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by mdg109
18 Jan 2018 20:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 519
Views: 26523

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: 192
Views: 16247

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: 65
Views: 7610

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: 192
Views: 16247

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: 104
Views: 10257

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: 4571

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: 4571

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: 22
Views: 2174

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: 6644

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: 1228

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: 208
Views: 20810

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: 31
Views: 3571

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: 208
Views: 20810

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: 200
Views: 19054

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: 519
Views: 26523

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: 55
Views: 9080

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: 212
Views: 22586

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: 5171

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: 5171

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: 5171

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: 519
Views: 26523

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: 2073

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: 34
Views: 3216

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.
by mdg109
04 Aug 2017 12:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: 1900 Pearl (362 FT | 25 ST)
Replies: 148
Views: 19371

Re: Arts District: 1900 Pearl (362 FT | 25 ST)

I'm not sure if I'm remembering correctly, but is there supposed to be a restaurant on the street level?
by mdg109
14 Jul 2017 17:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Mid Elm Lofts
Replies: 22
Views: 2174

Re: Mid Elm Lofts

Southpaw's last post about their move-in date downtown says Summer 2017. I wonder if they'll be able to finish by the end of the year.
by mdg109
11 Jul 2017 12:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 212
Views: 22586

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

Since there will be more foot-traffic at the Statler, I really hope Main Street Garden can step it up on maintenance.
by mdg109
10 Jul 2017 12:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown: Mercantile Place
Replies: 18
Views: 2094

Re: Downtown: Mercantile Place

The cool thing about Royal Blue is that they're also a coffee shop/cafe. Last time I was in Austin, they stayed open pretty late, and you could still sit down and get a sandwich and coffee. This will be pretty good to have downtown on the weekends.
by mdg109
22 Jun 2017 14:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 89
Views: 8255

Re: The Cedars Developments

It almost looks like the fake facades off Disney's Main Street USA.
by mdg109
16 Jun 2017 17:16
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 192
Views: 16247

Re: Legacy West

Legacy West reminded me of The Shops at Parklane, where everything is facing inward, surrounded by massive parking garages. It would've been cool if they could've connected with Shops of Legacy. I went for lunch time, and overall a pleasant experience. Still, after reading all the articles, I was ex...
by mdg109
01 Jun 2017 19:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)
Replies: 66
Views: 9556

Re: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)

From the Downtown Monthly email:
"The new Cambria Tower Petroleum Dallas hotel at 1907 Elm St. is slated to open in December."

I didn't know this was going to be completed so soon.
by mdg109
01 May 2017 12:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanksgiving Tower
Replies: 30
Views: 4872

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanksgiving Tower

I was there this weekend and the finish out is awesome. This is exactly the type of place downtown needs more of. I was there for a few hours working on a project. I talked to one of the servers, and they are planning on having outdoor seating. They're just working on the type of outdoor furniture a...
by mdg109
24 Apr 2017 15:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanksgiving Tower
Replies: 30
Views: 4872

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanksgiving Tower

I'm not sure about Mudsmith. It would be a while before they'd be able to move in. This pic is from yesterday.
by mdg109
14 Apr 2017 19:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown: Adolphus Tower
Replies: 17
Views: 2051

Re: Downtown: Adolphus Tower

Freshii had outdoor seating at one point.
by mdg109
28 Mar 2017 20:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oaklawn: Old Parkland
Replies: 13
Views: 1682

Re: Oaklawn: Old Parkland

I've driven through Oak Lawn so many times and never even noticed this development.
by mdg109
28 Mar 2017 13:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)
Replies: 66
Views: 9556

Re: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)

That's so cool. I don't think I've ever seen this building with an active store front. Hopefully with these two towers getting done, something will get done with the Hart Building as well.
by mdg109
23 Mar 2017 12:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 90
Views: 10302

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

I really hope it's not all internal facing. At the very least, Elm should have street-facing retail.
by mdg109
21 Mar 2017 14:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 204
Views: 20800

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

345 is still such a barrier between DE and DT, especially at Elm, Main and Commerce. The only somewhat good connection is on Canton Street. Lately, if my friends and I are at Farmer's Market, we'll walk over to DE, cross at Canton, and it's actually pretty enjoyable.
by mdg109
20 Mar 2017 12:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: One Uptown (~235 FT | 20 ST)
Replies: 41
Views: 6040

Re: Uptown Dallas: One Uptown (~235 FT | 20 ST)

@DPatel I think the same thing every time I walk past that strip. But it will most likely be totally redeveloped. That mattress store, though...
by mdg109
13 Mar 2017 12:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 104
Views: 10257

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

I'm really glad Salsa Limon removed the reflective film off the glass. The Mayflower looks a lot more inviting now. Does anybody know what's going on with Mosaic's retail? The Serj coffee shop seems like it has been in the works for a while. There's also some kind of yoga/meditation studio next door...
by mdg109
10 Mar 2017 11:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)
Replies: 66
Views: 9556

Re: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)

So is 1907 Elm already being worked on? I thought they weren't going to start that until Corrigan Tower was completed.

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