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by DPatel304
14 Nov 2018 17:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 918
Views: 126829

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

It is definitely not worth it. That is a huge price for a corporation that is swimming in cash and probably one of the best positioned companies in the world that could easily make this happen without the huge payout. I can't wait to see how this plays out. But if you're going to pay to have a comp...
by DPatel304
13 Nov 2018 17:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 918
Views: 126829

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Just to play devil's advocate, lets look at some grossly oversimplified numbers to get a ballpark of what this may actually look like. 25,000 jobs Assume an average of $150k/yr for each employee with 80% of that ($120k) of taxable AGI At that income level the combined NY state and city average tax ...
by DPatel304
13 Nov 2018 14:18
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco: China Lesso Group Mixed-Use Development
Replies: 13
Views: 769

Re: Frisco: China Lesso Group Mixed-Use Development

It seems like it was a group of investors not familiar with the are that wanted to develop a mall, looked for cheap land in Frisco near a highway and just decided to build there without extra thought. All the growth happening this far north just feels like it's from people hoping this area will bec...
by DPatel304
13 Nov 2018 11:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: The Victor (~453FT / 39ST)
Replies: 15
Views: 1181

Re: Victory Park: The Victor (~453FT / 39ST)

Thanks for the pictures! I'm glad to hear they are wasting no time on this one.
by DPatel304
13 Nov 2018 09:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 918
Views: 126829

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I'm amazed at the massive incentives New York threw at them. That is CRAZY money! For a city like NYC, I really don't understand why they throw around cash as much as they do. If i'm not mistaken, they spend far more on incentives to business than Texas does. I highly doubt we were going to touch t...
by DPatel304
13 Nov 2018 09:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 918
Views: 126829

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

So glad this nonsense is finally over. I did want them to come here, but if they had their eyes set on DC and NYC, then we had no chance in hell at winning them over.
by DPatel304
08 Nov 2018 22:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 109
Views: 15566

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

A New Irish Pub Debuts in the Dallas Arts District Next Week In what may finally be a successful venture in a troubled spot, a new Irish pub is about to open at One Arts Plaza. Called The Playwright Irish Pub, it's going into the space most previously occupied by Proof + Pantry. It's from Alan Kear...
by DPatel304
08 Nov 2018 21:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 918
Views: 126829

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Site selector: Dallas never had a chance to win HQ2 https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2018/11/08/ite-selector-dallas-never-had-a-chance-to-win-hq2.html Basically just an article re-iterating stuff we have already heard over and over. Some arguments for DFW, and some against, but nothing has b...
by DPatel304
08 Nov 2018 17:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 257
Views: 38165

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

I would have def preferred Sam Martin take the Cafe Express space than the rec center they built on the old MAC land. Yeah, that would have made so much sense. I hope their current location works out for them, but it just feels so hidden. Even when you're walking down McKinney Ave., it doesn't exac...
by DPatel304
08 Nov 2018 12:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 453
Views: 65556

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Big D NYE won't return in 2018 For the fourth consecutive year, Big D NYE is "on hiatus," confirms event executive director Jim Glass. The New Year's Eve celebration that took place at the doorstep of American Airlines Center, in Dallas' Victory Park, will not take place on Dec. 31, 2018....
by DPatel304
08 Nov 2018 12:47
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Fair Park
Replies: 65
Views: 10347

Re: Fair Park

I feel like putting it in Fair Park makes it feel more like an inclusive 'DFW-wide' type of festival. That definitely gives DFW a more positive image that we, as a metroplex, are celebrating pride with such a big event. At least that's how I perceive it. I do like that this will be able to house mor...
by DPatel304
07 Nov 2018 23:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 453
Views: 65556

Re: Victory Park 3.0

What's sad is that it took a Houston developer to accomplish this. Our local developers, especially Harwood and Trammell Crow, need to catch up. It's developments like these that weaken the argument from local Dallas developers that things have to look like sh*t, have near zero pedestrian friendlin...
by DPatel304
07 Nov 2018 23:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 453
Views: 65556

