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by lakewoodhobo
22 Mar 2019 12:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 139
Views: 31306

Re: AT&T Discovery District

Video board was approved yesterday:

AT&T’s Huge Downtown Video Board Gets a Blessing From the Plan Commission
https://www.dmagazine.com/frontburner/2 ... ommission/
by lakewoodhobo
22 Mar 2019 10:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Dallas: Trinity Groves
Replies: 75
Views: 17995

Re: West Dallas: Trinity Groves

3-acre site near Trinity Groves in West Dallas sells to urban housing builder https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2019/03/21/local-builder-snaps-high-profile-west-dallas-tract This one's exciting to me because it fills part of the huge gap between Trinity Green and Trinity Groves. The s...
by lakewoodhobo
19 Mar 2019 17:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 391
Views: 100915

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

Owners Adapting to Overcome Rising Rent in Bishop Arts District https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Owners-Adapting-to-Overcome-Rising-Rent-in-Bishop-Arts-District--507222431.html The good news is that most of these businesses don't have to choose between staying in Bishop Arts and going out of busin...
by lakewoodhobo
19 Mar 2019 16:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Christopher @The Union (31 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)
Replies: 178
Views: 51811

Re: The Christopher @The Union (31 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)

Uptown Dallas apartment tower opens its doors at $350 million Union project https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2019/03/19/uptown-dallas-apartment-tower-opens-doors-350-million-union-project "The Henry restaurant has been open for the past six weeks or so, and there are several oth...
by lakewoodhobo
18 Mar 2019 15:11
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Main Street Garden
Replies: 15
Views: 1482

Re: Main Street Garden

"Hot off the Press" was open today. Also, the new playground equipment looks pretty dope.

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by lakewoodhobo
18 Mar 2019 15:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 151
Views: 27884

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Noticed that City Hall Bistro now has an entrance on Main St. next to Which Wich. Also, a juice place is opening next door to Bread Zeppelin.

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by lakewoodhobo
16 Mar 2019 11:27
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Oak Lawn history
Replies: 9
Views: 1242

Re: Oak Lawn history

How did Dallas' Oak Lawn community get its start? https://www.dallasnews.com/life/curious-texas/2019/03/14/dallas-oak-lawn-community-gets-start-curious-texas-investigates I think it's interesting how the accepted story seems to be that the gay bars moved from downtown to Oak Lawn. That may be true ...
by lakewoodhobo
14 Mar 2019 10:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Christopher @The Union (31 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)
Replies: 178
Views: 51811

Re: The Christopher @The Union (31 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)

I'm a little floored by how insanely popular The Henry is, considering how Dallas crowds aren't usually in on what just opened. One Saturday afternoon I was late meeting a party there and they decided to move to HH because it was so crowded. Then a second time I tried to get a brunch table before 11...
by lakewoodhobo
13 Mar 2019 16:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 391
Views: 100915

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

Dallas chef Graham Dodds is opening a restaurant near the Bishop Arts District https://escapehatchdallas.com/2019/03/dallas-chef-graham-dodds-mayors-house-restaurant-bishop-arts-dallas/ The restaurant sits near Dallas’ Bishop Arts District and close to Bolsa, the local/seasonal restaurant which bro...
by lakewoodhobo
11 Mar 2019 16:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Mockingbird Station
Replies: 78
Views: 15025

Re: Dallas Mockingbird Station

Construction starts on new high-rise project near Dallas' Mockingbird Station https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2019/03/11/construction-starts-new-high-rise-project-near-dallas-mockingbird-station The new construction is next to the eight-story Twin Sixties office tower and Magnolia H...
by lakewoodhobo
07 Mar 2019 12:05
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 224
Views: 43170

Re: the Cotton Belt line

I'm ok with "Silver Line" but I'm not crazy about the logo that makes it look like one word (SILVERLINE). I also find it very interesting that there was such a strong negative reaction by the black community to the Cotton Belt name since there's historic context. Does the Cotton Bowl Class...
by lakewoodhobo
04 Mar 2019 12:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: (PWC) Park District Tower (316 FT | 20 ST) + Residences at Park District (385 FT | 32 ST)
Replies: 173
Views: 48302

Re: Uptown Dallas: (PWC) Park District Tower (316 FT | 20 ST) + Residences at Park District (385 FT | 32 ST)

Award-winning Miami restaurant headed to Uptown Dallas' new Park District project https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2019/03/04/award-winning-miami-restaurant-headed-uptown-dallas-new-park-district-project A Florida-based Southern style restaurant change has picked Uptown Dallas' new P...
by lakewoodhobo
01 Mar 2019 14:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Bryan Tower
Replies: 34
Views: 4445

Re: Downtown Dallas: Bryan Tower

^This all sounds ridiculously shady. Thanks for connecting the dots for us.
by lakewoodhobo
28 Feb 2019 18:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 129
Views: 22229

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

My favorite thing to come out of the East Quarter development so far. This is what the Masonic Temple would look like if you traveled back in time.

