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by Hannibal Lecter
31 Oct 2017 21:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 570
Views: 249745

Re: Northpark Center

Butters wrote:Btw, Please name three HPV shores NOT RESTAURANTS you visit more than 3 times per year.

Unless you count the movie theater as a store....never. Have not shopped in a store there even once.
by Hannibal Lecter
30 Oct 2017 12:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 570
Views: 249745

Re: Northpark Center

Speaking as a member of the high disposable income, 50+ demographic that Northpark covets, things like watching my kid slide down the same planters his old man did 45 years before are why Northpark is the only shopping mall we've been to in the better part of a decade. Catering to parents is a big p...
by Hannibal Lecter
18 Oct 2017 19:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1067
Views: 353431

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Agreed, and given how Atlanta seems to address many of their other requirements, the $5B could enough to win HQ2 for them. As I've said, hopefully Texas is also willing to write a big check. Atlanta is still Hell on Earth. Horrible traffic. Wretched climate. Incredible racism. In a nutshell, there'...
by Hannibal Lecter
18 Oct 2017 19:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1067
Views: 353431

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Here is one way to get yourself out of consideration... https://venturebeat.com/2017/10/17/in-an-open-letter-to-jeff-bezos-civic-groups-call-for-a-more-transparent-amazon-hq2-selection/ And how to get them to want to leave: https://reason.com/blog/2017/10/18/seattle-to-amazon-dont-leave-me-baby In ...
by Hannibal Lecter
13 Oct 2017 13:35
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: East Dallas: Abrams and Columbia road diet
Replies: 11
Views: 8279

Re: East Dallas: Abrams and Columbia road diet

After trying the Santa Fe trail a few times I went back to riding on Columbia. It's faster, and if you time the lights right you almost never have to stop -- unlike all the at-grade crossings on the trail. I've even been known to beat buses from Exposition Park to Gaston. :-) Ironically, the past co...
by Hannibal Lecter
07 Oct 2017 17:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 328
Views: 159340

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

Honest question: when you folks talk about "regular retail" and "mom & pops", what exactly are you talking about? Looking at my own shopping habits, outside of grocery shopping (which I only do once every six to eight weeks) virtually all of my non-online shopping is either 7...
by Hannibal Lecter
24 Sep 2017 16:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 740
Views: 286820

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

The sidewalks are essentially paid off. They were part of the Deep Ellum improvements plan that were passed years ago by the city in bond package. I guess you're talking about the recent Elm Street re-do. Yes, there's new concrete but functionally the too-narrow sidewalks were made even narrower. E...
by Hannibal Lecter
20 Sep 2017 14:23
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 313
Views: 115129

Re: Trinity River Park

Matt777 wrote:We can't be the only big city in the world forced to use our riverfront as a drainage ditch. I haven't seen it anywhere else, at least not as poorly done as ours


I take it you've never been to Los Angeles.
by Hannibal Lecter
18 Sep 2017 21:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 740
Views: 286820

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:Whatever happened to hostel that was coming? That's something that is severely lacking in Dallas.


It's under construction. They made a major addition to the rear of the existing building.
by Hannibal Lecter
17 Sep 2017 18:23
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 255
Views: 107891

Re: DFW Airport

^ So you pack your 1 liter bottle of water, 8 ounce tube of toothpaste and/or Aunt Mary's cherry pie -- all of which are verboten in carry on luggage -- in your checked bag, fly to another airport, transfer them to your carry on an board another plane?
by Hannibal Lecter
16 Sep 2017 18:57
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 255
Views: 107891

Re: DFW Airport

^ You can't use the existing people mover if you have checked baggage. That's the problem.
by Hannibal Lecter
16 Sep 2017 12:51
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 255
Views: 107891

Re: DFW Airport

And if you're like most wise and cheap customers, you're parking in the remote parking lots and will be riding a bus to your parked car anyways. The wise and cheap demographic gets a friend or family member to drop them off. :D Your business travelers aren't worried about the cost -- they just expe...
by Hannibal Lecter
11 Sep 2017 13:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1067
Views: 353431

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

^ Why do you hate Deep Ellum?
by Hannibal Lecter
02 Sep 2017 20:34
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 255
Views: 107891

