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by lakewoodhobo
20 Jul 2018 13:30
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 112
Views: 14754

Re: Trinity River Park

I know the Van Valkenburgh plan is still in the design stages, but I can't look at that rendering without wondering if it's physically possible without lots and lots of retaining walls to hold up those winding trails. I have a feeling that once those more realistic renderings are released, it'll rem...
by lakewoodhobo
18 Jul 2018 11:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Christopher @The Union (31 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)
Replies: 130
Views: 27365

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

Haven't visited this construction site in a while, but shouldn't we be having a rough timeline for completion? Tom Thumb should have a target opening month by now.
by lakewoodhobo
17 Jul 2018 12:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Dallas: Trinity Groves
Replies: 66
Views: 10140

Re: West Dallas: Trinity Groves

The only way there will be high-rises in Trinity Groves is in the extremely unlikely scenario that they get HQ2. After Cypress Phase 2 and this hotel are done, I wouldn't be surprised if demand takes a long time to catch up. Cypress Phase 1 may be full per that story, but Trinity Green has a ton of ...
by lakewoodhobo
17 Jul 2018 08:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff Progressing
Replies: 33
Views: 5519

Re: Oak Cliff Progressing

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2018/07/17/landmark-oak-cliff-high-rise-hits-market-sale "The View at Kessler Park" tower is on the market. I normally wouldn't post this but it's interesting that the current owners, after just two years, see the potential for market-rate un...
by lakewoodhobo
16 Jul 2018 10:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 70
Views: 9599

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

I was reading a thread about the Wynnewood Kroger on one of the Oak Cliff Facebook groups, and several people mentioned the rumor of a Sprouts coming to the property that currently houses El Fenix at the SE corner of Colorado and Beckley. Anybody here heard anything about that? I think that rumor s...
by lakewoodhobo
13 Jul 2018 12:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 355
Views: 53353

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

The Fiesta on Jefferson is the closest grocer to my home, so I end up going there quite a bit to pick up something I am missing for a meal. It's not super clean and the product selection is not great, but it's close. Having said that, I have been to quite a few of the other Fiesta's in Dallas and R...
by lakewoodhobo
12 Jul 2018 22:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 152
Views: 24416

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

R1070 wrote:They are digging below grade now.


Didn't think we would see another skyline-altering tower on the downtown side this cycle and now we're getting two. Knock on wood that we keep this momentum in time for the towers to finish and not end up with an unfinished Stoneleigh condos for several years.
by lakewoodhobo
12 Jul 2018 14:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 355
Views: 53353

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

I'm hoping we get some other decent middle class grocery store before Central Market decides to build. Don't know where it could go though. I really think that one or two of the BA-adjacent Family Dollar stores, Jefferson Tower or Davis & Edgefield, would do really well as Aldi stores. I've lea...
by lakewoodhobo
12 Jul 2018 10:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 355
Views: 53353

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

Pretty sure the last time I was in Bishop Arts was around the first of May, not that long ago. Since then they've started digging the underground parking garage for the Exxir project, and many of the smaller town home and apartment buildings are done. Victor Prosper (Alamo Manhattan) has started to ...
by lakewoodhobo
09 Jul 2018 17:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor
Replies: 112
Views: 17467

Re: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor

When I lived at Ross and Hall around 2012, nobody had a problem with Three Sheets or Sunset Lounge so clearly something changed. Maybe the crowds that used to go to Plush/Gatsby downtown moved over here and it became too loud and unruly. Like Confucius said, "this is why we can't have nice thin...
by lakewoodhobo
06 Jul 2018 14:55
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: D Magazine New Urbanism Issue
Replies: 36
Views: 1544

Re: D Magazine New Urbanism Issue

I've really enjoyed reading these stories, although most are painfully short essays that don't really go into a whole lot of detail. I know this was D Magazine's decision because, for example, Patrick Kennedy could write several dozen pages on any one topic. His story on replicating the Bishop Arts ...
by lakewoodhobo
06 Jul 2018 12:02
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Grocery Store Thread 2.0
Replies: 23
Views: 3728

