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by mdg109
22 May 2018 11:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 95
Views: 13260

Re: AT&T Discovery District

Awesome stuff. I'm so happy they're turning that space behind the old bus stop into retail.
by mdg109
21 May 2018 12:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 95
Views: 13260

Re: AT&T Discovery District

Agree with Dpatel. This looks better than the original renderings that had the weird video screen facing Commerce. This could be the focal point downtown has been missing, similar to Sundance Square but on a smaller scale. Right now, downtown doesn't really have a plaza or park with activated retail...
by mdg109
17 May 2018 12:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 52
Views: 3178

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

I really like how they're opening up all the windows in the old Purgatory club building. I really hope they extend wide sidewalks into Deep Ellum.
by mdg109
17 May 2018 12:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 166
Views: 19507

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

Looks like a rec center to me. The entrance on the McKinney side is so narrow, I often walk past it without even noticing it. On Google Street View, it looks like it's meant to face Oak Grove.
by mdg109
15 May 2018 12:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Mid Elm Lofts
Replies: 39
Views: 5034

Re: Mid Elm Lofts

Had no idea these were going to be so lit.
by mdg109
08 May 2018 19:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 251
Views: 33148

Re: Victory Park 3.0

There's a handful of open shops as you near the AAC, but it's overpowered by all the boarded up storefronts. With this shop open, you can kind of get a feel for what VP could be.
by mdg109
08 May 2018 19:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 90
Views: 13979

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

Looks like storefronts facing Marilla Street.
by mdg109
05 May 2018 11:26
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 88
Views: 10406

Re: Downtown Progress

Every time I walk past this building I imagine it as apartments. Even though this area of downtown is pretty built up, it's still really quiet. Apartments there with retail at the bottom would be pretty cool.
by mdg109
04 May 2018 14:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 198
Views: 22593

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

From last week. They added a signage/awning structure to the Mercantile for Royal Blue Grocery.
by mdg109
01 May 2018 12:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 198
Views: 22593

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

It was a really cool space, but just average tex-mex IMO. Yeah, I hope something goes in quick. That's a huge chunk of dead space for Stone Street Pl.
by mdg109
19 Apr 2018 12:31
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Meet-Up 2017
Replies: 15
Views: 1491

Re: Meet-Up 2017

That works for me.
by mdg109
12 Apr 2018 18:21
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Meet-Up 2017
Replies: 15
Views: 1491

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: 89
Views: 13125

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: 73
Views: 10051

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: 1085

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: 73
Views: 10051

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: 1085

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: 89
Views: 13125

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: 198
Views: 22593

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: 276
Views: 40043

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: 276
Views: 40043

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: 388

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: 102
Views: 11836

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: 251
Views: 33148

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: 130
Views: 19853

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: 134
Views: 13582

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: 251
Views: 33148

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: 245
Views: 28817

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 Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 52
Views: 3178

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: 699
Views: 76723

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: 232
Views: 28949

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: 95
Views: 13260

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: 232
Views: 28949

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: 198
Views: 22593

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: 6611

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: 6611

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: 39
Views: 5034

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: 51
Views: 10053

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: 1821

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: 256
Views: 35613

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: 87
Views: 8688

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: 256
Views: 35613

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: 271
Views: 36538

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: 699
Views: 76723

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...

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