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by Matt777
18 Jul 2018 11:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown: Carlisle St. Urban Renewal Project/Block 968
Replies: 15
Views: 1812

Re: Uptown: Carlisle St. Urban Renewal Project/Block 968

Worth $20-30 million of free handout money (paid for by hardworking citizens) to the developer? No. If that happens, jail time should be given to whoever is involved. Backroom old Dallas deals like this is why we don't have nice things. Do we still know this is being subsidized? I know originally t...
by Matt777
18 Jul 2018 09:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown: Carlisle St. Urban Renewal Project/Block 968
Replies: 15
Views: 1812

Re: Uptown: Carlisle St. Urban Renewal Project/Block 968

I like it! A huge improvement compared to what is currently there. People shouldn't be complaining about this. Worth $20-30 million of free handout money (paid for by hardworking citizens) to the developer? No. If that happens, jail time should be given to whoever is involved. Backroom old Dallas d...
by Matt777
17 Jul 2018 09:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Renaissance Tower
Replies: 5
Views: 309

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 n...
by Matt777
16 Jul 2018 11:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 70
Views: 9518

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

A grocery store right next to a streetcar station is always a nice addition to the urban fabric.
by Matt777
14 Jul 2018 23:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 353
Views: 50247

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Warrior2015 wrote:will there be parking?


Probably not, thankfully. A hostel does not cater to the type of traveler that will be traveling around in a personal automobile.
by Matt777
13 Jul 2018 09:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 353
Views: 50247

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

The Deep Ellum Hostel is NOW OPEN! I wish them all the best! The design looks very good. The tapas/bar concept, Izkina, is still not open. Their website seems to be a work in progress but you can book beds/rooms here or on any of the major travel sites including Hostelworld. http://www.DeepEllumHost...
by Matt777
13 Jul 2018 09:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building
Replies: 100
Views: 15467

Re: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building

If the low cost redo translates into more affordable housing, it’s worth it. Do apartments here rent for less than EMC, Victory and Uptown? I think it translates into more profitable housing, not more affordable, as long as he can fill the units. I don't know occupancy rates, but they were offering...
by Matt777
12 Jul 2018 11:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 355
Views: 53174

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

Does anybody have an update on when the Central Market will start construction? I need it now!
by Matt777
08 Jul 2018 12:16
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Lowest Stemmons Project
Replies: 18
Views: 1477

Re: Lowest Stemmons Project

Here is something, looks like a fairly typical freeway widening project that promises to alleviate congestion but probably won't. https://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot-info/dal/projects/i35e-lowest-stemmons.pdf More highway lanes.... wonderful.... UGH. I'm all for cleaning up 35 and making it more ...
by Matt777
04 Jul 2018 23:42
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Reverchon Park
Replies: 12
Views: 681

Re: Cityplace West/West Village: Residential Tower (~250 FT / 23 ST) / Hilton Canopy (8 ST)

Maybe a combined Rustic/Mutts can be re-accommodated permanently on city owned park land somewhere else in Uptown, with a long term land lease from the city. Reverchon Park seems to have some underutilized land that could work. If not, I wouldn't mind seeing them move to East Dallas into an empty l...
by Matt777
03 Jul 2018 16:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 109
Views: 17984

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

mdg109 wrote:On the Pearl Street side, I think there's a Thai place and 2-3 more retail spaces.

Thai food? At the Farmer's Market? Where????!!!
by Matt777
02 Jul 2018 18:06
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Homelessness
Replies: 21
Views: 1819

Re: Homelessness

Thanks so much for the info. I know housing first has worked really well in other cities, and BC Workshop has helped out with a small village here in Dallas, but that takes a lot of money to start up and sustain. I'm going to check out the library and see what the experience is like. I forgot to me...
by Matt777
27 Jun 2018 23:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 152
Views: 24310

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

Where will the artists lofts be located if they are coming later? That lot isnt huge, so I imagine theyd be built into the overall construction of the building, right? The Artists Lofts are actually stick built apartment product that wrap around and conceal the parking garage, and face Flora. The r...
by Matt777
27 Jun 2018 16:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 152
Views: 24310

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

"More than 50 affordable artists' lofts in the project on Flora Street will come later."

