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by Hannibal Lecter
13 Sep 2018 12:53
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 201
Views: 28064

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

I think you'll see more of this as long as Trump is in the White House. I work with several multinational companies, and they're running into all kinds of problems with their employees not being able to get into the United States.
by Hannibal Lecter
10 Sep 2018 10:05
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Dallas: The Thread
Replies: 50
Views: 6429

Re: Dallas: The Thread

^ The "door was unlocked" narrative seems somewhat fishy, as multiple neighbors report hearing banging and someone yelling "open up".
by Hannibal Lecter
08 Sep 2018 23:15
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Historic Images of Dallas
Replies: 16
Views: 1497

Re: Historic Images of Dallas

The trains at Northpark.
by Hannibal Lecter
04 Sep 2018 16:07
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 189
Views: 20558

Re: the Cotton Belt line

^ I know you're trying to be funny, but it's not. Perhaps you should meet some of the folks who've been assaulted, raped and robbed in Deep Ellum. It's no joke...every other news story about these incidents ends with practically the same last sentence: "The suspects were last seen headed toward...
by Hannibal Lecter
04 Sep 2018 16:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Old Cityplace Twin Tower site
Replies: 35
Views: 1536

Re: Old Cityplace Twin Tower site

"...staff encouraged the applicant to consider offering a minimum amount of mixed-income housing."

In other words, blackmail.
by Hannibal Lecter
03 Sep 2018 12:26
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Homelessness
Replies: 43
Views: 2796

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

^ I believe there's a little bit of wiggle room between not attracting/encouraging/enabling/subsidizing and euthanasia.
by Hannibal Lecter
03 Sep 2018 12:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 398
Views: 51554

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Tnexster wrote:Don't those gold Campbell Center towers pretty much mark the area pretty well?


In the movie "Drive-In" (1976) they had a cameo as "the world's tallest buildings" in the movie-within-the-movie.
by Hannibal Lecter
03 Sep 2018 12:18
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Homelessness
Replies: 43
Views: 2796

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

While there homeless people I've Never seen them camp out on sidewalks or go in public. The downtown patrol is good about policing that. Only the stew pot and the presbyteryian church has that problem. I'm in DT all-day everyday. Your experience seems anecdotal. Admittedly I'm on the Deep Ellum sid...
by Hannibal Lecter
03 Sep 2018 12:02
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Homelessness
Replies: 43
Views: 2796

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

tamtagon wrote:Maybe the city should put all the homeless people on a bus to California, would that help?

I've been saying that for years.

The Bridge needs to be put out of OUR misery. All it does it attract problems and enable their behaviour. And yes, I meant that exactly as written.
by Hannibal Lecter
03 Sep 2018 11:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 252
Views: 36640

Re: Oak Lawn

When I was at Bellini's a few days ago, I was told that the lot would be redeveloped as a CVS location. They were fairly confident about this development, but the location seems too small. According to Candy's Dirt it is Total Wine. They're having to get a variance due to proximity to a church. htt...
by Hannibal Lecter
03 Sep 2018 11:50
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Lakewood-White Rock: Garland Rd./Grand/Gaston intersection
Replies: 14
Views: 595

Re: Lakewood-White Rock: Garland Rd./Grand/Gaston intersection

Garland Road and Gaston were part of the Bankhead Highway, one of the earliest transcontinental highways. It stretched from Washington DC to San Diego. The highway was there before the development. To complain that people use it to pass through the neighborhood is like the people who move next an ai...
by Hannibal Lecter
03 Sep 2018 11:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Comprehensive Dallas Development Map / List
Replies: 36
Views: 9890

Re: Comprehensive Dallas Development Map / List

10-story assisted living. Seems like they got carried away filing for 589 feet.


