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by gshelton91
02 Jul 2018 13:12
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 50
Views: 7236

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

I went to the BN this year and felt like they did a great job. no doubt it was a different vibe from the one in Irving but they did a great job of creating shaded spaces around the course to watch from. The course itself was very cool-- i was disappointed it did not play and tough as I expected but ...
by gshelton91
30 Mar 2018 14:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 126
Views: 20309

Re: West End 1.0

It's such a small park, that I was hoping this would be one of the first they finish. Maybe this news does indicate things might start moving sooner rather than later. Dallas sure does love over-doing it when it comes to their parks. I do like Klyde Warren and Main Street Garden, but it'd be nice t...
by gshelton91
30 Mar 2018 10:07
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 198
Views: 28947

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

When all of the trains are full all day then that is when we start thinking about express trains. Until then lets focus on dense train station development and ridership first and one mile radius station pathway improvements. I would agree that DART and the City could do much more around stations to...
by gshelton91
09 Feb 2018 14:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD Riverfront Project
Replies: 39
Views: 6568

Re: DTD Riverfront Project

You know all they need to do is put a mirrored glass facade on the buildings and they will look like any other office building. I think the bigger problem with that cite is that it is cut off from the rest of Downtown. You are close to downtown but divided by a huge freeway.
by gshelton91
05 Jan 2018 08:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 315
Views: 61399

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

I think this project has a great potential to help this end of the DMA too. the big open space at this end of the building is not as dramatic due to how open the area is... with a building across the street i think it will really help.
by gshelton91
28 Sep 2017 16:25
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 50
Views: 7236

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

One must be a member of Trinity Forest CC or an invited guest of member to play there. It is a private club. This is the way it was always intended. It is not a public course. The only "public" part of it is the enormous sum of money Dallas citizens paid to build it. Actually there is a b...
by gshelton91
28 Sep 2017 16:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End: Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum
Replies: 68
Views: 14911

Re: West End: Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum

Someone posted in the comments on one of the stories about taking the Robert E Lee Statue down that they should give the statue to this museum... I thought it sounded like a really good idea... really turning lemons into lemonade.
by gshelton91
22 Sep 2017 08:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 456
Views: 79749

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Perhaps it is just because i go down there a lot or know the city better than someone from Plano would but I rarely have an issue parking. I was a bit worried about it last Saturday night when we were there but a spot on the street near Local opened up before we were even really looking for a space....
by gshelton91
18 Sep 2017 09:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 456
Views: 79749

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Went to Harlowe this past Saturday night... Food is very interesting just had some appetizers french fries were amazing. The build out of the space is really amazing... first class design and materials. Would love to see this done with more of Deep Ellum it could really ground the neighborhood for t...
by gshelton91
12 Sep 2017 12:53
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: New Oak Cliff Streetcar
Replies: 81
Views: 13973

Re: New Oak Cliff Streetcar

For anyone confused why a split line is worse than having one two-way line going in between it, let me explain with this sloppy diagram. https://preview.ibb.co/iTJYPF/IMG_2788.jpg The solid vertical brown line is a two-way transit line, and the solid vertical red lines are a split transit line 1-mi...
by gshelton91
11 Sep 2017 09:57
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas Zoo
Replies: 4
Views: 1458

Re: Dallas Zoo

Has anyone been to the new hippo exhibit? Would love to see some pics and hear more about how it fits in with the rest of the zoo.
by gshelton91
30 Aug 2017 08:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Courtyard by Marriott (12 St)
Replies: 121
Views: 23071

Re: Downtown Dallas: Courtyard by Marriott (12 St)

Hopefully these new projects will bring enough people to drive down the crime in this area. My friend works in a building near by and they have had huge problems. A big appartment complex might be a great thing for this area... residents could perhaps get the city to spend more resources to keep the...
by gshelton91
30 Aug 2017 08:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 76
Views: 15289

