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by tamtagon
19 Apr 2018 09:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: The Spire Mixed Use Project
Replies: 31
Views: 4215

Re: Arts District: The Spire Mixed Use Project

Did Spire even throw their hat in the ring? I know I really liked the idea that Spire, Billingsley and Hall could present an Arts District - Deep Ellum proposal to Amazon, but I don't remember specifically that Spire's exceptionally potent real estate was part of initial run for the HQ2. Whoever end...
by tamtagon
18 Apr 2018 22:00
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 7
Views: 845

Re: What are you listening to?

Jorja Smith
by tamtagon
18 Apr 2018 10:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: 1900 Pearl (362 FT | 25 ST)
Replies: 158
Views: 25955

Re: Arts District: 1900 Pearl (362 FT | 25 ST)

exelone31 wrote:Wow, that looks waaaaaaaay cooler out there.


word
by tamtagon
16 Apr 2018 18:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 669
Views: 62620

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

So, the Bush Center has been open 5 years.... that's enough time for many of the mission statements and goals to have mingled and made attempts. We ought to see existential transforming into substantive in another 5 years, give or take. Interesting to think Jeff Bezos might be interested in the work...
by tamtagon
16 Apr 2018 17:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Lower Greenville Development
Replies: 33
Views: 2435

Re: Lower Greenville Development

So.... in the spreadsheet world of paying taxes on profit the biggest company in the world gets a touch more public assistance to lease empty buildings draining neighborhoods. So not paying taxes on income you didn't make is now considered "public assistance"? No. Purposefully taking a lo...
by tamtagon
16 Apr 2018 10:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Lower Greenville Development
Replies: 33
Views: 2435

Re: Lower Greenville Development

That business plan has totally changed and today they wouldn't pay $19.50 PSF for a store in the heart of Dallas for a Neighborhood Market. By your own logic, they are (still) paying that. You say they are paying $19.50 for a 35k sq ft place which is $682,500 in rent. I doubt they are paying that m...
by tamtagon
13 Apr 2018 12:05
Forum: Opolis Blueprints
Topic: Westmoreland Industrial District
Replies: 3
Views: 877

Re: Westmoreland Industrial District

If city building had been the primary objective of HQ2, this would have been a great site proposal. Add to that longest of shots, Red Bird Airport could take over for Love Field, opening the gates to Middle Dallas while Oak Cliff takes over for downtown Fort Worth and Tolled-Frisco/Plano --- actuall...
by tamtagon
13 Apr 2018 11:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 202
Views: 26107

Re: Victory Park 3.0

I'd like AAC to have a nice long run like Madison Square Garden, 50 more years of Mavericks basketball and Stars hockey.
by tamtagon
12 Apr 2018 12:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 202
Views: 26107

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Maybe they'll have a kick off party to raise awareness, get folks walking around. Taste of Dallas seems to have made a perfect home at Fair Park, and I would not want it to move, but VP could use something like that. Also seems likely the Film Festival will have reasons to screen at the VP theater n...
by tamtagon
12 Apr 2018 12:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Lower Greenville Development
Replies: 33
Views: 2435

Re: Lower Greenville Development

That Walmart lease is until 2032, right? That's a looooong time. Whatever Walmart Neighborhood Market, this is one failed business plan fertilizing an already bad reputation. Let it sit idle for a while, sure. This should turn out to be a much better location for thoughtfully designed residential wi...
by tamtagon
11 Apr 2018 21:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox: Oliver + Central (18 ST)
Replies: 29
Views: 5836

Re: Knox: Oliver + Central (18 ST)

LongonBigD wrote: NOVE at KNOX. Any guesses on how this would be pronounced? Or meaning? Isnt it Italian for “nine?”


