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by Matt777
10 Mar 2020 22:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 280
Views: 113443

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

I haven't been to the new Primo's in Uptown, but the initial Yelp reviews are terrible. 2.5 stars rating right now. The space looks nice, but the food looks ho-hum.
by Matt777
08 Mar 2020 14:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 188
Views: 77382

Re: The Cedars Developments

Looks like the HQ for Doublemint gum. We’ve all been asking for new condo inventory that isn’t ultra lux highrise.... and this is what we get? If this sells poorly (which it may with that design), then it sets things back. If they would have left off the horrible outlandish detailing and just made i...
by Matt777
22 Feb 2020 20:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 742
Views: 264269

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Does anyone recognize what the left side of the table contains? Lots of towers but It has to be another area of town. It goes right over 35.
by Matt777
22 Feb 2020 14:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 742
Views: 264269

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Is this an old development concept for the Northend apartments that I missed? I saw it on Facebook as the cover photo for a DMN article. It’s called “The Interweave.” Fitting name as it would weave together Uptown, Harwood, and Victory Park. I don’t want to speculate but it almost looks like indoor ...
by Matt777
20 Feb 2020 22:33
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW in the Media
Replies: 36
Views: 18776

Re: DFW in the Media

Samantha Brown created a Dallas episode of her PBS TV series "Places to Love." She did the city right, and it was a beautiful, authentic representation of our city. I feel like it will challenge outsiders preconceived notions of Dallas, and hopefully even some of our suburban residents who...
by Matt777
18 Feb 2020 12:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Lower Greenville Development
Replies: 139
Views: 39103

Re: Lower Greenville Development

Good stuff. The neighbors are sure to go crazy but if they want the constant turnover of shops and restaurants in that area to stop, there needs to be a little density added. A medium amount of well designed multi family residential and some office will do this area a world of good.
by Matt777
14 Feb 2020 19:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 304
Views: 106012

Re: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

Crazy to think most of that was supposed to be a Sam’s Club and fast food. So true. I was at the first community meeting with the developers after the Sam's Club was revealed, and was spewed BS when I asked them questions about their crap development and illegal zoning process. It feels good to see...
by Matt777
14 Feb 2020 18:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 208
Views: 87378

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Uno Mas opens the 28th, Barcelona "sometime next week," and Enrique Tomas opened yesterday. Also, today, these rather large decorative lightpoles are beginning to be installed. I like them. I especially like that they'll make walking down Henderson feel much safer. I really like this choi...
by Matt777
14 Feb 2020 18:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 556
Views: 200188

Re: Oak Lawn

I miss the funky old houses on Lemmon, or at least the handful that were left at the turn of the century. If we had torn them down for something urban it might have been worth it, but what replaced these homes really set us back. Add the Avon apartment building to the list, replaced by a parking lo...
by Matt777
12 Feb 2020 20:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 556
Views: 200188

Re: Oak Lawn

That's some expensive paint. Could they not have installed colored tiles/bricks for $128k? Which would be way longer lasting than paint?
by Matt777
08 Feb 2020 10:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: El Centro relocation
Replies: 9
Views: 2956

Re: El Centro relocation

Does anyone else think the proposed El Centro relocation site is too far from most transit for comfort? I feel like one of the main things the current campus has going for it is that it's in the epicenter of transit. Directly on 4 DART Lines and next to the West End bus transfer station. I know this...
by Matt777
06 Feb 2020 07:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 481
Views: 181488

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

We may be adding Truluck’s to the list of closings soon. Developer Trammell Crow plans new Uptown Dallas tower project: McKinney Avenue high-rise would be next door to the Crescent https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2020/02/06/developer-trammell-crow-plans-new-uptown-dallas-tower-proje...
by Matt777
04 Feb 2020 18:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 188
Views: 77382

Re: The Cedars Developments

This will be a catalyst for the revival of that area. Do I see a frame-like structure in the profile of the old Ambassador? I'm talking about the right side corner of the building on the right.
by Matt777
03 Feb 2020 18:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 275
Views: 101019

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

I wonder how feasible it would be to turn all of Jackson into a pedestrian walkway, now that part of it at AT&T is pedestrian only now. Maybe with small slivers of 1 lane limited auto access for the buildings that absolutely need it (ie: the Statler).
by Matt777
28 Jan 2020 12:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 556
Views: 200188

