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by dfwcre8tive
11 Dec 2017 16:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square
Replies: 128
Views: 27172

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square

Phillip Johnson was such a hack. I don't think Thanksgiving Square can be saved from the incredibly stupid design choices. Why not bulldoze it and start over? Hell, with so many other parks going in why not just sell it to someone so they can put a new tower on the site? You have to remember that t...
by dfwcre8tive
11 Dec 2017 16:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square
Replies: 128
Views: 27172

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square

When I worked downtown, Thanks-Giving Square was an automatic go-to for dog-walkers. They didn't try to go anywhere else. A few years ago there was a survey/count and it was estimated that there are about 800 dog visits to the space per day. The three residential properties (LTV, Mosaic, Republic) ...
by dfwcre8tive
11 Dec 2017 15:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square
Replies: 128
Views: 27172

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square

Raising money from a lot of small donors has a low chance of success without a lead donor. The park needs to find an invidual or corporation to lead the renovation, and even grant naming rights if necessary. Kelcy Warren for KWP, Robert Decherd for the Belo Gardens and the recently approved parks, ...
by dfwcre8tive
11 Dec 2017 15:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square
Replies: 128
Views: 27172

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square

jrd1964 wrote:CTroy, I'll have to find the pic, but the donor list sign has a typo. I don't remember what it was off-hand.


If you remember, let me know. I will take a closer look as well.
by dfwcre8tive
10 Dec 2017 01:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square
Replies: 128
Views: 27172

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square

Sharing a few Philip Johnson photos and sketches I found in the archive recently. Many pieces will be digitized and placed on the Portal to Texas History in coming months (funded through a grant).

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by dfwcre8tive
10 Dec 2017 01:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square
Replies: 128
Views: 27172

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square

I visited Thanksgiving Square today for probably the first time in almost 40 years. Absolutely disgusting and embarrassing. They need to just lock the gates. Primarily from the dog waste and surrounding dog owners, or more? The main fountain was cleaned a few weeks ago and the giant sediment tank e...
by dfwcre8tive
10 Dec 2017 00:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square
Replies: 128
Views: 27172

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square

Yep! There was a re-do in the works, but that just disappeared. It needs to be completely gutted and rebuilt. The rejuvenation is still planned, but can't proceed until funds are raised (apart from operating funds). The first step is finalizing the construction documents with the City of Dallas. In...
by dfwcre8tive
08 Dec 2017 13:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 508 Young Street (old Dallas Morning News building)
Replies: 14
Views: 3391

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

Here's an interesting look at some of the abandoned spaces in the building now that Dallas Morning News has vacated the facility. Link: https://www.guidelive.com/dallas/2017/12/08/photos-inside-dallas-morning-news-offices-now-vacant-haunted-creepy#_ga=2.197672623.1094811187.1512679304-1898294398.150...
by dfwcre8tive
01 Dec 2017 23:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 239
Views: 45732

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

I'm a little confused as to where this new retail would go. I'm not too familiar with the building, so I'm not sure where the carport is, but are we just talking about the glassed portion of the building here: https://www.google.com/maps/place/The+Adolphus/@32.7797639,-96.7995894,3a,75y,355.13h,84....
by dfwcre8tive
28 Nov 2017 12:55
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown pocket plazas
Replies: 13
Views: 4383

Re: Downtown pocket plazas

The new sign is a bit of overkill, especially when you have no idea what this MMA ring in the center is supposed to be, but there it is. IMG_2301.jpg Overkill and ugly. Aluminum is easy to maintain and keep clean, but if it has to be that big at least include some information on why the plaza is th...
by dfwcre8tive
28 Nov 2017 12:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 293
Views: 79744

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

Before they hinted that something would become of the Rock of Truth but I wonder if their plans fizzled out. I assumed they may find a way to at minimum take the stone words down and incorporate it as art into their new HQ. Brought down to a level where people can touch the words like a lot of Wash...
by dfwcre8tive
13 Nov 2017 16:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Cedar Maple Plaza I,II & III (2301 Cedar Springs Rd.)
Replies: 56
Views: 12192

Re: Uptown Dallas: Cedar Maple

Well, the parking lot behind the existing low-rise buildings was originally intended to house a highrise tower in the 1980s (only the smaller buildings were finished). Maybe they should go back to that plan.
by dfwcre8tive
19 Oct 2017 15:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Smart District
Replies: 86
Views: 20974

