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by emmasensei
12 Dec 2019 09:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 197
Views: 67283

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Yep, exactly. I really, really want this development underway ASAP, but there's an incredible amount going on right now on top of the complete streets project. Off the top of my head: Barcelona Wine bar Enrique Tomas Uno Mas new nail salon renovation of Emeralds to Coconuts several new condo project...
by emmasensei
25 Nov 2019 09:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 447
Views: 162262

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

I was just trying to describe Mendocino Farms to someone the other day, and I think I called it a "Los Angeles Flower Child but more sandwichy." I admittedly love these kinds of upscale fast-casual concepts and am glad to see the urban core embracing them. If Dallas could get a Dig Inn (oh...
by emmasensei
21 Nov 2019 15:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 498
Views: 146757

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Might be time to review the concept of induced demand.
by emmasensei
21 Nov 2019 15:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Highland Park Village
Replies: 151
Views: 57325

Re: Highland Park Village

Not trying to rile anything up but I have always wondered why Highland Park Village and Northpark are under the urban discussion tab especially since most of the discussions only involve store front changes not extra growth or new buildings and neither are in a very urban part of the metro mostly s...
by emmasensei
21 Nov 2019 13:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 197
Views: 67283

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

A Denver-based taco joint called Uno Mas is under construction next to Smithy in a building that's been vacant for at least a few years, on the end of Henderson I think of as the "fancy" end (considering that we have Barcelona and Enrique Tomas incoming). I'm a little amazed that this part...
by emmasensei
19 Nov 2019 11:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 197
Views: 67283

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Thanks for the review! I didn't know they opened. I feel like places that can be described as "cozy" are so few and far between in this part of Dallas, so that's encouraging. I'm going to make a point of checking it out this week.
by emmasensei
18 Nov 2019 12:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 338
Views: 131582

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

Interesting. There's some shuffling afoot in Knox--a popup for a Nantucket shoe store opened next to Yeti in the former On the Border building, and Stag Provisions is moving from across the street into that same building as well. No idea what will replace Stag. It's news to me that the Weir's tower ...
by emmasensei
16 Nov 2019 11:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District: Virgin Hotel
Replies: 140
Views: 55206

Re: Design District: Virgin Hotel

Saw on a Dallas instagram that they were installing the sign yesterday.
by emmasensei
13 Nov 2019 15:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District: Urby High-rise Apartments
Replies: 12
Views: 1818

Re: Design District: Urby High-rise Apartments

yaaaay. I especially want to see the Trinity Strand Trail begin to pop. I live so close to the Katy Trail that I never have the urge to go down there, especially when it's as un-vibrant as it currently is. But with the KT becoming downright crowded on weekends, there's no reason why we can't start s...
by emmasensei
12 Nov 2019 10:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown: Dual Brand Hilton Tower / Oak Grove & Hall
Replies: 22
Views: 2736

Re: Uptown: Dual Brand Hilton Tower / Oak Grove & Hall

....and I just Googled Hilton Motto: "The City Stay, Solved. All the things you want in a hotel without the typical hotel fuss. Motto offers a social common space and thoughtfully efficient rooms..." ...so I'm pretty sure I nailed it. :lol: :lol: Marriott's version of this concept is calle...
by emmasensei
12 Nov 2019 10:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown: Dual Brand Hilton Tower / Oak Grove & Hall
Replies: 22
Views: 2736

Re: Uptown: Dual Brand Hilton Tower / Oak Grove & Hall

so odd. I work in the luxury travel industry and am usually very up on new hotel brands, especially when they're under the big names. But it's a sign of the times--every hotel brand on Earth is frantically conducting loads of market research to figure out what young Millennials and Gen Z want out of...
by emmasensei
29 Oct 2019 14:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 197
Views: 67283

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Ah, thank you E! I'm SO excited about it.
by emmasensei
29 Oct 2019 13:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 197
Views: 67283

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Oh yes, I misspoke. Capitol Pub is closing!

Wait, you were able to spot where Barcelona will be going in? Where exactly will it go? I've been trying to figure it out!

Enrique Tomas announced a mid-November opening date. Can't wait for that either.
by emmasensei
29 Oct 2019 11:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 197
Views: 67283

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Both Mr. Rich and Capitol Grill are closing. I want to be encouraged by it, since it might suggest a more grownup direction for Henderson Avenue, and these were both party pads. Of course I don't want to lose the vibrancy, but if they're replaced by slightly more sedate restaurant concepts, that'd b...
by emmasensei
12 Oct 2019 12:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 338
Views: 131582

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

Away Suitcases is going in next to Follain. The evolution of Knox is getting really interesting. There are neighborhoods in other cities that really attract lots of these formerly internet-only, Millennial-focused brands (the Seaport in Boston being a prime example) and lots of temporary and experim...
by emmasensei
11 Sep 2019 15:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox: Oliver + Central (18 ST)
Replies: 58
Views: 24857

