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by tamtagon
10 Nov 2016 11:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Forty Five Ten
Replies: 32
Views: 5698

Re: Downtown Dallas: Forty Five Ten

The door is opening! Next, the fancy jewelry stores come back. Led by high end retail, the CBD is solidly on track to be the most creative, selective, diverse shopping destination in the South Central US. The further out the population center grows, the stronger the case for a concentration of niche...
by tamtagon
10 Nov 2016 11:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: No. 10 Harwood (22 ST)
Replies: 75
Views: 14347

Re: Harwood: No. 10 Harwood - 22 Floors

I think maintaining Harry Hines & McKinnon as highway access roads could play into the linear neighborhood being created along Harwood Street - sort of like the alley behind a house.... utilitarian in function. The neighborhood doesn't really continue south of McKinnon... Little Mexico Village i...
by tamtagon
10 Nov 2016 10:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 400 Record Street
Replies: 35
Views: 6648

Re: Downtown Dallas: 400 Record Street

This one looks like a pretty nice renovation, reconfig, update, whatever.... The train to Houston promises to bring quite a bit of activity to this corner of town in a way that a sports arena or convention center could not. South Side will likely host most the train company's station-complex of comm...
by tamtagon
10 Nov 2016 09:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 119
Views: 16954

Re: Cityplace ACS/Xerox redevelopment

I think the Haskell side of the property is proposed to have something like 700 apartments.
by tamtagon
10 Nov 2016 09:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 119
Views: 16954

Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

The former ACS HQ site along Central Expressway with a couple pending plans to redevelop the property. Midrise building on the north end (NCX @ Carroll) has been demolished to make way for a Sam's Club shopping center. Irregularities with rezoning for the shopping center put a halt on construction a...
by tamtagon
09 Nov 2016 12:22
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Texas Rangers Stadium in Arlington
Replies: 16
Views: 3495

Re: Texas Rangers Stadium in Arlington

^I believe you're right! ...well, for regular passenger trains that is, commuter or light rail; but if we're talking High Speed Rail between Fort Worth and Dallas then it's all good!
by tamtagon
09 Nov 2016 10:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 152
Views: 24428

Re: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower

So, this the last developable Flora Address in the Arts District, right? The city performance hall has a pending whenever plan that could change, but with Hall Condos seemingly on tap, this will be the last of it. I wouldn't be at all disappointed to see the Belo addition replaced with a welcoming s...
by tamtagon
09 Nov 2016 09:28
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Texas Rangers Stadium in Arlington
Replies: 16
Views: 3495

Re: Texas Rangers Stadium in Arlington

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/arlington/2016/11/08/texas-rangers-stadium-vote-passes-landslide [url]Texas Rangers stadium vote passes in landslide[/url] Written by Jeff Mosier Loyd Brumfield ...An Arlington proposition to help fund at least half of the new ballpark passed easily with the opposition...
by tamtagon
09 Nov 2016 09:13
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 193
Views: 25470

Re: Corporate Relocation/Expansions

I'm ready for another marquee Fortune 500 relocation! I've always thought the buy-sell corporate grinder trying to merge the data handling of EDS/Perot Systems/ACS into the deliverable products of Xerox/HP/Dell would eventually blow out a couple Dallas HQs, but maybe it'll be something totally diffe...
by tamtagon
09 Nov 2016 08:56
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: MATA: M-Line Trolley
Replies: 70
Views: 12325

Re: MATA: M-Line Trolley

I don't remember if the route connecting MATA and Oak Cliff streetcars been decided; I think funding has been tentatively lined up....

