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by Matt777
17 Apr 2019 10:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 541
Views: 114403

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Baylor is the major employer in this neighborhood so I am sure they have been courting all kinds of ancillary uses to soak up property around their main campus. Stuff that will increase their medical district designation they would like to have. Before it was just Baylor now with more reinvestment ...
by Matt777
17 Apr 2019 10:03
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 261
Views: 48232

Re: DART D2 Subway

The new stations don't provide service to anybody who couldn't already easily access an existing station. The above-grade/below-grade argument is a farce. Everybody's darling of an 'urban city', Portland, is covered in at-grade light rail and streetcars, and the city thrives because of it, not in s...
by Matt777
16 Apr 2019 16:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 60
Views: 5614

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

If it were me, I would have made it much larger and different font. :)
by Matt777
16 Apr 2019 12:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 541
Views: 114403

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

]In the past couple days, the building to the north of the Case Building was demolished. I was surprised to see how fast it went down. Would anyone happen to know the reason behind this? I seriously hope it is not a parking lot or parking garage. https://www.google.com/maps/place/334+Hall+St,+Dalla...
by Matt777
12 Apr 2019 13:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 463
Views: 104335

Re: Northpark Center

Cityplace customers vs Preston Hollow haha And your 100% sure Eataly will draw more dollars from Preston Hollow than Uptown and surrounding urban neighborhoods? I don't know either, but something tells me that Eataly might make more money from urban professionals with lots of disposable income, who...
by Matt777
11 Apr 2019 18:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 463
Views: 104335

Re: Northpark Center

While I too would have preferred an urban setting unfortunately Dallas does not have a dense urban area with the demographics that would support an Eataly. Even the Chicago location has been problematic as they aren't drawing outside of that urban location. I do think this location will draw from t...
by Matt777
11 Apr 2019 14:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 60
Views: 5614

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

I think muncien is right that FBC has added a lot of activity to downtown in the last decade, and it's pretty clear that FBC isn't crowding out the sort of developments that Matt777 and others would prefer (as evidenced by the numerous other vacant buildings and surface lots that have been that way...
by Matt777
10 Apr 2019 20:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 463
Views: 104335

Re: Northpark Center

hjkll you are clueless. NP has brought in or adding 15 exclusive retailers you can only find at NP in DFW in the last year. Name a center that has brought in half that many new retailers. Matt- I hear Eataly is taking former PIRCH space, so darn cool if it’s true. Happy to have Eataly in Dallas, bu...
by Matt777
10 Apr 2019 13:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 60
Views: 5614

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

@ Cowboyeagle... Have you ever actually been inside the campus? It has a ridiculous amount of space for informal meet/greet. More so than any church I have ever visited, by far. I haven't been there for a couple of years, but those spaces were always teaming with activity. It was nothing like that ...
by Matt777
10 Apr 2019 10:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 418
Views: 109519

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

https://www.dmagazine.com/publications/d-ceo/2019/april/developers-aim-for-walkable-urban-space-in-north-oak-cliff/ I seem to remember some doubt around this guy and his proposals, some pushback, but I could not be more impressed with the care and precision he is putting into these developments. I ...
by Matt777
10 Apr 2019 10:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 60
Views: 5614

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

Gross. Just unbelievable considering all the strides we have made towards a more livable Downtown.
by Matt777
09 Apr 2019 23:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 541
Views: 114403

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Someone posted this video on Deep Ellum History in the Dallas History Guild Facebook page. It's quite informative and interesting, even though it was a project by a 7th grader back in 2012. It also has a song from the 1930's that I'd never heard before, "Deep Ellum Blues." Apparently the G...
by Matt777
09 Apr 2019 23:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 463
Views: 104335

Re: Northpark Center

As I posted a couple weeks ago NorthPark has some BIG news coming soon From reliable sources and it’s more than just retail tenants, Big important retailers take time to finalize deals. Patience!! As for new restaurants all the exitisting restaurants do well and like all restaurant deals they sign ...
by Matt777
09 Apr 2019 16:59
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 216
Views: 38533

