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by dfwcre8tive
27 Jun 2017 13:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square
Replies: 115
Views: 20572

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: 115
Views: 20572

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: 115
Views: 20572

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: 10147

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: 110
Views: 17998

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: 727
Views: 127287

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: 14329

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: 114
Views: 19859

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: 2612

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: 33877

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: 9291

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: 292
Views: 66331

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: 292
Views: 66331

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: 292
Views: 66331

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: 197
Views: 43765

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: 124
Views: 24911

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: 124
Views: 24911

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: 114
Views: 19859

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: 242
Views: 39794

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: 1762

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: 4008

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: 5795

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: 33877

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...
by dfwcre8tive
12 Mar 2017 01:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Alexan Skyline Goat Hill
Replies: 32
Views: 6681

Re: Alexan Skyline Goat Hill

I said in the old forum that my idea would be to replace the adjacent Pike Park with 3-4 highrises (one to replace the public housing, and 2-3 luxury market-rate towers built by private developers). Use the proceeds from selling land to private developers to put a brand new Pike Park which would be...
by dfwcre8tive
06 Mar 2017 14:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square
Replies: 115
Views: 20572

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square

A few updates at Thanks-Giving Square: - The waterfall fountain in the Grove and main fountain have been repaired and now run pretty clean (the best in years). The side reflecting pools are the next ones to receive attention. Since the repairs involve updating all of the equipment, it's a big proces...
by dfwcre8tive
06 Mar 2017 14:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 292
Views: 66331

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

The model unit looks great. Remember when they said this would never work because of the low ceilings. IMG_1267.JPGIMG_1282.JPGIMG_1293.JPGIMG_1333.JPGIMG_1371.JPG The first units are now available in May. We'll see if they can get that lobby ready in 2 months. The residential lobby is on Jackson, ...
by dfwcre8tive
24 Feb 2017 03:01
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 249
Views: 33877

Re: DART D2 Subway

Here's an interesting article from 1983 stressing the importance of investing in subway over a transitway. Elm Street has always been a long-term plan. pl_002242017_0338_56529_884_Page_1.jpg pl_002242017_0338_56529_884_Page_2.jpg And a few others talk about the subway tunnel / station under 1700 Pac...
by dfwcre8tive
24 Feb 2017 02:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Energy Plaza
Replies: 13
Views: 3600

Re: Downtown Dallas: Energy Plaza

Vistra (fka Energy Future/Luminant/TXU) is moving to Irving. Anybody know how many employees and leased SF is departing for Irving? http://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2017/02/22/utility-firm-vistra-trading-downtown-dallas-office-new-headquarters-irving Not good for DTD. I'm guessing app...
by dfwcre8tive
23 Feb 2017 16:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Energy Plaza
Replies: 13
Views: 3600

Re: Downtown Dallas: Energy Plaza

According to this article (http://www.costar.com/News/Article/FDIC ... aza/105002), in 2008 TXU had 240,000 sq ft and FDIC had 309,000 sq ft. Space has been subleased from TXU to other tenants as well. I wonder what the current mix is.
by dfwcre8tive
22 Feb 2017 18:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Energy Plaza
Replies: 13
Views: 3600

Re: Downtown Dallas: Energy Plaza

Maybe it wouldn't be such a bad thing if this building lost a few floors of office space. It's due for an update, perhaps even a mixed-use conversion. Convert the plaza into a motor court and add a parking garage? That's the "update" trend lately. The ground level (especially facing Bulli...
by dfwcre8tive
22 Feb 2017 17:32
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Collin County Transportation
Replies: 58
Views: 11296

Re: Collin County Transportation

Collin County homeowners say plan to expand Highway 380 is 'just a punch in the gut' Improving Highway 380 is a priority for Collin County. Already, two and a half miles of the roadway at the Frisco/Prosper border are being upgraded to a six-lane freeway with access roads. The $60 million project ex...
by dfwcre8tive
22 Feb 2017 16:50
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW in the Media
Replies: 30
Views: 8034

Re: DFW in the Media

The Dallas Arts District is launching a radio station.

http://www.guidelive.com/music/2017/02/ ... -frequency
by dfwcre8tive
22 Feb 2017 16:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Energy Plaza
Replies: 13
Views: 3600

Re: Downtown Dallas: Energy Plaza

It's one of the most sustainable buildings in the area: http://www.energyplazadallas.com/sustainability/

350 of 3,000 people in the building will be leaving; hopefully they will be able to fill it quickly.
by dfwcre8tive
22 Feb 2017 13:39
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Homelessness
Replies: 52
Views: 6223

Re: Homelessness

In Seattle there is now a proposed property tax to help address the homelessness issue. http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/mayor-ed-murray-proposes-property-tax-to-help-homeless-soda-tax-for-education/ The mayor acknowledged that while many are benefiting from a booming local economy,...
by dfwcre8tive
16 Feb 2017 19:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 292
Views: 66331