Sounds like they used AMSL.
by Hannibal Lecter
28 Aug 2018 13:22
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 167
Views: 18184

Re: Trinity River Park

What the corp approved isn't what they city eventually went with: https://www.dallasobserver.com/news/dallas-city-council-pushes-trinity-lakes-plan-says-toll-road-opponents-wasted-millions-7119188 "The Trinity River lakes were never going to be humongous. Seventy-five or 80 acres each, accordin...
by Hannibal Lecter
28 Aug 2018 12:01
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 167
Views: 18184

Re: Trinity River Park

Ah, the mythical lakes. There's never been a plan to build lakes. The so-called lakes were what we in Texas call stock ponds. Say "lake" and people think White Rock. In actuality all the proposed ponds total about 1/3 the size of Bachman. Combined. Puddles with delusions of grandeur. Becau...
by Hannibal Lecter
28 Aug 2018 11:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 252
Views: 36640

Re: Oak Lawn

I managed that center back in the 80's (yes, before most of you were born). It was the original location of Chiquita's restaurant. When they moved the space became Jugs, which was a hit. I read somewhere that when it closed it was the oldest operating lesbian bar in the country.
by Hannibal Lecter
28 Aug 2018 11:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 401
Views: 57849

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

^ There is/was a picture hanging on their wall of their very first customer -- my son. As DPatel mentioned, their hours sucked. They were never open when we were hungry. But a bigger issue is that their food just wasn't very good. We would walk right past them to get much better ice cream at Bobaddi...
by Hannibal Lecter
27 Aug 2018 12:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 401
Views: 57849

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

By the way, most probably knew this, but the low-rise 1987 building between Landry Park and N. Washington at the corner of Race just got heavily renovated last year. It is owned by Baylor U. in Waco and called the LHSON Building (Louise Herrington School of Nursing). Baylor bought it from the Bapti...
by Hannibal Lecter
27 Aug 2018 12:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 401
Views: 57849

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Hopefully the bus will stay and be reconfigured to shuttle employees around the campus area and Deep Ellum. It would be a nice daytime boost to the restaurants there. They do have an intra-campus shuttle. It used to have a stop in Deep Ellum, but dropped it when they closed that office (it's now th...
by Hannibal Lecter
26 Aug 2018 21:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 401
Views: 57849

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

I'm beginning to wonder if the Tom Landry property on the north side of Race Street is just going to be used as a construction staging area, with the actual building and parking garage going on the south side. Dallas Trivia: Race Street is so named because that's where kids took their horses to race...
by Hannibal Lecter
26 Aug 2018 19:07
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Paper or Plastic (or not)?
Replies: 13
Views: 354

Re: Paper or Plastic (or not)?

how, or in what way? You can Google https://www.google.com/search?q=are+paper+or+plastic+bags+more+environmentally+friendly, but to summarize: paper bags take a LOT more energy to create and transport, and their production involves some nasty chemicals, some of which are released into the environme...
by Hannibal Lecter
25 Aug 2018 20:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: Cinépolis /The 23 (~273 FT / 23 ST)
Replies: 104
Views: 26049

Re: Victory Park: Cinépolis /The 23 (~273 FT / 23 ST)

Visited the theater last weekend. Great staff and a beautiful facility. Here's the problem: Two adults and one child for a weekend matinee, with three drinks, one not very good box of popcorn and one box of candy. Total bill with tip: $96.43. Almost $100 to see "The Meg"???? I don't see us...
by Hannibal Lecter
25 Aug 2018 20:29
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 204
Views: 22025

Re: DART D2 Subway

Don't forget the operating costs. Remember what happened when the NCX subway got delayed due to subterranean gases. One of the DART board members asked one the engineers how badly the delay word hurt DART finances. The engineer explained that the delay was great for finances. It's when the line open...
by Hannibal Lecter
25 Aug 2018 20:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: The Spire Mixed Use Project
Replies: 67
Views: 9264

Re: Arts District: The Spire Mixed Use Project

^ Because if they remove I-345 it will greatly reduce demand for office space downtown, especially in that area.
by Hannibal Lecter
25 Aug 2018 20:21
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Paper or Plastic (or not)?
Replies: 13
Views: 354

Re: Paper or Plastic (or not)?