Even without MATA extended to Knox, a fee probably should be collected to pay the drivers, maybe pay for sheltered stations....
by tamtagon
07 Nov 2016 11:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: The Crescent
Replies: 9
Views: 2282

Re: Uptown Dallas: The Crescent

More than likely, the products lined up for sale at the Crescent farmers market are already available and/or served in the hotel and similar others. This may simply provide a public retail venue to buy the delicious condiments as such being served with breakfast, lunch and dinner.
by tamtagon
07 Nov 2016 11:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 353
Views: 50790

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

I've never understood the absence of hostels from Dallas, especially Deep Ellum. It's the sort of accommodation seems like city would have refused to allow, but I do not think that's the case. Reminds me of an anecdote from the mid 90s, Deep Ellum was jamming, a noted national scene, Jamiroquai was ...
by tamtagon
04 Nov 2016 09:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 303
Views: 42161

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Those things were obsolete the day the turn 'em on.
by tamtagon
02 Nov 2016 12:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 211
Views: 32102

Re: Oak Lawn

^Before Uptown existed, it was all called Oak Lawn.... I hadn't thought the smokestacks (Victory Park) were Oak Lawn, but I can see that. Never would have called anything north of and including North Dallas High School Oak Lawn. ...although that nice stretch of Knox used to be pretty bohemian.
by tamtagon
02 Nov 2016 12:02
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas Trail System
Replies: 59
Views: 10902

Re: Dallas Trail System

I thought the Katy Trail extension to Design District had a fancy trail spiraling under the highway to the Turtle Creek diversion channel in the Design District....?
by tamtagon
02 Nov 2016 11:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: New Alamo Manhattan Hotel Project
Replies: 27
Views: 5893

Re: Uptown Dallas: New Alamo Manhattan Hotel Project

The tree canopy in those condos is really nice. Hotel inventory in Greater Downtown Dallas has been under inflated for decades. There are many contributing factors to this reality, but since the Great Meltdown in the 1980s, downtown area has come to 2016 functioning with ~70% as many hotel rooms at ...
by tamtagon
02 Nov 2016 11:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 211
Views: 32102

Re: Oak Lawn

This was interesting.... I used Google maps searching for "Oak Lawn Dallas Texas" and attached is the geographic definition shown:
by tamtagon
02 Nov 2016 11:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 211
Views: 32102

Re: Oak Lawn

Looks like Fairmount is becoming the resident-pedestrian echo to Maple.... a pairing of sorts, like Carlisle is becoming to Katy Trail. Maple looks to have a similar future in Oak Lawn as Ross has become in the Central Business District. I sure would like to see zoning changes for the remaining (re)...
by tamtagon
02 Nov 2016 08:40
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART: Expansion
Replies: 100
Views: 12964

Re: DART: Expansion

^Making downtown a more desirable workplace for suburbanites should still a primary goal.... and a subway that connects to the underground tunnel/breakroom of the gigantic legacy towers is an excellent way to spend the extra money. It's okay that many or most of the downtown office commuters are les...
by tamtagon
02 Nov 2016 07:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: One Uptown (~235 FT | 20 ST)
Replies: 41
Views: 9511

Re: Uptown Dallas: One Uptown (~235 FT | 20 ST)

Most of the time, I'd rather have a good hamburger than a steak....
by tamtagon
02 Nov 2016 07:56
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART: Expansion
Replies: 100
Views: 12964

Re: DART: Expansion

D2 has been a priority over Cotton Belt since (at least) the Green and Orange line planning got past the halfway point; it was even a thing on the forum for a while about how the downtown choke point would reduce Red/Blue frequency and how-in-the-world would DART get the D2 built right away. As it w...
by tamtagon
01 Nov 2016 12:21
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 193
Views: 25470

Re: Corporate Relocation/Expansions

Still stuck in that 1999 traffic jam, while all around these downtown towers the population is growing with pedestrians.
by tamtagon
01 Nov 2016 10:50
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Irving: Comprehensive Plan
Replies: 6
Views: 1553

Re: Irving: Comprehensive Plan

Does the University of Dallas have any plans on the horizon to expand? I had not known until the Bush Presidential Library selection that UoD owns like more than a hundred acres of nice wooded Trinity River forest....
by tamtagon
01 Nov 2016 10:41
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 112
Views: 14782

Re: Trinity River Park

Lightly scanning through some of this stuff, I still don't see a plan that loosens the flood water choke point between Corinth and Cedar Crest...

