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by DPatel304
17 Jul 2018 11:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Dallas: Trinity Groves
Replies: 56
Views: 9439

Re: West Dallas: Trinity Groves

Let's drink a little of the Kool Aid and assume that all of this gets built according to plan. Does anyone think a development of that magnitude would give the city the kick in the tail it needs to finally get things rolling on the Trinity Park? It seems like all this investment is done with the mi...
by DPatel304
17 Jul 2018 10:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Dallas: Trinity Groves
Replies: 56
Views: 9439

Re: West Dallas: Trinity Groves

New Hotel is a go at Trinity Groves. They mention the possibility of adding a rail component to the project. Interesting https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Hotel-Construction-to-Begin-at-Trinity-Groves-488327621.html Those renderings look out of place and ridiculous. 9mm SQFT plus planned commuter r...
by DPatel304
16 Jul 2018 23:34
Forum: Site Issues + Feedback
Topic: SECURE: https://dallasmetropolis.com/dfwu
Replies: 1
Views: 20

Re: SECURE: https://dallasmetropolis.com/dfwu

Not a huge fan of the layout, but I've gotten used to it, so I'm pretty indifferent about it at this point. Appreciate all the work that has gone into this site though, it's a great way to spend the day when I don't feel like working!
by DPatel304
16 Jul 2018 14:34
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 192
Views: 25119

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

Whoops, I stand corrected then. I guess the only 'advantage' is that Dallas can use these business as a bullet point, in that case.
by DPatel304
16 Jul 2018 13:49
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 192
Views: 25119

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

I guess the idea with Cypress Waters is to make Dallas proper appear to be better than it actually is in the hopes that will attract more companies in the future. It seems sort of like a 'fake it until you make it' type of situation. Isn't this along the lines of all the incentives developers receiv...
by DPatel304
16 Jul 2018 11:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 116
Views: 16273

Re: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

..so much for the market 'slowing down'. :D
by DPatel304
14 Jul 2018 14:42
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 192
Views: 25119

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

Normally I don't really like to see 'competition' within the metroplex, but Irving and Plano are doing just fine, and I still feel like Dallas proper needs more job growth to really prove itself. I realize Dallas has already seen some insane growth, but my concern is that some of the suburbs have al...
by DPatel304
13 Jul 2018 11:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 346
Views: 49895

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

I think it looks fantastic! This will be a great place for people to stay who are visiting, and they will get such a great impression of Dallas. Yeah, that looks awesome! How funny too, the crash pad notion. :) Haha, yeah I never considered it as a 'crash pad', but at $40/night, it's cheaper than Ub...
by DPatel304
13 Jul 2018 11:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building
Replies: 100
Views: 15440

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 DPatel304
12 Jul 2018 21:49
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 192
Views: 25119

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

Wow, that's a nice win for Austin, didn't really see that one coming.
by DPatel304
11 Jul 2018 14:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Fort Worth: Sundance Square
Replies: 4
Views: 273

Re: Fort Worth: Sundance Square

Some will be upset by this but I equal it in some ways as that of Firewheel Towncenter or Southlake Towncenter. Neither are terrible destinations but they lack the autheticity that I desire in an urban area. Of course, you could tear my analogy apart and talk about how each example is better than t...
by DPatel304
10 Jul 2018 12:14
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Lowest Stemmons Project
Replies: 16
Views: 1411

Re: Lowest Stemmons Project

I hope Reverchon Park and Turtle Creek get a boost out of this highway reconstruction. Reworking the confluence of Harry Hines, Tollway and I-35 should daylight the creek to the Design District, improve traffic flow into the downtown area AND increase the size and appeal of the park -- less expensi...
by DPatel304
09 Jul 2018 17:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor
Replies: 112
Views: 17372

Re: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor

Maybe the crowds that used to go to Plush/Gatsby downtown moved over here and it became too loud and unruly. Like Confucius said, "this is why we can't have nice things." I've never been to the bars on Ross Ave, but I have a feeling this is probably true. Also add to the fact that a few b...
by DPatel304
09 Jul 2018 14:00
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava
Replies: 56
Views: 6184

