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by Hannibal Lecter
16 Jul 2018 15:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 162
Views: 25547

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

ContriveDallasite wrote:Is the segment marked "Hotel Addition" also planned or are they staging construction


That's the building they just got the city to give them big bucks for. It's not under construction yet.
by Hannibal Lecter
15 Jul 2018 19:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 162
Views: 25547

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

There's a site plan on page 9 of https://kdc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/EPIC-Brochure-Epic-Digital-A22.pdf the office tower is topped out. The residential tower along Elm is around the second or third floor now. About two weeks ago they got the city to chip in historic preservation funds to subs...
by Hannibal Lecter
13 Jul 2018 19:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 162
Views: 25547

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

^ The apartment building is already under construction.
by Hannibal Lecter
13 Jul 2018 18:21
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Southwest Airlines
Replies: 20
Views: 2641

Re: Southwest Airlines

^ Another article said mini-pretzels.
by Hannibal Lecter
10 Jul 2018 19:47
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Lowest Stemmons Project
Replies: 16
Views: 1438

Re: Lowest Stemmons Project

One little known part of this project: The entrance from northbound 35E to the DNT will be moved south of Spur 366 (Woodall Rodgers). There will no longer be direct freeway access from westbound 366 to the DNT -- you'll have to cut through Uptown on Pearl or Griffin.
by Hannibal Lecter
05 Jul 2018 17:43
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Homelessness
Replies: 21
Views: 1814

Re: Homelessness

gross Gross is having someone take a dump in the hallway of your building, or drop their pants and do the same in the street. Gross is having to explain to your son that the brown pile by the dumpster didn't come from a horse like he thought. Gross is watching a man jerk off into the grille of a ca...
by Hannibal Lecter
02 Jul 2018 23:36
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Homelessness
Replies: 21
Views: 1814

Re: Homelessness

^ Or bus tickets to california for about $120 a pop.
by Hannibal Lecter
28 Jun 2018 11:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 162
Views: 25547

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Last night it was significantly dimmer.

Crossing fingers...
by Hannibal Lecter
27 Jun 2018 20:24
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: 2045 Mobility Plan
Replies: 15
Views: 525

Re: 2045 Mobility Plan

Exactly! If it shouldn't go to transit then it shouldn't go to highways that don't pass completely through the metroplex. How does 635, 183, 360, 26, 121 or 820 benefit a majority of the rest of the state? They need to be torn down or have all the cities that border them cover all costs for these r...
by Hannibal Lecter
27 Jun 2018 20:23
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: 2045 Mobility Plan
Replies: 15
Views: 525

Re: 2045 Mobility Plan

Why should I be paying for other cities, not Dallas highway or roadway boondoggles as well? Cause as people we overall agree that improving conditions all around floats all boats. Your point is one that is the basic argument against all taxation and all form of unified government. Why should my cit...
by Hannibal Lecter
27 Jun 2018 12:34
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: 2045 Mobility Plan
Replies: 15
Views: 525

Re: 2045 Mobility Plan

Passenger rail service in densely populated cities should be as much of a funding priority to the State as highways for cars in rural communities. Allowing a handful of cities to collect an extra tax on residents is not creditworthy. At the very least, the State should match construction funding. T...
by Hannibal Lecter
27 Jun 2018 04:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 162
Views: 25547

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

I've never been a fan of the new office tower. It's design and scale are totally inappropriate for the neighborhood. But the lights they're testing are beyond belief -- and I don't mean in a good way. They are so bright that with just one floor lit it's borderline uncomfortable to look at them from ...
by Hannibal Lecter
27 Jun 2018 03:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 348
Views: 50028

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

And for those of us who live on those streets?
by Hannibal Lecter
27 Jun 2018 03:48
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 150
Views: 16890

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

^ Amen.
by Hannibal Lecter
25 Jun 2018 13:05
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 150
Views: 16890

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

"A handful of people wish it was there now though." TIFIFY. :-) If you took a poll of the folks who actually live in my neighborhood (Deep Ellum) you would find overwhelming support for closing the two Green Line stations due to the crime it brings and traffic congestion it causes. About a...
by Hannibal Lecter
25 Jun 2018 12:54
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Meacham Airport
Replies: 8
Views: 320

Re: Meacham Airport

Other airlines have tried limited commercial service from Meacham before, but there just wasn't enough demand. On the other hand, David Neeleman has an unmatched record when it comes to starting new airlines. If anyone knows how to pull it off, it's him. Think Morris Air (bought by Southwest), WestJ...
by Hannibal Lecter
21 Jun 2018 14:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: City Lights
Replies: 38
Views: 5906