That worries me a bit. Hopefully it's not like the bait and switch that might be happening at the 2000 Ross parking gara... ermmm development.
by Matt777
27 Jun 2018 14:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 152
Views: 24310

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

All streets downtown need traffic to be slowed. I swear some people think they are on the DNT speeding at 60mph down Elm and other streets. Reduce speed limits across the board and ENFORCE them. I never see any of the speeders downtown getting pulled over.
by Matt777
26 Jun 2018 13:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 202
Views: 24993

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

Sad to see one of the original tenants go (Gap) but that's just the reality of their brand right now. On a positive note, it will be good to see 3-4 new tenants replace Gap instead of one large one. More variety will be a good thing. More clothing options would be much appreciated.
by Matt777
26 Jun 2018 11:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District: Virgin Hotel
Replies: 71
Views: 15201

Re: Design District: Virgin Hotel

Imagine how good it would have been in Deep Ellum or Downtown. Sigh. I'm hopeful for the Design District, though. It will be there some day, but will Virgin still be operating there? Also note, some of the nearby restaurants/bars are planned to be torn down for another hotel. If adjacent Turtle Cree...
by Matt777
26 Jun 2018 10:43
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: 2045 Mobility Plan
Replies: 15
Views: 525

Re: 2045 Mobility Plan

The tiny percentage of transit funding dollars devoted to building public transit systems is criminal but I'm not surprised considering our current state leadership. What a disservice to the public. Dallas is ever densifying in the urban core neighborhoods. Traffic is already getting to the point of...
by Matt777
21 Jun 2018 09:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 353
Views: 50247

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

I'll say what I always say these days the city needs to start planning to move out of Deep Ellum. The land the city controls down there is massive and perfect to absorb big developer interest in the area without tearing down the 1 story core that most people love in Deep Ellum. The city can then mo...
by Matt777
19 Jun 2018 21:24
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: US 75-N. Central Expwy.
Replies: 3
Views: 264

Re: US 75-N. Central Expwy.

They do look really nice. Now if only we could clean up the I-35 corridor. It's embarrassing.
by Matt777
18 Jun 2018 18:31
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: The Daily Digital 4.0
Replies: 32
Views: 6990

Re: The Daily Digital 4.0

ATT needs a new skyscraper, something that makes a real statement. How would this benefit the stockholders? If they do it right, talent retention. Unemployment has been so low over the last 3-4 years that talent retention is becoming a huge deal. AT&T's most talented workers are constantly gett...
by Matt777
14 Jun 2018 15:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Lower Greenville Development
Replies: 42
Views: 4129

Re: Lower Greenville Development

It's not like the neighborhood would ever approve a 5 story apartment block here with ground retail space. Any future development would have to be maybe townhouses on most of the lot with some sort of minor amount of retail facing Greenville to get approval from neighborhood leaders. We don't know ...
by Matt777
14 Jun 2018 13:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 70
Views: 9518

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

Walmart plans a Lower Greenville return, but with a store you wouldn't expect Maria Halkias, Retail Writer https://www.dallasnews.com/business/retail/2018/06/14/walmart-plans-lower-greenville-return-store-wouldnt-expect Walmart is focused on Lower Greenville once again with a new concept from its S...
by Matt777
14 Jun 2018 13:05
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Fantasy DART Streetcar Expansion Map
Replies: 24
Views: 1057

Re: Fantasy DART Streetcar Expansion Map

Personally, I recommend the Love Field connector line go from the airport and connect to the West Village MATA and if possible crossover 75 to a City Place end of the line. From what I've seen successful modern streetcar routes are simple and don't weave long and complicated routes. They need to co...
by Matt777
14 Jun 2018 08:34
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Fantasy DART Streetcar Expansion Map
Replies: 24
Views: 1057

Re: Fantasy DART Streetcar Expansion Map

You can still see where the old Dallas streetcars turned around even though any signs of the old tracks are long gone. Few, if any, streetcars reached as far out as Loop 12, for several reasons. That's where the city limits reached, and that was also the limit where streetcars provided a great serv...
by Matt777
13 Jun 2018 10:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 70
Views: 9518

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

I could see them doing this urban store concept in Dallas: http://www.startribune.com/aldi-will-open-a-supermarket-at-26th-and-lyndale-in-minneapolis-next-summer/484601671/ Nice! It's a perfect fit seeing as Aldi stores are designed to be smaller and more efficient. They are almost like big, cheap ...
by Matt777
13 Jun 2018 10:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 292
Views: 42624

