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by cowboyeagle05
06 Jun 2018 08:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 293
Views: 43835

Re: Northpark Center

The other question is more about the retail industry. Is there this much shift in the changing nature of retail? We all know department stores have been closing down left and right but how are the types of boutiques that call mall's home doing overall. NorthPark is a very successful mall but many ch...
by cowboyeagle05
06 Jun 2018 08:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 354
Views: 52910

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

Well, you need to clearly define what the Uptownfication is. I mean if you are going to use it as a derogative phrase to describe development patterns in more than one city let alone part of Dallas I think it is only right to start giving the terms boundaries. What it is and what it is not. I am jus...
by cowboyeagle05
05 Jun 2018 11:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)
Replies: 148
Views: 22120

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

Everything just seems to be tied to a fear of making developers unhappy and not coming across as a pro-economic development city. Of course, if any proposal for paying into a road fund, park fund etc comes on the table plenty of the big guys will pay to have it squashed at every turn and council mem...
by cowboyeagle05
05 Jun 2018 09:29
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Old Footage of Dallas
Replies: 18
Views: 663

Re: Old Footage of Dallas

Maybe its some stock footage they mixed into the bulk of new footage from that day?

The sheer number of steakhouses back then downtown is funny as well.
by cowboyeagle05
05 Jun 2018 09:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)
Replies: 148
Views: 22120

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

Considering there is a fight against making developers pay into a City Park fund most of the things you list are not likely to be on the table. City Hall is afraid of developers and developers are not interested in contributing anything because to them it affects their bottom line in a negative way ...
by cowboyeagle05
05 Jun 2018 09:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 354
Views: 52910

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

They don't get any pressure to change. The OakCliff location was the most press they have gotten for a store and the way they develop stores allows them to be mute to the noise of the neighborhood. City Hall is only mildly bothered by the development. Notice how when Headington tore down those histo...
by cowboyeagle05
05 Jun 2018 09:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 92
Views: 17089

Re: The Cedars Developments

The good thing about the Cedars is it hasn't been overrun by developers yet. It's still growing at a leisurely pace so the residents and business owners there have time to put in place things that can help it grow thoughtfully rather than how let's say Ross Avenue is growing with no oversight. Ross ...
by cowboyeagle05
04 Jun 2018 14:03
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 150
Views: 16784

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

The new GoPass App is out now, and so far it looks like a huge improvement. My 30-day pass transferred seamlessly to the new version and I can now see busses and trains moving on the map in real time. Also looking forward to paying with Touch ID. Good job, DART. IMG_6532.jpg What is interesting is ...
by cowboyeagle05
04 Jun 2018 10:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 92
Views: 17089

Re: The Cedars Developments

There are already good pockets all over the Cedars and good bones between all the generic warehouses built over the decades. Akard and Ervay both have great potential strips of old buildings waiting for new revival into a street long active area like Davis street in Oak Cliff or Magnolia in Fort Wor...
by cowboyeagle05
04 Jun 2018 08:53
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Old Footage of Dallas
Replies: 18
Views: 663

Re: Old Footage of Dallas

What is also great about that is you can see how much more open the building looked from the pedestrian level when it was a department store with the glass storefronts wrapped around the ground level with the beautiful mural above. DART really destroyed the beauty of the building in their conversion...
by cowboyeagle05
04 Jun 2018 08:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)
Replies: 148
Views: 22120

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

I think where you should put your efforts is in the people that fund and rebuild the roads in general cause developers would be held to a higher standard if the city did a decent job in maintaining our roads in the first place. Instead, over the weekend I heard people making the joke that they hope ...
by cowboyeagle05
01 Jun 2018 11:15
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Homelessness
Replies: 21
Views: 1807

Re: Homelessness

Sounds like the library has decided to be a part of the solution rather than just fight the homeless problem on their front doorstep. http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2018/05/31/dallas-central-library-changing-with-the-times-better-for-all/ Lowe oversees the library system’s adult services: everything from t...
by cowboyeagle05
31 May 2018 11:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 271
Views: 48028

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

Yeah, the building I work in uses metal piping for all the sprinkler systems and the reason I know is I have assisted the servicing of them when pressure sensors go off randomly. I assume PVC is just the cheaper solution and not as likely recomended by the industry but when choosing the cheaper bid ...
by cowboyeagle05
31 May 2018 08:47
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 90
Views: 10430

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

So just a quick addendum for those who care. The parking lot site: they have equipment on site and are moving dirt around but they have not removed Pacific street yet or done too much to the Aston park part either. They may be preparing to save the trees and move them to the main park site once the ...
by cowboyeagle05
31 May 2018 08:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 346
Views: 49792

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Ya'll, make it sound like the bars don't already open their arms to TX/OU fans after the game with banners, posters and beer promotions with orange and maroon marketing materials. I assume what you mean is the Deep Ellum Association should block off streets for a big street fair type of experience t...
by cowboyeagle05
29 May 2018 14:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars: Texas Odyssey
Replies: 18
Views: 1094