Re: Victory Park 3.0

The Victor, with a price tag of more than $150 million, is scheduled to be completed in the second quarter of 2021, says Houston-based developer Hines. Preleasing will start in the fall of 2020. The average rent will be $3,800 a month. Highlights of each single-level floor plan will include 10-foot...
by DPatel304
07 Nov 2018 21:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 918
Views: 126829

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Yeah, I'd gladly welcome 25K jobs. It's not like all 25K would start on Day 1, I'd imagine this would be a big office that would eventually house 25K employees. As soon as it is announced, you can definitely bet that you'd see a lot of projects start kicking off in and around Downtown to help absorb...
by DPatel304
07 Nov 2018 21:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 918
Views: 126829

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Nothing is really known at this point. It could very well be Crystal City and NYC, even though Amazon is keeping quiet, but I'm also not 100% convinced it is those cities as well. I'm still guessing it will be NoVa and Dallas. I also wouldn't be surprised if it was three cities (NoVa, Dallas, and NY...
by DPatel304
07 Nov 2018 19:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 453
Views: 65556

Re: Victory Park 3.0

I like it. It's pretty slim, though, no? When this was first announced, I felt like the plot of land was already small, but it looks like they are only using about half of it? I don't really mind, I'm just surprised. I wonder if they are planning to have bigger/more expensive units facing the pool. ...
by DPatel304
06 Nov 2018 13:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 918
Views: 126829

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

My vote is still NoVa and Dallas. I just feel like if it was NYC, they would have come out and confirmed it already, but, since they haven't, perhaps NYC is being teased to get more incentives from Dallas. At least that's what I'll keep telling myself until this one is over.
by DPatel304
06 Nov 2018 13:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 918
Views: 126829

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Wow...tough room. These are only rumors (at least for now). It could always go the other way. Hypothetically speaking, if Dallas isn’t selected....we will be just fine. We’re not an economically depressed city. Either way, I have a fairly positive outlook on the future of Dallas. I'm still holding ...
by DPatel304
06 Nov 2018 09:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 918
Views: 126829

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I'm still hanging on to a little hope that we may still have this, but I think I'm just being unrealistic now. If we did lose to both DC/NYC, then I'm fine with that, as it was never truly within our reach. If we had lost to Austin, I'd be way more bummed, because that would mean it was actually wit...
by DPatel304
05 Nov 2018 22:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 918
Views: 126829

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

The Times report also confirmed that the deal is close to being finalized. So, again, nothing has been confirmed. I really hope they just announce it soon. There has been an insane amount of buzz around HQ2 today, I really hope they don't draw it out much longer. Prior to today, I thought Dallas wa...
by DPatel304
05 Nov 2018 16:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 918
Views: 126829

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:I hear a winner or winners could be announced this week or next.


They will likely wait until all the mid-term election buzz has died down, so they can have the spotlight.
by DPatel304
05 Nov 2018 15:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 918
Views: 126829

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Where's the Austin locale? This is all I could find: https://www.bizjournals.com/austin/news/2018/09/06/letter-from-the-editor-if-amazon-picks-austin-for.html Looks like the two sites listed there are somewhat out in the 'burbs. I could have sworn that a location on Riverside was also being pitched...
by DPatel304
05 Nov 2018 14:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 918
Views: 126829

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I want to believe Dallas would win over Austin, but if it's a 'split' HQ2, then perhaps Amazon is okay with the fact that the infrastructure and airport aren't as good in Austin compared to Dallas. I have always thought it made the most sense to have a west east and third coast middle spot (Dallas)....
by DPatel304
05 Nov 2018 12:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 918
Views: 126829

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

These sources told CNBC that a final decision is "close" and may come down to Northern Virginia or Austin, Texas — or perhaps a split between both cities. https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/03/amazon-reportedly-in-advanced-stages-of-naming-va-as-2nd-headquarters.html This source is claiming it'...
by DPatel304
05 Nov 2018 09:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 454
Views: 71609

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Deep Ellum Bar and Restaurant IdleRye Calls It Quits "I think people ... assume that the success of the bottle service dance clubs means that everyone in Deep Ellum is rolling in money," BrainDead Brewing owner Sam Wynne posted on Facebook in an oft-shared thread about the restaurant's cl...
by DPatel304
04 Nov 2018 20:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 918
Views: 126829