Re: DFW Airport

AA's main concern in terminal assignments is grouping aircraft types. Go out on 737 and return on an A321 and you're probably screwed.

http://crankyflier.com/2015/10/01/if-yo ... ft-wisely/
by Hannibal Lecter
01 Sep 2017 14:15
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 255
Views: 107891

Re: DFW Airport

No kidding... Such a system should be much smaller scale (2-4 people max), but with much greater frequency (on demand), and A-Z custom route automation. What? DFW is setup perfectly in this regard. If getting to your car quickly is a priority to you, then you have to pay to park in the garage right...
by Hannibal Lecter
31 Aug 2017 17:23
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 255
Views: 107891

Re: DFW Airport

Rumor on Airliners.net is that Cathay Pacific, the airline of Hong Kong, will be launching HKG-DFW to complement Oneworld partner AA's service to Hong Kong. I have flown them twice, and their service is excellent in all classes! Turn's out that the teased "Dxxxxx" was Dublin, not Dallas. ...
by Hannibal Lecter
30 Aug 2017 22:32
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 415
Views: 179222

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

When a hurricane is heading to the Texas coast, we need it all: highways, airplanes, and trains. Driving is too slow and jams up (why Houston didn't evacuate) and flying is to bureaucratic. But they would both be alleviated a bit if we had that Dallas to Houston High Speed Rail. From a post I made ...
by Hannibal Lecter
30 Aug 2017 22:27
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 255
Views: 107891

Re: DFW Airport

^ A much bigger need is to bring back streetside (outside of security) trains. It shouldn't take 25 minutes to get back to your car after you get your bags. Unfortunately AA is all about getting connecting baggage between planes and doesn't give a damn about local folks, so no way they'll let the ai...
by Hannibal Lecter
29 Aug 2017 20:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 233
Views: 105241

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

These are the same neighbors who killed the K-H DART station who changed their minds now that it's too late. I think you'll find very few people have actually changed their minds. You've just got the same small group of people still making noise about it 30 years later, while the majority who won t...
by Hannibal Lecter
24 Aug 2017 08:46
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 376
Views: 143227

Re: DART D2 Subway

^ Yup. Sell the cars to the proverbial greater fool, sell the rails for scrap and use the ROW for BRT.
by Hannibal Lecter
23 Aug 2017 21:52
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 255
Views: 107891

Re: DFW Airport

^ OK, I'll let you have that one. But that's a very small group of competitors. Certainly not best overall. :-)
by Hannibal Lecter
23 Aug 2017 15:18
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 255
Views: 107891

Re: DFW Airport

tamtagon wrote:...especially DFW which wins the prize for best North American airport, like, all the time.


Source?
by Hannibal Lecter
22 Aug 2017 23:31
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 376
Views: 143227

Re: DART D2 Subway

What difference does it make? The bottom line is that the scum-sucking politicians are going to piss away a billion taxpayer dollars on a failed rail system that loses riders every year just so they can tell the 2% of the population that cares "We got you a subway!"
by Hannibal Lecter
09 Aug 2017 13:08
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: New Oak Cliff Streetcar
Replies: 92
Views: 39489

Re: New Oak Cliff Streetcar

What exactly is your point? My point was that the original poster was totally off track (pun intended) when he said "But now, as has been shown, DART rail has played a pivotal role in the growth of Dallas' economy." Because it has not. You can't say it hasn't helped the economy; Sure I ca...
by Hannibal Lecter
08 Aug 2017 19:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 556
Views: 205444

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

That's not an easement. That's the old Texas & Pacific RR right of way. I'm guessing Westdale bought it from DART.
by Hannibal Lecter
08 Aug 2017 19:17
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: New Oak Cliff Streetcar
Replies: 92
Views: 39489

Re: New Oak Cliff Streetcar

That is a very interesting statistic, is that backed up somewhere? Not to doubt it I am just curious. I don't recall where I got that number. But I really hate it when folks throw out stats without support, so I did a little research and discovered that the number I quoted was a actually little off...
by Hannibal Lecter
07 Aug 2017 12:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: 1900 Pearl (362 FT | 25 ST)
Replies: 200
Views: 90028

