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by exelone31
17 Jan 2020 09:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Lower Greenville Development
Replies: 103
Views: 27766

Re: Lower Greenville Development

Char Bar on Lower Greenville gets new life: Owners of Whiskey Cake and Velvet Taco plan new restaurant https://outline.com/MzSwfn For those who don't know, the owners of these restaurants also own Twin Peaks. That is relevant because I found this quote in the article about the Char Bar space (empha...
by exelone31
16 Jan 2020 09:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 282
Views: 87503

Re: AT&T Discovery District

I am concerned about all these new restaurants that they are opening in this development. Don’t the current downtown restaurants that are brave enough to stay open in the evening already struggle with getting people in the door? Downtown is still very quiet during the evenings and weekends. Especia...
by exelone31
15 Jan 2020 10:45
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: DTD: West End Square
Replies: 22
Views: 2876

Re: DTD: West End Square

Wow, that flythrough looks really cool. I can easily see those cubes being a popular spot for selfie/photo opportunities.
by exelone31
15 Jan 2020 09:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Lower Greenville Development
Replies: 103
Views: 27766

Re: Lower Greenville Development

Cafe Brazil is barely holding on. Buzz Brews well they def seem to be expanding to every district in Dallas but they did close the Lemmon Ave location. Yeah I'm definitely not a fan of Cafe Brazil myself, but something in that realm seems like it would be good there, if not necessarily those two br...
by exelone31
15 Jan 2020 09:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 706
Views: 223019

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Did they already tear up the parking lot for that? I haven't been to Deep Ellum in a month or two, so did not realize it was progressing that quickly.
by exelone31
14 Jan 2020 16:25
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 306
Views: 99373

Re: Silver Line

https://www.dart.org/ShareRoot/about/expansion/cottonbelt/DARTCottonBeltMeeting22jul19.pdf This doc shows that the line will run to the right/east (I think) of the existing red line with the station at CityLine to the east of the existing station. If you check it does look like they will need to pu...
by exelone31
13 Jan 2020 14:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Lower Greenville Development
Replies: 103
Views: 27766

Re: Lower Greenville Development

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:It'll probably be converted to a local Tex Mex spot.


Wouldn't be a terrible location for a Cafe Brazil or Buzzbrews or something like that too.
by exelone31
09 Jan 2020 13:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Dallas High School
Replies: 60
Views: 19679

Re: Downtown Dallas: Dallas High School

bUt WhErE wIlL tHe tHoUsAnDs oF cArS tHaT uSe ThAt ExIt Go?

:)
by exelone31
09 Jan 2020 10:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 478
Views: 190139

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

Great job by the city on this one.
by exelone31
03 Jan 2020 13:35
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: DTD: West End Square
Replies: 22
Views: 2876

Re: DTD: West End Square

I know we have seen lots of renderings of this park but here is a decent site plan I found for those of us who would like to see less flash glitter and more practical details. Thanks for sharing! Really excited to see this one take shape. I wonder if it would make sense for something like the Cider...
by exelone31
03 Jan 2020 12:52
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Fair Park
Replies: 95
Views: 29904

Re: Fair Park

I believe Spectra made the NHL Winter Classic happen, they also got the Pride festival and parade to recommit to Fair Park as well. Spectra is doing its job they are trying to fill in the calendar for sure. Oh really? Wow, that's great to hear. It seemed like they had a good track record with their...
by exelone31
03 Jan 2020 10:50
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Fair Park
Replies: 95
Views: 29904

Re: Fair Park

I wish I had gone to the Winter Classic, it looks like it was a blast and a great "off-season" use of Fair Park. Definitely better than a couple dozen shivering football fans.

I am hopeful that Spectra is able to provide more consistent programming within Fair Park as they take over.
by exelone31
03 Jan 2020 10:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oaklawn: Old Parkland
Replies: 40
Views: 8845

Re: Oaklawn: Old Parkland

I may be in the minority, but I would gladly take these faux historic buildings over a generic wall of apartments.

