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by joshua.dodd
13 Apr 2017 06:17
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction
Replies: 77
Views: 15186

Re: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction

The idea of simply removing 30 is preposterous. 30 actually serves an incredibly vital roll for the Metroplex. It serves as a direct logistical link to Texarkana, Little Rock and Memphis, and northeastward spread from there. In essence, it is an express spur. There is a huge number of freight that f...
by joshua.dodd
08 Apr 2017 03:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: HyperLoop One
Replies: 10
Views: 3082

Re: HyperLoop One

This project, if successful, would hinder the HSR as obsolete.
by joshua.dodd
04 Apr 2017 18:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Alexan Skyline Goat Hill
Replies: 32
Views: 7342

Re: Alexan Skyline Goat Hill

The rooftop is finally open. It has a small dipping pool, seating areas, fire pit. The view is very nice. Very nice view. Can you imagine if Little Mexico was a park from that first pic? It would be our small version of Central Park surrounded with towers of unobstructed parkland. There is already ...
by joshua.dodd
29 Mar 2017 21:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt
Replies: 161
Views: 33823

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

I think Perot is playing people when he says, of the skyline, that "it may never really change again".
by joshua.dodd
29 Mar 2017 06:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown - Warsaw Restaurant Office Tower
Replies: 43
Views: 8801

Re: Uptown - Warsaw Restaurant Office Tower

Yes. Please come back to life as a 700-800 footer in Downtown. A building this good looking deserves status.
by joshua.dodd
28 Mar 2017 19:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt
Replies: 161
Views: 33823

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

Tucy wrote:This has been fun and it's a cool-looking, intriguing design. But I suspect we'll be filing this Norman Foster building away with the Spires and Victory Tower/Mandarin Oriental Hotel, etc.


Time will tell.
by joshua.dodd
28 Mar 2017 19:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oaklawn: Old Parkland
Replies: 15
Views: 4377

Re: Oaklawn: Old Parkland

I like it. Feels like there is a trend to go back to older styles without the postmodern cheese.
by joshua.dodd
28 Mar 2017 16:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Hall Arts Hotel & Residences
Replies: 138
Views: 34931

Re: Arts District: Hall Arts Condo Tower

Are they sticking to the original design? http://d1bhvwz6nty0cr.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/20160302204716/Dallas-Arts-District-HallArts_3-1.jpg http://urbanland.uli.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2016/09/View-of-the-HALL-Arts-development-from-teh-Winspear-Opera-House-Rendering-WEB-1024x759.pn...
by joshua.dodd
28 Mar 2017 16:43
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction
Replies: 77
Views: 15186

Re: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction

The I-30 reroute is just another attempt by TXDOT and the City of Dallas to place a freeway inside the Trinity River levees and in the Trinity Forest. They just can't resist using free land, no matter how much of the Park they will destroy. There's no valid reason to move I-30. It's already below g...
by joshua.dodd
28 Mar 2017 16:41
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction
Replies: 77
Views: 15186

Re: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction

Reroute 30 traffic to 635

:roll:
by joshua.dodd
28 Mar 2017 12:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt
Replies: 161
Views: 33823

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. The FAA gave the property a...
by joshua.dodd
27 Mar 2017 18:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt
Replies: 161
Views: 33823

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

Dallas' office demand market, as of last year, has a top ranking in the entire country. Dallas as a city can handle building a supertall. But the question is can the CBD neighborhood handle it? Absolutely. Dallas might still have a ton of parking lots, but as space is filling up in Uptown and VP, de...
by joshua.dodd
27 Mar 2017 18:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown - Warsaw Restaurant Office Tower
Replies: 43
Views: 8801

Re: Uptown - Warsaw Restaurant Office Tower

I've kept a closed mouth so far about this mystery because of the fact that no one, including myself, knows of an answer. However, I will say this: This is the kind of building that deserves to be at least thirty or forty stories taller than it is intended to be. It would also fit better in Downtown...
by joshua.dodd
26 Mar 2017 14:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - Fountain Place
Replies: 52
Views: 15463

Re: Downtown Dallas - Fountain Place

Supply and Demand. Demand for office space in Downtown Dallas was limited to the big 80s towers. And even that was too small to fill up the vacuum of vacancies. Because of low demand the parking lots were adequate space to supply parking for suburbia commuters who worked in Downtown. Now, however, t...
by joshua.dodd
26 Mar 2017 05:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: 1900 Pearl (362 FT | 25 ST)
Replies: 198
Views: 49139