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by lakewoodhobo
26 Feb 2019 13:34
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Plague of Pancake Development
Replies: 13
Views: 1713

Re: The Plague of Pancake Development

Most of us have demonized this type of development, calling it ugly or Soviet bloc, etc. But I'm surprised there's very little criticism for the pervasive slot homes (inward-facing, sometimes gated town home construction). They're just as guilty of encouraging car dependency and sucking the life out...
by lakewoodhobo
26 Feb 2019 13:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: (PWC) Park District Tower (316 FT | 20 ST) + Residences at Park District (385 FT | 32 ST)
Replies: 173
Views: 48302

Re: Uptown Dallas: (PWC) Park District Tower (316 FT | 20 ST) + Residences at Park District (385 FT | 32 ST)

Jbarn wrote:Do we know yet if any restaurants have signed on for the ground floor space?


Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille to Relocate in Uptown
https://www.dmagazine.com/commercial-re ... =feat-sect
by lakewoodhobo
26 Feb 2019 09:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 283
Views: 61656

Re: Oak Lawn

I think Maple Ave is the only major street in Oak Lawn that has the potential for an urban renaissance in our lifetime. Of course it all depends on what the big landowners have in mind, so I'm keeping an eye out for that big development in the works by MQ Development. I've even heard rumors of a 200...
by lakewoodhobo
26 Feb 2019 07:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Dallas High School
Replies: 52
Views: 11165

Re: Downtown Dallas: Dallas High School

New downtown Dallas apartment high-rise includes affordable units https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2019/02/26/new-downtown-dallas-apartment-high-rise-includes-affordable-units Developers plan to break ground soon on a high-rise apartment project on downtown Dallas' eastern edge that ...
by lakewoodhobo
25 Feb 2019 15:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: 2711 N. Haskell
Replies: 23
Views: 4003

Re: Cityplace East: 2711 N. Haskell

New owners spending millions to redo Dallas' landmark CityPlace Tower https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2019/02/25/new-owners-spending-millions-redo-dallas-landmark-cityplace-tower Cityplace Tower's owners just filed building permits for more than $9 million in upgrades to the huge of...
by lakewoodhobo
25 Feb 2019 13:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 129
Views: 22229

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

Walked through the area today and saw that all of the buildings are busy with construction crews, although I was disappointed to see that the Magnolia/KLIF building still has a good long way to go.

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by lakewoodhobo
25 Feb 2019 13:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Restaurants: general news/development
Replies: 40
Views: 4375

Re: Restaurants: general news/development

Someone finally signed a lease to take over the aborted Oven & Cellar restaurant at Titche's/1900 Elm. Looks like it'll serve Italian under the name Partenope Ristorante.

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by lakewoodhobo
24 Feb 2019 15:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 283
Views: 61656

Re: Oak Lawn

tamtagon wrote:I've always like the idea that the fire station moves, and the building becomes a discotheque or something.


Or a stripper bar called Fire Hose where every dancer makes an entrance coming down the pole.
by lakewoodhobo
24 Feb 2019 14:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 283
Views: 61656

Re: Oak Lawn

Don't expect much guys the LGBT task force has done a lot of this in secret and they were against any road diet or street reconfigurations that would have made the street safer. The number of lanes will stay the same so traffic will stay the same speedy dangerous way it always has with turn lanes t...
by lakewoodhobo
24 Feb 2019 11:03
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Adding city/area photos to local Wikipedia articles
Replies: 2
Views: 741

Re: Adding city/area photos to local Wikipedia articles

Thank you for taking this on because it's important work. I've written a couple of Wiki articles myself, but they've been for buildings that no longer exist, like the Cotton Exchange and Southwestern Life. I've also added photos to a few existing articles. One that I started and never got around to ...
by lakewoodhobo
24 Feb 2019 10:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 384
Views: 87487

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

If you’re a property tax payer in Dallas, $50MM of your money has been earmarked for this project in the form of a TIF Grant. You have every right to know what the F is going on with this project. As of 12/31/17, the City has not advanced any funds to these incompetents. I’m hoping, that is still t...
by lakewoodhobo
22 Feb 2019 10:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 391
Views: 100915

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

I did not realize that the existing building at the NW corner of 10th and Bishop (building H on the map) was part of Exxir's project. Looks like they're rehabbing the existing building. I think that one could end up being pretty cool too. This was a late addition to their plans as I understand it. ...
by lakewoodhobo
21 Feb 2019 18:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 391
Views: 100915

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

Wow, this is a lot to digest. Thanks for sharing.