It is strange to me that so much time and attention has been put into what is ostensibly a private space, but it does provide a really nice view when driving up and down the Tollway.
by exelone31
02 Jan 2020 14:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Most Exciting Projects of 2020
Replies: 36
Views: 2754

Re: Most Exciting Projects of 2020

No D3 school should have 15K stadium for basketball. Now if you make it multi-use, it would be fine; but a hard sell nonetheless given UTD's academic and research focus. There are vague plans about an athletic district for basketball and soccer, but I've not seen any renderings or a timeline. I am ...
by exelone31
02 Jan 2020 09:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Most Exciting Projects of 2020
Replies: 36
Views: 2754

Re: Most Exciting Projects of 2020

As a Richardson resident, I am excited to see the transformation of its downtown area. I think it could have the potential to join the ranks of charming downtowns like Plano, McKinney, Carrollton, etc. Not the biggest project of the year by any stretch, but exciting times in my northern burb. I also...
by exelone31
23 Dec 2019 12:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: The Victor (~453FT / 39ST)
Replies: 67
Views: 27719

Re: Victory Park: The Victor (~453FT / 39ST)

lol...that article makes it sound like they are building this really tall building. It’s barely taller than the W. Yeah, it seems kind of strange to me. They talk about competing with Uptown, but aren't they really competing with the buildings right next to them? You have to love this quote about t...
by exelone31
23 Dec 2019 11:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: The Victor (~453FT / 39ST)
Replies: 67
Views: 27719

Re: Victory Park: The Victor (~453FT / 39ST)

R1070 wrote:lol...that article makes it sound like they are building this really tall building. It’s barely taller than the W.


Yeah, it seems kind of strange to me. They talk about competing with Uptown, but aren't they really competing with the buildings right next to them?
by exelone31
23 Dec 2019 09:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: The Victor (~453FT / 39ST)
Replies: 67
Views: 27719

Re: Victory Park: The Victor (~453FT / 39ST)

Kinda weird to brag about being able to go "unlimited height" when you decide not to build taller than several buildings in the immediate vicinity.
by exelone31
20 Dec 2019 09:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 438
Views: 153924

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

R1070 wrote:Hooters closed?


No, was just trying really hard to shoehorn in an "American Pie"-esque verse.

I was trying to think of a vehicle to rhyme with "Idle" (for the Idle Rich, since that did close), but couldn't come up with anything.
by exelone31
19 Dec 2019 13:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 438
Views: 153924

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

uptown74 wrote:Bye bye, Nickel and Rye


http://dallas.culturemap.com/news/resta ... ickel-rye/


Rode my scooter to the Hooters but the Hooters was dry.
by exelone31
18 Dec 2019 12:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 706
Views: 223019

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Yeah, I think the only piece Deep Ellum is lacking in retail is a place where you can buy Registered and Unregistered Drivers Licenses, Passports and ID Cards.

If only someone knew of a place I could find them.....
by exelone31
18 Dec 2019 11:16
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Arlington Development and Transportation Projects
Replies: 57
Views: 15718

Re: Arlington Development and Transportation Projects

That retrofitting of the old baseball stadium looks weird. Plus, it seems they would be taking out a fair amount of seats, not that the XFL and USL-1 (go North Texas SC!) are going to be selling the place out anyway.
by exelone31
11 Dec 2019 09:06
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction
Replies: 115
Views: 35334

Re: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction

Does anyone happen to know what the plans are for the old Ambassador site? I can imagine a deck park would have quite an effect on what is planned there, possibly high-ish rise residential?
by exelone31
06 Dec 2019 10:45
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 289
Views: 59269

Re: I-345

And in 2050 wonder how Plano passed Dallas in population... :-) Plano has recently reduced the land footprint of it's two potential highway-style intersections to be forever boulevards, and the excess land around Spring Creek Parkway that was sold has already been developed. Which intersections are...
by exelone31
05 Dec 2019 16:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 282
Views: 87503

Re: AT&T Discovery District

While we are at it we can call the Vatican and tell them to shut down St Peters Square there is no need we now have AT&T Discovery District. Someone get Venice on the line who needs St. Marks Square; a giant screen, a modest food hall and some new trees will rival them all... Yeah I guess my jo...
by exelone31
05 Dec 2019 09:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 282
Views: 87503

Re: AT&T Discovery District

dukemeredith wrote:Also, will Spirit of Communication remain in the lobby? I was hopeful they would bring him outside (where he belongs).


