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by Hannibal Lecter
16 Jul 2019 22:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square
Replies: 133
Views: 35503

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square

Great news. Thanks!
by Hannibal Lecter
06 Jul 2019 11:37
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: The Daily Digital 4.0
Replies: 47
Views: 15138

Re: The Daily Digital 4.0

^ West Dallas, not Oak Cliff.
by Hannibal Lecter
03 Jul 2019 14:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 191
Views: 45122

Re: AT&T Discovery District

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirit_of_Communication

"As of December 2018, the statue is being prepared to be moved outside pending the completion of AT&T's plaza construction project"
by Hannibal Lecter
02 Jul 2019 12:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Highland Park Village
Replies: 116
Views: 27935

Re: Highland Park Village

^ Interestingly, the UP/HP boundary runs right through their main building.
by Hannibal Lecter
28 Jun 2019 18:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox: The McKenzie (~240 ST / 22 ST)
Replies: 44
Views: 15593

Re: Knox: The McKenzie (~240 ST / 22 ST)

Tucy wrote:Seems surprising they are only at 50% occupancy this long after opening (getting close to a year).


"...and has apartments that rent from $3,500 a month for the smallest to more than $18,000 for a top-floor penthouse."

I think that explains it.
by Hannibal Lecter
28 Jun 2019 14:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Highland Park Village
Replies: 116
Views: 27935

Re: Highland Park Village

^ I don't think you understand the HP mindset. If they could they would gate every entrance to their town, and wouldn't let in anyone but residents and deliveries. No, I'm not exaggerating. Remember when the Park Cities YMCA, a couple blocks from HP Village, expanded? The HP city council tried to ma...
by Hannibal Lecter
28 Jun 2019 14:47
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 185
Views: 35265

Re: I-345

I like having the physical separation between these neighborhoods. That separation is the cornerstone allowing the unique characteristics of Deep Ellum come into being -- since the beginning, too. Having elevated thru-traffic lanes is fine by me, so long as the two street grids are allowed to conne...
by Hannibal Lecter
27 Jun 2019 08:10
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 185
Views: 35265

Re: I-345

That 635 will handle reverted traffic previously on I-345 is a HUGE assumption. 635 is being expanded for existing traffic, and like a self fullfilling prophecy, it will eventually not be enough. Adding additional traffic that would have previously not even been there is ridiculous. Burying i345 is...
by Hannibal Lecter
21 Jun 2019 13:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 11 (The Forum)
Replies: 125
Views: 27495

Re: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 11 (The Forum)

^ Considering this is building number 11 it certainly looks like they know what they're doing.
by Hannibal Lecter
17 Jun 2019 17:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 565
Views: 135629

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

It's only been a yellow house for a couple years. I didn't think it was that beloved of a site. Before that, I think it was used as a parking lot. Sure, a smaller scale, mixed-use development would've been great. Interestingly though, wasn't Bowls and Tacos across the street a former gas station li...
by Hannibal Lecter
17 Jun 2019 16:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 565
Views: 135629

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

tamtagon wrote:This is more Expo Park than Deep Ellum, though, right?


General consensus is that Deep Ellum in north of 30 and the Exposition Park neighborhood is south of 30, even though the actual Exposition Park park is north of 30 (and just one block south of this property).
by Hannibal Lecter
16 Jun 2019 13:19
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Mill Creek Drainage Relief Tunnel
Replies: 6
Views: 599

Re: Mill Creek Drainage Relief Tunnel

casperitl wrote:I worry that the discharge from the tunnel will have a negative impact on Lower White Rock Creek and the Great Trinity Forest.

Where do you think that water goes now?
by Hannibal Lecter
14 Jun 2019 16:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 565
Views: 135629

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

mcrdal15 wrote:Absolutely disgusting


lakewoodhobo wrote:Bummer



Let me guess...neither of you actually live or work in Deep Ellum. Right?
by Hannibal Lecter
11 Jun 2019 18:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: City Lights
Replies: 93
Views: 21937

Re: Downtown Dallas: City Lights

homeworld1031tx wrote:
The_Overdog wrote:For all the people above stating that this is illustrative of how cheaply apartments are made... what a load of shit. Few things could withstand this. The garage took a direct hit from the crane's concrete ballast essentially in free fall from 100+ feet up.


