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by tamtagon
18 Oct 2018 11:51
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 302
Views: 41503

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

I think it all boils down to age-old rural versus urban politics, regardless of what the actual law may or may not say. Grimes county politicos thinly veiled their opposition to HSR tracks as an assault on property rights, building arguments that there's no local benefit and only localized damage fr...
by tamtagon
18 Oct 2018 10:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Smart District
Replies: 80
Views: 13923

Re: Dallas Smart District

I know for Dallas and Atlanta, the HQ2 process has at least put the spotlight on near-ready downtown masterplans to land a one of the big corporate relocations or consolidations scouting around the country. The promise in Dallas is substantial with so much passenger rail expansion, D2 & HSR. The...
by tamtagon
18 Oct 2018 08:53
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 156
Views: 25001

Re: DFW Airport

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/dfw-airport/2018/10/18/new-lounges-dfw-airport-cater-types-fliers New lounges at DFW Airport cater to all types of fliers by Conor Shine ...While airlines like American are investing millions of dollars upgrading their lounges with an eye toward catering to the mo...
by tamtagon
16 Oct 2018 07:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 338
Views: 53034

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

... It's a shame to say that, but this developer hasn't shown any reason to believe their word. They haven't been honest about their struggles, insisting all along this year that they would get the project completed on time. If Drever isn't given the extension, it almost certainly forces another sa...
by tamtagon
15 Oct 2018 12:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Central Market at McKinney and Lemmon
Replies: 71
Views: 16849

Re: Uptown Dallas: Central Market at McKinney and Lemmon

Any chance HEB is coming up with a new Central Market concept store for this site? I don't remember how long HEB circled around Houston before moving into the market, but for some reason it seems like the move into North Texas is taking longer.
by tamtagon
15 Oct 2018 12:09
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 294
Views: 41944

Re: Legacy West

How much will the owner of the Legacy developments contribute to this? Actually, the owner should pay for most of the constructions, Shops of Legacy and Legacy West are both single owner, and the same owner, right? There's one and only one corporation lined up to benefit from a deck park, so the cit...
by tamtagon
15 Oct 2018 10:58
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 294
Views: 41944

Re: Legacy West

Kindof a weird park, with a huge road running through the middle, I'm not so sure about that. Hopefully more than two park-nubs on either side of the thoroughfare what's being proposed.
by tamtagon
14 Oct 2018 14:05
Forum: Texas Town + City Issues/News
Topic: Hurricane Harvey
Replies: 35
Views: 3899

Re: Hurricane Harvey

I've always wondered if there's public-private project potential in a structure outside and mirroring the levees. Levee side of the structure would set a moisture barrier 30 feet below and 30 feet above ground level while the north side of the structure is habitable for whatever purpose adjacent Des...
by tamtagon
14 Oct 2018 11:23
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Columbia/Main Complete Streets
Replies: 6
Views: 159

Re: Columbia/Main Complete Streets

Tam, sometimes I wonder if you're just trolling to get attention. haha the hyperbole is a reaction to the notion that a complete street application is silliness screwing up the thoroughfares in East Dallas. Exactly "which" suburbanites drive down Columbia to get to work? ... 99% of the co...
by tamtagon
14 Oct 2018 10:57
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Greater DFW-area trails
Replies: 8
Views: 489

Re: Greater DFW-area trails

I'd love to see permaculture design applied to the whole trail system. While Trinity River flash floods are a particularly daunting challenge, the end result would be the best case scenario.
by tamtagon
13 Oct 2018 11:28
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Columbia/Main Complete Streets
Replies: 6
Views: 159

Re: Columbia/Main Complete Streets

Another win for local residents! The quality of life within East Dallas neighborhoods improve every time another street is stripped of the self-inflicted, well intentioned, gun-shot-wound-of-an-attempt to minimize congestion during peak commuter traffic. No one expect suburbanites to bike into the c...
by tamtagon
13 Oct 2018 10:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum Tower
Replies: 155
Views: 24442

Re: Museum Tower

Maybe we should have a tracking page or whatever, kinda like the pending projects page, arranging data of the handful of pricey condos for which Tucy has provided monthly sales progress.
by tamtagon
12 Oct 2018 11:42
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco: Wade Park
Replies: 70
Views: 9634

Re: Frisco: Wade Park

doh!
by tamtagon
12 Oct 2018 11:41
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 302
Views: 41503

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

It's hard for me to think about the Dallas to Houston trains without including the rest of the triangle, so.... I'm okay with a state funding contribution to get San Antonio and Austin hooked-up. Neither probably has the traffic potential yet, and are too far apart (distance and existence) for a com...
by tamtagon
12 Oct 2018 11:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff Progressing
Replies: 65
Views: 8475

