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by cowboyeagle05
18 Nov 2018 07:41
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 102
Views: 16087

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

One thing I noticed while riding by this morning is they have built a cinderblock structure on the Hardwood side where the food truck/eating area is located. I suspect its a restroom structure but I don't see it in the site plans previously released.
by cowboyeagle05
16 Nov 2018 18:30
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DCTA (Denton Co. Transportation Authority)
Replies: 9
Views: 941

Re: DCTA (Denton Co. Transportation Authority)

I am not surprised I would think its logical that transit systems are going to find smaller pools of potential riders in the further and further out cities and counties. DCTA does a better job than most in that they realize they are not an inner-city transit system and that they are simply connectin...
by cowboyeagle05
16 Nov 2018 18:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Bryan Tower
Replies: 16
Views: 2057

Re: Downtown Dallas: Bryan Tower

Desperation comes in many forms and they are behind so I am also glad to see some progress here.
by cowboyeagle05
16 Nov 2018 18:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 335
Views: 62695

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

I'll recap what I said before. I hope we get the hotel but I am not sold yet its happening. I am just waiting like everyone else trying to read the tea leaves. I think its a 50/50 chance for the hotel at this point and 25% chance we will get the residential tower started sometime in the next 5 years.
by cowboyeagle05
16 Nov 2018 18:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 135
Views: 28233

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

The question is who driving this activation of Marilla? Who is funding it? From what I have seen City Hall is pushing it and Downtown Dallas Inc is but is Hoque Global/KDC? It does seem like a random project for City Hall to just pull out of its back pocket and support. Downtown Dallas Inc is also p...
by cowboyeagle05
16 Nov 2018 18:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Terminal- Fitzhugh @ Katy Trail (Condos + Retail/Office)
Replies: 13
Views: 824

Re: The Terminal- Fitzhugh @ Katy Trail (Condos + Retail/Office)

Don't worry HP will still declare its an observation tower built to peer into their living rooms. The Park Cities are always the victims in most stories that involve them and the city of Dallas.
by cowboyeagle05
16 Nov 2018 18:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Dream Hotel
Replies: 86
Views: 20765

Re: Uptown Dallas: Dream Hotel

Is it at all possible that DREAM would pursue a location with another developer? I mean the Central Market project just down the street now includes a second tower meant for a hotel or possible residential in addition to the already seen office tower.
by cowboyeagle05
16 Nov 2018 17:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Link at Uptown
Replies: 19
Views: 1383

Re: The Link at Uptown

The El Fenix ownership has talked publicly about allowing a developer to propose something on the parking lots. I believe all plans were based on the concept the original buildings would stay and they would have to get dedicated parking access as part of the deal to develop. The parking lots are ple...
by cowboyeagle05
15 Nov 2018 16:59
Forum: Art + Sol
Topic: UT-Dallas gets art collection, new museum
Replies: 10
Views: 921

Re: UT-Dallas gets art collection, new museum

My understanding is they have been pursuing more technology-driven arts program at UTD. Aka New Media degrees and the like. Having a traditional art collection to backfill a new age arts program could be a game changer for them though. It will allow them to hire art directors that are experienced in...
by cowboyeagle05
15 Nov 2018 16:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 335
Views: 62695

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

Still no hotel flag correct?
by cowboyeagle05
15 Nov 2018 16:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Terminal- Fitzhugh @ Katy Trail (Condos + Retail/Office)
Replies: 13
Views: 824

Re: The Terminal- Fitzhugh @ Katy Trail (Condos + Retail/Office)

The arches do look out of scale with the site in my first look at it but I do like the train station inspiration. I do enjoy the plan to be a real connection to the trail with retail/office space while still providing for sale housing. Now the redo of the shopping center that housed BJs NXS and a fe...
by cowboyeagle05
15 Nov 2018 16:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Link at Uptown
Replies: 19
Views: 1383

Re: The Link at Uptown

The current office building is vacant but I do know a temporary gym is located inside on at least one of the floors. I can not remember the name but its some group of trainers with a startup who are probably on a month to month type of deal.
by cowboyeagle05
14 Nov 2018 17:15
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: 3230

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

Personally, the mid-century is my favorite architecture time in Dallas History so I am super glad we got to keep things like the Republic, Statler, and Alto211.
by cowboyeagle05
14 Nov 2018 17:13
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: 3230

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

Considering how obtuse CVS is at making real urban stores its even more surprising that they keep the one alive on Main Street and the one in the West End.
by cowboyeagle05
13 Nov 2018 16:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End: Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum
Replies: 68
Views: 15045

Re: West End: Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum

They submitted renderings of the garage to the landmark commission a long time ago. If I could remember which meeting agenda it was I would go find it. There are multiple renderings of the parking garage for the museum out there somewhere.
by cowboyeagle05
12 Nov 2018 21:12
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Fair Park
Replies: 65
Views: 11716

Re: Fair Park

Personally, I am someone who lives on the street so there is a list of positives and negatives here but let's straighten out the facts and please feel free to correct me if I get something wrong. Keep in mind they have only committed to moving the PRIDE FESTIVAL out of the gaybourhood well it was al...
by cowboyeagle05
09 Nov 2018 11:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Davis Building
Replies: 37
Views: 6492

