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by jrd1964
13 Jul 2018 17:10
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Southwest Airlines
Replies: 19
Views: 2566

Re: Southwest Airlines

For the first time in decades, Southwest has decided to phase out serving of peanuts on flights. The article doesn't say what they will serve instead, if any.

https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news ... straw.html
by jrd1964
13 Jul 2018 17:08
Forum: The Airports
Topic: American Airlines
Replies: 4
Views: 1493

Re: American Airlines

American has recently announced plans to use biodegradable straws and wooden stir sticks, instead of plastic ones used up to now.

https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news ... straw.html
by jrd1964
13 Jul 2018 16:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 59
Views: 9206

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

Looks like Walmart still wants to be in the small-format/convenience/fuel segment, with one in Crowley, another this week in Plano, and 3 more to come in Lake Worth, south Arlington, and The Colony. Even though they tried small-format stores before, and bailed out of all of those (Brookshire's snapp...
by jrd1964
13 Jul 2018 16:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 59
Views: 9206

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

The Central Market at Northwest Hwy./Midway (ex-Albertsons, ex-Sun Fresh) will open September 5.

https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news ... ewest.html
by jrd1964
13 Jul 2018 16:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 229
Views: 38146

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

dallaz wrote:*tries to find something postive to say*

Well...at least it’s not an aslphat parking lot :?


...or, an asphalt parking lot, either. ;) ;)
by jrd1964
13 Jul 2018 15:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building
Replies: 100
Views: 15398

Re: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building

I am still glad it is there though and someday it will get repainted. My thoughts exactly. Considering this part of town doesn't have much going on (even less when this building was first proposed), I feel lucky that we got something like this. Yes it's ugly, but it's not abandoned, and the ugly is...
by jrd1964
13 Jul 2018 02:49
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-35W - North Frwy. ("North Tarrant Express")
Replies: 5
Views: 592

Re: I-35W - North Frwy. ("North Tarrant Express")

The latest.... looks like late September for finishing the main part of what's left to do. The work around the Belknap/Airport Frwy. exit will take till the end of the year; it got started after the other I-35W work did, and is technically considered a separate project, despite it looking like it's ...
by jrd1964
13 Jul 2018 00:31
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 26
Views: 4805

Re: TexRail

Development is coming along at several of the future TexRail stations.

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/rea ... fw-airport
by jrd1964
11 Jul 2018 03:05
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Lowest Stemmons Project
Replies: 16
Views: 1376

Re: Lowest Stemmons Project

One little known part of this project: The entrance from northbound 35E to the DNT will be moved south of Spur 366 (Woodall Rodgers). There will no longer be direct freeway access from westbound 366 to the DNT -- you'll have to cut through Uptown on Pearl or Griffin. I didn't realize that before. T...
by jrd1964
10 Jul 2018 02:10
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Lowest Stemmons Project
Replies: 16
Views: 1376

Re: Lowest Stemmons Project

It would be difficult to do a sinking/below-grade of I-35E, especially this part, with Turtle Creek and other streams crossing it and nearby.
by jrd1964
10 Jul 2018 01:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Fort Worth: Sundance Square
Replies: 4
Views: 265

Fort Worth: Sundance Square

A long-awaited CVS store has opened just off Sundance Square at 5th/Houston, in an old Ojos Locos sports bar. It is actually a 2-level store, with meds/pharmacy upstairs amd snacks/drinks/home stuff downstairs (looks like they'll have to keep the elevator working all the time without fail...). https...
by jrd1964
10 Jul 2018 01:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Fort Worth: Walsh Ranch
Replies: 8
Views: 402

Re: West Fort Worth: Walsh Ranch

Workers are completing homes there at a pace of 1 per day. There have been 211 homes sold there in just over a year.

https://www.star-telegram.com/news/busi ... 71559.html
by jrd1964
05 Jul 2018 22:57
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Homelessness
Replies: 21
Views: 1807

Re: Homelessness

They're not all like that. I know, because I was homeless for a year. I have never resorted to hurting or attacking anyone, nor have I broken into anyone's home or business. It's awful that things have happened to you and around you that have led you to how you feel, but please, don't throw me (and ...
by jrd1964
03 Jul 2018 09:48
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Homelessness
Replies: 21
Views: 1807

