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by DPatel304
21 Nov 2017 17:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Ross Tower / 500 N. Akard
Replies: 9
Views: 930

Re: Ross Tower / 500 N. Akard

The remodel looks nice, so I hope it does help them obtain more tenants. I'm disappointed that the area in front of the building now has a driveway/drop-off zone, which is far less pedestrian friendly than what it used to be: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Lincoln+Plaza,+500+N+Akard+St,+Dallas,+T...
by DPatel304
21 Nov 2017 17:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 165
Views: 16436

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

So no bars planning to open in the area anytime soon? I was in the area on Saturday for Oaktopia (music festival), and saw that Dots was absolutely packed (this was shortly after midnight). I didn't get a chance to check out Harlowe MXM, but I had heard from a friend that that place was also very bu...
by DPatel304
21 Nov 2017 16:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Hall Arts Hotel & Residences
Replies: 85
Views: 8794

Re: Arts District: Hall Arts Hotel & Residences

The photo works for me. Thanks for the picture updates!
by DPatel304
20 Nov 2017 19:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: McKinney/Boll Tower - 2614 McKinney Ave - (18 ST)
Replies: 54
Views: 5694

Re: Uptown Dallas: McKinney/Boll Tower - 2614 McKinney Ave - (18 ST)

A longtime Irish pub that opened long before Uptown Dallas became Uptown Dallas is closing. After 13 years, The Idle Rich Pub will close in January 2018, giving pub fans two months to attend the wake. Owner Feargal McKinney posted a note on Facebook reflecting on the pub's long lifespan in a neighb...
by DPatel304
20 Nov 2017 16:02
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas Bike Share: VBikes, Spin, LimeBike
Replies: 78
Views: 8578

Re: Dallas Bike Share: VBikes, Spin, LimeBike

VBike seems to be working with local businesses, which will certainly help them in the long run. I'm pretty sure they have a deal with Klyde Warren Park to have an allocated VBike space near the park, and same with some alcoholic popsicle store that opened up at Bishop Arts. These other bike share p...
by DPatel304
19 Nov 2017 19:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Shraman South Asian Museum
Replies: 43
Views: 2123

Re: Shraman South Asian Museum

Amazing! I really hope this happens.
by DPatel304
19 Nov 2017 19:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Synn Building 1217 Main St
Replies: 85
Views: 10491

Re: Downtown Dallas: Synn Building 1217 Main St

I stopped by today at around 2pm and the place had a constant line and most of the seats were constantly full. The place is more fast-casual, so people weren't staying for too long, but, even so, the place was constantly busy while I was there. The sandwich I had wasn't cheap ($9), but it was fantas...
by DPatel304
19 Nov 2017 19:37
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: The Daily Digital 4.0
Replies: 22
Views: 2563

Re: The Daily Digital 4.0

Gorgeous pictures!
by DPatel304
18 Nov 2017 16:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18243

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I'd be glad with them going to 2-3 cities. Dallas does have a pretty good shot, but there's some stiff competition out there. If they end up just going to one city and we end up being the #2, we get squat. If they go to 2-3 cities, this increases our chances immensely. They plan to employ 50,000 emp...
by DPatel304
16 Nov 2017 16:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 74
Views: 6346

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

Can't support retail everywhere without density. You're only going to get that with midrise once you have midrise everywhere, not just a few here and there (which I would completely support). And even our high-rises aren't particularly dense. A developer friend of mine in Oakland is building a 20-s...
by DPatel304
16 Nov 2017 12:52
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 30
Views: 2683

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

Also from the article: Decherd said he'd ideally like to complete Carpenter Park within a year of Pacific Plaza's completion. He believes Harwood Park will take 18 months to two years after that. The West End park, he said, is "the wild card" because it's the smallest site and could concei...
by DPatel304
16 Nov 2017 12:15
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas Bike Share: VBikes, Spin, LimeBike
Replies: 78
Views: 8578