How about like the bird, Dove?
by tamtagon
11 Apr 2018 12:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Lower Greenville Development
Replies: 33
Views: 2435

Re: Lower Greenville Development

WalMart is known to lease an empty space for years simply to keep out a potential competitor; nothing illegal about it, but is a terrible neighbor to have. The LG location doesn't seem to be one of those anti-competitor deals -- isn't the nearest Walmart retail store in West Village? or Skillman@NW ...
by tamtagon
11 Apr 2018 09:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Lower Greenville Development
Replies: 33
Views: 2435

Re: Lower Greenville Development

what a waste
by tamtagon
10 Apr 2018 10:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 202
Views: 26107

Re: Victory Park 3.0

...and making sure AAC has ample, reasonably priced parking is just as important to the livability of Victory Park as it is to making sure the stadium has no idle time.
by tamtagon
10 Apr 2018 10:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Canyon In Oak Cliff
Replies: 27
Views: 3128

Re: The Canyon In Oak Cliff

Frankly, the only concern I have regarding the typical Dallas suburban expansion along I-30 between Kessler and South Side Fort Worth is that it might stop. Grand Prairie and Arlington are such regressive, ignorant hold outs resisting public transportation integration (ironic clamoring for a high sp...
by tamtagon
09 Apr 2018 15:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 260
Views: 31370

Re: Northpark Center

Brettoj wrote:
tamtagon wrote: More than likely, this elusive hotel will be a favorite brand of Latin Americans.


LaQuinta?


Belmond?
by tamtagon
09 Apr 2018 15:09
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 129
Views: 11391

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Is it too much to hope that enthusiastic partnerships will extend TRE to Kaufman County, using that subway plan?
by tamtagon
09 Apr 2018 14:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 260
Views: 31370

Re: Northpark Center

I suspect the Texas exclusives like Prada, Goyard, Givenche, Loewe, Marni or whatever other brands I don't know (hahaha) will compete for stalwart space at NorthPark when there's a 5 Star Resort Hotel anchor. More than likely, this elusive hotel will be a favorite brand of Latin Americans.
by tamtagon
09 Apr 2018 14:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Canyon In Oak Cliff
Replies: 27
Views: 3128

Re: The Canyon In Oak Cliff

It's not Bishop Arts, but it's certainly an important sign of achievement for what used to be no-man's land for these mundane restaurants. It's on the highway and the area is just beginning to thaw... I wouldn't expect stewards of the neighborhood to fret over the suburban land use -- the East Dalla...
by tamtagon
06 Apr 2018 09:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)
Replies: 113
Views: 15517

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

The sad thing is when Cambria is no longer the flag for this hotel will the next owner update the sign or remove it? Should have gone with TOWER. Also, I believe they got approval for taking the bus lane away with plans for a patio on Elm with wider sidewalks with trees. The key seems to be 1700 Pa...
by tamtagon
06 Apr 2018 08:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)
Replies: 117
Views: 18614

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

Harwood will eventually add a hotel to the mix, that's when much of the retail becomes activated, I would imagine.
by tamtagon
06 Apr 2018 08:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)
Replies: 117
Views: 18614

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

^Isn't there supposed to be a bike shop occupying one of the retail suites of the building, reinforced by a connection to the Katy Trail? Maybe that'll come later...? also, wasn't there supposed to be some variation of a neighborhood grocery store?
by tamtagon
05 Apr 2018 11:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oaklawn: 2929 Oak Lawn
Replies: 14
Views: 588

Re: Oaklawn: 2929 Oak Lawn

Is 2929 Oak Lawn asking for money, too?!?! I know there's the one on between Katy Trail and Carslile(?) asking for money, which is pretty ridiculous. The request for substantial financial municipal participation in all of these developments is appropriate, without question, and that participation is...
by tamtagon
05 Apr 2018 10:35
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 69
Views: 6748

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

The connection needs to extend all the way to William Blair, Jr (formerly Rochester Park). Over the next 50-100 years, the neighborhoods between the forest and downtown will experience the next great conversion.
by tamtagon
05 Apr 2018 08:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oaklawn: 2929 Oak Lawn
Replies: 14
Views: 588

Re: Oaklawn: 2929 Oak Lawn

I don't know why that The Melrose doesn't go for gay vacation urban resort deal with a residential tower, but whatever about that.

