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by Tucy
20 Nov 2017 15:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 163
Views: 15576

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

There are two rumors on the Royal Blue Grocery story. The biggest point in the story is that Royal Blue has not confirmed a thing and has stayed somewhat mum on where they are going in Downtown. The Merc location was announced because they were asking for an opinion from the historical board about ...
by Tucy
18 Nov 2017 07:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18455

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

The more interesting take from that article is from Hillwood's president, who thinks Amazon will end up splitting this between 2 or 3 cities.
by Tucy
16 Nov 2017 07:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 74
Views: 6445

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

ContriveDallasite wrote:
DPatel304 wrote:I love the lower-rise buildings here, I just wish we had more retail on the ground floor.


This is the crux of Dallas. The amount of retail packed in to my 5 story block in Munich is probably equivalent to half a square mile of coverage in Dallas.


Interesting. Description? Pictures?
by Tucy
15 Nov 2017 14:12
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Margaret Hunt Hill bridge by Santiago Calatrava
Replies: 11
Views: 446

Re: Margaret Hunt Hill bridge by Santiago Calatrava

We could have more bridge for our money if we didn't pay for a name just to slap his brand on it. Still could have been a signature design but not by a star architect. So true, but how would we know if we should like the design? ;) Maybe we can contact Facebook to add a real-life LIKE button for br...
by Tucy
15 Nov 2017 13:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18455

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Ah gotcha. For the folks who don't want to do all that, here's their overall rankings: https://preview.ibb.co/m4mpYG/Screen_Shot_2017_11_14_at_12_05_48_PM.png The case for Dallas only gets stronger from there. What are Amazon’s main businesses? 1. Distribution: needs low cost, central location. Dal...
by Tucy
10 Nov 2017 12:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum Tower
Replies: 22
Views: 2756

Re: Museum Tower

Okay then, what is an abject failure? Park Cities are the epitome of white flight, does that tarnish the abject success of the neighborhood? Of course, but it's not on a dollars and cents spreadsheet. I guess the Texas Rangers are also failure since they've never won the World Series? not abject si...
by Tucy
10 Nov 2017 12:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum Tower
Replies: 22
Views: 2756

Re: Museum Tower

such a beat down! they've got a fantastic product... hard to sell to Friends of the Nasher, though, one itsy bitsy little flaw Sorry, can't let you re-write history like that. Museum Tower was an abject failure long before the reflection problems were known. Abject failure, source? Decision making ...
by Tucy
10 Nov 2017 09:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum Tower
Replies: 22
Views: 2756

Re: Museum Tower

tamtagon wrote:such a beat down! they've got a fantastic product...

hard to sell to Friends of the Nasher, though, one itsy bitsy little flaw


Sorry, can't let you re-write history like that. Museum Tower was an abject failure long before the reflection problems were known.
by Tucy
10 Nov 2017 09:33
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Margaret Hunt Hill bridge by Santiago Calatrava
Replies: 11
Views: 446

Re: Margaret Hunt Hill bridge by Santiago Calatrava

cowboyeagle05 wrote:We could have more bridge for our money if we didn't pay for a name just to slap his brand on it. Still could have been a signature design but not by a star architect.


So true, but how would we know if we should like the design? ;)
by Tucy
06 Nov 2017 08:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum Tower
Replies: 22
Views: 2756

Re: Museum Tower

October 2017

1 unit sold

86 sold in 59 months. Inching up on the 75% sold mark. 29 remaining.

Sellout projection: 6 years, 7 months.
by Tucy
02 Nov 2017 12:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18455

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

It's funny to me when I head California described as not "business-friendly." Somehow 3 of the 4 largest companies in the world managed to be born there, 2 of which in the last 20 years. Source for this? (According to Forbes' list of the largest public companies in the world, California h...
by Tucy
02 Nov 2017 10:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18455

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

It's funny to me when I head California described as not "business-friendly." Somehow 3 of the 4 largest companies in the world managed to be born there, 2 of which in the last 20 years. Source for this? (According to Forbes' list of the largest public companies in the world, California h...
by Tucy
30 Oct 2017 17:50
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 38
Views: 3693

Re: Downtown Progress

Transwestern's 3rd quarter 2017 office market report is out. Dallas CBD has 33.3 million square feet of office space, 7.5 million of which is vacant, for an overall vacancy rate of 22.5%. YTD Net absorption: NEGATIVE 104,108 square feet. For Class A space, the CBD has 23.4 million square feet, 5.9 m...
by Tucy
26 Oct 2017 13:29
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 171
Views: 12747

Re: Legacy West

There's a crystal ball over here, and I cannot be for sure, but I think the prophesy mentioned Dean & DeLuca on Ross Avenue, or something like that. :) Nah, I think they'll put a Dean & DeLuca in the new terminal Delta builds for its global hub operations at DFW Airport :D The emphasis is o...
by Tucy
26 Oct 2017 12:13
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 171
Views: 12747

Re: Legacy West

tamtagon wrote:There's a crystal ball over here, and I cannot be for sure, but I think the prophesy mentioned Dean & DeLuca on Ross Avenue, or something like that. :)


