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by itsjrd1964
18 Sep 2020 18:17
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 406
Views: 166232

Re: DFW Economy

. . . JRD, hey a random bird told me Thompson Hotel at 1401 Elm has a pretty extensive pre-opening job listing, for well, not even being opened/finished yet. Might be a different brand, but, hey. Passing it along. Wow, thanks for thinking of me. I am amazingly still employed, and my hotel remains o...
by itsjrd1964
03 Sep 2020 14:49
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 265
Views: 119504

Re: DFW Airport

DFW Airport to vote on demolishing, rebuilding Terminal C gates

https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news ... nal-c.html
by itsjrd1964
03 Sep 2020 14:45
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco: Wade Park
Replies: 90
Views: 39956

Re: Frisco: Wade Park

Case over Frisco’s $2B Wade Park development could drag for years, lawyer says

https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news ... gamma.html
by itsjrd1964
26 Aug 2020 12:31
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 345
Views: 153883

Re: Silver Line

Station artwork for some Plano and Richardson stations has been revealed. https://communityimpact.com/dallas-fort-worth/plano/transportation/2020/08/21/dart-releases-preliminary-designs-for-plano-and-richardson-silver-line-stations/ UT-Dallas Station 80471.jpg CityLine/Bush Station 80472.jpg 12th St...
by itsjrd1964
24 Aug 2020 22:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanksgiving Tower
Replies: 44
Views: 21218

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square

Steve Brown is using the name "Santander Tower" in the headline. Is that something he came up with, or is the building no longer Thanksgiving Tower?
by itsjrd1964
21 Aug 2020 14:20
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Collin Creek Mall
Replies: 66
Views: 32039

Re: Collin Creek Mall

Forgot to post about this... Was hoping this store would stick around, but the JCPenney store at Collin Creek has changed its plans. It will not be part of the mall redevelopment, and will close before the end of the year. https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2020/08/18/jc-penney-has-back...
by itsjrd1964
15 Aug 2020 17:07
Forum: Art + Sol
Topic: WRR celebrates a milestone
Replies: 0
Views: 337

WRR celebrates a milestone

In the next year, WRR radio will celebrate a century on the air. They are starting with a static display at NorthPark Center. Panels will illustrate the station's timeline. The exhibit will be on display through September 16 in the SouthCourt area. Congrats to WRR! https://www.nbcdfw.com/entertainme...
by itsjrd1964
14 Aug 2020 04:55
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 364
Views: 154242

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

They have a hard enough time keeping the bus/rail timetable racks on board stocked up without somebody making a mess of them, using them for liners when they sit in the seats (or on the benches at bus stops/rail station platforms), or stuffing them with trash. I have a feeling DART will need a bigge...
by itsjrd1964
14 Aug 2020 04:40
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Plano: misc. developments
Replies: 48
Views: 17020

Re: Plano: misc. developments

Update on Plano Collin Creek Mall Incase you haven’t seen it. http://planomagazine.com/collin-creek-redevelopment-one-year-into-the-project/ Thanks! Hopefully it is succesful. Even if it isnt next to a rail, hopefully they have a bus shuttle to the nearby GWB train station. Or bike lines or somethi...
by itsjrd1964
14 Aug 2020 04:02
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW in the Media
Replies: 66
Views: 26757

Re: DFW in the Media

I finished S2 of The Umbrella Academy and it was a lot of fun! It's silly superhero shenanigans, so if that's not your glass of sweet tea here are a couple of the notable Dallas establishing shots. No spoilers here I promise, the first screenshot is from the first five minutes of the season. You ca...
by itsjrd1964
13 Aug 2020 13:28
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 364
Views: 154242

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

DART has begun placing sanitizer and mask dispensers on every light rail train and streetcar. The picture shows the dispensers mounted near an entrance.

https://dfw.cbslocal.com/2020/08/12/dar ... -pandemic/
by itsjrd1964
13 Aug 2020 13:24
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: DART: Bus system
Replies: 52
Views: 23197

Re: DART: Bus system

DART is installing sanitizer and mask dispensers on all its buses. A picture shows them being placed after the entry/farebox area and before the rows of seating.