Re: Trinity River Park

If we "re-wilded" the area with new plants and then said "done with it," wouldn't the next big flood just wash all the new vegetation away because we've channeled all of the city's drainage into the Trinity and made it a giant, artificial drainage ditch? I just worry that what se...
by Matt777
08 Apr 2019 11:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 418
Views: 109519

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

lakewoodhobo wrote:The Camp Bishop buildings are farther along than I thought. Website is live, with office lease rates from $400-$2818/mo http://campbishop.net

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OMG the art on that website is the coolest!!!! Bishop Arts in cartoon form!!!
by Matt777
07 Apr 2019 19:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: 1700 Pacific
Replies: 38
Views: 4949

Re: 1700 Pacific

I would hope we could see a residential/hotel conversion for at least a big chunk of this tower, but some of the floorplates are very wide and would be hard to configure residential floorplans. It does narrow near the top, which would be best for residential. Floorplate examples: Bottom, thickest pa...
by Matt777
06 Apr 2019 12:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 129
Views: 26600

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

I went to the The Union Tom Thumb today and also had a pleasant experience. The store has so many things you wouldn't find in a normal grocery around here. I must have spent double my usual grocery shopping time in here just browsing all the new stuff. If that was their goal, they succeeded. Take ad...
by Matt777
06 Apr 2019 12:29
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 316
Views: 70422

Re: Legacy West

Japanese luxury hotel firm buys Plano site for first Texas location https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2019/04/05/japan-hotel-firm-headed-plano-first-texas-hotel Kintetsu plans to build one of its Miyako Hotels on the property, according to developers who are redoing the old Penney cam...
by Matt777
05 Apr 2019 00:24
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Google Maps updated imagery (Nov 18)
Replies: 6
Views: 512

Re: Google Maps updated imagery (Nov 18)

The regular google map aerial imagery seems to be finally updated, at least for the urban core. I'm still not happy they took the imagery in winter because of the "brown" look, but the increase in density was immediately noticed with all the new projects over the last 5 years.
by Matt777
02 Apr 2019 16:18
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Transition of Uptown
Replies: 44
Views: 4938

Re: The Transition of Uptown

Ben Milam is a terrible location for a school; however it has stood on that spot for over 100 years. If they need more room, conveniently the small apartment building immediately north was listed for sale a couple of weeks ago. The next lot north of that are some small dated condos ripe for redevel...
by Matt777
02 Apr 2019 09:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: El Fenix site
Replies: 22
Views: 1445

Re: El Fenix site

Isn't the Meso Maya building landmarked? It looks quite old and I think was the Luna Tortilla factory if I'm not mistaken. Hopefully they can build around it since the parcel with the parking lot is quite large.
by Matt777
01 Apr 2019 15:09
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 47
Views: 7910

Re: Cypress Waters

Interesting observation from the apartments at The Sound over the weekend. They appear to be testing a new 7/11 concept within the apartment building itself. This 7/11 is quite small, has key fob access only, and it doesn't appear to have any registers or employees. It looks more like a micro versi...
by Matt777
01 Apr 2019 14:16
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 47
Views: 7910

Re: Cypress Waters

Interesting observation from the apartments at The Sound over the weekend. They appear to be testing a new 7/11 concept within the apartment building itself. This 7/11 is quite small, has key fob access only, and it doesn't appear to have any registers or employees. It looks more like a micro versi...
by Matt777
29 Mar 2019 10:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Hines Project - 2700 Commerce
Replies: 47
Views: 3222

Re: Deep Ellum: Hines Project - 2700 Commerce

I am not against development of this parking lot but yeah this one just seems a little massive in scale. Agreed. With that in mind, is it even worth it for developers to re-develop parking lots in Deep Ellum? We don't want a bunch of mid/high-rises to replace the surface parking, but if the develop...
by Matt777
28 Mar 2019 18:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 541
Views: 114403

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Evolution of Deep Ellum.. Punk, Hard-core, post-hardcore, douche-core. Punk itself was an evolution of the neighborhood. It was a blues and soul neighborhood originally. Deep Ellum is always evolving and as long as it keeps its old bones, I say keep evolving and keep a little bit of each evolution....
by Matt777
28 Mar 2019 15:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1049
Views: 207358