Re: The Grocery Store Thread 2.0

I don't anticipate seeing them in Oak Cliff until more demographics down there change but that definitely seems like there future. I would have hoped for a Downtown location but that still seems far off for now until more residential comes down the line for the Cedars/Lamar/CBD and Deep Ellum. This...
by lakewoodhobo
06 Jul 2018 10:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 308
Views: 56047

Re: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)

^True, there's really no point in having a website until you're close to pre-leasing. The Katy's website was so early and placeholder that it was almost comical.
by lakewoodhobo
06 Jul 2018 09:33
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Grocery Store Thread 2.0
Replies: 23
Views: 3728

Re: The Grocery Store Thread 2.0

I don't anticipate seeing them in Oak Cliff until more demographics down there change but that definitely seems like there future. I would have hoped for a Downtown location but that still seems far off for now until more residential comes down the line for the Cedars/Lamar/CBD and Deep Ellum. This...
by lakewoodhobo
29 Jun 2018 14:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Over/Under Downtown Dallas
Replies: 4
Views: 910

Re: Over/Under Downtown Dallas

One of those things we've seen a million times without giving it too much thought: ventilation outlets for the never-built subway/transit station underneath 1700 Pacific. vents.png I started reading old newspaper articles on this and learned that when Live Oak extended all the way to Elm and this bl...
by lakewoodhobo
29 Jun 2018 14:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Mid Elm Lofts
Replies: 51
Views: 6738

Re: Mid Elm Lofts

mdg109 wrote:From yesterday.


I'm assuming those frames on the sidewalk are for the basement windows, but we'll see.
by lakewoodhobo
29 Jun 2018 09:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 162
Views: 25657

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

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"His name is George. George... Glass."
by lakewoodhobo
29 Jun 2018 09:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 292
Views: 42699

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

Not sure what this is about, but they've been installing metal posts for what looks like a new construction fence. This would support their claim that they're closing on new financing this summer.

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by lakewoodhobo
26 Jun 2018 10:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 202
Views: 25049

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

West Village makeover: Gap exits, and new shops including Sephora move in https://www.dallasnews.com/business/retail/2018/06/26/gap-exitswest-village-new-shops-including-sephora-move-district-gets-another-makeover The Gap was an original tenant of West Village when it was built in 2001. It's expect...
by lakewoodhobo
25 Jun 2018 15:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)
Replies: 148
Views: 22320

Re: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)

Not sure what happened here, but it looks like the city made them remove the ramp to the entrance on St. Paul. Maybe it wasn't ADA compliant.

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by lakewoodhobo
19 Jun 2018 13:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanksgiving Tower
Replies: 34
Views: 7341

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanksgiving Tower

The Beck Group's relocating to downtown Dallas' Thanksgiving Tower https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2018/06/18/beck-groups-relocating-downtown-dallas-thanksgiving-tower I always assumed Beck occupied all of 1807 Ross Ave, but 200 employees probably take up less than two floors of tha...
by lakewoodhobo
13 Jun 2018 01:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 353
Views: 50761

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

The Mavs' building off of Malcolm X just got a quick coat of new deep-blue (team color) paint. If they are moving to the ex-Levitz across from the AAC in the Design District, I wonder why they decided to paint their up-to-now Deep Ellum spot? I guess they're not completely leaving DE after all? Wer...
by lakewoodhobo
05 Jun 2018 14:43
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Old Footage of Dallas
Replies: 18
Views: 684

Re: Old Footage of Dallas

One of the blade signs that stood out for me in that footage was the one for Piccadilly Cafeteria. In 1964 this was the site of a protest that lasted 28 days over the restaurant's refusal to desegregate its counter. I found out that it was located at 1503 Commerce St, opened in 1955 and closed in 19...
by lakewoodhobo
04 Jun 2018 16:44
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Old Footage of Dallas
Replies: 18
Views: 684

Re: Old Footage of Dallas

One thing in this video that I can't figure out is seeing the "Copper Cow" restaurant on Commerce. The video is labeled March 1974 but according to at least two stories in D Magazine, that building burned down in 1960. Screen Shot 2018-06-04 at 4.37.47 PM.jpg https://www.dmagazine.com/food...
by lakewoodhobo
04 Jun 2018 11:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 355
Views: 53353