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

Again, people here are mixing up food court with food hall. Totally different animals. A food hall is not just a bunch of restaurants in an enclosed area and typically do not include fast food or corporate chains. The tunnels in Dallas will NEVER be a "food hall" and I'm okay with that bec...
by Matt777
13 Jun 2018 08:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 292
Views: 42624

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

I think these days the term 'food hall' is getting thrown around too loosely, so I'm not sure how much of an actual food hall this will be. Agreed on this point. I love what AT&T is doing with their HQ but at the end of the day I think the "food hall" will be a small food court simila...
by Matt777
12 Jun 2018 23:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 292
Views: 42624

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

I'd love to see something the size of Legacy Hall in the CBD, but it's hard when you already have a couple of food halls all competing with each other. I think, at the moment, you have the Farmer's Market and then I believe there is one in the West End's Factory Six03. The AT&T expansion will i...
by Matt777
12 Jun 2018 22:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 292
Views: 42624

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

I don't remember hearing about the food hall. That would be a perfect use for some of the massive base of the building, but it could be much larger than 12,000 square feet. Legacy Hall is 55,000 square feet. Something that size or larger would be awesome and could easily be supported by the 135,000+...
by Matt777
12 Jun 2018 21:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 355
Views: 53174

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

Win-Win. Get er' done.
by Matt777
12 Jun 2018 16:43
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike
Replies: 125
Views: 20471

Re: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike

They are being ridden all over downtown by people of all backgrounds. They are a good thing. Some light regulation is needed and I hope the city doesn't go too far. I would like the data to lead to more bike lanes being put in where people use bikes, and hopefully a network of bike/pedestrian only t...
by Matt777
10 Jun 2018 19:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Masonic Temple
Replies: 9
Views: 490

Re: Masonic Temple

I know the East Quarter developer said he was going to preserve this building and turn it into something, but it would be horrifying to see this building demolished sneakily. Are there any protections for this building? It’s a beautiful example of Art Deco architecture.
by Matt777
09 Jun 2018 16:31
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Fantasy DART Streetcar Expansion Map
Replies: 24
Views: 1057

Re: Fantasy DART Streetcar Expansion Map

UPDATE: I added some Oak Cliff lines in Green, some of which is an extension of the existing Oak Cliff Streetcar Line. I also added in the existing DART Red and Blue Lines. This helps in seeing where the new streetcar lines would connect to the existing DART rail system. I still need to add the Ora...
by Matt777
07 Jun 2018 23:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace West/West Village: Residential Tower (~250 FT / 23 ST) / Hilton Canopy (8 ST)
Replies: 73
Views: 14663

Re: Cityplace West/West Village: Residential Tower (~250 FT / 23 ST) / Hilton Canopy (8 ST)

I don't understand the dislike for Mutts and Rustic. Sure, I get that they were alway supposed to be temporary, but they have proven themselves to be popular attractions for the area. The notion that every square foot of uptown should be mid-rise apartments with/without ground floor retail , etc, i...
by Matt777
07 Jun 2018 21:59
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Fantasy DART Streetcar Expansion Map
Replies: 24
Views: 1057

Re: Fantasy DART Streetcar Expansion Map

UPDATE: I added some Oak Cliff lines in Green, some of which is an extension of the existing Oak Cliff Streetcar Line. I also added in the existing DART Red and Blue Lines. This helps in seeing where the new streetcar lines would connect to the existing DART rail system. I still need to add the Oran...
by Matt777
07 Jun 2018 14:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace West/West Village: Residential Tower (~250 FT / 23 ST) / Hilton Canopy (8 ST)
Replies: 73
Views: 14663

Re: Cityplace West/West Village: Residential Tower (~250 FT / 23 ST) / Hilton Canopy (8 ST)

Rustic has already been contacted about opening something similar far up north most likely the second location with the same name. Although I am not that impressed with Rustic as far as a venue and space. It was a great use for land temporarily and the city granted them a temporary allowance for it...
by Matt777
07 Jun 2018 11:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace West/West Village: Residential Tower (~250 FT / 23 ST) / Hilton Canopy (8 ST)
Replies: 73
Views: 14663

Re: Cityplace West/West Village: Residential Tower (~250 FT / 23 ST) / Hilton Canopy (8 ST)

Maybe a combined Rustic/Mutts can be re-accommodated permanently on city owned park land somewhere else in Uptown, with a long term land lease from the city. Reverchon Park seems to have some underutilized land that could work. If not, I wouldn't mind seeing them move to East Dallas into an empty la...
by Matt777
06 Jun 2018 14:08
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Fantasy DART Streetcar Expansion Map
Replies: 24
Views: 1057

