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by Hannibal Lecter
21 Feb 2018 12:40
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 238
Views: 19002

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: 2
Views: 120

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: 199

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: 238
Views: 19002

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: 38
Views: 2018

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: 216
Views: 24433

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: 294

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: 226
Views: 24149

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: 140
Views: 12712

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: 216
Views: 24433

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: 216
Views: 24433

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: 101
Views: 7313

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: 65
Views: 8099

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: 25
Views: 3653

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: 25
Views: 3653

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: 216
Views: 24433

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: 216
Views: 24433

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: 216
Views: 24433

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: 79
Views: 6394

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: 79
Views: 6394

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: 79
Views: 6394

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: 90
Views: 8950

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...
by Hannibal Lecter
04 Dec 2017 00:16
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 101
Views: 7313

Re: the Cotton Belt line

^ Projections for new riders -- not cannibalized from the existing line -- on the D2 line are in the range of three to four dozen a day. So cost per new rider will be astronomical.
by Hannibal Lecter
28 Nov 2017 00:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Case Building (~197 FT / 18 ST)
Replies: 40
Views: 5226

Re: Deep Ellum: Case Building (~197 FT / 18 ST)

The bare concrete portions of the main building look really bad. I was hoping/expecting some kind of surface treatment to improve the appearance, but with the first residents already in that's looking less and less likely.
by Hannibal Lecter
12 Nov 2017 18:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 65
Views: 8099

Re: AT&T Discovery District

They were doing a pretty decent light show on Whitacre Tower early Sunday morning, testing the new lights. No one will ever confuse it with the Omni or Reunion Tower, but the effects are closer to BOA than it is to One Arts.
by Hannibal Lecter
10 Nov 2017 10:55
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Dallas Love Field Airport
Replies: 23
Views: 2837

Re: Dallas Love Field Airport

The airport used to have over 70 gates. It property certainly handle more than 20.
by Hannibal Lecter
10 Nov 2017 10:48
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's
Replies: 28
Views: 2047

Re: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's

A road like this would be acceptable for an I-345 teardown because of the whole regional transportation bit, but Cesar Chavez doesn't play that role. The con man leading the I-345 fight and his idiot followers try to justify the removal economically by saying the ROW would be used for billions of d...
by Hannibal Lecter
06 Nov 2017 16:58
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 99
Views: 9438

Re: DFW Airport

^ Not because of a lack of traffic. Because AA killed their code-sharing agreement.
by Hannibal Lecter
31 Oct 2017 21:10
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 140
Views: 12712

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

^ Strange URL. I don't quite consider a stone's throw from Addison to be downtown Dallas.
by Hannibal Lecter
31 Oct 2017 21:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 232
Views: 22830

Re: Northpark Center

Butters wrote:Btw, Please name three HPV shores NOT RESTAURANTS you visit more than 3 times per year.

Unless you count the movie theater as a store....never. Have not shopped in a store there even once.
by Hannibal Lecter
30 Oct 2017 12:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 232
Views: 22830

Re: Northpark Center

Speaking as a member of the high disposable income, 50+ demographic that Northpark covets, things like watching my kid slide down the same planters his old man did 45 years before are why Northpark is the only shopping mall we've been to in the better part of a decade. Catering to parents is a big p...
by Hannibal Lecter
18 Oct 2017 19:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 596
Views: 37734

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Agreed, and given how Atlanta seems to address many of their other requirements, the $5B could enough to win HQ2 for them. As I've said, hopefully Texas is also willing to write a big check. Atlanta is still Hell on Earth. Horrible traffic. Wretched climate. Incredible racism. In a nutshell, there'...
by Hannibal Lecter
18 Oct 2017 19:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 596
Views: 37734

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Here is one way to get yourself out of consideration... https://venturebeat.com/2017/10/17/in-an-open-letter-to-jeff-bezos-civic-groups-call-for-a-more-transparent-amazon-hq2-selection/ And how to get them to want to leave: https://reason.com/blog/2017/10/18/seattle-to-amazon-dont-leave-me-baby In ...
by Hannibal Lecter
13 Oct 2017 13:35
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: East Dallas: Abrams and Columbia road diet
Replies: 11
Views: 723

Re: East Dallas: Abrams and Columbia road diet

After trying the Santa Fe trail a few times I went back to riding on Columbia. It's faster, and if you time the lights right you almost never have to stop -- unlike all the at-grade crossings on the trail. I've even been known to beat buses from Exposition Park to Gaston. :-) Ironically, the past co...
by Hannibal Lecter
07 Oct 2017 17:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 220
Views: 26456

