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by Matt777
19 Nov 2017 23:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 161
Views: 15337

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

There are two rumors on the Royal Blue Grocery story. The biggest point in the story is that Royal Blue has not confirmed a thing and has stayed somewhat mum on where they are going in Downtown. The Merc location was announced because they were asking for an opinion from the historical board about ...
by Matt777
18 Nov 2017 23:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 123
Views: 11831

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

It's clear that the Highland Park Soda Fountain building will get some much needed restoration, but does this mean that the restaurant will close??? It is currently the oldest restaurant in Dallas and quite charming. It would be a terrible loss to see it go.
by Matt777
18 Nov 2017 10:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Synn Building 1217 Main St
Replies: 85
Views: 10491

Re: Downtown Dallas: Synn Building 1217 Main St

Commissary is a wonderful addition to downtown. Their house made bagels are a perfect breakfast. I'm so glad to have this within walking distance of my office, and soon I will be living nearby again!
by Matt777
17 Nov 2017 11:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Dream Hotel
Replies: 41
Views: 5411

Re: Uptown Dallas: Dream Hotel

I'm sad to see that brick building go. It's pleasant and human scale. These Dream Hotel people better get it together on this project, and deliver. If not, it's a step backwards for the area to lose that building. I would have much rather had the Sugar building go and the hotel be on the corner.
by Matt777
17 Nov 2017 09:08
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 88
Views: 6270

Re: DFW Airport

This is a few days old, but American Airlines is starting seasonal summer service next year DFW-KEF (Reykjavik, Iceland), joining WOW Air and Icelandair on this crowded route. It seems to be a 100% retaliatory move, although American will fly daily and will have opportunities for US connections from...
by Matt777
16 Nov 2017 21:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 123
Views: 11831

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

R1070 wrote:The On the Border and Kate Spade buildings with rear parking would go for a mixed use development and C&B is supposed to stay put. The On The Border is said to open in the West End area next year.


Wasn't On the Border already in the West End until closing a a few years ago?
by Matt777
12 Nov 2017 12:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Cedar Maple Plaza I,II & III (2301 Cedar Springs Rd.)
Replies: 21
Views: 1151

Re: Uptown Dallas: Cedar Maple

I like they they want to incorporate the building next door that currently has Coal Vines, etc. That could be a prominent corner development. Where was this mentioned? The tower looks really good. I hope that the ground level is engaging enough to prevent that green area from becoming a dead zone l...
by Matt777
12 Nov 2017 11:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 183
Views: 16981

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

We don't even have too look that far for a good example of what to build. The exterior of the Element apartments across the street has some nice Mid-century Modern vibes, and some of that carries on to the interiors of the units. do something like that with a butterfly roof and call it a day,
by Matt777
11 Nov 2017 19:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 156
Views: 19602

Re: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)

Also, the parking garage kinda looks like it may have been built to be easily convertible into residential units. Anybody else share this impression? I've not seen/heard mention of this but I think you could be right. Looking at the heights of the floors and how they are level (as opposed to the en...
by Matt777
11 Nov 2017 19:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 156
Views: 19602

Re: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)

Also, the parking garage kinda looks like it may have been built to be easily convertible into residential units. Anybody else share this impression? I've not seen/heard mention of this but I think you could be right. Looking at the heights of the floors and how they are level (as opposed to the en...
by Matt777
10 Nov 2017 09:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 189
Views: 15370

Re: Northpark Center

Hate to burst your bubble but, WHAT IS THE MUSEUM’S ANNUAL ATTENDANCE? More than 385,000 people visit The Sixth Floor Museum on average every year. Why can't you answer my question. Define visitor - another city, state, country. Shopping is ALWAYS one of the top visitor attractions of any big city....
by Matt777
08 Nov 2017 23:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 189
Views: 15370

Re: Northpark Center

I love bantering with negative nellies. Define tourist or visitor. How far away makes you a local vs tourist / visitor. My good friend who Has worked at multiple stores at NorthPark said more than 40% of their customers came from a distance of 50 miles or greater. I'd call someone from outside 50 m...
by Matt777
08 Nov 2017 21:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 189
Views: 15370