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

Are the parking garage plates included in the 25 story count? If so, does that mean this building has only 1 floor to go until topping out?
by joshua.dodd
26 Mar 2017 05:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Christopher @The Union (31 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)
Replies: 148
Views: 42479

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

By Uptown doing so, Downtown has been stepping up its game. The burbs have long been stealing companies but Uptown stealing them has made Downtown properties valuable and more competitive than ever before. Almost every dated 80's tower has been sold in the last 5 years and is or will be renovated. ...
by joshua.dodd
25 Mar 2017 19:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown: Adolphus Tower
Replies: 22
Views: 6276

Re: Downtown: Adolphus Tower

They need to reclad it with its original curtain wall.
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by joshua.dodd
25 Mar 2017 14:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt
Replies: 161
Views: 33823

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

They should aim for making it the tallest building West of the Mississippi River. Dallas' tallest have traditionally held this title. We need to reclaim that title once again. And without a cheater spire!
by joshua.dodd
24 Mar 2017 15:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt
Replies: 161
Views: 33823

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

How so?...If anything I see a risk. Hopefully we avoid the Dallas way of building this skyscraper. All of the major Towers we have suck at the Ground level. They're fortresses. Hell the BoA doesn't even have a sidewalk. And Fountain place has zero street presence as well. They're travesties up clos...
by joshua.dodd
24 Mar 2017 15:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt
Replies: 161
Views: 33823

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

Foster is one of the great architects of our time. I trust his design will be polished to something of fantastic character and substance. This is NOT the final design. The article states that this is a rough draft.
by joshua.dodd
24 Mar 2017 10:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 187
Views: 40693

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

I don't know... That station has the most potential for passenger grown of nearly all the stations nearby. This development is an example, and plenty more around the corner, I'm sure. I agree that it is fairly useless up until now, but now is not the time to remove it. This is exactly what I was th...
by joshua.dodd
24 Mar 2017 05:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Dallas High School
Replies: 35
Views: 8743

Re: Downtown Dallas: Dallas High School

Ah yes, the old Crozier Tech. My grandfather went to school there in the 1950s. Good to see it coming back to life.
by joshua.dodd
24 Mar 2017 05:06
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 249
Views: 38140

Re: DART D2 Subway

It's not the Freeway. It's the fact that Downtown was treated as corporate business park for decades and as a result it's stigmatized even to this day. Typically, people will move into an area when amenities , schools and services are readily available. The thing with Downtown is that it's barely j...
by joshua.dodd
22 Mar 2017 00:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 187
Views: 40693

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

The residential tower looks like it could easily be a 400 foot 30 story building
by joshua.dodd
21 Mar 2017 04:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 356
Views: 71689

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

>That's the plan

Oh, that makes me giddy!
by joshua.dodd
20 Mar 2017 23:17
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction
Replies: 77
Views: 15186

Re: Cedars: Hotel Lorenzo

But look at that density at the corner of 30 and 345! This is an old photograph too. So all the construction in that area shown is, today, more urban density.
by joshua.dodd
20 Mar 2017 19:11
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction
Replies: 77
Views: 15186

Re: Cedars: Hotel Lorenzo

TxDOT has already said their intentions are with this relocation plan. I say do it.
by joshua.dodd
20 Mar 2017 03:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: One Uptown (~235 FT | 20 ST)
Replies: 41
Views: 12372

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

Unfortunately, there still are a ton of strip malls along McKinney. But, as you can see from those pictures, dense high rise development is slowly encroaching and eating all the real estate up.
by joshua.dodd
19 Mar 2017 23:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District: Virgin Hotel
Replies: 105
Views: 28262

Re: Design District: Virgin Hotel

Looks like it
by joshua.dodd
19 Mar 2017 23:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - Fountain Place
Replies: 52
Views: 15463

Re: Downtown Dallas - Fountain Place

That parking garage is huge! That alone will do wonders reallocating parking from the spread of parking-lots in this part of town. And the density looks nice! The Fountain Place needs more density surrounding it. It has never looked right surrounded by parking lots like a lonely monolith.
by joshua.dodd
19 Mar 2017 23:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: One Uptown (~235 FT | 20 ST)
Replies: 41
Views: 12372

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

buildingswithlegs wrote:Strip center with chipotle next to s&d oysters has gotta go


Exactly my same thought.
by joshua.dodd
18 Mar 2017 18:39
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction
Replies: 77
Views: 15186

