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by Matt777
17 Jun 2019 21:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 340
Views: 78923

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

Doesn't it seem obvious that the Gingerman closing might have something to do with the property it sits on being redeveloped for high rise, and not necessarily them doing well or not? It looks like a perfectly sized parcel for a highrise apartment building.

It will be sad to see them go.
by Matt777
12 Jun 2019 13:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 295
Views: 67819

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

The_Overdog wrote:I will never understand the hate for stucco on this site. I find it fascinating.


I think most of the hate is for EIFS which looks like stucco, not real stucco. The hate on this design is because it's ugly and cheap looking.
by Matt777
10 Jun 2019 20:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: City Lights
Replies: 93
Views: 19325

Re: Downtown Dallas: City Lights

Wow, nobody will be able to go back? I wonder if it's because it will be a long renovation, or if it's because they have to tear the whole complex down. That crane company is in for a world of hurt if they are the liable party.
by Matt777
08 Jun 2019 13:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 361
Views: 75981

Re: Oak Lawn

Yes according to the updated info sent by streetlights Lemmon side of the garage will still have units covering the garage. streetlights-podium.PNG Good stuff, then. The new brickwork on the facade is pretty cool, especially if they light it up dramatically at night. I guess we will just have to wa...
by Matt777
08 Jun 2019 13:18
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 228
Views: 54520

Re: DFW Economy

Matt777: "Finishes are irrelevant to apartment rents" Me: "Every complex I've ever lived in has charged more for an identical floorplan that has nicer finishes" Oh my gosh your facts are now that 'renovations' aren't given away for free? Thanks for the tip. Are you sure you thou...
by Matt777
07 Jun 2019 12:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 361
Views: 75981

Re: Oak Lawn

Will the parking be wrapped by apartments on the Lemmon side, like the previous renders? If all 6 lower floors are now exposed parking on all sides, that's a step back. Yes, 8 floors were exposed before but only on the side facing Eatzi's.
by Matt777
07 Jun 2019 12:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - Fountain Place
Replies: 76
Views: 21171

Re: Downtown Dallas - Fountain Place

LBK2013 wrote:It's official. Tenet and its subsidiaries are consolidating to International Plaza in Farmer's Branch.


Gross. Baby boomers causing more damage before they finally bow out. As a millenial, I know that we are all just DYING to work in the gorgeous, exciting suburban office campuses.
by Matt777
07 Jun 2019 12:28
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 91
Views: 16976

Re: TexRail

Because "modern" streetcars (there's any oxymoron for you) have been such a success in U.S. cities. Have you noticed that Griggs never mentions the OC line he pushed so hard for? There's not a word about it on his campaign website. While campaigning on a platform of being anti-boondoggle ...
by Matt777
06 Jun 2019 22:05
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 91
Views: 16976

Re: TexRail

Ridiculous. And the "Silver Line" or Cotton Belt will be even worse. To think.... that $1+ billion they're wasting on the Cotton belt white elephant could build around 50+ miles of modern streetcar network in urban areas of Dallas. Sigh.....

#CancelCottonBelt
by Matt777
06 Jun 2019 13:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 295
Views: 67819

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

Yikes, that RH in West Hollywood is even uglier up close. I prefer modern design personally, but these materials make the modern design look cheap and dirty.
by Matt777
06 Jun 2019 13:49
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Fair Park
Replies: 76
Views: 17966

Re: Fair Park

Sure, why not close down all the gay bars while we're at it since we are already taking everything out of Oak Lawn /Sarcasm. If your number one goal for Pride or Block Party is lots of parking, no crowds, public bathrooms everywhere, then make a separate event somewhere else. There are some in the c...
by Matt777
03 Jun 2019 18:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 295
Views: 67819

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

They have a rendering attached the fencing for the new RH. It’s a frontal shot, so no hint if the project still includes the RH Guesthouse. There will be no RH GUESTHOUSE as part of this project. PERIOD. So we get 3 buildings torn up, the mess that will come for that for a couple years, and none of...
by Matt777
03 Jun 2019 16:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 340
Views: 78923

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

Shiva's Fine Indian Bar And Grill is moving to Downtown off Ross And Griffin. Did the lowest Greenville location shut down? Also, the i-fratelli in the same vecinity is almost complete. Odd move, but we will see if they retool. On Greenville, they were only open for dinner and prices were high. Mos...
by Matt777
03 Jun 2019 14:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown - Warsaw Restaurant Office Tower
Replies: 55
Views: 12594

