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by Hannibal Lecter
18 Jan 2020 17:02
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 289
Views: 59269

Re: I-345

The Atlanta Financial Center in Buckhead straddles a highway and MARTA rail line. https://42floors.com/images/H8714cb7220b8e1b24fc1890364ae0bafc66b5b9aS1000x700W0seB505153O/b1d770305c281ad42e96fbc3ffcc70697539e28e https://1bht2ni6oc-flywheel.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/tunnel.jpg?w=640
by Hannibal Lecter
18 Jan 2020 16:52
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 316
Views: 94914

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

^ If DART hadn't agreed to spend the hundreds of millions to put the rail line under Central instead of using the MKT line south of Mockingbird there would be no DART rail in the corridor. Period.
by Hannibal Lecter
17 Jan 2020 19:21
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 289
Views: 59269

Re: I-345

I have to admit I don't understand why people who so much want downtown to grow want to make it harder to get in and out by removing access. Here is something I posted to another thread in response to someone wanting to remove the Live Oak exit ramp, but it's relevant here: Unless you're coming from...
by Hannibal Lecter
15 Jan 2020 11:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 282
Views: 87503

Re: AT&T Discovery District

...or the name of the company that occupied the buildings before them. You mean AT&T? :-) The bottom half of the building on the left is the Central Office (CO) for downtown Dallas. Except for the ground floor it's all electronics, no people. The skybridge is so the humans in the upper half can...
by Hannibal Lecter
15 Jan 2020 11:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 706
Views: 223019

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Today.
by Hannibal Lecter
15 Jan 2020 11:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 706
Views: 223019

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

^ Parking lot is long gone.
by Hannibal Lecter
14 Jan 2020 17:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 282
Views: 87503

Re: AT&T Discovery District

A certain high school intern's desk, circa 1978 -- when it was the real AT&T.

(No, I didn't get the window. But I could see it from my cubicle).
by Hannibal Lecter
14 Jan 2020 15:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 706
Views: 223019

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Sure that wasn't The Stack? (God, who came up with that name???) Their crane is going up right now.
by Hannibal Lecter
13 Jan 2020 00:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 706
Views: 223019

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

^ Almost definitely their late night SUP renewal.
by Hannibal Lecter
12 Jan 2020 17:01
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 86
Views: 24055

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

they've been around for 70/80 years, have raised over $150,000,000 to help over 100,000 underprivileged children.... so, like, that's a long time and a whole lotta money helping not very many kids every year. Where's all that money going, really? Your character assasination of the Momentous Institu...
by Hannibal Lecter
10 Jan 2020 10:56
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 306
Views: 99373

Re: Silver Line

DART just loves to throw money at new/experimental stuff that's incompatible with everything they've already got, then acts surprised when it's crap. Example: The Oak Cliff streetcar.
by Hannibal Lecter
10 Jan 2020 10:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: City Lights
Replies: 107
Views: 42767

Re: Downtown Dallas: City Lights

Does he have any insight into how they were able to extract it? From the pictures that I saw of 'the event', essentially an entire vertical section of the garage was collapsed, so I'm guessing that anything above the first floor was inaccessible due to the ramps being destroyed. They brought in two...
by Hannibal Lecter
10 Jan 2020 10:47
Forum: Opolis Blueprints
Topic: I-345
Replies: 2
Views: 102

Re: I-345

by Hannibal Lecter
10 Jan 2020 10:39
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 135
Views: 38449

Re: TexRail

https://www.star-telegram.com/news/traffic/article239013403.html But even so, the number of passengers riding TEXRail is nowhere near the level that transit planners and supporters originally forecast. According to documents filed with the Federal Transit Administration in TEXRail’s applications for...
by Hannibal Lecter
09 Jan 2020 15:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Dallas High School
Replies: 60
Views: 19679

Re: Downtown Dallas: Dallas High School

The Good Latimer Expy exit serves the exact same purpose as Live Oak exit. Regardless of what happens with I345, this should be removed. Unless you're coming from I-35 or the DNT via Spur 366. Then you're screwed. It's stupid to have to exit at Olive, loop around to the service road and then drive ...
by Hannibal Lecter
07 Jan 2020 23:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 706
Views: 223019

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

They just get uglier and uglier....
by Hannibal Lecter
06 Jan 2020 15:45
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Dallas Public Works: street project list
Replies: 9
Views: 1311

Re: Dallas Public Works: street project list

Now, I finally have everything exactly has they want and they have told me it will go on a bond list for 2023. Our neighborhood that has no sidewalk will not get a sidewalk until 2023! You are overly optimistic. Being on the bond list is just the first hurdle. Consider it a wish list. The city coun...
by Hannibal Lecter
04 Jan 2020 13:12
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Reverchon Park
Replies: 40
Views: 7932

Re: Reverchon Park

sterling wrote:Does Dallas ever have anyone in "Parks" who's not interim? Must be a terrible "going nowhere" position.


