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by DPatel304
14 Feb 2018 11:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 131
Views: 16426

Re: Victory Park 3.0

That's disappointing to hear about Skyhouse lowering rents, but I've always felt Victory Park has been overpriced for quite a while. It's not disappointing at all - it's great. The margins on apartment towers are not so tight that lowered rents will hold back development, and money in renters' pock...
by DPatel304
13 Feb 2018 23:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 131
Views: 16426

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Sounds about right. The movie theater will be a huge boost for the area, and hopefully, soon after, other retail starts to open. That's disappointing to hear about Skyhouse lowering rents, but I've always felt Victory Park has been overpriced for quite a while. The residential buildings are definite...
by DPatel304
13 Feb 2018 17:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 93
Views: 9706

Re: The Cedars Developments

A decent addition to the area, I just wish it weren't so close to the DART rail considering how low in density it is.
by DPatel304
12 Feb 2018 13:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 216
Views: 24087

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

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by DPatel304
09 Feb 2018 14:06
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART: Expansion
Replies: 82
Views: 5736

Re: DART: Expansion

We really need a plan to speed up these trains, otherwise all of this expansion just doesn't make sense. Something like this would probably really speed up travel times: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7lr5e-MmTU I realize it's difficult to implement stuff like this, and I believe the technology in...
by DPatel304
08 Feb 2018 22:30
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike
Replies: 85
Views: 11718

Re: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike

Very cool. No wonder there is such a fierce bike share war going on right now, whoever ends up 'winning' will be able to be the sole provider of a variety of modes of transportation. Seems like bikes are just the beginning. I really feel like devices similar to the hover-board and this electric scoo...
by DPatel304
08 Feb 2018 16:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 266
Views: 27280

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

Somehow I missed the actual location of the pinball arcade when I first read the article. For anyone who is wondering, it's going on Jefferson: Hyden says the company put down money on a lease for a space in the Jefferson Bishop development near the Texas Theatre and the recently revived Top Ten Rec...
by DPatel304
08 Feb 2018 13:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 266
Views: 27280

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

The team behind DFW’s Free Play Arcade is going to open a pinball bar in a new development / rehab in Dallas proper. The facility will have 40+ pinball machines, 8-12 select arcades, and an insanely good bar. The bar concept is straight out of Uptown New Orleans – with cold beer, cheap shots, and g...
by DPatel304
08 Feb 2018 13:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 200
Views: 17681

Re: Oak Lawn

Hopefully Mudsmith doesn't suffer. They're better in every aspect than the Union. I'm not big on coffee, or coffee shops for that matter, but I've always loved the atmosphere of the Mudsmith in Lower Greenville. The Oak Lawn is bigger and holds the same vibe, I'm just not a fan of the look of Pints...
by DPatel304
08 Feb 2018 09:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 200
Views: 17681

Re: Oak Lawn

^That makes sense. I was in the area a week ago, and Union Coffee popped up on google maps, but I, obviously, couldn't find it. I hope this ends up doing well, but they are opening extremely close to Mudsmith, and I'm not convinced this area is strong enough for both. Oak Lawn has a decent amount of...
by DPatel304
07 Feb 2018 10:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 266
Views: 27280

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

Gotcha. Yeah, I'm all for more neighborhood bars across Dallas, as you said. I guess when Oak Lawn was initially brought up in this thread, I assumed that we were talking about eventually moving the entire district somewhere in Oak Cliff.
by DPatel304
07 Feb 2018 10:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 266
Views: 27280

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

I get a headache just trying to understand how a bar can operate in Oak Cliff, but this blog does a good job of explaining some of it. Short answer: in the case Barbara's Pavillion, the "bar" is actually a non-profit private club. Interesting work-around. I think I've heard of other bars ...
by DPatel304
06 Feb 2018 09:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: No. 10 Harwood (22 ST)
Replies: 46
Views: 7426

Re: Harwood Int'l District: No. 10 Harwood (22 ST)

I was initially excited for La Rue Perdue, but, I agree, the location is poor, and that's mainly because the rest of the Harwood District has made zero effort in becoming a walkable and pedestrian friendly environment.
by DPatel304
06 Feb 2018 09:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 594
Views: 36459

