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by lakewoodhobo
14 Dec 2018 13:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 336
Views: 62861

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

Why is everyone so angry on this forum?? I know what we all need, we need pizza!! As in 400 Gradi- the Australian Pizza chain that'll open it's first US location at none other than 2000 Ross!! https://dallas.eater.com/2018/12/14/18140482/400-gradi-2000-ross-avenue-opening-dallas-arts-district This^
by lakewoodhobo
13 Dec 2018 14:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 974
Views: 147215

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Not a Typo: To Lure Amazon, DFW Airport Had a Plan to Offer Nearly $23 Billion Over 99 Years
https://www.dmagazine.com/frontburner/2 ... -99-years/
by lakewoodhobo
13 Dec 2018 14:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Hall Arts Hotel & Residences
Replies: 135
Views: 30705

Re: Arts District: Hall Arts Hotel & Residences

Those white/silver panels on the exterior are interesting and sort of resemble the exterior of Wyly theater, was that planned to be that way? Too funny... It looks like something on one of those 'engineering fail' videos. I'm sure, once it's all completed, it'll look 'intentional'. haha Not sure ho...
by lakewoodhobo
13 Dec 2018 13:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 111
Views: 13898

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

Downtown' Dallas' East Quarter redevelopment lands a major tech tenant https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2018/12/13/downtown-dallas-east-quarter-redevelopment-lands-major-tech-tenant Dialexa - a fast-growing tech product design and R&D firm that got its start on the east side of d...
by lakewoodhobo
13 Dec 2018 12:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: 1900 Pearl (362 FT | 25 ST)
Replies: 198
Views: 44004

Re: Arts District: 1900 Pearl (362 FT | 25 ST)

Just thinking about a vacant lot downtown that could be ripe for a spec tower the size of 1900 Pearl, the one that comes to mind is the lot across Ross Ave from KPMG and the Hall Arts hotel. It's owned by Hall Group so we all know they can get it done. We've completely given up on Billingsley/Two Ar...
by lakewoodhobo
13 Dec 2018 08:59
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 242
Views: 39889

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

Not to be too greedy, but I so wish this was happening in DFW. https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/13/tech/apple-campus-austin-texas/index.html This is huge for Austin, although being that their campus is out in the suburbs I'm sure there are plenty of people having a panic attack thinking about the increa...
by lakewoodhobo
12 Dec 2018 17:53
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 211
Views: 29679

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Noticed these screens today at West End. The live video feed zooms in on people as they walk by in real-time to drive the message that you’re being watched. Creepy AF but desperate times...

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by lakewoodhobo
12 Dec 2018 09:54
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 242
Views: 39889

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

$3B company relocating HQ from California to North Texas https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2018/12/12/djo-relocation-medical-devices.html?utm_content=1544628571 A global medical technologies company is relocating its corporate headquarters from California to North Texas. The latest in a stead...
by lakewoodhobo
11 Dec 2018 17:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 441
Views: 92599

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

Yay, so all the smart design decisions we made in our Downtown are coming flashing back too! Onward to depressed public spaces, massive parking garages, underground retail and walled off office buildings wait... :shock: I certainly hope not. In fact, I wonder if it's time to start looking at buryin...
by lakewoodhobo
10 Dec 2018 19:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 441
Views: 92599

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

Great photo. It looks like we've traveled back in time to see Fountain Place under construction.
by lakewoodhobo
10 Dec 2018 11:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District 1.0
Replies: 42
Views: 3934

Re: Design District 1.0

Developer hopes Dallas' Design District isn't the next Uptown https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2018/12/10/developer-hopes-dallas-design-district-isnt-next-uptown "With construction of the Virgin Hotel and rebuilding of the old Feizy Center office tower into a Hilton-branded prop...
by lakewoodhobo
07 Dec 2018 17:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 126
Views: 20701

Re: West End 1.0

Looks like the Brewery Building (703 McKinney Ave) redevelopment is back on. Owners were in front of the Oak Lawn Committee for approval of a landscape plan. Oak Lawn Committee Revisits The Starck Club, Past Election https://candysdirt.com/2018/12/05/oak-lawn-committee-revisits-the-starck-club-past-...
by lakewoodhobo
07 Dec 2018 12:14
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART Mascot
Replies: 21
Views: 5080

Re: DART Mascot

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by lakewoodhobo
07 Dec 2018 11:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff Progressing
Replies: 66
Views: 10930

Re: Oak Cliff Progressing

It took an unusually long time to confirm this, but 24 Hr Fitness is now official near Hampton and Ft Worth Ave.