Wonder what Marcel Market, Jeremiah Jo, Tejas, La Reunion and Paradiso are all about. We already know Nora will be a big draw.
by lakewoodhobo
21 Feb 2019 12:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 298
Views: 84485

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

dd_dweller wrote:Update on what these units will be? Are they going to be apartments or condos? Downtown lacks new affordable condos.


They'll probably all be listed on Stay Alfred. https://www.stayalfred.com/search?searc ... umGuests=1
by lakewoodhobo
19 Feb 2019 15:27
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: MATA: M-Line Trolley
Replies: 86
Views: 21783

Re: MATA: M-Line Trolley

Seen today. Wow, this thing is massive.

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by lakewoodhobo
15 Feb 2019 17:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: The Victor (~453FT / 39ST)
Replies: 25
Views: 5471

Re: Victory Park: The Victor (~453FT / 39ST)

Not really sure what's going on here but it looks like the underground portion of the garage and some kind of retaining wall.

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by lakewoodhobo
15 Feb 2019 14:55
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Historic Images of Dallas
Replies: 21
Views: 3809

Re: Historic Images of Dallas

I'm finding lots of goodies in the archives of The Thanks-Giving Foundation (albums of photos/slides of downtown Dallas in the 1960s-1980s). Digitizing everything will be a big undertaking. Chapel of Thanksgiving looking from Main Street, circa 1981. https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/51...
by lakewoodhobo
15 Feb 2019 13:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1035
Views: 195728

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

So basically Amazon is saying we'd rather not build at all than bring 1/2 of the HQ2 to Dallas (or Charlotte, or Chicago, or Austin, or Atlanta)… Maybe things will change, but I sort of see it as they're still not very high on Dallas or any of the other cities. What I can see happening here is Amaz...
by lakewoodhobo
14 Feb 2019 16:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Riverfront Blvd Hotel / Residential Towers
Replies: 14
Views: 946

Re: Riverfront Blvd Hotel / Residential Towers

Based on the rendering, it looks like it could be near the intersection of Riverfront and Parkhouse. How great would it be to get a Hard Rock Hotel after the Grand Prairie plans fell through.

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by lakewoodhobo
14 Feb 2019 12:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 101
Views: 28048

Re: The Cedars Developments

Love these stories. I'm becoming oddly obsessed with The Cedars.
by lakewoodhobo
14 Feb 2019 10:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Convention Center
Replies: 31
Views: 6090

Re: Dallas Convention Center

I've always been underwhelmed by the outside of the Convention Center... It's poorly landscaped, poor signage, the back of the convention center is a flat out eyesore. It's not really all that pleasant to walk around or navigate compared to other centers I attend (and I've been to more than my fair...
by lakewoodhobo
10 Feb 2019 11:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1035
Views: 195728

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

As long as Fort Worth continues to market itself as cowtown and "where the west begins" there will be no Austin-like cool factor.

I've always assumed Denton would be the next Austin.
by lakewoodhobo
10 Feb 2019 11:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Parking Garages
Replies: 125
Views: 27442

Re: Parking Garages

If that retail space was built for a restaurant use, it may be easier to lease than the Commerce storefronts here and at Mercantile Commerce that never got filled. The fact that there's now dedicated parking should help.
by lakewoodhobo
08 Feb 2019 18:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: First Baptist Church
Replies: 36
Views: 2393

Re: Downtown Dallas: First Baptist Church

ArtVandelay wrote:Don’t you think Steve Brown would be all over this if Todd was building something more than an open cast concrete parking garage?


