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by cowboyeagle05
05 Apr 2018 12:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oaklawn: 2929 Oak Lawn
Replies: 14
Views: 1196

Re: Oaklawn: 2929 Oak Lawn

^Well, don't tell that to residents on the south side of Oak Lawn they are against anything that seems to creep upwards. On this northern side, a lot of affordable housing is being removed because of the Old Parkland effect/Parkland rebuild. I will say though there was a lot of derelict apartments b...
by cowboyeagle05
05 Apr 2018 09:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oaklawn: 2929 Oak Lawn
Replies: 14
Views: 1196

Re: Oaklawn: 2929 Oak Lawn

The OLC does not make development they simply provide an opinion on what is proposed. They have serious limits to what they can fight developers on so let's stop blaming them if Total Wine which has not even gotten approval for construction let alone its design or Starbucks which has not even put up...
by cowboyeagle05
04 Apr 2018 15:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 172
Views: 28485

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

I'm' not worried about considering Parks for Downtown Dallas has multiple renderings all over their site for the Park they are about to have a groundbreaking on I am not worried that another entity hasn't updated their website. The website for the company I work for took months to add updated contac...
by cowboyeagle05
04 Apr 2018 12:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 172
Views: 28485

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

Probably what you are seeing is the base which is where the artist lofts are located. The tower portion is the only way the project can really financially work. The developer can not afford to just build a few affordable artist lofts on a pricey site in the Arts District so yes the tower is very muc...
by cowboyeagle05
04 Apr 2018 08:35
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 97
Views: 11877

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

Current renderings posted on the Parks for Downtown website show a water feature as has been in the plans since the beginning. No parking garage. Overhead layout renderings have shown Food Truck parking zones as well. Water fountains are popular for naming rights and are obvious choices in Texas sum...
by cowboyeagle05
04 Apr 2018 08:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 398
Views: 51675

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Plus the city would be willing to discuss the adjustment on the square footage as soon as the news goes public. For now, the city would approve things as proposed. It isn't hard to re-submit documents to the city even during construction for adjustments in square footage particularly when city hall ...
by cowboyeagle05
03 Apr 2018 15:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District: Moxy Hotel
Replies: 17
Views: 1808

Re: Design District: Moxy Hotel

I imagine Oak and Quil could be accommodated in the new building very easily if their building is even on the chopping block here. The rendering doesn't provide a clear indicator of site layout and scale to me so it's hard to tell until a site plan is released. Personally, I would gladly trade the a...
by cowboyeagle05
03 Apr 2018 15:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)
Replies: 148
Views: 24060

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

A unique special purpose district had to be created just to get this sign to happen inside of an existing historic district you would think would allow it in some form. It sounded like a process the city won't be repeating.
by cowboyeagle05
03 Apr 2018 08:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District: Moxy Hotel
Replies: 17
Views: 1808

Re: Design District: Moxy Hotel

I think whats nice to see is if that rendering is accurate it has an underground garage rather than a podium. You can see a ramp going underground near the green space. It still looks very suburban as far as site layout but an underground garage is a nice shift.
by cowboyeagle05
03 Apr 2018 08:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Ventana (12 ST / 12 ST)
Replies: 27
Views: 4620

Re: North Dallas: Ventana (12 ST / 12 ST)

Considering how compact this site is the visual impact of seeing it built next to the freeway is quite apparent. Makes the construction appear so much more massive than it is. There are bigger buildings being built in Uptown but this site right next to the freeway and being horizontally proportioned...
by cowboyeagle05
03 Apr 2018 08:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 398
Views: 51675

Re: Victory Park 3.0

It just depends on what Amazon wants. Do they want a solid bordered defined campus or a campus spread over a few walkable blocks with other buildings not controlled by them integrated? The Victory proposal would promote a little more integration into the community rather than a walled off-campus exp...
by cowboyeagle05
02 Apr 2018 13:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 398
Views: 51675

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Hmm so reading the tea leaves here is one one of two options. 1) Amazon has shown preliminary interest or a yes to Hillwood so they need to get the first phase going without commenting to the press/public as to why they are moving ahead until Amazon makes its parade press announcement. 2) Amazon has...
by cowboyeagle05
02 Apr 2018 10:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 117
Views: 15438