Re: Uptown - Warsaw Restaurant Office Tower

So many developers don't like to complicate things with a mixed-use element. Most just want to throw up the residential units, lease them and sell. Adding ground floor retail complicates contracts and leasing management. That's why we should have some zoning requirements requiring a certain amount ...
by Matt777
02 Jun 2019 21:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 340
Views: 78923

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

Mockingbird Diner Closes Was it the staff? The size? Restaurateur 'befuddled' over Mockingbird Diner's closure https://www.guidelive.com/food-and-drink/2019/06/01/mockingbird-diner-closed-near-dallas-love-field-airport Anybody else try this place besides me? The ownership was arrogant and rude. You...
by Matt777
02 Jun 2019 21:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 295
Views: 67819

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

They have a rendering attached the fencing for the new RH. It’s a frontal shot, so no hint if the project still includes the RH Guesthouse. This is a pretty disappointing design in my opinion. All the other new style locations are a floor higher, with better architecture. This looks much plainer an...
by Matt777
31 May 2019 15:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Terminal- Fitzhugh @ Katy Trail (Condos + Retail/Office)
Replies: 27
Views: 4283

Re: The Terminal- Fitzhugh @ Katy Trail (Condos + Retail/Office)

I wonder if this will affect the Fitzhugh Westbound access to the trail. Allot of people enter/exit there. There's a giant pass through, the middle of the lower part of the building is hollow, meaning people can now walk from Buena Vista Street straight through to the trail, instead of scaling the ...
by Matt777
31 May 2019 11:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 391
Views: 101734

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

Regardless of the different opinions on the 1980's bust, some from people involved, it was a pretty clear cut case of deregulation run amock leading to some shady behavior in real estate financing which lead to a good old fashioned asset bubble. Read up on Danny Faulkner, the guy who was responsible...
by Matt777
30 May 2019 14:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Terminal- Fitzhugh @ Katy Trail (Condos + Retail/Office)
Replies: 27
Views: 4283

Re: The Terminal- Fitzhugh @ Katy Trail (Condos + Retail/Office)

The condos have hit the MLS averaging at just over $1000 per square foot. Is this a new record for condos in Dallas? I think Museum Towers listings are around $850/square foot right now. The units look gorgeous and well thought out. Not bare like Museum Tower: https://www.realtor.com/realestateandho...
by Matt777
29 May 2019 21:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 183
Views: 29586

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

LOL!!!! How dare my view of nearby high rises be obstructed by high rises!
by Matt777
29 May 2019 21:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Dream Hotel
Replies: 107
Views: 31807

Re: Uptown Dallas: Dream Hotel

Cbdallas wrote:So is the DREAM finally DEAD?


LOL I legit totally forgot about this one.
by Matt777
29 May 2019 20:57
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 228
Views: 54520

Re: DFW Economy

This forum makes up a miniscule fraction of DFW residents, but the echo chamber of opinions on here has led some to believe that their ideas for Dallas have widespread, popular support, and they should be empowered to micromanage the decisions of every developer, government agency, and resident to ...
by Matt777
29 May 2019 12:21
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 228
Views: 54520

Re: DFW Economy

I'm curious though... While the asking prices for many of these new products are no doubt 'luxury', how much of the product itself really is? Based on materials and build quality, I suspect the true cost of many of these buildings falls more in the mid range anyway. So, while many of them will see ...
by Matt777
20 May 2019 16:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Highland Park Village
Replies: 96
Views: 23624

Re: Highland Park Village

HPV, in the future, should switch to a mostly valet model, and a garage somewhere offsite within walking distance if they can, and fill in the parking lots with park space, hotel, and maybe some standalone shops. I don't know if this is feasible but it would take it to the next level. I’ve always s...
by Matt777
20 May 2019 10:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: 1899 McKinney (McKinney/Akard/St. Paul Triangle)
Replies: 9
Views: 1005

Re: Uptown Dallas: 1899 McKinney (McKinney/Akard/St. Paul Triangle)

Guesses on what could go here? Since the lot is small, parking won't be abundant even if the go below ground and above ground. I'm thinking something with less parking needs like a tall, skinny lux condo tower? With like 2-4 residences per floor? Pipe dream- an average of 3 residences per floor, all...
by Matt777
20 May 2019 10:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Highland Park Village
Replies: 96
Views: 23624

Re: Highland Park Village

HPV, in the future, should switch to a mostly valet model, and a garage somewhere offsite within walking distance if they can, and fill in the parking lots with park space, hotel, and maybe some standalone shops. I don't know if this is feasible but it would take it to the next level.
by Matt777
19 May 2019 15:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 508 Young Street (old Dallas Morning News building)
Replies: 37
Views: 5603

