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by Hannibal Lecter
14 Feb 2019 23:16
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Historic Images of Dallas
Replies: 21
Views: 3314

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: 1030
Views: 181794

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: 329
Views: 64831

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: 1030
Views: 181794

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: 202
Views: 45392

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: 484
Views: 99594

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: 244
Views: 39321

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: 16832

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: 32
Views: 3896

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: 122
Views: 28844

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: 122
Views: 28844

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: 122
Views: 28844

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: 122
Views: 28844

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: 122
Views: 28844

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: 122
Views: 28844

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: 12961

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: 270
Views: 51050

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: 484
Views: 99594

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: 484
Views: 99594

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: 14103

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: 36275

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: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 206
Views: 39393

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: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 206
Views: 39393

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: 33095

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: 484
Views: 99594

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: 462

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: 462

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: 42
Views: 6235

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: 530

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: 5550

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.
by Hannibal Lecter
12 Nov 2018 23:30
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 109
Views: 20504

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

Appears to be 1963 or early 1964.

It looks like white cars were definitely a thing back then.
by Hannibal Lecter
08 Nov 2018 20:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 484
Views: 99594

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0



I forgot to thank you for the great post. Much appreciated!
by Hannibal Lecter
08 Nov 2018 15:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 484
Views: 99594

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

^ I just heard back from Sam Wynne. (For those who don't know him, he owns Brain Dead Brewery and Bowls and Tacos). He said he hasn't heard anything from the city, and he thought the road was dead for another decade.

Maybe Baylor is planning on the road being built as far as Elm?
by Hannibal Lecter
08 Nov 2018 14:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 484
Views: 99594

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

So they're going to use the CBD-Fair Park Link as their front door? I have to assume they've been quietly talking to the city about resurrecting the zombie. Say goodbye to Bowls & Tacos and to half of Exposition Park. I just messaged Sam Wynne to see if he's heard anything.
by Hannibal Lecter
07 Nov 2018 19:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 484
Views: 99594

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

It's not going anywhere quickly, but it's not dead. In a nutshell, just about everyone in Deep Ellum now agrees it would be a bad idea and a waste of money, but it's on the thoroughfare plan, partially funded and partially constructed (Malcolm X to Hall). So it's still on the city's to do list. I th...
by Hannibal Lecter
07 Nov 2018 11:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 484
Views: 99594

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

The rush hour traffic around the new Baylor building is going to be interesting. Thousands of people trying to get in or out of a building at the same time with two-lane streets on just two sides. No turn lanes and no signal lights, just a single 4-way stop. Oh, and a DART rail crossing blocking one...
by Hannibal Lecter
07 Nov 2018 10:58
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 244
Views: 39321

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Actually the limestone in this area is one of the best materials for tunnelling. Soft enough for easy boring, but hard enough to be self supporting without lots of reinforcement. That's why they considered tunnels for the I-635 express lanes -- the price of tunnelling was competitive with other opti...
by Hannibal Lecter
06 Nov 2018 00:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1030
Views: 181794

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

^ Dallas has substantially more tech workers than Seattle (or Austin for that matter). But they're a smaller percentage of our much larger total workforce, so they don't get the press. UT Dallas, UTA and SMU can hold their own against U of W. The DC metro area has a lot more tech workers, but most o...
by Hannibal Lecter
23 Oct 2018 22:43
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 249
Views: 41817

Re: DART D2 Subway

Welcome to DFW Urbanist logic - every bad thing that happens is the result of not throwing enough money at whatever hodgepodge of policy proposals they personally support :roll: :roll: Setting aside the ridiculousness of a random power outage as a compelling reason to spend $1.2 billion on a subway...
by Hannibal Lecter
23 Oct 2018 22:41
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 249
Views: 41817

Re: DART D2 Subway

Say what you will about streetcars; but Dallas' MATA street car ridership is actually quite decent. The Oak Cliff Street Car ridership is actually not that bad considering it's not connected to anything. Once the Downtown Lines connect MATA and Oak Cliff; ridership should bump up for these lines. L...
by Hannibal Lecter
23 Oct 2018 22:38
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 249
Views: 41817

Re: DART D2 Subway

I would say spending that money on a rail corridor is 1.2 billion times more efficient than spending it on single occupant car lanes. And I would say you need to learn the difference between theoretical and actual. That one mile highway handles as many people each day as the entire DART system -- t...
by Hannibal Lecter
22 Oct 2018 16:33
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 249
Views: 41817

Re: DART D2 Subway

^ And if someone said we needed to spend $1.2 billion dollars to widen I-345 for the extra State Fair Traffic three weekends a year you would say?
by Hannibal Lecter
19 Oct 2018 23:27
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park
Replies: 86
Views: 15933

Re: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park

Surely that merry go round is just a cut and past place holder until they figure out what to do there. It looks ridiculous. I heard the sky bridge connecting the Perot all the way to the Arts District would be a phase 3 project at a later date. Separated from the main park by two busy streets I jus...
by Hannibal Lecter
19 Oct 2018 23:17
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New City website for bond project items/status
Replies: 4
Views: 1059

Re: New City website for bond project items/status

Great news! Let us know when you put it up for sale and/or the city of Dallas condemns it for being unlivable. Want to make sure I can get 1st shot at it! :D Another unit in the building, currently for sale. Except for all the (staged) furniture it's not as nice as mine. It's under contract, but go...
by Hannibal Lecter
19 Oct 2018 23:13
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New City website for bond project items/status
Replies: 4
Views: 1059

Re: New City website for bond project items/status

I'd love for the city to condemn it. There's an old saying in real estate: The highest and best use of any property is eminent domain. The funny thing is that if the city were to ever daylight Mill Creek -- which will never happen -- they would pretty much have to acquire this building. The existing...
by Hannibal Lecter
19 Oct 2018 13:21
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park
Replies: 86
Views: 15933

Re: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park

Does anyone actually visit a city visitor center? I mean this as an honest question. I can't recall any time that I ever have.
by Hannibal Lecter
19 Oct 2018 11:21
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 171
Views: 38591

Re: DFW Airport

In this era of TSA goons, airside amenities and private lounges in every terminal no experienced traveler is going to leave an airport in this country unless they've got an overnight layover. The only time I've ever left an airport between flights was in the Middle East. It took a 16 hour layover an...
by Hannibal Lecter
13 Oct 2018 20:52
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Columbia/Main Complete Streets
Replies: 6
Views: 910

Re: Columbia/Main Complete Streets

Converting neighborhood infrastructure to the benefit of neighborhood residents rather than non-residents improves cost/benefit of city living. Tam, sometimes I wonder if you're just trolling to get attention. I think you'll find very few thoroughfares in Dallas that are more dedicated to residents...

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