Re: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)

Honest question: when you folks talk about "regular retail" and "mom & pops", what exactly are you talking about? Looking at my own shopping habits, outside of grocery shopping (which I only do once every six to eight weeks) virtually all of my non-online shopping is either 7...
by Hannibal Lecter
24 Sep 2017 16:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 216
Views: 24433

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

The sidewalks are essentially paid off. They were part of the Deep Ellum improvements plan that were passed years ago by the city in bond package. I guess you're talking about the recent Elm Street re-do. Yes, there's new concrete but functionally the too-narrow sidewalks were made even narrower. E...
by Hannibal Lecter
20 Sep 2017 14:23
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 89
Views: 7264

Re: Trinity River Park

Matt777 wrote:We can't be the only big city in the world forced to use our riverfront as a drainage ditch. I haven't seen it anywhere else, at least not as poorly done as ours


I take it you've never been to Los Angeles.
by Hannibal Lecter
18 Sep 2017 21:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 216
Views: 24433

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:Whatever happened to hostel that was coming? That's something that is severely lacking in Dallas.


It's under construction. They made a major addition to the rear of the existing building.
by Hannibal Lecter
17 Sep 2017 18:23
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 99
Views: 9438

Re: DFW Airport

^ So you pack your 1 liter bottle of water, 8 ounce tube of toothpaste and/or Aunt Mary's cherry pie -- all of which are verboten in carry on luggage -- in your checked bag, fly to another airport, transfer them to your carry on an board another plane?
by Hannibal Lecter
16 Sep 2017 18:57
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 99
Views: 9438

Re: DFW Airport

^ You can't use the existing people mover if you have checked baggage. That's the problem.
by Hannibal Lecter
16 Sep 2017 12:51
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 99
Views: 9438

Re: DFW Airport

And if you're like most wise and cheap customers, you're parking in the remote parking lots and will be riding a bus to your parked car anyways. The wise and cheap demographic gets a friend or family member to drop them off. :D Your business travelers aren't worried about the cost -- they just expe...
by Hannibal Lecter
11 Sep 2017 13:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 596
Views: 37734

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

^ Why do you hate Deep Ellum?
by Hannibal Lecter
02 Sep 2017 20:34
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 99
Views: 9438

Re: DFW Airport

AA's main concern in terminal assignments is grouping aircraft types. Go out on 737 and return on an A321 and you're probably screwed.

http://crankyflier.com/2015/10/01/if-yo ... ft-wisely/
by Hannibal Lecter
01 Sep 2017 14:15
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 99
Views: 9438

Re: DFW Airport

No kidding... Such a system should be much smaller scale (2-4 people max), but with much greater frequency (on demand), and A-Z custom route automation. What? DFW is setup perfectly in this regard. If getting to your car quickly is a priority to you, then you have to pay to park in the garage right...
by Hannibal Lecter
31 Aug 2017 17:23
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 99
Views: 9438

Re: DFW Airport

Rumor on Airliners.net is that Cathay Pacific, the airline of Hong Kong, will be launching HKG-DFW to complement Oneworld partner AA's service to Hong Kong. I have flown them twice, and their service is excellent in all classes! Turn's out that the teased "Dxxxxx" was Dublin, not Dallas. ...
by Hannibal Lecter
30 Aug 2017 22:32
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 238
Views: 19002

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

When a hurricane is heading to the Texas coast, we need it all: highways, airplanes, and trains. Driving is too slow and jams up (why Houston didn't evacuate) and flying is to bureaucratic. But they would both be alleviated a bit if we had that Dallas to Houston High Speed Rail. From a post I made ...
by Hannibal Lecter
30 Aug 2017 22:27
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 99
Views: 9438

Re: DFW Airport

^ A much bigger need is to bring back streetside (outside of security) trains. It shouldn't take 25 minutes to get back to your car after you get your bags. Unfortunately AA is all about getting connecting baggage between planes and doesn't give a damn about local folks, so no way they'll let the ai...
by Hannibal Lecter
29 Aug 2017 20:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 29
Views: 3797

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

These are the same neighbors who killed the K-H DART station who changed their minds now that it's too late. I think you'll find very few people have actually changed their minds. You've just got the same small group of people still making noise about it 30 years later, while the majority who won t...

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