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

I just don't get it-- do these people know they live in a city? if they want to live in the suburbs with a quite culdesac there are plenty of them around. I bet they are not upset that all that traffic has significantly raised their home values or reduced their crime. back in the early 2000 I think ...
by gshelton91
28 Aug 2017 09:21
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park
Replies: 79
Views: 12221

Re: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park

In fact why not take the road between the DMA and the Nasher and turn that into a park? We could create more green space with the same or less money. As much as we'd love to see Harwood closed and reprogrammed as an expansion of KWP, the DMA will never give up access to its garage or the bus lanes ...
by gshelton91
28 Aug 2017 08:55
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 316
Views: 52391

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

/\ I would agree it would be ideal if the station/termination were inside the freeway loop. I hope that they consider the old DMN Site -- I think they should also look at going underground... if they want to eventually go north to OK then going underground to get out of downtown seems like the best ...
by gshelton91
16 Aug 2017 08:41
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Museum of Nature and Science
Replies: 16
Views: 3969

Re: Museum of Nature and Science

I actually really like the uniqueness of the Dallas World Aquarium. It's pretty different from any other major aquarium I've ever been to, which all have a 'sameness' about them. That one in New Orleans for example I've been to in the past 15 years and can't recall a thing about it. Also agree the ...
by gshelton91
16 Aug 2017 08:29
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 50
Views: 7236

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

The Trinity Golf course was billed as a private Golf Course like the Dallas Country Club its rare for a private club like that to have a resort attached... unless it is actually simi-private meaning you can be a member to play or you can pay a green fee and stay at the attached hotel and play. The c...
by gshelton91
04 Aug 2017 09:47
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: New Oak Cliff Streetcar
Replies: 81
Views: 13973

Re: New Oak Cliff Streetcar

I would agree young street could be a great choice... it could also potentially connect in Deep Ellum and the Farmers Market -- but it is going to need a North/south line to cross it so people can get to KW park and all the stuff on the north side of town. years ago Angela Hunt suggested a street ca...
by gshelton91
04 Aug 2017 09:43
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 183
Views: 25401

Re: Trinity River Park

@Matt777 - Interesting Ideas - I have always loved the idea of a whiteWater Rafting course near Downtown -- I had no idea that one existed up in OKC -- if they can support it i can't see why we would not be able to. Regarding the electrical wires -- Frisco got theirs buried considering the money bei...
by gshelton91
28 Jul 2017 10:33
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park
Replies: 79
Views: 12221

Re: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park

I agree the parking just is not logical... Between the Myerson, DMA and others there should be plenty of parking everyone just needs to get together and create an agreement that is in everyone's best interest. I fully support them expanding the children's play ground in the new plans and even the sp...
by gshelton91
28 Jul 2017 10:26
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Oak Cliff Deck Park
Replies: 12
Views: 3662

Re: Oak Cliff Deck Park

I don't really feel like this deck park is a good use of money. If we took this same money and put it into Lake Cliff Park then at the end of the day we would have a much better outcome. Woodall Rodgers Deck park made economic sense because the price of land and the location. The price of land in Oa...
by gshelton91
27 Jul 2017 10:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Mockingbird Station
Replies: 51
Views: 9929

Re: Dallas Mockingbird Station

I am really excited about the new Mockingbird Bridge. Even though the connector across Central is currently very bad it would not be too hard to improve it. The problem is until this bridge is finished there is just not much of a constituency to get it done. Considering the issues that the Katy Trai...
by gshelton91
30 May 2017 09:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor
Replies: 119
Views: 24201

Re: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor

I went once -- was really excited to have a good sports bar -- the food was not that good. ordered chips and Salsa got Pace -- that was probably the best thing we ordered.
by gshelton91
30 May 2017 09:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Texas A&M expansion
Replies: 48
Views: 10024

Re: Deep Ellum: Texas A&M expansion

I actually kind of like the look of the building but that big green space in the front is not helping anybody out... It has almost no engagement with pedestrians.
by gshelton91
28 Mar 2017 10:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Hall Arts Hotel & Residences
Replies: 130
Views: 29905

