would be awesome (today) if we could get any large retailer to stay open until 9 pm. Skip to 0:13 https://m.youtube...
by dallaz
02 Jun 2018 17:54
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Old Footage of Dallas
Replies: 18
Views: 680

Re: Old Footage of Dallas

Tnexster wrote:Those are fun, I wish I could walk into one of those videos and just take a look around.

Oh how I wish...
by dallaz
02 Jun 2018 17:53
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Old Footage of Dallas
Replies: 18
Views: 680

Re: Old Footage of Dallas

mdg109 wrote:I had no idea downtown was still this popular in the 60s/70s. These are awesome videos.

Same here. I thought Downtown went into serve decline during that time.
by dallaz
30 May 2018 08:28
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Old Footage of Dallas
Replies: 18
Views: 680

Old Footage of Dallas

I came across old footage of Dallas on YouTube. I thought it would be cool to share. Here’s some of the videos I liked the most. (You can also see more footage on the “SMU Jones Film” channel) https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YlZ1M1Hh2QA&index=10&list=LLTzVaFjKg6Jx6GmwB6TgG4w&t=0s https://m...
by dallaz
30 May 2018 06:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End: Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum
Replies: 45
Views: 8111

Re: West End: Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum

Waldozer wrote:Might be a dumb question, but what is that building going up to the left, in the mid background? Looks to be on the seventh floor now. Is that part of the Holocaust museum too?

That’s Corgan’s HQ expansion
by dallaz
28 May 2018 13:58
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 90
Views: 10514

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

^^^^ I would love to see it look like that again.

A midcentury modern building. That reason alone is why it should be preserved...just like Republic Center.
by dallaz
25 May 2018 17:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars: Texas Odyssey
Replies: 23
Views: 1357

Re: The Cedars: Texas Odyssey

I’m over the fact that it seem like every major city in the world is doing this or planning to. We already have a Ferris Wheel already...it would kinda be strange to have another one.

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