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by lakewoodhobo
25 Sep 2018 14:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 284
Views: 45221

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

Oh Steve, if only you could pick up the phone and ask the press contact about that hotel. :roll:
by lakewoodhobo
25 Sep 2018 10:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 371
Views: 58107

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

Not terribly surprised that Travis is on that list since it's probably the only one that can be replaced by a high-rise, and at least they're proposing to build a new Travis on Fitzhugh and Central. I have no idea how they came up with this plan and how close to final it is, but I know it'll make a ...
by lakewoodhobo
24 Sep 2018 15:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 371
Views: 58107

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

Didn't realize this, but Reagan Elementary is on DISD's list of buildings to demolish, which you can find here: https://www.boarddocs.com/tx/disd/Board.nsf/files/B4UL74551D63/$file/R2%20%20PREFINAL%20LRMP%20Sept%202018%20Board%20Workshop.pdf That land should sell in no time to a developer wanting to...
by lakewoodhobo
24 Sep 2018 14:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 101
Views: 12175

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Twisted Trompo in the Metropolitan now open.
by lakewoodhobo
24 Sep 2018 10:27
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Strand Trail
Replies: 3
Views: 118

Re: Trinity Strand Trail

https://scontent-lax3-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/42160626_10155463369807447_2078767972310056960_n.jpg?_nc_cat=102&oh=053a0ded8ee84f95537fcf6b8338f79e&oe=5C19FB86 Phase 2 is what they're saying will start construction next year, which I think is a deviation from original plans to connect it to ...
by lakewoodhobo
24 Sep 2018 10:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square
Replies: 115
Views: 15678

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square

I always assumed that the turf they added to the Pacific side was a dog park, but I guess it's not. It doesn't seem to have a fence or anything around it, but no reason why they can't put one in. IMG_1440.jpg Last I checked LTV had two outdoor areas. Poolside on Elm and Pacific side was artificial t...
by lakewoodhobo
21 Sep 2018 13:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown
Replies: 44
Views: 4011

Re: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown

Plus you add the Scottish Rite Hospital business and I was surprised Old Parkland hasn't figured out a way to add in a boutique hotel as well as part of their development. They have Omni HQ onsite after all. I'm also surprised TRT Holdings, which owns Gold's Gym as well as Omni, couldn't figure out...
by lakewoodhobo
20 Sep 2018 13:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 190
Views: 21420

Re: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

We're basically stuck with this project for the next 50 years, so at this point I hope that at least we get Target and Walmart to move here from their existing locations so those places can become the mixed-use development most of us want to see. Are we though? I am unclear if they have the needed ...
by lakewoodhobo
20 Sep 2018 09:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 190
Views: 21420

Re: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

We're basically stuck with this project for the next 50 years, so at this point I hope that at least we get Target and Walmart to move here from their existing locations so those places can become the mixed-use development most of us want to see.
by lakewoodhobo
20 Sep 2018 08:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 125
Views: 21173

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

Someone driving the wrong way in a Jeep crashed into the Green Door Public House last night.

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/traffic ... still-open
by lakewoodhobo
19 Sep 2018 16:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 118
Views: 17895

Re: AT&T Discovery District

Tomorrow is a somewhat important day for AT&T as it's when their brief is due on the DOJ's appeal of the merger with Time Warner. According to this story, they're proceeding with the acquisition for now: https://marketrealist.com/2018/09/att-isnt-distressed-about-the-dojs-appeal-of-time-warner-d...
by lakewoodhobo
18 Sep 2018 16:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 125
Views: 21173

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

"Amelia at Farmers Market" is progressing quickly and already doing a good job of framing the area with something to look at west of Harwood St. It complements the Harvest Lofts building really well. https://ameliaatfarmersmarket.com/ IMG_1391.jpg https://ameliaatfarmersmarket.com/assets/i...
by lakewoodhobo
14 Sep 2018 19:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 326
Views: 48488

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

^We might have to agree to disagree, but the hexagon-shaped First National Bank Tower (designed by George Dahl, completed in 1965) is way more architecturally significant than Bank of America Plaza. The podium alone feels like an alien spaceship from the 60s and those lights, assuming they come bac...
by lakewoodhobo
14 Sep 2018 14:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 284
Views: 45221

