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by joshua.dodd
12 Jul 2017 15:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)
Replies: 152
Views: 48258

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: 255
Views: 47683

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: 5242

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: 6214

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: 181
Views: 38859

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: 13315

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: 148
Views: 41130

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: 28
Views: 10869

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: 200
Views: 61134

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: 175
Views: 48998

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: 50
Views: 13737

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: 50
Views: 13737

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: 50
Views: 13737

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: 50
Views: 13737

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: 563
Views: 146689

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: 330
Views: 76171

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: 2955

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: 3731

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: 102
Views: 20943

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.
by joshua.dodd
18 May 2017 18:58
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 832
Views: 189166

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I'd personally like to see more office towers rising here as well. But that will come in due time. With the residential development, at least it is bringing people and life here.
by joshua.dodd
18 May 2017 15:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Parking Garages
Replies: 128
Views: 30126

Re: Parking Garages

The demand for parking in Downtown is always going to be high. So we will need these parking garages for a very long time. But that's just a fact. I think we all want Downtown to be primarily pedestrian oriented with residence living densely in the district. However, the demand for parking garages ...
by joshua.dodd
17 May 2017 18:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Parking Garages
Replies: 128
Views: 30126

Re: Parking Garages

The demand for parking in Downtown is always going to be high. So we will need these parking garages for a very long time. But that's just a fact. I think we all want Downtown to be primarily pedestrian oriented with residence living densely in the district. However, the demand for parking garages w...
by joshua.dodd
17 May 2017 05:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Parking Garages
Replies: 128
Views: 30126

Re: Parking Garages

These parking garages are essential for the CBD. I could care less how fancy they look. What's important is that these new parking garages are reallocating parking demand from ugly parking lots spread across the district into vertical boxes at a single block.
by joshua.dodd
11 May 2017 15:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff Progressing
Replies: 78
Views: 17726

Re: Oak Cliff Progressing

Just wait for progress to start on the Southern Gateway. I believe that alone will add such improvement, not only logistically, but aesthetically to Oak Cliff. The deck park near the zoo will do such wonders.
by joshua.dodd
10 May 2017 12:56
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's
Replies: 47
Views: 10831

Re: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's

I've been wondering about this myself. It's also a blight to the area leaving a burned out truck sitting there.
by joshua.dodd
08 May 2017 06:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: (PWC) Park District Tower (316 FT | 20 ST) + Residences at Park District (385 FT | 32 ST)
Replies: 173
Views: 52214

Re: Uptown Dallas: (PWC) Park District Tower (316 FT | 20 ST) + Residences at Park District (385 FT | 32 ST)

That's because youre seeing two different types of reflections. From the air looking down it's reflecting the ground around it, and looking at from street level you're bound to see a reflection of the sky, resulting in this light and dark effect.
by joshua.dodd
03 May 2017 14:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 117
Views: 32196

Re: The Cedars Developments

Image

This is going up in the Cedars next to the Lorenzo. :?
by joshua.dodd
03 May 2017 04:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 117
Views: 32196

Re: The Cedars Developments

The issue is not so much the stucco in the Cedars as it is for every new apartment building going up throughout the entire city. Stucco here and stucco there. Even in Uptown and where rent is particularly high, stucco here and there.
by joshua.dodd
02 May 2017 10:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 117
Views: 32196

Re: The Cedars Developments

I a bit skeptic on all these 'funky' designs being used in The Cedars neighborhood. I mean... I don't have anything against funky in general, but in the renderings, these all seem to miss the mark a bit. Hopefully, the reality is different. Otherwise, this area may not age very well... This is the ...
by joshua.dodd
01 May 2017 11:53
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Lowest Stemmons Project
Replies: 28
Views: 5116

Lowest Stemmons Project

The Lowest Stemmons Project is bringing a much needed upgrade to a 3.4 mile portion of 35 in the city of Dallas. With 240,000 cars a day, and infrastructure that is long obsolete, this section of freeway is in desperate need for an upgrade. This section of freeway has not been reconfigured since it ...
by joshua.dodd
29 Apr 2017 23:49
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 229
Views: 48716

