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by The_Overdog
25 Jun 2020 10:58
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 376
Views: 141820

Re: DART D2 Subway

Seems like that money would be better spent on planning TOD at outlying stations surrounded by big parking lots, as opposed to in the already-developed environs around the proposed D2 stations. A 'soft proposal' for selling city-owned land at a slight discount for affordable housing at the outlying...
by The_Overdog
23 Jun 2020 15:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oaklawn: Old Parkland
Replies: 50
Views: 15579

Re: Oaklawn: Old Parkland

Dallas needs more church bell noise.
by The_Overdog
23 Jun 2020 12:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Bonton Village @Lake Highlands (12000 Greenville)
Replies: 4
Views: 439

Re: Bonton Village @Lake Highlands (12000 Greenville)

The article doesn't say, but the signs on the fence say the land is currently owned by Dallas Water Utilities, and there is a big water tank to the south east fronting Forrest Lane, but not on this particular property.
by The_Overdog
15 Jun 2020 11:14
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DCTA (Denton Co. Transportation Authority)
Replies: 19
Views: 8756

Re: DCTA (Denton Co. Transportation Authority)

That one mile from Willow Bend Mall will get a TOD but not the actual employment area in Legacy is kind of bizarre. Hebron High and Prestonwood Christian Academy take up a lot of land around there. Not sure it will ever amount to much. Doesn't really get to the Grandscape area either.
by The_Overdog
03 Jun 2020 14:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Kroger
Replies: 41
Views: 10998

Re: East Dallas: Kroger

I think that is just their way of doing business. They are still sitting on a property in north Plano as well, where they have submitted design plans and changed zoning for a store more than two years ago.
by The_Overdog
07 Apr 2020 14:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Galleria
Replies: 104
Views: 30083

Re: North Dallas: Galleria

It strikes me as extremely convoluted, like they know what people want changed, but they don't get how to do it. Like for example, "• Weak pedstrian entry experience for customers" is identified from the three different sections, but there are no changes to the garage entries, which is how...
by The_Overdog
02 Apr 2020 09:52
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 147
Views: 49595

Re: New Census Population Estimates

Dallas County shrinking


It's 2000 people in 1 year. Most likely due to the tornado (and maybe a bit of a 500 unit apartment collapse).
by The_Overdog
25 Mar 2020 09:19
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 346
Views: 140206

Re: Legacy West

This might be a case of troubles at Willow Bend.

Willow Bend is in trouble. There was an article a few weeks ago that they defaulted on their loans, and the subtext was that no-one else wanted to pick them up, so it will float in limbo for a while. If I was a decent store with options, I'd bail.
by The_Overdog
23 Mar 2020 11:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 388
Views: 186414

Re: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)

I feel like this was a question companies were already asking, and now it's been answered. I see a lot more office-to-residential conversions in our future. My opinion: most companies did this pretty grudgingly, and f they are considering distributed workforces, then wider distribution than just ma...
by The_Overdog
02 Mar 2020 14:08
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Dallas Public Works: street project list
Replies: 11
Views: 5303

Re: Dallas Public Works: street project list

Tried this. omar narvaez is the cc member. Sent 3 emails and have not heard anything back.


You have to catch them in person. Yeah, it sucks.
by The_Overdog
11 Feb 2020 15:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 776
Views: 382286

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

The prices listed in the post about at The Star in Frisco are higher, even though The Star 1br is slightly larger at 850 sq ft vs 645 sq ft. $2700 vs $2100 starting for a 1 bedroom.
by The_Overdog
10 Feb 2020 17:10
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Arlington Development and Transportation Projects
Replies: 62
Views: 24645

Re: Arlington Development and Transportation Projects

A Guns N Roses reunion tour will play the new baseball stadium Globe Life Park. In 2016, the GNR reunion tour played in AT&T Stadium. How crazy is is that the fancy stadium 1 block away is now too dated and losing competitions for big events?
by The_Overdog
03 Feb 2020 09:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Galleria
Replies: 104
Views: 30083

Re: North Dallas: Galleria

It looks like they don't expect the Banana Republic/Gap/Old Navy to be staying around. It is still labeled 'Banana Republic', it does look like they are going to open the dead space in the corner where the escalators and elevators are by Banana Republic to build a better looking entrance, delete th...
by The_Overdog
28 Jan 2020 10:02
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 304
Views: 113227

