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by flyswatter
16 May 2018 21:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 245
Views: 39751

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

Corporate extended stays tend to go for higher dollar than a normal tenant, and since it's a full unit with kitchens and bedrooms it's more desirable. I work with someone who rents out his condo on vrbo for extended stays like that and makes way more than if he rented it out to a tenant. Rent out a ...
by flyswatter
11 May 2018 08:26
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 114
Views: 16099

Re: DFW Airport

I'd love to see them survive to next summer, but it will be tough with AA offering seasonal daily service.
by flyswatter
06 May 2018 12:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: San Martín (former The MAC location)
Replies: 21
Views: 5113

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

Last I saw it was still being worked on. Sadly, I have a feeling this place will be open less than how long it took to construct. What a waste.
by flyswatter
06 May 2018 08:52
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike
Replies: 111
Views: 17401

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

Uptown is starting to put in bike racks, but no one wants to put their bikes in them...Across the street were more neatly lined up Lime Bikes as well so the companies aren't putting them in there either. Also, am I crazy or are those slots in the rack too close together to put bikes in next to each ...
by flyswatter
06 May 2018 08:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 166
Views: 19344

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

TABC application sign is up for the open space next to Pok and across the Magnolia Theater in West Village. The restaurant will be called NAMO. Google search found a Craiglist job posting that says: NAMO is founded on the four pillars of food, music, design and togetherness. Fresh fish and local ing...
by flyswatter
26 Apr 2018 16:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: McKinney/Boll Tower - 2614 McKinney Ave - (18 ST)
Replies: 121
Views: 14929

Re: Uptown Dallas: McKinney/Boll Tower - 2614 McKinney Ave - (18 ST)

Has anyone else noticed the huge drop in pedestrian activity on McKinney Avenue? Yes, I’ve noticed it too. I guess I wasn’t the only one... I have noticed that since So&So's became Parlay, it has been the most dead bar on that strip. I think the area is really shifting away from the party atmos...
by flyswatter
23 Apr 2018 09:56
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 530
Views: 64447

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I hope Drafthouse can come up with a deal with the parking company to get longer validation. I can't remember the last time I was in and out of a theater in two hours. Why go there when you can go down the street to NW Highway/35 and park for free at Studio Movie Grill?
by flyswatter
20 Apr 2018 10:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 248
Views: 32688

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Has anyone heard how well the recently opened residential buildings are leasing? Quick glance at Ascent Victory Park's site yields 153 units currently available out of 302...so just under 50% leased. A June 2017 article said it was going to be fully completed in August 2017, so about 8 months in of...
by flyswatter
19 Apr 2018 09:18
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 530
Views: 64447

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I went to the soft opening for the Alamo on Monday and it was, well, a soft opening. Monday was the absolute first day of operation for them, so I bet they were a bit frazzled. I've been to multiple Drafthouse locations and they are pretty consistent, so I feel pretty good that they will be fully r...
by flyswatter
15 Apr 2018 09:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: (PWC) Park District Tower (316 FT | 20 ST) + Residences at Park District (385 FT | 32 ST)
Replies: 135
Views: 26617

Re: Uptown Dallas: (PWC) Park District Tower (316 FT | 20 ST) + Residences at Park District (385 FT | 32 ST)

Man, between M Line Tower, Ascent, Victory Place, 23, The Katy, and Ardan all finishing up and having rents in excess of 2000/month, you have to wonder how much these will all fill during summer leasing.
by flyswatter
05 Apr 2018 16:32
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 114
Views: 16099

Re: DFW Airport

Considering how far out and inconvenient it can be to park at The Parking Spot locations or Park n Fly, I would be willing to park at the terminal for a couple bucks more. I'm tipping the drivers a couple bucks each way, so it's not like I'll be paying more to begin with. Love Field has terminal par...
by flyswatter
04 Apr 2018 18:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 100
Views: 18458

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

Wouldn't want to have just bought into Museum Tower facing this or be selling a unit on that side...Lower levels will certainly lose some of their view.
by flyswatter
20 Mar 2018 12:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 245
Views: 39751

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

I looked just yesterday at availability online and they showed almost nothing. Maybe because of the problem they took all the inventory offline temporarily?
by flyswatter
19 Mar 2018 17:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 248
Views: 32688

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Fun fact, the Mavericks are in a contract at AAC until July 28, 2031! I know Cuban has publicly complained about all the parking being sucked up for construction and has said they've considered looking at the contract to find a way out earlier...not to mention that the AAC will be considered quite o...
by flyswatter
15 Mar 2018 06:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 99
Views: 13212

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

Considering Mill Creek's track record in Dallas so far, it will be a midrise that they will sell within 1 year of completion:

Avenue H -> Bell Knox District
Modera Uptown -> Uptown @ Cole Park
by flyswatter
06 Mar 2018 14:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)
Replies: 122
Views: 21167

Re: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)

Yikes! Werent there presales on this building? I thought they wanted to reach a certain threshold before they even began construction? Maybe they don't include presales? Don't know how it all works but maybe they do not consider it sold until the unit has been finished out and the keys are handed o...
by flyswatter
26 Feb 2018 20:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 166
Views: 19344

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

Likely a new bar or restaurant will open there, although I would love to see them squeeze a residential building on that lot! As bars on McKinney Avenue slowly continue to close/renovate and bars continue to thrive/grow in Deep Ellum, this just more evidence that Uptown is becoming less of a place t...
by flyswatter
16 Feb 2018 05:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: The Katy (310 FT / 30 ST)
Replies: 58
Views: 11728

Re: Victory Park: The Katy (310 FT / 30 ST)

Really surprised that they put the pool on the ground level. For a high rise with a view like that, I would have figured it would have a swanky deck pool like the other buildings in VP. Residents won't like that the building will block the sun every summer afternoon :) Looks like Richardson Bike Mar...
by flyswatter
13 Feb 2018 23:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 248
Views: 32688

Re: Victory Park 3.0

That's disappointing to hear about Skyhouse lowering rents, but I've always felt Victory Park has been overpriced for quite a while. The residential buildings are definitely super nice, but the district is severely lacking, yet they want to charge prices that are comparable (and sometimes more) tha...
by flyswatter
05 Feb 2018 13:45
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 114
Views: 16099

Re: DFW Airport

by flyswatter
26 Jan 2018 15:54
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Reverchon Park
Replies: 3
Views: 361

Re: Reverchon Park

Considering it's proximity to Uptown, I think having a legit concert venue or even a festival like FPSF in Houston would be killer here.
by flyswatter
15 Jan 2018 16:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 211
Views: 27625

Re: Oak Lawn

Parking there is atrocious during peak shopping, especially now that Tom Thumb is there. They should have built a garage instead of that tiny surface lot, and the garage across the way that's attached to the office buildings are not convenient and I do not even think shoppers are allowed to park the...
by flyswatter
03 Jan 2018 19:47
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Southwest Airlines
Replies: 17
Views: 2138

Re: Southwest Airlines

Rumor mill says that we (SWA) have to pay DART fees to use the air above the DART tracks. The bridges are also oddly angled because they have to cross the tracks at 90 degree angles.
by flyswatter
14 Dec 2017 18:01
Forum: The Pitch
Topic: Frisco: National Soccer Hall of Fame
Replies: 7
Views: 864

Re: Frisco: National Soccer Hall of Fame

This is lame. The hall of fame should be in Columbus. There's no history for the sport in Frisco. This should go somewhere where the community has a passion for the game. Of all the places in the USA, where this could've gone ....IT'S NOT FRISCO,TX. Columbus may be passionate about their soccer tea...
by flyswatter
18 Nov 2017 23:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 84
Views: 14015

Re: The Cedars Developments

There was a 2 alarm fire in the Ambassador Hotel this evening. This was all I could find on it for now:

https://twitter.com/Box4Firebuffs/statu ... 3373496320
by flyswatter
17 Nov 2017 11:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Central Market at McKinney and Lemmon
Replies: 57
Views: 11933

Re: Uptown Dallas: Central Market at McKinney and Lemmon

There's quite a few electrical contractor vehicles parked out front of the building today. I'm trying not to get my hopes up, and thinking they're doing work inside to keep the building from falling into disrepair.
by flyswatter
16 Nov 2017 07:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace West/West Village: Residential Tower (~250 FT / 23 ST) / Hilton Canopy (8 ST)
Replies: 51
Views: 11497

Re: Cityplace West/West Village: Residential Tower (~250 FT / 23 ST) / Hilton Canopy (8 ST)

Don't know if the pictures do it justice, but the highly reflective glass on the building really make it stand out from all the buildings around it. It's quite a different look in West Village.
by flyswatter
10 Nov 2017 11:26
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Dallas Love Field Airport
Replies: 23
Views: 3973

Re: Dallas Love Field Airport

A somewhat similar example to Love Field would be Chicago Midway (coincidentally another fortress hub for SWA). Very dense area using less surface area with only Cicero Ave being the main way in and out of the airport. Hell it's so tightly packed the TSA checkpoint is on a bridge over the 6 lane roa...
by flyswatter
10 Nov 2017 07:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 270
Views: 36235

Re: Northpark Center

You count every single person coming through the door of Northpark and ask where they are from, there's a pretty good chance they won't say "Dallas", so it will obviously have a higher number than Sixth Floor Museum. I just wouldn't call them tourists either, because they could just be com...
by flyswatter
09 Nov 2017 13:50
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 530
Views: 64447

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Waldozer wrote:Do it. High rise condos would sell like hot cakes. I’ll take one.