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

I believe the're working on the 9th floor and renderings show 11 or 12 levels for the garage. We won't know anything until the garage tops out, unfortunately, but that should come soon.
by lakewoodhobo
14 Sep 2018 13:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 326
Views: 48488

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

^We might have to agree to disagree, but the hexagon-shaped First National Bank Tower (designed by George Dahl, completed in 1965) is way more architecturally significant than Bank of America Plaza. The podium alone feels like an alien spaceship from the 60s and those lights, assuming they come back...
by lakewoodhobo
14 Sep 2018 09:09
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Autonomous Vehicle Thread
Replies: 60
Views: 6822

Re: Autonomous Vehicle Thread

VW To Stop Making Iconic Beetle Next Summer http://t.co/YN4DZJ2H4u This story has nothing to do with AVs, but discontinuing the Volkswagen Beetle might be a brilliant move if it's later resurrected as a mass-market autonomous fleet, however different it may look. People will trust a brand that they...
by lakewoodhobo
12 Sep 2018 11:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Mid Elm Lofts
Replies: 66
Views: 8102

Re: Mid Elm Lofts

I was a little concerned when I read that City Tavern would only take up the street level, thinking the basement would go unused. Then I looked up the leasing brochure and realized that 1512 Elm doesn't have a leasable basement level like 1514 and 1516 Elm. Hopefully whatever takes those spaces make...
by lakewoodhobo
12 Sep 2018 10:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 190
Views: 21420

Re: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

I wonder if, now that Sam's Club is willing to operate smaller stores like the one on Lower Greenville, they are still interested in this site with a much smaller square footage. Also, it would be interesting if Walmart or WM Neighborhood Market takes one of the other sites so that it's still a mass...
by lakewoodhobo
11 Sep 2018 17:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 398
Views: 51667

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Mesero Victory Park is expected to open this month, according to Guide Live. It's buried in the article with no further detail.

https://www.guidelive.com/food-and-drin ... closed.amp
by lakewoodhobo
11 Sep 2018 16:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 101
Views: 12175

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

mdg109 wrote:Photo Sep 10, 19 26 14.jpgNot open yet, but saw several people trying to go in for food, haha.


Finish-out looks great, especially the high ceilings and colorful mural.
by lakewoodhobo
11 Sep 2018 14:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 190
Views: 21420

Re: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

Funny how Trammell Crow just took the laziest step and proposed the exact same shopping center except without the big box... well, the added parking garage makes them Timber Creek Crossing Lite. This is their way of saying FU to the neighborhood for killing their Sam's Club. https://dallasnews.imgix...
by lakewoodhobo
11 Sep 2018 12:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 74
Views: 7214

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

I think that's a great idea. Something additional to consider is that this image will is a block west of where the new park is supposed to go as well (Jackson Park? that may be wrong). Hopefully that park will also bring a bit of a pedestrian vibe. Good point. That section of Jackson acts more like...
by lakewoodhobo
11 Sep 2018 12:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Courtyard by Marriott (12 St)
Replies: 117
Views: 17995

Re: Downtown Dallas: Courtyard by Marriott (12 St)

This one opens tomorrow. Curious to see if/how the ground-floor cafe or restaurant interacts with Ferris Plaza and whether that rooftop bar is any good.
by lakewoodhobo
11 Sep 2018 11:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 74
Views: 7214

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

I wonder if Jackson St could be narrowed or even closed here to give the district a pedestrian-oriented focal point. Build something with balconies on the other side, similar in scale to the French quarter, and connect it all with festival lights to give it some personality so walking is less of a g...
by lakewoodhobo
11 Sep 2018 11:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Comerica Bank Tower
Replies: 6
Views: 449

Re: Downtown Dallas: Comerica Bank Tower

Too bad it sounds like most of the upgrades are going to the parking garage and interior common space. This building is screaming for an update to its public space on Main and Ervay, which is pretty much just a decorated buffer.
by lakewoodhobo
10 Sep 2018 09:59
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Dallas: The Thread
Replies: 50
Views: 6452

Re: Dallas: The Thread

With more facts coming to light in this case, it looks like the door to the apartment was unlocked and anyone could've entered Mr. Jean's apartment that night. However, this building has several controlled access points, enough that a resident had to walk the first responders through a couple of gat...
by lakewoodhobo
08 Sep 2018 13:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars: Texas Odyssey
Replies: 39
Views: 2792

Re: The Cedars: Texas Odyssey

Forget the ferris wheel. I just wanna know if we're getting Shrek's Adventure.

