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by exelone31
12 Nov 2019 16:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 216
Views: 62255

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

Thanks for the pics, Maconahey. Is that where the large mixed-use building is slated to go?
by exelone31
11 Nov 2019 13:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 465
Views: 165120

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

Royal Blue asking for handouts from the city seems pretty lame. I mean, I guess it's shrewd to take free money where you can get it, but it just sends a bad message when it is a pretty high-end grocer.

I don't see them lasting in that spot if they do indeed go forward with it.
by exelone31
08 Nov 2019 11:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 625
Views: 185278

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

As a millennial, there are two things I love more than anything else:
1) Games and hoopla
2) The satisfaction in knowing that I am leeching value from square footage that could be put toward more profitable endeavors
by exelone31
08 Nov 2019 08:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 625
Views: 185278

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

My question is, have we as a city now become "Bowling Central"?
by exelone31
08 Nov 2019 08:52
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 279
Views: 85947

Re: Silver Line

No kidding, I live pretty close to the UTD station, so it would be neat to be able to hop on the train a couple stops and be in Downtown Addison, or Downtown Carrollton for that matter.
by exelone31
05 Nov 2019 14:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 216
Views: 62255

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

Very excited about this one. It seems like East Quarter has been moving full steam ahead, but is going largely unnoticed by the general public. Perhaps a big development like this will really tie it all together and draw some attention to the area. Yeah I think a lot of it has been prep work on mos...
by exelone31
30 Oct 2019 08:26
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Farmers Branch: news/development
Replies: 8
Views: 2198

Re: Farmers Branch: news/development

More apartments on the way in Farmers Branch near Galleria https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2019/10/29/more-apartments-on-the-way-in-farmers-branch-near-galleria/ The Jefferson Gallery House project includes residents a fitness center, resort-style pool, and the rooftop dog park. Roo...
by exelone31
23 Oct 2019 15:44
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 195
Views: 49820

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

This park finally takes the pressure off of Main Street Gardens so they can both serve the larger resident populations better. I fear for Belo Gardens as more times passes because it just seems rudderless as far as purpose. Could Belo perhaps get a nip and tuck to make it into a better park? I'm no...
by exelone31
21 Oct 2019 12:17
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 195
Views: 49820

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

I drove by it the other day (prior to the grand opening), and it looks really nice. There are tables and chairs setup underneath the circular structure, which is pretty large.
by exelone31
21 Oct 2019 11:13
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 195
Views: 49820

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

There was a 'live' shot from the park during the Cowboys game last night. I saw that! So cool to see something other than the usual bronze sculpture and Dealey plaza put on national television. Go Cowboys! Saw that too! How many people in the Dallas area do you think saw that and said "Where i...
by exelone31
18 Oct 2019 16:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 205
Views: 68027

Re: West End 1.0

Did the other brewery in the West End ultimately fall through? I thought there was supposed to be one that went up where the Joe's Crab Shack used to be.
by exelone31
18 Oct 2019 14:33
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park
Replies: 124
Views: 32980

Re: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park

No way that fountain makes the final cut.
by exelone31
16 Oct 2019 07:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 216
Views: 79088

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

Wow, yeah that is really lame by Mudhen. There are tons of people at the Farmers Market on the weekends. If you give them a compelling reason to come by (whether from nearby or further out), the people will come.
by exelone31
11 Oct 2019 10:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 670
Views: 201959

Re: Victory Park 3.0

It's not my money, but I would have liked to see retail along the parkside too. Having the exclusive tenant lounge and lobby face the little one acre park seems like a bit of a waste.
by exelone31
07 Oct 2019 10:22
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 195
Views: 49820

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

I hope this park does well. I wonder if there will be plans for festivals/events in the open space, similar to Main Street Garden? There does not appear to be much in the way of amenities, not that that is necessarily a bad thing.
by exelone31
04 Oct 2019 11:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Restaurants: general news/development
Replies: 66
Views: 16547

Re: Restaurants: general news/development

I don't mind an influx of restaurants from Austin, Houston, wherever. If the food is good, then great! If those cities don't care for Dallas restaurants moving there, then too bad. It's their loss. I haven't eaten at Pecan Lodge since they moved to Deep Ellum because of the lines, I doubt that I am ...
by exelone31
04 Oct 2019 09:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel
Replies: 492
Views: 171526

Re: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel

are they just doing the one?
by exelone31
03 Oct 2019 16:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Restaurants: general news/development
Replies: 66
Views: 16547