Re: Davis Building

It's been called the Davis Building since 1954 but sure, let's change the name to something that'll only stick for 10 years or however long it takes to sell it off to someone else. I'm more annoyed about this than the name change to The Drever since First National Bank had already changed to Elm Pl...
by cowboyeagle05
08 Nov 2018 17:54
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 102
Views: 16087

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

Btw it appears they are finally tearing up the concrete from the roadway and the old Aston Park. They made progress on the parking lot side with multiple concrete pours and lots of site leveling work.
by cowboyeagle05
08 Nov 2018 17:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 971
Views: 146847

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

It's kinda like the Olympics. It makes the government spend a bunch of money on things in short order and some governments do it correctly others just want to make things appear pretty for the cameras. In this case, we are dealing with a job center, not a one-time sporting event. I'd much prefer 25,...
by cowboyeagle05
08 Nov 2018 16:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 272
Views: 45428

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

I would have def preferred Sam Martin take the Cafe Express space than the rec center they built on the old MAC land.
by cowboyeagle05
08 Nov 2018 16:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 456
Views: 80566

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

I assume its one of those projects that will sit as long as no one pushes it and it will depend on what city council member is in the chair at the moment. Baylor obviously wants the clear direct route to their campus and HQ. I would have assumed if they wanted it bad enough they would have already g...
by cowboyeagle05
07 Nov 2018 17:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas: Medical District
Replies: 91
Views: 23875

Re: Dallas: Medical District

So it will be right next to the DART station. At least the experience from getting off the DART will improve.
by cowboyeagle05
07 Nov 2018 17:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 456
Views: 80566

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Keep in mind the city was proposing to tear out a good section of the expo park neighborhood to build a new Baylor arterial roadway that would connect to I-30. Since then several businesses have opened in that pathway. I wonder if that project is dead or on hold? Baylor really wanted that project to...
by cowboyeagle05
06 Nov 2018 16:23
Forum: Art + Sol
Topic: UT-Dallas gets art collection, new museum
Replies: 10
Views: 921

Re: UT-Dallas gets art collection, new museum

That certainly helps the university buy its way into a more respectable arts position.
by cowboyeagle05
06 Nov 2018 16:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Davis Building
Replies: 37
Views: 6492

Re: Davis Building

The cupola was severely unstable and the support system inside was largely rust at this point. It needed to be majorly rehabbed. Similar to how the Old Red Courthouse clock tower was removed decades ago and only in the last 10 years was reinstalled with a better support system. Weather does some pre...
by cowboyeagle05
05 Nov 2018 16:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 455
Views: 74360

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Yeah according to the last documents I saw the Hines tower won't even touch the Parking Garage originally built to connect to the Mandarin Hotel. The Hines tower will have its own parking garage to sit entirely on the current footprint where the old tower was meant to be built. The garage already bu...
by cowboyeagle05
05 Nov 2018 16:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 456
Views: 80566

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

It comes down to a deeply embedded culture in Dallas that has existed for decades that constantly ignores Deep Ellum. Even now the conventioneer's bureau spends more effort trying to coerce people to Bishop Arts than they do to Deep Ellum. I am not saying the Bishop Arts isn't a jewel we shouldn't p...
by cowboyeagle05
05 Nov 2018 16:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)
Replies: 103
Views: 16002

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

Let me be clear I understand the business side of the argument of underground vs above ground parking but I will always have a distaste for massive parking above ground.
by cowboyeagle05
05 Nov 2018 16:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Christopher @The Union (31 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)
Replies: 147
Views: 38148

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

Considering how long the city has wished for grocery stores to come further south I imagine they will have a grand opening event with the press and mayor invited to cut the ribbon. They will want to use the moment to cheerlead about the progress of Downtown having grocery options. Soft opening maybe...
by cowboyeagle05
01 Nov 2018 21:00
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 31
Views: 4362

Re: Cypress Waters

Reminds me kind of the lake park Dallas sold to Rowlett. Now that park was at least a little prettier but it was kinds just barely existing out there until the city of Dallas finally sold it.
by cowboyeagle05
01 Nov 2018 20:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Ross Tower / 500 N. Akard
Replies: 25
Views: 5097

Re: Ross Tower / 500 N. Akard

Lord knows I see people in and out of the ground floor Starbucks every time I pass by. One of the best choices they made honestly.
by cowboyeagle05
01 Nov 2018 20:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Fort Worth: misc. developments
Replies: 35
Views: 6897

Re: Fort Worth: misc. developments

Panther Island will now join the Dallas Trinity River project. They can both hold each other in limbo while they wait for something better than just a few bridges.
by cowboyeagle05
01 Nov 2018 20:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)
Replies: 103
Views: 16002

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

I hate the way the parking appears to be integrated into the design. That block on the bottom which appears to be the parking garage just appears weird to the overall design. I was told that the parking garage was being built above ground in part here because the Retail Connection's building next d...
by cowboyeagle05
31 Oct 2018 10:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)
Replies: 103
Views: 16002

