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by exelone31
12 Jul 2019 08:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)
Replies: 134
Views: 30269

Re: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)

"Quick! To the trademark office! We must protect the name 'Swexan' at all costs. Once our competitors hear it, they will be falling all over themselves to steal it!"
by exelone31
11 Jul 2019 16:23
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Plano: misc. developments
Replies: 22
Views: 5558

Re: Plano: misc. developments

Tnexster wrote:Plano sets a vote that could repeal the master development plan that split the city

https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/comm ... split-city


Good. ness. What a shame.
by exelone31
11 Jul 2019 12:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)
Replies: 134
Views: 30269

Re: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)

cowboyeagle05 wrote:Yeah, the Gone with the Wind windows seems more random than strategically placed. I assume that's supposed to be our Texas Southern influence...


I think you mean "Swexas"
by exelone31
10 Jul 2019 08:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 364
Views: 89757

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

Car wash/gas station closed? The car wash/gas station at Lemmon East and Cole has all the pay slots on the car wash and gas pumps covered over and marked out of service. There was a small rig taking samples. Perhaps checking for gasoline leaks. Has anyone heard of a problem there? Probably just get...
by exelone31
10 Jul 2019 08:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Galleria
Replies: 38
Views: 6749

Re: North Dallas: Galleria

Hmmm, I really wonder what's going to happen with this shopping center. IMO, this whole intersection is kind of weird. On the northeast corner, you've got what I am assuming Galleria North is going to shoot for: a retail/residential mix that surrounds a strip center. To me, that area is kind of a du...
by exelone31
09 Jul 2019 15:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)
Replies: 134
Views: 30269

Re: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)

Looks cool, hope it turns out as translucent in real life.
by exelone31
09 Jul 2019 08:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 150
Views: 38882

Re: The Cedars Developments

willyk wrote:How is the Lorenzo doing? If well, that would suggest a new hotel could be viable here. On the other hand the Trump hotel deal fell through. That could indicate the opposite.


Eh, I wouldn't read too much into the Trump hotel deal. Wasn't that a Mike Sarimsakci venture?
by exelone31
08 Jul 2019 09:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 150
Views: 38882

Re: The Cedars Developments

I wonder what they'll end up doing on the site, and if they'll still get the go-ahead for the annexing of St Paul right there.

Still really bummed about this, but hoping that they are able to salvage any remains and put up a something good in its place.
by exelone31
03 Jul 2019 11:19
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 243
Views: 48940

Re: Trinity River Park

My wife and kids made a trip up to Tulsa last week and visited this new park along the Arkansas River, called "A Gathering Place". (https://www.gatheringplace.org/)

Holy smokes, can you imagine something like that on the Trinity!?!
by exelone31
01 Jul 2019 07:09
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 146
Views: 31902

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

willyk wrote:What’s next for Parks for DTD—Carpenter or the West End? I think Harwood is last.



I would think Carpenter, but considering all the development going on in the East Quarter, I could see Harwood jumping up in line.
by exelone31
27 Jun 2019 12:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 172
Views: 41662

Re: West End 1.0

lakewoodhobo wrote:Also, I wonder what happened to the Planet Hollywood dragon. Wouldn't mind seeing him moved to this spot or maybe the giant empty plaza on the Victory side.


I'll have to track down the article, but I think it was sold to someone out in Amarillo or something like that.
by exelone31
26 Jun 2019 17:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Central Market at McKinney and Lemmon
Replies: 149
Views: 36404

Re: Uptown Dallas: Central Market at McKinney and Lemmon

McLemmon?!?! One name? One name?
by exelone31
21 Jun 2019 09:11
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Prosper: misc. developments
Replies: 4
Views: 991

Re: Prosper: misc. developments

At first I was going to say "Ha! I'll believe it when I see it!"

Then I read the article and realized it's already built! Maybe I've been asleep, but I feel like this lagoon didn't get a fraction of the hubbub that failed lagoon in Rowlett did.
by exelone31
20 Jun 2019 13:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 610
Views: 136033

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Maybe that place next to Blackfriar?




:)
by exelone31
19 Jun 2019 11:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 11 (The Forum)
Replies: 125
Views: 27495

Re: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 11 (The Forum)

Totally agree with Tivo. I think if you looked and individual properties on their own merits, you would say "eh, not bad". But if you look at the entire neighborhood and what they are saying they are trying to accomplish, it really falls short. This area could have been designed with both ...
by exelone31
19 Jun 2019 11:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 172
Views: 41662

Re: West End 1.0

https://www.dmagazine.com/frontburner/2019/06/the-neon-arches-are-returning-to-the-west-end/ Next Wednesday, the neon arches will return to the West End. Sort of. They won’t be the Dallas Alley connector between the now-shuttered West End MarketPlace and the old Coca Cola Building. And they won’t b...
by exelone31
18 Jun 2019 16:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Dallas Developments
Replies: 71
Views: 21539

Re: West Dallas Developments

Looks good, like the brick.