Re: Restaurants: general news/development

I think this is great news for the area, and definitely welcome concepts from other cities. If the food is great, it doesn't really matter to me who is cooking it. As for Pecan Lodge, I think they will be just fine, and adding Black's BBQ to the area shouldn't totally knock out their business. Pecan...
by exelone31
03 Oct 2019 13:03
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Southern Gateway Public Green
Replies: 21
Views: 8388

Re: Southern Gateway Public Green

Oh yeah, that is strange. Funny how in several of the renderings, they've hidden the stairwell behind a tree :) clever!
by exelone31
03 Oct 2019 07:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 205
Views: 68027

Re: West End 1.0

Anybody happen to know a ballpark on the number of residents that are in Victory Park/West End currently? I know the Brewery Building is kind of in the middle of that area, just curious for context.
by exelone31
03 Oct 2019 07:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 216
Views: 62255

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

Warrior2015 wrote:https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2019/10/02/landmark-former-masonic-temple-now-stunning-downtown-dallas-loft-office-space/

Wow the Masonic temple is now office space and has been renovated nicely!


That's awesome! Great to see the space put to good use, and a pretty cool building.
by exelone31
01 Oct 2019 11:18
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Southern Gateway Public Green
Replies: 21
Views: 8388

Re: Southern Gateway Public Green

Maybe it's just a weird angle, but it seems to me like the park is at grade and that the access road on the east side of 35 is dug out underneath the walkway.
by exelone31
27 Sep 2019 12:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 205
Views: 68027

Re: West End 1.0

Wasn't the Starck Club downstairs through those giant circular doors?
by exelone31
27 Sep 2019 12:49
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco Station
Replies: 35
Views: 11302

Re: Frisco Station

Tnexster wrote:More construction on the way at $1.8 billion Frisco Station development

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/rea ... velopment/


DRONE TAXI!!!!
by exelone31
26 Sep 2019 09:04
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: The Cedars: Old City Park & Dallas Heritage Village
Replies: 24
Views: 6352

Re: The Cedars: Old City Park & Dallas Heritage Village

lakewoodhobo wrote:The Cedars could use a master plan that guides development around a shared vision.


Whatever they were "sharing" when they came up with the vision for these buildings seems pretty potent. :lol:
by exelone31
25 Sep 2019 10:16
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Richardson: Main Street Improvements
Replies: 17
Views: 5047

Re: Richardson: Main Street Improvements

While not technically related to Main Street in Richarson, this is pretty close by: https://communityimpact.com/dallas-fort-worth/richardson/city-county/2019/09/18/richardson-awarded-100000-grant-for-mobility-improvements-in-the-innovation-district/ Richardson awarded $100,000 grant for mobility imp...
by exelone31
24 Sep 2019 16:39
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 274
Views: 71006

Re: Trinity River Park

I would say hire Angela Hunt but I think many people have soured on her since then. From: https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2017/12/12/valley-view-center-and-the-plan-to-revive-the-area-is-in-shambles/ about the Valley View development. I believe she is not the attorney for Beck anymore...
by exelone31
24 Sep 2019 09:37
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 274
Views: 71006

Re: Trinity River Park

Friends, I'm starting to think this whole Trinity River thing may never happen.
by exelone31
18 Sep 2019 16:27
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Collin Creek Mall
Replies: 65
Views: 19556

Re: Collin Creek Mall

The_Overdog wrote:Demo fence is up now around the north side of the mall.


Nice! It's really happening!!
by exelone31
18 Sep 2019 09:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 436
Views: 149815

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

WHOA! Could it be a written confession by the King of Pop? I now have a reason to live 65 more years!
by exelone31
13 Sep 2019 13:59
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 195
Views: 49820

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

Wow, it's only a month from opening? That seems quick, great news!
by exelone31
13 Sep 2019 08:56
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: DFW: #1 Foodie Scene and #1 in Attracting Millenials (according to no-name sources)
Replies: 3
Views: 1590

Re: DFW: #1 Foodie Scene and #1 in Attracting Millenials (according to no-name sources)

I feel like the write-up in Bon Appetit is pretty substantial recognition, and well-deserved. Is Dallas the greatest food city in the country? No, but it is certainly an up-and-comer IMO, and it is cool to see some attention being paid. Hopefully that will just continue to attract more people who ar...
by exelone31
09 Sep 2019 15:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 188
Views: 53266

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

I love that we have one or two/three places and we are calling it a little ______. Things that count as diversity in the south I guess. I don't think it's too common to find Spanish restaurants in the area, much less several in close proximity. If you have two open recently in the same area, one mi...
by exelone31
09 Sep 2019 11:50
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: The Daily Digital 4.0
Replies: 53
Views: 21625

Re: The Daily Digital 4.0

Great photos, thanks for sharing. It is crazy that with all the development that is happening/has happened, some of these still look very much like "before" photos.
by exelone31
09 Sep 2019 11:49
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Fair Park
Replies: 85
Views: 26546

Re: Fair Park

Haven't they held the JMBLYA music festival at Fair Park the last year or two? I'm not sure how the turnout has been or the layout they used.
by exelone31
09 Sep 2019 11:45
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 357
Views: 119480

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

exelone31 wrote:What it we just build a giant zip line between Dallas and Houston? Will that satisfy all parties?