Correct me if I am wrong, but Gables only builds apartments.
by flyswatter
09 Nov 2017 13:42
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Dallas Love Field Airport
Replies: 23
Views: 3973

Re: Dallas Love Field Airport

A part of me is hoping that this is all a push to make the 20 gate limit cap go away. Every airline (especially SWA) currently wants to expand, but can't.
by flyswatter
01 Nov 2017 12:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 166
Views: 19344

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

I hope something goes in there. If not, we have two large empty buildings that will be sitting for awhile at one of, if not the busiest, cross streets in Uptown.
by flyswatter
29 Oct 2017 16:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: M Line Tower (240 FT / 20 ST)
Replies: 64
Views: 14162

Re: Uptown Dallas: M Line Tower (240 FT / 20 ST)

Blue Sushi's website says they open on Halloween. Got a $10 off coupon in the mail from them and walked by yesterday and the interior looks fantastic. Cafe Express still has some work to be done inside before it opens it looked like.
by flyswatter
27 Oct 2017 19:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: (PWC) Park District Tower (316 FT | 20 ST) + Residences at Park District (385 FT | 32 ST)
Replies: 135
Views: 26617

Re: Uptown Dallas: (PWC) Park District Tower (316 FT | 20 ST) + Residences at Park District (385 FT | 32 ST)

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by flyswatter
27 Oct 2017 11:28
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 134
Views: 13495

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

I can't even remember the last time I saw someone checking tickets on a train. The honor system only works if it is policed heavily otherwise we need to gate up the whole system and if caught without a ticket the penalty is way higher. I have only seen them check tickets in the Cityplace Station, a...
by flyswatter
27 Sep 2017 07:26
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Midtown Express Project 114 & 183
Replies: 1
Views: 616

Re: Midtown Express Project 114 & 183

Good to see it almost done. 183 still has a long way to go though....they post aerial photos occasionally on their site: http://drivemidtown.com/view/photos/
by flyswatter
25 Sep 2017 09:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown: Carlisle St. Urban Renewal Project/Block 968
Replies: 5
Views: 1062

Re: Uptown: Carlisle St. Urban Renewal Project/Block 968

It's funny that the whole project in that picture is 6 or 7 floors. The original description of this project was for a 6 floor section and a 10 floor section. It will be nice to see something replace those aging condos. It's only a matter of time before something replaces the Carlisle Apartments as...
by flyswatter
21 Sep 2017 20:22
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Southwest Airlines
Replies: 17
Views: 2138

Re: Southwest Airlines

No way SWA will fly to Hawaii from anywhere except from California, at least in the near term with the fleet and Love Field gate constraints. They were going to make some announcements a few weeks ago, but the hurricanes delayed it (I work in the ops center).
by flyswatter
07 Sep 2017 11:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 84
Views: 14015

Re: The Cedars Developments

Walked down Lamar yesterday. Pretty surprised to see that they're building a 7/11 on the corner of Lamar & Powhattan right next door to the South Side Flats apartments and across from Gilley's. Wonder if it's a full gas station 7/11 or just a convenience store...Either way, while nice that resid...
by flyswatter
06 Sep 2017 22:09
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike
Replies: 111
Views: 17401

Re: Dallas Bike Share: VBikes, Spin, LimeBike

I hope they add stations too. The bikes are randomly strewn about now and to be honest it looks really tacky. From corners of intersections to being placed in the middle of sidewalks, it has quickly become really obnoxious.
by flyswatter
20 Aug 2017 12:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 154
Views: 23810

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

If Highland Park residents had a fit over The Katy being 7 stories right along the Katy Trail, I cannot imagine the fight they will put up against the high rise in that video. I personally would love it. It would be cool if they match the brickwork/style with The Armstrong that was just built a bloc...
by flyswatter
17 Aug 2017 08:23
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 114
Views: 16099

Re: DFW Airport

Per the post on Anet, think central terminal like PHX or IAH with long linear concourses on either side. Think Delta's DTW McNamara terminal. That almost one mile concourse has like 64 gates. So two of those gets you 128 gates right there. Again, the median of International Parkway is more than wid...
by flyswatter
16 Aug 2017 17:01
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 114
Views: 16099

Re: DFW Airport

I think AA is looking for some deal with DFW for Terminal F and/or Terminal C. The airport just spent over a billion dollars renovating A, B, and E. The logistics required to bulldoze all 5 terminals to build one GIANT terminal that has the same amount or more gates (DFW has 165 currently, PHX has 1...

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