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by joshua.dodd
12 Oct 2017 21:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Courtyard by Marriott (12 St)
Replies: 104
Views: 16733

Re: Downtown Dallas: Courtyard by Marriott (12 St)

Look at it this way.

The demand is for hotels in Dallas is incredibly high. Why? Because we are becoming a central business mecca for North American commerce. The fact is, we just might not have enough, yet, to satisfy demand.
by joshua.dodd
12 Oct 2017 19:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Courtyard by Marriott (12 St)
Replies: 104
Views: 16733

Re: Downtown Dallas: Courtyard by Marriott (12 St)

It has a similar presence as the high rise that once stood in this location, the Hotel Jefferson. About the same height and size as well. https://i.pinimg.com/originals/49/9b/3e/499b3eec3a9a0e5c58a4ebfe92f4cd52.jpg https://flashbackdallas.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/jefferson-hotel_hotel-lawrence_dr...
by joshua.dodd
12 Oct 2017 19:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 283
Views: 50305

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

I still remember when the highrise in that picture was just an empty frame. It seems they started construction on it a decade ago and it just stopped and for several years the site remained vacant of any work.
by joshua.dodd
12 Oct 2017 04:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 733
Views: 94627

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Not to mention the new warehouses Amazon has been building all over the DFW metroplex. They've a new one in South Dallas literally a mile away from the 20 location. It's a 500,000 square foot facility. They also have warehouses in Coppell. They have several around DFW.
by joshua.dodd
09 Oct 2017 21:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown: The Crescent
Replies: 3
Views: 864

Re: Uptown: The Crescent

I wish more buildings in Dallas were designed with the quality and beauty of this building complex. The city has had too much ugly stucco and boring glass. We need more architectural class.
by joshua.dodd
09 Oct 2017 06:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District: Cabana Hotel
Replies: 27
Views: 4467

Re: Design District: Cabana Hotel

This is Dallas style:

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by joshua.dodd
06 Oct 2017 16:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 283
Views: 50305

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

The area needs small independent mom and pop shops. That's what it needs. This focus on bringing in big retailers is fine, but if you want a truly vibrant and organic atmosphere, we need small mom and pop shops.
by joshua.dodd
28 Sep 2017 15:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building
Replies: 100
Views: 16079

Re: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building

A paint job would go a long ways with this building.
by joshua.dodd
27 Sep 2017 00:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: 1900 Pearl (362 FT | 25 ST)
Replies: 163
Views: 33523

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

I like it. But it will be demolished for something else in forty years. That's how this stuff tends to work.
by joshua.dodd
26 Sep 2017 18:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 246
Views: 41330

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

texasstar wrote:I'm so confused. What the heck are they actually building here?


Vertical infill.
by joshua.dodd
25 Sep 2017 13:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox: The McKenzie (~240 ST / 22 ST)
Replies: 38
Views: 7543

Re: Knox: The McKenzie (~240 ST / 22 ST)

The brick work looks amazing!
We need more brick and less stucco.
by joshua.dodd
13 Sep 2017 17:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Christopher @The Union (31 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)
Replies: 135
Views: 28593

Re: The Christopher @The Union (28 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)

Are they going to do something about those ugly power lines? Those open wire poles really ruins things.
by joshua.dodd
08 Sep 2017 21:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 733
Views: 94627

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I don't see them choosing Frisco, or Midtown or any location that may potentially have a rail line. If public transportation is important to them, I think it needs to be the CBD. Even if Midtown did get a rail line, it would just be one stop on one line, so getting anywhere would still be cumbersom...
by joshua.dodd
08 Sep 2017 21:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 733
Views: 94627

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

The Trinity River Project is going to happen nonetheless. In fact, work on it is supposed to start sometime soon, especially now that work is complete with the Horseshoe Project and the Trinity Toll road has been completely killed, thank god. The only thing to hold that up for now is work being done...
by joshua.dodd
29 Aug 2017 12:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Commissary - 1217 Main St
Replies: 88
Views: 20409

Re: Downtown Dallas: Synn Building 1217 Main St

It's going to age badly. I for see this will undergo a new facade whenever the new architectural trend comes around in the next ten or fifteen years.
by joshua.dodd
11 Aug 2017 22:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: San Martín (former The MAC location)
Replies: 30
Views: 7002

Re: Uptown Dallas: San Martín (former The MAC location)

Hmmm...that does make a mind wonder.
by joshua.dodd
05 Aug 2017 17:25
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: New Oak Cliff Streetcar
Replies: 81
Views: 10167

