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by Hannibal Lecter
03 Jul 2017 11:28
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Issues/News
Topic: What is a suburb today?
Replies: 67
Views: 29355

Re: What is a suburb today?

The problem with master plans is that the folks who write the plans usually have a totally different agenda than the majority of the population. Look at Forward Dallas. It's #1 priority is increasing density to increase property tax revenue. But the reality is that 90% of residents don't want that d...
by Hannibal Lecter
02 Jul 2017 13:32
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 281
Views: 95430

Re: the Cotton Belt line

Before the rest of the satellite TODs hibernating through out the Spoke & Wheel rail system have a chance, the pulse maker has to be strong and turgid. And (quite literally) dropping a billion-plus dollars into a hole in the ground will do this how? Even the most optimistic ridership projection...
by Hannibal Lecter
02 Jul 2017 03:27
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 281
Views: 95430

Re: the Cotton Belt line

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:D2 adds capacity, frequency of trains to all lines.. That's the type of redundancy DART needs.

Spend $1.2 billion to add capacity to a rail system that loses ridership every single year. That's really smart.
by Hannibal Lecter
14 Jun 2017 15:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 240
Views: 78785

Re: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

....there is already a lot going on on the East Side to attract people. What's funny is that I don't see anything of interest on the west side. I'm on the east side frequently at Target, Kroger and Whataburger. But the last place I recall visiting on the west side was some second-rate sushi place w...
by Hannibal Lecter
05 Jun 2017 22:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Texas A&M expansion
Replies: 51
Views: 18552

Re: Deep Ellum: Texas A&M expansion

If A&M needs a zoning change for their dental school expansion, they still have to obtain city permission. Uh.... No. Texas Local Government Code Sec. 211.013(c). "This subchapter does not apply to a building, other structure, or land under the control, administration, or jurisdiction of a...
by Hannibal Lecter
02 Jun 2017 12:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Texas A&M expansion
Replies: 51
Views: 18552

Re: Deep Ellum: Texas A&M expansion

As a state agency, Texas A&M is exempt from any "municipal mandate".
by Hannibal Lecter
30 May 2017 11:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 629
Views: 211534

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

^ Someone's getting old.
by Hannibal Lecter
23 May 2017 23:26
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 222
Views: 72973

Re: DFW Airport

I'm surprised it's taken so long. When I've flown Lufthansa or one of the ME3 it seems like half the plane is on their way to India or Pakistan.

Of course the downside to Air India serving DFW is that Lufthansa will probably leave.
by Hannibal Lecter
09 May 2017 00:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 462
Views: 160411

Re: Oak Lawn

^ I think my point got lost in the satire -- I totally agree Starbucks the right idea.
by Hannibal Lecter
08 May 2017 10:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Main Street: Saint Jude Chapel
Replies: 12
Views: 4981

Re: Main Street: Saint Jude Chapel

When I first glanced at the middle picture I thought he was wearing a cowboy hat. :-)
by Hannibal Lecter
23 Apr 2017 22:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - Fountain Place
Replies: 82
Views: 31347

Re: Downtown Dallas - Fountain Place

I may be totally oblivious to this, but would there be a point where Dallas would become a city where people "own" parking spots? I know we're probably far, far away from it, but I had a buddy in Chicago who owned a parking spot downtown and actually contemplated leasing it out. It seems ...
by Hannibal Lecter
22 Apr 2017 12:22
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction
Replies: 115
Views: 33603

Re: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction

tamtagon wrote:^replacing Schepps and Wright with a boulevard and streetcar will lead the gentrification of South Dallas, situated between an actual big forest and downtown, South Dallas would become the among the most desirable residential locations in the South Central US.


Tam, are you off your meds again? :)
by Hannibal Lecter
20 Apr 2017 19:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 462
Views: 160411

Re: Oak Lawn

^ You mean because there are so many commuters from North Dallas passing through the intersection of Oak Lawn and Congress every day? Or because that's the only Starbucks for miles and miles? :) As a side note, I used to lease/manage the center on the north corner of that intersection, so I am very ...
by Hannibal Lecter
15 Apr 2017 12:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 462
Views: 160411

Re: Oak Lawn

People are complaining about the proposed Starbucks drive-thru/giant parking lot at Oak Lawn and Congress described on the previous page of this thread (which City Hall is letting sail through). I'll wager a good amount of money that the number of people complaining is less than the number of peopl...
by Hannibal Lecter
13 Apr 2017 14:05
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction
Replies: 115
Views: 33603

Re: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction

I get the impression some folks here don't comprehend the population growth in the eastern areas of the Metroplex. IIRC, since 2000 Rockwall County has been the 4th fastest growing county in the country. Several years it was the fastest.
by Hannibal Lecter
10 Apr 2017 23:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 498
Views: 147313

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

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by Hannibal Lecter
08 Apr 2017 18:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Texas A&M expansion
Replies: 51
Views: 18552

Re: Deep Ellum: Texas A&M expansion

The renovated (and empty) center at Swiss and Hall, where Bonnie Parker used to work, is such an obvious location that I have to assume the landlord is asking too much.
by Hannibal Lecter
31 Mar 2017 22:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 679
Views: 224130

Re: Victory Park 3.0

I've eaten at both the Dallas and Aspen locations, and was never impressed. Especially with the service.

