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by tamtagon
14 Aug 2018 10:19
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 136
Views: 16025

Re: Trinity River Park

News that I-35 will likely be expanded and/or double decked would likely kill that plan and push funding down the road. The Katy Trail is a real estate play. I think there's reason to hope the Downtown Dallas area will be spared the reckless highway building of the past. Even the most ridiculous pi...
by tamtagon
14 Aug 2018 09:13
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Dallas Mayor Pro-Tem Dwaine Caraway Resigns, Pleads Guilty to Fed Corruption Charges
Replies: 8
Views: 232

Re: Dallas Mayor Pro-Tem Dwaine Caraway Resigns, Pleads Guilty to Fed Corruption Charges

https://www.dallasobserver.com/news/disgraced-dallas-city-council-member-dwaine-caraway-banished-from-city-hall-11019898

JIM SCHUTZE | AUGUST 14, 2018 | 4:00AM

...If the Dallas Cowboys married the Dallas Citizens Council, their first-born son would be Caraway...


hahahaha
by tamtagon
12 Aug 2018 12:45
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Texas Live!
Replies: 62
Views: 6263

Re: Texas Live!

I don't think any of these concomitant masterplans will really meet the potential in Arlington until Six Flags joins the fun and connects the amusement park, convention center and the Rangers pieces of flair. It's possible that Six Flags could have a profitable, exciting winter season. A Gaylord sca...
by tamtagon
10 Aug 2018 11:08
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco: Fields Ranch development
Replies: 11
Views: 213

Re: Frisco: Fields Ranch development

And that 'engaging nightclubs' thing? Won't happen till Frisco quits having the no-more-drinking-and-clubs-after-midnight mentality every time there is an election. Personally, I think alcohol serving businesses should be allowed to stay open 24-7-365 if they have customers and want to.... but the ...
by tamtagon
09 Aug 2018 15:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Chase Tower
Replies: 12
Views: 2680

Re: Arts District: Chase Tower

so, like, how many times has this rotunda area been redone?
by tamtagon
09 Aug 2018 06:48
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Midlothian Development
Replies: 6
Views: 107

Re: Midlothian Development

"Growth, particularly nonresidential growth like this, it's good for us," Lumpkins said. "There's no reason we wouldn't be comfortable with [the data center]." https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2018/08/08/500-million-google-data-center-mean-d-fws-southern-star No r...
by tamtagon
09 Aug 2018 05:59
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco: Fields Ranch development
Replies: 11
Views: 213

Re: Frisco: Fields Ranch development

They've certainly got the backing of the regions big money and big planners.
by tamtagon
08 Aug 2018 10:49
Forum: Art + Sol
Topic: John McCaa (WFAA/8 news anchor) announces retirement plans
Replies: 3
Views: 86

Re: John McCaa (WFAA/8 news anchor) announces retirement plans

Local, morning and nightly news, seems to be the only news I can stomach anymore. Please, please, PLEASE, don't let that go political. Word Whatever happened to responsibility in the media? The handful of corporations doling out 'the news' are catering to the advertising dollars they can squeeze ou...
by tamtagon
07 Aug 2018 11:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 357
Views: 46566

Re: Victory Park 3.0

I think Victory Park will need something else to really make it as a thriving neighborhood. VP needs another ingredient to become a good stew... or brew... The sport and special event arena promises the neighborhood potential with a flash flood of excitement most of the year. When the pedestrian blo...
by tamtagon
06 Aug 2018 12:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 357
Views: 46566

Re: Victory Park 3.0

I wouldn't walk from Deep Ellum to Victory Park unless I had to. I tried walking from Fitzhugh @ Live Oak to the DMA or vice versa a few times and Fitzhugh @ Live Oak to Hall @ McKinney.... while it was a fun exploration at times, I didn't want to do it again. Just a little too far. I don't know how...
by tamtagon
06 Aug 2018 12:30
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 137
Views: 21133

Re: DFW Airport

Taxi service could easily update it's function, but that would essentially replace the 'bosses' and owners with an entirely new structure, and as we've seen with companies across the industrial spectrum, those folks usually take the suicide pill rather than evolve. It's unfortunate for the workers c...
by tamtagon
06 Aug 2018 10:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 160
Views: 25895

