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by tamtagon
24 May 2018 11:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 104
Views: 13525

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

The general redevelopment initiative for Valley View, Doran Chevrolet etc has been around for about a decade, give or take; I see it kinda like the former Texas Stadium site with a location about as good as it gets, but time and scale just haven't formed a foundation -- and I'm becoming convinced th...
by tamtagon
23 May 2018 11:12
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: A Dallas-Fort Worth slogan
Replies: 10
Views: 164

Re: A Dallas-Fort Worth slogan

I wouldn't try anything more than DFW. A hefty attempt was made to brand the region as "North Texas" for the superbowl, but there was no follow thru so no chance that could have stuck anywhere outside the region... I'm glad for that, too. North Texas is a university, or geographic region l...
by tamtagon
22 May 2018 11:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 256
Views: 35508

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

I put Grand Ricchi on the list of worst names.
by tamtagon
22 May 2018 11:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 699
Views: 76403

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

The_Overdog The good take-away from that article is that Arlington is trying to create a central business district surrounding the ballparks, which should I think they need more concrete zoning plans and maybe a transportation plan and could lure many smaller companies. Cannot believe I never reall...
by tamtagon
21 May 2018 18:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 194
Views: 22342

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

Korshak went years before breaking even; operating at a loss was anticipated, building clientele takes time. The bookstore and clothes store Headington brought to town could still be losing money, but probably that's the plan. The reorganization may be unusual, but I doubt there's any danger right n...
by tamtagon
21 May 2018 11:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 93
Views: 13023

Re: AT&T Discovery District

I'm not going there! Those people are all just food for Mega Swift! That is scary! We're one Smart District away from having this side of downtown sprout another branch... in less than a generation, Downtown Dallas grew the Uptown office market with more office space than Downtown Fort Worth. It's ...
by tamtagon
21 May 2018 10:53
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 156
Views: 20423

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

Maybe it's GE Transportation-Wabtec merger and relocation; sure would accent the vehicle manufacturing moxie of the Dallas-Monterrey I-35 corridor. Corporations I'd like to see with Global or North American or Domestic or Regional headquarters in Downtown Dallas: Amazon (duh), Pennys, Keurig-Dr Pepp...
by tamtagon
20 May 2018 14:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Ventana (12 ST / 12 ST)
Replies: 19
Views: 3150

Re: North Dallas: Ventana (12 ST / 12 ST)

I know that's right

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPQgfaB3S1c
by tamtagon
20 May 2018 10:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 234
Views: 44939

Re: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)

Tnexster wrote:
DallasAg wrote:I know Fountain Place doesn’t have any, but has there been any mention of the Amli having any night time lighting?


I hope they don't do that on this tower.


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by tamtagon
19 May 2018 11:01
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 88
Views: 10373

Re: Downtown Progress

^ 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, and considering contemporary housing complexes hold twice or a little more residents than the two-generation garden apartments current...
by tamtagon
19 May 2018 09:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Ventana (12 ST / 12 ST)
Replies: 19
Views: 3150

Re: North Dallas: Ventana (12 ST / 12 ST)

Are there any plans to build a Hotel on North Park grounds? If we get another hotel tower, similar to the Sheraton by the Galleria, this would create a nice little cluster. Yes, there has been some discussion about that on the NorthPark thread. Maybe something will be proposed sooner than later, th...
by tamtagon
18 May 2018 11:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 52
Views: 3125

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

That's nice for now, but (regrettably) I'm already looking forward to the day 35 additional stories are added to the triangular Magnolia Oil Building. *sigh* well, more precisely, I've been looking forward to that day for a generation, give or take a decade.
by tamtagon
18 May 2018 08:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 52
Views: 3125

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

Is the property big enough to be it's own district? or is it simply big enough to be a development with a name? It's got to be packaged and marketed for sure and I'll be glad when we're past the identity shaping and onto day-to-day stuff. Whatever, I'm going to think of it as the shared courtyard of...
by tamtagon
18 May 2018 08:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)
Replies: 123
Views: 18047

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

I wonder what held that PIzzeria space back from being completed. The owner/landlord (UNT) is the reason the ground floor remains empty. Some other businesses/organizations have looked at taking that space but chose elsewhere after all the difficulties working with UNT. The ground floor really need...
by tamtagon
18 May 2018 08:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 104
Views: 13104

Re: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

Remember that Sams Club mess proposed for the property next to this one? Talk about dodging a bullet.