There are better sushi places in (both) towns.
by Hannibal Lecter
30 Mar 2017 17:45
Forum: Site Issues + Feedback
Topic: Site UI, UX and formatting
Replies: 19
Views: 13806

Re: Site UI, UX and formatting

You'll get the Not Secure message if you try accessing the site via https://dfwu.dallasmetropolis.com/. Use http://dfwu.dallasmetropolis.com/ and you don't get it. Ironically, you really are more secure using the HTTPS link. That way everything is encrypted. The warning is because the name on the se...
by Hannibal Lecter
27 Mar 2017 20:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt
Replies: 189
Views: 67082

Re: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt

For those dreaming of a Super Tall on this site, keep in mind that BoA tower was originally planned to be taller, but the FAA made them chop off the top. This site has almost exactly the same proximity to the DAL flight path and is roughly 1/4 mile closer to the airport. https://dallasnews.imgix.net...
by Hannibal Lecter
23 Mar 2017 09:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 498
Views: 147313

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

^ Except for the Bryan Street ramp by City Lights all the exit ramps are on the downtown side of the highway. Not a factor. The highway just isn't a noise issue. You ever eat on the patio at Cane Rosso? You're almost under the highway and you notice the noise from the 737s headed into Love Field mor...
by Hannibal Lecter
23 Mar 2017 00:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 498
Views: 147313

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

willyk wrote:
ArtVandelay wrote:In support of the design, it looks like the internal street runs from Elm nearly to Gaston and the DART stop, so it may have the feel of a natural cross street like Crowdus.


The DART station is going away when they build D2.
by Hannibal Lecter
22 Mar 2017 22:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 498
Views: 147313

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

"Huge Deep Ellum development will take more than 2 years to build"

http://www.dallasnews.com/business/real ... ears-build
by Hannibal Lecter
21 Mar 2017 15:31
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: The Daily Digital 4.0
Replies: 55
Views: 23597

Re: The Daily Digital 4.0

^ Thanks!
by Hannibal Lecter
21 Mar 2017 13:36
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: The Daily Digital 4.0
Replies: 55
Views: 23597

Re: The Daily Digital 4.0

A little something from a couple weeks ago, run through a Prisma filter.

skyline.jpg
by Hannibal Lecter
21 Mar 2017 11:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 498
Views: 147313

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

"Construction kicks off on huge Deep Ellum mixed-use project"

http://www.dallasnews.com/business/real ... se-project
by Hannibal Lecter
20 Mar 2017 18:17
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction
Replies: 115
Views: 33603

Re: Cedars: Hotel Lorenzo

Imagine if those highways were not there. Let's see, if those highways hadn't been built... Everyone would have a great view of the Magnolia Building, as it would still be the tallest building downtown. The Trinity Park would be World Class, since it would include all the land now taken up by the D...
by Hannibal Lecter
26 Feb 2017 02:55
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Homelessness
Replies: 58
Views: 17299

Re: Homelessness

A one-way ticket from Dallas to Los Angeles on Greyhound can be had for $59. I imagine the city can get a discount for buying them in bulk.
by Hannibal Lecter
16 Feb 2017 23:35
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 366
Views: 128796

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

^ When do they ever NOT bail out huge failures? Especially Super-Duper-PC ones like a high speed rail line....
by Hannibal Lecter
15 Feb 2017 18:13
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 312
Views: 97700

Re: DART D2 Subway

Man we have ~1300 highway miles in DFW and ~90ish miles of DART, but highway is the better deal? Somehow I don't think so. Let's see.... In North Texas we spend 40x as much per transit user as highway user, yet only about 2% of commuters (and 0% of the freight) use transit. DART requires massive ta...
by Hannibal Lecter
15 Feb 2017 03:34
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 312
Views: 97700

Re: DART D2 Subway

^ Excellent analysis.

Something else I've found interesting is that inside the downtown loop there's a strong inverse correlation between DART rail stations and development.
by Hannibal Lecter
15 Feb 2017 00:30
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 312
Views: 97700

Re: DART D2 Subway

Here is an article that explains it well: http://www.metro-magazine.com/management-operations/news/291607/studies-tout-dallas-light-rail-s-impact "...said Terry L. Clower, Ph.D., director of the Center for Economic Development and Research at the University of North Texas (UNT), which released...
by Hannibal Lecter
15 Feb 2017 00:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building
Replies: 100
Views: 36494

Re: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building

What needs to happen is Marilla street needs to be condemned because it was obviously designed as a cut-through (including cutting through a park), destroyed the street grid, and would open up more odd shaped plots for normal development. You want to condemn one of the most historic streets in Dall...
by Hannibal Lecter
10 Feb 2017 23:31
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 312
Views: 97700

Re: DART D2 Subway

by Hannibal Lecter
03 Feb 2017 13:26
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: LBJ East reconstruction
Replies: 8
Views: 4680

Re: LBJ East reconstruction

Great Frontage roads- Just what we need more of. If they are going to build frontage roads they should not allow businesses to open onto them... Businesses should have to open onto side roads... otherwise they will just slow down the traffic and we get no benefit from the road. along with a lot of ...
by Hannibal Lecter
25 Jan 2017 22:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor
Replies: 141
Views: 59403

Re: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor

The plan was (still is?) to make Ross and San Jacinto into a couplet.