Re: Downtown Dallas: 508 Young Street (old Dallas Morning News building)

Who owns the old Reunion Arena parcels again? The DMN parcel sits in the middle of a lot of underutilized pieces of land between Union Station and the future HSR site. You've also got all the Reunion arena land and parking lots/garage, the parking lot next to Union Station, the old WFAA facilities, ...
by Matt777
18 May 2019 10:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 508 Young Street (old Dallas Morning News building)
Replies: 37
Views: 5603

Re: Downtown Dallas: 508 Young Street (old Dallas Morning News building)

Do we think he has some undisclosed office tenant? Ray Washburne could have found someone willing to sign on to some level of commitment enough to make it worth getting a phase 1 moving. Paying your own money upfront and promising more later seems like they are confident on an early stage developme...
by Matt777
17 May 2019 21:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 508 Young Street (old Dallas Morning News building)
Replies: 37
Views: 5603

Re: Downtown Dallas: 508 Young Street (old Dallas Morning News building)

Thankfully, he said the Rock of Truth is staying and his wording makes it sounds like they are going to incorporate the George Dahl designed part of the complex into the redevelopment. This sounds promising and I hope he does right by this. It looks like he will.
by Matt777
16 May 2019 21:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 361
Views: 75981

Re: Oak Lawn

You criticize us for arrogance, and yet your the one using the most aggressive language on here I never said "don't build any more apartments" but you apparently can't read or comprehend basic English. :roll: "I, Matt777 hate people poorer than me, because they get in the way of my p...
by Matt777
16 May 2019 16:43
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 300
Views: 65452

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

Dallas could land major Uber expansion, thousands of jobs

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/tec ... sands-jobs

This could be a major win for Dallas. They are looking at The Epic in Deep Ellum.
by Matt777
15 May 2019 15:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)
Replies: 115
Views: 25754

Re: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)

Great idea but I vote for new high profile hotel downtown and let the old buildings get converted to residential. That's ironic. The Fairmont complex was originally designed to be condos. They ran out of money during construction, and the unfinished buildings sat there as massive eyesores on the sk...
by Matt777
15 May 2019 15:06
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The "hotelification" of multifamily
Replies: 10
Views: 725

Re: The "hotelification" of multifamily

Very interesting trend. The future of housing seems to be rooted in flexibility and convenience over stability. I don't think the 30 year mortgage model is as popular with millennials. We seem to want the flexibility to move city to city, hood to hood, and not have to worry about the minutia that c...
by Matt777
15 May 2019 14:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1054
Views: 225600

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

^From what I understand, the folks behind the folks running the company are stuck in Sears Roebuck mode, it's a shame. Before much longer, the resources of JCP will have been depleted beyond the point of no return; the cushion of size still gifts the ability to act with nimbleness and mobility for ...
by Matt777
15 May 2019 12:13
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The "hotelification" of multifamily
Replies: 10
Views: 725

Re: The "hotelification" of multifamily

We already saw what happened at the Statler Hilton when residents were kicked out for "repairs" and then saw entire floors converted into short-term rentals by Stay Alfred. If you go to their website you'll see they have similar units at LTV Tower, The Mayflower and the Miro. Stay Alfred ...
by Matt777
15 May 2019 12:05
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: US 75-N. Central Expwy.
Replies: 11
Views: 1713

Re: US 75-N. Central Expwy.

I drive 75 from Lovers north into Richardson every morning, and I gotta say - the highway really does look fantastic this spring/summer. The new foliage is beautiful and does enhance the experience (luckily I leave late enough to not get stuck in traffic so I don't have that dragging me down :D ) I...
by Matt777
15 May 2019 09:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)
Replies: 115
Views: 25754

Re: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)

9B9D6794-3514-4780-BA7E-C5D29A6A4DCD.pngFirst thought was Soffitel, but that’s French. Maybe Swissotel?? If so, Swissotel is an Accor brand (company that used to own Motel 6/Studio 6). They only have 1 North American location, in Chicago on Wacker Drive overlooking the Chicago River. Elsewhere: Aus...
by Matt777
15 May 2019 09:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1054
Views: 225600

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Too bad JCP hasn't figured out how to use the internet for substantial growth. Taking the small, hometown route to building the innovative tech mastery necessary to keep up with Amazon a locally sourced "engineer" workgroup housed in (e.g.) Deep Ellum could save Pennys. Right? JCP is such...
by Matt777
15 May 2019 09:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Link at Uptown
Replies: 92
Views: 10287

