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by I45Tex
04 Jul 2020 11:02
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 359
Views: 136170

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Interesting, thanks!

A dream project of mine, if I had a TBM lying around, could be to use the vacant K-H cavern and build a D2.5 subway from there down to Market Center with an intermediate stop around Oak Lawn @ Cedar Springs...
by I45Tex
03 Jul 2020 13:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Smart District
Replies: 131
Views: 49663

Re: Dallas Smart District

Smart just sounds blandly corporate. Though the new park in the video is pretty blandly corporate too.
by I45Tex
03 Jul 2020 02:29
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 359
Views: 136170

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Did you also have a similar diagram for the deferred Knox-Henderson subway station, northsouth?
by I45Tex
03 Jul 2020 02:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Smart District
Replies: 131
Views: 49663

Re: Dallas Smart District

The four-star hotel stacked between the office and multifamily chunks would be nice if it happens. Could it help convince Hillwood to try something more multi-functional, if it worked here? Architecturally I think it fails to look like anyplace at all except what investors think is safe to look like...
by I45Tex
26 Jun 2020 16:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Cedar Maple Plaza I,II & III (2301 Cedar Springs Rd.)
Replies: 80
Views: 26192

Re: Uptown Dallas: Cedar Maple Plaza I,II & III (2301 Cedar Springs Rd.)

Is this the same thing as the 30 story tower or is that next door on the same site plan? That's 2401 McKinney (Trammell Crow with Pickard Chilton designing). But GFF is also the designer of 2500 Cedar Springs upcoming for the Ryan Companies. And behind that is the planned Quadrangle redevelopment.
by I45Tex
24 Jun 2020 12:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District: Urby High-rise Apartments
Replies: 36
Views: 7115

Re: Design District: Urby High-rise Apartments

And Journal Squared is a take-off of Fort Worth's tallest:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burnett_Plaza
by I45Tex
19 Jun 2020 14:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: TC Area: 2727 Turtle Creek Blvd
Replies: 40
Views: 12638

Re: TC Area: 2727 Turtle Creek Blvd

Is there a good chance that the adjacent developers Prescott Realty Group will seize the opportunity to have additional phases to the 2727 project by buying this site?
by I45Tex
17 Jun 2020 14:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2200 Pacific
Replies: 37
Views: 3083

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2200 Pacific

After years of subsidies, the light rail-served Midtown part of Houston has finally gentrified, and Rice is also investing in making it their innovation district. Midtown is much less adjacent to their Museum District campus or to downtown Houston activity than the areas around 2200 Pacific are to a...
by I45Tex
16 Jun 2020 01:48
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 376
Views: 141830

Re: DART D2 Subway

I like both Troy and TNWE's ideas. I realize DART really wants to get the Final EIS decision handed down for their preferred design to reroute Green and Orange through a new downtown tunnel project (two weeks are left on the public comment period for the supplemental draft EIS, or SDEIS, by the way!...
by I45Tex
12 Jun 2020 21:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Comprehensive Dallas Development Map / List
Replies: 41
Views: 36860

Re: Comprehensive Dallas Development Map / List

:D
1st "Needs An Update" Anniversary Post, just because I clicked on this without reading the year first
by I45Tex
08 Jun 2020 17:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 508 Young Street (old Dallas Morning News building)
Replies: 68
Views: 18564

Re: Downtown Dallas: 508 Young Street (old Dallas Morning News building)

The bigger benefit would be the ability for someone leaving downtown to wait inside the building until the "Airport Express" arrives, then board and wait in air-conditioned comfort without having to worry about missing the train, rather than having to walk to West End and wait in the elem...
by I45Tex
26 May 2020 14:59
Forum: Texas Urban/Suburban/Exurban Development
Topic: Austin's proposed tallest (in 4 yrs)
Replies: 159
Views: 57807

Re: Austin's proposed tallest (in 4 yrs)

What is that super reflective glass going to melt on the ricochet?
by I45Tex
22 May 2020 10:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Sheraton Hotel
Replies: 46
Views: 13825

Re: Downtown Dallas: Sheraton Hotel

Cool. Thanks cre8tive.
by I45Tex
22 May 2020 10:05
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 386
Views: 146430

