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by tamtagon
22 Jan 2018 15:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 140
Views: 14549

Re: Oak Lawn

Ridiculous that Royal Blue will open two CBD stores before Eatzi's. Whatever. I guess they got burned once trying a full domestic expansion, so they're just going to be happy riding the test kitchen concept in West Dallas (I called for the test kitchen food hall concept at the farmers market ten+ ye...
by tamtagon
22 Jan 2018 15:44
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 327
Views: 31737

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2018/01/22/dallas-cowboys-owner-jerry-jones-real-estate-company-plans-new-project-irving "In addition to the announced projects like Blue Star that are either underway or planned to kick-off soon, we are pleased to see additional activity for bot...
by tamtagon
18 Jan 2018 21:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 140
Views: 14549

Re: Oak Lawn

Four of biggest gay bars in the state are on the same block and owned by the same company, that's what keeps the bars in check. RoundUp is just as popular as S4/Caven bars and its owned by independent owners. A key point for anyone that is curious Caven Enterprises is employee owned. I didn't know ...
by tamtagon
18 Jan 2018 21:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 519
Views: 27141

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

For at least 30 years (about as long as I've paid attention to it....), from the outside: Austin has been considered the cool town, totally way more cool than Dallas, which has been considered a generic corporate town and cookie-cutter and little beyond the flashy skyline.... from the state: Austin ...
by tamtagon
18 Jan 2018 11:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox: Armstrong &Cole
Replies: 23
Views: 1211

Re: Knox: Armstrong &Cole

As soon as a handful of these new residents 'pioneer' their kids in the public schools in the neighborhood, the effect will be reversed.
by tamtagon
18 Jan 2018 09:47
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 129
Views: 10987

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:Why Reno though?


Tahoe is beautiful, and there's a galactic-sized battery factory in the area....
by tamtagon
18 Jan 2018 09:45
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 129
Views: 10987

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

I wont be surprised as most of the TechnoGiants open significant operations & decision making offices in North Texas; not just American Techno companies either. Nexus is a leftover corporate buzz word from the turn of the century, that has growing application to describe the North Texas employme...
by tamtagon
18 Jan 2018 09:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 519
Views: 27141

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

With Amazon subsidiary Whole Foods firmly established in Austin, that town gets automatic bye to the second round. I wont be surprised to see most of the West Coast TechnoGiants open significant operations & decision making offices in North Texas. Nexus is a leftover corporate buzz word from the...
by tamtagon
18 Jan 2018 08:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 140
Views: 14549

Re: Oak Lawn

Four of biggest gay bars in the state are on the same block and owned by the same company, that's what keeps the bars in check.
by tamtagon
18 Jan 2018 08:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 519
Views: 27141

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

so, Northern Virginia, Washington DC and Montgomery County Maryland (not Baltimore)... three out of 20 is a pretty strong showing for that population center.
by tamtagon
17 Jan 2018 13:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: City Lights
Replies: 9
Views: 1286

Re: Downtown Dallas: City Lights

I'm waiting for all the real estate professionals around town to stop talking about cycles and start talking about waves. The "cycle" will last another generation; this one here is part of the wave washing over Old East Dallas - CBD to Baylor-Scott-White. The build up will be more dense th...
by tamtagon
16 Jan 2018 11:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 140
Views: 14549

Re: Oak Lawn

Ideal retail center for local clothing designers.
by tamtagon
16 Jan 2018 10:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Noteworthy New Construction
Replies: 23
Views: 3270

Re: East Dallas: Noteworthy New Construction

...it's what that entire hodgepodge of shopping centers needs. Is it too soon to rebuild the Whole Foods?
by tamtagon
15 Jan 2018 19:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 140
Views: 14549