Re: Oak Cliff Progressing

The recent rendering of Harwood Dallas' pending hotel project showed nice creative architecture. But this land really needs to become something interesting to look at from a Downtown highrise. That's exactly what this area doesn't need. No flashy buildings or LEDs or glass boxes. Not here. Plus it ...
by tamtagon
12 Oct 2018 09:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff Progressing
Replies: 65
Views: 8475

Re: Oak Cliff Progressing

The recent rendering of Harwood Dallas' pending hotel project showed nice creative architecture. But this land really needs to become something interesting to look at from a Downtown highrise.
by tamtagon
12 Oct 2018 09:50
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 294
Views: 41944

Re: Legacy West

Why wouldn't the tollway pay for this? or at least cover ~half of the price? Tollway folks ought to pay for repairs to Reverchon Park, daylight Turtle Creek.
by tamtagon
11 Oct 2018 22:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)
Replies: 104
Views: 9348

Re: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)

joshua.dodd wrote:Now this is the kind of unique architecture Dallas needs.


word

here's hoping it's just a start
by tamtagon
11 Oct 2018 12:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: The Spire Mixed Use Project
Replies: 76
Views: 10721

Re: Arts District: The Spire Mixed Use Project

^Billingsley is almost certainly waiting for the right combination, might even be trying to buy Spire.
by tamtagon
11 Oct 2018 12:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars: Texas Odyssey
Replies: 60
Views: 4385

Re: The Cedars: Texas Odyssey

This Ferris Wheel complex may end up being as big a deal for downtown Dallas as the Arts District. Combine the Ferris Wheel complex with the (possible) HSR Station & convctr complex and it is a bigger deal than the Arts District. But what about Fair Park? Most if not all the art has been relocat...
by tamtagon
10 Oct 2018 11:39
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Kaufman County: misc. developments
Replies: 4
Views: 140

Re: Kaufman County: misc. developments

I actually had to look up where Crandall was on a map... haha totally, like, the name is familiar enough, but on a map I couldn't have told you! Curious whether or not Kaufman County decision makers are still working on commuter rail into the city. I think tentative plans even had trains from Texar...
by tamtagon
10 Oct 2018 11:26
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Oak Lawn history
Replies: 7
Views: 176

Re: Oak Lawn history

I've always wanted Gay Pride Celebration at Fair Park.
by tamtagon
08 Oct 2018 18:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Highland Park Village
Replies: 61
Views: 10932

Re: Highland Park Village

As Main Street downtown becomes better setting, many of the high price, high profile brands will consider HPV be less and less as part of the retail circle with NorthPark; the big mall will trade the coveted store fronts with downtown while Highland Park Village takes the next couple of steps: final...
by tamtagon
08 Oct 2018 17:53
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 302
Views: 41503

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

If/when HSR is confirmed and a station construction schedule starts webbing into the surrounding area, we'll begin to see exactly what roll Union Station will play. The Convention Center will have to sponsor/participate in a major TOD mixed use renovation reconfiguring the 'backside' into a frontsi...
by tamtagon
05 Oct 2018 11:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox: The McKenzie (~240 ST / 22 ST)
Replies: 40
Views: 8656

Re: Knox: The McKenzie (~240 ST / 22 ST)

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2018/10/05/living-high-life-dallas-high-rise-aims-tip-top-rental-market "They want high-end services like at condominiums." "Our residents are treated like this is their home when they walk in," Chesnut said. "We went with the...
by tamtagon
05 Oct 2018 08:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 37
Views: 1078

Re: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)

dfwcre8tive wrote:The school is gone. It moved to East Dallas in January. Link: http://fbacademy.com/fba-new-campus-ribbon-cutting/


That sucks. The new campus seems like so much more a traditional school with lots of room. It's practically in Mesquite.
by tamtagon
04 Oct 2018 11:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 95
Views: 9206

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

...the giant surface lots are simply stacked up this go'round. Garages.
by tamtagon
04 Oct 2018 11:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Bryan Tower
Replies: 7
Views: 333

Re: Downtown Dallas: Bryan Tower

^a resurfacing downtown like Dallas is a great place for all those once successful but faded brands to test-market for the next couple of generations. Dallas in particular is a desirable try-it-on demographic, has been for decades. If JCPenny has any brain power left, they'll high-tail it out of the...
by tamtagon
04 Oct 2018 11:35
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco: Wade Park
Replies: 70
Views: 9634

Re: Frisco: Wade Park

hahaha I love these advert-headlines! For a change, how about, "Developer of stalled Wade Park expects project to evaporate."
by tamtagon
04 Oct 2018 10:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 37
Views: 1078

Re: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)