Re: Northpark Center

A mall is the #1 tourist attraction? That's lame. DTD doesn't need to have as much retail as a mall, but some key, affordable stores would really make a difference. I highly doubt that. They probably mean the mall gets 23 million visitors annually. That's about 63,000 visitors per day on average. T...
by Matt777
08 Nov 2017 14:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 183
Views: 16981

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

I agree with the commission. This looks like crap and doesn't interact with the street whatsoever. We as a city are investing in a park across the street, and this design really wouldn't complement or "speak" with the park. The first floor should be retail/dining that will face the park. W...
by Matt777
07 Nov 2017 17:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 189
Views: 15370

Re: Northpark Center

Boo. I was hoping for a large, signature JW Marriott in either Downtown or Uptown. 250 rooms isn't that big, especially considering the Austin location has 1,000+ rooms. Such a blah location too. I think Northpark needs a hotel(s) but I was hoping for more from Marriott considering the investments t...
by Matt777
01 Nov 2017 14:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 156
Views: 19602

Re: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)

texasstar wrote:^ I think he was talking about the parking garage under construction behind this site.


That parking garage will also be clad in the same green class. That is, if they're staying true to the renders they released. It actually won't look too bad for a parking garage if they stick to the plan.
by Matt777
30 Oct 2017 21:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn: The Argyle Apartments
Replies: 3
Views: 381

Oak Lawn: The Argyle Apartments

I drove by the Argyle Apartments in Oak Lawn today and noticed heavy rebuilding and renovation going on. There were parts of the building you could practically see through, and the interior looked gutted. Does anyone know what's going on here? I know the building sold last year to Indio Mgmt which g...
by Matt777
18 Oct 2017 21:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Smart District
Replies: 68
Views: 3270

Re: Dallas Smart District

The only thing that bugs me is that it looks like the 105 year old Eagle's Nest Cathedral would be demolished, and a parking structure put in its place. It's hard to tell but I don't see it in the renderings. There's got to be a way to preserve it. It doesn't take up much land and could become a gre...
by Matt777
18 Oct 2017 12:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Smart District
Replies: 68
Views: 3270

Re: Dallas Smart District

Whoa, this is promising. I'm sure a streetcar line could be looped through this area to snag this kind of investment. Doesn't one of the proposed D2 DART lines also run right by City Hall on the north side of this project? Also, at "about 200 feet taller than Bank of America Tower," this ...
by Matt777
18 Oct 2017 10:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Smart District
Replies: 68
Views: 3270

Re: Dallas Smart District

I'll add that if this does get built and they do explore new transit line options, a streetcar or light rail down Ervay from Thanksgiving Square through this area, then south through the Cedars would probably make the Cedars area explode with development and let all that potential it has come to fru...
by Matt777
18 Oct 2017 10:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Smart District
Replies: 68
Views: 3270

Re: Dallas Smart District

Whoa, this is promising. I'm sure a streetcar line could be looped through this area to snag this kind of investment. Doesn't one of the proposed D2 DART lines also run right by City Hall on the north side of this project? Also, at "about 200 feet taller than Bank of America Tower," this w...
by Matt777
10 Oct 2017 14:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 202
Views: 17313

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

I love the uniqueness of the architecture, the attention to detail, the logo, the brickwork, the tile work. Great job! This should be an example to the developers slapping up crap.
by Matt777
06 Oct 2017 09:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 183
Views: 16981

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

And it seems whenever a store or restaurant does open, it struggles. There are times even during weekdays when the downtown streets are virtually empty. Where is everybody? And on Sunday our downtown is virtually “closed”. We can’t have a dynamic, 24/7 downtown, if it isn’t even “open” 7 days a wee...
by Matt777
05 Oct 2017 12:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18243

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I would also like to see someone propose Downtown Dallas as a whole as an Amazon HQ2 location. There is plenty of available office space to start out with, plenty of parking lots to acquire and build to suit multiple buildings, light rail stations and streetcars, and existing parking garages and inf...
by Matt777
27 Sep 2017 22:55
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Downtown Fort Worth: Sundance Square
Replies: 8
Views: 345

