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by Hannibal Lecter
29 Nov 2020 12:58
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: What were they thinking?
Replies: 4
Views: 193

Re: What were they thinking?

I agree that keeping the budget in the black is crucial. But watch the politicians yell and scream how the sky is falling and they need more money when so far things aren't that bad. From https://www.dmagazine.com/frontburner/2020/11/sales-tax-revenue-in-dallas-has-dropped-less-than-a-percentage-poi...
by Hannibal Lecter
27 Nov 2020 18:43
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 351
Views: 147871

Re: Trinity River Park

Build a tunnel similar to the $200 million Mill Creek project to allow the rapid movement of overfill beyond the levee zone, a nice string of wetland cells from Joppa to Wilmer to Ennis and beyond equivalent to an medium reservoir like Grapevine lake or even larger. Sequester the vernal flood in th...
by Hannibal Lecter
20 Nov 2020 16:19
Forum: Opolis Blueprints
Topic: North Texas limestone
Replies: 4
Views: 165

Re: North Texas limestone

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2018/11/26/dallas-landmark-masonic-temple-is-the-newest-downtown-office-address/ https://dallascityhall.com/departments/sustainabledevelopment/historicpreservation/Pages/federal_reserve_bank.aspx https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tower_Petroleum_Building h...
by Hannibal Lecter
18 Nov 2020 14:45
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Google Maps updated imagery (Nov 18)
Replies: 20
Views: 8657

Re: Google Maps updated imagery (Nov 18)

"This idea morphed into a two-step setup where water is pumped from the Trinity into a set of totes and these totes are used to irrigate the garden totes. Great." At the risk of being Debbie Downer, I wonder about the legality of that. Water rights can be very valuable in this state. I rec...
by Hannibal Lecter
12 Nov 2020 16:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 788
Views: 355608

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Looks like a restaurant space may go in at 2820 Commerce late next year after renovations, potentially called EllumEx. https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/TABS/Search/Project/TABS2021004185 I believe that's the old Bay Leaf space. One of my two favorite restaurants in DE twenty years ago. In the unlikely ev...
by Hannibal Lecter
05 Nov 2020 03:50
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW in the Media
Replies: 76
Views: 31438

Re: DFW in the Media

electricron wrote:Number of polls in Dallas = more than 456


Just FYI, I think that's the number for Dallas County, not the city. Obviously a lot of the county is not in the city, and the city extends into five counties (which I believe is the most in the U.S.).
by Hannibal Lecter
05 Nov 2020 03:39
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW in the Media
Replies: 76
Views: 31438

Re: DFW in the Media

Apparently someone read the comment I posted to the article. Because now... Editor’s note: This story has been edited to include a visual comparison between Atlanta’s day-of polling locations and San Francisco’s, and remove a comparison of Dallas’s and San Francisco’s. An earlier version of this sto...
by Hannibal Lecter
04 Nov 2020 12:57
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW in the Media
Replies: 76
Views: 31438

Re: DFW in the Media

TNWE wrote:San Francisco has 4 times the population of Dallas, but only 60% of land area.


Huh? SF population = 883k. Dallas = 1.345M.

The big problem is that the map for Dallas only shows the early voting locations. There were a lot more open on election day.
by Hannibal Lecter
30 Oct 2020 10:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas - Field Street Development [North End Apartments Site]
Replies: 54
Views: 3962

Re: Uptown Dallas - Field Street Development [North End Apartments Site]

^ Very few in-town developments are built on empty lots. Older complexes are torn town to build the new ones. This development is, of course, a perfect example.

If you drive through East Dallas you see a lot of old rental properties being torn down to build new condos and townhomes.
by Hannibal Lecter
30 Oct 2020 10:41
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 501
Views: 216090

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

eburress wrote:Indeed! Has there been mention of how many positions would be relocated from LA?


