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by Matt777
20 Sep 2018 13:09
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Dallas Love Field Airport
Replies: 52
Views: 6333

Re: Dallas Love Field Airport

Geez, does it have to be a Maggiano's? Lol.
by Matt777
19 Sep 2018 16:05
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Love Field People Mover
Replies: 9
Views: 2656

Re: Dallas Love Field People Mover

Idea dump..... if they are exploring digging underground for a people mover to connect the terminal to the DART Orange Line..... why not just create it as a single track "spur" off of the Orange Line where a train spurs off from somewhere to the orange line underground to the terminal, dro...
by Matt777
19 Sep 2018 14:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 182
Views: 20999

Re: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

Third, people use DART to get the shopping center nearby and the retail on the other side of Haskell already... There's Whataburger workers crossing the street all the time .. seriously. You're right though, perhaps the jones' won't ride the train from that Tract. But it is retail a center, and peo...
by Matt777
12 Sep 2018 21:03
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 144
Views: 22701

Re: DFW Airport

The latest rumor on A.NET is that Air France will be starting a DFW-CDG route next year. Air France briefly served DFW right before Sept 11 2001, but pulled out shortly after 9/11 after the global decrease in air traffic. I hope the rumor is true and wish them success! My next prediction is someone ...
by Matt777
11 Sep 2018 14:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 182
Views: 20999

Re: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

F them. Seriously, F Trammell Crow. Hopefully the neighborhood can stop this mess too. There's not really any difference between what was shot down and this, other than a garage.
by Matt777
07 Sep 2018 16:45
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 204
Views: 22005

Re: DART D2 Subway

I understand they were having congestion problems downtown, and that the system was at or over capacity. But why build a lime just a few blocks away when they could create a subway loop to the north where there is no service. What I mean is an Oaklawn-Lemmon subway which still provide the needed re...
by Matt777
07 Sep 2018 14:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars: Texas Odyssey
Replies: 39
Views: 2773

Re: The Cedars: Texas Odyssey

This will be a huge draw for people that are visiting the city. There's nothing like this now, a "must-see" attraction. The idea to combine it with a retail and dining area is smart. Trinity Water Gardens next to it, along with the JFK stuff downtown, will be a nice string of touristy thin...
by Matt777
05 Sep 2018 12:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Old Cityplace Twin Tower site
Replies: 35
Views: 1529

Re: Old Cityplace Twin Tower site

This would be a great spot to put condos for sale on top of that mixed use tower as there is not any high rise condos for sale in the West Village area just rentals. Right? For some reason, highrise condo developments have avoided the areas people most want to live in and would shell out they money...
by Matt777
04 Sep 2018 23:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 398
Views: 51513

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Looks like Kessler Pies came and went without serving a single slice. It was always meant as a 3 month pop up. The space was won in a contest. They were open. They won the space through the end of August, and then the pop up ended. https://www.dmagazine.com/food-drink/2018/06/kessler-pie-co-opens-a...
by Matt777
04 Sep 2018 10:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 252
Views: 36594

Re: Oak Lawn

In Candy's Dirt's update about Oak Lawn projects, it was mentioned that the 2999 Turtle Creek high rise expansion project is being eyed by a "5 star Asian Hotel." Sounds like Mandarin Oriental to me. Finally!!! From Article: https://candysdirt.com/2018/09/04/turtle-creek-update-teixeira-du...
by Matt777
03 Sep 2018 21:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn: Parkland Knight (Knight and Fairmont) (4 ST)
Replies: 19
Views: 2891

Re: Oak Lawn: Parkland Knight (Knight and Fairmont) (4 ST)

Looks really nice. I'd love to see more of these smaller, pedestrian friendly, boutique office buildings pop up in Oak Lawn.
by Matt777
01 Sep 2018 17:02
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 168
Views: 26151

Re: DFW Economy

Wow, our real estate is among the most valuable in the nation, and we have one of the highest property tax percentages in the country, but our city still can't pay for police, keep roads in decent condition, beautify, build parks, upkeep schools, really nothing. We need a military coup at city hall...
by Matt777
31 Aug 2018 23:06
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 168
Views: 26151

Re: DFW Economy

Wow, our real estate is among the most valuable in the nation, and we have one of the highest property tax percentages in the country, but our city still can't pay for police, keep roads in decent condition, beautify, build parks, upkeep schools, really nothing. We need a military coup at city hall.
by Matt777
31 Aug 2018 22:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: 1700 Pacific
Replies: 26
Views: 1255