Re: Dallas Bike Share: VBikes, Spin, LimeBike

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by DPatel304
16 Nov 2017 11:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 88
Views: 6885

Re: The Cedars Developments

Very cool, really hope this does end up happening. There's a lot of land to play around with in the Cedars, so I'm exciting for things to really kick off in this area. Also, does that proposed mixed-use multifamily say "Uptown #2" on it (The building bounded by Beaumont, St. Paul, Hickory,...
by DPatel304
16 Nov 2017 09:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: The Katy (310 FT / 30 ST)
Replies: 57
Views: 7811

Re: Victory Park: The Katy (310 FT / 30 ST)

ContriveDallasite wrote:For a building that had half of the forum scared to death, I'd say it didn't turn out too bad :lol:


Haha.. I almost forgot about that. I agree, it turned out alright. Not the best building, but also far from the worst.
by DPatel304
15 Nov 2017 14:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 181
Views: 17042

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

Looking for a silver lining here... Perhaps this could open the door for converting some of these dwelling to Owner Occupied instead of all rentals. That is certainly one way to raise cash, and in the current Real Estate market, they should go gang busters. Hell, I'd buy one tomorrow... Yes, please...
by DPatel304
15 Nov 2017 11:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 181
Views: 17042

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

I'd rather it sit empty than be demolished. It's a building with a lot of potential, and we have plenty of open land to develop on in the meantime. With that said, I'm still optimistic someone will complete this building. The completion date will obviously be pushed back by a few years, but I don't ...
by DPatel304
14 Nov 2017 23:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 123
Views: 11831

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

Holy crap, what an awesome looking project. A very nice surprise for this area. Well done!
by DPatel304
14 Nov 2017 23:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: M Line Tower (240 FT / 20 ST)
Replies: 56
Views: 8549

Re: Uptown Dallas: M Line Tower (240 FT / 20 ST)

Thanks for the picture updates!
by DPatel304
14 Nov 2017 23:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18243

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Not to mention Texas will be offering tax incentives, which is a category the WSJ excluded from their comparisons.
by DPatel304
14 Nov 2017 18:54
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 296
Views: 24456

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

This should be a correct map showing the recent boom in development in the Las Colinas area around Lake Carolyn. Would love to see some more vertical development next on the waterfront. Thank you for this map! Honestly, I mostly ignore this thread, because I don't know the area that well, and I get...
by DPatel304
14 Nov 2017 18:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18243

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

It's not very true, what you're saying. For instance, just this week, the East Austin Studio Tour is featuring 241 open houses of artists' workspaces, plus almost seventy participating art galleries (and 155 temporary exhibitions). Dallas puts its mouth where its money is, and its money isn't in an...
by DPatel304
14 Nov 2017 16:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: New downtown Houston Urban Plan
Replies: 3
Views: 219

Re: New downtown Houston Urban Plan

This looks very cool, and I'm excited to see how our cities in Texas will continue to grow in the next couple of decades.
by DPatel304
14 Nov 2017 16:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 181
Views: 17042

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

Oh man, how awful. This has become such an eyesore for the area, and it looks like it will continue to be one for quite sometime.
by DPatel304
14 Nov 2017 15:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18243

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Thanks for enlightening me on what Fiscal Health was referring to. Now that I know, I'd say their rating for Dallas is completely justified..haha.
by DPatel304
14 Nov 2017 15:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18243

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Dallas needs more recreation and outdoor activities. Trinity River Park may be a catalyst for the city in improving in those aspects. But we're still decades away from that happening. It irks me that we have the Trinity River and Fair Park being completely underutilized and it doesn't seem like tha...
by DPatel304
14 Nov 2017 14:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18243

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Thanks for sharing! Wonder what the 'fiscal health' is referring to. So, even without tax incentives being considered, Dallas ranks at #1, but definitely some stiff competition there. Their list looks pretty accurate in my eyes. In particular, it's good to see an article that's actually more realist...
by DPatel304
14 Nov 2017 11:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 74
Views: 6346

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

I love the lower-rise buildings here, I just wish we had more retail on the ground floor.
by DPatel304
13 Nov 2017 18:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Synn Building 1217 Main St
Replies: 85
Views: 10491

Re: Downtown Dallas: Synn Building 1217 Main St

exelone31 wrote:Stopped by Commissary on Friday for lunch. The place was packed! The food was amazing as well. If you're hungry for an incredible French Dip or Porchetta sandwich, look no further.