Re: Downtown Fort Worth: Sundance Square

http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article175695831.html A new 2-story CVS is is going in the old Sanger Brothers building, replacing an old Ojos Locos sports bar. According to the article, there are very few 2-story CVS stores in the chain. I still don't understand why Wa...
by Matt777
26 Sep 2017 11:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18243

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I'm getting more excited about the Mathews Southwest site, and Riverfront Blvd. in general to build a whole new riverfront community. I just noticed that the southern terminus of Riverfront hits DART tracks by Rock Island on the Mathews Southwest site, so a dedicated Amazon DART station could be bui...
by Matt777
24 Sep 2017 21:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown: Carlisle St. Urban Renewal Project/Block 968
Replies: 5
Views: 453

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

Looks boring, initially at least. That facebook group says this project is getting $20 million from the City of Dallas. Why?
by Matt777
22 Sep 2017 19:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 202
Views: 17313

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

Bishop Highline progress posted on FB today. 21765663_1512726262100034_5876556147246045812_o.jpg21688319_1512726268766700_6754966432901442928_o.jpg Rendering: https://candysdirt.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Bishop-High-Line-website.jpg Wow, looks like they really cheapened the design show in the ...
by Matt777
22 Sep 2017 12:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18243

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Realized that, but also realize they aren't going to get 100+ acres that meet all their other requirements in an urban environment in a good city near mass transit for a $5 billion project cost. If they can get the 40-45 acres, plus maybe eventually ~15-20 more where the Target center is, they can ...
by Matt777
22 Sep 2017 10:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18243

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

As mentioned before the Mathews Southwest land makes one of the best senses proposals. Its shovel ready will have high-speed rail connected to Houston for easy port access etc. DART is close by and using some of his lands on the north side of the railway would make the connection a much firmer hand...
by Matt777
22 Sep 2017 10:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18243

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Realized that, but also realize they aren't going to get 100+ acres that meet all their other requirements in an urban environment in a good city near mass transit for a $5 billion project cost. If they can get the 40-45 acres, plus maybe eventually ~15-20 more where the Target center is, they can g...
by Matt777
21 Sep 2017 20:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18243

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Honestly anything near or the Downtown would be awesome. Trammel crow can build on the Sam club site as well. They have rail service near by too. I wonder if they're even contemplating that. They could finish out the tunnel from that site to Cityplace Station. Also, they could existing space in Cit...
by Matt777
21 Sep 2017 00:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18243

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Wow, what an embarrassing video for our region. The suburbs frankly need to stay out of this, or at least support a plan that puts HQ2 in an urban location near downtown and mass transit. Even if they locate HQ2 in Dallas, Plano and Frisco will see plenty of benefit as some of the workers will choos...
by Matt777
20 Sep 2017 23:53
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 79
Views: 4684

Re: Trinity River Park

Hannibal Lecter wrote:
Matt777 wrote:We can't be the only big city in the world forced to use our riverfront as a drainage ditch. I haven't seen it anywhere else, at least not as poorly done as ours


I take it you've never been to Los Angeles.


They have the beaches to distract you, to the point of saying "what river?"
by Matt777
18 Sep 2017 17:35
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 88
Views: 6270

Re: DFW Airport

Hannibal Lecter wrote:^ So you pack your 1 liter bottle of water, 8 ounce tube of toothpaste and/or Aunt Mary's cherry pie -- all of which are verboten in carry on luggage -- in your checked bag, fly to another airport, transfer them to your carry on an board another plane?


Makes sense.
by Matt777
17 Sep 2017 13:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18243

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I may be in the minority, but if Amazon comes to Dallas, it ought to be in or very near Downtown Dallas. Downtown Dallas offers the only 'true' urban environment (and even that, admittedly, is a bit of a stretch - especially compared to other major US cities). Anywhere else in our region would simp...
by Matt777
17 Sep 2017 13:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: Cinépolis /The 23 (~273 FT / 23 ST)
Replies: 90
Views: 13017

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

willyk wrote:Is that a lighting system on the garage?