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Could it be possible that Austin is only mentioned as a way to gain more incentives from Dallas? I just can't see how Austin is seriously being considered, knowing what Amazon is looking for. On top of that, didn't they also publicly state they wouldn't be giving out any incentives?
by DPatel304
04 Nov 2018 18:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 918
Views: 126829

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I still don't know what to think. NoVa seems like the obvious winner, but is that just what Amazon wants everyone to think so they have some leverage when negotiating with the real winner? Amazon has been very good at being tight lipped about this whole process, so I feel like any sort of leaks/clue...
by DPatel304
03 Nov 2018 15:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 454
Views: 71609

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Dallas Comedy House Is Moving Early 2019 In roughly six months, moving trucks will be loaded with the tables, costumes and autographed pictures that made up Dallas Comedy House as it moves away from its second location in Deep Ellum. The trucks won’t be driving far however, as they need to go only ...
by DPatel304
03 Nov 2018 14:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 918
Views: 126829

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I won't believe it until Amazon says it themselves. With that says, Northern Virginia does seem very likely, I'm just not going to believe it 100% at this point.
by DPatel304
03 Nov 2018 00:16
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 212
Views: 34335

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

Direct selling business to add 650 jobs in Flower Mound Direct-selling company Thirty-One Gifts will move its national distribution center from Central Ohio to Flower Mound, bringing several hundred jobs and becoming the North Texas suburb's second-largest employer. https://www.bizjournals.com/dall...
by DPatel304
02 Nov 2018 15:28
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Fair Park
Replies: 65
Views: 10347

Re: Fair Park

Decision is made: Pride festival is moving to Fair Park
https://www.dallasvoice.com/decision-is ... Colc3vXGII
by DPatel304
01 Nov 2018 21:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 453
Views: 65556

Re: Victory Park 3.0

I finally visited Victory Park tonight after having not been there for about a year. The amount of people walking around was pretty low, but it's about what I expected. Billy Can Can and Mesero were both busy, but everything else was dead (couldn't tell how busy Imoto was because you can't really se...
by DPatel304
31 Oct 2018 13:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)
Replies: 102
Views: 13407

Re: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)

Eye popping addition, it may be from street level next to it but it won’t be from a distance, it seems that good design buildings in Dallas are getting lost between to many other mid high-rises. For example the new Rolex and the McKinney & Olive buildings great designs but needed to be taller t...
by DPatel304
30 Oct 2018 09:25
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Food Delivery Robots coming to Dallas (6-month pilot program start Nov 1st)
Replies: 4
Views: 218

Re: Food Delivery Robots coming to Dallas (6-month pilot program start Nov 1st)

The only 'failure' related to bike share, was when the city stepped in. It's just a matter of time before they kill off the next innovative thing. I agree with this. Honestly, I feel like the market would have sorted out the bike mess on its own. It would have taken longer, but, in the end, there i...
by DPatel304
29 Oct 2018 18:37
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Food Delivery Robots coming to Dallas (6-month pilot program start Nov 1st)
Replies: 4
Views: 218

Food Delivery Robots coming to Dallas (6-month pilot program start Nov 1st)

Hot off the bike share failure, Mayor Mike Rawlings questioned specifics that weren’t offered in advance of the bikes descending on Dallas en masse, according to D Magazine’s reporting of the city council meeting. He wanted to know how many robotic delivery carts will be unleashed on Dallas streets...
by DPatel304
29 Oct 2018 15:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 508 Young Street (old Dallas Morning News building)
Replies: 11
Views: 1759

Re: Downtown Dallas: 508 Young Street (old Dallas Morning News building)

Oh yes! Eager to hear what they have planned for this plot of land.
by DPatel304
29 Oct 2018 11:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 103
Views: 16013

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

This sounds promising. Ever since I heard about the Amazon store, I've been waiting to see something similar come to DFW. So is this Sam's Club the same idea? That you just walk out with your items, and it will charge you automatically? It's a little unclear as to how this one works. I've used their...
by DPatel304
15 Oct 2018 13:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 918
Views: 126829

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Yeah, just another fluff piece about nothing. Amazon originally said they would make their announcement this year, and, recently, they did say they would wait until after the election. Assuming they stick to their word, we should have an announcement sometime in that timeframe, but who knows at this...
by DPatel304
15 Oct 2018 11:30
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 294
Views: 45062