Re: Oak Lawn

Rainbow Pegasus statues for the gateways. Let’s do it.
by Matt777
15 Jan 2020 17:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Lower Greenville Development
Replies: 139
Views: 39103

Re: Lower Greenville Development

Cafe Brazil is barely holding on. Buzz Brews well they def seem to be expanding to every district in Dallas but they did close the Lemmon Ave location. Yeah I'm definitely not a fan of Cafe Brazil myself, but something in that realm seems like it would be good there, if not necessarily those two br...
by Matt777
06 Jan 2020 18:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 280
Views: 113443

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Anyone know why they removed Queso Beso's cool-ish neon sign? This photo is from a few weeks ago before it opened.. went and had lunch there today and it was gone. How is the grub? I went by on Saturday evening (starving), but couldn't get myself to go in. The decor is so odd, and the lighting temp...
by Matt777
19 Dec 2019 16:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 556
Views: 200188

Re: Oak Lawn

Pints and Quarts was a VERY mediocre burger joint that charged around $15+ for a basic cheeseburger, fries, and soda. Anything additional took you closer to $20. I’m not surprised at all that they’ve closed both locations. If Rodeo Goat opened a location in the same spot with their fantastic product...
by Matt777
14 Dec 2019 16:39
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Reverchon Park
Replies: 45
Views: 12268

Re: Reverchon Park

I take issue with the idea that putting a new baseball facility in Reverchron that a private entity can use from time to time takes away park land. It enhances it and the park board was very upfront about not paving over Reverchron for parking lots and these proposals didn't propose that at all so ...
by Matt777
14 Dec 2019 10:42
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Reverchon Park
Replies: 45
Views: 12268

Re: Reverchon Park

It's a sad realization that instead of saying the city should fix what's broken, that everyone resorts to "let's privatize it" and at the same time reduce park land in THE most embarrassingly under-parked major city in America. Even Houston, HOUSTON, slams Dallas in this respect. Everyone ...
by Matt777
14 Dec 2019 10:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Field Street District
Replies: 22
Views: 3642

Re: Downtown Dallas: Field Street District

Wow, all this hate for an attractive development that would replace what's been a sea of surface parking surrounded by expressway lanes and offramps for many decades.... I say go for it, integrate it well with DART, and let it be a catalyst for a dead concrete sea that hasn't had any hopes for 50+ y...
by Matt777
25 Nov 2019 09:32
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 445
Views: 142035

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

Charles Schwab will move HQ to DFW (Westlake) after TD Ameritrade acquisition

https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news ... s_headline
by Matt777
13 Nov 2019 23:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: McKinney/Boll Tower - 2614 McKinney Ave - (18 ST)
Replies: 151
Views: 60439

Re: Uptown Dallas: McKinney/Boll Tower - 2614 McKinney Ave - (18 ST)

While I agree that this is not some big improvement worthy of an "atta boy," I don't think it'll do too much to hinder the pedestrian experience here. There shouldn't be a constant flow of car traffic in/out of this driveway. Even if there was decent traffic, you experience plenty of this...
by Matt777
12 Nov 2019 22:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: McKinney/Boll Tower - 2614 McKinney Ave - (18 ST)
Replies: 151
Views: 60439

Re: Uptown Dallas: McKinney/Boll Tower - 2614 McKinney Ave - (18 ST)

Is adding that vehicular entrance right on McKinney avenue really a "good job" which is what Jon Anderson of CandysDirt is trying to sell us? It seems like having cars careening over the McKinney Avenue sidewalks all day and night would be a huge detriment to the pedestrian friendliness we...
by Matt777
18 Oct 2019 14:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 218
Views: 93331

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

Aside from Mudhen closing down, do we have any reason to think the Farmer's Market isn't doing well financially? I agree with cowboyeagle05 though, it's not the city's problem any more, which is great. We've been through this. While there were some people abusing the former system, there was still ...
by Matt777
18 Oct 2019 14:34
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 445
Views: 142035