Re: Homelessness

I don't know why the $$$ and time overruns. I have heard that if CitySquare does any more housing (I have a feeling they will) they will approach it differently next time.
by jrd1964
02 Jul 2018 17:12
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Homelessness
Replies: 21
Views: 1807

Re: Homelessness

Thanks so much for the info. I know housing first has worked really well in other cities, and BC Workshop has helped out with a small village here in Dallas, but that takes a lot of money to start up and sustain. I'm going to check out the library and see what the experience is like. I forgot to me...
by jrd1964
02 Jul 2018 11:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Courtyard by Marriott (12 St)
Replies: 104
Views: 16166

Re: Downtown Dallas: Courtyard by Marriott (12 St)

According to their website, the hotel is due to open in September.

https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ ... -district/
by jrd1964
02 Jul 2018 11:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Courtyard by Marriott (12 St)
Replies: 104
Views: 16166

Re: Downtown Dallas: Courtyard by Marriott (12 St)

I still hate the design and I mean hate but the two positives are its an affordable brand in an area I would like to see this kind of development and at least we got street trees and a nice wide pedestrian-friendly sidewalk. I still wish they had come up with a design that engaged the street better...
by jrd1964
02 Jul 2018 10:16
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Homelessness
Replies: 21
Views: 1807

Re: Homelessness

The central library is one of the few places one can go to in their situation, outside of a shelter, and not get run off by police or property owners. There's a/c, sockets to charge up cell phones, computers, and that outreach program also. The bathrooms used to be a problem with folks trying to bat...
by jrd1964
30 Jun 2018 14:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Fort Worth: Walsh Ranch
Replies: 8
Views: 402

West Fort Worth: Walsh Ranch

(or like in some articles and sites, "Walsh") This development, on the site of vast ranchland, will encompass 7200 acres, with 15,000 homes, and as many as 50,000 residents eventually. The first phase, almost all residential, will include around 1/3 green space. The project, 12 minutes wes...
by jrd1964
29 Jun 2018 16:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 292
Views: 42518

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

A higher barrier fence will probably look better, but having actual work going on behind it would be even better than that.

I guess this project is as complicated (if not more so) as The Statler was, with multiple parts to the building and multiple eventual contractors/financial sources.
by jrd1964
29 Jun 2018 16:26
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Greater DFW-area trails
Replies: 3
Views: 200

Greater DFW-area trails

Two new bridges were installed this week on trails in the River Legacy section of north Arlington. This will be part of a 64-mile hike-bike pathway that will eventually connect Fort Worth to Dallas. https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/arlington/article213816814.html This trail is part...
by jrd1964
29 Jun 2018 08:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 202
Views: 24923

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

Knox Street Pub is closing in November. It's been open for around 30 years (per the article and website).

https://www.guidelive.com/bars-and-cock ... losing-sad
by jrd1964
28 Jun 2018 11:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Re: DTD: Republic Center/Towers (I, 36 st., 602 ft.; II, 50 st., 508 ft.; III, 8 st.)
Replies: 10
Views: 1456

Re: DTD: Republic Center/Towers (I, 36 st., 602 ft.; II, 50 st., 508 ft.; III, 8 st.)

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2018/02/06/new-architecture-center-headed-landmark-downtown-dallas-tower The Dallas Center for Architecture will be a new space for exhibits, displays, and lectures, and will be located on the first floor of the southeast corner of the building (by Pa...
by jrd1964
28 Jun 2018 11:20
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Texas Live!
Replies: 39
Views: 5345

Re: Texas Live!