Re: Knox: Oliver + Central (18 ST)

I stare at this all the time while walking my dog and it is definitely blah. And although I can't believe I'm making this distinction, at least it's not in what I think of as the "good" part of Knox. Thank God the Broadstone, which IS in the best part of Knox, decided to go with undergroun...
by emmasensei
11 Sep 2019 14:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 338
Views: 131582

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

Wow, this looks pretty great. If the building can't be mixed-use, this is certainly the next best option.
by emmasensei
08 Sep 2019 16:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 197
Views: 67283

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

"EscapeHatch has learned that the Irving-based Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group (Del Frisco’s Grill, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle and Sullivan’s Steakhouse) plans to open Barcelona Wine Bar, an upscale casual dining restaurant that specializes in Spanish and Mediterranean small plates and wines, in a...
by emmasensei
06 Sep 2019 14:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Central Market at McKinney and Lemmon
Replies: 159
Views: 59166

Re: Uptown Dallas: Central Market at McKinney and Lemmon

Just drove past it a few hours ago. It's a ghost town.
by emmasensei
02 Sep 2019 16:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 197
Views: 67283

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

If Emeralds to Coconuts becomes another CVS, we take to the potholed streets and we riot.
by emmasensei
02 Sep 2019 10:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 197
Views: 67283

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

It's a balance we need to strike. I definitely moved here because the vibe was more grounded, down-to-earth, and pedestrian-friendly. I still think it's the area with the most personality in Central Dallas, and I love being able to quickly transition from Henderson into the M-Streets and Cochran Hei...
by emmasensei
02 Sep 2019 09:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 197
Views: 67283

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

My life on this side of the Central Expressway has been anything but buttoned-up. In fact, there's a certain dusty, chaotic lawlessness...several SUVs parked on the streets surrounding my house just had all their tires/rims stolen a few days ago, so I doubt we need more shaking up. But sure. I do ag...
by emmasensei
02 Sep 2019 08:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 197
Views: 67283

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

tamtagon wrote:Everything there is so buttoned-up and scripted


Wait, what?
by emmasensei
31 Aug 2019 12:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 197
Views: 67283

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Don't forget about the new Skellig beer garden going in shortly (and whatever the mysterious little white cottage is that's being built next to Henderson Dental...looks like that'll have a little patio as well, so it's probably some type of cafe). I actually think the beer garden is a nice/thoughtfu...
by emmasensei
31 Aug 2019 06:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 197
Views: 67283

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

How do I say this dispassionately?... I hated it. I felt like I was on a low-budget cruise ship with a bunch of Large Adult Children. I can also say that nobody was there to actually take in any views of Downtown Dallas. And the stairs are RIDICULOUS. Basically, I'm not their target audience (my dan...
by emmasensei
27 Aug 2019 15:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 197
Views: 67283

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Well, my friend group (we're young people who overpay for alcohol) just arranged an outing to this place this Friday, so I'll report back I suppose. Although a few people in the group text (decidedly non-urbanist) are also already making fun of the decor, so take that as you will :lol:
by emmasensei
27 Aug 2019 14:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 197
Views: 67283

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Agreed. It's a bizarre structure and while these photos make it appear chic, I think it's tacky in real life (my opinion only). It took forever to get built, so I'm sure the construction costs were sky high. Too big for the street. The neighborhood is beginning to turn away from raucous nightlife an...
by emmasensei
26 Aug 2019 12:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 338
Views: 131582

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

CB2 will apparently be opening September 20.
by emmasensei
23 Aug 2019 12:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 498
Views: 146757

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Fortunately I think it's going to be pretty well impossible to put a streetcar line down Elm, Main or Commerce. When all three are converted to two-way streets with one lane each way they will be in total gridlock much of the day. Wait, this is planned and definitely happening? When will the conver...
by emmasensei
21 Aug 2019 18:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 197
Views: 67283

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

This will be practically in my backyard, and I also booked a vacation to Barcelona two days ago. How serendipitous.
by emmasensei
19 Aug 2019 17:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 498
Views: 146757

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Thanks for the insight, Alpaca_Obsessor! I'm new to Dallas (my spouse and I are imported knowledge workers, albeit from the East Coast) so I'm still educating myself on these dynamics. It does seem that your observation about Dallas having a weak grip on its homegrown best and brightest may be true....
by emmasensei
19 Aug 2019 13:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 498
Views: 146757

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

There was a recent very long-form article in the Economist about Texas and California; specifically, it was a deep-dive into what each state's economy does "right" and what each gets "wrong". While the Economist was careful to stay relatively balanced and never declared one state...
by emmasensei
16 Aug 2019 12:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 197
Views: 67283

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Mesero on Henderson is undergoing what appears to be a more-than-cosmetic renovation in prep for something new. Hooray! But I have no idea what the new spot will be. Anybody know? I imagine they're trying to finish construction to dovetail with the completion of the first phase of the Complete Stree...
by emmasensei
15 Aug 2019 15:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 675
Views: 223445