Re: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava

McDermott Bridge May Have to Be Demolished Like Fake Kayak Rapids http://www.dallasobserver.com/news/some-think-mcdermott-suspension-bridge-might-need-to-be-demolished-10880572 Here's another article on the subject (I haven't had a chance to read this one just yet). I really wonder how all of this ...
by DPatel304
09 Jul 2018 12:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 303
Views: 41817

Re: Victory Park 3.0

https://scontent-lax3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/36995134_1083269821814085_3254873933719011328_n.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=c0dc1488d35619af33ef176565d0495a&oe=5BDD1390 Victory Refresh begins this Thursday! Receive a free treat every week from various Victory Park shops. Stop by Café Victoria Dallas fro...
by DPatel304
09 Jul 2018 11:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown: Carlisle St. Urban Renewal Project/Block 968
Replies: 6
Views: 1437

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

I received an e-mail today regarding this project: Lincoln Property Company has purchased the (now former) Terrace Creek Condominiums on Carlisle @ Hall. They are seeking to rezone and construct a new 6 story, multi-family development project. They also plan to build new public access to Katy Trail....
by DPatel304
09 Jul 2018 11:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 303
Views: 55472

Re: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)

In Austin is the use of MoPac and 35 with the river as a southern border and MLK as the northern limit acceptable? That's what I consider to be 'Downtown Austin', but, you're right, it's really hard compare the two cities because of how their urban core is structured. I think their smaller urban co...
by DPatel304
08 Jul 2018 13:25
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Lowest Stemmons Project
Replies: 16
Views: 1411

Re: Lowest Stemmons Project

I was probably being too optimistic, but I was really hoping for a little more creativity that might benefit the urban core. I would have loved to see portions of this interstate buried to help better connect the Design District and Victory Park. I realize this is probably an extremely costly endeav...
by DPatel304
04 Jul 2018 15:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 271
Views: 48104

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

I'm not sure why all cities aren't embracing this. It's cheaper and quicker than going underground and a decade or so from now when there is less demand for parking due to autonomous cars, we'll have extra space that can be converted into additional residential. Unless I'm missing something, I see n...
by DPatel304
04 Jul 2018 13:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 271
Views: 48104

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

I'd rather developers build above ground parking garages that are aesthetically pleasing and can be later converted into other uses such as residential.
by DPatel304
03 Jul 2018 14:13
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 249
Views: 34394

Re: Legacy West

True. I get the feeling that a lot of people living in Legacy West don't really need everything to be walkable. Maybe I'm being a bit presumptuous, but it just seems like an area that is good for people who want to occasionally walk to dinner/drinks/shops, but will likely still drive to a majority o...
by DPatel304
03 Jul 2018 14:09
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava
Replies: 56
Views: 6184

Re: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava

Huitt-Zollars, the supervising engineering firm, told the city in a letter dated May 25 that there are two possible fixes — or "cable system retrofit alternatives," according to Broadnax — that might resolve the vibration issues. One, the firm said, involves replacing rods and sockets con...
by DPatel304
03 Jul 2018 14:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 303
Views: 41817

Re: Victory Park 3.0

I stand corrected then. For the record, I wasn't trying to say that AAC attendees would visit Hard Rock Cafe before/after games, but I was thinking that just being front and center in front of the AAC, would just let people know that the Hard Rock Cafe does exist. But yeah, I guess if people assume ...
by DPatel304
03 Jul 2018 12:24
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 249
Views: 34394

Re: Legacy West

The_Overdog wrote:Yes, this is a standard drive-thru stand alone suburban CVS. Both it and the Chase Bank next door should be tenants in a multiuse building somewhere else in Legacy.


