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by DPatel304
18 Apr 2019 14:46
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 100
Views: 19555

Re: New Census Population Estimates

Places like LA and NYC aren't getting any cheaper, so I imagine we'll see more and more migration away from the coasts to places like Texas. It's the east coast that's getting crushed - LA's growth rate between 2010-2018 is great, and interesting that more than 50% of their MSA growth is into LA co...
by DPatel304
18 Apr 2019 13:25
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 100
Views: 19555

Re: New Census Population Estimates

Awesome numbers! Places like LA and NYC aren't getting any cheaper, so I imagine we'll see more and more migration away from the coasts to places like Texas.
by DPatel304
18 Apr 2019 11:28
Forum: Texas Urban/Suburban/Exurban Development
Topic: Austin's proposed tallest (in 4 yrs)
Replies: 92
Views: 8552

Re: Austin's proposed tallest (in 4 yrs)

Software maker Zoho moving HQ to Austin, adding hundreds of jobs
https://www.statesman.com/news/20190409 ... ds-of-jobs

Sheesh, things are getting insane in Austin. Can't imagine what cost of living is going to look like in a couple years.
by DPatel304
18 Apr 2019 11:08
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW in the Media
Replies: 32
Views: 10344

Re: DFW in the Media

Very cool, nice find! Glad to see they mention specific areas within Dallas (North Oak Cliff, Downtown, Highland Park), rather than just lump everything together as being "Dallas".
by DPatel304
18 Apr 2019 09:42
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 216
Views: 38183

Re: Trinity River Park

I agree with what Phillip Kingston said. There is such a thing as dreaming too big. We keep wasting money when we could simply make this a great park. If we even paved the length of the trail, planted trees, and added parking it would improve it tremendously. This is how I feel too. We've spent all...
by DPatel304
18 Apr 2019 09:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 241
Views: 58408

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

That portion of Fitzhugh is getting all dressed up. There's the Terminal, the new Beverley's restaurant, House of Preservation med spa, and a new emergency vet going into a vacant lot. Appears to be some streetscape work going on too. Yep. It was really only a matter of time with it being right in ...
by DPatel304
16 Apr 2019 09:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Link at Uptown
Replies: 65
Views: 6055

Re: The Link at Uptown

Wow, that was fast! How awesome!
by DPatel304
13 Apr 2019 10:08
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Transition of Uptown
Replies: 43
Views: 4758

Re: The Transition of Uptown

I don't know how many of you were out and about yesterday (Friday) afternoon, and I can only speak for Uptown, but I had a drink at The Henry, walked along McKinney, and ate dinner at Malai Kitchen in West Village and there were people everywhere. Streets were lined and patios were packed, and the ...
by DPatel304
12 Apr 2019 14:33
Forum: Texas Urban/Suburban/Exurban Development
Topic: Austin's proposed tallest (in 4 yrs)
Replies: 92
Views: 8552

Re: Austin's proposed tallest (in 4 yrs)

The media seems to love Austin (for now).
by DPatel304
12 Apr 2019 13:33
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Vision 2020: Greenbelt Plan for Dallas 5 Mile Creek
Replies: 5
Views: 248

Re: Vision 2020: Greenbelt Plan for Dallas 5 Mile Creek

Oak Cliff has so much nature to explore but, with the exception of Oak Cliff Nature Preserve, very little access to it. I'm not as familiar with the Oak Cliff area, but that's how I feel about the area as well. It's only a matter of time before more people start discovering what a gem this area is,...
by DPatel304
11 Apr 2019 22:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 524
Views: 105953

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Indeed, that's a pretty decent amount of places, and most of them are brand new too. I did also walk by Dibs on Victory and it looked like it was open, but it was completely empty. In addition to the places you listed, there is also "Shooters", which has a completely different vibe, but it...
by DPatel304
11 Apr 2019 21:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 524
Views: 105953

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Stopped by Hero this evening around 6:30pm, just to check it out. As you can probably tell from the pictures, the space is huge and has a very big prescense in the neighborhood, which I realy like. The bar area is on the northern side (closer to the AAC) and is the area with the large screen. The sp...
by DPatel304
11 Apr 2019 16:38
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Vision 2020: Greenbelt Plan for Dallas 5 Mile Creek
Replies: 5
Views: 248