They're saying they won't be moving a significant number of jobs from LA, but new positions will be created over time. The CEO already has a house here and has been commuting between the offices.
by Hannibal Lecter
30 Oct 2020 10:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas - Field Street Development [North End Apartments Site]
Replies: 54
Views: 3962

Re: Uptown Dallas - Field Street Development [North End Apartments Site]

Yeah, you'd assume adding supply would decrease cost. The thing is with as many proposed residential projects as there are, there are far more people moving to Dallas (around 300+ per day) so the demand may still be rising faster than all the new projects. That's 300+ people a day moving to DFW. Th...
by Hannibal Lecter
22 Oct 2020 12:41
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 422
Views: 191341

Re: DFW Economy

Dallas is 2020’s top commercial real estate market https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2020/10/22/dallas-is-2020s-top-commercial-real-estate-market/ Even with the pandemic, Dallas is leading the country in commercial real estate deals. North Texas topped much larger markets — including ...
by Hannibal Lecter
07 Oct 2020 22:40
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 501
Views: 216090

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

I'd like to see commodities like oil, natural gas, electricity, cotton, soybeans, wheat, beef, pork traded in Dallas. Everything's electronic now. The old trading floors remain only for show and nostalgia. The biggest strike against DFW in this is that we're about 1370 miles from NYC. That's around...
by Hannibal Lecter
07 Oct 2020 12:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 788
Views: 355608

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Honestly, I have always thought that what was attracting people to the new residential in DE was proximity and walkability to the bars and restaurants. That attracts a lot of people to live here. But relatively few people who live here work here, and few people who work here live here. It's a high-...
by Hannibal Lecter
07 Oct 2020 12:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Covid-19 Business Casualties
Replies: 60
Views: 12455

Re: Dallas Covid-19 Business Casualties

mdg109 wrote:Drove by Deep Ellum last night, and looks like Punch Bowl Social is open again.


Re-opened a couple weeks back. I walk by it frequently, and have seen almost zero customers in it.
by Hannibal Lecter
06 Oct 2020 14:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 788
Views: 355608

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Which leads to a question for anyone who can answer the Deep Ellum Foundation what do they do and does that org allow membership from just residents or is it just property owners. The DEF board is dominated by the large property owners like Westdale, 42 and Madison. https://www.deepellum-foundation...
by Hannibal Lecter
05 Oct 2020 17:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 788
Views: 355608

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Commuter traffic isn't really an issue. Most of it already uses Canton, Live Oak and Gaston. And the "tourists" from the suburbs can fend for themselves. For them, going to Deep Ellum is an experience like going to a ball game or Six Flags -- you wait in line for 20 minutes to pay $10 to p...
by Hannibal Lecter
05 Oct 2020 17:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 241
Views: 127153

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

This thread reminds me of 2008, when the city spent $375,000 in bond money to re-do the curbs and sidewalks along Good-Latimer north of Elm Street -- six months before DART tore everything out to build the Green Line.

I think the bonds will be paid off around 2033.
by Hannibal Lecter
02 Oct 2020 11:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 788
Views: 355608

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

The updated plans for the city's efforts to devastate Deep Ellum by converting Elm and Commerce to two-way operation: https://dallastxgov-my.sharepoint.com/:b:/g/personal/andrew_velasquez_dallascityhall_com/EVrK0s8lyhJNsodyrDtSXPABZUh48ONc3bHnNuzKE70GHw?e=iwxPjh I know most of the folks here think t...
by Hannibal Lecter
30 Sep 2020 12:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: The Stack - 2700 Commerce
Replies: 128
Views: 43462

Re: Deep Ellum: The Stack - 2700 Commerce

Topped off. Also, it appears that they're only putting the fake brickwork on two or three sides of the parking garage. The south side is plain old concrete. Another FU to the neighborhood. Can't tell yet what their going to do with the west side, but I'm not optimistic since they haven't shown any d...
by Hannibal Lecter
29 Sep 2020 10:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 591
Views: 259543

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Gee. What a surprise.

Uber is looking for tenants to fill its offices in Dallas’ Deep Ellum

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/rea ... eep-ellum/
by Hannibal Lecter
23 Sep 2020 11:15
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 422
Views: 191341

Re: DFW Economy

If that is a logical thought process, then was it really a good idea to buy a jet from a bankrupt Russia airline and turn it into Airforce One?


