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  1. The group that helped fund Klyde Warren Park has jumped on this as their next project. TREC to fund study eyeing controversial I-345 projecthttp://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2014/03/12/trec-to-fund-study-eyeing-controversial-i-345.html
  2. dfwcre8tive

    IAH vs. DFW

    Etihad announced new DFW-Abu Dhabi service for 2014: http://aviationblog.dallasnews.com/2013/12/etihad-airways-to-launch-dallasfort-worth-service-from-abu-dhabi-next-december.html/
  3. Here's the latest: http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2013/06/13/sunlight-fight-continues-between-museum-tower-nasher/
  4. Yes. The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center (which sees 1,200 people per day), permanent supportive housing programs and anti-panhandling ordinances have made a difference, but it's still an issue.
  5. Which is part of the reason for the area plan, I think. There are good older neighborhoods in this area but Valley View's decline has caused the immediate area to spiral downhill. Having a plan in place to encourage smart development and reinvestment may be one way to stabilize the area and protect the Galleria from a similar fate.
  6. The Dallas Galleria is transitioning to more of a middle-level mall and siphoning remaining stores from Valley View Center (which, in leasable area, was a larger mall). Saks Fifth Avenue will soon be replaced with a flagship Belk, for example. Most of the high-end retailers have moved to NorthPark Center (the largest in the region) or boutiques in smaller retail centers (like Highland Park Village). The consolidation of retail over the past few years has left Valley View Center obsolete.
  7. The City of Dallas is surrounded by other cities (suburbs) and unable to annex more land. Redeveloping underutilized areas helps keep the tax dollars in the city, and there are plenty of areas within the city limits where this can happen.
  8. Here are some ideas by the new owners to correct the mistakes present in Victory Park http://uptown.bubblelife.com/v/355992/5TO5J/Exclusive_Developers_ready_to_give_Dallas_Victory_Park_project_a_reboot.html
  9. Yeah, it's unlikely the final product will look anything like the rendering. I do think the central park has a chance of being built and that would encourage SOME residential development in the area. Being surrounded by suburbs, Dallas is starting to realize the only way to grow is to add density (but creating this new North Dallas "town center" won't help downtown at all).
  10. This is a long-term plan to redevelop the area near the Galleria at the Dallas North Tollway and IH635. The current Valley View Center has been in decline for several years and will be replaced with a mixed-use district. The new Area Plan for 400+ acres was approved a few weeks ago but will take years (if not decades) to fully implement. http://www.dallasmidtown.com/ http://cityhallblog.dallasnews.com/2013/05/as-city-looks-to-remake-valley-view-galleria-area-check-cashers-pawn-shops-and-big-boxes-zoned-out-of-existence.html/
  11. That's because, as a downtown resident, I'm more concerned about the livability of the neighborhood rather than commercial statistics. Most of my focus has been on parks, community groups, and infrastructure/transportation improvements (jealous of the Houston bike-share program). Downtown Dallas has a long way to come, but it has improved a lot in the past decade and there are more residents taking an active role in its evolution. We're experimenting with ideas that are successful in other cities and celebrating the small wins. Things like parklets, two-way street conversions, bike lanes, "glass box retail" and even busking programs do improve the urban experience. Out of curiosity, does Houston have grass roots organizations or city support behind these types of urban interventions? Both cities could learn a lot from each other.
  12. Just the first 11 gates. Now that the new gates are open, the old concourse can be demolished and the final 8 gates constructed. http://keranews.org/post/dallas-21st-century-love-field-upgrade-opens-today Photos: http://www.dallasnews.com/photos/20130410-dallas-love-field-debuts-new-terminal-restaurants.ece Offsite, the old 1950s sign has been restored and reinstalled as well.
  13. Funding was approved to extend the Oak Cliff streetcar, which starts construction this spring. http://transportationblog.dallasnews.com/2013/01/funding-approved-to-expand-dallas-streetcar-line-link-bishop-art-ands-convention-center.html/
  14. Construction of the DFW Airport DART station started in August and will open in December 2014. http://www.dallasnews.com/news/local-news/20121214-dart-receives-120-million-federal-loan-to-fund-dfw-airport-rail.ece
  15. 7-Eleven started in Dallas (the first location was in Oak Cliff). The company is headquartered in One Arts Plaza. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/7-Eleven They have been expanding in Dallas as well and experimenting with urban stores (5 new stores in downtown Dallas in the past 3 years).
  16. Seems to be a hit with the crowds, so far. There's also a neat graphic on Conde Nast Traveler with details of the museum HERE
  17. Photos from TexasStar on opening day: http://forum.dallasmetropolis.com/showthread.php/2202-DTD-Klyde-Warren-Park?p=484397&viewfull=1#post484397
  18. DART's Orange line opened to Irving/Las Colinas today. The next extension to DFW Airport property opens in December, followed by direct rail service to the airport's terminals in 2014. http://www.nbcdfw.co...-164247146.html University of Dallas Station: Las Colinas Urban Center Station: Irving Convention Center Station: From DART Image Library: http://www.dart.org/...magelibrary.asp
  19. Some cool retailers are coming to the Joule Hotel expansion. Tim Headington is sinking a lot of money into restoring a block of buildings around the flagship Neiman Marcus and bringing several unique boutiques to Main Street. The hotel expansion and shops open in January. Here's an earlier rendering:
  20. Here's the DMN response to that article: http://popcultureblo...-on-dudes.html/ As you can see by the lack of comments, it seems only a few journalists are interested.
  21. Interesting concept: http://www.freightshuttle.com/
  22. Belo Garden opened over the weekend. http://www.dallasnew...ic-thursday.ece
  23. That's Olive Street (Harwood Street was the only one closed through the park). Construction is currently extending the MATA streetcar from Uptown to the DART St Paul Station. The current route will be extended south on St Paul Street (at the far end of the park) and back north on Olive Street. There will be a transit plaza at the park, and the street can be closed during festivals/events. The service roads have been narrowed, on-street parking added and traffic signals un-synced to slow crossing traffic in the area.
  24. Main Street Garden (on the other end of Main Street) was designed to be an active park with children's playground, dog park, cafe, performance lawn, etc. Belo Garden was designed to be a quieter park surrounded by large office buildings. Lots of lunch/picnic furniture, shade, color gardens and a fountain. http://www.belogarden.com/
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