A bigger school would be nice! and really if the Baptists expand, the Methodists, Presbyterians and Catholics ought to follow close behind.... probably. Too often "private Christian school" is code for sheltering kids from "those" people, but the availability would be fantastic f...
by tamtagon
04 Oct 2018 07:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 408
Views: 56615

Re: Victory Park 3.0

VP needs a 1,000(+/-) room hotel.
by tamtagon
04 Oct 2018 07:32
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Homelessness
Replies: 50
Views: 3583

Re: Homelessness

That's encouraging.
by tamtagon
03 Oct 2018 12:43
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Transition of Uptown
Replies: 28
Views: 1078

Re: The Transition of Uptown

I was 'asked to leave' Idle Rich a long long time ago. hahahaha
by tamtagon
03 Oct 2018 06:42
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Old Footage of Dallas
Replies: 30
Views: 1729

Re: Old Footage of Dallas

^People have been conditioned to question small, independent retailers as possibly unreliable, lower quality, lower value for the money and favor corporate retail as stable, reliable and quality driven. Maybe it's ironic, independent retailers don't survive gentrification in part because they are as...
by tamtagon
02 Oct 2018 11:42
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Transition of Uptown
Replies: 28
Views: 1078

Re: The Transition of Uptown

The residential component of Uptown will continue expand and continue to become more expensive. Lots and parcels will be consolidated, large high rise units will follow. As the pretentious trend-following crowds scout around town for the next place to be, Uptown will settle into its role that establ...
by tamtagon
27 Sep 2018 09:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 427
Views: 64455

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

^as it should be.... As some of the city's institutions and scenes settle into a more natural rhythm, Fair Park will reign supreme as an organized entertainment destination, CBD area will double as the preferred overnight accommodation setting for business and pleasure travelers to the area, and Dee...
by tamtagon
26 Sep 2018 09:01
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Dallas Love Field Airport
Replies: 58
Views: 7368

Re: Dallas Love Field Airport

^word

I'd like to think we've reach the point at this airport where air and noise pollution levels can determine capacity potential. Make 2018 the baseline, and as airplanes spew less air and noise, add more gates. Start with 10, 5 domestic and 5 international. something like that.
by tamtagon
24 Sep 2018 20:42
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 294
Views: 41944

Re: Legacy West

I for one hope the suburban pioneers that transformed Plano back before the turn of the century let go of the past and let Plano turn into a big city. The neighborhoods will be just fine, but let the high rises come to downtown Plano and Legacy. Just silly to build a wall around the 1980s ideals.
by tamtagon
24 Sep 2018 19:03
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 294
Views: 41944

Re: Legacy West

that looks nice, right?
by tamtagon
24 Sep 2018 06:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District: Virgin Hotel
Replies: 100
Views: 20013

Re: Design District: Virgin Hotel

hahaha people are going to hate it in 50 years so i'll be scrapped off and modernized! ????? Why exactly? Just because it happened to interesting, pleasing buildings built in the past.... they get updated to whatever contemporary style is trendy because whatever style was trendy is no longer popular.
by tamtagon
23 Sep 2018 19:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District: Virgin Hotel
Replies: 100
Views: 20013

Re: Design District: Virgin Hotel

hahaha people are going to hate it in 50 years so i'll be scrapped off and modernized!
by tamtagon
23 Sep 2018 19:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square
Replies: 115
Views: 17229

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square

$25 fine for every infraction.

LTV is a big complex, they should provide a dog park.
by tamtagon
23 Sep 2018 08:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 243
Views: 33491

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

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by tamtagon
21 Sep 2018 11:49
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 696
Views: 103230

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Also walked by Hugo's last night. They're building what looks to be a spectacular patio. Just to check, does the patio overlook the lake? I haven't followed closely enough to know where Hugo's is. As the lake front parcels fill, we will hopefully be treated to across-the-lake patio views, um, that ...
by tamtagon
21 Sep 2018 07:44
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Strand Trail
Replies: 3
Views: 278

Re: Trinity Strand Trail

This has been a thing for 5 or 10 years.... somewhere we've got a thread of thread tangent about it.
by tamtagon
20 Sep 2018 09:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 359
Views: 55276

Re: Northpark Center

I would look for expansion/renovation in this order: NorthPark Retail Office Hotel - Carruth Plaza rebuild - NorthPark Retail Office Hotel - Greenville Avenue rebuild.
by tamtagon
19 Sep 2018 11:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown
Replies: 46
Views: 4941

Re: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown

I'd expect the building to look better in such a desirable part of town.
by tamtagon
19 Sep 2018 11:32
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 302
Views: 41503

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

At this stage of the game, the technology deal is really the only thing about Texas Central I've had concerned. IIRC, most/all the other HSR service providers are interchangeable and/or compatible (French, Chinese etc), but the Japanese is not. The presumption all along has bee that the Triangle and...

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