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by Hannibal Lecter
21 Mar 2019 18:30
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 156
Views: 25946

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: 253
Views: 42258

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: 50752

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: 50752

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: 50752

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: 50752

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: 50752

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: 50752

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: 507
Views: 106675

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: 71
Views: 14926

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: 11161

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: 507
Views: 106675

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: 507
Views: 106675

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: 4512

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: 27
Views: 1737

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: 27
Views: 1737

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.

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by Hannibal Lecter
14 Feb 2019 23:16
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Historic Images of Dallas
Replies: 21
Views: 3808

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: 1035
Views: 195654

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: 69228

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: 1035
Views: 195654

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: 50752

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: 507
Views: 106675

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: 253
Views: 42258

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: 17974

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...
by Hannibal Lecter
18 Jan 2019 19:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Bryan Tower
Replies: 34
Views: 4444

Re: Downtown Dallas: Bryan Tower

^ The building was designed to look like Independence Hall. Removing that would pretty much ruin that.
by Hannibal Lecter
17 Jan 2019 13:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas: Medical District
Replies: 123
Views: 30652

Re: Dallas: Medical District

Fine, you got me, that number is low. Parkland hospital exacts 0.28 cents per 100 dollars of property value - IF you're living in Dallas County. So it depends on how much your property is worth. Wrong again. Only this time you're not off by a factor of 10. You're off by a factor of 100. The hospita...
by Hannibal Lecter
16 Jan 2019 14:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas: Medical District
Replies: 123
Views: 30652

Re: Dallas: Medical District

If we didn't have Parkland, we would NOT have indigent care. Doesn't say much for your position when you have to resort to blatant falsehoods. Collin County has indigent health care without a public hospital. So does every other county around Dallas except for Tarrant. Something else to consider: O...
by Hannibal Lecter
15 Jan 2019 20:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas: Medical District
Replies: 123
Views: 30652

Re: Dallas: Medical District

I don't know what I would have done if Parkland wasn't there. Every other hospital in the county has an Emergency Room. Federal law requires them to stabilize you before transferring or releasing you. A lot of people seem to think that if we didn't have Parkland we wouldn't have indigent care. The ...
by Hannibal Lecter
15 Jan 2019 20:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas: Medical District
Replies: 123
Views: 30652

Re: Dallas: Medical District

Well, then, trigger a referendum and put it to a vote. :D Probably not possible. I know the county doesn't have the ability to petition for a referendum, and I would be shocked if the hospital district did. Of course even if you could it would fail. It's like the DISD -- so many people have their h...
by Hannibal Lecter
15 Jan 2019 12:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas: Medical District
Replies: 123
Views: 30652

Re: Dallas: Medical District

^ Yet only two counties in NE Texas have public hospitals. All the other counties seem to do just fine without them. That doesn't appear to support them being a "necessity".
by Hannibal Lecter
14 Jan 2019 17:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas: Medical District
Replies: 123
Views: 30652

Re: Dallas: Medical District

Must be nice to just stick your hand in the taxpayers' pocket every time you want a shiny new building.

Can you tell I paid property taxes yesterday? :-)
by Hannibal Lecter
13 Jan 2019 18:18
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 84
Views: 14130

Re: TexRail

There are airside bridges between all terminals except E.
by Hannibal Lecter
10 Jan 2019 11:58
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 281
Views: 55009

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

They could also easily office the creative department in another part of DFW if that was imperative to attracting talent if they were also relocated to Texas. I work with a major user experience consulting and software development company based in Dallas. They are an acknowledged leader in their in...
by Hannibal Lecter
09 Jan 2019 14:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 507
Views: 106675

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

^ One of the pleasures of Deep Ellum has been that it is NOT dense. It's much more like a small town. There's a reason most of the people who actually live in the neighborhood very much like having I-345 where it is -- we don't want to be part of downtown. You may like living like a termite. Most of...
by Hannibal Lecter
09 Jan 2019 13:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 507
Views: 106675

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

I would love to see a CVS or a bank there as long as it's one or two stories tall. Unfortunately they'll probably put another 6 or 7 story monolith there. High density development is already hurting the character of the neighborhood. It's beginning to feel like living in the bottom of a crater, with...
by Hannibal Lecter
22 Dec 2018 17:14
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Dallas Love Field Airport
Replies: 76
Views: 15284

Re: Dallas Love Field Airport

"Travel app users say Dallas Love Field is best airport in United States"

http://www.fox4news.com/news/travel-app ... ted-states
by Hannibal Lecter
22 Dec 2018 17:12
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike
Replies: 168
Views: 38415

Re: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike

"Dealing with nuisance complaints is useless."

TFIFY.

Called 311 yesterday about a parked car blocking the only access to our building. Spent 15 minutes on hold. Gave them the info. They then told me expected time for anyone to respond was four hours to two days.
by Hannibal Lecter
19 Dec 2018 13:05
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 224
Views: 43145

Re: the Cotton Belt line

^ That's why I said "pretty much all".
by Hannibal Lecter
17 Dec 2018 17:59
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 224
Views: 43145

Re: the Cotton Belt line

Archer Western gets pretty much all of DARTs rail construction contracts, without actually having to bid on them. https://www.dallasobserver.com/news/low-bid-to-no-bid-6373777 At present, as far as I can tell, her original $5.6 million contract is now worth $429.2 million—a 770 percent increase in t...
by Hannibal Lecter
05 Dec 2018 18:11
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 197
Views: 35346

Re: Trinity River Park

https://www.dallasnews.com/arts/archite ... for-dallas

Just dumping more taxpayer dollars into a drainage ditch. Anything they do will be destroyed by the first spring flood.
by Hannibal Lecter
03 Dec 2018 09:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 507
Views: 106675

New Baylor Admin Building

by Hannibal Lecter
30 Nov 2018 18:52
Forum: The Pitch
Topic: Dallas (ex-White Rock) Marathon eyeing name change
Replies: 5
Views: 526

Re: Dallas (ex-White Rock) Marathon eyeing name change

^ I was thinking the same thing when I wrote it. :-)
by Hannibal Lecter
30 Nov 2018 12:05
Forum: The Pitch
Topic: Dallas (ex-White Rock) Marathon eyeing name change
Replies: 5
Views: 526

Re: Dallas (ex-White Rock) Marathon eyeing name change

I get why the start and stop is downtown (city hall?), but I think Fair Park is all the way around more suitable. I've done my share of distance races, including many races at both venues, Quite frankly, City Hall Plaza is one of the greatest race venues in the country. Fair Park doesn't even come ...
by Hannibal Lecter
28 Nov 2018 12:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District 1.0
Replies: 47
Views: 6869

Re: Design District 1.0

I wonder if they are building a brand new bridge, or they are just referring to this structure here: https://www.google.com/maps/@32.7988289,-96.8215747,118m/data=!3m1!1e3 It's really hard to tell what that is from Google, and I haven't seen it in person, so I could be way off here, but it almost l...
by Hannibal Lecter
27 Nov 2018 15:26
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Delta in the Metroplex
Replies: 3
Views: 609

Re: Delta in the Metroplex

Don't be so sure of that. Flying AA has gotten so unpleasant that I actively avoid them. The one carrot they have -- FF miles -- are close to worthless. My Lifetime Gold doesn't get me anything useful but a free checked bag -- which I could get by using their credit card. Upgrades are close to impos...
by Hannibal Lecter
26 Nov 2018 11:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Convention Center
Replies: 31
Views: 6088

Re: Dallas Convention Center

Tucy wrote:Unfortunately, the state no longer posts the Hotel Tax information. :-(


It's still available via an open records request.

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