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by exelone31
17 Jan 2019 15:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Bryan Tower
Replies: 28
Views: 3021

Re: Downtown Dallas: Bryan Tower

Hopefully they plan to have weekend hours too. They will be fairly close to the revamp Pacific Plaza, so it would be cool to be able to grab something there and go over to the park.
by exelone31
15 Jan 2019 15:43
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike
Replies: 168
Views: 33509

Re: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike

This will be a really interesting test to see which type of electric personal transportation people prefer. I have a feeling the scooters will still win out. To me, they seem to be a bit more universally user friendly. That said, D Magazine isn't complaining about the bikes(.........yet), so maybe t...
by exelone31
15 Jan 2019 12:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas: Medical District
Replies: 122
Views: 26988

Re: Dallas: Medical District

Apparently, "the community" see the hospital as a necessity along the lines of a fire department, police department, sanitation department, parks, street lights.... whatever There's way too much nuance in my opinion to try to lay it all out. I'm not trying to get roasted for grumbling abo...
by exelone31
15 Jan 2019 11:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas: Medical District
Replies: 122
Views: 26988

Re: Dallas: Medical District

Hannibal Lecter wrote:Must be nice to just stick your hand in the taxpayers' pocket every time you want a shiny new building.

Can you tell I paid property taxes yesterday? :-)


Good grief, I was thinking the exact same thing. It would be lovely to have that line item fall of my tax bill.
by exelone31
07 Jan 2019 08:42
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Grapevine: misc. developments
Replies: 2
Views: 446

Re: Grapevine: misc. developments

More lodging/residential/fun coming to Grapevine: * A Wisconsin company is planning a development with 490 hotel rooms, 100 condos (a timeshare format), and an indoor water park on Grapevine Mills Blvd. * A pricey 275-unit apartment complex and a dual-branded (Holiday Inn, Staybridge Suites) hotel ...
by exelone31
28 Dec 2018 11:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 467
Views: 84285

Re: T

I went for a walk through Victory Park on my lunch break yesterday. Usually, I walk through AAC, crossing the plaza. When I approached the steps to the plaza off Olive St, I noticed the center is putting huge concrete planter boxes there along with a "NO TRESPASSING" sign prominently disp...
by exelone31
27 Dec 2018 11:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Hoque Global Cedars- So Good
Replies: 19
Views: 1224

Re: Hoque Global Cedars- So Good

This development looks cool, I hope the "So Good" name doesn't stick, as it is "So Lame" IMHO. I really like that there is this front line of development that is happening in the Cedars bordering I-30. It'll be interesting if there ends up being a deck park, as that could send th...
by exelone31
26 Dec 2018 09:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 145
Views: 28144

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

They also mentioned demo of the mall is in progress and last I heard all court cases still had everything frozen until the spring. I work nearby and have seen sporadic demo work on the former Macy's side. I'll take the transit stuff with a big grain of salt. Hoping some of the other non-Beck develo...
by exelone31
21 Dec 2018 08:24
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Collin Creek Mall
Replies: 33
Views: 7449

Re: Collin Creek Mall

Centurion has completed the Collin Creek acquisition. Plans for the property include: * Retaining about 400,000 square feet of retail space * Several retail and restaurant spots * New townhouses/condos * Moving the JCPenney store to another part of the development https://www.dallasnews.com/busines...
by exelone31
20 Dec 2018 13:23
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Grocery Store Thread 2.0
Replies: 42
Views: 7234

Re: The Grocery Store Thread 2.0

Also, I am wondering if when they say “Dallas”, that actually means Dallas, or are they referring to the metro area? I could see this going to Legacy or some new development in Frisco. Was the space that was supposed to house Dean and Deluca at Legacy West filled? I'm not sure if it matches at all ...
by exelone31
20 Dec 2018 12:02
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Old Footage of Dallas
Replies: 34
Views: 4435

Re: Old Footage of Dallas

It's interesting to me that the Downtown mall video talks about the huge success of Reunion Tower. Is that still considered a popular attraction? I haven't been to it in a while, so was curious.
by exelone31
12 Dec 2018 15:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 277
Views: 54060

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

Kelley USA wrote:Flower Child is owned by the same company that's opening North Italia and The Henry at The Union.