Good to see the neighborhood conversion is steady and progressive.
by tamtagon
04 Apr 2018 12:17
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 69
Views: 6748

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

The one thing the downtown area park initiative continues to lack is a linear mobility-park, specific example is Harwood Street from Katy Trail to Old City Park.
by tamtagon
04 Apr 2018 11:02
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 69
Views: 6748

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

The Sheraton becomes an entirely different property with a park across the street.
by tamtagon
03 Apr 2018 12:39
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 69
Views: 6748

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

I don't remember -- is this park on top of a big parking garage?
by tamtagon
03 Apr 2018 12:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The District (former Parkland hospital campus)
Replies: 5
Views: 645

Re: The District (former Parkland hospital campus)

^I've known a woman who commuted to Regal Row from Wichita Falls! A man who commuted from Palm Springs to Pasadena! I never want to understand the acceptance of such long commutes. Groups of flight attendants have been known to share a dwelling, one owner 10 roommates, this would seem a likely arran...
by tamtagon
02 Apr 2018 18:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 202
Views: 26107

Re: Victory Park 3.0

I don't really think Victory is a good fit for Amazon. It was too many cobbled together parcels and seemed a bit spread-out to make sense. I would agree if HQ2's millions of square footage hadn't been laid out over a 10 or 15 year period. As it's planned, though, Amazon would 'average' one new buil...
by tamtagon
02 Apr 2018 11:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District: Moxy Hotel
Replies: 16
Views: 913

Re: Design District: Moxy Hotel

^An idea I cannot believe lives on this forum only.
by tamtagon
02 Apr 2018 11:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District: Moxy Hotel
Replies: 16
Views: 913

Re: Design District: Moxy Hotel

so, like, describing the lobby and common areas of a new hotel as "tech-enabled" isn't that like describing a new cars as "comes with brakes?" Where's the request for a public-private partnership to turn Turtle Creek through the Design District into a lush, cafe lined riverwalk l...
by tamtagon
01 Apr 2018 17:02
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 480
Views: 54147

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Las Colinas is in position to be like Addison was 30 years ago-- turning into a destination alternative for the Dallas Night Life. If Irving starts municipal management like it's a world city instead of a rural Texas town, Las Colinas will turn into the third "downtown" in North Texas, but...
by tamtagon
30 Mar 2018 10:20
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 129
Views: 11391

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

I think express trains are a critical next step to evolve the system into something people can use. Perhaps TXDoT can cough up a billion to retrofit ~half of the system station for train leap-frog during rush hour. Until the law is changed to allow regional funding rather than municipal funding, I w...
by tamtagon
27 Mar 2018 19:38
Forum: Texas Town + City Issues/News
Topic: Oil industry - Texas "tea"
Replies: 29
Views: 3463

Re: Oil industry - Texas "tea"

If it's not one thing, it's another. Flaming water spigot is good at parties!

We ought to see some phenomenal growth in Corpus Christi, especially if the extractors can get the natural gas piped there.
by tamtagon
27 Mar 2018 19:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 240
Views: 33677

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

In the 90s, I believe a handful of hometown clothing designers had stores in Deep Ellum, one in Fair Park. That would be nice have back. Isn't there one or more designers making it in West Village?
by tamtagon
27 Mar 2018 10:33
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 221
Views: 24825

Re: Legacy West

I think you can add all the museums and cultural amenities you want but it will never compare to central Dallas or central Fort Worth because you can't manufacture history and character. I know both have a limited history in the grand scope of things, but it is still much longer than Plano, which l...
by tamtagon
27 Mar 2018 08:38
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 221
Views: 24825

Re: Legacy West

Fort Worth CBD is smaller than many office markets in North Texas. Attached link is a year old, but lays out office markets in this general rank by square footage: file:///C:/Users/Michael/Downloads/Central%20-%20Dallas%20Fort%20Worth%20Office%20Outlook%20-%20Q1%202017.pdf Dallas CBD - 33 Dallas Upt...
by tamtagon
26 Mar 2018 21:32
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 221
Views: 24825