Re: DFW Economy

Yeah, places like SoCal with no appearance on that list/graphic have a much more robust business ecosystem than others like XNA/NWA. Wonder how many more decades until Walmart and Amazon's annual topline revenue (the thing that F500 measures) will go the way of Montgomery Ward and Kmart.
by I45Tex
22 May 2020 00:17
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 386
Views: 146430

Re: DFW Economy

Of local HQs, both JCPenney and Dean Foods will conceivably disappear completely this year. AT&T and ETE were flat while Jacobs Engineering gained 2 spots in the ranking. Not only airlines but Fluor, Tenet, Pioneer Natural Resources, HollyFrontier, and Gamestop are also dropping in the rankings ...
by I45Tex
21 May 2020 16:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 743
Views: 297501

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Is this an old development concept for the Northend apartments that I missed? I saw it on Facebook as the cover photo for a DMN article. It’s called “The Interweave.” Fitting name as it would weave together Uptown, Harwood, and Victory Park. I don’t want to speculate but it almost looks like indoor...
by I45Tex
20 May 2020 17:44
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 147
Views: 49597

Re: New Census Population Estimates

You're right about that beauty, but look at the big picture (returning to the Census growth topic). Texas has a claim to be strong economically if any state in the union does. But most counties are losing population while the ones that are growing are more socially fragile than ever, from reorganizi...
by I45Tex
20 May 2020 17:03
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 147
Views: 49597

Re: New Census Population Estimates

But can a young person magically be "about income" just because they are someone promising who happens to get a few scholarships, out of a family and corralled community that have never had the choice of being "about income"? Should they want to be about it, honestly, seeing what...
by I45Tex
20 May 2020 16:23
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 147
Views: 49597

Re: New Census Population Estimates

I'm not sure why you disagree, Scott; that is precisely an example of the last thing that Warrior said. Insiders or outsiders alike are interested in that land because it was artificially depressed in value through racist redlining policy. The Dallas residents who have been deprived of asset-buildin...
by I45Tex
18 May 2020 17:06
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW in the Media
Replies: 50
Views: 22396

Re: DFW in the Media

dukemeredith wrote:I was most surprised to see German Chocolate Cake on that list. That’s definitely something Dallas could take ownership of and be “known” for around the country — like Key West is “known” for Key Lime Pie (among other things).



Same here!
by I45Tex
16 May 2020 04:12
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 479
Views: 168558

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

They'll move the manufacturing to Austin and the HQ. I think the superior access to water, power, freight transportation, housing, and experienced heavy manufacturing management, scientific, and shop floor talent bases are all in Tulsa over Austin (a lot of technical equipment and instruments for i...
by I45Tex
15 May 2020 13:20
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW in the Media
Replies: 50
Views: 22396

Re: DFW in the Media

If that were true, would Texas Instruments have settled for owning only a cross-licensing agreement about the intellectual property?

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inventi ... ed_circuit
by I45Tex
15 May 2020 00:01
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW in the Media
Replies: 50
Views: 22396

Re: DFW in the Media

Nice to be listed. Also embarrassing to have had that much opportunity, be in that kind of company, and yet the city's lasting original contributions to global civilization are the Texas donut apartment block, graphing calculators, Mary Kay marketing mantras, and the inspiration for Outkast's "...
by I45Tex
14 May 2020 20:33
Forum: Texas Urban/Suburban/Exurban Development
Topic: Austin's proposed tallest (in 4 yrs)
Replies: 159
Views: 57807

Re: Austin's proposed tallest (in 4 yrs)

Lincoln Property Co's 6 X Guadalupe (pronounced "Sixth and Guadalupe"), this Ryan Cos BBVA tower, and current Austin tallest The Independent all have flat boxy tops. Unless their architects change that, they will all just be backdrops to the Railyard proposal (assuming it goes ahead) -- ht...
by I45Tex
22 Apr 2020 17:37
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 254
Views: 106714

Re: DFW Airport

Thanks TNWE, and also dfwcre8tive!
by I45Tex
15 Apr 2020 18:21
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 254
Views: 106714

