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by Hannibal Lecter
13 Oct 2018 20:52
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Columbia/Main Complete Streets
Replies: 6
Views: 154

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...
by Hannibal Lecter
13 Oct 2018 10:25
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Columbia/Main Complete Streets
Replies: 6
Views: 154

Re: Columbia/Main Complete Streets

Don't worry, this is just a formality. The decision is already made to screw up the street. They'll take out two lanes and replace them with bike lanes. The 99% will once again get hosed to placate the 1%.

(I say this as someone who uses these streets to bike to White Rock Lake).
by Hannibal Lecter
12 Oct 2018 14:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor
Replies: 119
Views: 20500

Re: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor

^ They could have scraped it at any time. There's no requirement the keep any part of the old building.
by Hannibal Lecter
09 Oct 2018 09:41
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 302
Views: 41467

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

So much for "no tax dollars".
by Hannibal Lecter
08 Oct 2018 18:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 184
Views: 31869

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

^ Hotel. The new building that the city is giving them millions in historic preservation dollars to build.
by Hannibal Lecter
05 Oct 2018 10:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 37
Views: 1070

Re: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)

Matt777 wrote:Please get off your soapboax and be realistic.


Pot, meet Kettle.
by Hannibal Lecter
04 Oct 2018 12:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 184
Views: 31869

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Second crane, not second building. There was another crane on the other side of the office building, removed in August. Was mainly used for the parking garage.
by Hannibal Lecter
04 Oct 2018 10:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 184
Views: 31869

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Second office building crane is gone. Hotel crane is up.
by Hannibal Lecter
04 Oct 2018 09:36
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New City website for bond project items/status
Replies: 1
Views: 114

Re: New City website for bond project items/status

Thanks. It's good to know that I have until 5/11/2020 to sell my place on Commerce Street and move, before they render it unlivable.
by Hannibal Lecter
01 Oct 2018 19:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Single Family Homes by PSW- Lake Highlands across from DART Station
Replies: 4
Views: 313

Re: Single Family Homes by PSW- Lake Highlands across from DART Station

^ May I suggest you propose rezoning that property MF to the folks who live in that neighborhood. Then come back and tell us their thoughts on the matter.

After you get out of the hospital.
by Hannibal Lecter
30 Sep 2018 21:53
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Transition of Uptown
Replies: 28
Views: 1075

Re: The Transition of Uptown

^ Sounds just like Vickery in 1986.
by Hannibal Lecter
28 Sep 2018 11:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 427
Views: 64415

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Matt777 wrote:Geez okay, but the bank better not be tearing down the building and sure as hell better not be putting in a bank drive thru.

It's a small property without much parking. I'm wondering if they're buying an adjacent property, too. They're going to have to have a drive thru somewhere to be competitive.
by Hannibal Lecter
28 Sep 2018 11:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 427
Views: 64415

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

That has been a whole issue since Spring. Terry Black's bought the building along with the existing lease to Dallas Comedy House, and then has been trying every trick under the sun to intimidate and threaten DCH to end their lease early. It's pretty gross what they're doing, actually, and I know th...
by Hannibal Lecter
28 Sep 2018 11:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 427
Views: 64415

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:There's already a New Texas Based Bank on Gaston...So whatever. This better not year down the Baker's building.


This is Texas Brand Bank. Not the same.

Ironically, one block away the NE corner of Hall and Elm was a drive-thru for many years for one of the big downtown banks.
by Hannibal Lecter
25 Sep 2018 14:48
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 155
Views: 24973

Re: DFW Airport

I45Tex wrote:About four more pages of that brochure are gone now. I don't know the year. But google image searching Surtran taxis turns up interesting NYT and architectural articles about DFW opening and Dallas in general.


Thanks for posting!
by Hannibal Lecter
24 Sep 2018 16:08
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 155
Views: 24973

Re: DFW Airport

IMG_0495.jpgAm about to recycle this old paper but thought that some of you will certainly enjoy a look at it: I would love to see the rest of the article if you could upload a full scan. What's the date on the article? I remember the day DFW opened all too well. I was a newspaper carrier, and the ...
by Hannibal Lecter
24 Sep 2018 13:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 190
Views: 24213

Re: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

Stretching out a development over years increases the risks by an order of magnitude.

Just ask the original developers behind One Main Place, One Dallas Centre, BOA Tower, Fountain Place and (ironically) Cityplace how well their second towers worked out.
by Hannibal Lecter
13 Sep 2018 12:53
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 203
Views: 30644

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: 7162

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: 1736

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: 22825

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: 1814

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: 50
Views: 3577

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: 408
Views: 56568

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: 50
Views: 3577

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: 50
Views: 3577

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: 39648

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: 15
Views: 833

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: 10675

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: 169
Views: 20350

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: 169
Views: 20350

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: 39648

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: 427
Views: 64415

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: 427
Views: 64415

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: 427
Views: 64415

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: 427
Views: 64415

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: 445

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: 107
Views: 28044

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: 24144

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: 76
Views: 10718

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: 445

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: 58
Views: 7357

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: 24144

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: 2396

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: 427
Views: 64415

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: 2191

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: 58
Views: 7357

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: 58
Views: 7357

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: 58
Views: 7357

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...

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