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by Hannibal Lecter
17 Apr 2019 21:37
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 190
Views: 43304

Re: DFW Airport

Interesting that a Chicago paper is writing about this:

https://www.chicagotribune.com/business ... story.html
by Hannibal Lecter
17 Apr 2019 21:32
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 190
Views: 43304

Re: DFW Airport

What is a "connecting flight"? You're never going to have a flight that's just connecting passengers. AA isn't going to start selling tickets marked "VOID IF YOU LIVE IN DALLAS". :-) (For the record, I got an free parking pass for Christmas so personally I don't have a dog in thi...
by Hannibal Lecter
17 Apr 2019 13:46
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 190
Views: 43304

Re: DFW Airport

A terminal without parking would be the ultimate "screw you" to local passengers. What is currently the best major airport in the world for O&D passengers would lose its competitive advantage. Riding a bus between terminals is just so much fun. Then again, knowing how AA treats its pas...
by Hannibal Lecter
17 Apr 2019 04:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 541
Views: 113369

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

The building they're tearing down for this was occupied by Elm Street Motors. The same folks who sold their property a couple blocks away for the new BS&W HQ. I don't think they'd even been in this building for a year. They never even updated their website. http://www.elmstreetmotors.com/contact...
by Hannibal Lecter
16 Apr 2019 16:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 541
Views: 113369

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

That being said.... I find this to be an odd location for it. Getting good rest is important for these patients and being so close to the entertainment district in DE doesn't seem quiet or peaceful. I hope that they are investing in good soundproofing. During the day, it will be a nice area for pat...
by Hannibal Lecter
16 Apr 2019 15:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 541
Views: 113369

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

gbud wrote:I seriously hope it is not a parking lot or parking garage.


An example of the disconnect between the people on this forum and the people who live, work and own businesses in Deep Ellum.
by Hannibal Lecter
16 Apr 2019 15:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Sheraton Hotel
Replies: 30
Views: 4055

Re: Downtown Dallas: Sheraton Hotel

"Sheraton Dallas Completes Major Renovation Project, Adds High-Tech Art Experience"

http://www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com ... xperience/
by Hannibal Lecter
13 Apr 2019 23:15
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava
Replies: 99
Views: 16200

Re: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava

At-large seats are considered to be inherently discriminatory.

So the city went to 10-4-1 (10 single member districts, 4 super districts superimposed of the 10, and only the mayor at large. Courts struck that down as still not good enough and imposed 14-1.
by Hannibal Lecter
13 Apr 2019 19:49
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava
Replies: 99
Views: 16200

Re: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava

http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,924718,00.html A City That Still Works When it comes to smooth efficiency, neither Rome under Mussolini nor Richard Daley's Chicago could outshine modern day Dallas. Potholes are filled within three days; a clogged sewer is usually cleared within ...
by Hannibal Lecter
11 Apr 2019 13:22
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava
Replies: 99
Views: 16200

Re: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava

I suspect that few of you here are old enough to remember when Time Magazine ran the cover story "Dallas: The City That Works". In the 1980s we were the city that everyone else envied. Then one thing happened: 14-1. Before 14-1 we had a city council that represented the entire city, not th...
by Hannibal Lecter
11 Apr 2019 13:11
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 261
Views: 47825

Re: DART D2 Subway

^ One can only hope. Crossing fingers!
by Hannibal Lecter
10 Apr 2019 22:20
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava
Replies: 99
Views: 16200

Re: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava

^ LOL. Griggs is just another politician with his own set of boondoggles. How many tens of millions of dollars did the city waste on his stupid streetcar? The thing is so useless they can't even charge a dollar to ride it, because it would be too embarrassing to see it totally empty instead of just ...
by Hannibal Lecter
09 Apr 2019 18:12
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava
Replies: 99
Views: 16200

Re: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava

Whelp, at least there is a plan in place. I know not too long ago, one article mentioned just leaving it broken and never fixing it. While that would be the cheapest option, I'd seriously hate to see that happen. This isn't really that much better, but hopefully when this is all said and done, we'l...
by Hannibal Lecter
09 Apr 2019 12:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Bank of America Plaza
Replies: 9
Views: 784

Re: Downtown Dallas: Bank of America Plaza

When it was announced it was supposed to be the 10th tallest in the world, but the rest of the world went on a building spree and left it behind.
by Hannibal Lecter
07 Apr 2019 19:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: 1700 Pacific
Replies: 38
Views: 4890

Re: 1700 Pacific

Matt777 wrote:Wonder what this office was? Looks like it almost has a little mini studio suite in it with a closet and private full bath, maybe a lawyer's office?: https://easterling-tech.easterlingtechn ... e/4705.pdf


Good guess.

https://www.bjciplaw.com/Contactus.html
by Hannibal Lecter
29 Mar 2019 13:10
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 131
Views: 24082