Re: Dallas Smart District

The only thing that bugs me is that it looks like the 105 year old Eagle's Nest Cathedral would be demolished, and a parking structure put in its place. It's hard to tell but I don't see it in the renderings. There's got to be a way to preserve it. It doesn't take up much land and could become a gr...
by dfwcre8tive
19 Oct 2017 14:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1030
Views: 181198

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Speculation from current/past high-ranking Amazonians that I know are all over the place, but these stand out as their favorites: 1. Toronto: East Coast access, Eastern time, easy travel to Europe, and it's out of the U.S. (Trump/politicians are anti-Amazon and it would give them leverage). 2. Nashv...
by dfwcre8tive
19 Oct 2017 12:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1030
Views: 181198

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Latest analysis from a Seattle perspective:

https://www.seattletimes.com/business/a ... -heats-up/
by dfwcre8tive
08 Sep 2017 13:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1030
Views: 181198

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Amazon’s second headquarters: Expect the unexpected http://www.seattletimes.com/business/amazon/amazons-second-headquarters-expect-the-unexpected/ Here’s my handicapping (and my colleague Matt Day has a list, too): Toronto, Denver and Dallas-Fort Worth would be at the top. They’ve got it all. Austi...
by dfwcre8tive
07 Sep 2017 14:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1030
Views: 181198

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Ideal site/developer for Phase I? 60 acres on Riverfront Boulevard and Cadiz Street south of downtown ready for development by Matthews Southwest. http://www.matthewssouthwest.com/project_page/the-rivers/ http://www.matthewssouthwest.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/therivers_2.jpg “Upon completion, t...
by dfwcre8tive
07 Sep 2017 14:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1030
Views: 181198

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Site requirements from the RFP (https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/G/01/Anything/test/images/usa/RFP_3._V516043504_.pdf): Building/Site Requirements: Amazon is considering greenfield sites, infill sites, existing buildings, or a combination for the Project. If existing buildings are avai...
by dfwcre8tive
07 Sep 2017 13:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1030
Views: 181198

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Here are some cities that could be good fit for Amazon’s second HQ
Originally published September 7, 2017 at 8:50 am

http://www.seattletimes.com/business/am ... second-hq/

Austin
Boston
Denver
New York City
Pittsburgh
San Francisco
Toronto
by dfwcre8tive
07 Sep 2017 13:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1030
Views: 181198

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

AMZN has a few offices in Texas already, and both are expanding (Austin Domain and Dallas Galleria). Their development pattern in satellite cities is generally incremental growth (lease a floor here, expand, lease another building, expand, etc) with no real long-term development plan. This HQ2 would...
by dfwcre8tive
08 Jul 2017 14:12
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Historic Images of Dallas
Replies: 20
Views: 3289

Historic Images of Dallas

I'm digitizing and posting my personal collection of photos and Kodachrome slides here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/dfwcre8ti ... 8842087452

Enjoy!
by dfwcre8tive
07 Jul 2017 16:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 484
Views: 99315

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

by dfwcre8tive
05 Jul 2017 18:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 293
Views: 79744

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

What is odd is that site already has some sort of underground parking garage. There is a ramp on what was city property at Commerce and Harwood. Kingston was working on getting the city to sell the land so this opportunity could move forward since the Dallas Morning News wanted to sign on if this p...
by dfwcre8tive
27 Jun 2017 16:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square
Replies: 128
Views: 27172

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square

A food/bev stand or two would be great here, and other pocket parks like it. Hot dogs, tapas, or something else. Common in Europe, and it activates the space and could provide some small leasing revenue to maintain and improve the park space. The Foundation has a good relationship with Cafe Momentu...
by dfwcre8tive
27 Jun 2017 16:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square
Replies: 128
Views: 27172

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square

Looks nice, I hope they stay there. They look very easy to pick up and potentially be taken away. The same chairs / tables are used at Klyde Warren Park and Bryant Park. We expect a few of them may walk away and will plan for replacements, although Downtown Dallas Inc reports that very few of its l...
by dfwcre8tive
27 Jun 2017 13:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square
Replies: 128
Views: 27172

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square

muncien wrote:Love the string lights! Looks great. Are those on a timer, sensor, or....?