Vision 2020: Greenbelt Plan for Dallas 5 Mile Creek

Supporters intend to have the initial phases of the 5 Mile Creek Greenbelt underway in 2020. NBC Story: https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Greenbelt-Plan-for-Dallas-5-Mile-Creek-508402341.html PDF File: https://dallascityhall.com/government/Council%20Meeting%20Documents/qolac_3_five-mile-creek-urban...
by DPatel304
11 Apr 2019 15:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 60
Views: 5470

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

Strictly anecdotal, but my grandparents started going to First Presbyterian downtown when they moved to East Dallas as a young married couple with 1 kid. They moved to Farmer's Branch in the 50s and had 5 more kids over the years, but they came downtown for church every Sunday (more than that reall...
by DPatel304
11 Apr 2019 14:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 463
Views: 103506

Re: Northpark Center

Great addition to the mall, although I was really hoping they would locate somewhere more urban. I suppose better here than somewhere else in the metroplex. I'm pretty sure, for a time, we thought it was going to Legacy West. I can't seem to find the thread about that, but I think it had to do with ...
by DPatel304
11 Apr 2019 13:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 60
Views: 5470

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

I didn't mean to come off as harsh (not to you, at least ;) ), it's just annoying to see others in this thread talk about revoking a church's tax-exempt status because FBC advocates for things they dislike when those same forum members support all sorts of secular tax-exempt organizations that are ...
by DPatel304
11 Apr 2019 11:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 60
Views: 5470

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

I don't have an issue with their beliefs or religion at all. I guess I'm just confused why there needs to be more convient parking here. If convenient parking is what the people want, then it would seem a suburban location would be more of a win-win, no? Perhaps I'm missing something about this part...
by DPatel304
11 Apr 2019 09:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 60
Views: 5470

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

Honestly, because The methodist church and the Baptist Church are close to each other... They create a huge dead space that offers nothing to downtown Dallas outside of Sunday. I'm surprised people even go there if "parkin'" is so bad... There's literally hundreds of Baptist/Methodist chu...
by DPatel304
10 Apr 2019 09:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 541
Views: 113428

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

hjkll wrote:I hope the fringes of Deep Ellum start taking off.


Elm St. is a huge hit on the weekends. Now we need to see more activity on the fringes and also more activity during the weekdays as well. The additional residential should hopefully help with that, but we still have a ways to go.
by DPatel304
09 Apr 2019 22:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 524
Views: 105953

Re: Victory Park 3.0

I don't know if this was intentional or not, but Hero picked a great time to open. I didn't get a chance to head out there tonight, but it seemed like lots of people were in the area for Dirk's last game, so I'm sure the place got a lot of exposure today.
by DPatel304
09 Apr 2019 18:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 541
Views: 113428

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

DEEP ELLUM TO IMPLEMENT SPECIFIC DROP-OFF/PICK-UP ZONES FOR UBER & LYFT DRIVERS. Starting April 18, Uber & Lyft Drivers Will Only Be Able To Pick Up Or Drop Off Riders At One Of Five Designated Locations Throughout The Neighborhood. Drivers will now be asked to pick up and drop off their ri...
by DPatel304
09 Apr 2019 15:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 524
Views: 105953

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Some kind of interesting pedestrian bridge over Field Street would help connect uptown with Victory and also act as a feature for that area. There is not a very friendly way to walk from Uptown to Victory without feeling like frogger. It's not super friendly, but a bridge seems excessive. Plus this...
by DPatel304
09 Apr 2019 12:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 524
Views: 105953

Re: Victory Park 3.0

I agree, this is a great looking space, and it looks huge! I don't know if Dibs on Victory opened yet, but hopefully the two establishments can complement each other and create some synergy in the area. It helps that The Union and Happiest Hour aren't terribly far either.
by DPatel304
09 Apr 2019 10:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 524
Views: 105953

Re: Victory Park 3.0

https://scontent-dfw5-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/57088159_3333926793299160_5349802334660591616_n.jpg?_nc_cat=108&_nc_ht=scontent-dfw5-2.xx&oh=dda8c1924069632d39f9d63462f4827d&oe=5D308F86 https://scontent-dfw5-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/56917844_3333926869965819_4848651175307771904_n.jpg?_nc_c...
by DPatel304
08 Apr 2019 23:12
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 316
Views: 69980

Re: Legacy West

exelone31 wrote:It sounds like the margins are pretty slim, and I wonder how long until the Sbarros and Subways of the world start moving in.