That's great to hear! I plan to check this place out Friday night for dessert.
by DPatel304
13 Nov 2017 00:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 100
Views: 11119

Re: Oak Lawn

1) The Poston building is gone on Hall Street. Is the Poston building the really old yellow house one that is basically surrounded by The Renaissance (3225 Turtle Creek)? This one: https://www.google.com/maps/@32.8074369,-96.8039164,3a,75y,196.2h,87.64t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sDHgHEQMnZROnxTWx7qDpRg!2e...
by DPatel304
13 Nov 2017 00:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 88
Views: 6885

Re: The Cedars Developments

Tnexster wrote:
Tivo_Kenevil wrote:Heritage village is under appreciated


True, I have lived here for 27 years and have never been.


32 years and same. I only found out about it earlier this year too. I'll make it out there at some point.
by DPatel304
10 Nov 2017 09:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: Cinépolis /The 23 (~273 FT / 23 ST)
Replies: 90
Views: 13017

Re: Victory Park: Cinépolis /The 23 (~273 FT / 23 ST)

Because of its disappointing history, VP will suffer from a skeptical public until they deliver these restaurants. I know people who will not lease there because the reputation is so bad. I think their plan will ultimately work. But with 2018 deliveries, don’t expect to see any buzz until late in t...
by DPatel304
09 Nov 2017 21:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: Cinépolis /The 23 (~273 FT / 23 ST)
Replies: 90
Views: 13017

Re: Victory Park: Cinépolis /The 23 (~273 FT / 23 ST)

- Tracy Rathbun & John Kinzer and John Harkey: Imoto - Pan-Asian menu, opening mid-2018 - This & That Concepts: 4,232-square-foot restaurant overlooking Victory Plaza and Victory Park Lane. - Elias Pope’s 8020 Hospitality and Brooke Humphries: 24,000-square-foot restaurant concept. - Brook ...
by DPatel304
09 Nov 2017 20:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff Progressing
Replies: 23
Views: 2225

Re: Oak Cliff Progressing

Late Dallas mayor's 107-year-old home to be reborn as north Oak Cliff eatery This time next year, give or take, there will be a new restaurant in a very old north Oak Cliff home — a home built in 1910 by the former chief justice of Dallas' 5th Court of Appeals who would become Dallas' mayor during ...
by DPatel304
08 Nov 2017 09:24
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's
Replies: 28
Views: 1325

Re: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's

Ah ok, well, in that case, there is no silver lining. For the record, I wasn't for this expansion, just trying to see the positive side of it.

But yes, I would have been fine with an expansion to a 4 lane two-way street instead, and then putting the southern part of the road on a diet.
by DPatel304
07 Nov 2017 19:07
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's
Replies: 28
Views: 1325

Re: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's

Not very pedestrian friendly, but, then again, this area is pretty much right up against I-345 anyway, and wasn't pedestrian friendly to begin with. Maybe the silver lining is, is that it might encourage some dense development between Cesar Chavez and I-345. I think this sliver of land won't be pede...
by DPatel304
07 Nov 2017 09:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 183
Views: 16983

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

We're known for being a concrete jungle (and I can see why), so I say bring on the parks. There is no shortage of space downtown at the moment, so I'm not trying to push for the best possible use of this particular plot of land.
by DPatel304
06 Nov 2017 23:04
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's
Replies: 28
Views: 1325

Re: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's

Is this the same thing as the Carpenter Park project, or something separate? I don't believe I'm familiar with this.
by DPatel304
03 Nov 2017 15:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 88
Views: 6885