Not quite accurate. The aircraft (two of them) were built for Transaero, but never delivered. They're being purchased from Boeing, not Transaero.
by Hannibal Lecter
22 Sep 2020 11:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 788
Views: 355608

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Dallas firm targets Deep Ellum building for its second redo

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/rea ... cond-redo/
by Hannibal Lecter
10 Sep 2020 13:09
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 351
Views: 147871

Re: Trinity River Park

^ The current residents be damned?
by Hannibal Lecter
08 Sep 2020 16:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 608
Views: 285427

Re: Oak Lawn

"But Mr Dent, the plans have been available in the local planning office for the last nine months." "Oh yes, well as soon as I heard I went straight round to see them, yesterday afternoon. You hadn't exactly gone out of your way to call attention to them, had you? I mean, like actuall...
by Hannibal Lecter
04 Sep 2020 21:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: The Stack - 2700 Commerce
Replies: 128
Views: 43462

Re: Deep Ellum: The Stack - 2700 Commerce

^ You won't find many people in this neighborhood who will agree with you.

Bad development is worse than no development.
by Hannibal Lecter
04 Sep 2020 20:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: The Victor (~453FT / 39ST)
Replies: 158
Views: 71098

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

I really can't remember what color the appliances were. Probably avocado. But the countertops were definitely formica!

And I almost forgot about the shag carpet...
by Hannibal Lecter
04 Sep 2020 09:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: The Victor (~453FT / 39ST)
Replies: 158
Views: 71098

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

cowboyeagle05 wrote:What is funny is you can get a 730 sqft studio with walk in closet, gas oven/range, granite counter-tops built in 2019 etc in Knox/Henderson for $2100 so if anyone is curious how this stacks up in pricing to other areas.


Remembering when I paid $300/month for the 1980's equivalent...
by Hannibal Lecter
04 Sep 2020 09:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: The Stack - 2700 Commerce
Replies: 128
Views: 43462

Re: Deep Ellum: The Stack - 2700 Commerce

Deep Ellum project gets a reboot for a COVID-19 world

Still ugly and totally out of place.

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/rea ... -19-world/
by Hannibal Lecter
30 Aug 2020 22:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 296
Views: 152554

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

It's just so nice to see them actually pay attention to those kinds of walkable details and just get it done. If only the city could be so nimble and make such changes in other areas of Dallas. Look carefully at the second of mdg109's pictures. You see the back of that sign mounted on the pole? It'...
by Hannibal Lecter
26 Aug 2020 20:38
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Autonomous Vehicle Thread
Replies: 70
Views: 40308

Re: Autonomous Vehicle Thread

Forbes: Waymo Taps Texas As Its Robot Truck Hub With Dallas Depot. https://www.forbes.com/sites/alanohnsman/2020/08/25/waymo-taps-texas-as-its-robot-truck-hub-with-new-dallas-depot/ "Waymo, the leading U.S. self-driving vehicle company, is expanding its robot truck program by moving into Texas ...
by Hannibal Lecter
18 Aug 2020 10:44
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 200
Views: 75537

Re: Downtown Progress

Jbarn wrote:I wonder if other big city downtowns are hurting as bad as Dallas?


This commentary has been blowing up the Interwebs: https://nypost.com/2020/08/17/nyc-is-de ... -altucher/
by Hannibal Lecter
17 Aug 2020 14:46
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 200
Views: 75537

Re: Downtown Progress

Why downtown Dallas walkin’ man Mike Rhyner is trying to keep the faith amid the pandemic and protests

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/comment ... -protests/
by Hannibal Lecter
14 Aug 2020 15:34
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 346
Views: 171328

Re: Silver Line

You know some folks at DART are going "Thank God for COVID-19. Now we'll have an excuse when ridership on this line is 10% of projections!"
by Hannibal Lecter
14 Aug 2020 10:07
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas Zoo
Replies: 6
Views: 6913

Re: Dallas Zoo

Someone please correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't the Wilds of Africa section designed so that a large portion of it can only be seen from the monorail?
by Hannibal Lecter
09 Aug 2020 18:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: The National/Thompson Hotel (1401 Elm)
Replies: 615
Views: 301825