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

I'll be happy about this when the less expensive component finds funding.
by tamtagon
06 Aug 2018 10:17
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike
Replies: 135
Views: 21365

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

...so I'm curious, does the city still try to float a bike rental deal at Fair Park? also, Funny how this bike share deal has played out, one company comes to town, then all companies come to town making it impossible for any of them to stay in business. Selling usage data appears to generate the pr...
by tamtagon
05 Aug 2018 15:29
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Homelessness
Replies: 25
Views: 2101

Re: Homelessness

The standard must apply to the whole metropolitan area, all 13 counties for maximum effectiveness. Public Hospitals and Public Universities should administer in-take, medical treatment, psychological evaluations. Those who do not choose or are not fully capable of choosing homelessness are placed in...
by tamtagon
04 Aug 2018 06:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: 2401 Cedar Springs
Replies: 4
Views: 455

Re: Uptown Dallas: 2401 Cedar Springs

So weird. So much angst over a building like Butler and here we are doing the same thing.
by tamtagon
03 Aug 2018 10:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas: Market Center area
Replies: 15
Views: 611

Re: Dallas: Market Center area

Might I ask for a quick clarification? Possibly the tech product showroom industry was disappearing, but in Atlanta the apparel mart downtown complex still seems to be chugging along. Maybe Infomart's ownership and lenders modeled a higher foreseeable ROI for the tech industry, but... unless Dallas...
by tamtagon
02 Aug 2018 10:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 725
Views: 93720

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

^That's too bad. Evangelicals continue to Mess With Texas, in the name of what they have been (mis)lead to believe about their sects.
by tamtagon
02 Aug 2018 09:04
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Fair Park
Replies: 59
Views: 7917

Re: Fair Park

I think the scale is about right, pasting the stadium built in Arlington into Fair Park...
by tamtagon
01 Aug 2018 11:59
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Fair Park
Replies: 59
Views: 7917

Re: Fair Park

...still pissed LaMiller turned The Cowboys away from Fair Park. If that were only true then that would be the one thing to like about her. The reality is that Jerry Jones insisted that the county commissioners (not the city) schedule the referendum for the taxpayer funding immediately, knowing the...
by tamtagon
01 Aug 2018 09:39
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Fair Park
Replies: 59
Views: 7917

Re: Fair Park

...still pissed LaMiller turned The Cowboys away from Fair Park.

...and my favorite save the Cotton Bowl what-if puts a Liga MX club in Fair Park.
by tamtagon
31 Jul 2018 12:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff Progressing
Replies: 52
Views: 6368

Re: Oak Cliff Progressing

I wonder if Wynnewood Village will evolve into 'the next West Village.' Catering toward the Latino/Hispanic side of things.
by tamtagon
31 Jul 2018 11:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum Tower
Replies: 142
Views: 19988

Re: Museum Tower

The seething hatred for this beautiful structure continues to mystify me. Some people are still upset about the circumstances surrounding the building's origin. Whether this continued obsession is constructive is debatable, but that's the source of their ire nonetheless. ...that's pretty accurate f...
by tamtagon
31 Jul 2018 10:50
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 645
Views: 86531

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

You know, like, since the late 80s, Las Colinas has always seemed, like, almost close ... getting there but missing the binding ingredient or something. The Billy Bob fiasco is a thick fog of continued near-misses, paired to the PR campaign from the Frisco $5 Billion Mile and the second incarnation ...
by tamtagon
30 Jul 2018 18:21
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Fair Park
Replies: 59
Views: 7917

Re: Fair Park

Cronies lose another one, thank goodness.