Re: The Cedars: Texas Odyssey

I agree an OakCliff location would have been perfect as well. Certainly would give that side of the river a monument of its own.
by cowboyeagle05
29 May 2018 08:27
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 90
Views: 10430

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

Whats sad is the last renovation they removed the light fixtures on the ground skirting. Even if you didn't redo the horizontal lights on the tower the concrete skirt lighting should be fixed properly. They removed the fixtures and made patches in the concrete though so you can see ghosts of what wa...
by cowboyeagle05
29 May 2018 08:20
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: North Texas lakes
Replies: 4
Views: 295

Re: North Texas lakes

Yep, there are two camps here. Dallas water supply and the North Texas Water District which the suburbs are members of. I think whats more important is they intend for the lake to be named "North Texas Water District Lake" in honor of the district's long history? Yeah, I guarantee no one w...
by cowboyeagle05
29 May 2018 08:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars: Texas Odyssey
Replies: 18
Views: 1094

Re: The Cedars: Texas Odyssey

Mathews Southwest by my impression has never showboated too much unless they are actually under construction. Unlike let's say BECK who obviously wanted to make a big spectacle about Valley View redo or Hillwood about Victory. They showed off renderings for months of buildings they had no concrete p...
by cowboyeagle05
28 May 2018 12:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 271
Views: 48028

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

My opinion is that they have started focusing on leasing for temporary corporate housing cause those tenants are easier to deal with on something like this. The sprinkler thing was a mistake and a huge one at that. During that madness, they probably had a lot of interest from the extended stay marke...
by cowboyeagle05
28 May 2018 12:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building
Replies: 100
Views: 15394

Re: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building

The key is talking to the guy who was hired years ago to run the hotels. He is still employed and being paid to manage things when the doors finally open. Last I heard the city didn't like some design features that conflicted with city code work so they had to make some changes.
by cowboyeagle05
28 May 2018 12:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars: Texas Odyssey
Replies: 18
Views: 1094

Re: The Cedars: Texas Odyssey

The Water Gardens project is still a go. They got money from the NTCOG in the last year to move ahead with a detailed planning. Mathews Southwest basically runs most of this property in partnership with an investment company who bought the empty land the High-Speed Rail would use and Mathews Southwe...
by cowboyeagle05
25 May 2018 12:37
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction
Replies: 77
Views: 9413

Re: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction

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by cowboyeagle05
25 May 2018 12:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 199
Views: 26145

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

Talk about a history book story I never want to re-live. Club Blue was the original name for the club I think and it caused a huge upset back and forth between the city council and the club itself for a number of years. The current operators don't make any headlines now nor have I heard of anybody t...
by cowboyeagle05
25 May 2018 11:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 346
Views: 49792

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

D2 the dart train tracks go right through it.
by cowboyeagle05
25 May 2018 11:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: L3 Hostel
Replies: 6
Views: 441

Re: Downtown Dallas: L3 Hostel

And that project died months ago. The Third floor of Alto211 already has another tenant moved in.
by cowboyeagle05
24 May 2018 09:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)
Replies: 35
Views: 3424

Re: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)

Also if they have the zoning in place already and a flag signed on the dotted line then they don't need to release renderings unless the PR machine decides its something they need to dance out there in front of the public. I am sure execs from many of their tenants have seen or heard exactly whats g...
by cowboyeagle05
24 May 2018 09:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 60
Views: 4903

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

^ I agree he is making good improvements to the existing buildings right now including streetscape improvements which traditionally a developer won't do without incentives. Parking garages cost lots of money and unless he is building new space its not worth the many millions that would take. He is s...
by cowboyeagle05
24 May 2018 08:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 699
Views: 89985

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Just red lining aka White flight was a government-created mortgage based segregation of people post WW2 suburbs. It happened its discussed in every city planning class and textbook in the country just like slavery in the American colonies. The point being Hannibal's entire argument is based on the i...
by cowboyeagle05
24 May 2018 08:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 112
Views: 16294

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

Well before it was BECK fighting with the city about the incentives then it was the agreement over the portions of the mall that BECK didn't own. Maybe a court decision was settled or an agreement was finally made over those issues.
by cowboyeagle05
24 May 2018 08:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 346
Views: 49792

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Good based on what I hear things have been getting out of hand with these clubs again. This time though you open and if you can not manage problems then you get shut down when your SUP comes up for renewal. I just hope there are a few more discouragements to clubs like this. I have been to Bottled B...
by cowboyeagle05
24 May 2018 08:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District: Cabana Hotel
Replies: 27
Views: 4295

Re: Design District: Cabana Hotel

Well, he is moving fast on this one, isn't he? I imagine this one he doesn't want to drag on like the Statler. He probably wants to get it done and move on.
by cowboyeagle05
23 May 2018 13:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District: Virgin Hotel
Replies: 71
Views: 15144

Re: Design District: Virgin Hotel

Virgin Hotel has a construction camera...https://app.oxblue.com/open/andres/virginhotel
by cowboyeagle05
23 May 2018 13:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 158
Views: 25161

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

It's one of the few times the developer actually had mostly original brick behind layers of paint. A lot of buildings with similar history had repairs made with non-matching brick and then they simply painted the whole structure or applied stucco making it virtually impossible to restore without a b...
by cowboyeagle05
23 May 2018 13:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 60
Views: 4903

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.