Re: DFW Airport

No idea on Tucy's question, but since Terminal F is pretty poorly located for TEXRail, Orange Line and TRE passengers, is it intended mostly for flight capacity for new transfer connecting passengers? It seems like ORD plans to compete hard for more of this next generation of continental east-west h...
by I45Tex
15 Apr 2020 18:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: 1899 McKinney (McKinney/Akard/St. Paul Triangle)
Replies: 62
Views: 20204

Re: Uptown Dallas: 1899 McKinney (McKinney/Akard/St. Paul Triangle)

Better spot for 270 condominiums than Azure/Blue Ciel's, The House's or Museum Tower's. Now we'll have to see if the unsold existing inventory becomes any cheaper to compete with this, or whether the potential buyers are very picky among submarkets, meaning there's not a great extent of audience ove...
by I45Tex
08 Apr 2020 23:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)
Replies: 202
Views: 101510

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

Does anyone know why Dallas isn't much of a high rise condo city? Also what building would you live in, all things considered? Texas' high property taxes, low road tolls, short commute times and lack of >100-year-old rich urban neighborhoods definitely don't increase the size of the market for cond...
by I45Tex
25 Mar 2020 16:46
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 147
Views: 49597

Re: New Census Population Estimates

There will not be a July 1 estimate for 2020 and we won't get the April 1 headcount until the Census results finish processing. However, tomorrow was scheduled to be the public release for July 1, 2019 estimates at the county and MSA level. Hope they finished everything in the release well ahead of ...
by I45Tex
13 Mar 2020 10:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Galleria
Replies: 104
Views: 30085

Re: North Dallas: Galleria

There are many blocks of Noel just inside LBJ that are a separate street with no real connection to the Galleria one. Likely the Noel we know between the Galleria and Verde Valley, which I would like to rename Quorum or Midtown, etc, could've been named Inwood (it's directly north of Inwood's right ...
by I45Tex
12 Mar 2020 18:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Galleria
Replies: 104
Views: 30085

Re: North Dallas: Galleria

Would love to see this entire area from Spring Valley from the tollway to Preston to 635 become a new urban area of Dallas. It is well positioned to do so. I think that larger vision of yours could one day tie together Midtown and Addison Circle (with Cotton Belt rail coming soon to its bus transit...
by I45Tex
09 Mar 2020 15:03
Forum: Texas Transportation + Infrastructure
Topic: Austin Metro Proposes Massive Transit System
Replies: 5
Views: 3180

Re: Austin Metro Proposes Massive Transit System

Beyond station TOD partnerships or ground leases of CapMetro’s own land, is there a scope of TIF / TIRZ in Texas that can appropriately allow public investment to share in the property valuation that it increases around transit lines?
by I45Tex
06 Mar 2020 13:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 381
Views: 144144

Re: AT&T Discovery District

That feeling when downtown H-Town already grabbed the Discovery Green name for its convention-adjacent programmed district... http://www.discoverygreen.com In other words, even this big a revamp --and it is big! -- is only just keeping up with the Joneses, these days, more than setting North Texas a...
by I45Tex
04 Mar 2020 20:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt
Replies: 283
Views: 99707

Re: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt

All right, then! We just need to flood Fair Park 11 months of the year so that the Deep Ellum and Exposition Park pedestrian magnet is finally combined with a Town Lake-like limited supply of primo shoreline sites with shoreline views
by I45Tex
04 Mar 2020 16:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt
Replies: 283
Views: 99707

Re: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt

"If a site is so small it demands a high rise then there isn't room for parking and if a site has room for parking it's too big to require a high rise." That isn't stopping much taller buildings in Houston and Austin, even though they have much lower barriers to entry, and much smaller poo...
by I45Tex
04 Mar 2020 11:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt
Replies: 283
Views: 99707

Re: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt

The obvious counterargument is that the nearest major markets Houston and Austin are both going gangbusters in downtowns that are also very far from the centers of their metro regions' employment growth and residential rooftops growth. Dallas was traditionally more of a real estate town than they ar...
by I45Tex
28 Feb 2020 09:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 740
Views: 283523

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Baylor Scott & White is moving thousands of workers to Deep Ellum The health care company is consolidating office operations at its new campus. Nice article, thanks. But unfortunately (for Dallas), tamtagon's A&M deep dive on Deep Ellum dream is coming true for Houston: https://www.houston....
by I45Tex
28 Feb 2020 09:35
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 128
Views: 54642

