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by Matt777
21 Jun 2018 09:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 306
Views: 45994

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: 159

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: 6597

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: 3896

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: 57
Views: 8750

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: 852

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: 852

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: 57
Views: 8750

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: 286
Views: 40447

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: 286
Views: 40447

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: 286
Views: 40447

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: 286
Views: 40447

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: 336
Views: 50573

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: 122
Views: 19407

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: 415

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: 852

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: 72
Views: 13832

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: 852

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: 72
Views: 13832

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: 72
Views: 13832

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: 852

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: 123
Views: 18778

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: 123
Views: 18778

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: 43
Views: 5877

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: 852

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: 852

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: 852

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: 139
Views: 20690

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: 123
Views: 18778

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: 306
Views: 45994

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: 306
Views: 45994

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: 306
Views: 45994

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...
by Matt777
24 May 2018 23:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: L3 Hostel
Replies: 6
Views: 408

Re: Downtown Dallas: L3 Hostel

ArtVandelay wrote:Looks to be in Turkish Mike’s Alto Building. Ha


How did you determine that? By the floorplate layout?
by Matt777
24 May 2018 22:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: L3 Hostel
Replies: 6
Views: 408

Downtown Dallas: L3 Hostel

While searching for info on the forthcoming Deep Ellum Hostel, I found this website for a place called L3 Hostel in Downtown Dallas. It doesn't seem to be related to the DE Hostel at all. Their social media accounts say they haven't opened yet. Has anybody heard anything about this? The founder seem...
by Matt777
21 May 2018 14:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 199
Views: 24892

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/retail/2018/05/21/forty-five-ten-changing-downtown-dallas-store-boost-walk-traffic-after-less-two-years With Tenoversix moving over to Forty Five Ten, what are they going to do with the current Tenoversix space? They are also apparently converting the third floor...
by Matt777
17 May 2018 21:52
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 88
Views: 11474

Re: Downtown Progress

LOL Houston should be at the very top of the list. It has block, after block, after block, after more blocks of parking lots followed by some blocks of straight up empty land that not even parking lots cover...... I call BS on this data.
by Matt777
16 May 2018 16:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 257
Views: 45452

Re: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)

I read some of the Yelp reviews and I'm glad I decided to lease at The Merc instead of The Statler this past Winter. It is a beautifully done building but this fire system error seems to be making people's lives a living hell. What confused me though is that many reviews mention that they moved in o...
by Matt777
16 May 2018 01:12
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 88
Views: 11474

Re: Downtown Progress

Does anyone know what the plan is for the old Dallas county records building in front of Dealy plaza? I always see it being worked on Is this the same red brick building that says "Dallas County Criminal Courts" on it? What is going on there? A refurbishment was announced 3 years ago but ...
by Matt777
15 May 2018 13:53
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 164
Views: 17225

Re: DART D2 Subway

Putting it underground is effective transit design, meaning it will increase capacity for the system while minimizing traffic obstruction on the surface streets. The cotton belt line, and the idea of another surface level light rail line Downtown is just "Look at Dallas we have a transit line&...
by Matt777
14 May 2018 12:13
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 164
Views: 17225

Re: DART D2 Subway

No they didn't. They submitted an LPA for D2 but still need to do environmental review. DART is anticipating a decision on D2 in Sep 2019 and a full funding agreement (roughly when construction would start) in June 2021, for completion in 2024. Cotton Belt is further along, with a published DEIR an...
by Matt777
09 May 2018 23:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 306
Views: 45994

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Is it possible that DE is turning into something unique? I have always thought of it as the Dallas version of a typical urban Bohemian neighborhood. But I have brought visitors from all of the country there and asked them what neighborhood from their city does it emulate?—New York, Boston, Chicago,...
by Matt777
08 May 2018 09:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: City Lights
Replies: 38
Views: 5565

Re: Downtown Dallas: City Lights

Thanks for the update! The fringes of Deep Ellum are getting seriously dense. It's great to see this level of development spread outside of the uptown. A wild fantasy of mine, is to imagine all these neigborhoods (Deep Ellum, Uptown, Oak Lawn, Knox / Henderson, extending south through the Cedars an...
by Matt777
08 May 2018 09:45
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 164
Views: 17225

Re: DART D2 Subway

Any news on D2? Is construction starting soon? They got full funding for both the D2 and Cotton Belt, so i'm guessing they are going to be built at the same time No they didn't. They submitted an LPA for D2 but still need to do environmental review. DART is anticipating a decision on D2 in Sep 2019...
by Matt777
07 May 2018 18:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 191
Views: 23330

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

I was in San Antonio over the weekend and saw the original Hot Joy on South Alamo Street. This area of town is known as King William District or Southtown and is culturally similar to Bishop Arts / North Oak Cliff. Point being that picking Uptown for their Dallas expansion was the absolute worst ro...
by Matt777
05 May 2018 10:19
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 164
Views: 17225

Re: DART D2 Subway

Any news on D2? Is construction starting soon?
by Matt777
03 May 2018 16:33
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 174
Views: 23619

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

Nice! Another win for Downtown Dallas! Hopefully this results in the entire Payless corporate office moving to Downtown Dallas. As existing office buildings downtown continue to fill up, it will be cool to see new office towers rising again for once. That would also set off more residential tower gr...
by Matt777
27 Apr 2018 19:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 306
Views: 45994

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

I'm excited about the hostel but still can't find a website or way to book rooms.... Maybe they are doing a soft opening for awhile to iron out kinks before going public with bookings?
by Matt777
26 Apr 2018 01:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: McKinney/Boll Tower - 2614 McKinney Ave - (18 ST)
Replies: 121
Views: 16542

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

I think it will become more of a ghost town after 5pm now that the small group of very loud condo owners are trying to get everything shut down. It's becoming more office and residential focused. Honestly, downtown Dallas seems much more vibrant than Uptown now. The luster of live/work/play is fadi...
by Matt777
26 Apr 2018 01:00
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 141
Views: 21663

Re: DFW Economy

It's crazy how so many midrise and highrise condo and office projects are getting approved and started in Houston despite the weakening economics of the area and low absorption rates. Whereas in the arguably strongest multifamily and office market (DFW), basically no decent highrise condo projects t...
by Matt777
26 Apr 2018 00:19
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 123
Views: 18778

Re: DFW Airport

Lufthansa is upgrading from an A330 to an A340 in 2019 per Routes Online. Not really an upgrade. The two planes are structurally almost the same. Passenger capacities are about the same. Basically the 330 has two engines and the 340 has four, plus a center fuel tank the 330 lacks. The 340 has more ...

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