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by mdg109
12 Apr 2018 18:21
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Meet-Up 2017
Replies: 12
Views: 1007

Re: Meet-Up 2017

I'm down. VP would be cool.
by mdg109
28 Mar 2018 12:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Courtyard by Marriott (12 St)
Replies: 86
Views: 11027

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

Having a rooftop destination makes sense then. It's still strange to see in person. Maybe it will all look better once it's finished. That's good news about the cafe. I didn't know about that.
by mdg109
28 Mar 2018 12:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 63
Views: 7986

Re: West End 1.0

That and the new Holocaust Museum. It would also be cool if they got rid of the diagonal parking and made room for extra wide sidewalks for patios - even parallel parking would be better IMO.
by mdg109
27 Mar 2018 16:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Adolphus Renovation
Replies: 7
Views: 962

Re: Downtown: Adolphus Tower

Also gives an incentive to walk down this part of Commerce while AT&T Discovery District is getting built.
by mdg109
27 Mar 2018 12:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 63
Views: 7986

Re: West End 1.0

Patios were pretty filled up this Sunday at West End. Here's 3Eleven. West End has so much potential.
by mdg109
27 Mar 2018 12:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Adolphus Renovation
Replies: 7
Views: 962

Re: Downtown: Adolphus Tower

Renovated store fronts at the Adolphus:
by mdg109
27 Mar 2018 12:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Courtyard by Marriott (12 St)
Replies: 86
Views: 11027

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

This actually looks better in pictures. I don't get this separated elevator shaft that goes straight to the top floor.
by mdg109
27 Mar 2018 12:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 144
Views: 18003

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

Good to see retail progress at the Mercantile building.
by mdg109
27 Mar 2018 12:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 240
Views: 33677

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Pleasant surprise on the former Lula B's building. Looks like they're opening up with windows facing Main.
by mdg109
23 Mar 2018 12:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 240
Views: 33677

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

That hostel looks nice. I know DE is pretty active at night, but does anyone know what it's like during the daytime on weekdays right now? I wonder how having a hostel will change daytime activity.
by mdg109
21 Mar 2018 12:45
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: City Hall Plaza + Pioneer Plaza
Replies: 7
Views: 254

Re: City Hall Plaza + Pioneer Plaza

I love this idea. I was surprised at how many people were at Pioneer Plaza during the winter and drizzly weather. At the very least, the pond should be kept clean and the landscaping maintained.
by mdg109
21 Mar 2018 12:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square
Replies: 88
Views: 9384

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square

What renovation is planned for the triangle nearest Cafe Momentum? Are there any long term plans to shorten the wall along Bryan Street?
by mdg109
18 Mar 2018 21:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 202
Views: 26108

Re: Victory Park 3.0

The problem right now with VP is that there's no atmosphere there yet. A lot of the retail is spread out with vacant storefronts in between, and most of the retail is only on one side of Victory Park Lane. The other side is all boarded up.
by mdg109
24 Feb 2018 10:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 114
Views: 16902

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Street presence on Elm looks pretty good.
by mdg109
23 Feb 2018 12:43
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 129
Views: 11392

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

I know it sounds futile, but is there anyone to contact at Dart, Dallas 311, or a council member that could possibly help out with this?
by mdg109
05 Feb 2018 21:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 202
Views: 26108

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Nice! I was at VP yesterday afternoon and was surprised at how busy Freshii was. Afterward, I went to Cafe Victoria and it too was pretty steady with customers. VP will be a nice place to spend time at once all the new retail opens.
by mdg109
31 Jan 2018 15:28
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 242
Views: 24724

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

Yeah, I think the Convention Center Station would be closer than the Cedars Station. Also, I'm wondering what these pedestrian walkways will look like.
by mdg109
25 Jan 2018 23:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East End: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 19
Views: 1472

Re: East Downtown Dallas Redevelopment ~24 buildings

I was worried about the "no residential" as well, but then I realized there's so much residential near Farmers Market. Also, they're trying to get this done in a year? "The developers hope to kick off the project immediately and bring the buildings online before the end of this year.&...
by mdg109
18 Jan 2018 20:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 669
Views: 62621

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I work in Frisco, and I too was surprised when I heard people here say Frisco was a strong contender. Their strongest point was all the land they had to offer, followed by incentives, and strong school system.
by mdg109
20 Dec 2017 12:42
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 221
Views: 24825

Re: Legacy West

I was at the Grand Central Market about a month ago, and it's one of the things that kept surprising me of downtown LA. There are all these cool markets, stores, and restaurants in the middle of what people might describe as a ghetto downtown.
by mdg109
20 Dec 2017 12:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 70
Views: 10601