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Austin has always been a long shot. They lack the international airport, and public transportation isn't great at all. Plus, Amazon moving to the city would make housing prices jump significantly taking away any sort of 'affordability' advantage they may have. Whoever was in charge of making the adv...
by DPatel304
05 Feb 2018 19:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Christopher @The Union (28 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)
Replies: 91
Views: 15136

Re: The Christopher @The Union (28 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)

The 22-story office tower at The Union Dallas mixed-use development under construction near Uptown recently reached its uppermost point — marking an important milestone in preparation for completion of the project by the end of the year. https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2018/02/05/breaking-g...
by DPatel304
05 Feb 2018 17:08
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 232
Views: 18579

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

Northwest Mall picked as Houston station site for Texas Bullet Train The Houston station site was chosen based on its ease of connectivity with local transportation, especially giving riders easy access to the Energy Corridor, the Galleria and downtown Houston. The Bullet Train project is expected ...
by DPatel304
01 Feb 2018 22:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 98
Views: 12234

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Yeah, this project is definitely far enough away from Deep Ellum to where it doesn't look odd at all. I actually think it will look great, and, eventually, it will just look like it's an extension of the CBD (which makes I-345 feel much less like a barrier).
by DPatel304
01 Feb 2018 22:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 200
Views: 17681

Re: Oak Lawn

I also heard that Pints and Quarts is open at the Centrum. Oak Lawn and Cedar Springs intersection is begging for a real pedestrain crosswalk to connect that area up for better foot traffic. Yes, I can confirm Pints and Quarts is open. I went to Mudsmith this past weekend, and Mudsmith and Pints &a...
by DPatel304
31 Jan 2018 10:01
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 232
Views: 18579

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

I think the cost to extend the train to downtown Houston from the NW 290 @ 610 location will cost about as much as the extension from The Cedars to downtown Fort Worth, something like $1.2 billion... I would say both are inevitable. I think both extension will be triggered by the inclusion of San A...
by DPatel304
30 Jan 2018 15:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East End: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 19
Views: 1056

Re: East End: ~24 Building Redevelopment

The project already in the works is a restaurant going into Magnolia building from restaurateur-chef Nick Badovinus, who says that the unique charm of the building itself was a primary factor in his signing on. The concept is still in development, and the chef isn't ready to share. But that shouldn...
by DPatel304
30 Jan 2018 14:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)
Replies: 102
Views: 14096

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

Awesome, thanks for the update!
by DPatel304
30 Jan 2018 14:46
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 232
Views: 18579

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

There are more renderings on this site: https://www.texascentral.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/NTX_station_map1-1024x531.png https://www.texascentral.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Dallas-KVP2-prop-05-1024x683.jpg https://www.texascentral.com/2018/01/29/north-texas-bullet-train-station/
by DPatel304
30 Jan 2018 08:39
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 232
Views: 18579

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

Texas Central primary purpose is building the infrastructure to support the train services. It's their real estate developers partners purpose to build the offices, shops, residential units, and restaurants in the redevelopment. Okay, fair enough. So, at this point in time, all we really care about...
by DPatel304
29 Jan 2018 21:34
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 232
Views: 18579

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

That garage is an insult to the progress that The Cedars has made so far, it's almost like going backwards in time. I really hope they don't plan to just build a massive bank garage in the neighborhood. My thoughts exactly. This station is supposed to be a huge catalyst for development, and, while ...
by DPatel304
28 Jan 2018 01:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 125
Views: 12395

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

New downtown Dallas coffee shop pairs cappuccinos with baby cakes new coffee shop with exquisite little cakes is opening in downtown Dallas in a vital, centrally located space. Called Cakettes TX, it will open very softly on January 27 at 400 N. St. Paul St., where the ill-fated Serj once resided. ...
by DPatel304
27 Jan 2018 17:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 200
Views: 17681

Re: Oak Lawn

I checked out the new(ish) Mudsmith at the Centrum this afternoon. I'm not a fan of the new Centrum look, but the fact that they brought Mudsmith, Pints & Quarts, and Mille Lire in addition the existing Mattito's is a pretty big addition to the area. Matito's was decently busy, but everything el...
by DPatel304
26 Jan 2018 19:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 42
Views: 4406