Re: 1700 Pacific

Flying Biscuit Cafe, an Atlanta based chain, will be moving into 1700 Pacific where Camille's Sidewalk Cafe used to be (I think this is by the Starbucks?). While I would have liked to see a local diner chain open a Downtown location or for Cindi's to expand Downtown, I'll take this. It will be very ...
by Matt777
28 Aug 2018 22:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 71
Views: 10864

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Tenants like restaurants always publicly blame the property owner when they close down. Property owners usually don't get involved in a back and forth of why they closed unless its serious slanderous accusations. So the restaurant management gets to public blame something they didn't do on the busi...
by Matt777
28 Aug 2018 12:20
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 204
Views: 22005

Re: DART D2 Subway

Looks like density pays the bills in this city. The dense, more walkable areas in this city pull in much more money than they need to be supported by city services. A streetcar system would increase walkability and density, especially in areas of East Dallas that once were quite dense and have tons ...
by Matt777
27 Aug 2018 16:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: 1700 Pacific
Replies: 26
Views: 1255

Re: 1700 Pacific

The food court itself looks like some work may be getting done there. The empty spaces east of the SushiYaa and across from the Pacific Gifts shop appear to be getting repurposed or rearranged; there was plastic over it all so it was hard to see. I think some work was being done between Smoothie Ki...
by Matt777
27 Aug 2018 16:08
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 204
Views: 22005

Re: DART D2 Subway

Don't forget the operating costs. Remember what happened when the NCX subway got delayed due to subterranean gases. One of the DART board members asked one the engineers how badly the delay word hurt DART finances. The engineer explained that the delay was great for finances. It's when the line ope...
by Matt777
27 Aug 2018 14:32
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 167
Views: 18173

Re: Trinity River Park

Why can't we let the Trinity be a river, seems like its original and best purpose is being a river and being such makes it a great wildlife habitat that in itself would be the attraction. It is very much possible. One just needs to divorce themselves from the mindset that the river bottom must be f...
by Matt777
27 Aug 2018 09:12
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 167
Views: 18173

Re: Trinity River Park

Why can't we let the Trinity be a river, seems like its original and best purpose is being a river and being such makes it a great wildlife habitat that in itself would be the attraction. I think that because the river was literally moved away from Downtown, it is no longer natural, and we cannot e...
by Matt777
27 Aug 2018 09:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 401
Views: 57819

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Yes but that's the thing it seems they want to consolidate all their admin office in a tower they own near the hospital. Right now Baylor has their own transit bus that makes the trek to Bryan Tower that connects it to their Deep Ellum campus for employees. I imagine they would rather eliminate tha...
by Matt777
25 Aug 2018 19:16
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 204
Views: 22005

Re: DART D2 Subway

Can anyone build 40 miles of streetcar lines for just $1 Billion? You would have to average $25 Million per mile to do so, including the costs associated with buying the streetcar vehicles themselves and building an entirely new maintenance facility or expanding DART’s existing light rail maintenan...
by Matt777
24 Aug 2018 20:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 778
Views: 100263

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I agree that City Hall needs to be cleaned up, but you further prove my argument TNWE...... the mindset that ALL of DFW, every square inch of it, needs to be served by mass transit or transit be damned. That false thinking is why we have the lackluster system we have. DART needs to serve the dense, ...
by Matt777
24 Aug 2018 19:45
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Dallas Love Field Airport
Replies: 52
Views: 6333

Re: Dallas Love Field Airport

Korea is shutting down it's high speed rail to Incheon Airport because the users prefer buses: https://asia.nikkei.com/Economy/South-Korea-to-shut-down-Incheon-Airport-high-speed-rail Don't get caught up in the Korea vs Japan eternal silly Dokdo/Takeshima Island arguments (which is what this Nikkei...
by Matt777
24 Aug 2018 15:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: 1700 Pacific
Replies: 26
Views: 1255

Re: 1700 Pacific

The food court is not the problem in this building. It is always crowded at lunch and they are actually finishing up an expansion that will add a whole new hallway of retail spaces. The lobby itself isn't even that bad and really just needs new furniture, art, and maybe some additional lighting. A m...
by Matt777
24 Aug 2018 15:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 778
Views: 100263