Re: The Cedars Developments

So basically it's too wide to deck? I have seen that there are a lot of weird on-ramps, but, potentially those could be reconfigured to make this more feasible? But you're right, this is a pretty ugly stretch of highway, and this project would be much harder than KWP. I guess my original point was t...
by DPatel304
03 Nov 2017 13:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 88
Views: 6885

Re: The Cedars Developments

Yeah, I was wondering if there was some technical reason as to why this couldn't be done. But if we are looking at areas with a high ROI, this seems like it's one of the best. Both the southern part of the CBD and all of Cedars are just swaths of empty land waiting to be developed. Deep Ellum is (co...
by DPatel304
03 Nov 2017 12:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 88
Views: 6885

Re: The Cedars Developments

Also, we have all these talks about burying I-345, but is burying I-30 a possibility to connect the Cedars to Downtown? I realize it's probably stupid, seeing as how we just finished a huge construction project there, but this seems to be much more feasible than burying I-345 to me. From what I can ...
by DPatel304
03 Nov 2017 12:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 88
Views: 6885

Re: The Cedars Developments

This evening, three development teams will take the stage at Gilley's in The Cedars to pitch their community-focused projects in front of a live audience in the inaugural The Real Estate Council (TREC) version of Shark Tank. If all goes well for the participants, the teams have the opportunity to w...
by DPatel304
03 Nov 2017 12:21
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas Bike Share: VBikes, Spin, LimeBike
Replies: 78
Views: 8578

Re: Dallas Bike Share: VBikes, Spin, LimeBike

I still can't quite figure out if the complaints are real - as in bikes are legitimately scattered and actually *blocking* real foot traffic (which would be a positive sign for foot traffic numbers and needs to be solved) or if they are almost 100% aesthetic, as in a few scattered bikes look messy....
by DPatel304
01 Nov 2017 13:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 71
Views: 5617

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

I hope something goes in there. If not, we have two large empty buildings that will be sitting for awhile at one of, if not the busiest, cross streets in Uptown. Yeah, this particular stretch is definitely an eye-sore. The former Hot Joy space, the Shell gas station, the CVS, and the empty former M...
by DPatel304
01 Nov 2017 11:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 71
Views: 5617

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

“We have the building for two years and then it’s going to be torn down,” he says. “The space has so much flexibility. It used to be a Texas Land & Cattle.” The restaurant group plans on turning the space into another pop-up, but in the meantime will be using it to host private holiday events i...
by DPatel304
31 Oct 2017 23:32
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas Bike Share: VBikes, Spin, LimeBike
Replies: 78
Views: 8578

Re: Dallas Bike Share: VBikes, Spin, LimeBike

Definitely a poorly written article. This isn't a problem with Dallas, it's a problem with these bike programs. Any city wouldn't be able to handle this many bike share programs (see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdsb2wwn-7g).
by DPatel304
31 Oct 2017 12:55
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 104
Views: 1579

Re: I-345

Yeah, I figured as much. I'm just wondering even if we take out cost as a factor, if this is even feasible.
by DPatel304
31 Oct 2017 12:20
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 104
Views: 1579

Re: I-345

Is tunneling an option seeing as how the D2 will be passing underneath I-345? I believe all alignments have the D2 coming above ground right where I-345 is, so I'm curious to know if tunneling is still an option with this in mind.
by DPatel304
30 Oct 2017 13:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 183
Views: 16983

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

I stopped by to check out the speakeasy (Boubon & Banter) on Saturday night. I'm not much of a cocktail person, so I can't really speak for how good the drinks were, but the place was livelier than I expected. Basically most of the seating space was occupied which means there were probably about...
by DPatel304
30 Oct 2017 12:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 71
Views: 5617

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

Wow, surprising. I never checked it out, but the San Antonio one seemed to have a lot of good reviews, so this seemed like it would be well received here.

On the plus side, that frees up this building and plot of land for something else.

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