The city needs a transportation renovation plan for the Peak Haskell Corridor, like, yesterday.
by tamtagon
17 May 2018 12:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 245
Views: 39915

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

Dallas will have crossed another threshold if a big part of the residential turns into residential hotel units; having hotel apartments that rent for a season is a sign of neighborhood strength. Disappointing that the residential component is whacked out; but you know, if the hotel is so buttoned up...
by tamtagon
17 May 2018 09:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Galleria
Replies: 4
Views: 226

Re: North Dallas: Galleria

Now, all that's left for the big "Midtown Dallas" masterplan redo of the consolidated properties to actually root, take hold and flourish is a name change. Everyone who tried to New Urbanist Mixed Use this stretch of LBJ over the last decade without folding the mall into the dealio was jus...
by tamtagon
16 May 2018 10:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 194
Views: 22342

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

https://www.dallasnews.com/life/curious-texas/2018/05/16/really-underground-mall-downtown-dallas-curious-texas-goes-exploring Is there really an underground mall in downtown Dallas? Curious Texas goes exploring Brendan Meyer ...Using a map I found online titled the “Dallas Pedestrian Network,” Xan ...
by tamtagon
15 May 2018 09:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 274
Views: 39756

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Deep Ellum and West End were both warehouse districts. I like the ones with gigantic windows better, and it'll be a nice contrast to the space-age modern architecture inevitable to join the East Dallas reboot.
by tamtagon
15 May 2018 08:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 256
Views: 35508

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

I'd rather have Starck Club than Starck Tower....
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by tamtagon
15 May 2018 08:54
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 30
Views: 2799

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

Remarkable! I guess I shouldn't be surprised. Years ago we had tickets to this tournament, so we headed out to the golf course for bloody mary's and people watching, golf what? I kinda remember the package was Dallas Double D-luxe (one of our gang had the gold plated hook up) but the parking pass tu...
by tamtagon
15 May 2018 07:27
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 30
Views: 2799

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/editorials/2018/05/14/naysayers-said-att-byron-nelson-couldnt-happen-now-tee-time-southern-dallas Here's some helpful perspective as hundreds of thousands of fans travel deep into southern Dallas this week for the AT&T Byron Nelson at its new home at the Trini...
by tamtagon
14 May 2018 13:43
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Allen: Stacy Green
Replies: 7
Views: 199

Re: Allen: Stacy Green

I think I remember a guy from college named Stacy Green, I wonder if he's the same one in Allen. oh, wait, different, not the same.
by tamtagon
14 May 2018 13:40
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 164
Views: 15342

Re: DART D2 Subway

Hopefully the Pacific Corridor will be replaced by a subway, eventually.
by tamtagon
14 May 2018 10:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)
Replies: 30
Views: 2474

Re: Harwood Int'l District: No. XII Harwood Hotel

That'll be nice, but I'm still holding hope the hotel site closer to Pike Park and Katy Trail will be the special architecture putting the Harwood International exclamation point on skyline.
by tamtagon
14 May 2018 10:34
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 88
Views: 10373

Re: Downtown Progress

Just curious to know what the tallest vacant building (after 1401 Elm) is downtown. I can only think of one, and that's 505 N Ervay owned by First Baptist. Shame that they're allowed to just hold that property when it could be generating tax revenue. This would make a great free medical clinic and ...
by tamtagon
12 May 2018 20:25
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 30
Views: 2799

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

Maybe they can tear down some more of the forest to build a fancy hotel. I'm surprised they haven't talked about it. Probably waiting to see whether or not the Byron Nelson elevates in stature on the link course. If the tournament gains popularity that draws during the rest of the year, we'll likel...
by tamtagon
11 May 2018 12:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 274
Views: 39756

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

I've never understood why there's not a competition grade skate park at Fair Park.
by tamtagon
11 May 2018 10:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 271
Views: 36430

Re: Northpark Center

There's plenty of room for several more expansion phases on the Northpark Center property, and probably the most fashionable of all hotels to eventually join the fold will be the last -- the loftiest level possible at Northpark cannot be identified until Caruth Plaza et al is scraped off and replace...
by tamtagon
11 May 2018 09:06
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Urban Farming
Replies: 2
Views: 153

Re: Urban Farming

Paul Quinn College was almost gone. What a great come back.
by tamtagon
11 May 2018 09:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 234
Views: 44939

Re: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)

Checkout theses quick Paint drawings I did of the Dallas skyline with Dallas Amli Fountain Place Thanks for your preview renderings of this new building in the skyline. Another interesting angle will be coming south on Central. After passing under the Fitzhugh bridge there should be a good view of ...
by tamtagon
11 May 2018 08:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 274
Views: 39756

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

People at work were raving about how Deep Ellum is the hot place in town and that Uptown is cooling down. Such and easy observation, but I don't think the sentiment is quite accurate to the natural function, disposition of each part of town. Uptown does appear to be cooling down, but that's after o...
by tamtagon
10 May 2018 19:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 248
Views: 32839

Re: Victory Park 3.0

ArtVandelay wrote:IMO North End is the biggest barrier to connectivity between VP and Uptown.

Would love to see that redeveloped.


