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by itsjrd1964
15 Sep 2019 11:54
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: General roads/transport. issues
Replies: 14
Views: 3859

Re: General roads/transport. issues

Aside from all of the new stoplights that have been placed along Cesar Chavez I am starting to notice new stoplights appearing in various places downtown. Is this part of an overall downtown replacement strategy or just fixing some lights that are about to crash? It's likely some of both. Probably ...
by itsjrd1964
15 Sep 2019 11:11
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Anna/Van Alstyne: Mantua development
Replies: 1
Views: 16

Anna/Van Alstyne: Mantua development

Hong Kong firm starts 6,000-home community north of Dallas in Collin and Grayson counties The development will be off US 75 on 3000 acres. 2/3 of the area will have single-family homes. An existing golf course-country club will be adjacent to the development. Other parts of Mantua will include vari...
by itsjrd1964
01 Sep 2019 12:12
Forum: Art + Sol
Topic: Dallas Museum of Art
Replies: 7
Views: 2049

Re: Dallas Museum of Art

I'm under the impression the newest section, near the park, was built to accommodate additional floors. I thought I read that somewhere also. If they can add on enough height, there would be room for a piece of Sanger Harris mosaic... (yes I know, but let me have my moment and dream... besides, the...
by itsjrd1964
29 Aug 2019 12:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 508 Young Street (old Dallas Morning News building)
Replies: 45
Views: 8605

Re: Downtown Dallas: 508 Young Street (old Dallas Morning News building)

They still have Ch.8's main studio and offices at their Young Street building. I don't think they have anything at Victory Park other than the studio there. When Hurricane Harvey hit a couple of years ago and pretty much washed out KHOU (the Houston station that Belo co-owned with Ch.8, now they are...
by itsjrd1964
21 Aug 2019 14:38
Forum: The Pitch
Topic: Dallas may get XFL franchise
Replies: 13
Views: 2406

Re: Dallas may get XFL franchise

Team names have been revealed. >drum roll...< Dallas Renegades. https://img-s-msn-com.akamaized.net/tenant/amp/entityid/AAG7GoC.img?h=174&w=300&m=6&q=60&o=f&l=f Yes, hat and all. The other teams in the article: D.C. Defenders Houston Roughnecks L.A. Wildcats New York Guardians St...
by itsjrd1964
19 Aug 2019 12:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 433
Views: 93238

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

If the Sun-Times article is accurate about Dallas, I wonder what the deciding factor was this time.
by itsjrd1964
17 Aug 2019 11:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: 2711 N. Haskell
Replies: 36
Views: 7897

Re: Cityplace East: 2711 N. Haskell

As high as are most planes I see that go over Cityplace, another 8 stories probably wouldn't have mattered IMO.
by itsjrd1964
16 Aug 2019 14:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: 2711 N. Haskell
Replies: 36
Views: 7897

Re: Cityplace East: 2711 N. Haskell

OMG, the greatness of David Dillon. How he is missed. A true asset to the DMN--too bad they didn't see him that way, ultimately.
by itsjrd1964
15 Aug 2019 08:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 433
Views: 93238

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Where will 5 office buildings go? Isn't there supposed to be another residential building at Epic, or no? Even with what hasn't been built on between Elm and Pacific, that wouldn't fit 4 more office buildings. There's been no word up to now that Epic will have more land than what's been built on (an...
by itsjrd1964
14 Aug 2019 12:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: 2711 N. Haskell
Replies: 36
Views: 7897

Re: Cityplace East: 2711 N. Haskell

I wonder which of the 8 floors it will be? If there's going to be a top-floor amenity for the hotel, the floors should IMO be the top 8 floors. Will be interesting to see how they juggle it. The One Main (Place) Westin that went in a few years ago did the same thing, with non-hotel floors still in t...
by itsjrd1964
11 Aug 2019 12:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 150
Views: 37580

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

New grocery store market share numbers are in for 2019. Walmart is now up over 28%, Kroger is still 2nd with 15%. Walmart now has 151 stores in the metro, while Kroger has 101. The article also tries to convey that $$$ to build new stores may have gone instead towards aiming at the online and pickup...
by itsjrd1964
05 Aug 2019 09:09
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 283
Views: 67644

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Looks like this sign is an admittance that the platform "improvements" are taking longer than originally advertised. 20190805_091123.jpg The original banner signs that say August are still displayed, but I saw the pictured sign in the last week at the Walnut Hill Red/Orange line station. T...
by itsjrd1964
01 Aug 2019 22:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 150
Views: 37580

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

The Costco business center store opening has been delayed till September 5. They are blaming a June storm for the delay.