*The Henry inside The Christopher inside The Union inside The Dallas
by exelone31
05 Dec 2018 13:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Most Exciting Project?
Replies: 24
Views: 1851

Re: Most Exciting Project?

I'll go with East Quarter as well, looping in the three new/improved parks nearby (Carpenter/Pacific/Harwood). I am very intrigued by what will happen with the deck park over I-35 near the zoo as well. I wonder what kind of subsequent development will be spurred on by it, and just the overall popula...
by exelone31
04 Dec 2018 11:20
Forum: The Pitch
Topic: Dallas may get XFL franchise
Replies: 9
Views: 540

Re: Dallas may get XFL franchise

I know it's not quite apples to apples, but it reminds me a bit of the old Dallas Desperados Arena League franchise. Those games were GREAT! Hoping they can capture some similar energy at a lower price point.
by exelone31
03 Dec 2018 16:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 76
Views: 17442

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

^ Wow, great photo. It really puts the sudden density into perspective.
by exelone31
29 Nov 2018 11:46
Forum: The Pitch
Topic: Dallas (ex-White Rock) Marathon eyeing name change
Replies: 5
Views: 349

Re: Dallas (ex-White Rock) Marathon eyeing name change

Well I think we know what this means, time for guesses!!! The "World Class" Marathon B....Marathon....G The "We Were Thiiiiiiiis Close to Getting Amazon" Marathon The Mike Sarimsacki Five Thousand Mile Foot Race* * Due to historical precedence and regulations, the actual length o...
by exelone31
28 Nov 2018 16:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District 1.0
Replies: 42
Views: 5297

Re: Design District 1.0

I guess they tried to make a knockoff of the Aloft concept, just way more generic. Also, Tru is an awful, awful name.
by exelone31
28 Nov 2018 11:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 277
Views: 54060

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

flyswatter wrote:I tried to go there once but accidentally ended up at Savor thinking it was Lark. Between Savor and the food trucks, it's no surprise Lark was the one to go down.


Maybe if they would have named it "Lark near the Park", that would have helped alleviate the confusion.
by exelone31
26 Nov 2018 10:09
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Retail / shopping issues
Replies: 8
Views: 699

Re: Retail / shopping issues

More pain in traditional retail.... Gap CEO says it plans to close 'hundreds' of its namesake stores https://www.dallasnews.com/business/retail/2018/11/21/gap-ceo-said-plans-close-hundreds-namesake-stores Wow, that's interesting. I wonder if at some point they will try to consolidate their three br...
by exelone31
20 Nov 2018 08:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Mockingbird Station
Replies: 56
Views: 12243

Re: Dallas Mockingbird Station

Very nice! Awesome infill of some parking lots with something that hopefully expands the walkability footprint of Mockingbird Station.
by exelone31
19 Nov 2018 11:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 135
Views: 31226

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

Did anybody end up going to this grand opening? I'm curious to hear how well-attended/executed it was. Hoping that area starts to pick up!
by exelone31
15 Nov 2018 16:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Terminal- Fitzhugh @ Katy Trail (Condos + Retail/Office)
Replies: 14
Views: 1350

Re: The Terminal- Fitzhugh @ Katy Trail (Condos + Retail/Office)

That looks pretty awesome. I like the train terminal inspiration for the bottom floor. I'll temper expectations on all the hanging greenery, but I really like the color scheme of the building.
by exelone31
09 Nov 2018 14:59
Forum: Art + Sol
Topic: UT-Dallas gets art collection, new museum
Replies: 10
Views: 1216

Re: UT-Dallas gets art collection, new museum

I'm really stoked for my alma mater to get this collection and museum. I have no clue about what other universities have in terms of art collections (aside from the Meadows Museum at SMU), but I wonder how this stacks up? It'd be really cool to have a revered art destination up north, besides the Ar...
by exelone31
09 Nov 2018 12:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 145
Views: 28144

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

I am happy to report that the 2nd Annual Scott Beck Single Day of Demolition is underway! Come one, come all and feast your eyes as one intrepid construction worker uses the world's smallest hammer and chisel to take down this once-great retail destination. After the festivities, help yourself to fo...
by exelone31
05 Nov 2018 16:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 467
Views: 84285

Re: Victory Park 3.0

willyk wrote:
Tivo_Kenevil wrote:
willyk wrote:Hines Residential Tower

Why a mess? Are there other current projects underway? I don't see why it would it be problem.