I think it's to secure decorative panels to cover the garage.
by Matt777
17 Sep 2017 13:02
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 88
Views: 6270

Re: DFW Airport

^ You can't use the existing people mover if you have checked baggage. That's the problem. This is a legitimate question that I hope somebody knows the answer to; Why are baggage claims outside of the secure area? Wouldn't it make more sense to have the baggage claims before leaving the secured are...
by Matt777
14 Sep 2017 17:25
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 88
Views: 6270

Re: DFW Airport

Icelandair joins WOW Air in providing DFW-Reykjavik flights in May. Many DFW-KEF-Europe connections will be offered. Unlike Wow, Icelandair allows 2 free checked bags as well as on board refreshments, and a more comfortable business class. Flights a 4x per week on Boeing 757 equipment. https://www....
by Matt777
14 Sep 2017 14:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18243

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Look, I know we all want Amazon to happen, but let's not delude ourselves. The presence of a transitable urban environment that will appeal to the people Amazon wants to recruit is absolutely our biggest weakness compared to our major competitors (imo Toronto, Chicago, Philly, and DC). Agreed. Dall...
by Matt777
13 Sep 2017 16:21
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 97
Views: 6960

Re: DART D2 Subway

Do they really need to tear those buildings down? Maybe the can do something creative, like run the tracks through the buildings but keeping any facade that they can, and maybe still utilizing part of the buildings for lease space. Also, Baylor Station serves the main part of Deep Ellum better, and ...
by Matt777
12 Sep 2017 22:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18243

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Agreed that Dallas would provide nice options for Amazon to offer potential employees depending on their preferences. Want high-amenity city-living and are willing to pay for it? Welcome to Seattle! Want a big house with a yard and/or prefer a lower cost of living? Dallas it is! Automated vehicles ...
by Matt777
12 Sep 2017 20:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18243

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I think we have a young transit system that could use work but has potential, but lets look 10-20 years down the road. When autonomous vehicles rule the roads, will fixed transit systems matter as much? Dallas is perfectly set up for this because we have ample road/expressway infrastructure so peopl...
by Matt777
11 Sep 2017 20:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18243

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

If Dallas and DART would get serious about upzoning land around DART stations, and fixing pedestrian infrastructure radiating from them, then it would be perfect for the growth that an Amazon HQ downtown would bring. The bones are there, the system is in place, now it just needs a kick of TOD develo...
by Matt777
11 Sep 2017 13:08
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Cost of City Living
Replies: 10
Views: 1033

Re: The Cost of City Living

I really don't know where to put this but I guess it's appropriate here because it relates to value-engineered apartments close to the city center and the price people pay to live close to the city. Yesterday I toured the Loft + Row apartments (2110 N Peak St, just east of Cityplace) with a friend ...
by Matt777
07 Sep 2017 22:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18243

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

As much as people think of Amazon as a tech company (and it totally is don't get me wrong) it would surprise me if they made HQ2 basically their retail segment's HQ. This is an area where Dallas excels moreso than almost any other metro because we have such a strong retail/consumer products base of...
by Matt777
07 Sep 2017 19:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18243

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

You guys are missing what I think has to be the front runner: Toronto. I think Dallas is the best-positioned US city, but I'm feeling pessimistic that we'll end up #2 overall. Trump and his Trumpians would have a meltdown. And with his very reactionary and impulsive tendencies, any mention of creat...
by Matt777
07 Sep 2017 14:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18243

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

The irony for Spire... Is that their inability to execute anything on their tract of land up to this point, may end up being their strength (not by their choosing of course). Keep in mind, they aren't a developer themselves, but just a Real Estate Investment company. Surely, they have realized by n...
by Matt777
07 Sep 2017 14:39
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas Bike Share: VBikes, Spin, LimeBike
Replies: 78
Views: 8578

Re: Dallas Bike Share: VBikes, Spin, LimeBike

These bike sharing companies have made a wonderful and super rapid impact on Dallas. I see people on these everywhere. Last week, I was having a lovely dinner at the food hall in the Farmer's Market, watching patrons arrive on their vBikes, and I was very impressed. I don't think the bike share comp...
by Matt777
07 Sep 2017 14:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18243

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

At the end of the day, Amazon is a business. They will choose what is best for their needs and bottom line. They have stated they need a business and tax friendly environment, READILY available workforce of 50,000, and READILY available site to build a campus easily, without obstruction, along with ...

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