Re: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel

I'd love to see Southland Life/Sheraton lit up again. But AFAIK they ripped out everything when they renovated it in the 80's. The cost of re-wiring it from scratch would be ridiculous. As for Republic, IIRC they updated the "rocket" lighting sometime in the 90's. The problem there is that...
by Hannibal Lecter
04 Aug 2020 20:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: The National/Thompson Hotel (1401 Elm)
Replies: 615
Views: 301825

Re: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel

Downtown Dallas landmark skyscraper will shine again this week https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2020/08/04/downtown-dallas-landmark-skyscraper-will-shine-again-this-week/ https://dmn-dallas-news-prod.cdn.arcpublishing.com/resizer/DqHjYUCU1j0wz0iHkKwHMs692f0=/1660x0/smart/filters:no_u...
by Hannibal Lecter
04 Aug 2020 16:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 500
Views: 241924

Re: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)

Warrior2015 wrote:It sucks having so much competition nearby for office workers such as plano, frisco, etc.


How does that suck? Competition is the best thing for us all. Competition drives everyone to step up their game.
by Hannibal Lecter
03 Aug 2020 10:58
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 266
Views: 134391

Re: DFW Airport

^ The implosion of the old Hyatt -- where Terminal D now sits -- was originally scheduled for September 16, 2001. It was delayed until October 7th for obvious reasons. There were also some delays due to design changes due to 9/11.
by Hannibal Lecter
01 Aug 2020 23:27
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW in the Media
Replies: 76
Views: 31438

Re: DFW in the Media

Mostly shot in Hamilton, Ontario, though I understand they did shoot some stuff locally in places like Dealey Plaza.
by Hannibal Lecter
01 Aug 2020 23:24
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Dallas County: Sandbranch
Replies: 3
Views: 940

Re: Dallas County: Sandbranch

The residents choose to live there because they don't have to follow city building codes, follow city laws or pay city taxes. But they want city services -- just as long as they don't have to pay for them.
by Hannibal Lecter
24 Jul 2020 20:33
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Street name changes/proposals
Replies: 18
Views: 12190

Re: Street name changes/proposals

^ I didn't know that. Thanks.
by Hannibal Lecter
24 Jul 2020 15:18
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Street name changes/proposals
Replies: 18
Views: 12190

Re: Street name changes/proposals

^ *****

Great irony -- DPD HQ being located on a street named after one of their innocent victims.

But when will we get a street or park named after Santos Rodriguez? Seattle has a park named after him and we don't?
by Hannibal Lecter
21 Jul 2020 16:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Dallas Developments
Replies: 134
Views: 60272

Re: West Dallas Developments

"...on the banks of the Trinity River."

Only in May.

1/2 mile away the rest of the year.

:-)
by Hannibal Lecter
21 Jul 2020 16:18
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Issues/News
Topic: What is a suburb today?
Replies: 75
Views: 49814

Re: What is a suburb today?

^ What makes you think they're embarrassed by it?
by Hannibal Lecter
19 Jul 2020 20:28
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Issues/News
Topic: What is a suburb today?
Replies: 75
Views: 49814

Re: What is a suburb today?

Homebuilders just saw the strongest June sales since the last housing boom, as pandemic pushes more buyers to the suburbs

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/13/homebui ... -boom.html
by Hannibal Lecter
13 Jul 2020 22:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: The Stack - 2700 Commerce
Replies: 128
Views: 43462

Re: Deep Ellum: The Stack - 2700 Commerce

THRILLHO wrote:Looks like some of the facade on the garage has gone up.

The aren't even using real bricks put down by real bricklayers. Just precast panels trucked in.
by Hannibal Lecter
13 Jul 2020 13:21
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 266
Views: 134391

Re: DFW Airport

"The World's Busiest Airport" I do like the sound of that. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-usa-airports/touchless-how-the-worlds-busiest-airport-envisions-post-covid-travel-idUSKCN24D0B8 https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-u-s-airport-thats-buzzing-as-covid-shuts-down-wo...
by Hannibal Lecter
10 Jul 2020 16:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Pegasus Place Tower
Replies: 14
Views: 3482

Re: Pegasus Place Tower

I worked there around 1977. It was actually a pretty nice building for that era. Great location. A funny story about Logan's Run: The building was supposedly located inside a domed city. Now look at that second picture above. What do you see? Clouds. Lots of clouds reflected in the glass. Which was ...

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