Re: West End 1.0

Half of Klyde Warrens appeal is the gimmick of what it is. A park over a freeway and yes I believe that gimmick has lasting power as long as the park is maintained. The other half if its location. It is in a place where Plano moms and Uptownies alike feel safe. Not to mention tourists. It will be ha...
by cowboyeagle05
02 Apr 2018 09:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The District (former Parkland hospital campus)
Replies: 9
Views: 1495

Re: The District (former Parkland hospital campus)

I think you also have to realize many potential buyers for some of the existing property aka buildings could have been waiting for Sam to buy from the county. Now that the sale is happening they could approach him now or could have already had made silent deals with him for parts of the project. Chi...
by cowboyeagle05
30 Mar 2018 08:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD Riverfront Project
Replies: 39
Views: 5325

Re: DTD Riverfront Project

I am all for a quick and dirty BRT to get things moving. Make a plan for building out better stations. Do a studied plan to determine if the streetcar is the eventual need and how long BRT might serve the same function for how long.
by cowboyeagle05
29 Mar 2018 13:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Davis Building
Replies: 21
Views: 3823

Re: Davis Building

The Davis building garage is the one on Elm with the Subway and Dry Cleaners, right? The article doesn't mention the garage but I wonder if they will ever try to make the garage look any better. Headington is all about appearances so I would put it past him to try to clean up the facade to attract a...
by cowboyeagle05
29 Mar 2018 13:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 117
Views: 15438

Re: West End 1.0

Then the complaint would be it's too hot. It's the same when they started building malls like Firewheel vs Towneast Mall. When they proposed Firewheel Garland citizens showed up complaining that it would never work in Texas. Citizens said build it on the East coast where its cooler and the developer...
by cowboyeagle05
29 Mar 2018 09:25
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 189
Views: 20472

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Let me pause what I said. There can be a balance but its the transportation geared around moving bedroom community workers in town for work on the morning and back home at night that can lead to a suburban driven system. The highways have been the leading driver of this problem and continue to be. F...
by cowboyeagle05
28 Mar 2018 14:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Courtyard by Marriott (12 St)
Replies: 117
Views: 17997

Re: Downtown Dallas: Courtyard by Marriott (12 St)

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by cowboyeagle05
28 Mar 2018 08:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Red Bird Mall
Replies: 21
Views: 4347

Re: Red Bird Mall

I know the initial theme seemed to be about Valley View but they did post some renderings I have not yet seen before of the planned reuse of some of RedBird Malls existing department store buildings.

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by cowboyeagle05
28 Mar 2018 08:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Courtyard by Marriott (12 St)
Replies: 117
Views: 17997

Re: Downtown Dallas: Courtyard by Marriott (12 St)

Also according to some newer renderings, I saw there will be a ground floor cafe with a patio on the main doors corner. Originally I felt like they had almost nothing planned around the ground floor so a cafe will be a much better addition. The former small slice parking lot will be a valet/driver-f...
by cowboyeagle05
27 Mar 2018 16:02
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 189
Views: 20472

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Yeah, DART trains right now in many ways work like the highways did in encouraging suburban living. When you make it easy to live further away and get into the center quickly it tends to shift priorities and rot the city from the inside out. I am not suggesting trapping people in the closer in areas...
by cowboyeagle05
27 Mar 2018 15:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 401
Views: 58035

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

You just have to look at the retail plan they posted online when they started the project. The original plan included a mix of shopping and restaurants. Last I heard they were having a hard time talking retail into an opening in the spaces they are shelling out. Mostly because Deep Ellum just is not...
by cowboyeagle05
27 Mar 2018 15:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Adolphus Renovation
Replies: 12
Views: 1858

Re: Downtown: Adolphus Tower

Thank goodness for the new owners. They saw potential in removing the carport and building out a series of ground floor activated spaces that will greatly increase the respect and attractiveness of this Dallas icon. The carport was just burning money. With a combination of the city allowing a previo...
by cowboyeagle05
26 Mar 2018 15:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD Riverfront Project
Replies: 39
Views: 5325