Yes, if Steve Brown did any investigative reporting. He usually just prints whatever press release he's given, and then adds about a dozen typos.
by lakewoodhobo
08 Feb 2019 18:17
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Oak Lawn: Lee Park/Oak Lawn Park
Replies: 7
Views: 617

Re: Oak Lawn: Lee Park/Oak Lawn Park

One last point I forgot to make is that there's already a Turtle Creek Parkway Park, so at what point do you risk causing confusion and even adversely affecting the existing park if both compete for funds, for example. It's rare that Dallas ever protects its history, so the idea of permanently retur...
by lakewoodhobo
08 Feb 2019 17:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 101
Views: 28048

Re: The Cedars Developments

Sounds like everything is on hold right now, until they can come to some agreement regarding the roads here. Anyone with some insight/thoughts on these changes? I generally don't drive a lot in the urban core, and rarely make it out to the Cedars, so I'm almost always on board for reducing roads an...
by lakewoodhobo
08 Feb 2019 12:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: First Baptist Church
Replies: 36
Views: 2393

Re: Downtown Dallas: First Baptist Church

FBC made a deal for their most recent parking garage with a nearby office tower to share in the access so I imagine they could be doing the same here. Selling the property for parking rights. I just don't see FBC giving up ownership for parking rights. Notice how the parking garage they just built ...
by lakewoodhobo
08 Feb 2019 11:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1035
Views: 195728

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Facing opposition, Amazon reconsiders NY headquarters site, two officials say https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/facing-opposition-amazon-reconsiders-ny-headquarters-site-two-officials-say/2019/02/08/451ffc52-2a19-11e9-b011-d8500644dc98_story.html?fbclid=IwAR0a-k6t-eeJoUrkx2ywfl...
by lakewoodhobo
07 Feb 2019 14:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: First Baptist Church
Replies: 36
Views: 2393

Re: Downtown Dallas: First Baptist Church

Looks like it sold in late December to an LLC named PROVIDENTIAL PARKING PLACE LP.

http://dallascad.org/AcctDetailCom.aspx ... 5055000000

No idea why a company would build a parking garage by itself in downtown Dallas if it didn't also own an adjoining property.
by lakewoodhobo
07 Feb 2019 12:41
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Oak Lawn: Lee Park/Oak Lawn Park
Replies: 7
Views: 617

Re: Oak Lawn: Lee Park/Oak Lawn Park

There was an opinion piece on the Dallas Voice that accused the Conservancy of spearheading the name change because Oak Lawn is still associated with the LGBT community ("Homo Heights"). https://www.dallasvoice.com/is-homophobia-behind-proposed-name-change-of-oak-lawn-park/?utm_source=dlvr...
by lakewoodhobo
07 Feb 2019 12:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Alto211 (211 North Ervay)
Replies: 11
Views: 2726

Re: Downtown Dallas: Alto211 (211 North Ervay)

Didn't realize that they're finally expanding the Elm St. sidewalk in front of 211 Ervay. cowboyeagle05 you've really let me down. :lol:
by lakewoodhobo
06 Feb 2019 14:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: First Baptist Church
Replies: 36
Views: 2393

Re: Downtown Dallas: First Baptist Church

Here we go, another building lost to the wrecking ball. This time tax-exempt.

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by lakewoodhobo
01 Feb 2019 12:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Parking Garages
Replies: 125
Views: 27442

Re: Parking Garages

Heard a rumor that after 24-Hour Fitness leaves the Bryan Tower garage, the new tenant will be... nothing. Bryan Tower is supposedly expanding the parking garage to include at least the two floors occupied by the gym. To attract more tenants and what not.
by lakewoodhobo
01 Feb 2019 11:10
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 281
Views: 55034

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

tamtagon wrote:Maybe Google is the one that'll plop down in Dallas....


This is disappointing.

Google reportedly signs deal for 35-story tower in downtown Austin
https://www.dallasnews.com/business/tec ... own-austin
by lakewoodhobo
01 Feb 2019 10:23
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 112
Views: 21973

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

Looks like they're starting to plant new trees on the corner of Harwood and Elm. IMG_5947.jpg Harwood / Pacific. I wonder if they kept the "Aston Park" dedication marker and will reincorporate it somewhere within the park. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/81/DallasAstonPar...
by lakewoodhobo
01 Feb 2019 09:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Hoque Global Cedars- So Good
Replies: 24
Views: 2712

Re: Hoque Global Cedars- So Good

Well, Lower Oak Lawn (LOL) didn't last so there is hope that all things picked by marketing team don't necessarily last. And let's not forget the gem that was SoYoung, which didn't even make it past the demo phase for Butler Brothers. If they insist on copying the SoHo format, wouldn't it be SoGo f...

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