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

^ It's owned by a company called Source. They converted the building from office to a COLO data center around 2010. They rent out space in it to other companies.
by Hannibal Lecter
28 Mar 2019 13:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Hines Project - 2700 Commerce
Replies: 47
Views: 3135

Re: Deep Ellum: Hines Project - 2700 Commerce

There might be a way of stopping this thing. From the Deep Ellum PD ordinance: (c) Maximum building heights. Maximum permitted heights for buildings are: (1) 150 feet for buildings having an FAR for residential uses of 1.0 or more; and (2) 130 feet for all other buildings. https://dallascityhall.com...
by Hannibal Lecter
26 Mar 2019 11:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Hines Project - 2700 Commerce
Replies: 47
Views: 3135

Re: Deep Ellum: Hines Project - 2700 Commerce

“We had to destroy the village in order to save it.”

(I'm hoping the irony isn't totally lost on those too young to remember the Vietnam War.)
by Hannibal Lecter
25 Mar 2019 15:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Mockingbird Station
Replies: 92
Views: 16842

Re: Dallas Mockingbird Station

Low cost of construction. Low maintenance. Low labor costs. Low utilities. High rents. Some of the smaller units in that building rent for $20-25/SF/yr.

https://www.publicstorage.com/2019/self ... 41&CHID=LL
by Hannibal Lecter
25 Mar 2019 13:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Mockingbird Station
Replies: 92
Views: 16842

Re: Dallas Mockingbird Station

Development fantasy, after this gets off the ground, that the storage unit center behind it is developed into a long mixed use center with retail/dining facing the Katy Trail/pedestrian bridge and lots of residential above. Very unlikely. Self Storage is one of the greatest cash cows there is. Noth...
by Hannibal Lecter
24 Mar 2019 18:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Mockingbird Station
Replies: 92
Views: 16842

Re: Dallas Mockingbird Station

Considering the campaign for a deck park at Legacy West has begun, then I don't see why we can't have additional ones throughout the city. Because a deck park costs 50-100x as much to build as a regular park of the same size? Imagine if instead of KW we has 100 parks of the same size spread around ...
by Hannibal Lecter
21 Mar 2019 18:30
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 156
Views: 27713

Re: I-345

^ Bingo. It was just like the Embarcadero: a glorified exit ramp. Also not mentioned is that Milwaukee has barely a half million people -- and decreasing.
by Hannibal Lecter
20 Mar 2019 22:18
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 255
Views: 45063

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Griffin is a disaster. I don't know which is more inexcusable -- that DART thinks it's acceptable, or that the city let's then get away with it.
by Hannibal Lecter
20 Mar 2019 18:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 255
Views: 53612

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Historically, lots of "FREE RENT" signs everywhere until the market hits equilibrium. By giving a month or two of free rent prorated over the term of the lease the tenants get a reduced payment and the developers get to show the units leased at proforma rates to keep the wolves, er, I mean...
by Hannibal Lecter
20 Mar 2019 12:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 255
Views: 53612

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

So what was sustainable in the past that isn't now? Aren't some bars closing because they don't get enough traffic only on the weekends? I heard the idle rye owners say this in news story. It's easy to blame the lack of crowds, but it's BS. Idle Rye had inconsistent food. Sometimes great, frequentl...
by Hannibal Lecter
20 Mar 2019 12:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 255
Views: 53612

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

tamtagon wrote:The isolation of Deep Ellum is probably over for good, as it should be.


I wonder what the reaction would be here if they had built The Epic in Bishop Arts.
by Hannibal Lecter
19 Mar 2019 16:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 255
Views: 53612

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Quick question because I really don't know - where do longtime residents of Deep Ellum actually live? The only residences that have been around awhile which come to mind are the Adam Hats lofts. Mostly in places like this: https://www.wfaa.com/video/features/gianna-madrini/287-2172569 :-) Ignoring ...
by Hannibal Lecter
19 Mar 2019 12:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 255
Views: 53612

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

I'm talking about the people who live here.

Not a City Hall that only cares about more tax revenue they can waste on signature bridges, fake rapids and useless street cars.

Not a North Carolina company that owns half the buildings.
by Hannibal Lecter
18 Mar 2019 17:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 255
Views: 53612

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

It's an interesting dichotomy. Like so many changes in Deep Ellum it's liked by the Internet armchair quarterbacks who don't live in the neighborhood, yet almost universally detested by the people in the neighborhood it's in. The only person I know who's looking forward to this development is the ow...
by Hannibal Lecter
12 Mar 2019 14:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 541
Views: 113369

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

^ I meant $/SF. That stretch of Elm is one of the, if not the, priciest areas in DE.
by Hannibal Lecter
11 Mar 2019 15:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Mockingbird Station
Replies: 92
Views: 16842

Re: Dallas Mockingbird Station

As existing zoning allows a new building as tall as theirs I would say their view is already screwed.
by Hannibal Lecter
27 Feb 2019 10:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Dallas High School
Replies: 52
Views: 11776

Re: Downtown Dallas: Dallas High School

jetnd87 wrote:Is the consensus here somehow that IH-345 isn't a monstrosity which has no business cutting through our urban core?