Yup, this land should have been Phase 2 for Legacy West.
by DPatel304
03 Jul 2018 12:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 303
Views: 41817

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Hard Rock chose the location they did because they wanted the street traffic along Continental and that very active traffic intersection. Until recently most of Victory Park has been deader than a doornail and burying themselves in the AA plaza buildings would not have been a good thing for them. T...
by DPatel304
02 Jul 2018 17:43
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 249
Views: 34394

Re: Legacy West

The retail project is next door to JPMorgan Chase's new bank location and just west of the Legacy West Urban Village, city planning documents show. It sounds like this might just be a standard suburban style CVS that will be next to Legacy West (that's exactly what the Chase bank they are referring...
by DPatel304
30 Jun 2018 16:30
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: D Magazine New Urbanism Issue
Replies: 31
Views: 1203

Re: D Magazine New Urbanism Issue

I know next to nothing about Houston development, but I'm pretty sure I've heard Houston CBD > Dallas CBD. In Dallas, most of our 'boom' has happened outside of the CBD (Uptown, Victory Park, West Dallas, etc..), whereas in Houston I think that's not the case?
by DPatel304
28 Jun 2018 15:20
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 155
Views: 23395

Re: DFW Economy

By the way, when I was talking about Ross Ave, I was specifically talking about the portion of Ross Ave. to the east of the CBD.
by DPatel304
28 Jun 2018 10:44
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 155
Views: 23395

Re: DFW Economy

Definitely agree with you there. I used to envious Ross Ave. as being this grand corridor that would be great for pedestrians/bikers and run from the CBD all the way to Lower Greenville, but, so far, the development facing this street has been extremely poor. I suppose the street itself could still ...
by DPatel304
27 Jun 2018 15:50
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 155
Views: 23395

Re: DFW Economy

The numbers definitely look good for North Texas. From my own personal observations, it seems like the quantity of projects has declined, but, at the same time, quality has really increased. I guess it's hard to maintain the same level of quantity we had before when we were getting a lot of low-qual...
by DPatel304
27 Jun 2018 14:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 152
Views: 24251

Re: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)

On the one hand, I hate how big the roads are in the CBD, but, on the other hand, it does gives us a lot of room to convert some lanes to wider side-walks, bus only lanes, bike lanes, etc.. I'm sure it's only a matter of time before some sort of change is made on most of the streets. Unfortunately i...
by DPatel304
27 Jun 2018 10:22
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: The Colony: Grandscape
Replies: 7
Views: 1017

Re: The Colony: Grandscape

Wow! I had no idea the masterplan for Grandscape was so Grand (for lack of a better word). This looks incredible!
by DPatel304
27 Jun 2018 10:19
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy East
Replies: 10
Views: 264

Re: Legacy East

If there is a pedestrian bridge (you literally have no idea it is there if you park in the garages and walk onto the main legacy west strip)... you would have to walk completely around the del frisco's at the beginning of legacy west... cross dallas parkway... walk over the pedestrian bridge... cro...
by DPatel304
27 Jun 2018 10:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 162
Views: 25506

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

I've never been a fan of the new office tower. It's design and scale are totally inappropriate for the neighborhood. I consider this to be more a part of the CBD than Deep Ellum. Sounds a bit silly at the moment, but it's only a matter of time before the other side of I-345 is lined with tall tower...
by DPatel304
27 Jun 2018 01:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 346
Views: 49895

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

OK, so if we close the roads do we lose access to the parking lots they serve? More people and less parking does not compute. This isn't the suburbs, this can absolutely work in Deep Ellum. There is still plenty of parking in the area, and you also have ride sharing and public transportation. This ...
by DPatel304
26 Jun 2018 11:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District: Virgin Hotel
Replies: 71
Views: 15175

Re: Design District: Virgin Hotel

I think it's only a matter of time before Turtle Creek in the DD turns into something better, and, I too, am hoping the developers know something we don't. I'm very happy with the location they have chosen, as I see a lot of potential in this area (however, a lot of the potential depends on how the ...
by DPatel304
26 Jun 2018 10:42
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco: China Lesso Group Mixed-Use Development
Replies: 6
Views: 230

Re: Frisco: China Lesso Group Mixed-Use Development

Wow this is quite a project. Now why can't we can some international capital to buy up the Riverfront or Spire project? Haha, my thoughts exactly. Looks like an amazingly ambitious project, and I'm quite envious that we don't get stuff of this caliber closer to Downtown. Well, best of luck to this ...
by DPatel304
26 Jun 2018 10:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District: Virgin Hotel
Replies: 71
Views: 15175