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by lakewoodhobo
07 Sep 2018 12:33
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Dallas: The Thread
Replies: 50
Views: 6452

Re: Dallas: The Thread

It sounds like she didn't walk into the apartment. She kept trying to use her key and when the victim opened the door, she shot him in the hallway. The fact that her key or fob or whatever wasn't working should've been her first clue that she was trying the wrong door, which apparently was in a diff...
by lakewoodhobo
07 Sep 2018 11:38
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Dallas: The Thread
Replies: 50
Views: 6452

Re: Dallas: The Thread

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/2018/09/06/shooting-reported-cedars-near-dallas-police-headquarters The tragic shooting of Botham Shem Jean by a DPD officer who thought she was entering her own apartment is incomprehensible. One thing I can't stop thinking about is that this took place at the ...
by lakewoodhobo
05 Sep 2018 10:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 74
Views: 7214

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

Tech firm more than doubling its office in downtown Dallas redevelopment https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2018/09/05/tech-firm-doubling-office-downtown-dallas-redevelopment Digital firm OrderMyGear has rented 23,000 square feet of offices in the new East Quarter redevelopment along C...
by lakewoodhobo
05 Sep 2018 10:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 87
Views: 12178

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

HEB is known to squat on land just to keep competitors out. When I moved out of College Station they had a vacant grocery store on a main drag that they had no plans to move into at the time, but it forced out an Albertsons. They are in no rush to give up that land/build/open a store. I agree it's ...
by lakewoodhobo
05 Sep 2018 10:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn: Parkland Knight (Knight and Fairmont) (4 ST)
Replies: 19
Views: 2913

Re: Oak Lawn: Parkland Knight (Knight and Fairmont) (4 ST)

cowboyeagle05 wrote:Certainly starts to make the gay bars at this intersection start to look even seedier...


Good riddance if Liquid Zoo and Marty's are next to go, but leave my Grapevine Bar alone.
by lakewoodhobo
04 Sep 2018 15:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 87
Views: 12178

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

I believe they own just over 122,000 sf in Oak Cliff. Their store on Preston Rd that used to be a Borders is 30,000 sf, so assuming you need 3,000 sf of parking per 1,000 of retail then a store that size would work in the space they have. Of course, it would be so much better if they buried the park...
by lakewoodhobo
04 Sep 2018 14:57
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 97
Views: 11875

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

Stolen from a friend's FB post. You can start to see the pathway that'll border the playground/swing set, I think.

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by lakewoodhobo
04 Sep 2018 13:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Old Cityplace Twin Tower site
Replies: 35
Views: 1557

Re: Old Cityplace Twin Tower site

They say larger than current zoning allows....what exactly is the cap on that now? From the City Plan Commission agenda item: The primary purpose of the request is to increase the floor area ratio (FAR) of the site from 5.0:1 to 8.0:1. The applicant proposes to provide additional urban design stand...
by lakewoodhobo
30 Aug 2018 13:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: 900 Main
Replies: 48
Views: 2180

Re: 900 Main

Interesting view of this same block from around 1910 (I think). Poydras is the main street visible here with Commerce St in the foreground and Main St in the background. On the lower-right side where it says "Drugs" is where McDonald's is today. The rest of the photo is parking lots now wi...
by lakewoodhobo
29 Aug 2018 09:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Preston Center
Replies: 14
Views: 705

Re: Preston Center

Oak Cliff desperately needs an urban Target. Oak Cliff (north of Red Bird) needs a Target for sure, I just don't see where the numbers would work for an urban concept. A traditional Target store makes sense for the Canyon development, where I think the demographics would support it today. Several y...
by lakewoodhobo
28 Aug 2018 17:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 252
Views: 36783

Re: Oak Lawn

LongonBigD wrote:Almost forgot about Juggs. Speaking of long gone girl bars in Oaklawn... I still remember The Unicorn at Lemmon and Douglas, now Uncle Julio’s.