For those curious, I just did a calculation off a zip line tutorial, and the Dallas-to-Houston zip line would only need to be about 60,000 feet tall. Totally doable!
by exelone31
09 Sep 2019 11:38
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 357
Views: 119480

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

What it we just build a giant zip line between Dallas and Houston? Will that satisfy all parties?
by exelone31
09 Sep 2019 11:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 188
Views: 53266

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Do we have a cool "Little Spain" district starting to take shape? Would be a really cool concentrated pocket.
by exelone31
05 Sep 2019 12:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Restaurants: general news/development
Replies: 66
Views: 16547

Re: Restaurants: general news/development

Wild Detectives is a real gem, so I have high hopes for Sketches of Spain. Can't wait!
by exelone31
03 Sep 2019 15:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff Progressing
Replies: 101
Views: 31175

Re: Oak Cliff Progressing

https://www.dallasobserver.com/restaurants/two-restaurants-coming-to-the-belmont-in-dallas-11743444 The Belmont Hotel has provided stunning views of the Dallas skyline since 1946. This West Dallas spot has stood on Fort Worth Avenue while the area around it develops, bringing in newer businesses th...
by exelone31
27 Aug 2019 10:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 188
Views: 53266

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Okay, finally this is all making sense. The linked article explains that the building will host 77 Degrees on the second/third floors and the Irish bar on the first floor. Step Inside 77 Degrees, Henderson Avenue’s Stunning New Rooftop Bar https://dallas.eater.com/2019/8/27/20835007/77-degrees-hend...
by exelone31
23 Aug 2019 11:43
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Southern Gateway Public Green
Replies: 21
Views: 8388

Re: Southern Gateway Public Green

Wow, that is really really dumb and seems borderline racist(?)

Are they not going have benches because homeless people sleep on them?
by exelone31
22 Aug 2019 14:56
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Fair Park
Replies: 85
Views: 26546

Re: Fair Park

I'm not opposed to any of that if it brings the crowds, but I'd really like to see a full-production brewery, winery or distillery (w/ tap room or bar and to-go sales) open in one of these places. If Pegasus City weren't already opening in a near-ideal location, I would say they would be a prime ca...
by exelone31
21 Aug 2019 10:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 188
Views: 53266

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

I know absolutely nothing about this company, but Jamon Iberico (largest purveyor of cured ham) will open a 2 story restaurant, bar and store on Henderson Ave... Based in Barcelona they have 150 shops across the country. This will be their 1st US location. Seems like a big deal! https://www.dallasn...
by exelone31
21 Aug 2019 10:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 216
Views: 62255

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

I'll be curious to see if there's a strengthening of pedestrian/bike connections between the East Quarter and Deep Ellum. It's a short distance, but IMO not necessarily an inviting walk.
by exelone31
20 Aug 2019 15:36
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 287
Views: 82299

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Would love to know of the other large cities in the US that use open pay open access like DART or those that use a closed pay to enter system. Pros and Cons of both. Of the cities I've been to, I believe only Seattle is the one I have seen open pay open access. Closed pay cities: NYC Chicago SF/Bay...
by exelone31
12 Aug 2019 12:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 150
Views: 44712

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

Royal Blue Grocery coming to the old Bolsa Mercado space Royal Blue Grocery is coming to West Davis. The grocer will open in the former Bolsa Mercado space on West Davis. Confirmation came via Facebook post from Royal Blue manager Liz Lowe, who is hiring for the store. https://oakcliff.advocatemag....
by exelone31
12 Aug 2019 08:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 150
Views: 44712

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

My wife uses the pickup option and Walmart and loves it. Having kids, the ability to shop for everything online then go pick it up quickly at the store (for free, without having to get out of the car) is a massive convenience.
by exelone31
12 Aug 2019 08:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Convention Center
Replies: 34
Views: 10936

Re: Dallas Convention Center

Wow, you know that eSports has arrived as a legitimate sport when all the major venues eschew Downtown Dallas for the suburbs :)
by exelone31
09 Aug 2019 12:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 188
Views: 53266

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Did something new happen with this indicating that it's supposed to start soon? The development looks amazing, but I feel like it's been in a holding pattern for quite some time.

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