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

I was reading an article about the new Spirit Airlines HQ building that is going up in the Fort Lauderdale area, and the article mentioned that Spirit was also considering a site in Dallas for a corporate relocation before choosing to stay and build a new facility in Florida. Would have been nuts to...
by Matt777
16 Oct 2019 20:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 218
Views: 93331

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

Everything about this is stupid. The way Mudhen blamed Dallasites for their failure, their tone, and the fact that the very expensive taxpayer funded fraud bait and switch that was the Farmer’s “Market” redevelopment is continuing to show little return. Too big a space, and until many more residents...
by Matt777
04 Oct 2019 09:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 188
Views: 77382

Re: The Cedars Developments

Yikes, I was hoping that design element near the roof was going to end up on the cutting room floor hahahaha.
by Matt777
04 Oct 2019 09:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Restaurants: general news/development
Replies: 80
Views: 25068

Re: Restaurants: general news/development

What does Black's BBQ have to do with Loro (aside from them both being from Austin)? Because my comment referenced the steady stream of Austin chefs opening restaurants in Dallas. How reciprocal is it? I know that the people I know in Austin shudder at the thought of eating in a Dallas based eatery...
by Matt777
03 Oct 2019 21:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Restaurants: general news/development
Replies: 80
Views: 25068

Re: Restaurants: general news/development

I think this is great news for the area, and definitely welcome concepts from other cities. If the food is great, it doesn't really matter to me who is cooking it. As for Pecan Lodge, I think they will be just fine, and adding Black's BBQ to the area shouldn't totally knock out their business. Peca...
by Matt777
03 Oct 2019 14:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Restaurants: general news/development
Replies: 80
Views: 25068

Re: Restaurants: general news/development

I actually think this is great news. Considering what is currently there, and considering the location, I wouldn't really expect anything more than a suburban style restaurant, so I'm completely happy with it. These guys have quite the reputation, so to have them invest in this area is a great sign...
by Matt777
02 Oct 2019 12:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Lower Greenville Development
Replies: 139
Views: 39103

Re: Lower Greenville Development

There have been a number recent closures/relocations along lower Greenville and I imagine there will be a few closing soon (e.g., Gung Ho), but on the other hand there are a number of new bars and restaurants opening soon. I got excited when I saw the proposed rezoning sign in front of Taco Cabana ...
by Matt777
01 Oct 2019 16:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 556
Views: 200188

Re: Oak Lawn

While I am glad to see this project do something at least we will see a nice new wall with some landscaping. Once again I have to wonder about the Oak Lawn Committee and any commitment to dense urban growth if they approved this layout. I agree about OLC and I've said it before. They have some seri...
by Matt777
26 Sep 2019 22:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District 1.0
Replies: 71
Views: 20937

Re: Design District 1.0

The DD has an oppertunity like few other to create an awesome little network of pedestrian alley ways that link various business/resturaunts/lofts etc., if they repurpose their network of former rail right of ways. There are tons of them, and they all conveniently link to existing or prosed trails,...
by Matt777
26 Sep 2019 22:05
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 230
Views: 90148

Re: DFW Airport

Delta is buying a 20% stake in LATAM, South America's largest airline group which has hubs in most large South American cities. LATAM is part of Oneworld and partnered with AA, and will be leaving Oneworld ASAP. This is not good news for AA. They lose connectivity in South America from the cities th...
by Matt777
25 Sep 2019 15:14
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: The Cedars: Old City Park & Dallas Heritage Village
Replies: 24
Views: 9831

Re: The Cedars: Old City Park & Dallas Heritage Village

I didn't realize this until this morning, but the "Destination Residences" condo building across from the Lorenzo Hotel is well underway and looks pretty much topped out. When I saw the original plans I honestly didn't think it would go anywhere but the construction team was buzzing. As a ...
by Matt777
24 Sep 2019 21:32
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 325
Views: 117645

Re: Silver Line

Yikes. They want to get this boondoggle operational quickly. Can't wait for the 20/20 feature story on "The Train to Nowhere." Why don't you go tell the UTD student/staff population that you don't think they deserve rail service because they live in the middle of "nowhere?". Nev...
by Matt777
24 Sep 2019 09:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Smart District
Replies: 120
Views: 45002