From 1984

July 27 1984.jpg
by lakewoodhobo
28 Aug 2018 10:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: 1700 Pacific
Replies: 26
Views: 1271

Re: 1700 Pacific

If the city is still required to use this property for public transit purposes, then they could get into trouble with the feds for selling it or giving it away since it was acquired with federal dollars. Screen Shot 2018-08-28 at 10.09.31 AM.jpg They should arrange a land swap with DART so that the ...
by lakewoodhobo
28 Aug 2018 08:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 252
Views: 36783

Re: Oak Lawn

I needed something from Goody Goody recently but happened to be traveling SW on Oak Lawn. Even with the relatively light Sat morning traffic, it was almost impossible to turn around, and it's not like you can park on the street and just walk in that area. The way Oak Lawn is designed, you'll be obli...
by lakewoodhobo
24 Aug 2018 12:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 117
Views: 15434

Re: West End 1.0

I still like my Frogtown Plaza idea for the dead plaza just past the arches. Kids and tourists will love it and have no clue that it's a reference to the former red light district.

Frogtown Plaza.jpg
by lakewoodhobo
24 Aug 2018 12:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: 1700 Pacific
Replies: 26
Views: 1271

Re: 1700 Pacific

This building is such a disaster with its awkward multilevel lobby/plaza/food court/transit tunnel, I can't even think of a way to improve the pedestrian experience around it. If the city hadn't abandoned Live Oak, this could've been built on a smaller footprint and looked like a flatiron-type tower...
by lakewoodhobo
24 Aug 2018 10:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 117
Views: 15434

Re: West End 1.0

Looks like they might be re-lighting the underpass between West End and Victory. Meanwhile, the DIA is also working on plans to illuminate the path between the West End and Victory Park. “One connection that has been top of mind is that between the West End and Victory Park and how easy it is to get...
by lakewoodhobo
23 Aug 2018 10:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 284
Views: 45221

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

New restaurant and retail tenants land at downtown Dallas' Trammell Crow Center https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2018/08/23/new-restaurant-retail-tenants-land-downtown-dallas-trammell-crow-center Boutique grocer Royal Blue is going in a corner spot on the groundfloor of the 33-year-o...
by lakewoodhobo
21 Aug 2018 08:15
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Historic Images of Dallas
Replies: 16
Views: 1514

Re: Historic Images of Dallas

Here's a composite image of Theater Row that I worked on showing which towers replaced the theaters between Akard and Ervay.

Amazing how we sacrificed the street level for vertical bragging rights.

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by lakewoodhobo
20 Aug 2018 14:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 326
Views: 48488

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

Marble removal has resumed. Off to China or wherever the rest of it is.

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by lakewoodhobo
20 Aug 2018 10:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: 900 Main
Replies: 48
Views: 2180

Re: 900 Main

I'm starting to wonder if I misunderstood what was happening with the lot. Pretty sure I saw it closed on a weekday with heavy equipment digging it up. On the most recent Google Maps, it looks like it was in really good shape, so I don't think it needed repairs.

We'll see, I guess.
by lakewoodhobo
19 Aug 2018 13:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: 900 Main
Replies: 48
Views: 2180

Re: 900 Main

One of the dumbest things the city has ever done was abandon that section of Poydras so that McDonald's could have space for a dive-thru. As if they couldn't have built it anywhere else.
by lakewoodhobo
17 Aug 2018 17:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 221
Views: 29531

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

Did PL8 even make it 6 months? Trying to see if this or Little Woodrow's or Agave Azul takes the crown for shortest lifetime.
by lakewoodhobo
17 Aug 2018 14:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: 900 Main
Replies: 48
Views: 2180

900 Main

No clue where to put this, but I noticed that the surface parking lot to the south of BofA Plaza and west of Belo Garden is closed and being demolished. Screen Shot 2018-08-17 at 1.56.20 PM.jpg It's not the proposed garage from 2015 because that was to the west of the Texas Club garage and required ...

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