Re: New Oak Cliff Streetcar

That's an additional reason for using Young Street for the streetcar, city library, city hall, farmer's market, arts district, and convention center are all great places to run free transit to. This seems to be a bit of an If You Build it Scenario. The other routes will serve many more riders from ...
by joshua.dodd
04 Aug 2017 21:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: 1900 Pearl (362 FT | 25 ST)
Replies: 163
Views: 33523

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

There is some truth to that, in terms of economic demand, as the era of big oil Boom saw the growth of height in Dallas' skyline. However, this demand proved in the end to be a speculative flop. It led to the 1987 commercial real estate crash that absolutely ruined the city, which has now just recov...
by joshua.dodd
04 Aug 2017 13:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: 1900 Pearl (362 FT | 25 ST)
Replies: 163
Views: 33523

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

Let me be clear I don't hate Fort Worth or its skyline just photos reminded of some of the things in Fort Worth. I will go on the record though that I prefer Downtown Dallas any day over Downtown Fort Worth. ;) I like Downtown Dallas because of its height. But I like Downtown Fort Worth more becaus...
by joshua.dodd
04 Aug 2017 13:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: 1900 Pearl (362 FT | 25 ST)
Replies: 163
Views: 33523

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

Yes, the garage will be completely enclosed by glass.
by joshua.dodd
03 Aug 2017 13:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Hall Arts Hotel & Residences
Replies: 101
Views: 19029

Re: Arts District: Hall Arts Hotel & Residences

Well, cranes do scrape the sky. So...
by joshua.dodd
02 Aug 2017 16:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Hall Arts Hotel & Residences
Replies: 101
Views: 19029

Re: Arts District: Hall Arts Hotel & Residences

maconahey wrote:
Work Schedule: 10/16/2017 to 04/30/2019


Site Elevation: 470
Structure Height: 520
Total Height (AMSL): 990



https://oeaaa.faa.gov/oeaaa/external/se ... 04&row=123


520 feet? Downtown Dallas is finally getting some real skyscrapers now!
by joshua.dodd
02 Aug 2017 11:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Hall Arts Hotel & Residences
Replies: 101
Views: 19029

Re: Arts District: Hall Arts Hotel & Residences

That is crazy height for a 25 floor building. The Magnolia is 29 floors and tops at 400 feet.
by joshua.dodd
31 Jul 2017 16:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: 1900 Pearl (362 FT | 25 ST)
Replies: 163
Views: 33523

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

I drove by today. I honestly like it. I don't know why. I'm not exactly a big fan of the glass box. But I like this glass box. I don't know why, though, but I do.
by joshua.dodd
31 Jul 2017 13:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 372
Views: 53744

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

What's up with the new TRE and LRT? What's that all about?
by joshua.dodd
31 Jul 2017 09:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 372
Views: 53744

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

TreeFrog wrote:I've been wondering what may happen with Lizard Lounge with that development going up so close...
http://www.loopnet.com/Listing/20283489 ... Dallas-TX/


"Unlimited height"

To hell with the Lizard Lounge, someone should build a super tall right there.
by joshua.dodd
22 Jul 2017 15:36
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: South Dallas: University Hills
Replies: 19
Views: 3198

Re: South Dallas: University Hills

I grew up in this area back in the 90s. It was considered one of the most dangerous areas of the city back then. I still wouldn't be caught walking around the streets at night out there today.
by joshua.dodd
22 Jul 2017 12:50
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: South Dallas: University Hills
Replies: 19
Views: 3198

Re: South Dallas: University Hills

This area twenty years ago was like a warzone. Gang warfare and just outright crime. It's still no better now than it was back then. However, there have been signs of slight improvement now that all of the warehouses have been going up.
by joshua.dodd
21 Jul 2017 10:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cedars: Hotel Lorenzo
Replies: 26
Views: 6905

Re: Cedars: Hotel Lorenzo

I had some drinks at the Lorenzo last night. I was very impressed. The developers really have out done themselves. The interior is great and the street side patio has a great view of downtown. It still looks odd sitting at a high class bar and seeing an empty lot covered in brush across the street. ...
by joshua.dodd
14 Jul 2017 16:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Mid Elm Lofts
Replies: 60
Views: 7351

Re: Mid Elm Lofts

I'm pleased that the city didn't demolish this site. Dallas has demolished so much of its prewar brick and mortar that it's a crime.
by joshua.dodd
12 Jul 2017 15:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)
Replies: 128
Views: 25890

Re: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)

It's a good bookend for this side of town.
by joshua.dodd
09 Jul 2017 13:31
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 186
Views: 18743

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Government has one job in this case. Maintaining a public transit system that is DART. Aside that, keep out.
by joshua.dodd
08 Jul 2017 00:05
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Horseshoe Project: I-35 + I-30 Downtown
Replies: 17
Views: 2592