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by cowboyeagle05
23 May 2018 11:21
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: A Dallas-Fort Worth slogan
Replies: 10
Views: 324

Re: A Dallas-Fort Worth slogan

There are regional organizations who do the marketing as well. For example, the Dallas Regional Chamber promotes more than Dallas centric stuff. Business Associations usually don't have the limits since they are full of businessmen looking to market the area based on what sells and Dallas only marke...
by cowboyeagle05
23 May 2018 09:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 699
Views: 89985

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

That "no transit" thing is going to hurt them badly when stacked up against other options and they are too far out of the wedge. Since DART was created 93% of the population growth in the DFW metro area has been outside of the DART service area. Yeah, you bring out that nugget every time ...
by cowboyeagle05
22 May 2018 15:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 292
Views: 42515

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

That is not what we were told at the time regarding either LTV or the Statler. Remember The Grand Ricchi? An elephant never forgets. Yes, I know but that developer had a history of doing just what he did in other cities he strips these buildings of their outdated interior parts and flips them as a ...
by cowboyeagle05
22 May 2018 11:20
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction
Replies: 77
Views: 9413

Re: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction

The traffic count will get larger if they build what they have proposed because more highway creates more gridlock. Induced demand is created and it does nothing to increase tax revenues for the area adjacent to the freeway. Creating more lanes creates the gridlock. It has been proven in multiple st...
by cowboyeagle05
22 May 2018 10:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 199
Views: 26145

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.
by cowboyeagle05
22 May 2018 10:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 292
Views: 42515

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

The difference is that LTV Tower and the Statler were planned to do that. The developer who cleaned about both of those properties was known for cleaning out buildings and flipping them to a finishing developer. Here the Drever people intended to actually finish the job but continue to fail to do s...
by cowboyeagle05
21 May 2018 16:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 199
Views: 26145

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

Just think how it will make Headington look if Forty Five Ten fails.
by cowboyeagle05
21 May 2018 09:06
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 40
Views: 3775

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

I'm more into the discussion that Frisco will likely be getting the PGA HQ, mentioned in that article, which will draw the event away from the Trinity Forest. The question is will Rawlings and AT&T be able to find a developer to at least make the neighborhood look like it has a future centered a...
by cowboyeagle05
21 May 2018 08:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 95
Views: 15101

Re: AT&T Discovery District

^At least during lunchtime. Let's hope the Food Hall hours are reasonable. I don't expect them to keep it open until 11 pm for bar hopping crowd but I hope the food hall holds out till 8 or 9 pm. Also, expect to see articles comparing this to Legacy since AT&T basically doesn't want to lose empl...
by cowboyeagle05
18 May 2018 14:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Re: DTD: Republic Center/Towers (I, 36 st., 602 ft.; II, 50 st., 508 ft.; III, 8 st.)
Replies: 10
Views: 1456

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

This park will certainly be a boon for Republic Tower. The main entrance faces the park and instead of looking at an ugly parking lot it will be trees and a grassy lawn. I just hope eventually they could add an eatery on this side of the building. The ground floor of this building is beautifully set...
by cowboyeagle05
18 May 2018 08:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square
Replies: 102
Views: 13736

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square

They need to level this park and remove the walls if anyone is going to visit. It's horrible the way it is. It will be carefully modified so as not to ruin its architectural significance and its ultimate purpose which is to provide space for reflection and event space for the Thanksgiving Foundatio...
by cowboyeagle05
18 May 2018 08:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 106
Views: 15781

Re: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

Tnexster wrote:
How is this cluster of towers laid out on the property?


http://www.delavegadevelopment.com/prop ... ntral.html
This website contains the previously available detailed layout. Looks like they refined the signature office tower to market the property to possible tenants.
by cowboyeagle05
18 May 2018 08:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 60
Views: 4903

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

Dallas developer creating new downtown district https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2018/05/17/dallas-developer-creating-new-downtown-district.html To do that, the firm will renovate each building. For properties that have already been remodeled, minimal work will be needed. For others that hav...
by cowboyeagle05
17 May 2018 13:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 106
Views: 15781

Re: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

Well, that one looks a little more refined. I still have doubts this project will even turn dirt.

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