Seems to be heading in that direction:
http://dallas.culturemap.com/news/resta ... lvet-taco/
by DPatel304
08 Apr 2019 11:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 129
Views: 26428

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

The fan shop thing is pretty standard in Tom Thumbs, even out in the burbs. I haven't seen the one at The Union, but the ones by where I live (Richardson) are little alcoves within the store that have mostly Cowboys gear, but sometimes other Dallas pro team gear. Ah ok, thanks for sharing. Yeah, I ...
by DPatel304
07 Apr 2019 20:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 129
Views: 26428

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

I popped in to the store today and was very impressed. Unfortunately I was with a friend, so I didn't really get to geek out and truly explore the store. There were plenty of employees in the parking garage and the store itself, and everyone was extremely helpful and friendly. Random, but I also not...
by DPatel304
05 Apr 2019 23:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 129
Views: 26428

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

Great report, thanks for sharing!
by DPatel304
05 Apr 2019 09:49
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 131
Views: 24085

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

^Thanks for the picture. It's really coming together!
by DPatel304
05 Apr 2019 09:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Link at Uptown
Replies: 65
Views: 6055

Re: The Link at Uptown

The Link, Harwood 11, El Fenix plus Hillwood VP and the Victor—this neighborhood is emerging as the focus for the next wave of high rise development. Getting harder to distinguish Uptown from Victory. Agreed. I was hoping it would finally be Downtown's time for shine, and, while we are seeing more ...
by DPatel304
04 Apr 2019 11:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Link at Uptown
Replies: 65
Views: 6055

Re: The Link at Uptown

Great news! Glad to see this cycle still has some steam left in it.
by DPatel304
03 Apr 2019 13:17
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava
Replies: 99
Views: 16205

Re: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava

It’ll Be Another Three Years and $7 Million Before We Can Walk the Margaret McDermott Bridge Last Friday, Assistant City Manager Majed Al-Ghafry sent the council a memo detailing their options. TxDOT offered two: one will cost $7.09 million and “involves fabricating and testing new lower cable anch...
by DPatel304
03 Apr 2019 10:52
Forum: Texas Urban/Suburban/Exurban Development
Topic: Austin's proposed tallest (in 4 yrs)
Replies: 92
Views: 8552

Re: Austin's proposed tallest (in 4 yrs)

Here's a good summary of what is coming to Austin. According to this article, there are 27 projects coming to Downtown Austin. https://www.kxan.com/news/local/austin/27-construction-projects-coming-to-downtown-austin-ut-study-reveals/1895922373 I didn't really look in detail at each of the projects,...
by DPatel304
03 Apr 2019 10:38
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Collin Creek Mall
Replies: 46
Views: 10131

Re: Collin Creek Mall

Good news, but what is kind of interesting is that several property owners of the surrounding properties (those along 75 plus Big Lots, the endlessly closing furniture store, Conns, Hobby Lobby, etc ) also submitted acceptance letters saying that they would also like to rezone their properties to c...
by DPatel304
03 Apr 2019 09:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: El Fenix site
Replies: 22
Views: 1361

Re: El Fenix site

According to the article the restaurants are there to stay with any buyer expected to build around the existing buildings. There is enough land to build a parking garage and tower so unless El Fenix is offered an amazing deal to tear down their history so that anything new can have Woodall Rogers f...
by DPatel304
02 Apr 2019 17:57
Forum: Texas Urban/Suburban/Exurban Development
Topic: Austin's proposed tallest (in 4 yrs)
Replies: 92
Views: 8552

Re: Austin's proposed tallest (in 4 yrs)

Sorry, I was referring to this particular part "the skyline has remained stubbornly pedestrian.". It sounds like they are saying Austin's Downtown has come a long way at the pedestrian level, but aside from The Independent and the Frost Tower, their skyline isn't all that flashy? I don't k...
by DPatel304
02 Apr 2019 17:33
Forum: Texas Urban/Suburban/Exurban Development
Topic: Austin's proposed tallest (in 4 yrs)
Replies: 92
Views: 8552

Re: Austin's proposed tallest (in 4 yrs)

Despite (or perhaps because of) the rapidity and scale of Austin’s long, recent boom—the open floodgates of tech money, the tripling down on tourism and ensuing hotel glut, and the luxury residential towers necessary for a city suddenly full of rich young people—the skyline has remained stubbornly ...
by DPatel304
02 Apr 2019 12:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 11 (The Forum)
Replies: 101
Views: 19160

Re: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 11 (The Forum)