Re: Fantasy DART Streetcar Expansion Map

Portland built their streetcar system for an inflation adjusted $16.5 million per mile, but some cities have spent up to $50 million per mile. I will use $30 million per mile as a middle ground for Dallas, considering our terrain is flat and we have some streetcar know-how and an established transit...
by Matt777
06 Jun 2018 13:03
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 128
Views: 19959

Re: DFW Airport

I've always thought Del Rio must be such a 'unique' place to live, like totally weird. Seems so strange, surprising that the Rio Grande Valley is muggy so much of the year, but doesn't rain. Makes sense when you think about it, though, it's a river valley, and air movement is slow-de-slow, not quit...
by Matt777
06 Jun 2018 10:32
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 128
Views: 19959

Re: DFW Airport

jovan_gonzales wrote:
Tnexster wrote:I'm surprised there is enough demand in Del Rio for service.


It's probably a government subsidized route that falls under EAS (Essential Air Service).


Yes, it is EAS subsidized. The route is primarily to serve military members traveling to/from Laughlin Air Force Base.
by Matt777
06 Jun 2018 10:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Mid Elm Lofts
Replies: 51
Views: 6716

Re: Mid Elm Lofts

It looks like these lofts will be marketed through Deep Ellum Lofts' office. They now appear on the DE Lofts website along with floorplans and pricing: https://www.midelmlofts.com/

Those units with private rooftop patios are going to be spectacular!
by Matt777
06 Jun 2018 09:31
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Fantasy DART Streetcar Expansion Map
Replies: 24
Views: 1057

Re: Fantasy DART Streetcar Expansion Map

Trump wants to spend money on infrastructure. Might as well milk him for federal dollars so he can have something to put his name/ego to. Create a shovel ready plan, show how population increases will gridlock Dallas roads without more investment in public transit, and see what happens. At the same ...
by Matt777
06 Jun 2018 08:59
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Fantasy DART Streetcar Expansion Map
Replies: 24
Views: 1057

Re: Fantasy DART Streetcar Expansion Map

I would like to throw in the ring; what is too long for streetcar route vs a rail line? MATA isn't near as long as some of the routes you propose. I am asking since I don't know the industry thoughts online system length and MATA may not be too long according to industry standards but I have to won...
by Matt777
05 Jun 2018 23:13
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Fantasy DART Streetcar Expansion Map
Replies: 24
Views: 1057

Fantasy DART Streetcar Expansion Map

I put together this map as a fun fantasy project to show how our transportation system could look if we invested in an extensive streetcar network, similar to how Dallas was before the streetcar lines got ripped out. This plan links up with existing DART stations in strategic areas and covers most u...
by Matt777
04 Jun 2018 08:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)
Replies: 148
Views: 22242

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

The road patchwork looks really terrible. I agree..... It's not just in this location either. Whoever is in charge of patching roads is doing a terrible job. The area where Harry Hines meets Akard in front of The Union is deplorable. They patched it up many months ago, did a terrible, ugly, uneven ...
by Matt777
01 Jun 2018 20:59
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 128
Views: 19959

Re: DFW Airport

American Airlines/American Eagle are adding service from DFW to the following destinations starting this Winter:

Del Rio, TX
Wilmington, NC
Buffalo, NY
Sarasota, FL
by Matt777
30 May 2018 21:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 353
Views: 50247

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

I meant more of something that would draw tourists from around the country. TX/OU weekend, St. Patrick's Day, and the state fair don't do that. Maybe some festival related to Bonny and Clyde, the frozen margarita (invented in Dallas), Deep Ellum music/jazz/blues, etc.... Although running it around t...
by Matt777
30 May 2018 20:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 353
Views: 50247

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Deep Ellum should "create" a holiday event along the lines of Mardi Gras. NoLa has Mardis Gras, San Antonio has Fiesta, we should take some random historical event and turn it into an excuse to drink and party.
by Matt777
29 May 2018 20:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 353
Views: 50247

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Nice find! I've been dying to see something happen to the Lula B's space, and this looks pretty incredible. Hopefully we see more of the surface lots turn into patios or more walking space for pedestrians. My wish list for the empty lots would be small hotels that fit with the scale and look of Dee...

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