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by lakewoodhobo
05 Dec 2018 16:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 356
Views: 64364

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

Matt777 wrote:What is that? Aqua colored LED lights or just covers? Paint? It's hard to tell.


It looks like a layer of tyvek or similar construction material. The color is unusual though.
by lakewoodhobo
05 Dec 2018 16:20
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 242
Views: 39889

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

Confirmed... McKesson, #6 on the Fortune 500 list moving HQ to Irving. Another strong win for Irving, DFW and Texas! https://www.dallasnews.com/business/business/2018/11/30/medical-industry-giant-mckesson-move-headquarters-irving I'd much rather see these companies move to Las Colinas than somewher...
by lakewoodhobo
05 Dec 2018 16:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 356
Views: 64364

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

Finally some visible progress on the exterior of the tower. Not holding my breath, but this is a good sign.

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by lakewoodhobo
05 Dec 2018 15:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Most Exciting Project?
Replies: 20
Views: 731

Re: Most Exciting Project?

Texas Central HSR Station is my #1 by far. It would completely transform that part of downtown and the Cedars and guarantee all the ancillary development once promised by the Omni hotel and much more, not to mention make DTD the first downtown in the U.S. with a HSR station. Once final approved by t...
by lakewoodhobo
05 Dec 2018 09:00
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART: Expansion
Replies: 109
Views: 19154

Re: DART: Expansion

**Hopefully**, there will be additional benches and related infrastructure coming when these platforms are extended/improved. Several of the stations need better availability of waiting/seating areas. Most of them have a divergent approach to what is available at ground level vs. what's at the plat...
by lakewoodhobo
05 Dec 2018 07:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: McKinney/Boll Tower - 2614 McKinney Ave - (18 ST)
Replies: 132
Views: 24430

Re: Uptown Dallas: McKinney/Boll Tower - 2614 McKinney Ave - (18 ST)

Top Austin developer Endeavor Real Estate eyes Uptown Dallas project https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2018/12/05/top-austin-developer-endeavor-real-estate-eyes-uptown-dallas-project The story mentions the corner of McKinney and Boll but not whether it's the site previously announced ...
by lakewoodhobo
04 Dec 2018 10:32
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: The Cedars: Old City Park & Dallas Heritage Village
Replies: 16
Views: 1754

Re: The Cedars: Old City Park & Dallas Heritage Village

Candlelight, the annual holiday fundraiser at Dallas Heritage Village, is this weekend. If you've never been to this park or haven't been since your elementary school field trip, this is the time to check it out. Dallas is full of swanky $50+ fundraisers so it's hard to believe that for $12 and unde...
by lakewoodhobo
30 Nov 2018 16:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District 1.0
Replies: 42
Views: 3934

Re: Design District 1.0

Not to get too far off-topic, but here are two examples of new construction under $200,000 just 15 minutes from downtown. It's possible, but you need to find $13,000 lots and someone willing to live in the most undesirable parts of the city. https://www.dfwrealestate.com/Listing/2672-Hudspeth-Avenue...
by lakewoodhobo
30 Nov 2018 16:05
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART Mascot
Replies: 21
Views: 5080

Re: DART Mascot

I still love the idea of Traveling Man as a DART mascot, but I agree that it could make some adults tune out. What Los Angeles Metro did here with "Super Kind" for their PSAs is a brilliant way to engage children and adults alike: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gShYLoTLbTY&feature=you...
by lakewoodhobo
30 Nov 2018 15:55
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART: Expansion
Replies: 109
Views: 19154

Re: DART: Expansion

This isn't about line expansions, but the platform extensions on the Red and Blue line are now fully funded. Feds plug final $2M into DART's plan to extend Red and Blue line platforms as way to ease rush hour crush https://www.dallasnews.com/news/transportation/2018/11/29/feds-plug-final-2m-darts-pl...
by lakewoodhobo
30 Nov 2018 14:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Parking Garages
Replies: 114
Views: 19916

