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by emmasensei
11 Sep 2019 15:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox: Oliver + Central (18 ST)
Replies: 53
Views: 18513

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: 324
Views: 98431

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: 176
Views: 38960

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: 155
Views: 43811

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: 176
Views: 38960

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: 176
Views: 38960

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: 176
Views: 38960

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: 176
Views: 38960

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: 176
Views: 38960

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: 176
Views: 38960

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: 176
Views: 38960

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: 176
Views: 38960

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: 324
Views: 98431

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: 434
Views: 94523

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: 176
Views: 38960

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: 434
Views: 94523

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: 434
Views: 94523

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: 176
Views: 38960

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: 633
Views: 164065

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: 236
Views: 84260

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: 176
Views: 38960

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: 176
Views: 38960

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: 176
Views: 38960

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: 451
Views: 141627

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: 324
Views: 98431

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: 226
Views: 55704

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: 176
Views: 38960

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: 176
Views: 38960

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: 176
Views: 38960

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: 537
Views: 151894

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: 537
Views: 151894

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: 9934

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: 196
Views: 61076

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: 155
Views: 43811

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 ...
by emmasensei
27 Jun 2019 09:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Central Market at McKinney and Lemmon
Replies: 155
Views: 43811

Re: Uptown Dallas: Central Market at McKinney and Lemmon

Love it all (mostly). Love the density, the wide sidewalks, the tree buffer between peds and cars, the two-way street (!) Only way it could be improved is if they built this out to accommodate smaller retail opportunities on the street-facing side of the CM, but overall, so pleased with how this wil...
by emmasensei
25 Jun 2019 11:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 373
Views: 108875

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

yes, that definitely shows how this is an upgraded corner. I hope Foxtrot sets a new standard along McKinney for how well it draws people in and invites them to linger/socialize on the street.
by emmasensei
25 Jun 2019 10:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor
Replies: 140
Views: 51066

Re: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor

^^ Whoa, that is super news! This is within walking distance from my house and that little area already has so much cool potential (please, Jimmy's Food Store, never leave us). I'm always amused by real estate agents' insistence on branding this part of the neighborhood "The East Village" ...
by emmasensei
25 Jun 2019 10:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 373
Views: 108875

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

Went to Foxtrot Corner Market on McKinney this morning for their grand opening (hey, they were giving out free coffee!). The store itself is fine, but what I really liked was the store's integration with the pedestrian realm. The patio is the real star of the show, and there was a nice bustle with l...
by emmasensei
17 Jun 2019 15:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 176
Views: 38960

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

We were surprised too, especially since the old Eberhard sign is still in front of the site. The construction on that building is taking for-ev-er and it truly sticks out like a sore thumb because it's so much bigger than everything else. If I'd purchased one of the many new condos directly behind i...
by emmasensei
17 Jun 2019 13:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 176
Views: 38960

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Not to my knowledge, unfortunately. I'm a member of the Cochran Heights Neighborhood Association and there has been no discussion. The only thing I know for certain is that they're funding the Henderson improvements directly in front of the parcel, so it would seem logical to assume that something b...
by emmasensei
17 Jun 2019 11:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 176
Views: 38960

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

I was delighted by this article in D Magazine detailing the changes along Henderson Avenue--also contains some answers to questions I've had for a long time (i.e., what is that enormous two-story building under construction on Henderson?! Answer: Apparently, an Irish bar imported from Austin). I liv...
by emmasensei
30 May 2019 13:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 196
Views: 44330

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

I also see your point. It's my biggest frustration with CityPlace tower, too. I want all the density I can get, but if nobody is going to build over that dumdum suburban strip w/ Target and OfficeMax literally next door to CityPlace Tower, let's at least do something to better integrate the tower in...
by emmasensei
30 May 2019 13:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Parking Garages
Replies: 139
Views: 38444

Re: Parking Garages

Spouse and I have shared a single small EV for the last year -- granted, we arrived in Dallas with 0 cars, and going from 0 to 2 straight away would have been jarring. I work mostly from home. His commute to UT-Southwestern is 15 minutes, and we picked our neighborhood because all the basics are wal...
by emmasensei
29 May 2019 16:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Parking Garages
Replies: 139
Views: 38444

Re: Parking Garages

Some people buy very fancy cars to soothe their souls about their frustrating commutes, when that money may be better spent on rearranging their home/work combo in order to recapture more of what we all need and want: time. (which is something I think eburress is actually doing this year, no?) An ar...
by emmasensei
29 May 2019 14:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Parking Garages
Replies: 139
Views: 38444

Re: Parking Garages

"driving a car is joy and privilege that should be preserved." Out of the last 100 conversations I've had that included driving or driving-adjacent topics, I am absolutely confident that 99 or more of them were full of decidedly joyless complaints complaints about traffic and/or other driv...
by emmasensei
16 May 2019 12:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 196
Views: 44330

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

One thing that people also don't seem to understand is that the pedestrian activity that results from density also results in more feet on the street and eyes on each other. A de facto neighborhood watch, if you will. As a young woman who has lived in a variety of suburban and (legitimately) urban n...
by emmasensei
08 May 2019 15:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 427
Views: 113602

Re: Oak Lawn

Count me in as another person getting really tired of the *hand waves* ~Californians~ ruining everything. It's a statement that conveniently excuses the swarms of people from places like Tulsa, Chicago, Kansas City, St. Louis, AND the zillions of tiny towns EVERWHERE--including rural Texas, which is...
by emmasensei
02 May 2019 22:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 324
Views: 98431

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

I also read that there will be a guest house (call it a hotel if you want) featuring all RH furniture, though it will only be 36 keys total. And yes, a restaurant as well, though whether it will be a dedicated space or something more integrated into the showroom itself remains to be seen. From Candy...
by emmasensei
18 Apr 2019 11:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox: Oliver + Central (18 ST)
Replies: 53
Views: 18513

Re: Knox: Oliver + Central (18 ST)

*nods, tips fedora*

indeed, chaps
by emmasensei
18 Apr 2019 11:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox: Oliver + Central (18 ST)
Replies: 53
Views: 18513

Re: Knox: Oliver + Central (18 ST)

I'm within walking distance from it off Henderson, in Cochran Heights, and we very much consider ourselves part of East Dallas. *shrug* "East Dallas" certainly covers a pretty massive area encompassing lots of different areas, and I live on the edge of it by any definition (because the oth...

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