^ Because plastic is cheaper. Ironically plastic bags are generally more environmentally friendly than paper. They just get a bad rap because of their one weakness: they degrade slower "in the wild", so they're more visible as liter (paper and plastic both degrade similarly in landfills).
by Hannibal Lecter
24 Aug 2018 18:29
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Dallas Love Field Airport
Replies: 52
Views: 6339

Re: Dallas Love Field Airport

Korea is shutting down it's high speed rail to Incheon Airport because the users prefer buses:

https://asia.nikkei.com/Economy/South-K ... speed-rail
by Hannibal Lecter
21 Aug 2018 11:16
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 204
Views: 22025

Re: DART D2 Subway

^ Only in my dreams....
by Hannibal Lecter
21 Aug 2018 11:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: 900 Main
Replies: 48
Views: 2167

Re: 900 Main

LOL. It sounds like this is just fixing up the existing surface lot. Everyone can de-wad their panties.
by Hannibal Lecter
21 Aug 2018 11:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 401
Views: 57849

Baylor Scott & White Admin Complex

This is going to be big. 600k square feet.

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/rea ... m-district

By comparison, the office tower at the Epic is only 250k SF.
by Hannibal Lecter
17 Aug 2018 12:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: 2711 N. Haskell
Replies: 11
Views: 2048

Re: Cityplace East: 2711 N. Haskell

Cbdallas wrote:That is the disconnect as you cross over central you immediately notice that you have left uptown.


OK, but is there a downside? :D
by Hannibal Lecter
17 Aug 2018 12:49
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Dallas Love Field Airport
Replies: 52
Views: 6339

Re: Dallas Love Field Airport

Is there any evidence that adding a people mover is going to increase usage? I'm not even talking about increasing it enough to justify the cost -- that's beyond pie-in-the-sky. Let's be realistic: how many people are there really who don't rider DART to Love Field now that would start just because ...
by Hannibal Lecter
17 Aug 2018 12:31
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Dallas Love Field Airport
Replies: 52
Views: 6339

Re: Dallas Love Field Airport

muncien wrote:By the way... Are those actual houses on Shorecrest, just in between the ends of the runways? lol
Yes. I had a friend in high school who lived there.
by Hannibal Lecter
17 Aug 2018 12:24
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Dallas Love Field Airport
Replies: 52
Views: 6339

Re: Dallas Love Field Airport

I wish Dallas had kept the original DFW people mover vehicles around, because while they are much slower than what is used now, they would be fast enough and make a great choice at Love Field. Imagine all the cash that could have been saved if the City had kept all the vehicles and control panels g...
by Hannibal Lecter
16 Aug 2018 17:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 401
Views: 57849

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

lakewoodhobo wrote:If only they owned land right across the street where they could build this instead of taking up green space. :roll:

IMG_9935.jpg


For the record, they don't own that whole block. Elm Street Motors even has (had?) a sign proudly proclaiming "THIS IS NOT BAYLOR PROPERTY".
by Hannibal Lecter
15 Aug 2018 12:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 401
Views: 57849

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Baylor is adding another building. We want to make you aware that several portions of Landry Park will be undergoing construction over the next 24 months as we begin preparations to build a Baylor Scott & White Health administrative services building on our campus. We anticipate that constructio...
by Hannibal Lecter
10 Aug 2018 15:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 178
Views: 28939

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Office building crane is gone.
by Hannibal Lecter
09 Aug 2018 11:30
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Midlothian Development
Replies: 7
Views: 247

Re: Midlothian Development

I mean I don't know what the incentives we provided are but I am happy to have those 40 paying jobs in South Dallas. It doesn't mean those 40 jobs families will live in South Dallas though. This does continue the trend of DFW loading up with lots of new data centers though. It's a long way from Sou...
by Hannibal Lecter
05 Aug 2018 22:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 398
Views: 51554

Re: Victory Park 3.0

If a downtown business doesn't have convenient parking then it's not catering to me -- and I live less than half a mile outside the loop. Parking isn't for "Frisco or Weatherford", it's for Lakewood and Lake Highlands. If you make it inconvenient for those people they have plenty of option...
by Hannibal Lecter
02 Aug 2018 20:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas: Market Center area
Replies: 15
Views: 866