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

I hate the way the parking appears to be integrated into the design. That block on the bottom which appears to be the parking garage just appears weird to the overall design.
by cowboyeagle05
31 Oct 2018 09:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Ross Tower / 500 N. Akard
Replies: 25
Views: 5097

Re: Ross Tower / 500 N. Akard

This tower is also on a relatively nice part of town in that its close to Klyde Warren, Arts District, multiple major bus lines and DART station, and a quick walk to Main Street and the soon AT&T District.
by cowboyeagle05
30 Oct 2018 10:45
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 249
Views: 33900

Re: DART D2 Subway

Highland Park Village station, now that would be hell freezing over. I imagine when the train passed underneath the voiceover would switch to a British butler and that riders would need to pass a background check to be allowed to get off the train.
by cowboyeagle05
30 Oct 2018 10:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 508 Young Street (old Dallas Morning News building)
Replies: 14
Views: 2389

Re: Downtown Dallas: 508 Young Street (old Dallas Morning News building)

Well, that means Hoque global and KDC have locked up most of the south end of Downtown Dallas. With them owning the land near City Hall and this site they have bookends for the Convention Center. This land makes sense in that its located near mass transit, high-speed rail, highway access. Makes me w...
by cowboyeagle05
29 Oct 2018 09:31
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 249
Views: 33900

Re: DART D2 Subway

Oak Lawn would like access though but I doubt Turtle Creek would welcome it passing through.
by cowboyeagle05
26 Oct 2018 13:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 110
Views: 18081

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

I just wish he would open up that greenspace as promised in previous statements to the city council.
by cowboyeagle05
26 Oct 2018 08:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Ross Tower / 500 N. Akard
Replies: 25
Views: 5097

Re: Ross Tower / 500 N. Akard

Well, what's so wrong with it and I ask with complete curiosity?
by cowboyeagle05
25 Oct 2018 09:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Parking Garages
Replies: 114
Views: 19878

Re: Parking Garages

The expansion is only on part of the Elm Street garage. You can simply look at the google maps and see its two garages merged together with the part that services Comerica Tower is getting an expansion.
by cowboyeagle05
24 Oct 2018 12:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Bryan Tower
Replies: 16
Views: 2057

Re: Downtown Dallas: Bryan Tower

Rendering from the article above...
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by cowboyeagle05
24 Oct 2018 12:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 971
Views: 146847

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

No news till after the election and of course the News is trying to find content for regular publication because the Amazon story is great click bate but I do think this quick synopsis of what Bezos did in Seattle before is good to hear. He may not be thinking the same now as he did then but still w...
by cowboyeagle05
24 Oct 2018 10:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Hillcrest Village
Replies: 7
Views: 1291

Re: North Dallas: Hillcrest Village

In todays city council meeting agenda.
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by cowboyeagle05
22 Oct 2018 08:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: De La Vega Development: Haskell & US 75
Replies: 22
Views: 3168

Re: De La Vega Development: Haskell & US 75

Trammel Crow who owns the surrounding land has experience building denser urban developments and they want to build suburban crap around this site and this developer has no experience in projects of this scale is going for the big time. I am cheering for Del La Vega on this one.
by cowboyeagle05
20 Oct 2018 22:52
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park
Replies: 79
Views: 12372

Re: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park

From what I can tell they are focused on getting the deck built and the lawn will basically be for event programming. If you read the captions on the renderings in the article it says the Merry-go-round is optional based on available funding. They obviously aren't sure how much money they will be ab...
by cowboyeagle05
20 Oct 2018 22:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: De La Vega Development: Haskell & US 75
Replies: 22
Views: 3168

Re: De La Vega Development: Haskell & US 75

It's the usual. They throw up some signs and if they are lucky enough they will sign the tenants they need to get the construction loan. Firewheel Mall had signs up for decades announcing a mall that changed from a traditional indoor mall to an outdoor mall but eventually did get built. The number o...
by cowboyeagle05
19 Oct 2018 14:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Central Market at McKinney and Lemmon
Replies: 98
Views: 21715

Re: Uptown Dallas: Central Market at McKinney and Lemmon

I saw that too and I am assuming its a planned West Village tower on the Mutts land. The shape seems to suggest they only know that CityPlace Co plans to build something tall there and want it as a comparison to argue why their ask for taller isn't much of an ask. What Cityplace Co plans to build on...
by cowboyeagle05
19 Oct 2018 12:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Central Market at McKinney and Lemmon
Replies: 98
Views: 21715

Re: Uptown Dallas: Central Market at McKinney and Lemmon

I find it interesting that the other CVS we complain about is also across the street from a future Central Market store which will no doubt also be as urban walkable aware.
by cowboyeagle05
19 Oct 2018 12:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Turtle Creek : 2999 Turtle Creek Blvd
Replies: 14
Views: 2846

Re: Turtle Creek : 2999 Turtle Creek Blvd

I mean it is out of scale with the rest of the neighborhood at this point. So that is two luxury brand hotels supposedly coming to Turtle Creek. One here and one at 2727 Turtle Creek.

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