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/ret ... ng-delayed
by itsjrd1964
01 Aug 2019 09:12
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 206
Views: 59679

Re: DFW Airport

DFW has decided to raise tolls/fees on those that are at the airport 8 minutes or less, to $6. Up to now, it has cost $4 if you were at the airport 8 minutes or less. The article says the airport is aiming primarily at those that just pass through the airport without a pickup or dropoff, and use DFW...
by itsjrd1964
25 Jul 2019 16:38
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: DART: Bus system
Replies: 23
Views: 6739

Re: DART: Bus system

Changes are coming to several DART bus routes starting in August. The new/affected routes will begin their changes on August 12. https://www.dart.org/news/news.asp?ID=1420 Another thing:::: The monthly passes that were being sold at the DART store and at ticket machines at several train station plat...
by itsjrd1964
12 Jul 2019 07:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Fort Worth: Panther Island
Replies: 12
Views: 4005

Re: Fort Worth: Panther Island

KXAS/5 has been investigating behind the scenes of the Panther Island project:
https://www.nbcdfw.com/investigations/N ... 14351.html
by itsjrd1964
12 Jul 2019 03:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 150
Views: 37580

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

According to this Facebook post, the Costco business center store (the ex- Sam's near Park/Greenville) is due to open August 9. From the looks of the construction site lately, this would be quite a quick turnaround. https://www.facebook.com/events/392961138004943/?notif_t=event_calendar_create&n...
by itsjrd1964
10 Jul 2019 03:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Galleria
Replies: 41
Views: 8263

Re: North Dallas: Galleria

Galleria North, the shopping area across from the Galleria, will take on a new look by late next year. The Container Store has decided to move out and will go to a former Toys R Us spot at Alpha Parkway Plaza around the corner on Dallas Parkway--but not be a Container Store there. Custom Closets, Co...
by itsjrd1964
03 Jul 2019 05:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Highland Park Village
Replies: 125
Views: 36294

Re: Highland Park Village

^ I don't think you understand the HP mindset. If they could they would gate every entrance to their town, and wouldn't let in anyone but residents and deliveries. No, I'm not exaggerating. Remember when the Park Cities YMCA, a couple blocks from HP Village, expanded? The HP city council tried to m...
by itsjrd1964
03 Jul 2019 00:28
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Sachse: misc. developments
Replies: 1
Views: 1200

Re: Sachse: misc. developments

Sachse set for $250 million mixed-use development

Looks like a go-ahead for plans for this project, which was first mentioned several months ago.

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/rea ... evelopment
by itsjrd1964
03 Jul 2019 00:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas: Medical District
Replies: 126
Views: 40449

Re: Dallas: Medical District

Good to see that something is finally moving regarding this property. In the whole time since the earliest redevelopment speculation surfaced, there's been no move to demo the old shopping center. Would be nice to have seen some retail by the DART station, but at least the land is getting positively...
by itsjrd1964
30 Jun 2019 21:59
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Addison Airport
Replies: 1
Views: 789

Addison Airport

https://addisontexas.net/airport https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Addison_Airport The airport has been in operation for 65 years. Not only a general aviation airport (a very busy one, at that), but also some small-package cargo operation flows through it as well. Although 4 previous instances of airpla...
by itsjrd1964
28 Jun 2019 03:50
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 187
Views: 41737

Re: I-345

This adds a few minutes.. or gets you to the high-speed rail. Screen Shot 2019-06-26 at 1.54.39 PM.png Concentrating all the in-town freeway traffic on the Mixmaster will cause more of a choke-point even if there are no accidents (which is unrealistic). In the case of an accident in the area along ...
by itsjrd1964
28 Jun 2019 02:01
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 246
Views: 68810

Re: Silver Line

On the Orange Line, the Carpenter Ranch Station is now called Hidden Ridge Station. https://www.dart.org/news/news.asp?ID=1389 Missed that, but "Hidden Ridge" does sound more current and logical, even though a name like "Carpenter Ranch" gives the nod to local history and early ...
by itsjrd1964
27 Jun 2019 03:15
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Allen: Monarch City
Replies: 9
Views: 2654

Re: Allen: Monarch City

Allen approves huge mixed-use project on key U.S. 75 corner https://dallasnews.imgix.net/1561556148-monarch2.jpg?auto=format&q=50&or=0&w=800 The city has given the go-ahead for Monarch City to commence construction. The mixed-use project, 261 acres in size, will eventually have 10 milli...
by itsjrd1964
27 Jun 2019 02:40
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 901
Views: 243036