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by tamtagon
01 Nov 2016 08:30
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Texas Rangers Stadium in Arlington
Replies: 16
Views: 3495

Texas Rangers Stadium in Arlington

http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/arlington-voters-divided-on-rangers-stadium-proposal-poll-finds/336558226 David Goins, WFAA October 17, 2016 ...The poll found 42 percent of voters are in support of, and 42 oppose the public-private partnership proposal between the Rangers and the city of Arlington fo...
by tamtagon
01 Nov 2016 08:25
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 112
Views: 14782

Re: Trinity River Park

http://www.dmagazine.com/frontburner/2016/10/trick-or-treat-the-trinity-river-project-is-back-and-its-50-million-richer/ BY PETER SIMEK OCTOBER 31, 2016 ...With this historic donation, and following City Council approval, the park will be named The Harold Simmons Park. Other contingencies of the gif...
by tamtagon
31 Oct 2016 19:40
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 112
Views: 14782

Re: Trinity River Park

^that's just to make sure the Sammons Foundation doesn't throw the remaining $40 million down the drain, if in three years, more money has been collected and it's adequately organized, the rest of the money is released.

...seems like after 30 years, we would already have a design.
by tamtagon
31 Oct 2016 14:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: The Katy (310 FT / 30 ST)
Replies: 58
Views: 13068

Re: Katy Station

With a little more elevation like this, Victory Park will be ready for a skyscraper.
by tamtagon
31 Oct 2016 14:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 292
Views: 42725

Re: Downtown: The Drever

...just imagine the smart downtown soirees that'll happen on that terrace. High enough to give a city view, low enough to spot something on the street. The style of 1950s rat-pack entertaining is coming back to Dallas, such a good thing because Dallas needs to be a little more buttoned up.
by tamtagon
31 Oct 2016 13:04
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 112
Views: 14782

Re: Trinity River Park

Philanthropy is a wonderful thing! I'm now remembering some nice, believable rumor-type mentions that the Crow Children intend to honor the Family Matriarch with a Dallas Trinity River Park amenity. Underwriting the third Calatrava Bridge (to complete the set) would certainly have a nice ring, all t...
by tamtagon
31 Oct 2016 11:33
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 112
Views: 14782

Trinity River Park

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/dallas/2016/10/31/mayor-rawlings-announces-50m-donation-trinity-park-estate-late-billionaire-harold-simmons Mayor Rawlings announces $50M donation for Trinity Park from estate of late billionaire Harold Simmons Written by Naomi Martin ...The donation will fund a signif...
by tamtagon
31 Oct 2016 11:12
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Lakewood
Replies: 2
Views: 1018

Re: Lakewood

So, does Lakewood development fall under Urban or Suburban Issues? So far on the forum, we have Bishops Arts and Oak Lawn as Urban but I don't know to call it.
by tamtagon
31 Oct 2016 11:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 211
Views: 32102

Oak Lawn

Cafe Brazil moving next door....

Complete Streets initiative along Cedar Springs does not have support of neighborhood businesses.

Melrose Hotel replaces Bronx with vacant lot, for like ever.

Trader Joe's?

Lee Park
by tamtagon
31 Oct 2016 11:05
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Lakewood
Replies: 2
Views: 1018

Lakewood

Lakewood Theater gains landmark status.

Teter's Faucet Parts to become ~160 apartments by Southern Land Company.
by tamtagon
31 Oct 2016 08:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox: Oliver + Central (18 ST)
Replies: 32
Views: 7802

Knox: Oliver + Central (18 ST)

http://southernland.com/portfolio/knox/ The Knox project will deliver 18 floors of luxury multifamily living to Dallas. Expected to complete in 2017, this community, designed by GDA Architects, will offer a range of apartments and penthouses with stunning views in all directions. Residents will enjo...
by tamtagon
30 Oct 2016 17:11
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 619
Views: 82324

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Somebody needs to convince Verizon to move the HQ to Las Colinas!
by tamtagon
30 Oct 2016 13:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: One Uptown (~235 FT | 20 ST)
Replies: 41
Views: 9511

Re: Uptown Dallas: One Uptown (~235 FT | 20 ST)

Is this a good start to more interesting architecture along Middle McKinney (MidMck)?