He was just saying construction will be in full swing.


Probably means fewer available hitching posts in the area, which for a horse would be a big issue.
by exelone31
25 Oct 2018 12:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Hillcrest Village
Replies: 7
Views: 1467

Re: North Dallas: Hillcrest Village

cowboyeagle05 wrote:In todays city council meeting agenda.
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Interesting, so if I'm not mistaken the only demolition would be the old Dog Stop stand. The rest of the space is parking/medians.
by exelone31
15 Oct 2018 11:39
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 300
Views: 56890

Re: Legacy West

So deck parks are good in Dallas but bad in Plano? There is a hotel on one corner and an office tower on another corner which sounds familiar plus we heard all the complaints about the zero pedestrian friendly walking experience across the tollway that "might" help connect both sides of L...
by exelone31
12 Oct 2018 13:38
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 300
Views: 56890

Re: Legacy West

I honestly feel like this would be a waste of money. Both Legacy West and Shops at Legacy have a bunch of parking garages facing DNT, so a park would simply 'connect' to two large walls of parking garages. If this had been planned from the start, this could have been a much better idea and both Sho...
by exelone31
12 Oct 2018 13:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)
Replies: 103
Views: 17923

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

It's too bad because of all of the predecessors in this area, because this looks like it'd be a really good building, but I can't help but expect the reality to be a much darker structure with hardly discernible greenery.
by exelone31
09 Oct 2018 14:59
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Richardson: Main Street Improvements
Replies: 11
Views: 1635

Re: Richardson: Main Street Improvements

Isn't Main street (*cough* Belt Line) already two lanes through there? Or are they talking about reducing it to two lanes between 75 and the DART tracks? No, it's four lanes across, though they're relatively narrow. I'm excited to see this revamp, as I feel like it will bring a lot of new businesse...
by exelone31
07 Oct 2018 23:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 145
Views: 28144

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

Yeah, my office is connected to the Galleria, so I pop over there for Starbucks somewhat frequently, it's in pretty good shape IMO. There are still pretty high end retailers there like Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co, Michael Kors, etc. There have been a few stores that have left recently, but none ...
by exelone31
07 Oct 2018 23:40
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Richardson: Main Street Improvements
Replies: 11
Views: 1635

Re: Richardson: Main Street Improvements

I drove by the NW corner of Main St and Greenville Avenue today, and what has most recently been a Cricket Wireless (and maybe also a Boost Mobile?) has a chain link fence around it. This is where the plan is to build a small park with a few parking spaces around it, sort of the eastern anchor of th...
by exelone31
26 Sep 2018 13:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 136
Views: 26657

Re: AT&T Discovery District

A lot of office projects were built at that time with those giant atriums. It was popular for malls and office buildings at the time. Along with the food courts. The office building versions were devoid of less roaming teenagers though. Yep, and don't forget the hotels too. Embassy Suites is a big ...
by exelone31
26 Sep 2018 11:29
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Old Footage of Dallas
Replies: 34
Views: 4435

Re: Old Footage of Dallas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zn97VZ5j9Y&feature=youtu.be The quality of this footage form 1970 is pretty amazing. You can read more about it here: https://flashbackdallas.com/2018/09/26/a-drive-through-downtown-1970/ https://flashbackdallas.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/dtc_elm-capri-tower_sm...
by exelone31
26 Sep 2018 10:13
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco Station
Replies: 27
Views: 4947

Re: Frisco Station

Tnexster wrote:Nice pic, looks a bit lonely out there but maybe it will fill in around it soon enough.


With the rate things are going up out there, I bet it won't be too long before there's a boatload of other things around it.
by exelone31
24 Sep 2018 13:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 380
Views: 87002

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

Can't wait to play this area on The Sims
by exelone31
14 Sep 2018 08:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Courtyard by Marriott (12 St)
Replies: 122
Views: 27046

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

Between this and the Lorenzo, we're starting quite the trend! It doesn't look great from the pictures, but I care more about bringing people to this area of town and perhaps activating a really underutilized Ferris Plaza/Union Station.
by exelone31
12 Sep 2018 09:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 113
Views: 21884

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

lakewoodhobo wrote:
mdg109 wrote:Photo Sep 10, 19 26 14.jpgNot open yet, but saw several people trying to go in for food, haha.


