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by Matt777
18 Oct 2018 16:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Turtle Creek : 2999 Turtle Creek Blvd
Replies: 3
Views: 956

Re: Turtle Creek : 2999 Turtle Creek Blvd

I guess that means the office building currently there will be demolished after all. Wasn't another recent proposed development being considered for an "Asian hotel chain," which is likely Mandarin Oriental? Or am I imagining things. The condos here should do well. It blows my mind that mo...
by Matt777
17 Oct 2018 22:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 243
Views: 33450

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

Not to mention that you don't see any of them leasing to mom and pop type shops that were synonymous with urban neighborhoods in the past. Where's the cheap Chinese takeout spots in Downtown and Uptown, for example? There are NONE. Unless you count a couple in the tunnels downtown with very limited...
by Matt777
17 Oct 2018 15:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 243
Views: 33450

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

Not to mention that you don't see any of them leasing to mom and pop type shops that were synonymous with urban neighborhoods in the past. Where's the cheap Chinese takeout spots in Downtown and Uptown, for example? There are NONE. Unless you count a couple in the tunnels downtown with very limited ...
by Matt777
17 Oct 2018 14:49
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Arts District: Master Plan
Replies: 25
Views: 3486

Re: Arts District: Master Plan

Ummmm 75201 encompasses far more than the Arts District, and most of the residential in this zip is outside of the Arts District (I'm also in 75201). 75201 is the entire eastern half of Downtown, southern part of Uptown (Lower McKinney), Harwood, and part of Victory Park. Those areas are chock full ...
by Matt777
15 Oct 2018 13:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 797
Views: 111273

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Here we (almost) go! https://www.recode.net/2018/10/15/17914666/amazon-hq2-contenders Where is there any new information presented by this website that should lead us to believe the decision is "imminent?" Looks like a fluff piece to me, and one with bad data. Anybody ranking Austin above...
by Matt777
12 Oct 2018 13:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor
Replies: 119
Views: 20499

Re: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor

I think the new design is definitely "funkier" than what was previously proposed, but overall it's better. The first design was a little bland. This new design could use a little fine tuning, but it's definitely more details and less boring grey box like the old plan. The only thing I fear...
by Matt777
12 Oct 2018 13:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff Progressing
Replies: 65
Views: 8455

Re: Oak Cliff Progressing

Imagine some of those designs that incorporate greenery, but with old style brick and old age detailing. Now that would be something fresh and unique! A mix of new and old.
by Matt777
12 Oct 2018 13:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum Tower
Replies: 155
Views: 24413

Re: Museum Tower

Dallas_Uptown wrote:I find the monthly sales postings both interesting and helpful. :)


Agreed, thanks Tucy!
by Matt777
10 Oct 2018 11:10
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Oak Lawn history
Replies: 7
Views: 175

Re: Oak Lawn history

Great news, and really proud of having the first LGBT marker in Texas. Interesting timing though, because this week I started hearing rumors that a group wants to move the Pride celebration next year to June in Fair Park. The reasons and motivation are all over the place, but from what I'm understa...
by Matt777
10 Oct 2018 09:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: Cinépolis /The 23 (~273 FT / 23 ST)
Replies: 107
Views: 28038

Re: Victory Park: Cinépolis /The 23 (~273 FT / 23 ST)

Anecdotally, I have seen a high number of my facebook friends checking in there over the past few weeks and loving it. When I went, they had just opened and the lobby/bar was very busy but they had a computer error which wasn't letting us pick our seats for that showing, so they cut off bookings for...
by Matt777
08 Oct 2018 15:43
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 302
Views: 41455

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

This. Would change. Everything. My only hope is that this is feasible and not some pie in the sky proposal. It would require massive amounts of new infrastructure and a relocation of Amtrak/TRE/DART to the convention center, replacing Union Station. It is better resolved this way. I wonder if the DA...
by Matt777
06 Oct 2018 16:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars: Texas Odyssey
Replies: 60
Views: 4379

Re: Texas Odyssey Development

Very exciting stuff. All I could suggest is that we find a better way to connect the HSR station and this development to Downtown and the DART rail station in the Cedars. I'm sure they will figure it out along the way.
by Matt777
06 Oct 2018 16:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 139
Views: 20981

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

I like the Galleria because it's feels more convenient and quick than a trip to Northpark. It's honestly not in as bad of shape as some people here seem to think. I've also not seen many vacant storefronts. A few, but not many. I don't spend thousands or even hundreds on each garment I buy, so I app...
by Matt777
06 Oct 2018 16:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 37
Views: 1069

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

A few years ago when I was in NYC, I saw this building, 488 Madison Avenue, and it seriously reminded me of 505 N Ervay. They were both completed in 1949. Of course the New York one is a lot nicer, haha. Beautiful, and very similar! Look like they could be big brother and little brother. Our corner...
by Matt777
05 Oct 2018 10:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 37
Views: 1069

