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by mdg109
21 Sep 2018 12:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 124
Views: 20901

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

^That's good to hear!
by mdg109
18 Sep 2018 18:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 124
Views: 20901

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

Nice. I really hope they follow through with the trees.
by mdg109
14 Sep 2018 11:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Courtyard by Marriott (12 St)
Replies: 117
Views: 17910

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

It's pretty bad, but at least the sidewalks are wide and they added some trees. Hopefully it will bring more activity to this part of downtown. It would be cool if Cindi's deli next door would extend its hours now that there are more people in the area - that, and remove the privacy screens from the...
by mdg109
13 Sep 2018 22:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Courtyard by Marriott (12 St)
Replies: 117
Views: 17910

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

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by mdg109
12 Sep 2018 12:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Mid Elm Lofts
Replies: 66
Views: 8041

Re: Mid Elm Lofts

I go every week to check on the status. Can't wait for the sidewalk to be reopened.
by mdg109
12 Sep 2018 12:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square
Replies: 107
Views: 15334

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square

Thanks for the update. I went back this week to check out the park portion of the square, and it was pretty nice and clean.
by mdg109
11 Sep 2018 19:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 182
Views: 20948

Re: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

This is actually worse than my office park in Frisco.
by mdg109
11 Sep 2018 15:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 99
Views: 11952

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

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Not open yet, but saw several people trying to go in for food, haha.
by mdg109
09 Sep 2018 15:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square
Replies: 107
Views: 15334

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square

I always try to be optimistic about this space, but it just seems like it's falling apart. I worry about all the parks being built/planned for Dallas if they're not going to be managed correctly.
by mdg109
02 Sep 2018 16:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Masonic Temple
Replies: 11
Views: 1033

Re: Masonic Temple

Looks like this is being called "Block House" and part of the East Quarter. They have it as one of their highlights on their Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/eastquarter/
by mdg109
02 Sep 2018 16:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 124
Views: 20901

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

I'm really liking how this building is turning out. It'll be interesting to see what kind of retail goes into the lower level.
by mdg109
01 Sep 2018 23:00
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Homelessness
Replies: 43
Views: 2773

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

^Yeah homelessness in this area has always been pretty visible since it's close to The Bridge, Stewpot, and the 7-11. I'm downtown at least a couple times a week, and to me it seemed like the homeless situation had gotten better, but not sure if the situation has changed. Anyway, if I see something ...
by mdg109
13 Aug 2018 18:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 117
Views: 15344

Re: West End 1.0

Yeah, not liking this rendering either, but a good addition to this part of West End if done right. Drove by yesterday evening, and this area is still pretty rough.
by mdg109
13 Aug 2018 13:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Mid Elm Lofts
Replies: 66
Views: 8041

Re: Mid Elm Lofts

@Matt777 You're right. East Quarter does have a lot of this same style of buildings. West End should be like this too.
by mdg109
13 Aug 2018 00:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Mid Elm Lofts
Replies: 66
Views: 8041

Re: Mid Elm Lofts

Looks like the sidewalk may be opening soon.
by mdg109
13 Aug 2018 00:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 99
Views: 11952

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Was out tonight at around 8pm. Chop House burger was packed, Main Street was lively, and Stone Street Garden patios were pretty full.

Status update on the former Sol Irlandes building: looks like they added a balcony to the patio area.
by mdg109
08 Aug 2018 12:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 99
Views: 11952

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

I've always been hesitant to say that Downtown has turned the corner is no longer a ghost town, but I feel very confident in making that claim now. I was thinking about that this past weekend as well. I think it depends on time of day. Saturday nights are definitely a lot livelier. I was at ChopHou...
by mdg109
30 Jul 2018 12:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 401
Views: 57726

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Yeah, I visited Drugstore a few times for the coffee, but it was never a place that I really wanted to stay at. It felt a little dark and cold in there. From the above article: "It's going to have a '70s/'80s vibe, with fun drinks like daiquiris at awesome prices," he says. "We'll try...
by mdg109
29 Jul 2018 15:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 239
Views: 29871

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

I stoped by yesterday as well like around 3pm and it was pretty busy. It's almost like a mini-Whole Foods/Central Market. I noticed a dessert bar with cakes, which I'm looking forward to trying out on my next visit. Hours weren't posted, but I think I overheard one of the managers say it's open from...
by mdg109
27 Jul 2018 17:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 239
Views: 29871

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

Patio seating for RB will be really good. They do a really good job of this in Austin.
by mdg109
27 Jul 2018 13:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 239
Views: 29871

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

Will definitely check out Royal Blue this weekend. Having Chipotle at this corner will be great. Hopefully it stays open late like Chop House and Freshii.
by mdg109
18 Jul 2018 12:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: SkyHouse Victory Place (290 FT / 25 ST)
Replies: 71
Views: 13521

Re: Victory Park: SkyHouse Victory Place (290 FT / 25 ST)

This Italian place looks cool, but was totally empty when I walked by a little after 8pm.
by mdg109
18 Jul 2018 12:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: The Ascent Victory Park (23 ST)
Replies: 27
Views: 7125

Re: Victory Park: The Ascent Victory Park (23 ST)

Just noticed this under construction. Mio Nonno Italian.
by mdg109
18 Jul 2018 12:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 8 (New Rolex Building)
Replies: 72
Views: 16070