They are on a photocell which allows the lights to turn on automatically every evening and off in the morning. The LED string lights replace the harsh (and small) security light... high enough to avoid tampering.
by dfwcre8tive
27 Jun 2017 01:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square
Replies: 128
Views: 27172

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square

Here are some photos of the new chairs and tables, which were all donated by community members (some on this forum). New lights were also added to the Grove, thanks to partial funding from Downtown Dallas, Inc.

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by dfwcre8tive
13 Jun 2017 20:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square
Replies: 128
Views: 27172

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square

Community members donated all 40 chairs + tables, and they will be going into Thanks-Giving Square this weekend (with volunteer help). Also, new outdoor lighting has been installed to brighten up the area in the evening.

https://www.facebook.com/events/131580214083558/
by dfwcre8tive
03 Jun 2017 01:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Texas A&M expansion
Replies: 48
Views: 11607

Re: Deep Ellum: Texas A&M expansion

As a state agency, Texas A&M is exempt from any "municipal mandate". The same applies to UNT and its buildings in the historic districts downtown (they don't have to abide by any city historic ordinances). This is why the City of Dallas still owns the Municipal Building and will only ...
by dfwcre8tive
02 Jun 2017 12:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 130
Views: 25328

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Seems like a strange excuse to close. Dallas restaurant The Palm, a shelter spot during the July 7 ambush, is closing https://www.guidelive.com/food-and-drink/2017/06/01/dallas-restaurant-the-palm-closing-shelter-july-7-police-ambush?_ga=2.173816416.2113562892.1496362612-1746600117.1459553838 Downto...
by dfwcre8tive
31 May 2017 21:25
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 767
Views: 155436

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

It's a good idea to upgrade and extend the APT to this development and the Convention Center (and even onward to the DART station), but that median station with skybridges is overkill. The benefits to the current APT layout is that it integrates so well with structures (and is for the most part hidd...
by dfwcre8tive
26 May 2017 01:10
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 89
Views: 17273

Re: New Census Population Estimates

So Based on these numbers.. Dallas is slightly more Dense than Houston now. Dallas - 1,317,929 /340 land sq miles Dallas Density:3,876 Houston - 2,303,482/599 land sq miles Houston Density: 3,845 San Antonio - 1,492,510/460 land sq miles San Antonio Density:3,244 Austin - 947,890/297 land sq miles ...
by dfwcre8tive
19 May 2017 00:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Parking Garages
Replies: 125
Views: 25458

Re: Parking Garages

The demand for parking in Downtown is always going to be high. So we will need these parking garages for a very long time. But that's just a fact. I think we all want Downtown to be primarily pedestrian oriented with residence living densely in the district. However, the demand for parking garages ...
by dfwcre8tive
07 May 2017 19:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Main Street: Saint Jude Chapel
Replies: 12
Views: 3057

Main Street: Saint Jude Chapel

Restoration work on the mosaics is underway. https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/18301040_10212692181604138_5274844708563882908_n.jpg?oh=094fde666e5b6b49a6bb0214cb0eabe1&oe=59B53556 https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/18275161_10212692182284155_6363410860334884281_n.jpg?oh=2d...
by dfwcre8tive
05 May 2017 17:06
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 249
Views: 41666

Re: DART D2 Subway

A subway in downtown Dallas? Here are three proposed routes https://www.dallasnews.com/news/transportation/2017/05/05/subway-downtown-dallas-three-proposed-routes The existing line will split near the Victory Avenue station and a new station would be adjacent to the Perot Museum. From there the rou...
by dfwcre8tive
04 May 2017 17:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanksgiving Tower
Replies: 34
Views: 10581

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanksgiving Tower

I had Ascensión today. It was getting a nice bit of traffic.. I love this location and the design of the space. This location is brighter and more spacious than the Design District locale. Way better IMO. I love the improvements that have been made at the street level here.. My question is...when w...
by dfwcre8tive
03 May 2017 23:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 293
Views: 79744

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

Had to go see what the Jackson side looks like. There were a couple of moving trucks unloading. C-7qZgIXoAA3HKy.jpg Just me or does it look like a cheap fire station from this picture? Well, that was the old loading dock/kitchen space so it was never designed to be a welcoming entry. I believe resi...
by dfwcre8tive
01 May 2017 21:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 293
Views: 79744