Re: Parking Garages

Just passed the new one on St. Paul across from First Baptist, and I can't help but notice how awful Federal Plaza looks. The city actually gave this developer right of way over Wenchell Ln and didn't ask for a single thing in return, not even a light fixture or a decorative feature facing the park....
by lakewoodhobo
30 Nov 2018 12:12
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Main Street Garden
Replies: 14
Views: 543

Re: Main Street Gardens

I was told that the cafe space has a new operator, with details to be announced shortly. As for the playground, here are the renderings I've seen: http://images.tritondigitalcms.com/6616/sites/274/2018/11/29151641/park-render-1-768x512.jpeg http://images.tritondigitalcms.com/6616/sites/274/2018/11/2...
by lakewoodhobo
30 Nov 2018 10:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District 1.0
Replies: 42
Views: 3934

Re: Design District 1.0

I just hope they learned from Victory Park. Do they have enough residents to sustain neighborhood retail, because one hotel and some high-end restaurants won't keep their investors afloat through the next slowdown. I know home sales have stopped of late. But what's even more troubling to me is that ...
by lakewoodhobo
29 Nov 2018 11:52
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Grocery Store Thread 2.0
Replies: 26
Views: 5656

Re: The Grocery Store Thread 2.0

Albertsons in Grand Prairie and Tom Thumb in Irving to close https://www.dallasnews.com/business/retail/2018/11/28/albertsons-adds-tom-thumb-irving-supermarket-list-grocery-closings I'm not really interested in this story except for what it may mean for stores closer to home. We're still waiting to...
by lakewoodhobo
28 Nov 2018 17:29
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Main Street Garden
Replies: 14
Views: 543

Re: Main Street Gardens

Ah, remember when the playground equipment was chrome and kids were getting their fingers fried like little breakfast sausages?

The good ol' days.
by lakewoodhobo
28 Nov 2018 11:21
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: MATA: M-Line Trolley
Replies: 76
Views: 16768

Re: MATA: M-Line Trolley

#4614 making its maiden voyage. Never thought I'd see the Toronto PCC restored.

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by lakewoodhobo
28 Nov 2018 11:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District 1.0
Replies: 42
Views: 3934

Re: Design District 1.0

Design District office tower will become new Hilton hotel https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2018/11/28/design-district-office-tower-will-become-new-hilton-hotel The 9-story Feizy Center building on Stemmons Freeway just across the highway from the Infomart is being converted into a ho...
by lakewoodhobo
27 Nov 2018 17:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 272
Views: 45525

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

Lark on the Park is the latest Dallas restaurant to close https://www.guidelive.com/restaurant-openings/2018/11/27/lark-park-latest-dallas-restaurant-close The restaurateur announced today that he would shutter Lark on Sunday, six years after opening it, to revamp the restaurant as a "more cas...
by lakewoodhobo
27 Nov 2018 10:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 292
Views: 66493

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

Finally coming out of that giant hole they dug for parking https://i.postimg.cc/Y2v75ksm/20181121-095310.jpg What's the garage supposed to look like? I believe the final approved design is the one that took a slightly more mid-century look: https://dallas.towers.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2018...
by lakewoodhobo
26 Nov 2018 08:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 111
Views: 13898

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

Dallas' landmark Masonic Temple is the newest downtown office address

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/rea ... ce-address
by lakewoodhobo
21 Nov 2018 11:41
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 98
Views: 17359

Re: Downtown Progress

Empty office floors will become Bluelofts live-work centers in Dallas towers https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2018/11/21/empty-office-floors-will-become-bluelofts-live-work-centers-dallas-towers I love this idea. SO glad someone found a modular solution to filling empty office spaces...
by lakewoodhobo
20 Nov 2018 08:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Mockingbird Station
Replies: 56
Views: 10360

Re: Dallas Mockingbird Station

Were the DART parking lots across Mocking Bird station, near The Phoenix apartments, ever sold? I heard rumors years ago that the city wanted them to be sold for a mixed use project My understanding is that DART wants to keep ownership of the parking lot but lease it to a developer willing to build...
by lakewoodhobo
17 Nov 2018 10:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Christopher @The Union (31 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)
Replies: 147
Views: 38202