Re: Downtown Dallas: City Lights

^ Thanks.
by Hannibal Lecter
19 Jun 2018 13:53
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: The Daily Digital 4.0
Replies: 32
Views: 6988

Re: The Daily Digital 4.0

^ Good point.
by Hannibal Lecter
19 Jun 2018 13:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: City Lights
Replies: 38
Views: 5906

Re: Downtown Dallas: City Lights

Is there any branding of the gas? The location is convenient, but my babies only get filled with pedigree hydrocarbons. :-)
by Hannibal Lecter
19 Jun 2018 13:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 162
Views: 25547

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Tnexster wrote:They started glassing in the tower today or very recently.

Over a week ago.
by Hannibal Lecter
18 Jun 2018 15:43
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: The Daily Digital 4.0
Replies: 32
Views: 6988

Re: The Daily Digital 4.0

tamtagon wrote:ATT needs a new skyscraper, something that makes a real statement.


How would this benefit the stockholders?
by Hannibal Lecter
13 Jun 2018 10:18
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 192
Views: 25160

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

If they could just open a CNN studio of some decent size here I would be happy. Not having cable (or a TV for that matter) I didn't realize that CNN was a part of this deal. I suspect that some folks in Atlanta are a bit peeved at knowing that their bosses will now be in Dallas. I assume it's part ...
by Hannibal Lecter
13 Jun 2018 09:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 70
Views: 9513

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

I could see them doing this urban store concept in Dallas:

http://www.startribune.com/aldi-will-op ... 484601671/
by Hannibal Lecter
08 Jun 2018 14:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 303
Views: 55528

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

The LTV/Crow tower had similar lighting. Much better in theory than in practice. Unless the weather was foggy or misty it wasn't very visible. Our air is too clean. :-)
by Hannibal Lecter
04 Jun 2018 16:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 92
Views: 17131

Re: The Cedars Developments

I have a piece by sculptor Eben Lee Hall who used to live in the Ervay Theater. He called his gallery The Ruby Works. That was around 2000. It was a really cool space. The Velvet Curtain used to lease it from him for their "parties".
by Hannibal Lecter
04 Jun 2018 16:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 348
Views: 50028

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Photographer David Gibson owns a good-sized hunk of Exposition Park.

Unfortunately his website no longer shows all his properties: https://www.thegibsonco.com/
by Hannibal Lecter
30 May 2018 21:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 348
Views: 50028

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

^ Gee, Thanks.

Sincerely,
Nearby Residential

:-)
by Hannibal Lecter
30 May 2018 20:59
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 72
Views: 9285

Re: New Census Population Estimates

You can zone all you want, but unless people want density all you'll get is vacant lots. The truth is that density is like mass transit: 98% of the population wants it...for someone else. I know that's not a popular position here, but it's the reality.
by Hannibal Lecter
28 May 2018 13:47
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: North Texas lakes
Replies: 4
Views: 304

Re: North Texas lakes

Tnexster wrote:They must be doing some super long term planning for this lake since we still have two untapped lakes that are considered part of the Dallas Water Supply. Lake Fork and Lake Palestine.


Different water companies. This is for the North Texas Municipal Water District.
by Hannibal Lecter
24 May 2018 14:51
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 167
Views: 18541

Re: DART D2 Subway

Wasn't the original plan to have D2 reconnect with the Green line ROW in a wye near G-L and Elm? That was one of the proposals. Totally insane. The director of the Deep Ellum Foundation, Jessica Burnham, says she contacted the engineers at DART and asked them if they had actually visited the site i...
by Hannibal Lecter
23 May 2018 18:43
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 167
Views: 18541

Re: DART D2 Subway

Good catch, Lakewoodhobo. It also looks like there would be a significant realignment at Bryan Street. Since they're getting rid of the station there perhaps they don't have to be in the middle of the street, and it simplifies things to be on one side, especially the switches -- they no longer have ...
by Hannibal Lecter
23 May 2018 18:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 699
Views: 90207

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

That 93% was due to endless highway expansion by city/regional/state planners, not some magical "free market" choice between cars & trains. The population growth didn't occur out of thin air. LOL. Yeah, everybody moved to the suburbs because of some giant government conspiracy. Ok.....
by Hannibal Lecter
23 May 2018 18:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 699
Views: 90207

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:DART doesn't even serve the entire metropolitan area...
Exactly. And the vast majority of the folks voted with their feet to locate outside of the area it did serve -- because DART is a net negative.
by Hannibal Lecter
23 May 2018 18:31
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 90
Views: 10485

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

Good pic with the original italian tiles.