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

Got up close to this one last night. The side facing Harry Hines lacks visual interest from the street level, but once you turn the corner, the sidewalks are wide with trees, and the building is more inviting and interesting. I'm not sure if the surface lot is final or not - the sidewalk here doesn'...
by mdg109
17 Jul 2018 19:43
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: D Magazine New Urbanism Issue
Replies: 36
Views: 2107

Re: D Magazine New Urbanism Issue

It was good - really bare bones. Just a moderator and different panels for different topics with audience q&a after each panel discussion. There were no presentation visuals, or renderings. It was good to hear from people from the city and different neighborhood organizations like Patrick Kenned...
by mdg109
11 Jul 2018 18:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 398
Views: 51444

Re: Victory Park 3.0

It's not noticeable when you first arrive, but after lingering a bit here, you do notice more street life like hotel guests checking out It's Sugar, or people trying out Billy Can Can, people walking their dogs, and your regular runners and joggers. For the first time in a while, I felt excited for ...
by mdg109
11 Jul 2018 18:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building
Replies: 100
Views: 16910

Re: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building

I walked past there last night and having this place open really does liven up this corner.
by mdg109
09 Jul 2018 12:52
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: D Magazine New Urbanism Issue
Replies: 36
Views: 2107

Re: D Magazine New Urbanism Issue

Yeah, I'll be there.
by mdg109
07 Jul 2018 13:49
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Homelessness
Replies: 43
Views: 2773

Re: Homelessness

There are several public outreach meetings scheduled to talk about the spike in homelessness in the area:
https://www.docdroid.net/QzUoeGC/homele ... etings.pdf

I definitely plan on attending one of these.
by mdg109
05 Jul 2018 22:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 124
Views: 20901

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

@Matt777
by mdg109
03 Jul 2018 13:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 124
Views: 20901

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

On the Taylor Street side, I saw signs for a floral shop coming in on the far corner, and I believe there's was retail available for one more vendor. On the Pearl Street side, I think there's a Thai place and 2-3 more retail spaces.

The development facing Marilla has a ton of retail space.
by mdg109
03 Jul 2018 13:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Chase Tower
Replies: 12
Views: 2855

Re: Arts District: Chase Tower

Not sure if this is recent or if it's been fenced off for a while.
by mdg109
03 Jul 2018 13:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 172
Views: 28295

Re: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)

Love seeing this surface lot get demolished.
by mdg109
03 Jul 2018 13:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 124
Views: 20901

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

I hope FM gets more retail that stays open a little later once more residential gets completed. Stopped by yesterday evening and it's really quiet in this area. Was happy to see that Green Door Pub was pretty lively though. From the photos, crazy how close The Bridge is to downtown now. It used to s...
by mdg109
02 Jul 2018 13:15
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Homelessness
Replies: 43
Views: 2773

Re: Homelessness

Thanks so much for the info. I know housing first has worked really well in other cities, and BC Workshop has helped out with a small village here in Dallas, but that takes a lot of money to start up and sustain.

I'm going to check out the library and see what the experience is like.
by mdg109
01 Jul 2018 22:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)
Replies: 148
Views: 23933

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

From post 117, it looks like they're right on the edge of where the original curb used to be, but in the center once the sidewalk bulbs out.
by mdg109
01 Jul 2018 12:55
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Homelessness
Replies: 43
Views: 2773

Re: Homelessness

Is Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance the main organization for homelessness in Dallas? I was out downtown yesterday during the day, and I noticed a lot more homeless than usual. I'm just trying to read up on what the city is doing and how to support. Also, has anyone visited the central library recentl...
by mdg109
29 Jun 2018 12:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Mid Elm Lofts
Replies: 66
Views: 8041

Re: Mid Elm Lofts

From yesterday.
by mdg109
27 Jun 2018 13:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 172
Views: 28295

Re: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)

I can't remember if this was part of the Arts District master plan or just a recommendation.
by mdg109
27 Jun 2018 12:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 172
Views: 28295

Re: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)

With this tower going up, it would be cool if the Meyerson would remove the wall and open up their plaza facing Pearl.
by mdg109
11 Jun 2018 00:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 398
Views: 51444

Re: Victory Park 3.0

I forgot which restaurant this is, but the finish it out is really nice (corner of Victory and Museum Way). Once Cinepolis and a few more restaurants open up, I think it's going to feel like West Village 2.0.
by mdg109
11 Jun 2018 00:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 124
Views: 20901

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

This shot is of the building facing Taylor Street and The Shed. Looks like there's retail/storefronts wrapped all around this building.
by mdg109
11 Jun 2018 00:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 124
Views: 20901

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

This got build fast. Also, peeked inside the Urban Farmhouse storefront and was surprised to see it packed with furniture. Looks like it just needs to be staged and organized.
by mdg109
11 Jun 2018 00:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Masonic Temple
Replies: 11
Views: 1033

Re: Masonic Temple

Went back for another photo.
by mdg109
10 Jun 2018 15:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Masonic Temple
Replies: 11
Views: 1033

Masonic Temple

Didn't see a topic for this one yet. Noticed work was being done today on the Masonic Temple. The windows were open, and it looked like dumpster trucks were in the back.

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