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by Hannibal Lecter
22 May 2018 11:39
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction
Replies: 76
Views: 7582

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: 11724

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: 155
Views: 14934

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: 155
Views: 14934

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: 155
Views: 14934

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: 688

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: 155
Views: 14934

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: 11724

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: 270
Views: 39262

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: 113
Views: 16052

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: 113
Views: 16052

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: 33
Views: 2989

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"?
by Hannibal Lecter
16 Apr 2018 17:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 305
Views: 44312

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:That Porsche tho..
Ain't no Porsches in that picture.
by Hannibal Lecter
10 Apr 2018 23:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 270
Views: 39262

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

The Gabrielle (first time I've heard it called that) now has two cranes.
by Hannibal Lecter
08 Apr 2018 19:58
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 134
Views: 13481

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

^ Dallas city hall.
by Hannibal Lecter
03 Apr 2018 16:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)
Replies: 123
Views: 17941

Re: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)

Few things kills creativity, distinctiveness and value as when the government tries to regulate aesthetics as opposed to function. I recall reading years ago about a beautiful Victorian house in Santa Fe. It's one of the most beloved buildings in the city. And for decades it has been illegal to buil...
by Hannibal Lecter
28 Mar 2018 16:43
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART Generated $7 Billion In TOD
Replies: 10
Views: 1562

Re: DART Generated $7 Billion In TOD

You do know how laughable this is, right? Michael Carroll has taken over as head of the UNT "Economics Research Group" from Bernard Weinstein. They're notorious for reaching whatever conclusion is desired by whoever is paying for the study. In this case DART takes responsibility for every ...
by Hannibal Lecter
15 Mar 2018 14:18
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Pipes et cetera
Replies: 3
Views: 446

Re: Pipes et cetera

They're rebuilding it again? It doesn't seem that long since the last time they did it. I'm guessing 15-20 years. It should last MUCH longer than that.
by Hannibal Lecter
15 Mar 2018 14:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 166
Views: 19311

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

^ You guys are just too young. There used to be plenty of cheap places in the 80's and into the 90's.
by Hannibal Lecter
09 Mar 2018 14:11
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 140
Views: 9836

Re: I-345

It's been done successfully in many places with freeways just as central as I-345 (see the Embarcadero in SF or the Cheonggyecheon in Seoul to name two). Context varies, and projects can be screwed up, of course, but like.. it's not some crazy harebrained scheme that's obviously a boneheaded idea. ...
by Hannibal Lecter
09 Mar 2018 13:56
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 140
Views: 9836

Re: I-345

Whatever is the outcome in the stay/go considerations, the primary mandate must be repairing the two surface street grids. With apologies to Johnny Cochran, "You can't repair what wasn't there." I-345 didn't haven't any significant effect on the street grid, because there wasn't much of a...
by Hannibal Lecter
03 Mar 2018 22:44
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 140
Views: 9836

Re: I-345

^ You have a point. Since there are historically more fatalities on I-635 per passenger mile than on I-345 then my back-of-envelope estimate probably understated the number of fatalities that would result.

Thanks.

:)
by Hannibal Lecter
03 Mar 2018 14:28
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 140
Views: 9836

Re: I-345

I wonder if the models provide any estimates on the number of people that would be killed by removing the highway? For those going "WTF???", here are some reasons... - Limited access highways are by far the safest roads. Move a couple hundred thousand cars a day onto surface streets and yo...
by Hannibal Lecter
26 Feb 2018 22:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor
Replies: 96
Views: 14320

Re: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor

A relative of mine picked up several key properties along the Knox-Henderson corridor back in the 80's. From the north side of Knox next to the (then future) Katy Trail down to corner of Henderson and Ross. Holding on to those properties ate up a lot of cash over the years. In retrospect he probably...
by Hannibal Lecter
26 Feb 2018 22:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: City Lights
Replies: 27
Views: 4382

Re: Downtown Dallas: City Lights

^ I've heard this will be a Tom Thumb gas station, but I don't have confirmation.
by Hannibal Lecter
21 Feb 2018 12:40
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 245
Views: 28593

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

muncien wrote:That said, I stayed at Swisshotel, and the Silver Smith (1.5 and 1 miles respectively).


It's a small world. I stayed at the Silversmith my last time in Chicago.
by Hannibal Lecter
19 Feb 2018 09:59
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Short Survey for Dallas project - please help
Replies: 4
Views: 514

Re: Short Survey for Dallas project - please help

Cities have been offering services like this for free since the 70's. Years ago there were signs on the highways with a number to call. Never got much traction in DFW for multiple reasons: Multiple employment centers so everyone is going in different directions, non-standardized work schedules and m...
by Hannibal Lecter
06 Feb 2018 00:51
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Drinking Water
Replies: 4
Views: 425

Re: Drinking Water

Banking the water is understandable, but at some point the loss of habit will need addressing -- the most logical solution to losing the Bois de arc creek is to recreate that habitat in the Dallas Trinity River Flood Channel. The map on https://www.dallasnews.com/news/texas/2018/02/02/states-first-...
by Hannibal Lecter
31 Jan 2018 18:10
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 245
Views: 28593

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

mdg109 wrote:Also, I'm wondering what these pedestrian walkways will look like.