Re: Oak Lawn

I'd like to nominate the parking lot shown below for "most wasted space in Oak Lawn" - owned by Caven Enterprises. Screen Shot 2018-01-05 at 11.38.00 AM.png Good opportunity to co-develop it with the owner of the BofA property and provide structured parking, residential and an urban bank ...
by tamtagon
15 Jan 2018 19:41
Forum: Texas Urban/Suburban/Exurban Development
Topic: Austin's proposed tallest (in 4 yrs)
Replies: 4
Views: 357

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

That Ferris Wheel craze ought to be done by now, right?
by tamtagon
12 Jan 2018 13:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 208
Views: 21022

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

Aurora in the Arts District is the perfect example for what I have in mind... I think it's every other year but may be every year since it's so popular https://www.dallasaurora.com/ The Conv Ctr hotel is quaint with the light show capabilities it has now, but imagine projections for special events a...
by tamtagon
12 Jan 2018 11:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 208
Views: 21022

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

LED is great and all, but projection is the future.
by tamtagon
12 Jan 2018 11:38
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 129
Views: 10987

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

I have a suspicion HQ2 may reduce the 10 year plan for 50,000 workers, 7-8,000,000 sq ft of space etc as the whole dealio plays out. Look for caveats in the incentive package outlining what's good for what. Among most presumed top candidates, Dallas/Plano probably has ths strongest background for AW...
by tamtagon
04 Jan 2018 20:03
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 129
Views: 10987

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

Not a small one, but there's also Commercicial Metal in Irving growing through acquisition. #535 on the Fortune 1000 list, the $600 million purchase adds 2,700 employees and is likely to move that company up the high profile list. Not sure if many new local jobs result.
by tamtagon
04 Jan 2018 10:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 140
Views: 14549

Re: Oak Lawn

Its not just Caven, all business owners on the strip are against a Cedar Springs Rd redo. They have gone on record to the city and any redo would have to not impede traffic. They all cite what happened when the Cedar Springs Tollway bridge was closed for a big ole redo. When that pass-thru traffic ...
by tamtagon
03 Jan 2018 10:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 140
Views: 14549

Re: Oak Lawn

On one hand, it's so frustrating that this hotel continues to idle even after taking half the block for expansion. Then on the other hand, the neighborhood could evolve a little more before The Melrose reestablished itself as a major landmark.... kinda seems like the hotel owners are resisting the o...
by tamtagon
01 Jan 2018 14:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: M Line Tower (240 FT / 20 ST)
Replies: 64
Views: 10278

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

^Sorry, to be clear, LoMac will to slow with new, expensive digs during the time East Dallas and Oak Lawn inventory increases substantially. As redevelopment in East Dallas and Oak Lawn start to create the pockets of more expensive developments, then LoMac will experience a resurgence.
by tamtagon
01 Jan 2018 09:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: M Line Tower (240 FT / 20 ST)
Replies: 64
Views: 10278

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

Whether or not residential construction along the McKinney Avenue spine dips for a couple years or not, the long term price will not. The real timing wild card for McKinney Ave is when Oak Lawn strip shopping center begin converting into these retail/commercial pedestals with residential and/or offi...
by tamtagon
31 Dec 2017 13:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DISD Administration Building
Replies: 16
Views: 817

Re: DISD Administration Building

Ross, is it the next McKinney Ave? Lower Greenville to Arts District, ridiculous with potential.
by tamtagon
30 Dec 2017 12:20
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike
Replies: 83
Views: 10818

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

Biking is illegal and morally wrong


biking is bad.jpg


Is there a definition for legal placement of bike-share bikes?
by tamtagon
30 Dec 2017 12:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: M Line Tower (240 FT / 20 ST)
Replies: 64
Views: 10278

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

oh that new track red, delightful.
by tamtagon
28 Dec 2017 11:05
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Dallas International Film Festival
Replies: 2
Views: 580

Re: Dallas International Film Festival

I'm not sure this festival has lived up to the hype of the first three years as an AFI affiliate, but I think taking a more localized approach will pay off in the end. I'm starting to think an AFI affiliation might now benefit the Dallas Film Festival. First and foremost, the screenings have to be ...
by tamtagon
28 Dec 2017 08:41
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 92
Views: 7650