Re: Dallas Smart District

"Academic Campus- +/- 1.4 million SF." El Centro College relocation? The best thing about these new renderings is that the Eagle's Nest seems to stay intact. It would make a fantastic Food Hall space or a market. Those high ceilings, the tall stained glass windows, all the ornamentation. I...
by Matt777
23 Sep 2019 16:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 556
Views: 200188

Re: Oak Lawn

The Starbucks on Oak Lawn and Congress opened up a week or so ago, and it actually does have a small indoor area. It's still a step back in pedestrian friendliness, but I guess it could have been worse? And I wonder what might go in the just-closed location at Oak Lawn and Rawlins. Such a high-traf...
by Matt777
23 Sep 2019 14:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 280
Views: 113443

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Looks like the burger place Burguesa is taking over part of the Which Wich space that used to be their test kitchen. Chop House Burger continues to be surprisingly popular in this immediate area so I'm not totally surprised by this. Do you know if this Burguesa location is in addition to the one un...
by Matt777
23 Sep 2019 14:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 556
Views: 200188

Re: Oak Lawn

The Starbucks on Oak Lawn and Congress opened up a week or so ago, and it actually does have a small indoor area. It's still a step back in pedestrian friendliness, but I guess it could have been worse?
by Matt777
19 Sep 2019 14:39
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 325
Views: 117645

Re: Silver Line

DART breaks ground on Silver Line along the old Cotton Belt corridor The plan is to have the Silver Line operating in three years. https://www.fox4news.com/news/dart-breaks-ground-on-silver-line-along-the-old-cotton-belt-corridor I had no idea we were so close to ground breaking on this project. Tr...
by Matt777
15 Sep 2019 16:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 218
Views: 93331

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

Tostadas and flan! Mission brand factory tortillas! Exactly what I look for in a true farmers market. I take back anything bad I said about the new farmers market. This is ANOTHER Dallas city government success that we can all applaud city hall for. City hall is showing us time and time that anythin...
by Matt777
12 Sep 2019 13:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 304
Views: 106012

Re: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

This can be nothing but a good thing.... De La Vega purchases the property from TC! DLV now controls about 25 acres in this area. Although I'm not sure what my confidence level is in DLV seeing as they've never taken on a project of this size and scope before. https://www.dallasnews.com/business/re...
by Matt777
12 Sep 2019 13:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 738
Views: 252723

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

For A Number Of Reasons, Including Repeated Vandalization And Corporate Overlord Takeover, Leather Masters Is Worn Out By Deep Ellum. https://www.centraltrack.com/deep-ellums-last-weird-shop-is-leaving-the-neighborhood Since the Texas Refrigeration Butcher Supply store closed, I can't think of anot...
by Matt777
05 Sep 2019 22:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 218
Views: 93331

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

That's the other part of my point right there. Maybe I'm missing something here, but I don't see the issue with it being a food hall, and it seems like people are (understandly) hung up on the fact that the district still calls itself the Farmer's Market. It would be one thing if they actually desi...
by Matt777
05 Sep 2019 15:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 218
Views: 93331

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

That's the other part of my point right there. Maybe I'm missing something here, but I don't see the issue with it being a food hall, and it seems like people are (understandly) hung up on the fact that the district still calls itself the Farmer's Market. It would be one thing if they actually desi...
by Matt777
05 Sep 2019 15:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 218
Views: 93331

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

Memories of the old market circa 2010-2015..... pics courtesy of Yelp. Dallas made sure it killed it like anything else that wasn't bougie and attracted anyone who doesn't have thousands of dollars in disposable income to spend every weekend. Sucks that many of these vendors got put out of jobs so w...
by Matt777
05 Sep 2019 14:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 218
Views: 93331

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

I think the problem, like many things in Dallas, is the acceptance of mediocrity. The belief that "we have a Farmer's Market and should be grateful" is better than "we have a really good farmers market that serves it's basic purpose AND provides something extra." If we don't exp...
by Matt777
05 Sep 2019 13:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 218
Views: 93331

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

I'm not saying the new stuff isn't good, it is, but when I've been it's hard to get some basic items. I might be able to buy some local onions, but not the tomatoes I need for the same dish I want to create, for hypothetical example. Yes, keep the new stuff but for God's sake you should be able to ...

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