https://dfw.cbslocal.com/2020/08/12/dar ... -pandemic/
by itsjrd1964
12 Aug 2020 06:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 571
Views: 229393

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

I hope the hotel can get past the initial sight-seer/interested-gawker stage. It may take the owners/developers a *while* to make their money back. The website photos of the interiors really look nice. I wouldn't mind a couple of those green guest room chairs.
by itsjrd1964
10 Aug 2020 14:06
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 208
Views: 91132

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

Found this article, praising Pacific Plaza's use of lighting at night.

https://www.metropolismag.com/design/li ... ark-plaza/
by itsjrd1964
03 Aug 2020 07:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 194
Views: 97841

Re: The Cedars Developments

I do hope this doesn't get torn down. It was built in 1939 it sits at Cadiz and Lamar I shot Friday July 31, 2020 The olf Gloco Gas station Hey Scott, I've not heard of any plans for that corner. It would be sad and quite a shock to lose that station, although I don't know what it could be used for...
by itsjrd1964
01 Aug 2020 14:05
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Dallas County: Sandbranch
Replies: 3
Views: 428

Dallas County: Sandbranch

Sandbranch is an unincorporated neighborhood in SE Dallas County, off of Belt Line Road near its Trinity River crossing. Amazingly, this area has been around 142 years--and still has no running water. For now, volunteers and a local church have been helping residents with bottled water and donations...
by itsjrd1964
31 Jul 2020 17:27
Forum: The Pitch
Topic: Dallas Cowboys: Forbes most valuable sports team
Replies: 12
Views: 7471

Re: Dallas Cowboys: Forbes most valuable sports team

Forbes' new list is out, and the Cowboys are tops again. This time, they are valued at $5.5 billion.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/more-s ... i=BB15ms5q
by itsjrd1964
28 Jul 2020 18:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Covid-19 Business Casualties
Replies: 53
Views: 8118

Re: Dallas Covid-19 Business Casualties

The Look Cinemas and their adjacent restaurant on Belt Line have both closed.

https://www.dallasnews.com/arts-enterta ... as-closed/
by itsjrd1964
24 Jul 2020 08:18
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Street name changes/proposals
Replies: 18
Views: 10680

Re: Street name changes/proposals

Some members of the Dallas City Council would like to see a name change for Lamar St. between I-30 and S.M. Wright, to honor the late Botham Jean. The matter has been brought to the City Manager, as the next step in the process. https://krld.radio.com/articles/news/dallas-council-members-seek-to-ren...
by itsjrd1964
07 Jul 2020 11:54
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Dead Man's Curve
Replies: 15
Views: 10172

Re: Dead Man's Curve

Well, it only took 56 1/2 years, but drivers have no more dead-man's-curve to put up with. The new westbound lanes of US 175 are open all the way to I-45, as of this morning :!: :!: :!:

Great to finally see it done. I guess it's another case of better-late-than-never.
by itsjrd1964
04 Jul 2020 14:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 233
Views: 114820

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Heavier trucks cause ruts and bumps to occur on asphalt over time, especially at intersections. That doesn't occur with concrete.
by itsjrd1964
03 Jul 2020 01:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown
Replies: 70
Views: 29599

Re: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown

And before it flipped to Marriott, it was a Westin hotel for a time. But TNWE, you are somewhat correct as it was the first downtown property that Marriott had that was branded as a Marriott--not as one of the other brands under their umbrella.
by itsjrd1964
02 Jul 2020 11:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown
Replies: 70
Views: 29599

Re: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown

^ Some people have short memories.... s-l1600.jpg Neat! Where is/was that? Somewhere along Harry Hines? It was at Stemmons/Market Center, the southwest corner. The Sheraton Suites, Courtyard, and Fairfield are on that site now. It was Marriott's first big property in Dallas, and the closest it woul...
by itsjrd1964
02 Jul 2020 11:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Turtle Creek : 2999 Turtle Creek Blvd
Replies: 62
Views: 21536