I want to see a trend revived in Dallas, and that's Art Deco.
by tamtagon
30 Oct 2016 09:12
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Cellphone, Cable, Internet - a viewing melting pot... in Dallas
Replies: 5
Views: 1678

Re: Cellphone, Cable, Internet - a viewing melting pot... in Dallas

AT&T's mega-deal with Time Warner banks on your connected future http://www.dallasnews.com/business/att/2016/10/28/atts-mega-deal-time-warner-banks-connected-future Written by: Conor Shine http://www.dallasnews.com/business/att/2016/10/28/atts-mega-deal-time-warner-banks-connected-future ...Ste...
by tamtagon
27 Oct 2016 12:52
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 156
Views: 17160

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

I'm all for the Cotton Belt, but D2 subway & HSR nexus simply must come first. Cotton Belt is a great start to passenger service to Greenville.
by tamtagon
27 Oct 2016 08:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 271
Views: 48324

Re: Downtown: The Statler

If the DMN stays independent, I guess even if it's bought and gutted...., that's turning into the downtown that was destroyed by the suburban migration! The City lives!
by tamtagon
27 Oct 2016 08:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)
Replies: 148
Views: 22335

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

So glad Corrigan Tower will stay. As much as I would like better views of Tower Petroleum, Corrigan is a great corner building, prime example of the architecture and "urban fabric" building patterns prominent during the time. Makes me wonder what will eventually happen to the very popular ...
by tamtagon
27 Oct 2016 08:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 293
Views: 44159

Re: Northpark Center

So... there's only a few other malls in the country in the same league as NorthPark, and are these places making similar line up changes? Considering the location, the inevitable completion of the second floor, availability of additional contiguous development, and at least one remaining very large,...
by tamtagon
27 Oct 2016 08:22
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Fair Park
Replies: 37
Views: 7190

Re: Fair Park

The Fair itself is a fantastic event, it's the managers and stewards of SFOT, Inc that contributes to the withered use of the Park. The lack of 'Park Authority,' sovereign programming and scheduling entity may be the biggest problem. Every season should have a major, annual event; the absence of a V...
by tamtagon
27 Oct 2016 08:14
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Irving: Comprehensive Plan
Replies: 6
Views: 1553

Re: Irving: Comprehensive Plan

Any mention of time sensitivity with catalyst site development? Texas Stadium site, for example, I kinda think this real estate (and LRT Station) could wait a while, turn into something truly spectacular, if it's offline for some years while Lake Caroline turns into a really great downtown amenity.....
by tamtagon
27 Oct 2016 08:03
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Grand Prairie Development
Replies: 24
Views: 4413

Re: Grand Prairie Development

Is this brand fading a little? I do not know at all, but seems like Ikea would be seeking an intown location (mixed use new urbanist) as much as another suburban location. And is Grand Prairie the North Texas sleeper-city? There's been all sorts of stuff happening in GP, but it seems mostly buried u...
by tamtagon
27 Oct 2016 07:58
Forum: Texas Transportation + Infrastructure
Topic: Austin - Gondola Cable Car
Replies: 13
Views: 3208

Re: Austin - Gondola Cable Car

"Don't Dallas my Austin"

As long as they keep all this fluff froo-froo in Austin and out of San Antonio, I'll be okay with it.
by tamtagon
27 Oct 2016 07:53
Forum: Site Issues + Feedback
Topic: Forum Usage / Search Tips
Replies: 5
Views: 1462

Re: Forum Usage / Search Tips

Another thing I am using a lot is the "Active Topics" option under the "Quick Links" tab. I'm still trying to figure out how to change my font color permanently from blue to black.... I'm only viewing the forum on a desktop, and I think the header image (Museum Tower to Hunt Inc...
by tamtagon
27 Oct 2016 07:41
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Rowlett: Crystal Lagoon
Replies: 8
Views: 2325

Re: Rowlett: Crystal Lagoon

Why not include a couple acres of lush jungle under a dome?
by tamtagon
26 Oct 2016 22:29
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The West End
Replies: 24
Views: 4636

Re: The West End

I've always thought the overpass would provide great shelter for bicycle parking and service station.
by tamtagon
26 Oct 2016 22:21
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 156
Views: 17160

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

How does a seamless connection to the train to Houston fit into all of this? If I recall correctly, NCTCOG (with others) identified something like $400 million for a sunken spur to meet the HSR.... that may have been only one of the possibilities, but I thought something had been set-up to make sure...

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