Image
by Hannibal Lecter
22 May 2018 23:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 699
Views: 90207

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Tnexster wrote:That "no transit" thing is going to hurt them badly when stacked up against other options and they are too far out of the wedge.


Since DART was created 93% of the population growth in the DFW metro area has been outside of the DART service area.
by Hannibal Lecter
22 May 2018 11:39
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction
Replies: 77
Views: 9459

Re: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction

^ Drivel. The value of increasing capacity isn't in decreasing congestion. It's in the increased capacity itself. If you double the capacity of a congested road you might not get anyone to their destination any faster, but you get twice as many people and good through there in the same amount of tim...
by Hannibal Lecter
16 May 2018 13:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square
Replies: 102
Views: 13768

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square

^ Yup. Prior to the construction of the Republic complex. That's Medical Arts in the top center.
by Hannibal Lecter
16 May 2018 13:47
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 167
Views: 18541

Re: DART D2 Subway

D2 can make the system overall more efficient and increase capacity and with the right structural changes and policy changes at DART, the trains we have can see an increase in ridership and use. Currently, DART's bad management of the trains and ignorance of the bus system is the biggest fault in p...
by Hannibal Lecter
16 May 2018 13:43
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 167
Views: 18541

Re: DART D2 Subway

Of course this would be very expensive but so is the Cotton Belt Line, and the CB Line is going to add very little ridership. Cotton Belt is another massive Dallas boondoggle. Embarrassing. People in those areas think trains are icky. Nothing is drastically going to change that. They moved to Plano...
by Hannibal Lecter
16 May 2018 13:38
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 167
Views: 18541

Re: DART D2 Subway

^ So you want to spend a billion dollars to add redundancy for the few hours a year the line is blocked? So would you support converting Greenville Avenue into an 8 lane freeway for when NCX is blocked?
by Hannibal Lecter
16 May 2018 13:30
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Garland: old Hypermart site
Replies: 10
Views: 912

Re: Garland: old Hypermart site

Having managed, leased and owned a number of properties in Garland, my experience has been that the city fathers expect the 635 corridor to develop like the DNT through Frisco. They've been expecting this since LBJ opened, and needless to say have been disappointed over and over. So plan on this pro...
by Hannibal Lecter
15 May 2018 10:56
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 167
Views: 18541

Re: DART D2 Subway

I think you people will eventually realize the CB and D2 are both equally important transit services. We need *both*. Strongly disagree with you here. I'm curious as to why you think the Cotton Belt is equally as important as the D2? Both are useless money pits. The Cotton Belt makes a little more ...
by Hannibal Lecter
11 May 2018 20:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square
Replies: 102
Views: 13768

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square

^ Thank you for the reminder that I'm getting old.

Not.

:)
by Hannibal Lecter
11 May 2018 20:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 348
Views: 50028

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Tnexster wrote:
maconahey wrote:Image


Which one is this? Drove by it today and didn't see a sign. Looks residential but don't recall seeing a rendering.


That's the Stillwater project.
by Hannibal Lecter
26 Apr 2018 12:04
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 124
Views: 19875

Re: DFW Airport

Aha. You left that little detail out. :-) This is great news. Actually fairly surprising. Historically a lot of the DFW-FRA passengers has been on their way to India and its neighbors. The ME3 have been grabbing that traffic, to the point that a couple years ago the discussion was whether or not LH ...
by Hannibal Lecter
25 Apr 2018 22:27
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 124
Views: 19875

Re: DFW Airport

Lufthansa is upgrading from an A330 to an A340 in 2019 per Routes Online. Not really an upgrade. The two planes are structurally almost the same. Passenger capacities are about the same. Basically the 330 has two engines and the 340 has four, plus a center fuel tank the 330 lacks. The 340 has more ...
by Hannibal Lecter
16 Apr 2018 17:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Lower Greenville Development
Replies: 42
Views: 4128

Re: Lower Greenville Development

tamtagon wrote:So.... in the spreadsheet world of paying taxes on profit the biggest company in the world gets a touch more public assistance to lease empty buildings draining neighborhoods.


So not paying taxes on income you didn't make is now considered "public assistance"?

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