No, this abomination still doesn't make sense. But that's why.
by Hannibal Lecter
20 Jan 2017 13:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 629
Views: 211534

Re: Thanksgiving Tower Curb Relocation

So it's all about guest parking? I'm sorry, but I have difficulty believing the problem is as bad as you claim. I'm sure that there are some high-demand times when it's relatively difficult to find a space right outside your building. But I'm also sure that there are plenty of spaces within a 5-7 m...
by Hannibal Lecter
20 Jan 2017 13:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 629
Views: 211534

Re: Thanksgiving Tower Curb Relocation

Such a long long long and living history from someone living in the area is a Gold Mine. All things considered, HL, do you think the concrete efforts underway which will make Deep Ellum a daytime destination as well as nighttime will end up better than the vampire hours of 'the turn of the century'...
by Hannibal Lecter
20 Jan 2017 13:15
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 312
Views: 97700

Re: DART D2 Subway

My two cents: Keeping in mind that the D2 alignment won't materially affect ridership (DART's own projections show D2 only affecting total system ridership by a few dozen trips per day), and that history has shown that in the CBD there is no positive correlation between the existing rail line and ne...
by Hannibal Lecter
18 Jan 2017 01:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 629
Views: 211534

Re: Thanksgiving Tower Curb Relocation

A couple other comments... For those talking about how busy the neighborhood is doing right now: Yes, it's doing much better. But it's still not nearly as busy as it was in the early 2000's. Not even close. Has anyone else noticed that of the various folks posting about how wonderful the Elm Street ...
by Hannibal Lecter
18 Jan 2017 01:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 629
Views: 211534

Re: Thanksgiving Tower Curb Relocation

The purpose of the remaking of the street was to improve the sidewalks , add parking and slow down motorists. Just how Elm was meant to be when originally constructed. Total success... If your entire premise is that the sidewalks are same and given The capacity is still 2 lane Going east /west. The...
by Hannibal Lecter
18 Jan 2017 01:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 629
Views: 211534

Re: Thanksgiving Tower Curb Relocation

Also, yes, they reduced street parking a bit, but that seems to have been significantly underutilized. Additionally, from a resident's perspective, I'm not sure how street parking availability on Elm is particularly meaningful, regardless. That shows just how little you understand the the neighborh...
by Hannibal Lecter
18 Jan 2017 00:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 629
Views: 211534

Re: Thanksgiving Tower Curb Relocation

First complaint I've heard about Elm. I see lots of new businesses in the neighborhood --and not just clubs, but a variety of retail--new residential, and new investments in rehabbing the old buildings. With all of that, I see many more people who come to the neighborhood to walk around and do stuf...
by Hannibal Lecter
18 Jan 2017 00:23
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART Mascot
Replies: 21
Views: 10965

Re: DART Mascot

Perfect for DART:

trainwreck.jpg
by Hannibal Lecter
15 Jan 2017 11:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 629
Views: 211534

Re: Thanksgiving Tower Curb Relocation

The purpose of the remaking of the street was to improve the sidewalks , add parking and slow down motorists. Just how Elm was meant to be when originally constructed. Total success... The width of the actual "thru" sidewalks was not changed, they just added abutments along parts of it. T...
by Hannibal Lecter
14 Jan 2017 16:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 629
Views: 211534

Re: Thanksgiving Tower Curb Relocation

The City approved a Thoroughfare Plan amendment in 2015 to reduce Elm from five lanes to four. What you are seeing is the first in a series of modifications that reallocate the northside travel lane to other uses such as wider sidewalks, indented parallel parking, etc. The Drever and Tower Petroleu...
by Hannibal Lecter
10 Jan 2017 18:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square
Replies: 135
Views: 47205

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square

Are you aware that pedestrian-only downtown malls have turned out to be absolute disasters in this country? IIRC, around 85% fail and are converted back to normal streets. Those that don't fail are almost all located in towns with less than 50,000 population. http://nacto.org/docs/usdg/revisiting_pe...
by Hannibal Lecter
06 Jan 2017 01:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square
Replies: 135
Views: 47205

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanksgiving Tower

willyk wrote:Do you remember Louie's fish joint for lunch?


Nope, doesn't ring a bell. Where was it?

Mainly I remember Never Eat Anything Larger Than Your Head, Wendy's, Great Outdoors (on Main?), and riding my motorcycle to the Jack In The Box on Live Oak -- which I still visit all too frequently...

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