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by The_Overdog
03 Dec 2020 16:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Fort Worth: misc. developments
Replies: 45
Views: 23242

Re: Fort Worth: misc. developments

acquire the Pier 1 building on the west side of downtown


Ooooh maybe they can dig through the closets and decorate city hall very chic.
by The_Overdog
02 Dec 2020 11:35
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Richardson: CityLine
Replies: 37
Views: 14308

Re: Richardson: CityLine

There's a small courtyard in front of the Aloft. It's way too small to kick a ball around, like a lawn section of KWP, and too small for a decent sized concert.
by The_Overdog
30 Nov 2020 10:41
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Richardson: CityLine
Replies: 37
Views: 14308

Re: Richardson: CityLine

If you go early in the morning the trails around there are jammed, so I think it's just a different crowd. Also I don't think there is a true night spot (no real bar, or club) for late-night action. The design is also kind of weird -just really a single street through the middle of the high-rise off...
by The_Overdog
17 Nov 2020 12:55
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 394
Views: 177845

Re: DART D2 Subway

How do you make the existing stations fair controlled? I don't think the fare-controlled access is to prevent free-riders, more to prevent opportunists from taking the escalator directly to the lower-level and loitering. The stations at the top will control loitering in the at-ground parts. If peop...
by The_Overdog
16 Nov 2020 09:14
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Red Oak Development
Replies: 7
Views: 3227

Re: Red Oak Development

If you mean downtown Dallas, then yes, but Dallas is a big sprawly city and the northern border is only about 6 miles from Frisco.

Red Oak to downtown is 18 miles vs 23 miles downtown Dallas to Frisco.
by The_Overdog
05 Nov 2020 12:24
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 367
Views: 173218

Re: Legacy West

I don't get the feeling Legacy is stalled at all. Plans for more Granite Park towers are in the works, the JC Penny campus stuff is moving forward, and plans for additional residential towers on the east side of DNT & Legacy are still underway. Just be patient. This one is not tall, but for exam...
by The_Overdog
30 Oct 2020 10:46
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Plano: misc. developments
Replies: 50
Views: 20374

Re: Plano: misc. developments

A few months ago, the Plano City Council rejected a proposal by the Plano Housing Authority to sale/leaseback the land east of the Parker Road Dart Station to build low-income and market-rate housing. They did put the land up for sale, and Plano Housing Authority has decided to purchase it instead f...
by The_Overdog
28 Oct 2020 09:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Dallas Developments
Replies: 134
Views: 60543

Re: West Dallas Developments

Even Wylie H Dallas is a NIMBY now? Someone guessed that the ownership of that account changed, I guess they were right. Jon Anderson's complaints are as high-rise suburbia as they get - not enough parking, 'looming', 'ugly' blah blah blah. It's taller and will house more people? Good. It's nice to ...
by The_Overdog
19 Oct 2020 09:25
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Richardson Telecom Corridor Development Updates
Replies: 32
Views: 16965

Re: Richardson Telecom Corridor Development Updates

This is just proposed, but a company has proposed a 5 story apartment block and a 16 story apartment building adjacent to the G Bush Tollway and the SilverLine near UTD in Richardson. I think both will be student housing, mostly 4-bedrooms rented by the room instead of by the unit. The 16 story will...
by The_Overdog
14 Oct 2020 11:08
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 200
Views: 75979

Re: Downtown Progress

My reading of the report says the only outcome you could derive is 'pandemic'. Every submarket they track except West Plano/Frisco lost, and West Plano/Frisco's gain was small (110k sq ft). Rest of Plano, Richardson, Las Colinas, Irving, Denton, Garland, Allen all negative and if you are trying to m...
by The_Overdog
14 Sep 2020 09:12
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Plano: Willow Bend Mall
Replies: 31
Views: 14375

Re: Plano: Willow Bend Mall

Collin Creek only lasted from 1981 to about 2005. 2005-and beyond it was kind of a half-empty shell. So Willow Bend opened in 2001, so the 2020s are going to be it's dark period. It's too bad because I think the architecture is actually pretty solid and the parking garages are good. It's just too cl...
by The_Overdog
02 Sep 2020 16:34
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 200
Views: 75979

Re: Downtown Progress

Can you summarize? The link isn't working for me.
by The_Overdog
02 Sep 2020 14:53
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 200
Views: 75979

Re: Downtown Progress

We can be worried about downtown (and DFW in general) when projects start getting cancelled, the pipeline dries up, rent prices drop, and so on. Right now, none of that is happening. Individual text messages are not indicators of anything other than personal drama, and the texts are less severe than...
by The_Overdog
02 Sep 2020 13:25
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Plano: misc. developments
Replies: 50
Views: 20374

Re: Plano: misc. developments

IDK, that route might make the cut. The apartment to the south was on the UTD bus routes taken over by DART a few years ago and is regularly stated as one of the busiest on the UTD list. If that route was extended to 15th Street to the North it might survive. Maybe they could add a bus stop on the c...
by The_Overdog
01 Sep 2020 09:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Link at Uptown
Replies: 152
Views: 62659

Re: The Link at Uptown

Seriously, imagine having to traverse that, back and forth, to get to a top floor parking spot each day. Could easily eat up 5 minutes if you're doing it during a congested time.