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

I found this slide in my collection, taken shortly after the Statler opened (view from Commerce Street). https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2837/34236542786_9dc8aac92c_z.jpg And if you want a reminder of what this end of downtown looked like 10 years ago (when I moved to the neighborhood), here are some ...
by dfwcre8tive
01 May 2017 15:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 293
Views: 79744

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

The first apartment residents at the Statler moved in today. https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/18193229_1381397455277582_5084459742304977769_o.jpg?oh=1377cadfa36aee90e6bcb3e374bcec05&oe=5976220D Today, we proudly welcome our first residents. These urban pioneers truly understand our...
by dfwcre8tive
01 May 2017 13:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: 1900 Pearl (362 FT | 25 ST)
Replies: 198
Views: 53172

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

Parking garage complaints to start in 5...4...3...2...1... Another parking garage that will be difficult to convert to other purposes in the future. Is this a problem with Dallas code requirements? Other cities are planning for (or starting to think about)the future with their projects: https://www...
by dfwcre8tive
18 Apr 2017 20:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor
Replies: 126
Views: 31510

Re: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor

a rubber tire street car (not a bus, the route has to be fixed and permanent to truly spur development) run from Greenville Ave down to the arts district or even the west end. If you could combine that with functional sidewalks there would be tons of opportunities for quality development that would...
by dfwcre8tive
17 Apr 2017 18:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor
Replies: 126
Views: 31510

Re: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor

The DISD Headquarters building will be cleared away soon. In a city that can't see a future in its past, developer will tear down Dallas ISD's 63-year-old HQ https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2017/04/17/city-see-future-past-developer-will-tear-dallas-isds-63-year-old-hq ... Preservationi...
by dfwcre8tive
14 Apr 2017 11:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Parking Garages
Replies: 125
Views: 25458

Re: Parking Garages

Meanwhile Oslo is ambitiously going car-free by 2019... “We just need to stop providing car parking everywhere, stop requiring it of builders and start removing on-street parking in congested city centers,” he says. “More parking always means more cars. We see that Oslo is building entire new reside...
by dfwcre8tive
05 Apr 2017 17:57
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 270
Views: 50823

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

West Plano's $3 billion Legacy West development has landed another big name business. Boeing will locate the headquarters for its newly formed global services division in the 250-acre mixed-use project at the Dallas North Tollway and State Highway 121. The aerospace giant will join Toyota, JPMorgan...
by dfwcre8tive
29 Mar 2017 18:44
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Plano: Willow Bend Mall
Replies: 5
Views: 2156

Plano: Willow Bend Mall

New restaurants at Plano's Willow Bend are happy with prime location, just don't mention the mall http://www.dallasnews.com/business/restaurants/2017/03/29/new-restaurants-planos-willow-bend-happy-prime-location-just-mention-mall The new Willow Bend food district, being constructed as part of a $12...
by dfwcre8tive
29 Mar 2017 18:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oaklawn: Old Parkland
Replies: 15
Views: 4663

Re: Oaklawn: Old Parkland

What alternatives do they have? Should they build something modern, with glass and metal, to contrast with the existing buildings? I think building something the size and design of the new Rolex building would be more offensive. Isn't there something to be said about architectural cohesion? Can no ...
by dfwcre8tive
26 Mar 2017 18:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown: Adolphus Tower
Replies: 22
Views: 6683

Re: Downtown: Adolphus Tower

what tower is that in this photo behind magnolia? i know thats the current placement of pegasus plaza. Never knew there was a tower that big before it. Southwestern Life Insurance Building, built in 1912 and designed by Lang & Witchell. At 16-stories and designed in the Sullivanesque style, in ...
by dfwcre8tive
22 Mar 2017 11:34
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 249
Views: 41666

Re: DART D2 Subway

Latest presentation with a lot of information here: http://www.dart.org/shareroot/about/expansion/d2/d2presentationmarch22.pdf With recommendations, seven (7) alignments remain for screening evaluation: – Pacific via Victory-Swiss d2presentationmarch22_Page_044.jpg – Elm via Victory-Swiss d2presenta...

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