Re: Cedars: Hotel Lorenzo

http://interactives.dallasnews.com/2016/downtown-highways/images/_i30_relocation_map.png Conditions: Four main lanes and two managed lanes in each direction in a new location. Possible six-lane boulevard or multimodal corridor built in current I-30 location. Cost: More than $2 billion Planning and ...
by joshua.dodd
18 Mar 2017 17:40
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction
Replies: 77
Views: 15186

Re: Cedars: Hotel Lorenzo

I remember seeing plans somewhere for rerouting I-30 entirely. The plans included demolishing 345, rerouting 30 south where it follows along the Trinity and goes east and then travels north along White Rock Creek and then reconnects to its current route going eastward. The plans also included demoli...
by joshua.dodd
17 Mar 2017 21:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cedars: Hotel Lorenzo
Replies: 26
Views: 8813

Re: Cedars: Hotel Lorenzo

What they need to do is rebuild the Canyon and add a deck park over it to connect the Cedars and Downtown.
by joshua.dodd
17 Mar 2017 21:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas: Medical District
Replies: 106
Views: 26140

Re: Dallas: Medical District

Man, that's some ugly architecture.
by joshua.dodd
17 Mar 2017 16:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: Cinépolis /The 23 (~273 FT / 23 ST)
Replies: 107
Views: 34330

Re: Victory Park: Cinépolis /The 23 (~273 FT / 23 ST)

Are there any plans for the empty lot at Lamar and Victory Ave?
by joshua.dodd
15 Mar 2017 14:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 349
Views: 72551

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

^^ With Uptown filling out, I can see vertical density take a huge spark in the Knox-Henderson area, as well as Deep Ellum. I'm hopeful that we will see tall, hopefully a supertall or two, rise in the CBD, and hopefully tall vertical projects in the Cedars, which is just ripe for density development...
by joshua.dodd
14 Mar 2017 13:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: SkyHouse Victory Place (290 FT / 25 ST)
Replies: 71
Views: 17753

Re: Victory Park: SkyHouse Victory Place (290 FT / 25 ST)

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:The garage is an abomination


Not really.
by joshua.dodd
12 Mar 2017 15:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Scion Hotel
Replies: 95
Views: 22359

Re: Downtown Dallas: Scion Hotel

We've always known from the get go not to trust the Turkish developer Sarimsakci.
by joshua.dodd
11 Mar 2017 17:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Alexan Skyline Goat Hill
Replies: 32
Views: 7342

Re: Alexan Skyline Goat Hill

Wow! The density in that photograph is breathtaking! You're right, that would make a fantastic spot for a park. Or more density. Either way, those garden apartments have to go.
by joshua.dodd
11 Mar 2017 01:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 135
Views: 30881

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

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.
by joshua.dodd
11 Mar 2017 01:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Dallas: Trinity Groves
Replies: 71
Views: 15192

Re: West Dallas: Trinity Groves

If they are going to build an office building over here, they should build tall and make it something of an architectural marvel with class and style. Would be amazing to see a 600 plus foot tower over here.
by joshua.dodd
10 Mar 2017 13:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 349
Views: 72551

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

If the city were to build a trolley line along Ross Avenue, that would really seal the deal.
by joshua.dodd
09 Mar 2017 15:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)
Replies: 148
Views: 32736

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

It's wonderful seeing this corner of Downtown finally coming back to life. This area has been a ghost town for too long. Isn't the parking lot across the road becoming a park?
by joshua.dodd
09 Mar 2017 12:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum of Street Culture
Replies: 11
Views: 3516

Re: Museum of Street Culture

^^ I believe that will be inevitable for this project to work. They need to move it, anyhow.
by joshua.dodd
09 Mar 2017 10:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Commissary - 1217 Main St
Replies: 88
Views: 26855

Re: Downtown Dallas: Synn Building 1217 Main St

I'm almost positive that they are transforming it into the above rendering that I posted before.
by joshua.dodd
09 Mar 2017 10:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Alexan Skyline Goat Hill
Replies: 32
Views: 7342

Re: Alexan Skyline Goat Hill

Was the whole purpose of the tall stucco towers to show off lighting effects at night? The lighting effects are not very impressive and during the day the towers look awkward and ugly. Anything made stucco is ugly. That's why I hate the material. It makes all these new apartment buildings being bui...
by joshua.dodd
09 Mar 2017 10:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Alexan Skyline Goat Hill
Replies: 32
Views: 7342

Re: Alexan Skyline Goat Hill

"an apartment deal I could not pass up"

It's like they say: If it's too good to be true, then there's a catch.

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