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

Please get off your soapboax and be realistic. Pot, meet Kettle. Historic preservation is a worthy cause. Parking garage proliferation is not. Also, this is an URBAN DEVELOPMENT forum. It's literally a soapbox for these kind of things. Not tearing down buildings for parking. If you guys want to sta...
by Matt777
04 Oct 2018 23:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 37
Views: 1069

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

The buildings they want demolished connect to city owned property (the skyway). Maybe we have some leverage here. I think First Baptist knows that, and for that reason was trying to sneak the demolition by everyone before announcing the larger plans. If they need some kind of permit or variance or ...
by Matt777
04 Oct 2018 13:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 37
Views: 1069

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

That entire stretch of St Paul used to be absolutely dreadful. There was a chain link parking lot for buses, surface parking across the street, and very poor street interaction. I tended to run faster along this stretch just to get away from it. Was the old building aesthetically attractive? Sure.....
by Matt777
04 Oct 2018 13:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 95
Views: 9199

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

Yes, we are getting a massive amount of surface parking, big box, and fast food drive thrus at 75 and Haskell area if Trammell Crow gets its way. Across from West Village. Right near the only subway station in Texas. It's almost a poetic confirmation of the bad things developers in the rest of the c...
by Matt777
04 Oct 2018 12:58
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 155
Views: 24966

Re: DFW Airport

A few days ago, American announced new service from DFW to the following destinations: DFW–DGO (Durango, Mexico) Embraer E140 Daily Starts June 6 DFW–SDQ (Santo Domingo, Dominican Rep) Boeing 737-800 Saturday June 8–Aug. 17 DFW–SAP (San Pedro Sula, Honduras) Airbus A319 4x weekly June 7–Aug. 17 DFW–...
by Matt777
04 Oct 2018 09:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 37
Views: 1069

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

One thing I am not to concerned about would be the buildings getting torn down and sitting as empty lots, like so many others we have seen. FBD doesn't operate in that way... If this is a remake/expansion for First Baptist Academy, and they incorporate some solid architecture, it could be a great a...
by Matt777
04 Oct 2018 09:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 408
Views: 56555

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Yes, a friend and I drove by it last night on our way downtown and it appears they are in the throws of Tom Thumb finish out. I could see what appeared to be a floral or Starbucks like booth near the front inside. They appear to be progressing rapidly on the Tom Thumb. Not so much that they can sta...
by Matt777
04 Oct 2018 09:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 95
Views: 9199

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

Wow. I cannot believe anyone would let parking consume a city like that, even during the height of carphoria. What are you talking about? We are doing it again here in Dallas right now. Historic architecture midrises coming down for parking garages. A highrise office building on 75 was imploded for...
by Matt777
03 Oct 2018 19:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 37
Views: 1069

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

Philip Kingston is on the facebook group pretty much saying he's not willing to do anything and not answering any of the tough questions, like why this didn't get out for 2 months.
by Matt777
03 Oct 2018 18:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 37
Views: 1069

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

The buildings they want demolished connect to city owned property (the skyway). Maybe we have some leverage here. I think First Baptist knows that, and for that reason was trying to sneak the demolition by everyone before announcing the larger plans. If they need some kind of permit or variance or n...
by Matt777
03 Oct 2018 14:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 37
Views: 1069

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

I think I have been in this building... MANY years ago. If I'm not mistaken, the ceilings are quite low, and would be difficult to re purpose for today's market. I know the Statler was able to pull it off, but that building has some architectural distinction to make up for it. As for this one... I'...
by Matt777
03 Oct 2018 14:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 37
Views: 1069

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

Why do we allow this to continue to happen? More parking? For suburbanites who come in on Sunday for church and then get the hell out of Downtown as fast as they can? Because we have pathetically low voter turnout in this city and way too many swamp creatures maintaining the status quo. Our zoning ...
by Matt777
03 Oct 2018 13:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 37
Views: 1069

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

Wow. This is truly awful and many, many steps back for Downtown. That is a wonderful example of a 1940's streamline moderne building. It would make amazing residential. Why do we allow this to continue to happen? More parking? For suburbanites who come in on Sunday for church and then get the hell o...
by Matt777
03 Oct 2018 13:11
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Transition of Uptown
Replies: 28
Views: 1073

Re: The Transition of Uptown

tamtagon wrote:I was 'asked to leave' Idle Rich a long long time ago. hahahaha


LOL is there more to this story?
by Matt777
03 Oct 2018 09:44
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Transition of Uptown
Replies: 28
Views: 1073

Re: The Transition of Uptown

LOL y'all are acting like Uptown is making some sort of quantum leap. It is changing, that's for sure, but just because the bars you didn't like are leaving doesn't mean high end retail, cool bars, and cool restaurants are coming in. I have seen the opposite taking place. Idle Rich was a true neighb...
by Matt777
02 Oct 2018 09:46
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Old Footage of Dallas
Replies: 30
Views: 1725