He's filling in for Willis Winters who just retired after 7 years in the position, and 20+ years with the department.
by Hannibal Lecter
03 Jan 2020 20:42
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 289
Views: 59269

Re: I-345

^ Well said. One clarification, though... Because Woodall is designed to be the connection between Central and Lower/Lowest Stemmons in the first place, they are adding collector lanes to keep you from having to merge onto Stemmons to get to the Tollway and vice versa. My understanding is that you'l...
by Hannibal Lecter
30 Dec 2019 10:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 706
Views: 223019

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

The city is notoriously glacial when it comes to selling property it's not using. Imagine how long it would take them to sell something they do use? https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2018/11/22/city-hall-bought-valuable-north-dallas-land-for-a-library-that-won-t-be-built-now-the-city-wan...
by Hannibal Lecter
26 Dec 2019 21:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building
Replies: 105
Views: 38218

Re: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building

I don't think this postcard has been posted before.
by Hannibal Lecter
20 Dec 2019 15:22
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 289
Views: 59269

Re: I-345

^ Not likely to happen. Congress changed the law a few years ago so it's not impossible, but the FHWA isn't fond of tolls on Interstates they already paid for. One thing that the D Magazine crowd doesn't like to discuss is that if TXDOT were to just remove the highway apparently we'd have to pay the...
by Hannibal Lecter
20 Dec 2019 10:43
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 289
Views: 59269

Re: I-345

TXDOT has not built a single tunnel ever! All tunnels within the state have been built as Toll Roads. The best TXDOT has ever done is an open ditch that's been covered by a park mostly funded by somebody else. Why should I-345 be the first TXDOT funded tunnel? http://www.mywisewife.com/texas-big-be...
by Hannibal Lecter
16 Dec 2019 11:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Field Street District
Replies: 22
Views: 2728

Re: Downtown Dallas: Field Street District

Dragon_Lady wrote:Give me the original 100 plus story concept back in the day any day over that hot mess.


Where do people get the idea that a 100 story building could ever be built there? Zoning is irrelevant. The FAA gets the last word.
by Hannibal Lecter
13 Dec 2019 10:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Shraman South Asian Museum
Replies: 144
Views: 35803

Re: Shraman South Asian Museum

I think the dichotomy comes from developers remembering the 1980s, and the most of the people on this site not.

It's a lot easier to dream big when it's not your dollars on the line.

Keep in mind that the Hall building that just opened is built on a foundation poured 35 years ago.
by Hannibal Lecter
11 Dec 2019 11:06
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 316
Views: 94914

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

^ A short comparison of farebox recovery ratios: https://metro.fandom.com/wiki/Farebox_recovery_ratio DART is an outlier on the low end at 13%. Keep in mind that is operating expenses only, not capital expenses. I've heard it said that the money DART gets from fares doesn't do much more than cover t...
by Hannibal Lecter
10 Dec 2019 18:40
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 289
Views: 59269

Re: I-345

The Embarcadero Freeway was pretty much a glorified off ramp. It's traffic count was about 1/3 that of I-345. Removing it just meant dumping local traffic onto city streets a few blocks earlier. The local equivalent would be the Good-Latimer exit off of US-75 southbound.
by Hannibal Lecter
09 Dec 2019 11:54
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 312
Views: 97658

Re: DFW Economy

Take those kinds of surveys with a very large grain of salt. They tend to only look at larger employers and miss the smaller companies. A lot of the data comes from state agencies, which means there's a lack of standardization. There's not even a clear definition of what a tech job is. Some of these...
by Hannibal Lecter
07 Dec 2019 22:32
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 227
Views: 75989

Re: DFW Airport

I think that was an erroneously published schedule... or something. It seems they are back to 3x weekly. https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/287851/american-modifies-planned-dallasft-worth-tel-aviv-frequency-in-w20/?highlight=tel%20aviv Yup. I just popped in to post that and found you...
by Hannibal Lecter
05 Dec 2019 16:30
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 289
Views: 59269

Re: I-345

Burying or depressing the freeway creates another obstacle to running a D2 subway through downtown.... Which would be a good thing. Spending $1.3 billion to add capacity -- but no new riders -- to a system with continually decreasing ridership is about as stupid as it gets. Tear it down and re-stit...
by Hannibal Lecter
04 Dec 2019 12:34
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 227
Views: 75989

Re: DFW Airport

Apparently the Tel Aviv route is starting off strong. It was originally scheduled for 3 flights/week. They haven't even started service yet and AA has already doubled it to 6 flights/week.
by Hannibal Lecter
04 Dec 2019 10:43
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Issues/News
Topic: What is a suburb today?
Replies: 67
Views: 30699

Re: What is a suburb today?

https://news.gallup.com/poll/245249/ame ... untry.aspx

31% of people want to live in the 'burbs. 27% want to go rural.