Finish-out looks great, especially the colorful mural.


Agreed, that spot looks awesome. A great street-level option for sure.
by exelone31
12 Sep 2018 09:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Hillcrest Village
Replies: 7
Views: 1467

Re: North Dallas: Hillcrest Village

This center, along the north side of Arapaho west of Hillcrest, has been acquired and is set for redevelopment. There are 4 buildings on the site, and one will be torn down. A park will replace that building. No future tenants were mentioned in the article. https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-...
by exelone31
11 Sep 2018 12:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 111
Views: 16726

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

I wonder if Jackson St could be narrowed or even closed here to give the district a pedestrian-oriented focal point. Build something with balconies on the other side, similar in scale to the French quarter, and connect it all with festival lights to give it some personality so walking is less of a ...
by exelone31
11 Sep 2018 11:43
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Historic Images of Dallas
Replies: 16
Views: 2824

Re: Historic Images of Dallas

texasstar wrote:Exelone31 bags the no-prize. This is the exhibit in Frisco.


Woohoo! I've wanted to check that place out, is it pretty cool?
by exelone31
10 Sep 2018 13:36
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Historic Images of Dallas
Replies: 16
Views: 2824

Re: Historic Images of Dallas

Museum of the American Railroad in Frisco?
by exelone31
05 Sep 2018 14:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Old Cityplace Twin Tower site
Replies: 35
Views: 3084

Re: Old Cityplace Twin Tower site

I've always wanted to grab a piece of the unused marble. I tried reaching out to them a couple weeks ago, but never heard back. May try again. It'd be cool to have it alongside a rendering of the twin towers concept.
by exelone31
05 Sep 2018 11:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 467
Views: 84285

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Does anyone know if there is a plan to do more pop-ups like this in the area? I think this is a great idea to temporarily utilize the VP space. I know longer-term tenants are likely more desirable, but lots of pop-ups would do a great job of generating incremental buzz and hopefully consistent foot ...
by exelone31
04 Sep 2018 15:05
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 104
Views: 18613

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

lakewoodhobo wrote:Stolen from a friend's FB post. You can start to see the pathway that'll border the playground/swing set, I think.

IMG_0689.JPG


I don't know why, but this makes me extremely excited. I feel like this park is going to have a huge impact, and it's cool to see it taking shape.
by exelone31
24 Aug 2018 12:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 126
Views: 23857

Re: West End 1.0

I still like my Frogtown Plaza idea for the dead plaza just past the arches. Kids and tourists will love it and have no clue that it's a reference to the former red light district. Frogtown Plaza.jpg Hahaha, nice! A slight tweak on that, perhaps they do an exact replica of Pioneer Plaza, but replac...
by exelone31
21 Aug 2018 11:26
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown: Carpenter Park
Replies: 8
Views: 1765

Re: Downtown: Carpenter Park

Considering work is underway on Pacific Park, and the development going on in the East Quarter (and the new park slated to go in there), I could easily see this one getting bumped down the priority list.
by exelone31
17 Aug 2018 16:39
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Historic Images of Dallas
Replies: 16
Views: 2824

Re: Historic Images of Dallas

muncien wrote:I found some great little historical pics and accompanying information regarding downtown Dallas on this site... Amazing, some of the architecture we used to have.
https://flashbackdallas.com/category/neighborhoods/downtown/


Flashback Dallas is such a treasure. Thanks for sharing!
by exelone31
16 Aug 2018 13:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Galleria
Replies: 22
Views: 3168

Re: North Dallas: Galleria

Isnt ablon a car? No, you're thinking of the Toyota Avalon. Ablon is a poetic or literary term for Britain or England. I thought Ablon was a like mythical magic lion, who helps good children find their way. Probably British. No, you're thinking of Aslan from "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardro...
by exelone31
16 Aug 2018 13:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: San Martín (former The MAC location)
Replies: 43
Views: 11873

Re: Uptown Dallas: San Martín (former The MAC location)

They covered the former blue wall that faces McKinney Avenue in brick but only the south traffic facing side. Also, you can see tall stacks of boxes inside from McKinney Ave so I am sure they are doing a lot of unpacking. They have an active Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/sanmartindallas/ ...

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