I think most of the North End real estate should be turned into a Natural History park.
by tamtagon
09 May 2018 22:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 248
Views: 32839

Re: Victory Park 3.0

It's between the Design District and Arts District, maybe they ought to try lands some art galleries.
by tamtagon
09 May 2018 11:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 234
Views: 44939

Re: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)

Good reviews of this very beginnings of this addition only makes me wonder when the Headington corners will turn.
by tamtagon
09 May 2018 10:57
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 232
Views: 28844

Re: Legacy West

Since most of the folks in Plano can probably at least read a spreadsheet, maybe maybe not understand a spreadsheet... but the high density residential units once proposed (something like 1,000 units) would generate far less traffic than additional office space that would hold 1,000 employees. Even ...
by tamtagon
08 May 2018 22:01
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 232
Views: 28844

Re: Legacy West

Interesting that Plano residents are against the high density apartments packed into the employment center, not at all surprising, but antithetical to the long term success of their city.
by tamtagon
07 May 2018 11:54
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Collin County Transportation
Replies: 44
Views: 5499

Re: Collin County Transportation

Collin and Denton Counties should not have any new highways or thoroughfares built until firm urban growth barriers have been established.
by tamtagon
07 May 2018 11:53
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava
Replies: 47
Views: 4773

Re: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava

I cannot wait for the Crow family to honor that family's Margaret matriarch. The city certainly needs another matching suspension bridge, completing the mangled triptych; hopefully, though, the emphasis will be uniting the trail networks through the managed wilderness park.
by tamtagon
07 May 2018 11:47
Forum: Texas Urban/Suburban/Exurban Development
Topic: More Buc-ee's!!
Replies: 4
Views: 581

Re: More Buc-ee's!!

I've only ever been to the Buc-ee's in Luling... it's the designated meeting and consolidation spot for us when traveling between CenTx and the Golden Crescent. I love the place and am fascinated by the retail extravaganza. The novelty candy selection is surprising -- they have horehound candy my mo...
by tamtagon
07 May 2018 09:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Convention Center
Replies: 12
Views: 2360

Re: Dallas Convention Center

How is the Omni Hotel and restaurant annex doing? Is it turning a profit? Has the city had to dip into the $30-50 million reserve fund to pay the mortgage? Did the hotel meet the goal to bring more of the biggest conventions to town? How is the RevPar relative to other big convention/meeting hotels ...
by tamtagon
06 May 2018 11:36
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 88
Views: 10373

Re: Downtown Progress

Just curious to know what the tallest vacant building (after 1401 Elm) is downtown. I can only think of one, and that's 505 N Ervay owned by First Baptist. Shame that they're allowed to just hold that property when it could be generating tax revenue. This would make a great free medical clinic and ...
by tamtagon
04 May 2018 12:25
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 245
Views: 28710

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

...just for fun:

There's your connection to Fort Worth! Amtrak & TRE, no problem.
by tamtagon
04 May 2018 11:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Central Market at McKinney and Lemmon
Replies: 57
Views: 11985

Re: Uptown Dallas: Central Market at McKinney and Lemmon

^That's great to hear. There's no reason to keep Lemmon sequestered in the 1980s. The old Branniff terminal at Love Field will be up and running in the next couple years, the collection of fancy car dealership is known to people all over the world, Uptown has crossed the threshold from developers dr...
by tamtagon
03 May 2018 10:30
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 151
Views: 14519

Re: the Cotton Belt line

By itself, Downtown Plano has the potential to house thousands more residents in mixed use mid/high rise developments. Historic building conflicts is practically non-existent within the warehouses between Red Line and Shiloh Road Cotton Belt station but the presumed low density zoning being a major ...
by tamtagon
02 May 2018 12:11
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Arts District: Master Plan
Replies: 20
Views: 2384

Re: Arts District: Master Plan

Maybe we'll have a new Master Plan for the Arts District that reaches into Old East Dallas toward Deep Ellum. The Latino Cultural Center is primed to expand and anchor further Arts District facilities; it's embarrassing that Dallas does not have a Museum of Latin America. The smaller city performanc...
by tamtagon
02 May 2018 12:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 194
Views: 22342

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

...just like NorthPark Center, Downtown cannot have too much high end retail.
by tamtagon
02 May 2018 12:03
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco: misc. developments
Replies: 6
Views: 320

Re: Frisco: misc. developments

^They almost dropped the basket the first year, but it was okay. Now they're working through the 2 or 3 or 4 year period? of students passing the tests that precludes final accreditation.... something like that.
by tamtagon
02 May 2018 08:03
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco: misc. developments
Replies: 6
Views: 320

Re: Frisco: misc. developments

Of course there will be some who say it's too expensive, that it takes resources away from other colleges... https://www.dallasnews.com/news/higher-education/2018/05/01/unt-frisco-city-leaders-approve-plan-build-new-branch Plans for a UNT branch in Frisco raise concerns about straining state funds W...

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