Re: Victory Park 3.0

This is amazing news, if it makes it easier to get a reservation! Mot Hai Ba is one of my absolute favorite restaurants in DFW.
by emmasensei
13 Aug 2019 15:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 276
Views: 121804

Re: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)

wheee. So excited about this chonky boi.
by emmasensei
09 Aug 2019 14:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 197
Views: 67283

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Upthread, there was a puff piece/interview with the developer in D Magazine that explained the work has been delayed due to design work, and that they now hope to break ground later this year. Still vague, but implies the wheels are at least turning. The Henderson complete streets project, combined ...
by emmasensei
09 Aug 2019 11:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 197
Views: 67283

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

The cherry on top is the mention that this is only the first major project within a portfolio of 50(!) properties along Henderson. (Really? 50?) I can't wait to see the street in 5 years and experience the enhanced quality of life in my neighborhood.
by emmasensei
06 Aug 2019 20:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 197
Views: 67283

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

More changes afoot. Snapped this while walking to Gemma for dinner tonight. This lot (anybody know what it used to be? it's between Jake's and an old laundromat) is for sale. Utility work in the foreground is either prep for the next phase of the streetscape redo, or (we hope) improvements to the va...
by emmasensei
06 Aug 2019 08:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 473
Views: 182591

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

The Botanist definitely opened just this week and by all accounts it was very successful. Packed to the rafters. Bishop Arts is really jumping overall.
by emmasensei
31 Jul 2019 15:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 338
Views: 131582

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

Z Gallerie is in a fiscal death spiral, but last I checked, the Knox store wasn't on the list of closing stores. However, it's possible that their financial distress is worsening and combined with the changing nature of Knox, a closure might now make more sense. And yes, the Abacus closure was attri...
by emmasensei
26 Jul 2019 11:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 238
Views: 78261

Re: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

I am dreading whatever monstrous waste of this land will actually manifest. I'm typically a "look on the bright side" type, but I have a bad feeling. I bet we get a strip mall with a mattress store, nail salon, and a Jason's Deli. :cry: :cry: Also something I/we need to clarify because it'...
by emmasensei
26 Jul 2019 11:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 197
Views: 67283

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Can't wait for this to kick off! Similar to @emmasensei, we too largely bought in this area due to the future vision of Henderson. Hi Henderson neighbor! Let us know if you ever want to grab a drink. eburress and I have already met IRL :lol: Also, on a related topic, I completed a pretty in depth f...
by emmasensei
25 Jul 2019 12:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 197
Views: 67283

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Read that article with keen interest, since the impending Henderson Ave renaissance was a factor in buying in the location we did. Kind of a puff piece overall, though. Masinter is saying all the right things, but treading very, very carefully. Clearly there's a lot of drama and strife behind the sc...
by emmasensei
17 Jul 2019 14:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 197
Views: 67283

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Okay, finally this is all making sense. The linked article explains that the building will host 77 Degrees on the second/third floors and the Irish bar on the first floor.
by emmasensei
07 Jul 2019 09:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 551
Views: 193740

Re: Northpark Center

"Joie is as relevant as Draper James a Department store filler or dude." This sentence is too garbled to fully understand. It's missing a few commas and end punctuation. However, I think you're declaring yourself the arbiter of taste in luxury women's fashion. If so, well, then go off, dud...
by emmasensei
06 Jul 2019 11:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 551
Views: 193740

Re: Northpark Center

Eh, I've been hitting Amex offers for years now and Sandro and Maje appeared on my cards when I lived in Boston and when I lived in rural Virginia. Some local offers certainly do appear on the cards (restaurants in particular, with increasing frequency/accuracy) but overall the Amex offer algorithm ...
by emmasensei
04 Jul 2019 09:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox: Armstrong &Cole
Replies: 31
Views: 12966

Re: Knox: Armstrong &Cole

I'm a little envious of the folks who will move into this development--that immediate area of Knox is so nice and walkable...Trader Joe's is on the doorstep, the Katy Trail, all the shops and restaurants and amenities of Knox. Such a nice little pocket surrounded by soon-to-be upgraded retail. And y...
by emmasensei
02 Jul 2019 12:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 216
Views: 84116

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

I've been to Mudhen a couple of times, usually for brunch, and while I love the space and surrounding area--I really WANT to love Mudhen--the food itself is really uneven. Twice, I've had dishes that were missing a couple of key ingredients explicitly called out in the menu description. Like...once ...
by emmasensei
28 Jun 2019 10:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Central Market at McKinney and Lemmon
Replies: 159
Views: 59166

Re: Uptown Dallas: Central Market at McKinney and Lemmon

Ugh, I know. I used to visit the CVS a stone's throw from my house in Boston almost daily, but it was a proper urban-style convenience-type store oriented to pedestrians with great healthy snacks, and there was a spot to tie up my dog for a quick run-in. It was truly, y'know, convenient. Now I live ...

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