I also enjoy this creative re-phrasing of "strip center"

12,700 square feet of single story freestanding retail/restaurant space
by exelone31
17 Jun 2019 08:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 364
Views: 89757

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

Dang, that's a real bummer. I wonder what that means for the franchise in general?

That was a really cool bar and hopefully whatever takes its place (if anything) maintains the same vibe.

Ditto to DPatel, losing Idle Rich and Gingerman stings.
by exelone31
13 Jun 2019 12:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 565
Views: 135629

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

The eastern sides of Malcolm X and Commerce have always been an unfortunate dead zone with its service stations and parking lots that don't really fit with the rest of Deep Ellum. Fortunately it looks like we're getting a popular fried chicken place on the SE corner and add some much needed life to...
by exelone31
13 Jun 2019 11:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 308
Views: 70793

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Are they going to knock down the building then? This doesn't really look anything like it.

I've got to think that there's going to be a splitting of Deep Ellum into two districts. Maybe not two totally different names, but something like 6th Street and "Dirty 6th" in Austin.
by exelone31
13 Jun 2019 11:09
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: The Cedars: Old City Park & Dallas Heritage Village
Replies: 19
Views: 3918

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

Hopefully there is no "old wiring" in either of these buildings.
by exelone31
12 Jun 2019 13:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 610
Views: 136033

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Yeah I'm also pretty surprised the Hard Rock lasted this long. Maybe with a large-ish company like Hard Rock, they were able to eat the cost for a while before calling it quits. My purely speculative Spidey sense tells me that a steak house is bound to move in there. Something like Fogo de Chao coul...
by exelone31
12 Jun 2019 11:31
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 243
Views: 48940

Re: Trinity River Park

Hannibal Lecter wrote:^ NTTA made in very clear they have no interest in the project unless the city forks over $1B+ up front.


I feel like that will be much easier with fewer dissenting voices in the room. I'm curious more to the legal/political aspects of whether or not the toll road is "dead".
by exelone31
11 Jun 2019 16:14
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 243
Views: 48940

Re: Trinity River Park

Not sure if this is the proper thread, but it relates to the area. Does anyone know if there's the possibility that the Trinity Toll Road could re-appear on the radar? With Scott Griggs and Philip Kingston, two of its more vocal opponents, gone, my gut tells me it is only a matter of time before NTT...
by exelone31
11 Jun 2019 13:27
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Historic Images of Dallas
Replies: 32
Views: 6825

Re: Historic Images of Dallas

lakewoodhobo wrote:Dallas City Photographer Prints from the Mid-20th Century
https://cityofdallaspreservation.wordpr ... h-century/


This is awesome, thank you for sharing!
by exelone31
10 Jun 2019 11:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 188
Views: 45586

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

Didn't we JUST do this?
by exelone31
06 Jun 2019 11:45
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 328
Views: 83712

Re: Legacy West

Wow. 4,000 people seems like a lot of people in a 12-story, 540,000 square foot building. https://dealbreaker.com/2019/06/jpmorgan-sending-investment-banking-team-to-texas So it turns out that it's the NY based IB team coming to Plano. I used to work in IB for JP Morgan back in the day. So typicall...
by exelone31
04 Jun 2019 13:34
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Richardson: Main Street Improvements
Replies: 15
Views: 3304

Re: Richardson: Main Street Improvements

It's interesting, the city rebranded the Main Street corridor as the "Core District", which seems to be pretty lacking in terms of charm. But heck, if they are able to pull off this revitalization, they can call it whatever they want.

Looking forward to seeing this one develop!
by exelone31
30 May 2019 14:34
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 243
Views: 48940

Re: Trinity River Park

Which of these happens first:
- Complete tear-down and redevelopment of the former jail site into a mid-to-high rise mixed use building
- A single shovel of dirt being moved on the park itself
by exelone31
30 May 2019 14:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 150
Views: 38882

Re: The Cedars Developments

joshua.dodd wrote:Something just seems off about this...


^This x 1,000
by exelone31
28 May 2019 08:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Link at Uptown
Replies: 92
Views: 12127

Re: The Link at Uptown

D Magazine will have a field day with the glare on those renderings. :)
by exelone31
28 May 2019 08:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 150
Views: 38882

Re: The Cedars Developments

This is so sad, was really hoping this would be a cool restoration. I agree with dallaz, this seems pretty strange, just a "random" fire in the middle of the night in an unoccupied building.
by exelone31
17 May 2019 13:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 188
Views: 45586

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

Update: Demolition of Valley View continues in full swing, and there are signs up all over the place showcasing both Beck's plan as well as the Lifetime Fitness complex. Additionally, the old Steak and Shake has been turned into a restaurant that looks like it was ripped straight from the sound stag...
by exelone31
17 May 2019 12:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 308
Views: 70793

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

tamtagon wrote:Does anyone want to call it New Deep Ellum?