Re: AT&T Discovery District

That's all nice, I guess, but when are they supposed to start construction on the actual Discovery District?
by mdg109
14 Dec 2017 18:27
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 221
Views: 24825

Re: Legacy West

I was at the food hall today during lunch and it was packed. It's comparable to the Farmers Market shed since most of the food stalls are on the first level. The second and third levels were mostly seating so the whole "food hall vibe" gets lost once you go up. Overall, it feels like a nic...
by mdg109
01 Dec 2017 15:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 144
Views: 18003

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

No, it's to the left of that. I'll try to take a picture tonight.
by mdg109
28 Nov 2017 13:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End: Factory SIX03
Replies: 41
Views: 6063

Re: West End: Factory SIX03

From what I've read, there's supposed to be a coffee shop at the base of the building on the left with patio seating. Looking inside through the windows, there's a ton of space for retail/food hall next to the alley way. Not sure what the plan is, but it would be cool if they opened up the space to ...
by mdg109
27 Nov 2017 23:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End: Factory SIX03
Replies: 41
Views: 6063

Re: West End: Factory SIX03

From a couple weeks ago.
by mdg109
27 Nov 2017 23:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Mid Elm Lofts
Replies: 30
Views: 3867

Re: Mid Elm Lofts

I hadn't noticed the new glass on the windows.
by mdg109
26 Nov 2017 00:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: McKinney & Olive Tower (335 FT | 21 ST)
Replies: 48
Views: 8601

Re: Uptown Dallas: McKinney & Olive Tower (335 FT | 21 ST)

This is a nice development, but the pics look deserted.
by mdg109
22 Nov 2017 12:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Ross Tower / 500 N. Akard
Replies: 9
Views: 1660

Re: Ross Tower / 500 N. Akard

I don't like driveways either, but the way they did this one is not that bad. The sidewalks are still wide and the driveway didn't feel intrusive.
by mdg109
18 Nov 2017 17:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 226
Views: 29742

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

From Drever spokesperson: “We remain in ongoing discussions with the lender. While we are on track in closing new financing, construction continues and we are looking forward to completing construction on schedule in 2019,” the statement said.
by mdg109
15 Nov 2017 23:22
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 69
Views: 6748

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

I don't think this one is planned to start until early next year.
by mdg109
15 Nov 2017 18:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 226
Views: 29742

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

Does it matter that their Instagram account just posted today with work continuing to be done and sounding optimistic?
by mdg109
08 Nov 2017 19:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 260
Views: 31371

Re: Northpark Center

A mall is the #1 tourist attraction? That's lame. DTD doesn't need to have as much retail as a mall, but some key, affordable stores would really make a difference.
by mdg109
25 Oct 2017 17:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 669
Views: 62621

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

^True. I live near West Village by North Dallas HS, and I end up walking 45 min to get to Victory Park. Of course, this is only possible on the weekends when I have extra down time. What kind of wait times do cities like Melbourne have for their tram system? Waiting even 20 min for the trolley feels...
by mdg109
13 Oct 2017 14:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 8 (New Rolex Building)
Replies: 57
Views: 11973

Re: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 8 (New Rolex Building)

^Yep. That little parking lot on the side looks like an after thought.
by mdg109
07 Oct 2017 23:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 231
Views: 35373

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

Retail as in clothes, shoes, furniture. Here in Dallas, that would be Zara, Urban Outfitters, Gap, West Elm, etc. I'm assuming "mom & pop" shops would be the non-chain stores you find at Bishop Arts and Deep Ellum.
by mdg109
06 Oct 2017 14:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 43
Views: 6647

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Yeah, I had eaten on that patio when it was Agave Azul, and the view was fine. The open patio really gave this quiet corner some life. Here's how it was before.
by mdg109
06 Oct 2017 11:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 43
Views: 6647

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

I drove by Harwood Tavern last night. They added these wooden privacy screens to the patio which really walls off the activity from the street. It actually makes the place look like it's boarded up from the street. Here's a photo from their Facebook page.
by mdg109
04 Oct 2017 13:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 43
Views: 6647

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Thanks for the update! I'll definitely be checking out Harwood Tavern.
by mdg109
28 Sep 2017 18:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 669
Views: 62621

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

There's no way we can compete on urban experience with the major US cities. We don't even have regular retail downtown. What I have noticed though, is a lot of people coming back from having lived in NYC and LA for several years, and really liking Dallas, not to mention people from smaller or compar...
by mdg109
24 Sep 2017 09:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District: Cabana Hotel
Replies: 23
Views: 2973

Re: Design District: Cabana Hotel

^Design District always feels very Addison to me.
by mdg109
18 Sep 2017 13:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 63
Views: 7986

Re: West End 1.0

Nice to see this area cleaned up and renovated. It would be cool if the alley way had small shops/cafes like Melbourne's laneways.

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