Another restaurant will locate in the development; this one will be Pudge's Pizza, for, yes, Ranger hall-of-famer Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez. It will open August 9.

https://www.star-telegram.com/sports/ml ... 50974.html
by jrd1964
28 Jun 2018 11:12
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-20,I-820,US 287--SE Fort Worth to Mansfield
Replies: 1
Views: 137

I-20,I-820,US 287--SE Fort Worth to Mansfield

Yet another road project plan. TxDOT is looking to improve: * I-820 south of Meadowbrook * I-20 from Forest Hill to Kelly-Elliott * US 287 SE to Sublett Road Work would start sometime in 2022 or after. A public meeting will be at Dunbar HS in Fort Worth on July 19. https://www.star-telegram.com/news...
by jrd1964
28 Jun 2018 09:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 158
Views: 25175

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

I've seen 3 strips of LEDs on during the day. It does seem odd and early to have a light show installed long before the rest of the building is done. I guess they want attention? Kinda hard not to get attention with a construction project with any height to it, on a spot of land that didn't have thi...
by jrd1964
27 Jun 2018 17:39
Forum: Site Issues + Feedback
Topic: Threads from the previous DFWU forum
Replies: 0
Views: 80

Threads from the previous DFWU forum

Archive.org has several pages archived from the old forum, for those interested.
It's at: https://web.archive.org/web/20130926084 ... /forum.php
by jrd1964
27 Jun 2018 11:30
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Mesquite: misc. developments
Replies: 2
Views: 382

Re: Mesquite: misc. developments

Verde Center at Peachtree, a planned medical campus development, is set for the SW corner of I-635/Gross. Construction is due to start the middle of next year.

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/hea ... s-mesquite
by jrd1964
27 Jun 2018 09:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 346
Views: 49805

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

There have been several times that Dallas PD have closed off that part of Elm on Fri/Sat because traffic was so backed up.
by jrd1964
27 Jun 2018 09:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Preston Hollow Village
Replies: 10
Views: 3228

Re: Preston Hollow Village

Despite its Trader Joe's tenant being there since 2015, Preston Hollow Village is just now having a grand opening. The Thursday event is being billed as a "cirque jubilee" (apparently cirque-style performers will be there) and the "greatest party on earth". https://candysdirt.com...
by jrd1964
26 Jun 2018 05:14
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco: China Lesso Group Mixed-Use Development
Replies: 6
Views: 225

Re: Frisco: China Lesso Group Mixed-Use Development

If the mall does get built, I'm not sure what kind of retail environment we'll have by then. There have been many store/chain closures in the last 2 years. This may not be the traditional mall of old we're used to. All that said, this same corner of US 380/DNTollway has been the "future site of...
by jrd1964
26 Jun 2018 04:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 346
Views: 49805

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Or at least serve later than 2am. Shreveport can serve till 6am, but that's because they have casinos. At least Dallas doesn't have the Frisco "we can't serve past midnight" mindset (despite Plano, across the street, being able to serve till 2am). So many times, I've had to explain TX liqu...
by jrd1964
24 Jun 2018 13:24
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Dallas Love Field Airport
Replies: 25
Views: 4794

Re: Dallas Love Field Airport

Was just by there over the weekend.... the C parking garage has topped off, the cranes are gone, and there are parking lot lights installed on top and they are lit. It's not easy to tell from Herb Kelleher Way how much more needs to be done, but the garage was predicted to be done by June this year,...
by jrd1964
22 Jun 2018 08:20
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Meacham Airport
Replies: 8
Views: 296

Meacham Airport

Meacham, north of downtown Fort Worth, has not had regular commercial passenger service since 1998. Now it appears there is new interest. Moxy Airways, a startup, wants to launch passenger service by 2020 and is looking at Fort Worth as well as other possible destinations. Other interested parties h...
by jrd1964
22 Jun 2018 05:29
Forum: Texas Transportation + Infrastructure
Topic: NorthEast Texas Trail
Replies: 3
Views: 192

Re: NorthEast Texas Trail

From the looks of the pics on their Facebook page, they get solo riders and groups. A few hike it, while still others traverse it on horseback. Apparently there are a few spots with poison ivy/oak whenever there hasn't been as much volunteer mowing or trimming.
by jrd1964
21 Jun 2018 22:48
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Garland: Firewheel Town Center
Replies: 5
Views: 197

Garland: Firewheel Town Center

Looks like plans are in place to add a Fairfield-Marriott hotel to the center area of Firewheel.

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/ret ... le-section
by jrd1964
21 Jun 2018 15:44
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Texas Live!
Replies: 39
Views: 5345

Re: Texas Live!