Nah. There are still plenty of kids who think life is all about riding a scooter to Starbucks for an $8 coffee.

They'll grow up some day.
by Hannibal Lecter
26 Feb 2019 19:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 541
Views: 113369

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

After the initial rush that place died. They were a joke.

I suspect the reason for the move is two-fold: lower rent and the total change in concept to more of a kid's birthday party place.
by Hannibal Lecter
24 Feb 2019 20:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 541
Views: 113369

Re: Deep Ellum: Hines Project - 2700 Commerce

Willyk, speaking as someone who has lived in Deep Ellum for roughly 20 years (and frequented the area for 20+ years before that), the city -- and particularly the cops -- were the primary causes of the area's decline. While I'm a firm believer in "don't attribute to malice that which is adequat...
by Hannibal Lecter
23 Feb 2019 17:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Galleria
Replies: 31
Views: 4773

Re: North Dallas: Galleria

Seems strange to abandon the northern burbs but great for Dallas and the Galleria. Not if you know the real reason. Closing those two stores may save them hundreds of millions of dollars. https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/02/apple-closes-two-dallas-stores-in-apparent-bid-to-ward-off-patent-t...
by Hannibal Lecter
22 Feb 2019 17:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Hines Project - 2700 Commerce
Replies: 47
Views: 3135

Re: Deep Ellum: Hines Project - 2700 Commerce

DPatel304 wrote:I'm going on a bit of a tangent here, but that really makes me wonder if Deep Ellum's success would have been possible without the rise of ride-sharing apps.


The area still isn't as busy as it was in 2001-2003. Not even close. So it was/is definitely possible without ridesharing.
by Hannibal Lecter
21 Feb 2019 19:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Hines Project - 2700 Commerce
Replies: 47
Views: 3135

Re: Deep Ellum: Hines Project - 2700 Commerce

Crap. Will definitely screw up my sunsets.

One of the existing retailers listed, Cookie Shop, has only been open 2-3 months. Vidorra is about six months old. So I would say this is very recently done.

IMG_20170205_181209040_HDR.jpg
by Hannibal Lecter
14 Feb 2019 23:16
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Historic Images of Dallas
Replies: 22
Views: 4145

Re: Historic Images of Dallas

^ Looking from right about https://goo.gl/maps/ef4gJPvX2F32 on Elm Street.
by Hannibal Lecter
14 Feb 2019 16:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1049
Views: 205749

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Outside of the politicians, I don't know of a single person in Queens who wanted them there. I highly doubt the working class families nearby wanted anything to do with HQ2. The protests were real IMO. I don't know a single person in Queens who wanted them there, either. But then I don't know anyon...
by Hannibal Lecter
13 Feb 2019 14:27
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 330
Views: 72849

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

For those curious, per Wikipedia, the population of Leon County as of the 2010 Census was 16,801. After all the back and forth on this, I am honestly kind of amazed that our highway system even exists. The difference is that the highways benefit the rural areas, and the benefits outweigh the negati...
by Hannibal Lecter
08 Feb 2019 16:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1049
Views: 205749

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

From http://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2019/02/08/dallas-fort-worth-houston-are-millennial-magnets.html Brookings used recently released migration data from the U.S. Census Bureau to identify major metros that attracted the most 25- to 34-year-olds for the period of 2012 through 2017. The Houst...
by Hannibal Lecter
08 Feb 2019 14:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 255
Views: 53612

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Mgreen15 wrote:How many people would actually be walking around Deep Ellum in the middle of the afternoon on any weekend from late May to late September?


Hundreds. The number one complaint is the lack of parking, because it's so crowded.
by Hannibal Lecter
05 Feb 2019 20:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 541
Views: 113369

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

The food at Idle Rye was great, but they were rarely busy. Walking by the other night my first reaction was "generic sports bar".
by Hannibal Lecter
31 Jan 2019 12:54
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 255
Views: 45063

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Building passenger rail service so the trip from airport to downtown office is considered walking distance should be a mandate of regional transit. Totally off target. - I think you'll find that the vast majority of business travelers go straight to and from the airport to home, not the office. - J...
by Hannibal Lecter
31 Jan 2019 12:44
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction
Replies: 85
Views: 18984

Re: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction

What's really bizarre is the thought of spending over a billion dollars to rebuild the freeway and not improve capacity. Hell, Lakewood's Mini-Trump Kingston wants to reduce its capacity. Imagine if in the 1980's Dallas had told TxDOT to rebuild North Central with only two lanes each way north of Mo...

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