Re: Arts District: Hall Arts Condo Tower

Any word on this project? I thought it was supposed to start early 2017.
by gshelton91
20 Feb 2017 14:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building
Replies: 100
Views: 21060

Re: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building

I don't agree that it is a forgone conclusion that it would have become a parking lot. This project only happened because the city gave them a significant amount of money to restore the building and make it useful. If they had shown the building as it is today I don't believe the city would have giv...
by gshelton91
14 Feb 2017 12:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building
Replies: 100
Views: 21060

Re: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building

/\ I love historic buildings but frankly at the point it was deemed too damaging to the building to restore it to the original i would rather have seen it demolished. What we have now is just as ugly as it was before and will do little for the street life.
by gshelton91
06 Feb 2017 12:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Convention Center
Replies: 18
Views: 4121

Re: Dallas Convention Center

I would agree the KBH is a bit of a money pit in its current pattern of use. It just seems like such a wasted facility... If it's not being used for a convention why not roll out some fake grass and let it be an indoor park? seems like so many things could be done if the right incentives were in pla...
by gshelton91
03 Feb 2017 12:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Christopher @The Union (31 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)
Replies: 146
Views: 37796

Re: The Christopher @The Union (28 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)

I agree - this will do a lot to connect Downtown/Uptown to Victory. I would so love to see a little spur off the existing trolley line down Olive Street to the AAC - it's only 1/2 mile... seems to me it could have a huge impact - including lots of riders.
by gshelton91
03 Feb 2017 11:40
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: LBJ East reconstruction
Replies: 8
Views: 2290

Re: LBJ East reconstruction

Great Frontage roads- Just what we need more of. If they are going to build frontage roads they should not allow businesses to open onto them... Businesses should have to open onto side roads... otherwise they will just slow down the traffic and we get no benefit from the road. along with a lot of o...
by gshelton91
19 Jan 2017 08:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 456
Views: 79749

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

^I would say instead that people in Dallas are not going to be walkers within our suburban ways.... correct the environment to be pedestrian friendly and the sidewalks will be crowded with walkers. A cactus wont grow in a swamp and a fern wont grow in a desert. Agreed, the more pedestrian-friendly ...
by gshelton91
19 Jan 2017 08:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 374
Views: 75428

Re: Bishop Arts

It seems to me that DART should integrate the line more into it's overall transit scheme... meaning that some busses that go to the transit mall should now drop people off to take the trolley into downtown. Busses could do a better job of feeding the Trolley at a better price then extending the trol...
by gshelton91
19 Jan 2017 08:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 348
Views: 63154

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

Anyone know what the proper pronunciation of "Drever" is? is that first e long or short?
by gshelton91
19 Jan 2017 08:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 123
Views: 23040

Re: AT&T Discovery District

I hope they put some money aside for programing for the plaza-- It looks great and had great potential... but too many of these things get built and never used because no one ever puts any money toward programing.
by gshelton91
05 Jan 2017 11:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 374
Views: 75428

Re: Bishop Arts

/\ Yeah i understand the objections but this seems to be a quality development and getting a better tax base south of the river will only be good for South Dallas in the long run.
by gshelton91
05 Jan 2017 10:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: SkyHouse Victory Place (290 FT / 25 ST)
Replies: 71
Views: 16260

Re: Victory Park: SkyHouse Victory Place (290 FT / 25 ST)

Las Colinas is knocking... Corner of O'conner & Las Colinas blvd pls. But, I also like the idea of Dallas CBD. That parking lot where the BofA plaza twin was supposed to go would be sweet. Sweet, indeed! Especially with Belo Garden Park right there. That area of downtown needs a catalyst, and m...
by gshelton91
05 Jan 2017 10:51
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 94
Views: 16988

Re: Downtown Progress

And from a retail point of view i would rather pay to park once in a parking garage then park for free at one store and have to move my car to shop at the next store down the street.
by gshelton91
05 Jan 2017 10:43
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 183
Views: 25401