How awesome to hear that office product is getting tight. I'm still glad developers are remaining cautiously optimistic about starting a new product, as much as I want to see more buildings being built, I'd hate for Dallas to start getting ahead of themselves and build too much.
by DPatel304
02 Apr 2019 10:00
Forum: Texas Urban/Suburban/Exurban Development
Topic: Austin's proposed tallest (in 4 yrs)
Replies: 92
Views: 8552

Re: Austin's proposed tallest (in 4 yrs)

So does the college town have more 400+ ft condo towers than the other 2 "major" cities in the state? Seems like Austin has surpassed Both Htown and Big D. Yes, Austin is winning the race of which city in the state of Texas that has the most condonominum towers that are at least 400 feet ...
by DPatel304
02 Apr 2019 09:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: El Fenix site
Replies: 22
Views: 1361

Re: El Fenix site

Isn't the Meso Maya building landmarked? It looks quite old and I think was the Luna Tortilla factory if I'm not mistaken. Hopefully they can build around it since the parcel with the parking lot is quite large. I hope they build around it. I don't think I've seen this happen in Dallas, but I've se...
by DPatel304
01 Apr 2019 11:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 407
Views: 93391

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

Thanks for the update! At this point, I'll take any sort of progress.
by DPatel304
01 Apr 2019 10:18
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Transition of Uptown
Replies: 43
Views: 4758

Re: The Transition of Uptown

Cool, thanks for sharing! Happy to see some re-development in this part of town, as I feel like the activity on McKinney Ave sorta dies down starting at this high school up until you start getting closer to West Village. The upcoming Central Market should definitely help bring some more energy to th...
by DPatel304
31 Mar 2019 21:05
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park
Replies: 104
Views: 19149

Re: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park

I realize now that it’s, alas — not a park extension. It’s a primarily a private fundraising space. I guess I can live with that so long as it means they have a way to drive future donations to keep the park maintained. Yep, my thoughts exactly. I think it's a fine development, my main issue is the...
by DPatel304
30 Mar 2019 14:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 417
Views: 108608

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

1. Walking through there now feels oddly like you're in a movie set. It's like they're building an entire town to shoot some scene but the crews and actors haven't shown up yet - I haven't seen anything like that in my 13 years in Dallas. Haha.. that's a good point. Honestly, I feel that way about ...
by DPatel304
29 Mar 2019 14:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 417
Views: 108608

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

You really should! North Oak cliff blows every other Dallas neighborhood out of the water in regards to traditional urbanism (at least in my opinion haha). I would 100% agree with that. I feel like other neighborhoods don't do as good of a job at 'blending' all the different components of an urban ...
by DPatel304
29 Mar 2019 14:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 417
Views: 108608

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

Wow, some excellent photos there, much appreciated! (Now I don't have to physically go there myself :D ).

I really need to make the trip out there at some point though. It'll really be amazing when the retail really starts to fill up in this space.
by DPatel304
29 Mar 2019 13:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 11 (The Forum)
Replies: 101
Views: 19160

Re: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 11 (The Forum)

Harwood doesn't excite me at all as a developer. The designs are great but the final product is always underwhelming.. alot of it has to do with the height of their towers and their lack of pedestrian infrastructure. Call me when they start working with an urban planning firm that'll actually make ...
by DPatel304
29 Mar 2019 11:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 299
Views: 68962

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

Apparently SkinnyFats opened yesterday: UPDATE 3-28-19: The restaurant is now open with must-try local brews, harder-to-find craft beers, and premium coffee from Houndstooth. http://dallas.culturemap.com/news/restaurants-bars/10-26-18-skinny-fats-mckinney-ave-reed-slobusky/ I just happened to be wal...
by DPatel304
29 Mar 2019 10:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Hines Project - 2700 Commerce
Replies: 47
Views: 3136

Re: Deep Ellum: Hines Project - 2700 Commerce

I am not against development of this parking lot but yeah this one just seems a little massive in scale. Agreed. With that in mind, is it even worth it for developers to re-develop parking lots in Deep Ellum? We don't want a bunch of mid/high-rises to replace the surface parking, but if the develop...
by DPatel304
28 Mar 2019 16:01
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 255
Views: 45110

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

This was posted on the DART Facebook page today. Probably of no significance, but it's a rendering of a completely Trinity River park along with some development along the Riverfront blvd:
https://www.facebook.com/DARTDallas/vid ... 743278415/

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