I feel like someone called this little area "Douche Ellum", which I heartily endorse.
by exelone31
15 May 2019 09:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 608
Views: 180972

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

Is this the best commercial/residential architectural addition to Dallas in the last 10 years? Other candidates— M&O, Virgin, Epic? I'd say it has to be this or the Epic. M&O is too short and already seems to have been overtaken by surrounding development. The Epic is great because of the n...
by exelone31
15 May 2019 09:18
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco: The Star
Replies: 31
Views: 10615

Re: Frisco: The Star

^ Great photos! It's really amazing to see all of this development take shape. I love that they're are building out what seems to be tons of retail/restaurants and residential simultaneously. I'm not sure what kind of foot traffic is there on a typical day, but it seems that it will only grow as thi...
by exelone31
14 May 2019 16:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 608
Views: 180972

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

Tnexster wrote:That's awesome and if you zoom in on the last pic in the series you get a great view of the sloping roof line. Thanks for posting!


Yes, I was just thinking that! All my fretting over the sloping roof not actually coming to fruition was unfounded. Whew!
by exelone31
14 May 2019 15:10
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 72
Views: 15181

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

I don't want this tournament to fail and move to Frisco, not at all. But if it does, I want the folks who forced this deal through, the same ones who forced the horse park through (which by the way supplanted a homegrown, good-for-the-neighborhood horse park) put on a new millennial pillory until t...
by exelone31
13 May 2019 15:37
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 72
Views: 15181

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

Kind of a rough weekend scheduling-wise too. Heavy rains Saturday morning/early afternoon. The Kaaboo festival (which also seems to have been a bust). The JMBLYA festival (likely different clientele, but another event in the Fair Park/South Dallas area).
by exelone31
09 May 2019 14:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Restaurants: general news/development
Replies: 47
Views: 7294

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. WHICH HAS NOW APPARENTLY BEEN ACQUIRED BY DAPHNE'S MEDITERRANEAN. Not con...
by exelone31
09 May 2019 14:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Restaurants: general news/development
Replies: 47
Views: 7294

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 expans...
by exelone31
03 May 2019 15:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 188
Views: 45586

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

After all of the fits and starts, I really do hope this is when things begin to start taking shape. It's encouraging that the Sears site is about to get underway, in addition to demolition picking up steam on the remainder of the mall site. A couple other random items: - They have taken the boards o...
by exelone31
03 May 2019 12:36
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Collin Creek Mall
Replies: 60
Views: 13619

Re: Collin Creek Mall

Wow, amazing that they were able to hack into Scott Beck's recent search history for their headline.
by exelone31
02 May 2019 14:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 188
Views: 45586

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

Life Time has teamed up with Scott Beck of Beck Ventures, a Dallas-based real estate firm, which has been working on plans for years for the revival of Valley View Mall.


The word "working" being stretched so incredibly thin here.
by exelone31
01 May 2019 11:54
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 243
Views: 48940

Re: Trinity River Park

cowboyeagle05 wrote:Looks like more empty promises to me.


This +1000. Anytime I see the phrases "lots of work to go" or "preliminary" or "Trinity River", I take everything with a grain of salt.
by exelone31
30 Apr 2019 08:42
Forum: The Pitch
Topic: Dallas Fuel (esports team)
Replies: 6
Views: 1635

Re: Dallas Fuel (esports team)

Did anyone go to the Dallas Fuel event this past weekend at the Allen Event Center? I didn't get to make it up there, but sounds like it was a pretty resounding success.
by exelone31
29 Apr 2019 11:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 188
Views: 45586

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

I went to see Avengers at the Valley View AMC, and it was amazingly eerie walking through the mall to get to the theater. They are missing an opportunity to shoot any and all zombie shows/movies there.
by exelone31
26 Apr 2019 12:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 610
Views: 136033

Re: Victory Park 3.0

I just don't get the "South" part of it. Victory Avenue is really only in that area.
by exelone31
25 Apr 2019 12:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Dallas Developments
Replies: 71
Views: 21539

Re: West Dallas Developments

Before I forget, I had to drive by the Belmont this morning to get around an accident on I-30. When I made a right turn on Sylvan in front of the Belmont I could not help but notice a survey crew on the sidewalk with their equipment aimed at the hotel. They are clearly doing survey work on that pro...
by exelone31
24 Apr 2019 12:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Demolished (and about to be) Properties 2.0
Replies: 30
Views: 6008

Re: Demolished (and about to be) Properties 2.0

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:Sadly Belmont hotel will be next


I really, really hope that doesn't happen, but have a fear that it might based off some of the recent articles that have come out.

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