Bingo.
by Hannibal Lecter
11 Jun 2019 18:33
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 243
Views: 48940

Re: Trinity River Park

^ NTTA made in very clear they have no interest in the project unless the city forks over $1B+ up front.
by Hannibal Lecter
08 Jun 2019 11:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Hall Arts Hotel & Residences
Replies: 184
Views: 57761

Re: Arts District: Hall Arts Hotel & Residences

That enclosed stairwell looks really ugly from the south.
by Hannibal Lecter
08 Jun 2019 11:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: City Lights
Replies: 93
Views: 21937

Re: Downtown Dallas: City Lights

One of the cranes is coming down.
by Hannibal Lecter
07 Jun 2019 13:20
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 94
Views: 19113

Re: TexRail

Now you can argue away why those units aren't there because of the Streetcar but it certainly looks like to the common person that mass transit attracts redevelopment. The empirical evidence actually indicates the opposite. Look at map of development downtown over the past 10 years -- there's an in...
by Hannibal Lecter
07 Jun 2019 09:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 308
Views: 70793

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

The crane on The Hamilton (the apartment building) is scheduled to come down this weekend.
by Hannibal Lecter
06 Jun 2019 22:32
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 94
Views: 19113

Re: TexRail

Because "modern" streetcars (there's any oxymoron for you) have been such a success in U.S. cities. Have you noticed that Griggs never mentions the OC line he pushed so hard for? There's not a word about it on his campaign website. While campaigning on a platform of being anti-boondoggle h...
by Hannibal Lecter
03 Jun 2019 16:51
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 273
Views: 55921

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/dallas/2019/06/03/dart-hired-uber-drive-around-riders-now-considering-autonomous-buses In Dallas, for example, DART ridership has decreased every year for the past five years — even though the Dallas-Fort Worth area is one of the fastest-growing regions in the U.S. Fr...
by Hannibal Lecter
02 Jun 2019 19:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 463
Views: 117771

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

^ You are way on. :)

By coincidence, when Thanksgiving Tower was constructed it was the second tallest building downtown. The building it supplanted? Elm Place.
by Hannibal Lecter
31 May 2019 16:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 150
Views: 38882

Re: The Cedars Developments

You have a 115 year old building, you don't try to secure it? Pay a little to have a grounds keeper? A 115 year old building, probably the most valuable in the Cedars, is gone. It does not have to criminal, it does not have to be intentional, but is negligence acceptable? Similar crap happened with...
by Hannibal Lecter
31 May 2019 07:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 150
Views: 38882

Re: The Cedars Developments

From https://www.dallasnews.com/news/fire-1/2019/05/28/ambassador-dallas-oldest-historic-hotel-structure-destroyed-fire Tuesday afternoon, officers took a man into custody in handcuffs from an unoccupied building across the street from the Ambassador. Police said the arrest was not related to the fi...
by Hannibal Lecter
31 May 2019 06:59
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Thoughts on Phil Kingston
Replies: 5
Views: 474

Re: Thoughts on Phil Kingston

Kingston has publicly stated that he is against any up-zoning in Oak Lawn that will increase density. I personally oppose Kingston because he's "the rules are for other folks" kind of guy. He was censured for using his city hall office for campaign purposes in violation of city ethics rule...
by Hannibal Lecter
31 May 2019 06:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 396
Views: 109775

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

^ To be brief, over the years lobbyists had gotten Congress to add tax breaks that allowed you to tax take deductions and credits for "paper" losses that far exceeded any actual investment or loss. For example, you could buy in to a highly leveraged partnership for $10,000 and over a perio...
by Hannibal Lecter
30 May 2019 13:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 396
Views: 109775

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

In college, they told students studying city planning that the 80's crash in DFW was a real estate banking crash centered around investments in all that land around I-30 in Garland. The primary cause of the crash was Congress retroactively removing the excessive tax benefits of real estate ownershi...
by Hannibal Lecter
29 May 2019 15:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Parking Garages
Replies: 139
Views: 34460

Re: Parking Garages

^ You obviously don't drive a Porsche. :-)
by Hannibal Lecter
27 May 2019 03:07
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 232
Views: 61083

Re: DFW Economy

^ That's a great point. With all the building, densification, etc, how is it that Dallas only gained ~1,000 residents? I realize Dallas is land-locked in most directions but it seems like it would have to be something more than that. E.g., are there areas in southern or west Dallas which are losing...
by Hannibal Lecter
27 May 2019 02:59
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 105
Views: 24459

Re: New Census Population Estimates

This was a surprise: Fort Worth has passed San Francisco and Columbus to become the 13th most populous American city.