Now maybe we can get a Springtime Exposition on the same scale as Autumnal State Fair. Some big time soccer games, Earth Day, Dallas Film Festival, Farm Aid Concert featuring Willie Nelson (please), Cinco de Mayo....
by tamtagon
29 Jul 2018 21:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 239
Views: 28260

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

^It's a neighborhood grocery store, not a Wal-Mart Supercenter.... By no stretch of the imagination would this be considered a “grocery store”. More like a convenience store. You would be hard pressed to find enough ingredients of any kind here to even cook half a meal. Would be great if other near...
by tamtagon
29 Jul 2018 16:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 239
Views: 28260

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

^It's a neighborhood grocery store, not a Wal-Mart Supercenter....
by tamtagon
29 Jul 2018 11:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 239
Views: 28260

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

Matt777 wrote:And maybe make breakfast tacos in house rather than sourcing from Tacodeli which always feel a bit off to me having grown up in South Texas where breakfast tacos are king.


mmmmmmmmm

tacos and kolaches, what else is there?
by tamtagon
28 Jul 2018 11:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum Tower
Replies: 142
Views: 19988

Re: Museum Tower

But the lack of interest in purchasing units started long before any of that; before the building was slated to be 42 stories, before they selected the highly-reflective glass, before the Pension Fund was involved. Again, that is why, for years, they could not find anybody willing to invest or loan...
by tamtagon
28 Jul 2018 09:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum Tower
Replies: 142
Views: 19988

Re: Museum Tower

There is really no evidence that the reflection issue caused Museum Tower's slow sales. ... the well was most definitely soured. It's a shame. There was minimal interest in Museum Tower units long before the glare problem reared its ugly head. (Hence the dearth of pre-sales; hence the lack of anyon...
by tamtagon
27 Jul 2018 11:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum Tower
Replies: 142
Views: 19988

Re: Museum Tower

There is really no evidence that the reflection issue caused Museum Tower's slow sales. I'm not aware either of any evidence on a spreadsheet or database reported to condo owners, for sure; and I'm not aware of any reporting vehicle asking around if the glare is a problem with people able and/or co...
by tamtagon
27 Jul 2018 10:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum Tower
Replies: 142
Views: 19988

Re: Museum Tower

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2018/07/26/downtown-dallas-high-profile-museum-tower-almost-sold "Opened during the worst of the Great Recession in 2010 . . ." For the love of God, does Steve Brown ever check his facts? -- Museum Tower opened in the last month of 2012, NOT...
by tamtagon
26 Jul 2018 09:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Texas A&M expansion
Replies: 48
Views: 8031

Re: Deep Ellum: Texas A&M expansion

I'm still hoping A&M can find the way to expand with a full-on medical school in East Dallas, preferably the whole body Osteopathic Medicine side of study to compliment the pin-point surgical study famous at UTSW. I only think A&M since the relationship to Baylor-Scott-White is already so st...
by tamtagon
25 Jul 2018 08:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Sheraton Hotel
Replies: 12
Views: 788

Re: Downtown Dallas: Sheraton Hotel

Still wasting the 37th floor.

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by tamtagon
25 Jul 2018 08:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District: Virgin Hotel
Replies: 89
Views: 16893

Re: Design District: Virgin Hotel

The only thing that would make that neon-styled sign any better is if it rotated (like the Magnolia Oil logo used to do).
by tamtagon
25 Jul 2018 08:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Fort Worth: misc. developments
Replies: 31
Views: 3692

Re: Fort Worth: misc. developments

The forming park across the street from this proposed hotel will be a nice bonus for overnight guests. Too bad there's not any sort of fixed-in-place public transportation between the downtown train stations and the Cultural District. A bettin' man would have thought the new Dickies Arena would have...
by tamtagon
25 Jul 2018 08:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Fort Worth: Panther Island
Replies: 2
Views: 167

Re: Fort Worth: Panther Island

Hopefully, by the time stuff is getting up an running on the new Panther Island, downtown will have experienced a solid decade of population growth, employment growth and a steady return of the pedestrian environment.

