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by Hannibal Lecter
23 Sep 2020 11:15
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 414
Views: 167142

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: 747
Views: 315103

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: 340
Views: 130178

Re: Trinity River Park

^ The current residents be damned?
by Hannibal Lecter
08 Sep 2020 16:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 595
Views: 255746

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: 117
Views: 35768

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: 147
Views: 59960

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: 147
Views: 59960

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: 117
Views: 35768

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: 292
Views: 135914

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: 36580

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: 183
Views: 63865

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: 183
Views: 63865

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: 345
Views: 154411

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: 6198

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: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel
Replies: 601
Views: 270498

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: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel
Replies: 601
Views: 270498

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: 485
Views: 214583

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: 265
Views: 119968

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: 66
Views: 26908

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: 445

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: 10735

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: 10735

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: 117
Views: 52184

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: 44705

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: 44705

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: 117
Views: 35768

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: 265
Views: 119968

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: 2090

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 ...
by Hannibal Lecter
02 Jul 2020 13:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown
Replies: 70
Views: 29737

Re: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown

CTroyMathis wrote:I think it was just POA Hotel for quite some time originally.


IIRC It was originally under the Trust-House Forte banner, a European brand.
by Hannibal Lecter
02 Jul 2020 11:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown
Replies: 70
Views: 29737

Re: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown

^ Some people have short memories....

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by Hannibal Lecter
28 Jun 2020 14:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 328
Views: 171574

Re: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)

The developer still seems to be actively developing other projects, at least as recently as early this year. So I guess they just "ran out of money" that they are willing to commit to this downtown Dallas project. Or was this just a bait and switch all along?? The vast majority of develop...
by Hannibal Lecter
26 Jun 2020 11:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 582
Views: 274642

Re: Northpark Center

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/26/tech/mic ... index.html

Microsoft is closing all of its stores

Microsoft is getting out of the brick-and-mortar retail business.

The company announced Friday it will close down all of its 83 physical stores and switch to online only.
by Hannibal Lecter
24 Jun 2020 21:10
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown: Carpenter Park
Replies: 25
Views: 9439

Re: Downtown: Carpenter Park

^ Henry Moore's "The Dallas Piece"?
by Hannibal Lecter
24 Jun 2020 16:31
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: New Oak Cliff Streetcar
Replies: 92
Views: 43162

Re: New Oak Cliff Streetcar

What to expect: https://www.ajc.com/news/local/atlanta-streetcar-ridership-plummets-and-many-don-pay/5zo9Wiujugtp7WqLgHbARI/ Ridership on the Atlanta Streetcar plummeted 58 percent last year as the city began charging to ride. What’s more, as many as half of those who took a spin on the downtown rai...
by Hannibal Lecter
22 Jun 2020 16:19
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 482
Views: 190166

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

You have to admit the new location makes a lot more sense for them, in terms of proximity to their target demographic.
by Hannibal Lecter
19 Jun 2020 12:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: The Stack - 2700 Commerce
Replies: 117
Views: 35768

Re: Deep Ellum: The Stack - 2700 Commerce

^ Many times.It was a fun place.

Pepe and Mito's is a more than adequate replacement. Great margaritas and the best guacamole in town.
by Hannibal Lecter
18 Jun 2020 17:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: The Stack - 2700 Commerce
Replies: 117
Views: 35768

Re: Deep Ellum: The Stack - 2700 Commerce

tamtagon wrote:WAIT --- is this going where Sol's Taco Lounge used to be?


Sol's was where the original side of The Free Man is now.
by Hannibal Lecter
17 Jun 2020 16:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: The Stack - 2700 Commerce
Replies: 117
Views: 35768

Re: Deep Ellum: The Stack - 2700 Commerce

Losing our view of Pegasus today.

For one of the ugliest buildings ever conceived.

:cry:
by Hannibal Lecter
16 Jun 2020 13:56
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 376
Views: 158145

Re: DART D2 Subway

CTroyMathis wrote:Sell it to those of us who ride everyday and just want to get to a and b without delay, posthaste even.


You left out "...or paying more than a tiny percent of the cost, either".

:D
by Hannibal Lecter
05 Jun 2020 18:18
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 265
Views: 119968

Re: DFW Airport

I got the number from https://disween.com/dallas-tx-us/DAL#:~:text=Total%20distance%20from%20Dallas%20to,flight%20distance%20as%20a%20line. Your starting point United States, Dallas is located at (32.7825, -96.8207). Your ending point United States, Dallas Love Field (DAL) is located at (32.84709930...
by Hannibal Lecter
05 Jun 2020 12:05
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 265
Views: 119968

Re: DFW Airport

flyswatter wrote:ATL is a much better run airport and airspace than here as well.


You've apparently never been through TSA at ATL. :-)

As for the airspace, ATL has a nice little monopoly. They don't have another major airport less than 5 miles away to complicate things.
by Hannibal Lecter
05 Jun 2020 12:01
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 265
Views: 119968

Re: DFW Airport

Doesn't CNN have a bureau in Dallas? If they still do (because I've heard they had one in Dallas before), it would be silly of them to put Dallas down like that if they go to the trouble of having a bureau here. I guess they can present news and data how they want, but you'd think if they really di...
by Hannibal Lecter
04 Jun 2020 17:27
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 265
Views: 119968

Re: DFW Airport

You won't see this one on CNN... DFW becomes the world’s busiest airport during COVID-19 downturn DFW International Airport was the world’s busiest airport in May, leaping ahead of other major travel hubs that have downsized during the COVID-19 pandemic. DFW, still running a fraction of the flights ...
by Hannibal Lecter
28 May 2020 16:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2200 Pacific
Replies: 45
Views: 6481

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2200 Pacific

A play for more $$$ when DART needs to buy the property? "Hey, we were going to build a 60 story building on it!"

Interesting, the DCAD map shows at least three separate owners for the block, including the city. Probably out of date, knowing DCAD.
by Hannibal Lecter
21 May 2020 14:11
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 147
Views: 56092

Re: New Census Population Estimates

In looking at March 26, 2020 census.gov data, RELEASE NUMBER CB20-53, it shows Dallas County grew by 6,166 year-over-year July 1, 2018 to July 1, 2019: Population increased slightly, but only due to births over deaths. More live folks voting with their feet moved out than moved in. Fiscal 2019 birt...
by Hannibal Lecter
15 May 2020 18:22
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW in the Media
Replies: 66
Views: 26908

Re: DFW in the Media

^ Jack Kilby of TI won the Nobel Prize for it. Good enough for me. :-)
by Hannibal Lecter
08 May 2020 17:52
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: DART: Bus system
Replies: 52
Views: 23296

Re: DART: Bus system

^ Keep in mind that DART itself has no desire to build D2.

The push for the subterranean albatross is coming from the Dallas City Council, which has never met a boondoggle it didn't love -- as long as another taxing authority was on the hook for it.
by Hannibal Lecter
23 Apr 2020 12:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 485
Views: 214583

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

I think, however, a History Museum and Library would be better housed through an expansion at the City Library. That side of town needs a significant venue - new bright and shiny!! - to increase the flow of philanthropic billions into the city's array of cultural destinations. The city has written ...

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