Re: Horseshoe Project: I-35 + I-30 Downtown

I'm not sure if they are going to start construction on the Canyon. I think TxDOT is debating different plans over the Canyon. The options they are considering includes demolishing the Canyon and rerouting 30 altogether. Not sure how that will pan out. But it's something they are seriously consideri...
by joshua.dodd
07 Jul 2017 13:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown: Mercantile Place
Replies: 18
Views: 3635

Re: Downtown: Mercantile Place

A grocery store in Downtown Dallas? It's official. Downtown is a legit urban neighborhood now.
by joshua.dodd
03 Jul 2017 23:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 121
Views: 17333

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

Eh...I'm starting to get burned out of these generic glass towers. This area definitely needs some standout architecture. Maybe one twisty glass tower. We need more classical architecture. Less stucco, more brick and mortar or marble facades. Dallas is well known for it's postmodern icons. We should...
by joshua.dodd
02 Jul 2017 13:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End: Factory SIX03
Replies: 42
Views: 7874

Re: West End: Factory SIX03

The West End has definitely changed for the better. Just four years ago, it didn't feel at all safe when I would wait for the train at the West End station. I guess the city finally did something about the panhandlers and dopeheads that would hang around there. It was so bad in the summer of 2013 th...
by joshua.dodd
16 Jun 2017 18:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 109
Views: 18932

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

"five story residential tower" *rolls eyes* A great street presence is the key in this development. Though I too loath that it is a mere 5 story building. I would like to see this area fill up with at least one or two skyscrapers. 5 stories is preferable in almost every possible way to a ...
by joshua.dodd
06 Jun 2017 14:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: The Ascent Victory Park (23 ST)
Replies: 27
Views: 6964

Re: Victory Park: The Ascent Victory Park (23 ST)

Brick is far better than stucco.
by joshua.dodd
06 Jun 2017 08:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: 1900 Pearl (362 FT | 25 ST)
Replies: 163
Views: 33523

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

Don't hold your breath...
by joshua.dodd
05 Jun 2017 14:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Hall Arts Hotel & Residences
Replies: 101
Views: 19029

Re: Arts District: Hall Arts Hotel & Residences

Has construction started already?
by joshua.dodd
04 Jun 2017 09:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Texas A&M expansion
Replies: 48
Views: 8070

Re: Deep Ellum: Texas A&M expansion

It's already improving the neighborhood.
by joshua.dodd
02 Jun 2017 23:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Texas A&M expansion
Replies: 48
Views: 8070

Re: Deep Ellum: Texas A&M expansion

^^ This.
by joshua.dodd
02 Jun 2017 03:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Texas A&M expansion
Replies: 48
Views: 8070

Re: Deep Ellum: Texas A&M expansion

It's a school. It needs a parking garage for its students. The building looks great and it will be wonderful for the area and its economy. I swear, some people on here don't want to see the silver lining of these projects. I think you're missing the point. No one is arguing that its not good for th...
by joshua.dodd
01 Jun 2017 17:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Texas A&M expansion
Replies: 48
Views: 8070

Re: Deep Ellum: Texas A&M expansion

It's a school. It needs a parking garage for its students. The building looks great and it will be wonderful for the area and its economy. I swear, some people on here don't want to see the silver lining of these projects.
by joshua.dodd
01 Jun 2017 17:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 340
Views: 60224

Re: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)

A worthy addition to the Dallas skyline. I can't wait to see it go up
by joshua.dodd
31 May 2017 20:26
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 245
Views: 35062

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

I honestly think we'd be better off sticking to the Hyperloop. If the Hyperloop is built and turns out to be a success, it would render HSR obsolete.
by joshua.dodd
30 May 2017 03:56
Forum: Art + Sol
Topic: KAWS: Where the End Starts @ The Modern until 01/22/17
Replies: 3
Views: 1875

Re: KAWS: Where the End Starts @ The Modern until 01/22/17

Shit artist. I saw it. Was not impressed. I thought his art perfectly embodies the postmodern philosophy. Absurd. Ridiculous and unimaginative.
by joshua.dodd
29 May 2017 04:21
Forum: Opolis Blueprints
Topic: Mansfield + Midlothian
Replies: 8
Views: 2143

Re: Mansfield + Midlothian

Not to mention, Dallas' southern burbs are now blooming. Waxahachie has the largest planned development south of the Metroplex under construction right now. The growth in Waxahachie has become so astronomical that the new Baylor hospital is working on plans to build a new facility next to the one th...
by joshua.dodd
27 May 2017 07:43
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 72
Views: 9639

Re: New Census Population Estimates

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:Texas you're pathetic.


:roll:
No, Texas is not pathetic, it's huge. Literally bigger than most countries in Europe. The Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex alone is bigger than the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island combined.

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