Re: Turtle Creek : 2999 Turtle Creek Blvd

I have a hard time believing in anything hotel-related right now. (RE: new construction & not already u/c) It could be *many many* months (if not much longer) before anything smooths out among existing hotels. There's still little reason for people to come to the DFW area at the moment, and bus...
by itsjrd1964
02 Jul 2020 11:01
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Dead Man's Curve
Replies: 15
Views: 10172

Re: Dead Man's Curve

It's been 4 months since the new eastbound lanes on US 175 have been open from the new I-45 interchange. Now, we're about to get the westbound version. But first, the traffic reporters say there will be 2 closures:::: * Tonight, westbound traffic on US 175 will be detoured at the Second Ave-Bruton e...
by itsjrd1964
27 Jun 2020 15:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown
Replies: 70
Views: 29599

Re: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown

Marriott is about to announce updated food & beverage procedures and arrangements for all its brands, so that might be 1 thing. Could cash-flow during- and after-virus be another? The owners at my property have had to use what would have been renovation funds to keep us going and afloat.
by itsjrd1964
22 Jun 2020 22:44
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Fair Park
Replies: 121
Views: 51914

Re: Fair Park

by itsjrd1964
12 Jun 2020 20:54
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 406
Views: 166232

Re: DFW Economy

Local hotel outlook: https://outline.com/6aN6pb The DBJ (https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2020/06/12/gaylord-texan-ritz-carlton-hotels-dallas-cbre.html) reports that a combined 1800 were laid off at the Ritz-Carlton and Gaylord Texan. Marriott has previously stated that furloughs/layoffs wil...
by itsjrd1964
08 Jun 2020 11:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)
Replies: 205
Views: 110681

Re: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)

Adding up Tucy's numbers, they've sold 3 units in 5 months, with no sales in 3 of the 5 months.

Hope that sales office isn't working on just commission....
by itsjrd1964
05 Jun 2020 07:46
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 265
Views: 119504

Re: DFW Airport

You won't see this one on CNN... DFW becomes the world’s busiest airport during COVID-19 downturn DFW International Airport was the world’s busiest airport in May, leaping ahead of other major travel hubs that have downsized during the COVID-19 pandemic. DFW, still running a fraction of the flights...
by itsjrd1964
28 May 2020 13:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2200 Pacific
Replies: 45
Views: 6421

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2200 Pacific

I found a feet/stories online converter, and it says 830 feet = 76.66 stories. If that's true, wouldn't that beat BoA and the tallest in Houston also? IDK if that converter is using correct or regularly-used ceiling heights per floor or not. For an office building, 830 feet is probably closer to 50...
by itsjrd1964
28 May 2020 10:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2200 Pacific
Replies: 45
Views: 6421

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2200 Pacific

I found a feet/stories online converter, and it says
830 feet = 76.66 stories.
If that's true, wouldn't that beat BoA and the tallest in Houston also? IDK if that converter is using correct or regularly-used ceiling heights per floor or not.
by itsjrd1964
28 May 2020 10:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2200 Pacific
Replies: 45
Views: 6421

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2200 Pacific

Just did a quick Google, and no matches, other than the mapping of the site. Either the FAA is the only bunch that knows, or anyone else (media, real estaters, contractors, etc) feels its too early to make things known.
by itsjrd1964
17 May 2020 19:22
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW in the Media
Replies: 66
Views: 26757

Re: DFW in the Media

tamtagon wrote:Gentlemen's clubs!


Now we know what Tamtagon does with at least some of his money ;)
by itsjrd1964
17 May 2020 07:15
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park
Replies: 134
Views: 59280

Re: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park

I wonder if the Covid pandemic will delay this expansion for a year or two at least.. I couldn't remember did they fundraise the full amount they needed or were they still a ways away.. The last I heard, they didn't specify that they had all the $$$, but they were shaking their pom-poms about it fo...
by itsjrd1964
17 May 2020 06:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Covid-19 Business Casualties
Replies: 53
Views: 8118

Re: Dallas Covid-19 Business Casualties

They did have to do quite the juggling act with legitimate business, and homeless/panhandlers/loiterers. I saw someone in there one time get upset that he couldn't use the bathroom without buying something, so he just relieved himself in the middle of the floor. It's kinda sad that it's gone, but th...
by itsjrd1964
15 May 2020 23:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Covid-19 Business Casualties
Replies: 53
Views: 8118

Re: Dallas Covid-19 Business Casualties

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:McDonald's at West End station is closed and gutted. Feels unreal.