Nah, I think they'll put a Dean & DeLuca in the new terminal Delta builds for its global hub operations at DFW Airport :D
by Tucy
26 Oct 2017 10:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18455

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Again, the dynamics are different. Dallas/San Bernadino and Tampa are not as concentrated as New York or Seattle, where workers live in a concentrated are in the city. The majority of workers in Dallas, unlike said cities, live in said sprawl. That makes for a mighty dynamic difference. Supply and ...
by Tucy
25 Oct 2017 14:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18455

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

This is a rather unfair assertion that is further from the truth. Compared to east coast cities like New York and Philadelphia, Dallas is a very young city. The city itself is no more than 170 years old. It's an evolving city, and so is its mass transit system, which is still growing and expanding....
by Tucy
25 Oct 2017 11:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18455

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Their indifference to Transit and underwhelming Urban Fabric This is a rather unfair assertion that is further from the truth. Compared to east coast cities like New York and Philadelphia, Dallas is a very young city. The city itself is no more than 170 years old. It's an evolving city, and so is i...
by Tucy
24 Oct 2017 11:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18455

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

^es la verdad UT is in Austin, TA&M is in College Station, both are in the Dallas Trading Area. Things are spread out, especially compared to the North East, but the much of the South Central US, probably more than half, still funnels through Dallas. While I tend to agree that DFW is in pretty ...
by Tucy
23 Oct 2017 13:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18455

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

^es la verdad UT is in Austin, TA&M is in College Station, both are in the Dallas Trading Area. Things are spread out, especially compared to the North East, but the much of the South Central US, probably more than half, still funnels through Dallas. While I tend to agree that DFW is in pretty ...
by Tucy
23 Oct 2017 12:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18455

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

^es la verdad UT is in Austin, TA&M is in College Station, both are in the Dallas Trading Area. Things are spread out, especially compared to the North East, but the much of the South Central US, probably more than half, still funnels through Dallas. While I tend to agree that DFW is in pretty ...
by Tucy
19 Oct 2017 14:31
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 70
Views: 3673

Re: the Cotton Belt line

Maybe I'm missing something, but I guess I just don't see the value of a short, unconnected (without transfer) line from one low-density suburb that'll only run a couple of times a day. You’re missing the Legacy Business Park in Northwest Plano. Believe it or not, Plano Business Park employs about ...
by Tucy
18 Oct 2017 13:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Smart District
Replies: 68
Views: 3281

Re: Dallas Smart District

^ It very much looks like it was put together for the Amazon bid.
by Tucy
18 Oct 2017 12:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Smart District
Replies: 68
Views: 3281

Re: Dallas Smart District

Whoa, this is promising. I'm sure a streetcar line could be looped through this area to snag this kind of investment. Doesn't one of the proposed D2 DART lines also run right by City Hall on the north side of this project? Also, at "about 200 feet taller than Bank of America Tower," this ...
by Tucy
18 Oct 2017 12:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18455

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

NJ offering up to 7 billion for Amazon HQ2 in incentives, Atlanta 5B. At what point is it not even worth it for cities, Dallas in particular, to not even try to lure a big fish if they have to forego so many tax dollars.? http://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-headquarters-hq2-new-jersey-economic-in...
by Tucy
18 Oct 2017 12:00
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 104
Views: 1590

Re: I-345

I reviewed the document http://www.dallascitymap.com/DallasCityMAP_09272016_compressed.pdf, and the Remove Scenario numbers come out even with the other 2 scenarios after you rebuild the entire Downtown Dallas Freeway system. That is more of a pipe dream than burying I-345. Why? See Page 191 and 19...
by Tucy
18 Oct 2017 11:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18455

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

NJ offering up to 7 billion for Amazon HQ2 in incentives, Atlanta 5B. At what point is it not even worth it for cities, Dallas in particular, to not even try to lure a big fish if they have to forego so many tax dollars.? http://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-headquarters-hq2-new-jersey-economic-in...
by Tucy
18 Oct 2017 11:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Smart District
Replies: 68
Views: 3281

Re: Dallas Smart District

Whoa, this is promising. I'm sure a streetcar line could be looped through this area to snag this kind of investment. Doesn't one of the proposed D2 DART lines also run right by City Hall on the north side of this project? Also, at "about 200 feet taller than Bank of America Tower," this ...
by Tucy
17 Oct 2017 22:22
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 104
Views: 1590

Re: I-345

tanzoak wrote:
They found essentially no congestion difference between the three options.
Hours of delay in 2040:
Tear Down - 163.8k
Lower - 163.1k
Replace - 161.3k
.


NM
by Tucy
08 Oct 2017 09:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum Tower
Replies: 22
Views: 2756

Re: Museum Tower

September 2017

1 sold

85 sold in 58 months. 30 remaining.