They can put a drive-thru shop on the first floor that only sells Dramamine.
by The_Overdog
31 Aug 2020 15:42
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 346
Views: 172061

Re: Silver Line

I personally would think they would want to downplay the fact that an electric substation is across from a rail station, instead of things that people riding a train might want to go to.
by The_Overdog
24 Aug 2020 13:55
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Mill Creek Drainage Relief Tunnel
Replies: 1
Views: 643

Mill Creek Drainage Relief Tunnel

Article about the tunnel being dug to stop flooding around Baylor. "On April 24, 2020, the largest hard rock TBM ever to bore in the United States began to operate." https://tunnelingonline.com/texas-mettle-tbm-and-team-are-making-progress-and-overcoming-challenges-at-mill-creek/ They shou...
by The_Overdog
13 Aug 2020 16:00
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Plano: misc. developments
Replies: 50
Views: 20374

Re: Plano: misc. developments

but I'm having a tough time envisioning this as something other than a slightly further south version of Watters Creek.


I think Watters Creek might be the among the 'nicest' urban villages/TOD without any transit connections in the US. If that's what they achieve, then it's basically a win.
by The_Overdog
06 Aug 2020 17:47
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Richardson Telecom Corridor Development Updates
Replies: 32
Views: 16965

Re: Richardson Telecom Corridor Development Updates

Completely agree. The bridge isn't even old; they should have known better. I've actually seen bikers (crazy) and joggers (insane!!) crossing it. Campbell Road needs a dedicated pedestrian crossing as well; there are tons of restaurants in walkable distance if crossing 75 was easier. There are dedic...
by The_Overdog
06 Aug 2020 11:30
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Plano: misc. developments
Replies: 50
Views: 20374

Re: Plano: misc. developments

The website is the plan. You probably were looking at the correct thing.

http://www.planotomorrow.org/150/Land-U ... ity-Design

Here are some maps:
http://www.planotomorrow.org/229/Maps-of-Plano-Tomorrow
by The_Overdog
05 Aug 2020 09:51
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Plano: misc. developments
Replies: 50
Views: 20374

Re: Plano: misc. developments

I'm not at all a NIMBY, but this plan was total nonsense, and I'm surprised citizens or the city fought it that long. Plano was not in any way 'planned', this 'plan' did not change that, and though the P&Z fought hard for the 'plan', they don't even follow it. Plano is arbitrarily spot zoned (ie...
by The_Overdog
04 Aug 2020 11:17
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Plano: misc. developments
Replies: 50
Views: 20374

Re: Plano: misc. developments

That's the plan. I wish the 'flythrough' video was playable as a first-person-shooter or driving game. I'd love to simulate the battle of Beacon Square.
by The_Overdog
04 Aug 2020 09:30
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Plano: misc. developments
Replies: 50
Views: 20374

Re: Plano: misc. developments

Billingsly is finally ready to kick off Beacon Square (mixed use across from WalMart on Coit Road). Not surprisingly, they want the amount of retail decreased. More interesting is that they suggest that restaurants in these so-so mixed-use complexes around DFW and located away from major highway cor...
by The_Overdog
04 Aug 2020 09:25
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Richardson Telecom Corridor Development Updates
Replies: 32
Views: 16965

Re: Richardson Telecom Corridor Development Updates

Now that the apartment near the Galatyn Train Station is almost complete, a builder wants to finish out the empty plot nearest the station with another complex. The zoning will need to change because it's set for a office building there, and they need a small increase in the max number of units in t...
by The_Overdog
29 Jul 2020 11:08
Forum: Texas Town + City Issues/News
Topic: Houston Highways
Replies: 8
Views: 9014

Re: Houston Highways

Looks like if they moved it to cover the northern suburbs, it would surround the entire DFW metroplex.
by The_Overdog
25 Jun 2020 10:58
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 394
Views: 177845

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: 51
Views: 21216

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: 1492

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: 21
Views: 12106

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: 15584

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: 109
Views: 41461

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: 63863

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: 367
Views: 173218

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: 502
Views: 243049

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: 7327

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: 784
Views: 462477

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: 31521

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: 109
Views: 41461

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: 353
Views: 148653

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: 109
Views: 41461

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: 501
Views: 217292

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: 424
Views: 192513

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: 50
Views: 20374

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: 8810

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: 424
Views: 189385

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: 367
Views: 173218

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: 63863

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: 63863

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: 346
Views: 172061

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: 346
Views: 172061

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...

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