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

North Oak Cliff Development Update: Several Projects Close to Closing Phase 1 https://candysdirt.com/2018/06/01/your-north-oak-cliff-development-update-part-1/ Even though Zang & Davis is the most visually drastic change here, I'm more interested in the way that the medical district and support...
by lakewoodhobo
01 Jun 2018 11:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 353
Views: 50761

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Not to go too far off-topic, but with all these large property acquisitions in the news (Dunhill, Dell, Hoque Global, Todd Interests) I'm surprised nobody has tried to purchase a majority of Expo Park and turn it into a single-ownership branded district with enough capital to anchor the entire thing...
by lakewoodhobo
30 May 2018 21:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 353
Views: 50761

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

NoLa has Mardis Gras, San Antonio has Fiesta, we should take some random historical event and turn it into an excuse to drink and party. Those events are uniquely tied to New Orleans and San Antonio for good reason. Dallas used to have a similar celebration that, if it had continued, would probably...
by lakewoodhobo
30 May 2018 17:34
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Old Footage of Dallas
Replies: 18
Views: 684

Re: Old Footage of Dallas

I love the Dallas of the late 60s and early 70s, before any of the "new" stuff was built that decade. Everything constructed in the 50s was starting to show its age and things just had a weathered/gritty look overall. First time that people talked about redeveloping downtown, in a modern s...
by lakewoodhobo
30 May 2018 12:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Dallas Developments
Replies: 42
Views: 8799

Re: West Dallas Developments

Entertainment Venue Nowhere, TX To Open This Summer in West Dallas https://www.oaxacallc.com/single-post/2018/05/30/Entertainment-Venue-Nowhere-TX-To-Open-This-Summer-in-West-Dallas A new entertainment venue called Nowhere, TX is opening this Summer in West Dallas. Located on a former industrial si...
by lakewoodhobo
29 May 2018 10:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars: Texas Odyssey
Replies: 25
Views: 1550

Re: The Cedars: Texas Odyssey

I would've preferred this attraction + the concert venue at the Reunion Arena site, which is connected to DART and walkable from Union Station, West End, etc. No need to build another parking garage for this. And the plans for retail here don't make a lot of sense either. Retail should be part of th...
by lakewoodhobo
25 May 2018 13:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 199
Views: 26252

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

By the way, the Subway inside the Hartford Building just went through a pretty dramatic renovation and in hardly any time (maybe two weeks?). Whoever that general contractor is needs to go work at the Mid Elm Lofts.
by lakewoodhobo
24 May 2018 14:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 60
Views: 4936

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

More random history related to these buildings: In 1951 when land was being assembled for the future Statler Hotel, the final holdout agreed to a swap involving 2112 Commerce, clearing the way for construction. The building had been occupied by IBM, which still had some time on its lease there. July...
by lakewoodhobo
24 May 2018 14:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 199
Views: 26252

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

They are replacing all the windows, no tenant going in. Every single window in the HART building is leaking so a month ago they got approval to update and fix the window systems in the HART building. Nothing too exciting. Just a few years ago this would've been newsworthy. Glad the windows are gett...
by lakewoodhobo
24 May 2018 14:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 60
Views: 4936

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

What is unfortunate is the smaller building at the corner there labeled 2200 Main in this screenshot will be torn down for parking. I am not sad for the historical quality of the building but because the corner will become another lot. Screen Shot 2018-05-23 at 1.05.15 PM.png Definitely not wasting...
by lakewoodhobo
24 May 2018 12:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District: Cabana Hotel
Replies: 27
Views: 4317

Re: Design District: Cabana Hotel

I'm surprised he's not asking for incentives from the Design District TIF. Seems a little too good to be true.
by lakewoodhobo
24 May 2018 10:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 60
Views: 4936

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

I really wish the historic fire station at 2121 Main were part of this development. Even though it has that terrible 1980s glass box addition, it's probably one of the first times the city fought and won a battle to keep a historic facade. In 1982 the new owner wanted to convert the entire thing to ...
by lakewoodhobo
23 May 2018 16:07
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 167
Views: 18633

Re: DART D2 Subway

Why does this rendering show the DART tracks on southbound lane of Good-Latimer when the tracks are currently on the center of the road? I assume it's a mistake because I can't imagine they plan on moving the tracks.