Probably the folks who grew up watching Green Acres.

Big cities? It's up from just 8% in 2001, but still only 12% of people want to live the big city life.
by Hannibal Lecter
03 Dec 2019 10:52
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 289
Views: 59269

Re: I-345

Deep Ellum is already in-filling with residential density and corporate campuses. The notion that I-345 is hampering in-fill of development has been turned on it's head the last couple of years. Very important connector highway for so many people. Getting rid of it would cripple Dallas and reduce q...
by Hannibal Lecter
29 Nov 2019 18:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: The Stack - 2700 Commerce
Replies: 73
Views: 12670

Re: Deep Ellum: The Stack - 2700 Commerce

The property is now closed and fenced/barricaded off.

The existing restaurants between this site and Crowdus are going to be hurting during construction. Some have been there 20-30 years. I doubt all of them will survive.
by Hannibal Lecter
26 Nov 2019 23:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 498
Views: 152762

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

One of the primary reasons Dallas has grown like it has over the past 150 years is its role as a transportation hub. First it was the railroads, then the highways and now the airports. The DFW area is a immense distribution hub and logistics center. Trade, both domestic and international, is what ma...
by Hannibal Lecter
26 Nov 2019 17:17
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 411
Views: 117876

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

muncien wrote:Plus, the odds on having a pile of human poo on your doorstep in the morning drop considerably... :x


Unless you live in Deep Ellum....
by Hannibal Lecter
26 Nov 2019 17:16
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Rowlett: Crystal Lagoon
Replies: 32
Views: 11108

Re: Rowlett: Crystal Lagoon

Thymant wrote:So maybe they just sold it for the quick cash.


Bingo.
by Hannibal Lecter
25 Nov 2019 14:03
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 411
Views: 117876

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

Interesting that they're moving from urban-style HQ to Westlake. You think they'd save enough dollars by going from SF and could afford / want to move into Dallas urban core. I guess they already had a facility out in Westlake though... If you were escaping from the absolute hellhole that San Franc...
by Hannibal Lecter
24 Nov 2019 19:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: The Stack - 2700 Commerce
Replies: 73
Views: 12670

Re: Deep Ellum: The Stack - 2700 Commerce

^ Very well said, I45Tex. What a number of people on this forum forget is that Deep Ellum is a living, breathing neighborhood with hundreds of residents and small businesses. This isn't a game of Sim City, where if you screw something up you can hit DELETE and start over. We have to live with the co...
by Hannibal Lecter
22 Nov 2019 22:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: The Stack - 2700 Commerce
Replies: 73
Views: 12670

Re: Deep Ellum: The Stack - 2700 Commerce

^ Not if you live or work on Commerce. It's bad enough we've got put up with the DART rail.

Besides, the last I checked railed vehicles aren't good at getting around double-parked delivery trucks, Uber and Grubhub pick-ups, or beer bikes moving at 2 MPH.
by Hannibal Lecter
22 Nov 2019 10:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 498
Views: 152762

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Might be time to review the myth of induced demand. TFIFY. Try to explain "induced demand" to an economist and watch them laugh in your face. It's just existing demand that gets satisfied. If you build a new hospital and people use it do you say the hospital induced people to get sick?
by Hannibal Lecter
21 Nov 2019 15:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 498
Views: 152762

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Yea. Another 200,000 cars a day on those city streets would be SO much better.
by Hannibal Lecter
19 Nov 2019 20:23
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 317
Views: 102853

Re: DART D2 Subway

The city needs to put its foot down and say "Hell No" to closing all those streets around the Good Latimer station. It's bad enough that DART already replaced two grade-separated intersections with traffic signals, blocked off multiple streets including Swiss Avenue and Race Street, regula...
by Hannibal Lecter
14 Nov 2019 20:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 238
Views: 79349

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

That LED light band on it is too bright. Screws up the twilight and night shots of downtown from this angle.
by Hannibal Lecter
12 Nov 2019 17:24
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Google Maps updated imagery (Nov 18)
Replies: 15
Views: 3422

Re: Google Maps updated imagery (Nov 18)

Google Earth has updated imagery for the dallas area again. The new imagery is from 9/7/19 according to the timestamps on the imagery. Nowhere near that recent in Deep Ellum. Images are from before the Case Building opened and before the previous buildings on the Novel Building site were demolished.
by Hannibal Lecter
11 Nov 2019 11:55
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 306
Views: 99373

Re: Silver Line

Prior to the Texas OU fiasco I posted the numbers here. Unfortunately that post was lost in the site crash. But the bottom line was that if you dedicated every piece of rolling stock that DART owned at the time to serving that one event, filled every car to theoretical capacity, and ran them through...
by Hannibal Lecter
08 Nov 2019 23:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: City Lights
Replies: 107
Views: 42767

Re: Downtown Dallas: City Lights

They finally got my friend's car out of the garage. Of course he already had to purchase a replacement.

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