Five of the 13 most populous cities in the country lie along the I-10/I-35/I-45 triangle.
by Hannibal Lecter
27 May 2019 02:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Lower Greenville Development
Replies: 69
Views: 16321

Re: Lower Greenville Development

^ Likely just for the renewal of their late-night SUP.
by Hannibal Lecter
16 May 2019 10:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 183
Views: 33764

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

If you don't believe safety is a major concern in that area you are clueless. Thanks to the homeless-industrial complex assaults and property crimes are a daily occurence in that area.
by Hannibal Lecter
16 May 2019 10:06
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Lemmon Ave. lane reduction (between Turtle Creek Blvd and US-75)
Replies: 18
Views: 1653

Re: Lemmon Ave. lane reduction (between Turtle Creek Blvd and US-75)

What's funny is that it seemed like I was the only person to actually walk to this meeting, and I was probably one of the further residents (exactly 1 mile away according to google). It was a beautiful day, and most of them closer than I do, and still chose to drive. What's funny is that you don't ...
by Hannibal Lecter
16 May 2019 09:53
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The "hotelification" of multifamily
Replies: 10
Views: 1151

Re: The "hotelification" of multifamily

Actually millennials, along with everyone else, are moving less than previous generations. https://www.nbcnews.com/business/consumer/why-millennials-aren-t-moving-why-s-problem-n720646 https://www.forbes.com/sites/richardgano/2018/02/05/unlike-previous-generations-millennials-arent-moving-but-neithe...
by Hannibal Lecter
15 May 2019 14:50
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The "hotelification" of multifamily
Replies: 10
Views: 1151

Re: The "hotelification" of multifamily

Very interesting trend. The future of housing seems to be rooted in flexibility and convenience over stability. I don't think the 30 year mortgage model is as popular with millennials. We seem to want the flexibility to move city to city, hood to hood, and not have to worry about the minutia that c...
by Hannibal Lecter
15 May 2019 14:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)
Replies: 134
Views: 30269

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

Great idea but I vote for new high profile hotel downtown and let the old buildings get converted to residential. That's ironic. The Fairmont complex was originally designed to be condos. They ran out of money during construction, and the unfinished buildings sat there as massive eyesores on the sk...
by Hannibal Lecter
03 May 2019 18:04
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Introducing the 2019 Dallas Mayoral Candidates - D Magazine
Replies: 12
Views: 1232

Re: Introducing the 2019 Dallas Mayoral Candidates - D Magazine

^ Thanks for the heads up. The D.O. has one of those stupid infinite scrolling setups, where the URL changes when you scroll down. Fixed!
by Hannibal Lecter
03 May 2019 15:26
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Introducing the 2019 Dallas Mayoral Candidates - D Magazine
Replies: 12
Views: 1232

Re: Introducing the 2019 Dallas Mayoral Candidates - D Magazine

Unfortunately, the politicians who most loudly decry regionalism tend to be the same ones who vote for policies and projects that drive jobs to the suburbs. Just this week the Morons on Marilla screwed small businesses again: https://www.dallasobserver.com/news/dallas-city-council-votes-for-paid-sic...
by Hannibal Lecter
02 May 2019 21:18
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Lemmon Ave. lane reduction (between Turtle Creek Blvd and US-75)
Replies: 18
Views: 1653

Re: Lemmon Ave. lane reduction (between Turtle Creek Blvd and US-75)

It is odd that they're spending the money to resurface parts of it if they're just going to slim it down... Not a all. You're talking about a city government so incompetent that it spent $350,000 (plus interest for 20 years) to rebuild the curbs and fill some potholes on Good-Latimer -- six months ...
by Hannibal Lecter
29 Apr 2019 10:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 565
Views: 135629

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

R1070 wrote:What’s going in the plot of land at Hall and Elm across from the Case? The lot there is cleared with fencing.

Look back about 10 messages. Hope Lodge: https://www.cancer.org/treatment/suppor ... ility.html
by Hannibal Lecter
27 Apr 2019 11:35
Forum: Texas Urban/Suburban/Exurban Development
Topic: Luxury casino-resort 100 miles from Dallas gambles on $500 million expansion
Replies: 8
Views: 877

Re: Oklahoma: New addition to Choctaw Casino-Durant

Shreveport is more of a local market now. Oklahoma is about half the distance from DFW. Winstar in Oklahoma is now the world's largest casino. https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/big ... world.html
by Hannibal Lecter
25 Apr 2019 19:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 608
Views: 180972

Re: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)

Two feet taller above ground level or sea level? Museum Tower's site is about 20 feet higher.
by Hannibal Lecter
25 Apr 2019 11:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 138
Views: 32145

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

What's the parking situation? I assume they have some kind of free parking for the store.
by Hannibal Lecter
17 Apr 2019 21:37
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 201
Views: 52510

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: 201
Views: 52510

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: 201
Views: 52510

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: 565
Views: 135629

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: 565
Views: 135629

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: 565
Views: 135629

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.

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