Re: DFW Airport

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/dfw-airport/2017/12/21/dfw-airport-unveils-countrys-largest-duty-free-store-inside-terminal-d DFW Airport unveils country's largest duty-free store inside Terminal D Conor Shine, Aviation Writer ...That’s coincided with a shift at DFW and elsewhere that has seen d...
by tamtagon
26 Dec 2017 09:38
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 100
Views: 5979

Re: the Cotton Belt line

The population center needs both. Before Cotton Belt can live up to potential, the population center has to first acknowledge then embrace the benefit. It'll get started only an easy way to get to the airport for North Dallas and South Collin folks, eventually acceptance of high density nodes will a...
by tamtagon
22 Dec 2017 09:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 65
Views: 7687

Re: AT&T Discovery District

They should have a bat-signal projection... hovering the ATT logo above the skyline when the low clouds provide the opportunity!
by tamtagon
21 Dec 2017 08:56
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Arts District: Master Plan
Replies: 13
Views: 1244

Re: Arts District: Master Plan

Is the City Performance Hall on any sort of schedule for expansion within the next ten years? I'm kinda wondering if those blueprints will be modified to something different.
by tamtagon
20 Dec 2017 06:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 519
Views: 27141

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

^it's kinda funny in a way, in one of those defeating realizations that sometimes none of 'it' really matters... we put tons of effort and thinking into how schools, transportation, workforce, politico-economic packages impact or influence business decisions like this Amazon office trophy. School di...
by tamtagon
20 Dec 2017 05:53
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Arts District: Master Plan
Replies: 13
Views: 1244

Re: Arts District: Master Plan

This is old because City Council member Angela Hunt is quoted, but.... http://keranews.org/post/master-plan-dallas-arts-district The Master Plan says the new, necessary PARKING needs to be underground. City Councilmember Angela Hunt says they have an ace-in-the-hole Hunt: The DMA garage was planned ...
by tamtagon
20 Dec 2017 05:49
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Arts District: Master Plan
Replies: 13
Views: 1244

Re: Arts District: Master Plan

Sneak a peek at the new master plan hoping to bring life — and more art — to Dallas' Arts District http://www.dallasnews.com/arts/arts/2016/11/04/sneak-peek-new-master-plan-hoping-bring-life-art-dallas-arts-district ...Among the master plan's key components: shrinking Pearl from six to four lanes a...
by tamtagon
19 Dec 2017 09:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)
Replies: 66
Views: 9625

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

lakewoodhobo wrote:Cambria hotel lobby (restaurant?) looking close to finished.

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I've seen pictures of 1980s worker cubicles with a similar color green, and mauve.
by tamtagon
15 Dec 2017 09:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum Tower
Replies: 73
Views: 6277

Re: Museum Tower

Maybe some of the numbers in this article will put Museum Tower inventory in a different perspective: https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2017/12/14/million-dollar-home-sales-soaring-texas-d-fw Million-dollar home sales are soaring in Texas and D-FW Steve Brown, Real Estate Editor Millio...
by tamtagon
15 Dec 2017 07:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 519
Views: 27141

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I suppose proximity to Blue Horizon's flight testing in Van Horn could be seen as favorable that Amazon HQ expands in Dallas.... https://www.dallasnews.com/business/technology/2017/12/12/jeff-bezos-blue-origin-may-firing-rocket-soon-west-texas Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin completed another flight test in...
by tamtagon
14 Dec 2017 09:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Dream Hotel
Replies: 57
Views: 7615

Re: Uptown Dallas: Dream Hotel

Cbdallas wrote:The Sugar building has not sold yet as they are waiting for me to win the lottery and make it my new home.