Re: Trinity River Park

/\ Actually i would say that the straight line river that is there now is more against the rivers nature than adding the meanders back in. Most rivers like the Trinity naturally meander just look at the old banks of the Trinity (now in the Design District). I am sure doing this project will come wit...
by gshelton91
03 Jan 2017 15:34
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas Trail System
Replies: 59
Views: 14218

Re: Dallas Trail System

I was by this the other day and looks like they have poured the piers -- i would expect the rest of the bridge to go much faster.
by gshelton91
22 Dec 2016 13:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 456
Views: 79749

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

As for the DART rail, pretty much the only folks who use that to visit Deep Ellum are a handful of families with kids during the day on weekends and the "bad guys" at night. Almost every crime report in the area ends with "The suspects were last seen headed towards the DART rail stat...
by gshelton91
21 Dec 2016 09:26
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The West End
Replies: 24
Views: 5989

Re: The West End

It doesn't have to be dead. (Under the El in CHI.) http://cpplunkett.photos/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/looking-down-street-under-el-train-tracks-092014.jpg I agree it would not take a lot to make the underpass workable -- They could place some restaurant incubators under the freeway using Cargo Con...
by gshelton91
09 Dec 2016 11:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 292
Views: 65762

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

That's a great piece of property for them. I certainly hope they build a garage with some retail space, though, to contribute to that corner of the park. I know things can change but my understanding was that it would include retail. In fact i think they were targeting a grocery store... but if the...
by gshelton91
07 Dec 2016 10:26
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Texas Rangers Stadium in Arlington
Replies: 16
Views: 4441

Re: Texas Rangers Stadium in Arlington

I would still love to see Dallas build a Minor league size stadium downtown. It could be used for DISD games as well as a minor league like the one in Grand Prairie not affiliated with Pro Baseball. I went to an Stars game last night (Tuesday) and it's a pain during the week - no way i am driving ou...
by gshelton91
07 Dec 2016 10:10
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 316
Views: 52391

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

now that DMN is moving to the Statler i would love to see them redevelop the DMN Site as the downtown train station. It would be simple to then connect it to the DART Rail lines. But, I see a lot of real estate up side for a station in the Cedars. How many times do I to point out that the DMN build...
by gshelton91
07 Dec 2016 09:59
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 316
Views: 52391

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

now that DMN is moving to the Statler i would love to see them redevelop the DMN Site as the downtown train station. It would be simple to then connect it to the DART Rail lines. But, I see a lot of real estate up side for a station in the Cedars. How many times do I to point out that the DMN build...
by gshelton91
06 Dec 2016 10:39
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 316
Views: 52391

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

now that DMN is moving to the Statler i would love to see them redevelop the DMN Site as the downtown train station. It would be simple to then connect it to the DART Rail lines. But, I see a lot of real estate up side for a station in the Cedars.
by gshelton91
06 Dec 2016 09:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Case Building (~197 FT / 18 ST)
Replies: 40
Views: 9926

Re: Deep Ellum: Case Building

Was in Deep Ellum this past weekend- Man things are really rolling - tons of people lots of new businesses. Somehow the city has got to build a Parking Garage for this area. Seems like between the increased property value on the current parking lots and the parking revenue this could be justified. I...
by gshelton91
02 Dec 2016 09:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 381
Views: 70974

Re: Northpark Center

I don't know there is something about shopping that can't really be replicated online... Personally i find online shopping very tiring -- but sometimes the convenience of it just can't be matched. It will be interesting to see how this all changes over time. I would not be surprised to see tesla/app...
by gshelton91
02 Dec 2016 08:53
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Arlington: Mass Transit
Replies: 19
Views: 4700

Re: Arlington: Mass Transit

True -- we don't even have the train between Dallas and Houston yet. One Mountain at a time.
by gshelton91
01 Dec 2016 12:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 103
Views: 18177

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

I fear they will just re-do the store and move in. Can't say i blame them but I sure would love to at least see them front the store on McKinny to improve the continuity of the pedestrian connection to West Village. That's probably the best we can hope for... if they are really far sighted then perh...

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