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

AMEN! People in NYC would love to have speedy, convenient, on-demand door to door transportation they way people in Plano do, but the higher cost of living, heavy traffic, and expensive parking mean only the wealthiest can afford it. Fortunately for NYC's population, transit options are relatively ...
by Matt777
24 Aug 2018 14:57
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 204
Views: 22005

Re: DART D2 Subway

Spend the $1 billion on 40 miles of intra-urban Dallas modern streetcars! Now THAT would change the face of this city for the better and actually increase transit usage. The current DART rail runs frequently enough to act as a suburban-urban commuter rail line, which is what it was designed to do an...
by Matt777
24 Aug 2018 14:53
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 167
Views: 18173

Re: Trinity River Park

They wouldnt even have to get rid of those massive embankments but instead simply plant tons of trees on those to make them more appealing and only rework the ones close to access points to the "lake" or near prime real estate areas. That is the option that should be pursued. Wow, if they...
by Matt777
22 Aug 2018 19:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 99
Views: 11970

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

^Is this replacing anything, or has that space just been empty? I don't remember anything being here previously. EDIT: Just checked the spot on google streetview, and it looks like it has always been empty. Yup! Another long empty retail space fills up! Now if only Neiman's would fix up and lease t...
by Matt777
22 Aug 2018 19:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 99
Views: 11970

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

The Mexican restaurant opening in the base of The Metropolitan looks close to opening, and will be called Twisted Trompo. It sounds like they are the new concept of a gas station taco chain called Bachman Tacos, and will use this branding to expand:
https://twistedtrompo.com/about-us/
by Matt777
22 Aug 2018 19:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 252
Views: 36594

Re: Oak Lawn

Cbdallas wrote:425 sq. ft. for 1350 per month. Micro mini size for NYC pricing. They better hope we get Amazon.


Don't forget no pool or onsite parking! :)

On a serious note, these would make lovely condos. I feel like this building is far better set up for owners vs. renters.
by Matt777
22 Aug 2018 19:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: The Spire Mixed Use Project
Replies: 67
Views: 9253

Re: Arts District: The Spire Mixed Use Project

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:Did these losers even attempt to try to lure Amazon?


If Amazon does choose to purchase the land from Spire and work with their own developer to develop it then I will applaud Spire for assembling the land, sitting on it, and being incapable of developing it haha! They would be winners in my book!
by Matt777
22 Aug 2018 12:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 778
Views: 100263

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Are proposals required to be public? I ask because I wonder if there are some proposals in Dallas that are "under the radar" and not published for the public. For example, what if the city partnered with a developer to propose all that city owned land on the south side of Deep Ellum as a p...
by Matt777
22 Aug 2018 12:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 252
Views: 36594

Re: Oak Lawn

Also in Oak Lawn news, The Argyle is wrapping up remodeling and is now leasing units. The refreshed interiors look cool (sans the cheap cabinets) but dang, those are some high asking rents for Oak Lawn especially without the big complex amenities.

https://indiomgmt.com/property/The-Argyle/
by Matt777
21 Aug 2018 10:20
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 144
Views: 22701

Re: DFW Airport

American Airlines is adding the following seasonal nonstop flights from DFW on June 6, 2019!

-Dallas to Munich
-Dallas to Dublin

Both will be seasonal, daily flights on Boeing 787s.
by Matt777
20 Aug 2018 12:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 71
Views: 10864

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Mesero on Henderson has closed over rent hike... https://dallas.eater.com/2018/8/20/17756914/mesero-henderson-closed-rent-dispute That's unfortunate. That was a very nice location for this reliably delicious small chain. I think the Victory Park location should be opening up soon but a continued pr...
by Matt777
20 Aug 2018 11:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: 900 Main
Replies: 48
Views: 2163

Re: 900 Main

I'm starting to wonder if I misunderstood what was happening with the lot. Pretty sure I saw it closed on a weekday with heavy machinery digging it up. On the most recent Google Maps, it looks like it was in really good shape, so I don't think it needed repairs. We'll see, I guess. Regardless, it i...
by Matt777
20 Aug 2018 09:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: 900 Main
Replies: 48
Views: 2163

Re: 900 Main

Source? Sources: Commercial real estate in Dallas, Fountain Place, Trammell Crow Center, Bank of America Tower's parking garage plans, The Statler, Hampton Inn Downtown, Dallas in general. So... apparently no source. If all of those examples still aren't enough for you, and just how commercial real...
by Matt777
18 Aug 2018 17:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 221
Views: 29320

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

lakewoodhobo wrote:Did PL8 even make it 6 months? Trying to see if this or Little Woodrow's or Agave Azul takes the crown for shortest lifetime.