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Most generalizations are unfair, but my friends who live in Austin now have become the most pretentious, image-focused people on the planet. They are also quite obsessed with pointing out how the rest of Texas and other Texans are so inferior. Some of the things they say are truly awful and so negat...
by Matt777
27 Mar 2019 13:16
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 131
Views: 24277

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

Where are the new trees? Those are the ones that were existing, right?
by Matt777
26 Mar 2019 09:24
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: The Daily Digital 4.0
Replies: 43
Views: 12775

Re: The Daily Digital 4.0

Meh...I wish those old homes on Malone Cliff view would have become a park...A cool coit tower like viewing area would've been better. Something everyone can enjoy. Yeah honestly, those homes have the best view in the entire city. There's another amazing view from the I-30 and Hampton Road intercha...
by Matt777
25 Mar 2019 14:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Dallas Developments
Replies: 58
Views: 16720

Re: West Dallas Developments

There's so much empty and underutilized land in Dallas, especially in this area, that it boggles my mind that we have to tear down such beautiful and interesting structures for development. It's an illness this city has had since the 1950's and can't seem to shake off like other cities have. Cities ...
by Matt777
25 Mar 2019 11:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Mockingbird Station
Replies: 92
Views: 17005

Re: Dallas Mockingbird Station

Build it! This is the type of development that our investment in light rail was made for. I haven't been to Mockingbird Station in awhile. How well does the new pedestrian bridge over Mockingbird connect this site to the station? Development fantasy, after this gets off the ground, that the storage ...
by Matt777
25 Mar 2019 11:03
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 205
Views: 48532

Re: DFW Economy

Surprising to see Houston on this list as # 9 out of the top 20 metros in the nation that people who currently live there are wanting to flee. It's in contrast to Houston appearing as # 7 on 2018's top 15 moving destinations. But this report is of a differing viewpoint - of the people who already l...
by Matt777
22 Mar 2019 14:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 164
Views: 30607

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

ATT should host walk-in movies with the Time-Warner collection. I do hope AT&T does something with its entertainment library. There are lots of potential projects would definitely put the discovery district on the map. A true Game of Thrones or West World themed saloon. A Sopranos italian resta...
by Matt777
21 Mar 2019 15:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)
Replies: 151
Views: 46494

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

Tucy wrote:January 2019

8 units sold. 44 sold in 14 months (3.14 per month) 114 remaining.

Sell-out projection: 4 years, 3 months


Wow, 8 sold in one month ain't bad!
by Matt777
21 Mar 2019 09:43
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 316
Views: 70422

Re: Legacy West

https://dallas.eater.com/2019/3/20/18274351/red-stix-vietnamese-legacy-hall-closed-beijing-brothers-opening Looks like Red Stix is now leaving Legacy Hall as well. I will be curious to see what the long-term viability of Legacy Hall is for truly unique restaurants. It sounds like the margins are pr...
by Matt777
14 Mar 2019 14:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown
Replies: 50
Views: 10630

Re: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown

Work has been underway for a good while now. It started with the demolition of all those properties, and then they dug a massive hole for the garage. Is construction at ground level now?
by Matt777
12 Mar 2019 14:30
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park
Replies: 104
Views: 19305

Re: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park

A high-rise hotel or two facing KWP would have been nice, and presented a welcoming view for visitors to our city.

Maybe one could go where that little parking lot is on the corner of Harwood and Woodall Rogers.
by Matt777
11 Mar 2019 16:37
Forum: Texas Urban/Suburban/Exurban Development
Topic: Austin's proposed tallest (in 4 yrs)
Replies: 92
Views: 8728

Re: Austin's proposed tallest (in 4 yrs)

Keep chanting it man. Its (and every place’s) boosters act like momentary high percentage growth is going to lead to taking over the world, but it always turns out to be the low hanging fruit that gets harder to grab in a mature metro economy — those are built not for the population trend of the mo...
by Matt777
11 Mar 2019 15:29
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's
Replies: 47
Views: 10341