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

DFW Airport business park gets three new hotels Avion Business Park, off TX 114 and west of Esters, has decided to add 3 hotels to its park: * Avid Hotel (https://www.ihg.com/avidhotels/hotels/us/en/reservation) * Even Hotel (https://www.ihg.com/evenhotels/hotels/us/en/reservation) * Staybridge Sui...
by itsjrd1964
27 Jun 2019 00:42
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 901
Views: 243036

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

This morning as I passed the site, I noticed 2 sections of erosion tarp in place along the High Point Drive frontage. Guess they'll actually be doing more than picking at the dirt soon (?)....
by itsjrd1964
27 Jun 2019 00:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Central Market at McKinney and Lemmon
Replies: 155
Views: 43592

Re: Uptown Dallas: Central Market at McKinney and Lemmon

exelone31 wrote:McLemmon?!?!


Yes, we still live in the land of desperately-seeking-made-up-names... ;) :lol:
At least it's not "SoGood". :|
by itsjrd1964
25 Jun 2019 04:00
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 246
Views: 68810

Re: Silver Line

https://www.dart.org/news/news.asp?ID=1405 "At DFW Airport, the project will connect to the TEXRail Regional Rail Line to Fort Worth and provide access to the DFW Airport Skylink. The Silver Line will interface with three DART light rail lines: The Red/Orange Lines in Richardson/Plano, the Gre...
by itsjrd1964
22 Jun 2019 12:15
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 901
Views: 243036

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Had to dig to find this, but finally found some info on the 114 and 161 Blue Star Project. It's pretty meh, but assuming it's a work in progress and does have some potential. https://www.lpcretail.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Las-Colinas-Flyer-05.2019.pdf There's been a demolition company trailer...
by itsjrd1964
21 Jun 2019 00:53
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Prosper: misc. developments
Replies: 4
Views: 1605

Re: Prosper: misc. developments

North Texas' first Crystal Lagoon makes a splash in Prosper

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/rea ... tal-lagoon
by itsjrd1964
20 Jun 2019 12:11
Forum: Texas Urban/Suburban/Exurban Development
Topic: Mineral Wells: Baker Hotel
Replies: 0
Views: 691

Mineral Wells: Baker Hotel

There have been many plans over the years to buy/redevelop/reopen the sprawling, long-closed resort hotel complex just west of DFW. Now there is new interest from a consortium of buyer/developers, who want to really make something of the place again. They are collectively sinking $65 million, with p...
by itsjrd1964
14 Jun 2019 14:21
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: General roads/transport. issues
Replies: 14
Views: 3859

Re: General roads/transport. issues

The DMN editorializes Dallas' signal light issues, and how improvements need to happen quicker

https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/edit ... s-changing
by itsjrd1964
13 Jun 2019 12:39
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Street name changes/proposals
Replies: 9
Views: 4167

Re: Street name changes/proposals

For many, many years, the transition point of Pacific-to-Gaston (or the other way) never was clear. Most of the time, street names change at intersections with cross-streets. I always found it unusual that at Central and at Hawkins, it was Pacific, but at Good-Latimer, it was Gaston. I'm sure there ...
by itsjrd1964
11 Jun 2019 02:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: City Lights
Replies: 98
Views: 27391

Re: Downtown Dallas: City Lights

With the way the damages occurred, and as extensive as they are, I don't know how they could just fix what's damaged, as much of the affected section is in the middle. That would be difficult to access with cement trucks and whatever other kind of equipment that would be needed. Plus, it's not total...
by itsjrd1964
10 Jun 2019 05:54
Forum: Art + Sol
Topic: Alan Peppard, DMN veteran of 30 years, remembered....
Replies: 0
Views: 811

Alan Peppard, DMN veteran of 30 years, remembered....

Peppard, who had just called it a career just 2 years ago after 3 decades of stories and columns for the Morning News, died in his sleep over the weekend. He was 56.