Re: West End 1.0

Swell new restaurant spritzes up former Hoffbrau space in Dallas' West End A restaurateur with a solid track record in Dallas' West End takes another swing with 3Eleven Kitchen & Cocktails, a fine new restaurant now open at 311 N. Market St., in the heart of the neighborhood. 3Eleven — which bo...
by DPatel304
26 Jan 2018 19:22
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 133
Views: 12313

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

Law firm to relocate Dallas office to penthouse of Arts District tower Law firm Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP decided to relocate its Dallas office to the top two floors of KPMG Plaza at Hall Arts in the Arts District by the end of the summer. The growing law firm signed a long-term lease for abou...
by DPatel304
26 Jan 2018 09:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East End: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 19
Views: 1056

Re: East Downtown Dallas Redevelopment ~24 buildings

I was worried about the "no residential" as well, but then I realized there's so much residential near Farmers Market. Also, they're trying to get this done in a year? "The developers hope to kick off the project immediately and bring the buildings online before the end of this year....
by DPatel304
25 Jan 2018 13:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East End: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 19
Views: 1056

Re: East Downtown Dallas Redevelopment ~24 buildings

Awesome project! I love that they aren't trying to get overly ambitious and promising a cluster of new skyscrapers. This is a realistic project that will be a game changer for the area and will really help connect EMC to the Farmer's Market and potentially even Deep Ellum (although I still think I-3...
by DPatel304
25 Jan 2018 13:26
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava
Replies: 38
Views: 1930

Re: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava

It also helps that you can get a great view of the MHH bridge and the Dallas skyline from Trinity Groves. I'm not aware of a similar vantage point for the McDermott bridge.
by DPatel304
24 Jan 2018 17:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 225
Views: 23741

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

So this is actually across the street from 1401 Elm and when they say it 'connects' they are referring to that skybridge?

This is the first I'm hearing of this, but awesome if this and 1401 Elm are both completed. This is exactly what more DART stations should look like.
by DPatel304
24 Jan 2018 14:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AC Hotel and Residence Inn by Marriott (Mercantile Commerce Building/1712 Commerce St)
Replies: 47
Views: 5344

Re: Downtown Dallas: AC Hotel and Residence Inn by Marriott (Mercantile Commerce Building/1712 Commerce St)

Plus they can almost always be covered later when things change. A garage like this would be perfect for green coverage and not the crappy vines that some developers plant and walk away. The last one pictured here is native grasses. So I imagine in our case a similar concept would be cool but be tr...
by DPatel304
24 Jan 2018 12:35
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Oak Cliff Deck Park
Replies: 10
Views: 1326

Re: Oak Cliff Deck Park

I've been eyeing real estate in this area, and it seems pretty under-valued considering the location. I'm referring to the area wedged between Zang Blvd. and I-35. The area still looks run-down, but you're within walking distance to Bishop Arts, Lake Cliff Park, and the Streetcar, and now you'll hav...
by DPatel304
23 Jan 2018 20:20
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Katy Trail 1.0
Replies: 1
Views: 117

Re: Katy Trail 1.0

This was posted in the Uptown thread, but it's also relevant to this thread: The Dallas City Council agreed Wednesday to sell a Routh Street dead-end to the Katy Trail Ice House for almost a quarter of a million dollars — over the objections of the council member who represents that part of town. Th...
by DPatel304
23 Jan 2018 19:28
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Katy Trail 1.0
Replies: 1
Views: 117

Katy Trail 1.0

http://fokt.convio.net/images/content/pagebuilder/cambrick_now_and_proposed_plaza_2018.jpeg Cambrick Street meets the Katy Trail about halfway between David's Way at Knox and Snyder's Union, our largest plaza on the Trail. More specifically you can find it north of Fitzhugh and south of Blackburn s...
by DPatel304
23 Jan 2018 17:01
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: New Oak Cliff Streetcar
Replies: 81
Views: 5369