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

According to the latest timeline of the project made public by Dallas City Council member Philip Kingston on Friday, workers should have tied up the project's loose ends, like traffic signal work and sidewalk and driveway repair, by Aug. 2, closing the book on a project that was approved for design...
by Matt777
11 Mar 2019 10:53
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Google Maps updated imagery (Nov 18)
Replies: 6
Views: 512

Re: Google Maps updated imagery (Nov 18)

flyswatter wrote:You have to go on actual Google Earth. It will update there a little bit before maps.google.com does


I hope they wait and retake the photos. The imagery on Google Maps may be outdated, but it is green and pretty. The photo posted above is winter brown and looks depressing.
by Matt777
10 Mar 2019 19:50
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Google Maps updated imagery (Nov 18)
Replies: 6
Views: 512

Re: Google Maps updated imagery (Nov 18)

Finally. Although, I wish they had done it in a "greener" month than November. Better than January, but Spring/Summer always makes urban areas look better from above when things are greenest. EDIT: Where did you get this imagery? When I look at Dallas on google maps, long completed project...
by Matt777
08 Mar 2019 18:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 90
Views: 22287

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

I hope more complete street projects come to Dallas, but I also wish they could be completed quicker. One year seems like a lot to re-do a street and sidewalks. I know there's other utilities involved, but dang one year?
by Matt777
01 Mar 2019 10:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Medical/Market Center: Stemmons Towers
Replies: 12
Views: 1160

Re: Medical/Market Center: Stemmons Towers

The Stemmon's corridor needs a huge cleanup. The roads are terrible including I-35, the buildings are neglected and filled with random businesses, litter everywhere, just seedy. It's sad because most people passing through Dallas on I-35 get this area as their impression of Dallas.
by Matt777
28 Feb 2019 20:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Medical/Market Center: Stemmons Towers
Replies: 12
Views: 1160

Re: Medical/Market Center: Stemmons Towers

Nobody tell Trammell Crow or Sam's Club, please.
by Matt777
28 Feb 2019 11:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 283
Views: 65341

Re: Oak Lawn

Key point to understand about the immediate gaybourhood is a lot of land is owned by Caven Enterprises a employee owned company that runs S4, Sue Ellen's, Jr's and TMC. They own more than just the land the bars sit on. They own parking lots and strip centers in the area. If they ever want to sell e...
by Matt777
28 Feb 2019 09:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 283
Views: 65341

Re: Oak Lawn

Does anyone know if the rainbow crosswalks on Cedar Springs will be painted, or something more permanent like tiles? I would rather see rainbow tiles than paint which will fade and need to be repainted. I know most people fear changing Cedar Springs and the area losing its community, so a tile cross...
by Matt777
27 Feb 2019 10:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 241
Views: 58808

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

jetnd87 wrote:Not to be a downer, but isn't the RH front just a one-story strip mall?


It's going to be a multi-level flagship store, with an attached midrise RH hotel. The plans looked very cool.
by Matt777
26 Feb 2019 14:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 541
Views: 114403

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

"We had absolutely no seating, and with the summer coming and 100-plus degrees weather, we thought, 'How are customers going to wait and sit outside, especially with kids?'" Babar says. "So we decided to move now." Their new spot is also in Deep Ellum, just a few blocks away, in...
by Matt777
25 Feb 2019 21:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: 2711 N. Haskell
Replies: 23
Views: 4316

Re: Cityplace East: 2711 N. Haskell

For $9 million, I would think it's more repairs and nip/tuck versus a total re-do. And I'm okay with that. I like the 80s design of the building, the light fixtures, etc, but many of the light fixtures along the surrounding roads are broken and need to be repaired. I hope they don't try to "mod...
by Matt777
23 Feb 2019 18:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 541
Views: 114403

Re: Deep Ellum: Hines Project - 2700 Commerce

Very good info, Tamtagon, thanks! I was a child around the last time DE was popular, so I have no real idea on how it used to be. If the crowds back then were larger than they are today on weekends, it must have been very busy. If residential does continue to go up around the outskirts of DE, I'm ho...

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