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by lakewoodhobo
23 May 2018 14:06
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 90
Views: 10547

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

I thought the panels were blue tile mosaic. Here they are but in a b&w photo. Does anyone know if they were removed, covered up or painted over?

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As for the park, I went by today and all of the asphalt is now gone.

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by lakewoodhobo
23 May 2018 08:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 95
Views: 15170

Re: AT&T Discovery District

I wonder if this would increase the chances of downtown getting an Apple Store. They could do a glass box in the Ravenna building footprint or simply take over the DP&L/Banks space.
by lakewoodhobo
22 May 2018 10:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 95
Views: 15170

Re: AT&T Discovery District

I'm really looking forward to that art centerpiece in the middle of the plaza. It looks like a giant hand pulled up the pavement to reveal a big video screen. If done right, this could be our version of the Bean, unlike the giant eyeball which is not accessible to the public and coincidentally came ...
by lakewoodhobo
21 May 2018 14:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 303
Views: 42129

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Dallas' Victory Park gets its sushi back with new Kent Rathbun spot
http://dallas.culturemap.com/news/resta ... tory-park/

Imōto, the Japanese word for "little sister," will open at 2400 Victory Park Ln. on June 7.
by lakewoodhobo
21 May 2018 13:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 95
Views: 15170

Re: AT&T Discovery District

Here's a link to a video showing animation of the new entrance on Commerce. https://twitter.com/KenKalthoffNBC5/status/998630394911252482 Also, if you look at the new floor plans it looks like the AT&T store is closing and moving into the larger footprint on Jackson St with the giant Taylor Swif...
by lakewoodhobo
21 May 2018 09:15
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 193
Views: 25438

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

Any guesses as to what Project Apollo might be? Apollo sounds a lot Apple but we'll see.

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by lakewoodhobo
20 May 2018 12:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 95
Views: 15170

Re: AT&T Discovery District

Glad to see the plans evolve into something more tangible: the two-story food hall was a no-brainer. https://dallasnews.imgix.net/1526677835-180515---Open-House-Posters--Diversity-Edits4.jpg https://dallasnews.imgix.net/1526677799-180515---Open-House-Posters--Diversity-Edits3.jpg Would be fun if at ...
by lakewoodhobo
18 May 2018 11:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 60
Views: 4936

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

Chef Nick Badovinus to open not one but two concepts in downtown Dallas http://dallas.culturemap.com/news/city-life/05-18-18-downtown-dallas-east-quarter-nick-badovinus/ Called National Anthem, the restaurant will open in the triangular Magnolia Oil building as part of a new district being formed o...
by lakewoodhobo
17 May 2018 15:39
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 88
Views: 12102

Re: Downtown Progress

New report: Dallas' skyline has most room to grow of any U.S. city https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2018/05/17/new-report-dallas-skyline-room-grow-us-city For all the progress made, we have more vacant land (86 acres) than any other CBD in the nation. Not surprising when you look at ...
by lakewoodhobo
17 May 2018 09:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 271
Views: 48304

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

I know one of the people who posted a one-star review and I believe him 100%. It's amazing that Centurion didn't fix the condensation problem in the windows and even more absurd that they terminated leases just to accommodate those short-term rentals. Sounds like a complete disaster over there. http...
by lakewoodhobo
17 May 2018 09:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 60
Views: 4936

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

https://dallasnews.imgix.net/1526505307-C01-EAST-QUARTER.jpg I like the name and I like that they don't have some over-the-top, unattainable vision for the area. I do think it would be great to have some skinny residential buildings throughout to give it some use variety. Also, I was sure the annou...
by lakewoodhobo
16 May 2018 17:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Mockingbird Station
Replies: 27
Views: 6013

Re: Dallas Mockingbird Station

Not exactly Mockingbird Station, but good to see new residential popping up with access to Ridgewood Trail. Now if only DART would get their act together and develop their parking lot across from this. Owner of Central Expressway office near SMU eyes plan to add two residential towers https://www.da...

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