Panhandlers every 20 feet or so....
by Hannibal Lecter
31 Jan 2018 18:09
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava
Replies: 47
Views: 4714

Re: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava

^ Some of us have been saying that for 15+ years....
by Hannibal Lecter
26 Jan 2018 17:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 270
Views: 39262

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

^ Crane went up yesterday.
by Hannibal Lecter
21 Jan 2018 01:10
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The DEEP ELLUM Thread
Replies: 4
Views: 566

Re: The DEEP ELLUM Thread

That's the SEC of Canton and Malcolm X.
by Hannibal Lecter
11 Jan 2018 13:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 256
Views: 35198

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

Am I the only one who noticed the new video display on the north face of the building last night? Not particularly awe inspiring. Too small for the size of the building. Looks like someone just needed to check off the box labeled "animated LED lighting effects". Sorry for the low quality o...
by Hannibal Lecter
11 Jan 2018 11:53
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 155
Views: 20233

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

It just depends on what type of employee they are targeting. Google (and similar companies) target intelligent, focused, motivated workaholics without any kind of life outside of work. That's why they have 24 hour free food, onsite bars, gyms, dry cleaners, playrooms, etc... -- so the employees nev...
by Hannibal Lecter
11 Jan 2018 11:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 270
Views: 39262

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Deep ellum needs an arcade. B4 has around 8 pinball machines in the back. The owner is looking at staying open late on Friday and Saturday and charging a cover for unlimited play. He's trying to talk me out of my Twilight Zone pin because the curio shop theme matches his store, but it's not going a...
by Hannibal Lecter
11 Jan 2018 11:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 270
Views: 39262

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

It shows that, from a branding perspective at least, names like "Trinity", "Bishop" and "Deep Ellum" are emblematic of Dallas. I don't think "Uptown" or "Design District" have the same weight. Ironically the Deep Ellum Bar is in Boston. So popular t...
by Hannibal Lecter
22 Dec 2017 23:21
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 151
Views: 14427

Re: the Cotton Belt line

^ Sorry, I don't have time to go looking for those numbers. I'm sure you can Google them. I don't know what ridership projections you are referring to, but since DART LRT ridership has gone down every single year except when they opened new lines, any projections of increased ridership are suspiciou...
by Hannibal Lecter
19 Dec 2017 13:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 91
Views: 12744

Re: AT&T Discovery District

AT&T plans to light up Dallas' skyline with new HQ display

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/rea ... hq-display
by Hannibal Lecter
15 Dec 2017 09:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Mockingbird Station
Replies: 27
Views: 5190

Re: Dallas Mockingbird Station

I would add that it was the local news media who made news stories connecting the bridge to stories of pedestrian deaths. Possibly even a neighborhood group somewhere making such a ridiculous claim. They needed an angle to cover the story of the bridge and the deaths seems like a good angle but the...
by Hannibal Lecter
14 Dec 2017 20:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Mockingbird Station
Replies: 27
Views: 5190

Re: Dallas Mockingbird Station

With that new pedestrian bridge connecting over Mockingbird I can see this overall area becoming popular as it also connects directly to DART rail station and off 75. Ironically the bridge is of almost no value to the people who live and work there. No one is going to walk hundreds of yards out of ...
by Hannibal Lecter
13 Dec 2017 13:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 270
Views: 39262

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

DMN architecture critic Mark Lamster on Novel Deep Ellum: "this is how you destroy a city" I'd be interested to hear how he figures that. It seems to me that projects like this are how you reinvigorate a city. His take (in my words): Replacing a significant portion (that's a BIG block) of...
by Hannibal Lecter
12 Dec 2017 16:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 270
Views: 39262

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

DMN architecture critic Mark Lamster on Novel Deep Ellum: "this is how you destroy a city"
by Hannibal Lecter
12 Dec 2017 10:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 270
Views: 39262

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

The reaction here is the exact opposite of the people already in the neighborhood. Right down to people thinking the guitar sign sucks. :-)
by Hannibal Lecter
11 Dec 2017 20:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square
Replies: 102
Views: 11724

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square

All very real observations; thank you. You also forgot to mention the lack of accessibility (typical for its age), uneven pavement, and worn interiors. The downturn in garden maintenance started about 10 years ago when metal thieves stripped away copper electrical wiring (lighting), bronze drain gr...
by Hannibal Lecter
10 Dec 2017 14:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square
Replies: 102
Views: 11724

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square

Primarily from the dog waste and surrounding dog owners, or more? The first thing you see walking in the west entrance is the gravel area covered in dog waste. Not one of the water features was working. What are supposed to be grassy areas are as much mud as grass. Lots of dead vegetation. The wate...
by Hannibal Lecter
09 Dec 2017 17:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square
Replies: 102
Views: 11724

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square

I visited Thanksgiving Square today for probably the first time in almost 40 years. Absolutely disgusting and embarrassing. They need to just lock the gates.
by Hannibal Lecter
09 Dec 2017 17:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 99
Views: 13201

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

Back in the '80s I handled some bank REO assets in west Texas that had negative appraised values. You would have to spend money on environment remediation and/or demolition before you could even give the property away for free. I recall once getting a call from the Fire Chief in Floydada, texas to t...

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