Re: Trinity River Park

'Wildflowers' are actually surprisingly hard to establish and maintain. They need pretty specific conditions or they won't grow. I'd imagine that dropping seeds on the ground wouldn't have a real high success rate.
by The_Overdog
26 Jan 2020 13:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Galleria
Replies: 104
Views: 30083

Re: North Dallas: Galleria

The Belk store smells like it has a serious plumbing problem, or they have the worst perfume cloud/ combination in the world. I would guess it will require extensive remodeling before another tenant will move in.
by The_Overdog
22 Jan 2020 13:11
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 479
Views: 168545

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

It's not just funding though, I think the different nature of DFW prevents most of the current SF-based (ride sharing, food delivery, outsourcing of personal care) tech companies from being relevant enough here to be invented here. The housing costs aren't high enough, the work-culture not strong en...
by The_Overdog
22 Jan 2020 08:44
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 386
Views: 146422

Re: DFW Economy

...one of these days, somebody is going to come up with a new kind of computer that renders hundreds of billions of dollar investments in data centers obsolete. The company I work for was looking to sell a data center to one of the top cloud computing companies -in their home market - and it was bu...
by The_Overdog
20 Jan 2020 15:38
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Plano: misc. developments
Replies: 31
Views: 13799

Re: Plano: misc. developments

While looking around for a property on Loopnet, I found that 5 acres on the corner of Mapleshade and Coit Rd is for sale, with the note that Billingsly is selling off this corner in anticipation of starting Beacon Square, which is a mixed use community between Coit Road to the east, a railline to th...
by The_Overdog
16 Jan 2020 10:22
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Meacham Airport
Replies: 10
Views: 6911

Re: Meacham Airport

Moxy Airlines has a website now, kind of.
https://www.alternativeairlines.com/moxy-airways
by The_Overdog
15 Jan 2020 15:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 381
Views: 144138

Re: AT&T Discovery District

If I recall correctly there is a really ornate ballroom/conference room on the floor that the skybridge is on.
by The_Overdog
15 Jan 2020 13:37
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 346
Views: 140206

Re: Legacy West

I think this is the same area where the city council shot down the site plan for apartments, which I have nothing against apartments but the site plan was legit terrible and completely focused on cannibalizing what had already been constructed in the other part of Legacy West rather than gelling wit...
by The_Overdog
15 Jan 2020 10:46
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 147
Views: 49595

Re: New Census Population Estimates

I think Plano and Richardson have done a better job in staying relevant and more liveable when compared to other inner ring Suburbs. Im not familiar with Carrollton. It's the cyclical nature of Suburbs. OK, I get what you are saying. It's kind of interesting that due to decreases in family size, lo...
by The_Overdog
15 Jan 2020 09:33
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 147
Views: 49595

Re: New Census Population Estimates

Which inner ring suburbs lost population? I'm not finding the list? Garland and Mesquite, maybe?
by The_Overdog
14 Jan 2020 15:43
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 325
Views: 136996

Re: Silver Line

https://www.dart.org/ShareRoot/about/expansion/cottonbelt/DARTCottonBeltMeeting22jul19.pdf This doc shows that the line will run to the right/east (I think) of the existing red line with the station at CityLine to the east of the existing station. If you check it does look like they will need to pur...
by The_Overdog
14 Jan 2020 09:21
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 325
Views: 136996

Re: Silver Line

I read all the time on many different web based forums that DART does not listen to us, but the Silver Line is an excellent example when DART did listen to its major stakeholders and local organized groups during the EIS process. I don't think that's what people mean when they say 'DART doesn't lis...
by The_Overdog
09 Jan 2020 10:40
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Reverchon Park
Replies: 45
Views: 16444

Re: Reverchon Park

I thought I saw a story on the news that said they revoted and the same deal passed, 7-4. They said the yearly rent for the stadium would be $30k, which is a huge giveaway.
by The_Overdog
08 Jan 2020 16:20
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: General roads/transport. issues
Replies: 26
Views: 12422

Re: General roads/transport. issues

http://www.dfwfreeways.com/ This guy wrote an online book about DFW Freeways, and would probably have the answer plus the original list of proposed exits if you check around or email him if you are curious.
by The_Overdog
07 Jan 2020 15:31
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Dallas Public Works: street project list
Replies: 11
Views: 5303