That will definitely send more food/drink business toward the 7-Eleven at Ross/Griffin.
by itsjrd1964
09 May 2020 11:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 571
Views: 229393

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Our Mr. Wilonsky just tweeted that the Lizard Lounge is closing. He didn't reveal other specifics as of yet.

https://twitter.com/RobertWilonsky/stat ... 58752?s=19

(Putting it here, as it is likely Epic-related...)
by itsjrd1964
09 May 2020 10:48
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: The Colony: Grandscape
Replies: 25
Views: 11530

Re: The Colony: Grandscape

According to this article, sporting goods anchor Scheel's opened last week.

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/ret ... -pandemic/
by itsjrd1964
09 May 2020 10:45
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco: Stonebriar Centre mall
Replies: 19
Views: 9674

Re: Frisco: Stonebriar Centre mall

The Hyatt Regency at Stonebriar is (partially) set to open June 1.

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/rea ... y-to-open/
by itsjrd1964
06 May 2020 12:41
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 364
Views: 154242

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

20200506_124150.jpg The installation of the railside 'candlesticks' continues. This is the west side of the platform at the Walnut Hill (Red/Orange line) station. 20200506_124237.jpg The east side of the same platform. 20200506_124304.jpg A close-up, which includes a spray-painted spot placed in ad...
by itsjrd1964
05 May 2020 22:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 416
Views: 164275

Re: AT&T Discovery District

The Discovery District opening has been put off, but the article doesn't reveal how much more time before a new opening date.

http://www.dallasnews.com/business/real ... s-delayed/
by itsjrd1964
28 Apr 2020 08:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 571
Views: 229393

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

uber.headquarters.dallas.jpg Here's better rendering of the Uber tower in the Epic development that's currently coming out of the ground. Do you think uber will survive through this pandemic? IDK, the drivers I've talked to lately have all said they haven't been to DFW in at last 2-3 weeks, and are...
by itsjrd1964
27 Apr 2020 22:36
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Plano: Willow Bend Mall
Replies: 31
Views: 12094

Re: Plano: Willow Bend Mall

Plano's Shops at Willow Bend is no longer owned by Starwood Retail The mall is now in receivership. Starwood wasn't able to refinance their most recent loan. Getting a new owner may take time due to the coronavirus. https://www.dallasnews.com/business/retail/2020/04/27/planos-shops-at-willow-bend-i...
by itsjrd1964
15 Apr 2020 09:35
Forum: The Pitch
Topic: Dallas may get XFL franchise
Replies: 17
Views: 9642

Re: Dallas may get XFL franchise

XFL, with an upstart team in Dallas, lays off all employees and has no plans to return in 2021

Well, so much for all that work they did on the Ballpark....

https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news ... gades.html
by itsjrd1964
14 Apr 2020 14:03
Forum: The Pitch
Topic: TPC-Craig Ranch to host AT&T Byron Nelson
Replies: 2
Views: 1047

TPC-Craig Ranch to host AT&T Byron Nelson

The tournament will move to Craig Ranch next year, and will be hosted there for the next 5 years.

https://www.dallasnews.com/sports/golf/ ... g-in-2021/
by itsjrd1964
10 Apr 2020 10:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)
Replies: 205
Views: 110681

Re: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)

Also what building would you live in, all things considered? Actually, I'm pretty happy where I'm at. First floor, older quiet complex in an older suburban neighborhood I'm very familiar with. Fortunately also, the family that owns the complex isn't being hounded by tear-it-down/replace-it-with-big...
by itsjrd1964
08 Apr 2020 07:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)
Replies: 205
Views: 110681

Re: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)

Wow, they've only sold 1 whole unit all year. >ugh<, Glad I'm not in that business.
by itsjrd1964
01 Apr 2020 13:28
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's
Replies: 53
Views: 27321

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

Good to see Cesar Chavez finally done (after entirely too long)... now to see how long Pearl will take.

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