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

^^^ Or an even better idea... start to implement the guidelines established for Harwood Street in the Downtown Dallas 360 plan. Untitled Extract Pages.jpg At an 80' right-of-way, Harwood was designated as a Streetcar Boulevard to connect districts (15' sidewalk and streetcar lane on each side + 2 t...
by dfwcre8tive
15 Feb 2017 19:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 292
Views: 66331

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

^^^ Or an even better idea... start to implement the guidelines established for Harwood Street in the Downtown Dallas 360 plan. Untitled Extract Pages.jpg At an 80' right-of-way, Harwood was designated as a Streetcar Boulevard to connect districts (15' sidewalk and streetcar lane on each side + 2 tr...
by dfwcre8tive
14 Feb 2017 17:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Parking Garages
Replies: 114
Views: 19859

Re: Parking Garages

I wonder how well Dallas is preparing for these changes... http://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2017/01/23/millennials-like-get-naked-issues-affectingthe-luxury-real-estate-market According to the number-crunchers at McKinsey, ride-sharing and driverless cars will reduce the space allocate...
by dfwcre8tive
11 Feb 2017 01:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas City Hall
Replies: 0
Views: 1111

Dallas City Hall

Have you ever wondered why there are three grooves with windows spanning the height at the back of Dallas City Hall? https://dallasnews.imgix.net/backofcityhall.jpg?w=1200&h=630&format=jpg&crop=faces&fit=crop IM Pei designed an (unbuilt) expansion for Dallas City Hall. The building w...
by dfwcre8tive
11 Feb 2017 00:19
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 249
Views: 33877

Re: DART D2 Subway

Sink the current Deep Ellum Station below-grade (similar to Mockingbird Station) and the underground junction will have no conflict with vehicles. Of course, this would require a bus-bridge for several years during construction. Also, does putting the subway portal under I-345 cause future issues if...
by dfwcre8tive
10 Feb 2017 00:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building
Replies: 100
Views: 21366

Re: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building

For reference, here's the original "after renovation" proposal:

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by dfwcre8tive
09 Feb 2017 23:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas: Medical District
Replies: 91
Views: 23859

Re: Dallas: Medical District

I agree that this is outstanding, but does anyone know how this group picked this location for such a project? This is an industrial neighborhood. There is no hoarde of residents clamoring for park land. So it's hard to see how the foundation could raise the money to do this. Yet they have proposed...
by dfwcre8tive
09 Feb 2017 18:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas: Medical District
Replies: 91
Views: 23859

Re: Dallas: Medical District

The Green Heart is an elevated park proposal covering the Harry Hines/Inwood intersection and branching out to form greem corridors in the district. It's part of the larger plan to improve pedestrian/bicycle connections and expand the tree canopy. The larger plan itself is quite ambitious, transform...
by dfwcre8tive
09 Feb 2017 11:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor
Replies: 124
Views: 24911

Re: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor

Excellent! I'm really impressed with that plan! It is excellently integrated. It's amazing how Downtown has transformed from a ghost town in the 90s to the life it has today, but this plan will truly bring life into Downtown. How long do you suppose it will be until this is finally realized? 100 ye...
by dfwcre8tive
08 Feb 2017 23:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor
Replies: 124
Views: 24911

Re: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor

Going back to the adopted Downtown Dallas 360 plan, Ross is envisioned to someday be a streetcar boulevard. Dallas360_FinalAdopted 2_Page_1.jpg Dallas360_FinalAdopted 2_Page_2.jpg Dallas360_FinalAdopted 2_Page_3.jpg Plan: https://dallascityhall.com/departments/pnv/strategic-planning/DCH%20Documents/...
by dfwcre8tive
08 Feb 2017 19:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor
Replies: 124
Views: 24911

Re: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor

With the explosion of development along Ross Avenue, both in Downtown and East, I think it would be a good idea to build a trolley line along it. If not a trolley line, maybe in the future a subway that runs parallel with it. Or just improve the bus service that exists. Nice bus stops (not a pole s...
by dfwcre8tive
08 Feb 2017 14:32
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 42
Views: 8723

Re: TexRail

Station plans from the TexRail website: http://www.texrail.com/station-images/ T&P Station: http://www.texrail.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/TP-Station.jpg ITC Station: http://www.texrail.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/ITC-Station.jpg North Side Station: http://www.texrail.com/wp-content/upload...
by dfwcre8tive
08 Feb 2017 14:18
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 42
Views: 8723

Re: TexRail

^ Looks like they have included more fake potted plants in this station too. The DART station plants are very dusty.

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by dfwcre8tive
08 Feb 2017 13:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Chase Tower
Replies: 12
Views: 3425

Re: Arts District: Chase Tower

Here are some images from that article. It appears they are leveling the tiered green amphitheater (currently underutilized) so the pedestrian plaza can be transformed into a parking/drive area. Angled walkways replace the curving postmodern garden beds and walls are removed. Interesting historical ...

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