Re: New Oak Cliff Streetcar

Awesome. This will create a good bit of synergy between Downtown and Bishop Arts. It's been a few months since I have ridden on the streetcar, but it never seems to get that busy. That's not too surprising/concerning at this point in time, but after all the current projects in Bishop Arts are comple...
by DPatel304
23 Jan 2018 15:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Dream Hotel
Replies: 63
Views: 8653

Re: Uptown Dallas: Dream Hotel

Also, according to the reddit post, the hotel is coming in '2020':
https://www.reddit.com/r/Dallas/comment ... _hotel_in/

I really have no idea how accurate this information is. The timeline seems reasonable, but I don't know where the rendering came from.
by DPatel304
23 Jan 2018 11:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Dream Hotel
Replies: 63
Views: 8653

Re: Uptown Dallas: Dream Hotel

Image

Is this real? (Credit goes to thelocaltryandsave on reddit).
by DPatel304
23 Jan 2018 09:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: McKinney/Boll Tower - 2614 McKinney Ave - (18 ST)
Replies: 72
Views: 7641

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

That was fast. I'm not too surprised, I figured this was only a matter of time. I suspect we'll see a few more night spots either re-developed into a high-rise and converted into something less night-clubby and, eventually the party will move on to another area. Right now that area seems to be Deep ...
by DPatel304
22 Jan 2018 18:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Christopher @The Union (28 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)
Replies: 91
Views: 15136

Re: The Christopher @The Union (28 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)

Thanks for the update. This project is progressing very nicely!
by DPatel304
22 Jan 2018 15:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 200
Views: 17681

Re: Oak Lawn

Oh wow, for some reason I did not know about those other two locations.
by DPatel304
22 Jan 2018 12:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 200
Views: 17681

Re: Oak Lawn

This isn't exactly Oak Lawn specific, but I'm really surprised Eatzi's doesn't have plans for another location. I haven't been to their Plano one, but this seems like this would be the type of place that does better in the city versus the suburbs. Their sandwich/salad bar seems to be extremely popul...
by DPatel304
20 Jan 2018 20:54
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The DEEP ELLUM Thread
Replies: 4
Views: 290

Re: The DEEP ELLUM Thread

Guys if you are out and about Deep Elm loosing a whole block..its coming down now..Malcome X and Commerce. Canton and Malcolm X in Deep Ellum, Alexander touched on it a few days ago. One whole block of building is leaving us. Meanwhile at Hall near Malcolm X and I-30, something is starting to rise ...
by DPatel304
20 Jan 2018 14:32
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 133
Views: 12313

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

According to ABC News, Apple does not plan to create the new campus in California or Texas. https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2018/01/19/apple-rules-out-texas-for-new-corporate-campus.html?utm_content=1516378504&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter Another source claiming it won't be ...
by DPatel304
20 Jan 2018 14:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor
Replies: 68
Views: 8859

Re: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor

cowboyeagle05 wrote:The city proposed something similar in Oak Cliff and the community rejected it flat out. So the city dialed back the design to something more traditional.


Out of curiosity what road was this for?
by DPatel304
19 Jan 2018 20:48
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 89
Views: 7142

Re: Trinity River Park

I just remember a post I saw on reddit a couple of months ago. Maybe this is all common knowledge and old news, but here you go: Yep. The City of Dallas is trying to turn that whole area into the Trinity River District, connecting the north and south sides of the flood plain. You’ll note all the con...
by DPatel304
19 Jan 2018 20:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 42
Views: 4406

Re: West End 1.0

Additional Security Coming to Dallas’ Historic West End Dallas’ Historic West End has long had a reputation as dangerous. The neighborhood association dedicated to the enhancement of the area—the West End Association—scored a long-anticipated win Tuesday with the hiring of safety patrol Landmark Se...
by DPatel304
19 Jan 2018 17:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 594
Views: 36459

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

One person on the Houston forum said today, “Amazon knows that by including Indy and Columbus, Indiana and Ohio will go all-out on incentives, which they can then leverage over more desirable locations that aren't as likely to play the incentive game (NYC, DC, Boston, LA, Denver, etc.).” Definitely...

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