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by Matt777
20 May 2019 16:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Highland Park Village
Replies: 92
Views: 21895

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: 762

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: 92
Views: 21895

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: 4998

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: 4998

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: 4998

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: 342
Views: 71032

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: 298
Views: 62105

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: 114
Views: 24065

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: 6
Views: 283

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: 216995

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: 6
Views: 283

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: 1479

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: 114
Views: 24065

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: 216995

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: 87
Views: 8647

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: 342
Views: 71032

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: 342
Views: 71032

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: 20
Views: 3247

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: 173
Views: 26731

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: 46
Views: 5390

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: 46
Views: 5390

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: 46319

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: 33996

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: 342
Views: 71032

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: 342
Views: 71032

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: 342
Views: 71032

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...
by Matt777
08 May 2019 10:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 342
Views: 71032

Re: Oak Lawn

Apartment rents aren't that closely coupled to supply and demand, though. Sure, if there are thousands of net new units coming on the market every month with little absorption, overall rents will drop. But 250-ish new "luxury" units is not enough to make a meaningful dent in occupancy rat...
by Matt777
07 May 2019 21:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 342
Views: 71032

Re: Oak Lawn

I love how some of the activists think new housing being built = housing prices go up. They have no understanding of supply and demand. This development doesn't destroy any housing, it's 100% net add. Apartment rents aren't that closely coupled to supply and demand, though. Sure, if there are thous...
by Matt777
07 May 2019 15:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 342
Views: 71032

Re: Oak Lawn

I love how some of the activists think new housing being built = housing prices go up. They have no understanding of supply and demand. This development doesn't destroy any housing, it's 100% net add.
by Matt777
06 May 2019 16:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 342
Views: 71032

Re: Oak Lawn

Great looking project as long as Eatzi's is left alone. Hopefully this will spur more quality urban developments along Oak Lawn Ave and Lemmon instead of the drive-thrus the Oak Lawn "Committee" keeps approving like the new Starbucks. I can't tell from the reporting whether or not Eatzi's ...
by Matt777
06 May 2019 12:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 552
Views: 119777

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

This weekend was my first personal experience with the rideshare dropoff locations in Deep Ellum. They have some bugs to work out. The one on Pryor Street tries to route rideshare vehicles north onto it even though it's a one way south only street. There were a lot of police officers there enforcing...
by Matt777
04 May 2019 14:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: White Rock Lake: The Drake
Replies: 1
Views: 375

Re: White Rock Lake: The Drake

Looks nice. Does anyone know the exact site at Coronado and East Grand where this will be built? I'm surprised we haven't seen more mid and high rise development near White Rock considering the views that the lake offers. For example, there's a self storage facility site right south of the spillway ...
by Matt777
02 May 2019 14:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 552
Views: 119777

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

How insane is it to think that this parcel could be combined with the Marquis on Gaston property to the north for a huge mixed-use urban development straddling the train tracks? Call it the Deep Ellum Rail Yard or something trendy like that and I could see office, retail, hotel, and residential deve...
by Matt777
26 Apr 2019 22:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 564
Views: 114345

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Not big enough of an area to split further into North/South. Also, does anyone else get a weird, slight confederate vibe from the name "Victory South?" It's not a big deal, but the name change is just weird.
by Matt777
24 Apr 2019 21:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 424
Views: 114871

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

I love that brickwork on Nora. The attention to detail by this developer is wonderful.
by Matt777
17 Apr 2019 10:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 552
Views: 119777

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Baylor is the major employer in this neighborhood so I am sure they have been courting all kinds of ancillary uses to soak up property around their main campus. Stuff that will increase their medical district designation they would like to have. Before it was just Baylor now with more reinvestment ...
by Matt777
17 Apr 2019 10:03
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 271
Views: 50931

Re: DART D2 Subway

The new stations don't provide service to anybody who couldn't already easily access an existing station. The above-grade/below-grade argument is a farce. Everybody's darling of an 'urban city', Portland, is covered in at-grade light rail and streetcars, and the city thrives because of it, not in s...
by Matt777
16 Apr 2019 16:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 60
Views: 6309

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

If it were me, I would have made it much larger and different font. :)
by Matt777
16 Apr 2019 12:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 552
Views: 119777

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

]In the past couple days, the building to the north of the Case Building was demolished. I was surprised to see how fast it went down. Would anyone happen to know the reason behind this? I seriously hope it is not a parking lot or parking garage. https://www.google.com/maps/place/334+Hall+St,+Dalla...
by Matt777
12 Apr 2019 13:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 485
Views: 110463

Re: Northpark Center

Cityplace customers vs Preston Hollow haha And your 100% sure Eataly will draw more dollars from Preston Hollow than Uptown and surrounding urban neighborhoods? I don't know either, but something tells me that Eataly might make more money from urban professionals with lots of disposable income, who...
by Matt777
11 Apr 2019 18:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 485
Views: 110463

Re: Northpark Center

While I too would have preferred an urban setting unfortunately Dallas does not have a dense urban area with the demographics that would support an Eataly. Even the Chicago location has been problematic as they aren't drawing outside of that urban location. I do think this location will draw from t...
by Matt777
11 Apr 2019 14:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 60
Views: 6309

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

I think muncien is right that FBC has added a lot of activity to downtown in the last decade, and it's pretty clear that FBC isn't crowding out the sort of developments that Matt777 and others would prefer (as evidenced by the numerous other vacant buildings and surface lots that have been that way...
by Matt777
10 Apr 2019 20:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 485
Views: 110463

Re: Northpark Center

hjkll you are clueless. NP has brought in or adding 15 exclusive retailers you can only find at NP in DFW in the last year. Name a center that has brought in half that many new retailers. Matt- I hear Eataly is taking former PIRCH space, so darn cool if it’s true. Happy to have Eataly in Dallas, bu...
by Matt777
10 Apr 2019 13:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 60
Views: 6309

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

@ Cowboyeagle... Have you ever actually been inside the campus? It has a ridiculous amount of space for informal meet/greet. More so than any church I have ever visited, by far. I haven't been there for a couple of years, but those spaces were always teaming with activity. It was nothing like that ...
by Matt777
10 Apr 2019 10:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 424
Views: 114871

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

https://www.dmagazine.com/publications/d-ceo/2019/april/developers-aim-for-walkable-urban-space-in-north-oak-cliff/ I seem to remember some doubt around this guy and his proposals, some pushback, but I could not be more impressed with the care and precision he is putting into these developments. I ...
by Matt777
10 Apr 2019 10:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 60
Views: 6309

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

Gross. Just unbelievable considering all the strides we have made towards a more livable Downtown.
by Matt777
09 Apr 2019 23:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 552
Views: 119777

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Someone posted this video on Deep Ellum History in the Dallas History Guild Facebook page. It's quite informative and interesting, even though it was a project by a 7th grader back in 2012. It also has a song from the 1930's that I'd never heard before, "Deep Ellum Blues." Apparently the G...
by Matt777
09 Apr 2019 23:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 485
Views: 110463

Re: Northpark Center

As I posted a couple weeks ago NorthPark has some BIG news coming soon From reliable sources and it’s more than just retail tenants, Big important retailers take time to finalize deals. Patience!! As for new restaurants all the exitisting restaurants do well and like all restaurant deals they sign ...
by Matt777
09 Apr 2019 16:59
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 226
Views: 40988

Re: Trinity River Park

If we "re-wilded" the area with new plants and then said "done with it," wouldn't the next big flood just wash all the new vegetation away because we've channeled all of the city's drainage into the Trinity and made it a giant, artificial drainage ditch? I just worry that what se...

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