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

texasstar wrote:Update 11-10-18

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Wow, what direction is that giant mirror facing? I see two Christophers.
by lakewoodhobo
16 Nov 2018 16:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Dallas Developments
Replies: 52
Views: 12144

Re: West Dallas Developments

At some point I heard that they were getting a Sprouts up in that area? I have seen this building and have wondered what it is going to be. It kind of looks two level in some parts so not sure it would be a grocery store. My understanding is that Central Market and Sprouts were both looking at site...
by lakewoodhobo
16 Nov 2018 08:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 135
Views: 28269

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

I'm glad this is getting some attention. Given that Farmers Market residents don't have a neighborhood park and that City Hall plaza is showing potential with things like Aurora and the tree lighting, this connection really matters.
by lakewoodhobo
16 Nov 2018 07:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Dallas Developments
Replies: 52
Views: 12144

Re: West Dallas Developments

I was in the area yesterday...and anyone know what the large building going up is in the 2200 block of Fort Worth Avenue? It's right next to that new shopping center and in front of those (horrible) new apartments just west of Hampton and Fort Worth Ave. At first glance, it looks like a grocery sto...
by lakewoodhobo
15 Nov 2018 12:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Link at Uptown
Replies: 19
Views: 1388

Re: The Link at Uptown

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by lakewoodhobo
15 Nov 2018 10:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 974
Views: 147215

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

It sounds like we understand the talent situation in DC and NYC, but I guess I don't know enough about why the operations center went to Nashville. That would've been a great consolation prize for Dallas, especially if it resulted in new construction south of City Hall and a much more manageable 5,0...
by lakewoodhobo
15 Nov 2018 09:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Bryan Tower
Replies: 16
Views: 2064

Re: Downtown Dallas: Bryan Tower

Not quite the Spire construction fence we've been waiting ages to see, but glad to see this smaller project start so quickly after announcement.

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by lakewoodhobo
14 Nov 2018 17:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 336
Views: 62861

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

Topping-out situation on November 14.

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by lakewoodhobo
14 Nov 2018 07:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Re: DTD: Republic Center/Towers (I, 36 st., 602 ft.; II, 50 st., 508 ft.; III, 8 st.)
Replies: 19
Views: 3234

Re: DTD: Republic Center/Towers (I, 36 st., 602 ft.; II, 50 st., 508 ft.; III, 8 st.)

I didn't know there had been a Walgreens here at one point. I've seen photos of the location at Main and Akard and the one in the Adolphus, where Rodeo Bar is today.

It's unfortunate that the company left the urban core and hasn't looked back.
by lakewoodhobo
13 Nov 2018 15:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 455
Views: 74499

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Big D NYE won't return in 2018 For the fourth consecutive year, Big D NYE is "on hiatus," confirms event executive director Jim Glass. The New Year's Eve celebration that took place at the doorstep of American Airlines Center, in Dallas' Victory Park, will not take place on Dec. 31, 2018....
by lakewoodhobo
13 Nov 2018 11:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 974
Views: 147215

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

At Mike Rawlings' post-mortem press conference he mentioned that Amazon was most interested in the Reunion site, Cedars/HSR station site and the Smart District site. Doesn't look like Victory Park, Trinity Groves, Oak Farms or Expo Park really had a chance.
by lakewoodhobo
13 Nov 2018 10:18
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Fair Park
Replies: 65
Views: 11729

Re: Fair Park

One of my favorite stories from the 1936 Centennial Exposition is how gay men would gather under the Tenor sculpture in the Esplanade to cruise and meet other men. There's a rumor that R.L. Thornton was so distraught by this that he had the statues removed for this reason (one of many theories about...
by lakewoodhobo
12 Nov 2018 22:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 974
Views: 147215

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

https://www.wsj.com/articles/amazon-chooses-new-york-city-and-northern-virginia-for-additional-headquarters-1542075336?mod=e2fb "The imminent announcement is expected as soon as Tuesday, according to the people. Other cities may also receive major sites, some of the people said. " Seriously?
by lakewoodhobo
09 Nov 2018 12:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: The Victor (~453FT / 39ST)
Replies: 17
Views: 2195

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

The Victor, Victory Place and Cafe Victoria are just competing for least creative name in Victory Park.

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