I think Hot Joy takes the crown. 3 months. For good reason. And that stupid, racist mural still adorns the building.
by Matt777
18 Aug 2018 17:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: 900 Main
Replies: 48
Views: 2163

Re: 900 Main

I like a good mystery It's just so their lease sheet can have a certain ratio of parking spaces/square footage that higher than competing buildings. It's not based on actual demand. GROSS. Source? Sources: Commercial real estate in Dallas, Fountain Place, Trammell Crow Center, Bank of America Tower...
by Matt777
17 Aug 2018 16:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: 900 Main
Replies: 48
Views: 2163

Re: 900 Main

I like a good mystery I do too, but not where it has a surprise ending of a massive, bulky, ugly parking garage scarring the city when no additional garage parking is actually needed. It's just so their lease sheet can have a certain ratio of parking spaces/square footage that higher than competing...
by Matt777
17 Aug 2018 13:40
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Dallas Love Field Airport
Replies: 52
Views: 6333

Re: Dallas Love Field Airport

Is there any evidence that adding a people mover is going to increase usage? I'm not even talking about increasing it enough to justify the cost -- that's beyond pie-in-the-sky. Let's be realistic: how many people are there really who don't rider DART to Love Field now that would start just because...
by Matt777
16 Aug 2018 16:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 778
Views: 100263

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Surprising that they knocked DFW on not having enough STEM workers.... when from my experience those workers are plentiful in the area especially in IT. And of course, super hyped golden boy Austin gets hyped for having so many tech workers. Austin's tech workers are a higher % of their total workfo...
by Matt777
15 Aug 2018 23:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox: The McKenzie (~240 ST / 22 ST)
Replies: 38
Views: 7825

Re: Knox: The McKenzie (~240 ST / 22 ST)

It would be nice to see new residential highrises with this aesthetic in Downtown. This kind of reminds me of brand new versions of the prewar residential you'd see in older cities. I think they'd fit right in Dowtown.
by Matt777
15 Aug 2018 10:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 401
Views: 57819

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

I like the Continental Gin Building proposal even though I feel bad that the artists are being pushed out. The building needs a lot of repair and restoration in order to survive another 130 years so it's a necessary evil. They could never restore it by continuing to rent it at $1/sqft to artists unl...
by Matt777
15 Aug 2018 10:32
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Dallas Love Field Airport
Replies: 52
Views: 6333

Re: Dallas Love Field Airport

A good public transport link would reduce the amount of Uber/Lyft cars going in and out of the airport. Just saying!!! Which is why building the people mover system to Burbank and SW Headquarters makes sense. SW employees can either park out there or ride DART and then take the people mover to the ...
by Matt777
14 Aug 2018 14:06
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Dallas Love Field Airport
Replies: 52
Views: 6333

Re: Dallas Love Field Airport

A good public transport link would reduce the amount of Uber/Lyft cars going in and out of the airport. Just saying!!!
by Matt777
13 Aug 2018 15:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 117
Views: 15367

Re: West End 1.0

Also, I don't buy the "boutique hotel" proposal at all.... this developer only does chains like Hampton Inn, La Quinta, Residence Inn, Best Western, Motel 8, and Motel 6 etc. This crap design could easily be a Motel 6. As a downtown resident, a Motel 6 or any of the aforementioned chains i...
by Matt777
13 Aug 2018 15:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 117
Views: 15367

Re: West End 1.0

I'm okay with the idea of it, but wow could they have designed the addition to be any more incongruent, jarring, mismatched, and generally fugly? I am guessing that since they require a height variance, they made this ugly will say they can enhance the design as a concession for receiving the height...
by Matt777
13 Aug 2018 10:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 99
Views: 11970

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Status update on the former Sol Irlandes building: looks like they added a balcony to the patio area. Didn't the building owner have to jump through some hoops in order to add the balcony for the Woolworth? This seems like the same type of addition and we haven't heard anything. The owner of this b...

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