Re: Legacy West

Honestly, if they want to truly connect these two areas, their best option would be some sort of pedestrian bridge: https://i.imgur.com/wU9Jj2J.png I know this is the type of mentality that eventually lead to the tunnel network Downtown, but given how unfriendly DNT and Legacy are to pedestrians, an...
by DPatel304
12 Oct 2018 18:55
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 294
Views: 45062

Re: Legacy West

I'd be happy to see more deck parks all over DFW. It's not about it being in Plano that I don't like, it's that both Legacy West and Shops at Legacy have clearly been developed in a way to completely wall themselves off from DNT. That's fine and makes sense, but then, if you're going to wall yoursel...
by DPatel304
12 Oct 2018 18:25
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Columbia/Main Complete Streets
Replies: 6
Views: 371

Columbia/Main Complete Streets

The City of Dallas is hosting a public meeting to discuss the proposed Thoroughfare Plan Amendment and traffic calming improvements for the Main Street, Columbia Avenue, Abrams Road 2017 Bond Project. Please come out and provide your input. The Public Meeting will be held at: Boys and Girls Club 48...
by DPatel304
12 Oct 2018 13:25
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Transition of Uptown
Replies: 28
Views: 1569

Re: The Transition of Uptown

I definitely see that happening. I think Uptown will lose its status as being the affluent urban district in Dallas, and I could possible see the Arts District taking over that spot.
by DPatel304
12 Oct 2018 09:37
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 294
Views: 45062

Re: Legacy West

https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/planoprofilewebsite/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/10144947/Screen-Shot-2018-10-08-at-11-1366x629.jpg As Plano is quickly becoming more urbanized with restaurants and retail shops, the number of park areas in town are beginning to decline. This past Monday, City of Pl...
by DPatel304
11 Oct 2018 00:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff Progressing
Replies: 65
Views: 9317

Re: Oak Cliff Progressing

The first phase of development, which could get underway around the second quarter of 2019, will likely include two multifamily projects, an office building, a hotel, ground-floor retail, and a public square. Cienda hasn’t yet selected a developer, but says it will finalize that after the equity ra...
by DPatel304
08 Oct 2018 16:30
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 309
Views: 46804

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

Wow, this looks incredible. I'm skeptical this will all come to fruition, but I'm very glad to see they have the right idea and are attempting something big.
by DPatel304
03 Oct 2018 23:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 453
Views: 65556

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Nice pictures, thanks for the update! I keep telling myself I need to make it out to this area again, now that a lot of development has finished.
by DPatel304
03 Oct 2018 22:57
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 173
Views: 31231

Re: DFW Economy

Aren't we already a pretty good 'tech hub'. Austin gets the nod all the time for its tech jobs, but I'm pretty sure I heard there are quite a few more tech jobs here in DFW. The difference is, is that we just don't have the reputation for being one. I guess maybe that's partly because our tech jobs ...
by DPatel304
03 Oct 2018 22:54
Forum: Texas Urban/Suburban/Exurban Development
Topic: Austin's proposed tallest (in 4 yrs)
Replies: 20
Views: 3090

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

51-Story Rainey Street District Condo Tower Announced at 44 East Avenue https://austin.towers.net/51-story-rainey-street-district-condo-tower-announced-at-44-east-avenue/ It's really incredible how much Rainey St has transformed in such a short period of time. I really wonder how long it will be be...
by DPatel304
03 Oct 2018 09:59
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Transition of Uptown
Replies: 28
Views: 1569

Re: The Transition of Uptown

LOL y'all are acting like Uptown is making some sort of quantum leap. It is changing, that's for sure, but just because the bars you didn't like are leaving doesn't mean high end retail, cool bars, and cool restaurants are coming in. I have seen the opposite taking place. Idle Rich was a true neigh...
by DPatel304
02 Oct 2018 15:04
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Plano: Granite Park
Replies: 7
Views: 1658

Re: Plano: Granite Park

^^ Nice find, and very interesting to hear, especially from a development out in Plano.

I honestly don't mind if we build too much parking for the time being, I just wish we would get creative and build parking spaces that can be converted to something else later on.

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