Re: The Link at Uptown

Drove by today and happened to notice how quick this has changed, this will be gone in no time. Always thought this was the ugliest building. I don't personally think the building was ugly, I think it was just horribly maintained and was left to basically rot away. Maybe it was nicer when it was br...
by Matt777
14 May 2019 13:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 361
Views: 75981

Re: Oak Lawn

The most basic tenet of economics is 'ceteris paribus' - all other things being equal. If the market is made up of 10 identical houses, and you build 10 more identical houses while keeping demand the same, yes, prices will go down. But that is not the case here- all of the new houses are being buil...
by Matt777
14 May 2019 10:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 361
Views: 75981

Re: Oak Lawn

Nobody here is advocating for prices to go higher. If we do not build the new housing, keep supply at the same level, prices will increase IE San Francisco. Prices do not increase much because of granite counters or fancy pools. They increase because the market can bear those prices due to high dem...
by Matt777
13 May 2019 14:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Terminal- Fitzhugh @ Katy Trail (Condos + Retail/Office)
Replies: 27
Views: 4283

Re: The Terminal- Fitzhugh @ Katy Trail (Condos + Retail/Office)

beepboopdtown wrote:There is a big "Arriving" sign for The Terminal on the property now.


Nice!! I always worry about the high quality developments like this getting killed before I see dirt turn.
by Matt777
09 May 2019 23:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 183
Views: 29586

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

I knew they had to have some residential up their sleeves for East Quarter. This looks fantastic!!! And they're preserving the Meletio Electric building! Nothing but net with this one. This building will be in high demand. Walk west to the CBD, walk east right into Bark Park and Deep Ellum, south is...
by Matt777
09 May 2019 15:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Restaurants: general news/development
Replies: 47
Views: 6081

Re: Restaurants: general news/development

Wasn't there a kebab place that expanded here from Austin recently that flamed out pretty quickly? I think it was Vertskebap, which then became Verts Mediterranean, which has apparently changed its name to Noon Mediterranean. Not sure how that compares to Doner, but just an interesting recent expan...
by Matt777
09 May 2019 13:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Restaurants: general news/development
Replies: 47
Views: 6081

Re: Restaurants: general news/development

This Popular European Doner Kebab Chain is Headed to Dallas A kebab stand that began in Berlin and grew to expand throughout Europe and the Middle East now wants to make a big splash in the U.S. — and Dallas is among the first cities on its list. The international chain German Doner Kebab just anno...
by Matt777
09 May 2019 13:56
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 201
Views: 48781

Re: DFW Airport

American Airlines is adding another handful of new destinations for DFW Airport: Hub Destination City Aircraft Flights begin Frequency Season DFW Acapulco, Mexico (ACA) E175 Dec. 21 Tues./Sat. Winter/Summer DFW Huatulco, Mexico (HUX) E175 Dec. 21 Tues./Sat. Winter/Summer DFW St. Thomas, USVI (STT) 7...
by Matt777
08 May 2019 14:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 158
Views: 35476

Re: West End 1.0

A flagship college for DCCCD would be an awesome thing for Downtown Dallas. There was a state bill proposal in 2017 to allow DCCCD to offer 4 year degrees. Collin College is about to start offering 4 year bachelor degrees. A full fledged college with student housing Downtown would offer a positive j...
by Matt777
08 May 2019 13:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 361
Views: 75981

Re: Oak Lawn

cowboyeagle05 wrote:Two examples right here Starbucks at Congress focused primarily on Drive-Thru customers fly's through approvals and this new tower near Eatzi's will get fought tooth and nail as the bringer of all evil to Oak Lawn.


Exactly.... it's nuts. Oak Lawn Committee needs change.
by Matt777
08 May 2019 13:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 361
Views: 75981

Re: Oak Lawn

Nobody here is advocating for prices to go higher. If we do not build the new housing, keep supply at the same level, prices will increase IE San Francisco. Prices do not increase much because of granite counters or fancy pools. They increase because the market can bear those prices due to high dema...
by Matt777
08 May 2019 10:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 361
Views: 75981

Re: Oak Lawn

In other news.... the Starbucks seems to be moving along. Small foundation is poured. This looks exactly the size of the drive-thru only Starbucks on Maple and at Hall & 75...... where the Oak Lawn Committee and Starbucks promised "significant architecture" and "one of a kind coff...

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