This city has been idling for way too long!
by tamtagon
24 Jul 2018 12:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown: Carlisle St. Urban Renewal Project/Block 968
Replies: 17
Views: 2162

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

At this point, I'm not sure how anything in Uptown qualifies for public assistance. The Victory Park TIF/PID/Whatever has another several years before it expires, probably by then, it'll only need to be the West Dallas TIF/PID/whatever. What's left of Oak Lawn (mimus the Uptown subset) should have a...
by tamtagon
24 Jul 2018 11:41
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 136
Views: 16025

Re: Trinity River Park

Working with nature turns out to be so much better than trying to strong-arm it into compliance. Little is more natural along the Trinity River than seasonal floods. This is good for the water, good for the river, good for the plants, good for animals and good for people -- as long as they let natur...
by tamtagon
24 Jul 2018 10:50
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 259
Views: 35831

Re: Legacy West

I think the good folks living in Plano and administering the municipality will realize the need to pair, bundle and contain the massive employment 'districts' with an equal residential component, otherwise the result will be like downtown Dallas in the decades leading up to the turn of the century.
by tamtagon
24 Jul 2018 10:42
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 43
Views: 4273

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

If the BN sticks, we'll see plenty of permanent stuff make its way in. Only way to do that is to kick a lot of homeowners out. The newness of that place is starting to fade. Saw some guys with an AK47(Romanian AK) down at First Tee last week shooting into a gravel pit. They were drinking beer, smok...
by tamtagon
23 Jul 2018 19:04
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 259
Views: 35831

Re: Legacy West

:)
by tamtagon
23 Jul 2018 13:11
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 259
Views: 35831

Re: Legacy West

North Texas is really setting the standard for Sunbelt population cities. Fort Worth seems like it's finally getting on the train, activating the pre-air conditioning downtown setting; Dallas has certainly realized a return to the ways of higher population density, and that downtown has a solid foun...
by tamtagon
23 Jul 2018 10:52
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 136
Views: 16025

Re: Trinity River Park

Retaining wall, shelf, terrace.... all are almost certain to play a critical role as the park slowly slowly comes together. Flood control is first and foremost the function of the open land. The section(s) of the flood-way re-constructed for use by people as playground, athletic fields, park-plaza-p...
by tamtagon
21 Jul 2018 07:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Dallas: Trinity Groves
Replies: 66
Views: 10607

Re: West Dallas: Trinity Groves

People used to be skeptical about Uptown. Now there's plans to demolish the first apartments and replace them with something bigger and better. Trinity Groves will match the renderings in the same way the Victory Park matched the it's renderings, I don't that West Dallas can support the bad-assed Tr...
by tamtagon
20 Jul 2018 12:09
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 136
Views: 16025

Re: Trinity River Park

Harold Simmons Park, named for the billionaire nuclear waste disposal magnate, was born from a $50 million gift from his widow, Annette Simmons. The Conservancy got $10 million up front, but the other $40 million is locked up pending naming rights, establishment of a governance structure to build a...
by tamtagon
19 Jul 2018 10:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 359
Views: 52537

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

This tone and scale of this place is just fine. The pics and description sure make it seem fancy, but I stayed at one in New Orleans once that seemed upscale for a hostel by the description and pictures, but the place was simply exactly what it should have been. The private room and bed I splurged f...
by tamtagon
19 Jul 2018 09:24
Forum: The Pitch
Topic: Dallas Cowboys: Forbes most valuable sports team
Replies: 6
Views: 144

Re: Dallas Cowboys: Forbes most valuable sports team

I'd rather be top five with a championship in the last 3 years.... How nice for Jerry Jones that he's making so much money, capping off a generation with a couple play-off wins.
by tamtagon
17 Jul 2018 21:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum Tower
Replies: 142
Views: 19988

Re: Museum Tower

^I thought 16 was kinda low. Maybe the DMN statement was city...? whatev
by tamtagon
17 Jul 2018 10:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Renaissance Tower
Replies: 5
Views: 400

Re: Downtown Dallas: Renaissance Tower

I wouldn't mind the old skyscrapers staying as they were, no retro-fitting lighting on Fountain Place and most other buildings not initially planned with a nighttime color profile or lighting scheme. The new skyscrapers and highrises can get the display worked into the design from the ground-floor (...
by tamtagon
17 Jul 2018 08:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum Tower
Replies: 142
Views: 19988

Re: Museum Tower

There are also quite a few homes for sale for more than $10 Million, a price level not seen in the high rise condo market, so far as we are aware. Source? How many homes are currently listed at $10 million+? Here's a snapshot of the million dollar home sales: https://www.dallasnews.com/business/rea...

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