Re: Dallas Public Works: street project list

Go talk to your local council member, identify your location with him or her and see if they can get it moved up the priority list. The priority lists are generally based on age/location not necessarily 'need' because Dallas is a really big city area-wise. Bring things like pictures of kids walking ...
by The_Overdog
02 Jan 2020 14:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Most Exciting Projects of 2020
Replies: 39
Views: 7013

Re: Most Exciting Projects of 2020

No D3 school should have 15K stadium for basketball. Now if you make it multi-use, it would be fine; but a hard sell nonetheless given UTD's academic and research focus.

There are vague plans about an athletic district for basketball and soccer, but I've not seen any renderings or a timeline.
by The_Overdog
02 Jan 2020 12:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Most Exciting Projects of 2020
Replies: 39
Views: 7013

Re: Most Exciting Projects of 2020

As a Richardson resident, I am excited to see the transformation of its downtown area. I think it could have the potential to join the ranks of charming downtowns like Plano, McKinney, Carrollton, etc. Not the biggest project of the year by any stretch, but exciting times in my northern burb. It's ...
by The_Overdog
02 Jan 2020 12:25
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Plano: misc. developments
Replies: 31
Views: 13799

Re: Plano: misc. developments

The Heritage Creekside office building (I think) on Plano Parkway that is currently under construction and has been digging underground parking, and creating a giant (and kind of cool) pile of stone has finally reached ground level again in it's march upwards. Just across the tollway in Richardson, ...
by The_Overdog
20 Dec 2019 11:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 11 (The Forum)
Replies: 188
Views: 77752

Re: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 11 (The Forum)

but the fact that we have yet to see a 'convertible' parking garage in Dallas


Even if it is convertible, that's for 30 years down the road, not for today. They would just build it as office space (or wait) if the timeline was any shorter.
by The_Overdog
20 Dec 2019 09:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 11 (The Forum)
Replies: 188
Views: 77752

Re: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 11 (The Forum)

Lord knows the drive out of a garage that tall would be horrendous circling 15 floors ugh I hate driving three levels at my apartment.


I would have to take some Dramamine if I had to park at the top, which is a galaxy brain way of thinking of ways to reduce car use.
by The_Overdog
18 Dec 2019 09:08
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Arlington Development and Transportation Projects
Replies: 62
Views: 24645

Re: Arlington Development and Transportation Projects

Apparently they are going to plant like 10X the current number of trees, and it's still going to be mostly parking lots. I'm also getting a whiff of Fair Park, with a big locked up useless old stadium in the way.
by The_Overdog
17 Dec 2019 10:29
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Arlington Development and Transportation Projects
Replies: 62
Views: 24645

Re: Arlington Development and Transportation Projects

Don't they already have a convention center in the same area? Is Arlington run by the Deadly Duplicator who gives 2 of everything even though two of some things is too many and two of other things is not enough. Whatever. I'm glad they are building *something* around the stadiums besides parking lots.
by The_Overdog
12 Dec 2019 16:45
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 386
Views: 146422

Re: DFW Economy

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._metropolitan_areas_by_GDP or the search is 'List of US metropolitan areas by GDP' Or from the BEA: https://apps.bea.gov/itable/iTable.cfm?ReqID=70&step=1 CAGDP2 Gross domestic product (GDP) by county and metropolitan area Which gives $482 for DFW in ...
by The_Overdog
12 Dec 2019 14:11
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 386
Views: 146422

Re: DFW Economy

BTW, DFW, Houston and Austin all saw solid increases. Austin: $146,784,519, up 7.5% DFW: $512,509,778 up 6.3% Houston: $478,778,576 up 7% Where are you getting the historical data? Using the one posted by Dpatel for 2018, I see $512, $478, and $146 for DFW, Houston, Austin MSA. The wikipedia chart ...
by The_Overdog
12 Dec 2019 13:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 314
Views: 135357

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

I like the name. Doesn't it translate to something like cheesy kiss?
by The_Overdog
12 Dec 2019 10:15
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 386
Views: 146422