Re: the Cotton Belt line

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Tex Rail is already working on their western portion of the Cotton Belt and trains should be running starting in 2018 from downtown FW to DFW Airport.
by joshua.dodd
25 Apr 2017 23:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: Cinépolis /The 23 (~273 FT / 23 ST)
Replies: 107
Views: 40494

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

I do not understand why they used such a suburban design for a down town apartment complex? Because this area was essentially that, an industrial suburb, back then. Twenty years ago VP was a giant rail yard with a monstrous power plant, a huge grain silo, endless lines of tracks lined with boxcars,...
by joshua.dodd
25 Apr 2017 23:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 8 (New Rolex Building)
Replies: 72
Views: 24612

Re: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 8 (New Rolex Building)

This building will certainly become an instant Dallas landmark on par to the Reunion Tower, Magnolia Building, Chase Manhattan (Key Hole), Fountain Place and BoA buildings. No doubt in my mind it will.
by joshua.dodd
21 Apr 2017 12:07
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction
Replies: 85
Views: 19963

Re: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction

I am personally in favor of the 30 reroute. Not only would it help to reconnect the CBD with the Cedars, Fair Park and Deep Ellum, vice versa, it would also help development in the area by creating a more natural flowing cohesion. This plan includes rerouting 45 and 175 as well. Many of these neigh...
by joshua.dodd
20 Apr 2017 00:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 400 Record Street
Replies: 35
Views: 11423

Re: Downtown Dallas: 400 Record Street

tamtagon wrote:
Tnexster wrote:Interesting structure sticking out of the base of the tower, what is that going to be?


...it's gonna be torn out in a decade. haha :lol:


This.
by joshua.dodd
19 Apr 2017 10:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Alexan Katy Trail (~184 FT / 15 ST)
Replies: 24
Views: 9009

Re: Uptown Dallas: Alexan Katy Trail (~184 FT / 15 ST)

The Manhattanization of Uptown continues its unstoppable growth into the sky!
by joshua.dodd
19 Apr 2017 10:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: The Spire Mixed Use Project
Replies: 76
Views: 18450

Re: Arts District: The Spire Mixed Use Project

This area needs something and bad. It's so desolate and empty with its parking lot wasteland. It looks, literally, the same as it did back when Robopcop was filmed. If you recall, the gas station scene was filmed in this area off Ross.
by joshua.dodd
19 Apr 2017 10:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 424
Views: 114949

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

That's kind of a bummer. The streetcar would be great if it could be extended toward the zoo or looped on Davis to Jefferson.
by joshua.dodd
19 Apr 2017 07:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 424
Views: 114949

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

Are they planning on any expansions of the trolley line?
by joshua.dodd
18 Apr 2017 18:52
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction
Replies: 85
Views: 19963

Re: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction

I am personally in favor of the 30 reroute. Not only would it help to reconnect the CBD with the Cedars, Fair Park and Deep Ellum, vice versa, it would also help development in the area by creating a more natural flowing cohesion. This plan includes rerouting 45 and 175 as well. Many of these neighb...
by joshua.dodd
18 Apr 2017 07:01
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction
Replies: 85
Views: 19963

Re: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction

I read an article recently in the Kaufman paper that projections in Kaufman County are for 500,000 population in the next several years Kaufmann County's current population is 118k, so 'next several years' is like 40, and that's only if they can sustain the same population growth while competing wi...
by joshua.dodd
17 Apr 2017 19:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: The Spire Mixed Use Project
Replies: 76
Views: 18450

Re: Arts District: The Spire Mixed Use Project

I've been wondering about this project since it was announced--how many years has it now been? I hope we see some changes from the original renders and plans, if it does come to fruition. I'd like to see much taller buildings. At least 40 plus stories. https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4085/4997309677_e...
by joshua.dodd
17 Apr 2017 19:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor
Replies: 127
Views: 37124

Re: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor

A travesty
by joshua.dodd
16 Apr 2017 06:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 424
Views: 114949

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

I noticed construction on Zang Blvd just south of Davis street. Anyone knows what's going on with that?
by joshua.dodd
14 Apr 2017 11:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 181
Views: 38859

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

I believe they are starting it in stages. The demand is definitely there. Office demand off 635 has dramatically increased in the past year after construction ended. Not to mention, there are still tons of businesses and lots in the location that need to be bought out.

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