Re: Dallas: Market Center area

Had the same thought, expanding to increase it's capacity as a data center. It's such an attractive building, seems odd that this is what it has become. The industry changed. The kind of use -- fancy showroom for corporate customers -- disappeared. Credit goes to the architects for making the build...
by Hannibal Lecter
01 Aug 2018 11:46
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Fair Park
Replies: 59
Views: 8303

Re: Fair Park

...still pissed LaMiller turned The Cowboys away from Fair Park. If that were only true then that would be the one thing to like about her. The reality is that Jerry Jones insisted that the county commissioners (not the city) schedule the referendum for the taxpayer funding immediately, knowing the...
by Hannibal Lecter
01 Aug 2018 11:41
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Fair Park
Replies: 59
Views: 8303

Re: Fair Park

Redblock wrote:Back in '94(?) the Cotton Bowl hosted 1 or 2 of the preliminary matches when the US hosted the World Cup. Now Dallas is on the list of 23 cities which could host games for the 2026 World Cup.


They also located the media center for the whole thing in Fair Park.
by Hannibal Lecter
01 Aug 2018 11:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 239
Views: 29948

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

The city use to charge our building $1000 year for an "awning" (actually a decorative strip that extends six inches out over the sidewalk that we would love to get rid of but aren't allowed to because it's "historic") and for the right to plant some trees and groundcover between ...
by Hannibal Lecter
01 Aug 2018 11:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 178
Views: 28939

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Tnexster wrote:Another big garage, this one looks like it will not be concealed behind a glass curtain wall.

The garage at the base of the building will be covered. The larger garage on the highway side will not.
by Hannibal Lecter
31 Jul 2018 23:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas: Market Center area
Replies: 15
Views: 866

Re: Dallas: Market Center area

I don't know about you, but when I spend $800 million for a building I usually try not to screw it up too badly in the first year. :)

It sounds like the addition is to for physical plant, so it logically would be out of the way visually.
by Hannibal Lecter
31 Jul 2018 16:06
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 167
Views: 18184

Re: Trinity River Park

That isn't something FOKT is necessarily doing wrong, they just, like you said, have a different vision. Personally, I'm not sure what would be better. I do like the idea of a pedestrian only trail lined with residential, restaurants, etc.., but it's also nice to have a quiet 'escape' from the nois...
by Hannibal Lecter
31 Jul 2018 11:31
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 167
Views: 18184

Re: Trinity River Park

^ Interesting comment. I feel the FOTKT do an excellent job of running the trail. How do you think they could do better?
by Hannibal Lecter
30 Jul 2018 14:51
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 167
Views: 18184

Re: Trinity River Park

It can hold nearly one million gallons of water during severe floods. To provide context, at flood stage over five million gallons a minute flows by downtown Dallas. According to https://waterdata.usgs.gov/tx/nwis/uv/?site_no=08057410&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060, the record flow is 22,400 cubic fe...
by Hannibal Lecter
25 Jul 2018 17:17
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 189
Views: 20409

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

I was surprised by that $15-$20 million figure. In the past I've seen figures of around $100 million. But ignoring that, $15-20 just sounds too low to be reasonable. It would probably cost that much to build a barebones ground-level station. As for the neighborhood opposition, I doubt it has changed...
by Hannibal Lecter
24 Jul 2018 12:11
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 189
Views: 20558

Re: the Cotton Belt line

TNWE wrote:I'm curious, when will we see a City of Dallas resolution agreeing to reimburse DART for the $500M in additional costs they demanded with their desired D2 alignment?


I'd love to see that. Teach the Morons on Marilla a lesson.
by Hannibal Lecter
23 Jul 2018 12:51
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 189
Views: 20558

Re: the Cotton Belt line

Wonderful. Another bridge with unnecessary arches. Probably not even functional.

Won't these idiots ever learn?

Oh, I'm sorry, I forgot. It's just the taxpayer's money.

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