August 9-12 are the dates set for Texas Live!'s grand opening, although the Live! by Loews hotel won't be ready until 2019.

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/res ... -arlington
by jrd1964
21 Jun 2018 14:40
Forum: Texas Transportation + Infrastructure
Topic: NorthEast Texas Trail
Replies: 3
Views: 192

NorthEast Texas Trail

Interesting article about a rail trail that spans 130 miles along 2 pieces of former rail lines. It is "railbanked", meaning inactive for now but the railroad companies reserve the right to reclaim the paths if they like. This also means it's not abandoned, like many other non-used rail li...
by jrd1964
21 Jun 2018 14:10
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 26
Views: 4805

Re: TexRail

Colleyville is likely acting like Corinth did about the DCTA A-Train and Knox-Henderson about the DART light rail subway section. They'll figure out later on (probably too late) that it'll be an asset, not a liability.
by jrd1964
21 Jun 2018 10:45
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 26
Views: 4805

Re: TexRail

Railcar testing going on now, and still some sections left to finish, but it's still scheduled for completion by the end of the year.

http://www.star-telegram.com/news/traff ... 95449.html
by jrd1964
20 Jun 2018 20:03
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Allen: Allen Premium Outlets
Replies: 0
Views: 94

Allen: Allen Premium Outlets

A 2-year expansion project is wrapping up now. H&M is set to open, while Helzberg Diamonds and a Dallas Cowboys store are still to come. Other retailers are switching places. Another new addition is a row for food trucks. https://www.dallasnews.com/business/retail/2018/06/20/allen-premium-outlet...
by jrd1964
19 Jun 2018 17:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District: Virgin Hotel
Replies: 71
Views: 15145

Re: Design District: Virgin Hotel

Looks like the building has topped. I could see the tree on top as I passed by a couple of days ago.
by jrd1964
19 Jun 2018 16:57
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: US 75-N. Central Expwy.
Replies: 3
Views: 252

US 75-N. Central Expwy.

The landscaping along Central north of downtown is getting an update. New yuccas with flowers of different colors have been planted. The article says they are more drought tolerant than what has been planted there before. https://www.dallasnews.com/life/gardening/2018/06/19/pretty-pink-plants-along-...
by jrd1964
19 Jun 2018 16:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: City Lights
Replies: 38
Views: 5887

Re: Downtown Dallas: City Lights

Hannibal Lecter wrote:Is there any branding of the gas?


I think all the Tom Thumb fuel areas are just store branded, with no major oil company signs or tie-ins. Pretty much like Kroger's gas or the newer Walmart locations that don't have a Murphy in their parking lots.
by jrd1964
19 Jun 2018 16:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: City Lights
Replies: 38
Views: 5887

Re: Downtown Dallas: City Lights

As long as the gas isn't 5$ like the shell on Mckinney it will be a welcome addition despite my desire for more density driven development. They'd be dumb to go to the trouble of having gas pumps then gouge on the prices. The manager at the gas pump 7-Eleven downtown has told me he's been urged to ...
by jrd1964
19 Jun 2018 16:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: City Lights
Replies: 38
Views: 5887

Re: Downtown Dallas: City Lights

IDK if any fuel areas at a Tom Thumb would have electric charging spots. Would be a good idea. I've seen them at Walgreens before.
by jrd1964
19 Jun 2018 05:03
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Grandacape The Colony
Replies: 4
Views: 267

Re: Grandacape The Colony

There is actually a thread already:
viewtopic.php?f=9&t=235

Maybe they can be merged by the button-pushers.
by jrd1964
17 Jun 2018 16:11
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Collin County Transportation
Replies: 47
Views: 6672

Re: Collin County Transportation

Around 50 residents showed up for an info session about the possible US 380 bypass plan in McKinney this week.

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/mckinne ... eys-future
by jrd1964
15 Jun 2018 17:23
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: General roads/transport. issues
Replies: 2
Views: 234

Re: General roads/transport. issues

The new "Mobility 2045" plan is coming out this week; it was approved by the Regional Transportation Council yesterday. Just what you all wanted to hear--more of the same. They predict 4 million more people will be in the area in the next 25 years. https://www.dallasnews.com/news/transport...

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