Would you have it as just one residence? There's lots of potential revenue if the ground floor is split into rentals, even some of the second level.
by tamtagon
12 Dec 2017 19:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 90
Views: 8176

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

Back in the '80s I handled some bank REO assets in west Texas that had negative appraised values. You would have to spend money on environment remediation and/or demolition before you could even give the property away for free. I recall once getting a call from the Fire Chief in Floydada, texas to ...
by tamtagon
08 Dec 2017 10:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Fort Worth: misc. developments
Replies: 13
Views: 916

Re: Fort Worth: misc. developments

Fort Worth does have a charming downtown; it's a great change of scenery for North Texas residents, but I have a sense that the majority of North Texans don't know about it. I would love love love Downtown Fort Worth to grow into a destination appeal like Ashville, NC -- creative, friendly, stuffed ...
by tamtagon
08 Dec 2017 08:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum Tower
Replies: 73
Views: 6277

Re: Museum Tower

Hopefully, one day, this pretty black eye will heal.
by tamtagon
08 Dec 2017 08:09
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco: Wade Park
Replies: 37
Views: 3032

Re: Frisco: Wade Park

More bad press for Wade Park: https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2017/12/08/friscos-2-billion-wade-park-project-facing-legal-woes-formillions-unpaid-bills Frisco's $2 billion Wade Park project facing legal woes for millions in unpaid bills Steve Brown, Real Estate Editor ...It's been mo...
by tamtagon
07 Dec 2017 10:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 90
Views: 8176

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

Assessing and managing assessments in such a way, and it appears to be the standard operating procedure, is harmful to a growing city. Complicated because so many hands try to hold the wheel and drive, but the neighborhoods hosting situations like this suffer through the directionless course.
by tamtagon
06 Dec 2017 11:24
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 192
Views: 16380

Re: Legacy West

...so, this is an enclosed food court built into the open air shopping mall?
by tamtagon
06 Dec 2017 09:29
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 60
Views: 5015

Re: Downtown Progress

... that data does follow the trend of the past decade... ...The report tells us that Greater Downtown grew by 169.5% between in the 12 years According to the report, Greater Downtown has grown by about 30,000 people in the 12 years 2004-2016. That was about 2,500 new residents per year. So they ar...
by tamtagon
06 Dec 2017 09:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Dallas High School
Replies: 23
Views: 2712

Re: Downtown Dallas: Dallas High School

That whole I-345 access road deal is a disaster. I'm mostly in favor of replacing I-345 with a boulevard hybrid, but whether or not the limited access lanes remain, it's mostly the access roads that throwing the city into chaos with the numerous piers for the elevated highway coming in second. I lik...
by tamtagon
05 Dec 2017 12:15
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 60
Views: 5015

Re: Downtown Progress

^ya, the loosy-goosy reporting goes with the news-entertainment format infesting just about every network affiliate local news time slot. So, the five year estimate looks for about 10,000 new residents a year in the Greater Downtown Dallas Area.... that data does follow the trend of the past decade,...
by tamtagon
05 Dec 2017 10:15
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 60
Views: 5015

Re: Downtown Progress

Seems like they mean 20,000 in five years up from 11,000, not 11+20=31,000.... but whatever. With what's going right now we could add 30% more residents, so there's a lot to do. To follow along as a North Texas sub-market receives 10,000 new units within five years is not outrageous, the perimeter o...
by tamtagon
04 Dec 2017 20:52
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 60
Views: 5015

Re: Downtown Progress

^cha, at first I was like no way, but, then like, right now what's under construction about to open and about to be under construction represents more than a third of existing apartments! Right? Then I was like, oh they're using the new definition of downtown that includes Victory Park or whatever.....
by tamtagon
04 Dec 2017 11:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 90
Views: 8176

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

With all the angst and frustration over The Cotton Belt, all the potential for Galleria-Midtown, and the Plano/Frisco employment center & traffic growth, it's almost surprising there's no official talk (outside the forum) about a passenger train route from the $5 Billion Mile-Legacy-Addison Airp...

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