Then we'd really be talking about this place like a Rockefeller Plaza South! Maybe throw an outdoor ice rink there too!
by exelone31
04 Dec 2019 15:21
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 227
Views: 75987

Re: DFW Airport

DFW is looking into the future of retail/restaurants on the non-secured side of terminals there. Apparently the spots on the secured side are performing much better than those located before the security checkpoints. https://www.star-telegram.com/news/business/aviation/article238014924.html I'm sur...
by exelone31
03 Dec 2019 14:27
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 289
Views: 59269

Re: I-345

I think it is pretty evident with the success of Klyde Warren what the ancillary impact is of burying and covering a highway, even with the comparatively large price tag. One thing I wonder about, though, is would doing that have a large impact on D2 as well as the existing DART rail line through do...
by exelone31
26 Nov 2019 08:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 192
Views: 61544

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

Would be great to put an image on the article showing exactly where the apartments are going to be. Glad to see something is going up now, though.
by exelone31
22 Nov 2019 15:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 498
Views: 152762

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

How timely, my friends! https://www.dmagazine.com/frontburner/2019/11/txdot-wants-to-hear-from-the-public-about-removing-i-345/ TxDOT Wants To Hear From the Public About Removing I-345 The meetings are happening at locations in Uptown, downtown, and South Dallas. The downtown meeting is an all-day a...
by exelone31
22 Nov 2019 12:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff Progressing
Replies: 110
Views: 39924

Re: Oak Cliff Progressing

https://www.dmagazine.com/food-drink/2019/11/small-brewpub-will-close-in-december/ As we ring in a holiday season, the Bishop Arts craft brew haven Small Brewpub will be both celebrating its five year anniversary and shuttering on December 7. The brewery on Jefferson Avenue, founded by owners Danie...
by exelone31
21 Nov 2019 09:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 213
Views: 81445

Re: West End 1.0

Hopefully the park project will get up and rolling in the next year or two as well. I think there's been a fairly decent track record of downtown parks spurring growth in the immediate vicinity. Even Belo Garden, whether intentionally or not, is a neighbor to the newly-remodeled Westin.
by exelone31
20 Nov 2019 08:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 438
Views: 153924

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

Redblock wrote:THE LOON IS CLOSED!!!

Long live the Loon.

Here is the story.


http://dallas.culturemap.com/news/resta ... adwinners/


But it sounds like it is moving, no?
by exelone31
15 Nov 2019 15:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 438
Views: 153924

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

I'm planning to open up a boutique milk parlor in Uptown. I will call it....

Bottle Service
by exelone31
14 Nov 2019 12:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown: Luxury Hotel, 2025 Cedar Springs (Pizza Hut Strip Mall)
Replies: 28
Views: 5331

Re: Uptown: Luxury Hotel, 2025 Cedar Springs (Pizza Hut Strip Mall)

I think there is one very clear correlation here folks...the XFL season starts in 86 days. The droves have to stay SOMEWHERE!!
by exelone31
14 Nov 2019 12:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 238
Views: 79349

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

That's a nice view! On a somewhat related note, with the rest of the EQ getting spruced up, I wonder if we'll ever see Salazar Center remove the ugly glass skin which was added back in the '80s. It wasn't ever the prettiest building, but what we have now is hard to look at. https://farm3.static.fli...
by exelone31
12 Nov 2019 16:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 238
Views: 79349

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: 478
Views: 190139

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: 706
Views: 223019

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: 706
Views: 223019

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: 306
Views: 99373

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: 238
Views: 79349

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: 3029

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: 203
Views: 58408

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: 203
Views: 58408

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: 203
Views: 58408

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: 213
Views: 81445

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: 37396

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: 218
Views: 87190

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.

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