Re: DTD Riverfront Project

Look at it this way Amazon would require the city to meet some goals on the Trinity project if they felt it was a large part of the attraction to a site they might choose. Similarly, when Forest City was initially going to do the Mercantile redo they put the city on contract to build Main Street Gar...
by cowboyeagle05
26 Mar 2018 14:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 178
Views: 29026

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

It's easy to notice when you are looking down Pacific Downtown. Now when you look in that direction you will see some density compared to before where the skyline basically played keep away from most of the highway loop. I love seeing the skyline jump across the old boundaries.
by cowboyeagle05
23 Mar 2018 13:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Dallas High School
Replies: 35
Views: 6493

Re: Downtown Dallas: Dallas High School

I still wonder what they are expecting out of the retail space they are building at ground level. Do they expect a Jimmy Johns type operation or a real sit down place? Maybe something less dependent on walk ups even a hair salon could work since people are always googling for services like a haircut.
by cowboyeagle05
23 Mar 2018 13:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 401
Views: 58035

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Considering it's not a 300 room hotel it won't make too much of an impact. I have been there a few times during the day and the restaurants keep a healthy daytime business going. The street parking is usually pretty full and there is always people on bikes riding around more frequently than in the d...
by cowboyeagle05
22 Mar 2018 14:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square
Replies: 115
Views: 15692

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square

There is a lot of fundraising that has to happen to make all these plans happen last I heard. So people will have to be patient.
by cowboyeagle05
22 Mar 2018 12:57
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Autonomous Vehicle Thread
Replies: 60
Views: 6823

Re: Autonomous Vehicle Thread

I am not giving them slack I want to be clear it's not ok that someone died during testing of technology. What I mean though is just that tech is not perfect and is more likely to mess up because it is designed by humans.
by cowboyeagle05
22 Mar 2018 12:06
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Autonomous Vehicle Thread
Replies: 60
Views: 6823

Re: Autonomous Vehicle Thread

Driving is already a monotonous boring activity which is why people get distracted driving in the first place. Now you are going to take some of the "activity" away that keeps the mind occupied and of course, the driver is going to drift off from focus. I certainly don't get the point of r...
by cowboyeagle05
22 Mar 2018 11:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 239
Views: 30056

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

Well considering this was more about a change in ownership wanting to finally collect rent from a part of Dallas history it doesn't necessarily have to do with a failed business. It's just the small town typer ownership of some of these buildings is going away. People are cashing out cause the money...
by cowboyeagle05
21 Mar 2018 13:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 11 (The Forum)
Replies: 42
Views: 7324

Re: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 11 (The Forum)

Maybe they want it better setup for events and more park-like? Kinda like what Joule did with their private park.
by cowboyeagle05
21 Mar 2018 13:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: City Lights
Replies: 40
Views: 6962

Re: Downtown Dallas: City Lights

Just think we will have two full-service Tom Thumbs and a Whole Foods just outside of the CBD. Groceries are moving further and further south.
by cowboyeagle05
20 Mar 2018 08:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 398
Views: 51675

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Fun fact, the Mavericks are in a contract at AAC until July 28, 2031! I know Cuban has publicly complained about all the parking being sucked up for construction and has said they've considered looking at the contract to find a way out earlier...not to mention that the AAC will be considered quite ...
by cowboyeagle05
16 Mar 2018 15:18
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: eSports Stadium Arlington
Replies: 6
Views: 667

Re: eSports Stadium Arlington

In some peoples mind, it's all they have to remain in the conversation. If they didn't have those stadiums some suggest Arlington would be equal to a flyover state. UT Arlington seems like it has gained some relevance because of it too.
by cowboyeagle05
16 Mar 2018 12:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 398
Views: 51675

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Or focus on fixing the Victory Park that is actually inside of Victory Park. This one would have a high-speed roadway on one side and paid parking lot on the other side. Considering this is so close to Klyde Warren I doubt the city will be inclined to do so.
by cowboyeagle05
16 Mar 2018 09:05
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Collin Creek Mall
Replies: 29
Views: 4779