Sell-out projection (assuming they continue the pace of sales they've attained so far):
6 years, 7 months from completion.
by Tucy
06 Oct 2017 10:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 183
Views: 17025

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

I love all that’s going on with this property but I wish we would get retail. All that gets announced Downtown is new restaurants. People need places to shop downtown. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very happy with all the activity going on downtown. We just need some new retailers people who live downtow...
by Tucy
05 Oct 2017 13:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18455

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I would also like to see someone propose Downtown Dallas as a whole as an Amazon HQ2 location. There is plenty of available office space to start out with, plenty of parking lots to acquire and build to suit multiple buildings, light rail stations and streetcars, and existing parking garages and in...
by Tucy
05 Oct 2017 08:48
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 93
Views: 8068

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

/\ That is Samsung Semiconductor headquarters. Samsung Electronics America is still headquartered in New Jersey.
by Tucy
03 Oct 2017 07:37
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Southwest Airlines
Replies: 14
Views: 648

Re: Southwest Airlines

Is it 40% quieter or is it not?
by Tucy
02 Oct 2017 20:32
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Southwest Airlines
Replies: 14
Views: 648

Re: Southwest Airlines

What is deceptive about saying it's 40% quieter, if it is in fact 40% quieter?
by Tucy
28 Sep 2017 16:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)
Replies: 77
Views: 9448

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

R1070 wrote:How many years has that crane been up now? lol


Good question. The building has been under construction for almost three years. When do they expect to complete this thing?
by Tucy
27 Sep 2017 18:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)
Replies: 51
Views: 6978

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

Disappointing to see the space on the Pacific side that was the Tower Theatre is going to be a motor court. Maybe, but it would be difficult to be a downtown-area hotel (much less hotel with residences) without some kind of driveway and covered entrance. Downtown hotels all over the world seem to m...
by Tucy
26 Sep 2017 08:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - Fountain Place
Replies: 48
Views: 5886

Re: Downtown Dallas - Fountain Place

Is that the finished product?
by Tucy
25 Sep 2017 14:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown: Carlisle St. Urban Renewal Project/Block 968
Replies: 5
Views: 454

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

It's funny that the whole project in that picture is 6 or 7 floors. The original description of this project was for a 6 floor section and a 10 floor section. It will be nice to see something replace those aging condos. It's only a matter of time before something replaces the Carlisle Apartments as...
by Tucy
22 Sep 2017 14:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building
Replies: 61
Views: 6736

Re: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building

... and the hotel openings have slipped again. Now showing February 2018
by Tucy
11 Sep 2017 12:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum Tower
Replies: 22
Views: 2756

Re: Museum Tower

August 2017

1 unit sold

84 sold in 57 months. 31 remaining.

Sell-out projection: 6 years, 7 months (from the opening of the building)
by Tucy
07 Sep 2017 16:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown - Warsaw Restaurant Office Tower
Replies: 23
Views: 2454

Re: Uptown - Warsaw Restaurant Office Tower

Perfect example of Steve Brown's "reporting". The first line from his April 2015 article about this proposed building: "A new Uptown office tower is going up on the site of one of Dallas’ oldest restaurants." Not "is planned" or "is proposed". Steve told us it...
by Tucy
07 Sep 2017 15:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18455

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

DFW Airport - the domestic reach of Southwest is big bonus. With two major domestic hubs and a top 5(?) international hub, connectivity is also world class (ha). Just to quickly answer your question, No, DFW is not a top 5 international hub. Top 10, yes (#10, to be exact). But it's in the top 2 in ...
by Tucy
06 Sep 2017 11:24
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 38
Views: 3693

Re: Downtown Progress

Thanks for the updates. Those numbers aren't too surprising, but I'm expecting better numbers for the CBD going forward, especially now that Uptown is getting very pricey. We'll see. We've been expecting better numbers for the CBD for thirty years and it never seems to happen. True but your failing...
by Tucy
06 Sep 2017 09:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 183
Views: 17025

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

lakewoodhobo wrote:The parking garage site has been fenced off, so it looks like we may see some movement there soon.

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Hmmmm... Steve Brown told us it was starting in July.
by Tucy
05 Sep 2017 15:05
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 38
Views: 3693

Re: Downtown Progress

DPatel304 wrote:Thanks for the updates. Those numbers aren't too surprising, but I'm expecting better numbers for the CBD going forward, especially now that Uptown is getting very pricey.


We'll see. We've been expecting better numbers for the CBD for thirty years and it never seems to happen.
by Tucy
05 Sep 2017 13:43
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 38
Views: 3693

Re: Downtown Progress

Transwestern's 2nd quarter 2017 office market report is out. Dallas CBD has 33.2 million square feet of office space, 7.5 million of which is vacant, for an overall vacancy rate of 22.4%. YTD Net absorption: 4,761 square feet. For Class A space, the CBD has 23.2 million square feet, 5.9 million of w...
by Tucy
05 Sep 2017 12:56
Forum: Texas Town + City Issues/News
Topic: Hurricane Harvey
Replies: 28
Views: 1038

Re: Hurricane Harvey

tamtagon wrote:People in Victoria still do not have clean water.


Neither do people in Beaumont.
by Tucy
28 Aug 2017 15:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Hall Arts Hotel & Residences
Replies: 86
Views: 8996

Re: Arts District: Hall Arts Hotel & Residences

Any updates here? Is work really starting?

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