Re: Downtown Progress

The West Plano submarket (which Transwestern calls "Upper Tollway/Legacy") has 30.2 million square feet of office space (plus 1.4 more underway). On the face of it, it seems off to predict that they are about to house more folks within 31.6 than DT/UT/TC can in 46.3 million existing office...
by I45Tex
27 Feb 2020 19:08
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 386
Views: 146430

Re: DFW Economy

^ TL;DR version: Guy who builds high rise residential buildings likes high rise residential buildings. Much of the article is implying that if citizens don't want taxes to increase and services to plateau, then citizens can't provide services to an area without splitting that ongoing cost among mor...
by I45Tex
27 Feb 2020 14:36
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Dead Man's Curve
Replies: 14
Views: 8406

Re: Dead Man's Curve

I don't think the cost-benefit analysis would support adding a northbound 45 to eastbound 175 ramp in the future. There are very few origin-destination pairs being traveled that are significantly improved by it, compared to other uses of that amount of public investment. Most pairs originating outsi...
by I45Tex
23 Feb 2020 09:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 743
Views: 297501

Re: Victory Park 3.0

What's funny is google matches the image when you do a google image match search but when you click the image which is says is much bigger it takes you to Dallas News Retail section where the article no longer appears to be. My best guess is the article was posted in Dallas News Retail then updated...
by I45Tex
14 Feb 2020 17:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 304
Views: 125235

Re: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

The signature tower on the new website -- good find Kelley! -- is 31 floors by my count. That's still a complicated project to finance, but not as complicated as the giant Smart District buildings, and even if it's across 75, this does have closer valuation comps by being on the north side of DTD.
by I45Tex
10 Feb 2020 20:49
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Affordable Housing Depletion in Dallas
Replies: 2
Views: 3988

Re: Affordable Housing Depletion in Dallas

https://www.atlantamagazine.com/news-culture-articles/its-the-best-time-to-be-an-atlantan-it-might-also-be-the-worst/ For a peer city comparison, in Atlanta the people who have held neighborhoods together for decades are not sharing in the tardy public improvements to these neighborhoods. If we're g...
by I45Tex
10 Feb 2020 20:33
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DISD
Replies: 3
Views: 2169

DISD

Starting the thread with this article about the suburban families who steal magnet educations from local families:

https://www.dallasweekly.com/articles/t ... -students/
by I45Tex
10 Feb 2020 16:34
Forum: Opolis Blueprints
Topic: I-345
Replies: 4
Views: 4394

Re: I-345

...the street level from one side of the interstate boulevard to the other would be in section like an overpass. The only regrading of entrance levels would take place on the one or two blocks to either side of it, and many of them are going to receive major new buildings in the next wave of constru...
by I45Tex
10 Jan 2020 10:54
Forum: Opolis Blueprints
Topic: I-345
Replies: 4
Views: 4394

Re: I-345

Somewhere in Calatrava's drawings that I saw at the Meadows Museum is a sketch of Elwood and Jake soaring between the gates of a bascule Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.
by I45Tex
10 Jan 2020 10:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn -Crescent Communities purchase 4 MF Tower
Replies: 2
Views: 1128

Re: Oak Lawn -Crescent Communities purchase 4 MF Tower

Thanks for the news, thanks also for the additional picture. If it is 22 floors can mods put it in the thread title, too, please?
by I45Tex
10 Jan 2020 08:08
Forum: Opolis Blueprints
Topic: I-345
Replies: 4
Views: 4394

I-345

Probably some on this forum have seen the area around Sears Tower where the city streets are all overpasses above ground level, with the buildings' underground service levels actually built in the open air at ground level. The development of Illinois Center, Lakeshore East and Millennium Park over f...
by I45Tex
10 Jan 2020 07:34
Forum: Opolis Blueprints
Topic: Mansfield + Midlothian
Replies: 10
Views: 8974

Re: Mansfield + Midlothian

Not to mention, Dallas' southern burbs are now blooming. Waxahachie has the largest planned development south of the Metroplex under construction right now. The growth in Waxahachie has become so astronomical that the new Baylor hospital is working on plans to build a new facility next to the one t...

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