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

It led to the 1987 commercial real estate crash that absolutely ruined the city, which has now just recovered in this decade. The primary cause of the nation-wide real estate crash of the mid-80's was Congress retroactively removing the preferential tax treatment of real estate. Dallas fell quicker...
by Hannibal Lecter
05 Aug 2017 19:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 740
Views: 286820

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Stillwater Capital Tees Up a Multifamily Project in Deep Ellum

http://dallas.towers.net/2017/08/05/sti ... eep-ellum/

(Steve Brown could learn a thing or two from the writer of this article, Adolfo Pesquera.)
by Hannibal Lecter
05 Aug 2017 18:40
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: New Oak Cliff Streetcar
Replies: 92
Views: 39489

Re: New Oak Cliff Streetcar

People said the exact same thing about DART rail when they opened the first DART line over twenty years ago. And for a while, the trains did run empty. But now, as has been shown, DART rail has played a pivotal role in the growth of Dallas' economy. I personally think it has potential. Are you refe...
by Hannibal Lecter
04 Aug 2017 00:07
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 313
Views: 115129

Re: Trinity River Park

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:Anyone know What's the plan for the electrical wires..


Get used to them. The cost to bury them would be astronomical. The city tried to get the state to spread the cost across all electrical users statewide, and got laughed at.
by Hannibal Lecter
28 Jul 2017 13:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 740
Views: 286820

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

^ I think it's more a case of cheap dirt. It's almost hard to find something that the PD doesn't allow as long as you meet some very basic architectural requirements and keep your building height under 150 feet, so the neighborhood doesn't have much say.
by Hannibal Lecter
27 Jul 2017 23:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 740
Views: 286820

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

I've heard rumblings about that property, but this is the first I've heard of any actual plan. Recently they had one of those hearings to prohibit ground water usage so they don't have to clean-up subsurface environmental issues. Do you have a link to any information? While that property is one of t...
by Hannibal Lecter
27 Jul 2017 21:10
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 479
Views: 170621

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

OpTic Gaming is relocating from the Chicago suburbs to Dallas, Texas. "OpTic is working closely with members of the Dallas Chamber and Rogers Healy Real Estate to execute an official corporate relocation from the northwest suburbs of Chicago to the big city of Dallas, Texas." https://www....
by Hannibal Lecter
21 Jul 2017 21:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Shraman South Asian Museum
Replies: 144
Views: 45680

Re: Shraman South Asian Museum

^ Silly developers, catering to their tenants.
by Hannibal Lecter
17 Jul 2017 12:07
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction
Replies: 115
Views: 48255

Re: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction

CowboyEagle05, your argument is all about getting rid of traffic. Why the hell would you want to do that? Traffic is a GOOD thing. Traffic is people and goods getting to where they want to be and/or where they are needed. Dallas is a major city specifically because of it's role as a major transporta...
by Hannibal Lecter
07 Jul 2017 15:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 740
Views: 286820

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

^ Hilton close to completion four blocks away at Hall/Gaston.
by Hannibal Lecter
06 Jul 2017 11:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 740
Views: 286820

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

^ They're currently doing the interior demolition.
by Hannibal Lecter
03 Jul 2017 18:23
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Issues/News
Topic: What is a suburb today?
Replies: 67
Views: 40378

Re: What is a suburb today?

I'm still looking for those "solutions" coming from density. Urbanistas keep claiming that density makes cities more efficient, but the numbers don't agree. Dense urban areas pretty much universally have higher tax rates and higher costs of living. Places like Tokyo, London and New York sh...
by Hannibal Lecter
03 Jul 2017 11:28
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Issues/News
Topic: What is a suburb today?
Replies: 67
Views: 40378

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: 325
Views: 138264

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: 325
Views: 138264

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: 304
Views: 126479

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: 21969

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: 21969

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: 740
Views: 286820

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

^ Someone's getting old.
by Hannibal Lecter
23 May 2017 23:26
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 255
Views: 107891

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: 558
Views: 231123

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: 6208

Re: Main Street: Saint Jude Chapel

When I first glanced at the middle picture I thought he was wearing a cowboy hat. :-)

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