Re: Old Footage of Dallas

Yeah, Downtown was a vibrant center back in those days. And it actually looked like a real city with real pedestrian activity and connectivity. No matter how developers try to rebuild, we will never be able to achieve the quality of that era. I think we can rebuild that if we actually followed the ...
by Matt777
01 Oct 2018 21:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Single Family Homes by PSW- Lake Highlands across from DART Station
Replies: 4
Views: 313

Re: Single Family Homes by PSW- Lake Highlands across from DART Station

^ May I suggest you propose rezoning that property MF to the folks who live in that neighborhood. Then come back and tell us their thoughts on the matter. After you get out of the hospital. It should have been done in the 1990s when the DART line was being built. If anything, the city SHOULD NOT al...
by Matt777
01 Oct 2018 16:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Single Family Homes by PSW- Lake Highlands across from DART Station
Replies: 4
Views: 313

Single Family Homes by PSW- Lake Highlands across from DART Station

Another wonderful failure by our city leadership and planners..... PSW homes is proposing a single family right across from the Lake Highlands DART Rail Station ( SE corner of Walnut Hill and White Rock Trail). Of course, the city is recommending approval (I think most of them forgot we have a multi...
by Matt777
01 Oct 2018 16:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 95
Views: 9199

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

The cycle track and wider sidewalks will be nice (and should continue along the rest of Jackson) but angled parking? Really?
by Matt777
01 Oct 2018 16:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 427
Views: 64407

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Hmm, so their CEO will be the new guy in charge of the combined system. I wonder who will get the HQ. Mind you in some form this kinda agrees with the whole Houston to Dallas bullet train concept that companies can utilize the highspeed train to manage companies like this easier. The CEO could ride...
by Matt777
01 Oct 2018 09:08
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 203
Views: 30641

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

Another win for Downtown Dallas: Source, Dallas Morning News: https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2018/10/01/downtown-dallas-lands-another-office-move Downtown Dallas lands another office move Another business is trading its offices in North Dallas for new digs downtown. Law firm Harper ...
by Matt777
01 Oct 2018 01:36
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Transition of Uptown
Replies: 28
Views: 1073

Re: The Transition of Uptown

I'll believe it when I see it. Yes, some of the "party" places are going out, but I haven't seen a big influx of retail, grocery (other than Whole Foods), or neighborhood services to replace it. Nor has there been a big investment in increasing pedestrian infrastructure. Just more resident...
by Matt777
28 Sep 2018 15:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 427
Views: 64407

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

The Cedars location looks pretty bad. Definitely a downgrade for this part of DE. https://www.google.com/maps/uv?hl=en&pb=!1s0x864e98fccae53903:0x9fb47fb9b41937a5!2m22!2m2!1i80!2i80!3m1!2i20!16m16!1b1!2m2!1m1!1e1!2m2!1m1!1e3!2m2!1m1!1e5!2m2!1m1!1e4!2m2!1m1!1e6!3m1!7e115!4shttps://lh5.googleuser...
by Matt777
28 Sep 2018 09:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 427
Views: 64407

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

So Terry Black's will open up where the Comedy House is next year? Terry's is a pretty popular spot in Austin That has been a whole issue since Spring. Terry Black's bought the building along with the existing lease to Dallas Comedy House, and then has been trying every trick under the sun to intim...
by Matt777
28 Sep 2018 09:28
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Love Field People Mover
Replies: 24
Views: 3586

Re: Dallas Love Field People Mover

Maybe I didn't make it clear, this wouldn't be a separate line. It would just be an extension, an addition, to the orange line and a new station on the orange line. That way Love Field would be directly connected to the DART rail system instead of making people take a bus, streetcar, or long people...
by Matt777
27 Sep 2018 12:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 427
Views: 64407

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Geez okay, but the bank better not be tearing down the building and sure as hell better not be putting in a bank drive thru.
by Matt777
27 Sep 2018 09:07
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Love Field People Mover
Replies: 24
Views: 3586

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, dr...
by Matt777
25 Sep 2018 09:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 372
Views: 63138

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

There's a lot of lovely old schools on that demolish list.... really? Do we even have the money for that? What kind of crap are they going to slap up in the place of these gracious older buildings? Travis elementary in Uptown is on the demolish/sell list.
by Matt777
24 Sep 2018 23:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 190
Views: 24206

Re: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

The city council and planning commission should be 100% fired for letting this happen right next to a subway station worth hundreds of millions of taxpayer investment. The day this easy money atrocity breaks ground, a stack of boxes should be left outside their offices to pack their things. They hav...
by Matt777
20 Sep 2018 13:09
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Dallas Love Field Airport
Replies: 58
Views: 7356

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: 24
Views: 3586

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: 190
Views: 24206

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: 155
Views: 24966

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: 190
Views: 24206

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: 24140

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: 60
Views: 4379

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...

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