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/the ... rs-dead-56
by itsjrd1964
10 Jun 2019 05:47
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Local / Regional Weather
Replies: 1
Views: 550

Re: Local / Regional Weather

Winds spread debris; thousands lose power as storms hit Dallas area

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/weather ... allas-area
by itsjrd1964
10 Jun 2019 05:43
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Local / Regional Weather
Replies: 1
Views: 550

Local / Regional Weather

(Didn't find a general weather thread around at first glance...) The weather people are saying yesterday's storm contained straight-line winds, no tornadoes. The last number I heard was nearly 300,000 electric customers are without power. The strongest winds I've heard of up to now were recorded at ...
by itsjrd1964
09 Jun 2019 15:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: City Lights
Replies: 98
Views: 27391

Re: Downtown Dallas: City Lights

By the looks of the pictures/video, a crane on the building that will also house the Tom Thumb store, it fell over onto the other already-existing City Lights apartment complex. https://www.dallasnews.com/news/weather/2019/06/09/strong-storms-dallas-fort-worth-sunday-could-produce-hail-damaging-wind...
by itsjrd1964
08 Jun 2019 09:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 188
Views: 52473

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

https://cdn.bisnow.net/fit?height=489&type=jpeg&url=https%3A%2F%2Fs3.amazonaws.com%2Fcdn.bisnow.net%2Fcontent%2Fimages%2F2019%2F05%2F5cf135ce742d8-lbj.jpeg&width=717&sign=ODEAkr4_2jNP0qv7paUg4IWSXl0lG6TmSjSed_IRyUg LBJ Freeway Project To Relieve Dallas Congestion Gets Fluor, Balfour...
by itsjrd1964
06 Jun 2019 12:41
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 246
Views: 68810

Re: Silver Line

Redblock wrote:
electricron wrote:
Redblock wrote:DART has ordered 8 FLIRT Emus from Stadler.
https://www.dart.org/news/news.asp?ID=1402


They will be DMUs, not EMUs.


Of course you are right and I knew that. I don't know if that was my bad typing or auto-cottect.


That auto-cottect, it's a killer....
by itsjrd1964
06 Jun 2019 12:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 317
Views: 112884

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

I've seen very little action from the site since the concrete got done. No preparations, no milling about, no coffee/donuts. I see more from the loiterers by the 7-Eleven. Hopefully this isn't another fake-out like 2000 Ross.
by itsjrd1964
05 Jun 2019 03:23
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Lewisville: misc. developments
Replies: 3
Views: 1693

Re: Lewisville: misc. developments

More apartments on the way in Lewisville's Castle Hills development

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/rea ... evelopment
by itsjrd1964
05 Jun 2019 03:17
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: DART: Bus system
Replies: 23
Views: 6739

Re: DART: Bus system

DART hired Uber to drive around riders. Now, it's considering driverless buses I'm not exactly sure I'd want to ride on an autonomous bus. Should be interesting to see what the plans are. https://www.dallasnews.com/news/transportation/2019/06/03/dart-hired-uber-drive-around-riders-now-considering-a...
by itsjrd1964
05 Jun 2019 03:03
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Mesquite: misc. developments
Replies: 3
Views: 1890

Re: Mesquite: misc. developments

Mesquite approves $71 million industrial park on Interstate-30 A new industrial/logistics park is planned for the north side of I-30 between Galloway and Northwest Dr., east of I-635. There are plans for 5 buildings on 80 acres. https://dallasnews.imgix.net/1559685703-Mesquite-Urban-District-30---P...
by itsjrd1964
05 Jun 2019 02:21
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 283
Views: 67644

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/dallas/2019/06/03/dart-hired-uber-drive-around-riders-now-considering-autonomous-buses In Dallas, for example, DART ridership has decreased every year for the past five years — even though the Dallas-Fort Worth area is one of the fastest-growing regions in the U.S. F...
by itsjrd1964
05 Jun 2019 01:33
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: South Dallas issues
Replies: 0
Views: 665

South Dallas issues

In historic South Dallas neighborhood, residents are tired of being terrorized by a car wash Our Mr. Wilonsky looks into a long-time situation, the continuing problems at a car wash near MLK Blvd./Malcolm X, and the efforts its owner is taking to keep the City from shutting it down. https://www.dal...
by itsjrd1964
05 Jun 2019 01:07
Forum: The Airports
Topic: American Airlines
Replies: 20
Views: 6419

Re: American Airlines

Meanwhile, in the same article, a picture of the site of the upcoming replacement company headquarters complex was shown, from last November. The picture is looking southwestward, with Trinity Blvd. in the upper center distant. The tax arrangement made with the City of Fort Worth required that the c...
by itsjrd1964
05 Jun 2019 00:58
Forum: The Airports
Topic: American Airlines
Replies: 20
Views: 6419

Re: American Airlines

American Airlines is building a $250 million hotel, conference center at the 'heart' of its HQ https://www.dallasnews.com/business/american-airlines/2019/06/04/american-airlines-building-new-250-million-hotel-conference-center-heart-hq The hotel, which is planned to have 600 rooms, has not been app...

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