Re: DFW Economy

2017 GDP https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List...n_areas_by_GDP 2018 GDP http://www.city-data.com/forum/city-vs-city/3110148-12-12-19-2018-gdp-metro-3.html BIG EDIT: There is some playing with the numbers - there are some CSAs rather than just all MSAs (which is how SF passed DFW, by combining SF &am...
by The_Overdog
12 Dec 2019 09:49
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 386
Views: 146422

Re: DFW Economy

DFW got rocked by DC and SF, falling from #4 to #6. All those above us featured nice gains, DFW a small decline. Houston and Austin also suffered GDP declines in Texas.
by The_Overdog
09 Dec 2019 09:20
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 297
Views: 92427

Re: I-345

Loop 12 is not a boulevard. It's a highway. And if 'getting the poor of south Dallas' is the biggest reason it should stay, well the income differences are so dramatic that it's doing a really crappy job of it, and that tollway in the Trinity should be built to maybe help out a bit. A 'boulevard' is...
by The_Overdog
06 Dec 2019 09:53
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 297
Views: 92427

Re: I-345

And in 2050 wonder how Plano passed Dallas in population... :-)


Plano has recently reduced the land footprint of it's two potential highway-style intersections to be forever boulevards, and the excess land around Spring Creek Parkway that was sold has already been developed.
by The_Overdog
05 Dec 2019 11:03
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Issues/News
Topic: What is a suburb today?
Replies: 67
Views: 39830

Re: What is a suburb today?

That is a leap not warranted by the data. But, assuming you are correct, the number desiring to live in the "urban core" would be 600,000 (12% of the Dallas/Plano/Irving metropolitan division population of 5 Million), not just 156,000. (But to be clear, the survey does NOT suggest that to...
by The_Overdog
05 Dec 2019 09:55
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Issues/News
Topic: What is a suburb today?
Replies: 67
Views: 39830

Re: What is a suburb today?

You cannot draw that conclusion from this survey. The survey didn't ask anything about a desire to live in an "urban core". It only asked if people desired to live in a -big city -small city -suburb of a big city -suburb of a small city -town or -rural area. I think you can because that i...
by The_Overdog
05 Dec 2019 09:09
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Issues/News
Topic: What is a suburb today?
Replies: 67
Views: 39830

Re: What is a suburb today?

If you take that number to be true, then 156,000 want to live in the urban core of Dallas, which is still more than currently do. The surrounding suburbs are also under utilized for urban desirability. For example, it would be 12,000 people in Richardson (currently close to 3000), 33,000 for Plano (...
by The_Overdog
03 Dec 2019 15:33
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 297
Views: 92427

Re: I-345

If it is such an important highway, and capping is the best option, then tolling it to pay for the excess burial costs seems like the right way to go.
by The_Overdog
03 Dec 2019 10:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Preston/Royal
Replies: 1
Views: 935

Re: North Dallas: Preston/Royal

Some of the older 2-3 story offices fronting Central on the east side are also fenced off due to tornado damage. I'm assuming it's for window or roof replacement, but they don't generally put a construction fence around the entire building for those kinds of things....
by The_Overdog
22 Nov 2019 08:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Highland Park Village
Replies: 169
Views: 83795

Re: Highland Park Village

very urban part of the metro mostly surrounded by single residential use. Interesting fact and just history now, but Highland Park was for a long time the densest city in Texas at about 4000 people per sq mile, and even with the urban growth I think it's still top 10, maybe still top 5. Garland, Ar...
by The_Overdog
21 Nov 2019 14:36
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Fair Park
Replies: 107
Views: 44695

Re: Fair Park

There is a plan for improvements to Fair Park in a current article in DMagazine. Looks pretty good overall. It includes a walking trail around the edge of Fair Park, some building expansions, a neighborhood park, a parking garage, stormwater improvements, and some better connections to neighborhoods.
by The_Overdog
13 Nov 2019 09:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: McKinney/Boll Tower - 2614 McKinney Ave - (18 ST)
Replies: 151
Views: 66594

Re: Uptown Dallas: McKinney/Boll Tower - 2614 McKinney Ave - (18 ST)

Is adding that vehicular entrance right on McKinney avenue really a "good job" which is what Jon Anderson of CandysDirt is trying to sell us?


Jon wants high-rise suburbia, so view his opinions from that angle.

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