Re: Design District: Virgin Hotel

^I would agree with that. Considering how few Virgin Hotels there are in the country, it was definitely a surprising choice for location. I'm guessing they see big things for the neighborhood in the future, which I would agree with, but I'm just surprised they built this so early considering the cur...
by DPatel304
26 Jun 2018 02:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District: Virgin Hotel
Replies: 71
Views: 15175

Re: Design District: Virgin Hotel

The intersection of Hi Line and Oak Lawn Ave is not too shabby (Meddlesome Moth, Ascension, Wheelhouse, Pakpao, Sassetta, etc..). I don't know a thing about the shopping/arts side of the Design Distict, so I can't really comment on that. They are also right along Turtle Creek, so maybe they expect t...
by DPatel304
26 Jun 2018 02:03
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco: China Lesso Group Mixed-Use Development
Replies: 6
Views: 230

Re: Frisco: China Lesso Group Mixed-Use Development

I'm not as familiar about development or growth in this part of town, but aren't there already concerns about too much congestion on 380?
by DPatel304
26 Jun 2018 02:02
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 155
Views: 23395

Re: DFW Economy

I'm pretty sure since about 2014, I've heard someone say the North Texas will 'slow down', yet here we are going strong in 2018.

Not that I am saying this new article is wrong, but if you predict an economic slowdown every year, then eventually one of those economists will be correct.
by DPatel304
26 Jun 2018 01:53
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy East
Replies: 10
Views: 264

Re: Legacy East

It could be a city within a city, but these developments would have to work better together to create a more cohesive and walkable environment.
by DPatel304
25 Jun 2018 15:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 346
Views: 49895

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Packed, vibrant streets filled with people? Oh, the horror! I don't get it, Dallas. Do you want a vibrant city center or not? There are ways to manage issues of crowds like this without killing businesses and vibrancy -- increase police patrol and close off Elm St. to cars on Fri/Sat nights between...
by DPatel304
22 Jun 2018 23:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 303
Views: 55472

Re: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)

willyk wrote:My model is how low rise State Thomas laid the foundation for high rise Uptown. That’s what we need in the CBD.


I'd say the Farmer's Market and East Quarter will do a good job at laying the foundation for more dense development.
by DPatel304
21 Jun 2018 15:29
Forum: Texas Transportation + Infrastructure
Topic: NorthEast Texas Trail
Replies: 3
Views: 196

Re: NorthEast Texas Trail

This is fascinating, I had no idea this existing. Sometime down the line, when I can take more time off of work, I've always wanted to go on long bike rides and see more of the country that way. The length of this one looks like a pretty good 'starter' trail. I wonder if there are people who go acro...
by DPatel304
21 Jun 2018 12:31
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 27
Views: 4887

Re: TexRail

I really hope this does help Downtown Fort Worth as well. DFW would be an absolute power house if Fort Worth were to kick it up a notch.
by DPatel304
21 Jun 2018 02:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Cedar Maple Plaza I,II & III (2301 Cedar Springs Rd.)
Replies: 52
Views: 5236

Re: Uptown Dallas: Cedar Maple Plaza I,II & III (2301 Cedar Springs Rd.)

The original plan from the 1980s looks incredible! I wish they could just stick to that original plan.
by DPatel304
20 Jun 2018 12:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 346
Views: 49895

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Are people still whining about Deep Ellum being 'ruined'? I get that it's not the same district that it was a couple decades ago, but the old Deep Ellum had it's chance, it failed, and now the area is back in a big way. It's not the same as it used to be, but it is a huge success, regardless. I've n...
by DPatel304
19 Jun 2018 17:23
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 104
Views: 14562

Re: Trinity River Park

This thread and the Fair Park thread both make me sad when I think about what they both 'could be'.
by DPatel304
18 Jun 2018 14:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 202
Views: 24960

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

It is on the high end....but it is the best in the area. It is out of the Hillstone (Houstons) profile and Hillstone is also on the "high end" but they deliver....EVERY TIME. I have been to Doc B's twice, once for lunch and once for dinner and they delivered both times. That's great to he...

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