Re: Legacy West

^only as much as Las Colinas was the new downtown 20 years ago. Downtown Fort Worth has stagnated for decades, it a small employment center compared to Las Colinas and Plano/Frisco, but it's an actual downtown with actual downtown amenities.... just because a lot of people work there doesn't mean it...
by tamtagon
26 Mar 2018 11:52
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 480
Views: 54147

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

KDGE used to have concerts by the Mustangs, some pretty big alternative names of the day... and that was surreal, too. Las Colinas has had a handful of near misses, one of these days it'll stick, probably this is it.
by tamtagon
24 Mar 2018 08:14
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 51
Views: 6174

Re: New Census Population Estimates

This population center needs a comprehensive cover of urban growth boundaries.
by tamtagon
22 Mar 2018 11:19
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 480
Views: 54147

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I'd be fine with North Shore Amazon. The sooner Las Colinas, UTSW-Parkland medical and Downtown Dallas employment centers grow into each other, the better. I think Amazon is heading toward a corporate split of some sort so we'll put that one in Las Colinas; go ahead and reserve DTD for a Google HQ t...
by tamtagon
22 Mar 2018 09:38
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Autonomous Vehicle Thread
Replies: 49
Views: 3981

Re: Autonomous Vehicle Thread

Hopefully the next unforeseen glitch will not be as tragic.
by tamtagon
22 Mar 2018 09:35
Forum: Texas Town + City Issues/News
Topic: Oil industry - Texas "tea"
Replies: 29
Views: 3463

Re: Oil industry - Texas "tea"

What is Texas doing to take the economy past oil? Somebody in Fort Worth really ought to be looking into this sinkhole thing out in West Texas... https://phys.org/news/2018-03-radar-images-large-swath-texas.html I think the Barnett Shale is mostly tapped out, but if it gets going again through anot...
by tamtagon
21 Mar 2018 11:38
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: The Cedars: Old City Park & Dallas Heritage Village
Replies: 14
Views: 314

Re: Old City Park (+ Dallas Heritage Village)

Such a forgotten park, I'd bet half the people in Dallas don't even know it exists. I've never been there, but doesn't the park have an active calendar of events like Jazz Age Sunday Social? Number One mandate-candidate for TXDoT to repair with a deck park over a sunken highway; number two mandate-c...
by tamtagon
20 Mar 2018 10:44
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 6
Views: 860

Re: Cypress Waters

I like that the Cotton Belt seem headed to redirect and put a station at Cypress Waters.
by tamtagon
20 Mar 2018 10:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 202
Views: 26107

Re: Victory Park 3.0

I'll be happy when the Maverick's Design District HQ is a state of the art everything to every Mavericks Fan, but I doubt the team will move from the AAC -- the location is already fantastic and as the city grows the arena location becomes even better; by 2031 the stadium will be ancient by the disp...
by tamtagon
17 Mar 2018 08:44
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Fair Park
Replies: 36
Views: 5428

Re: Fair Park

Nostalgia is great, institutional to any State Fair, a celebration rich in remembering, sharing and teaching. But a State Fair is supposed to celebrate the future, too. Here is an example of what should cornerstone to the State Fair of Texas in Dallas, but is currently part of what has become SXSW. ...
by tamtagon
15 Mar 2018 12:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 202
Views: 26107

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Victory Park really is the logical 'next step' for Dallas' wayfaring nightlife scene. As the transformation of McKinney Avenue continues, the still raucous but too buttoned up for Deep Ellum party will naturally settle in Victory Park --- unless they mess it up with another attempt to be all worldly...
by tamtagon
15 Mar 2018 12:15
Forum: The Pitch
Topic: Arlington: eSports Stadium
Replies: 3
Views: 243

Re: Arlington: eSports Stadium

Guhhhhhh, another "sports" venue in Arlington. Doesn't the Dallas Convention Center have a formerly-primo venue that could have been used for this? Note: I have no idea where the Dallas Fuel play, so they could be planning to play somewhere in Dallas proper. Yes, the Dallas Convention Cen...

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