Re: Collin Creek Mall

But regionalism!!!!!
by cowboyeagle05
16 Mar 2018 08:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 778
Views: 100785

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

The best way to describe the advantage that Dallas has in having the HSR is that Amazon has said they want easy access to mass transit. Having easy access to Houston and a state that shows continued growth in transit options and solutions is a positive check mark. Houston is a shipping hub in its ow...
by cowboyeagle05
12 Mar 2018 11:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 119
Views: 17993

Re: AT&T Discovery District

Well we know they would rather not have that bus stop on their property so I have to wonder if they have finally been able to convince DART to move it permanently down the street. I am sure AT&T would write a check to keep that stops types from hanging around their campus. What "types"...
by cowboyeagle05
12 Mar 2018 09:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 119
Views: 17993

Re: AT&T Discovery District

Well we know they would rather not have that bus stop on their property so I have to wonder if they have finally been able to convince DART to move it permanently down the street. I am sure AT&T would write a check to keep that stops types from hanging around their campus.
by cowboyeagle05
12 Mar 2018 08:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: McKinney/Boll Tower - 2614 McKinney Ave - (18 ST)
Replies: 121
Views: 18658

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

So far no one seems to really know so I am going to assume its still going forward. Still sounds like conjecture and rumor mill stuff rather than someone really being in the know.
by cowboyeagle05
09 Mar 2018 13:47
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 140
Views: 13480

Re: I-345

I love how this thread never dies... lol I get that it's very clunky in the way that it's designed... But up until KWP was built, this was actually the least obstructive side of the mix master. I35E and I30 are easily more detrimental than I345 is. If they can't do a cut/cap option, than I think th...
by cowboyeagle05
09 Mar 2018 09:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Smart District
Replies: 72
Views: 12614

Re: Dallas Smart District

You have to pay attention to the specific language used "The Smart District is in something of a partial holding pattern until Amazon decides where to locate its HQ2. " A "partial holding pattern" meaning we have plans to build without Amazon but if they say our name we will come...
by cowboyeagle05
08 Mar 2018 10:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Dallas: Trinity Groves
Replies: 66
Views: 11063

Re: West Dallas: Trinity Groves

Also, some more renderings released... https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2018/03/06/how-dallas-restauranteur-phil-romano-plans-to.html ...The partnership plans to launch an advertising campaign in Seattle to tout the restaurant incubator-anchored entertainment destination at the base of the Ma...
by cowboyeagle05
08 Mar 2018 09:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 778
Views: 100785

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

What are we trying to prove at this point? The RFP clearly shows a preference for an urban campus but they are open to new creative ideas blah blah. The simple fact that they say it could be a downtown campus but doesn't have to be shows their preference for an urban site with an open mind to a sit...
by cowboyeagle05
08 Mar 2018 09:36
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 140
Views: 13480

Re: I-345

So far talking with my transportation and city planning friends outside of the forum I haven't seen a clear argument for why removing I-345 has to remain. Believe me, I get it removing a working highway does sound crazy and counter-intuitive. I have read the arguments back and forth here and while I...
by cowboyeagle05
08 Mar 2018 09:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 778
Views: 100785

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

What are we trying to prove at this point? The RFP clearly shows a preference for an urban campus but they are open to new creative ideas blah blah. The simple fact that they say it could be a downtown campus but doesn't have to be shows their preference for an urban site with an open mind to a site...
by cowboyeagle05
08 Mar 2018 08:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: McKinney/Boll Tower - 2614 McKinney Ave - (18 ST)
Replies: 121
Views: 18658

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

Has anyone else heard that this project has fell through? I’m pretty sure that has been the case for quite a while if memory serves correctly. I thought the neighborhood association protested the rezoning or something along those lines. I could be way off. That was many moons ago. The neighborhood ...
by cowboyeagle05
06 Mar 2018 15:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 385
Views: 66236

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

Yeah, the 360 plan is an agreed upon guide but rarely seems no more than a pretty picture in most cases. The city staff is supposed to use it as a guide for development and guide future priority projects but someone like a council member has to push such projects forward. I doubt private development...

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