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by The_Overdog
28 Jan 2020 10:02
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 293
Views: 81327

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: 74
Views: 11840

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: 420
Views: 119137

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: 315
Views: 98480

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: 9994

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: 3869

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: 289
Views: 89326

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: 333
Views: 110462

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: 123
Views: 35510

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: 123
Views: 35510

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: 319
Views: 100776

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: 319
Views: 100776

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: 40
Views: 8078

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: 7712

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: 9
Views: 1389

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: 3281

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: 3281

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: 9994

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: 166
Views: 51169

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: 166
Views: 51169

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: 57
Views: 15842

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: 57
Views: 15842

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: 315
Views: 98480

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: 315
Views: 98480

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: 267
Views: 96361

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: 315
Views: 98480

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: 315
Views: 98480

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: 290
Views: 60213

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: 290
Views: 60213

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: 31000

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: 31000

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: 31000

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: 290
Views: 60213

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: 458

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: 161
Views: 60785

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: 97
Views: 30374

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: 149
Views: 53688

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.
by The_Overdog
11 Nov 2019 09:03
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 319
Views: 100776

Re: Silver Line

The lines waiting for large events are not odd due to trains or anything else. Football games invented tailgating to deal with the large crowds and a wide event arrival time with driving. Addison fireworks is no different. It'll probably be better since a large number of people will be going both no...
by The_Overdog
31 Oct 2019 10:07
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 315
Views: 98480

Re: DFW Economy

There has been some real shifting in that list if it is accurate.
Portland and Houston have taken the biggest falls - Portland used to be up with Austin. Miami and Seattle are big gainers. DFW and LA are consistent.
by The_Overdog
16 Oct 2019 09:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 213
Views: 81883

Re: West End 1.0

Also it was dark, cave-like, rundown and always smelled bad in there.


The one in Plano smelled super bad too.
by The_Overdog
15 Oct 2019 09:11
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 135
Views: 38705

Re: TexRail

The raillines being built aren't even serving the suburbs passing through them well. Somehow the bus depots are even worse. It's one thing to say that they should get 50% of the service since they provide 50% of the budget but it's another thing to allocate that funding in a useful manner.
by The_Overdog
14 Oct 2019 11:54
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Collin Creek Mall
Replies: 65
Views: 22224

Re: Collin Creek Mall

The mall's demo has started. They were originally planning on retaining the Macy's/Sanger Harris mural (much the same as the one on Valley View (I think?) but they found asbestos material was used to adhere them to the wall, and thus remediation is too expensive. https://communityimpact.com/dallas-f...
by The_Overdog
07 Oct 2019 15:59
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 315
Views: 98480

Re: DFW Economy

I can't trust the opinion of someone who thinks it's reasonable to commute 3 hours each day.

In his defense, he's a 'lake guy' (lives on Eagle Mountain Lake) and I believe Eagle Mountain is the closest (or one of the closest) lakes to DFW where you can own waterfront and build a boatdock.
by The_Overdog
07 Oct 2019 09:29
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 315
Views: 98480

Re: DFW Economy

62%! That is a HUGE NUMBER commuting out of Ft. Worth daily, primarily to Dallas and Dallas County, for work. That is a huge number, considering in your average true suburb there are still local workers like shopkeepers/cleaners/restaurants/teachers/government workers etc, so that a commute percent...
by The_Overdog
03 Oct 2019 09:29
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Plano: misc. developments
Replies: 31
Views: 9994

Re: Plano: misc. developments

The restaurant in front of the former Fairview Farmers Market (big barn looking building) just north of Parker and 75 has been torn down. It has been too many places for me to name - I think it is most notable for being a bar where some dude was overserved and then ran over a person in the parking l...
by The_Overdog
23 Sep 2019 09:49
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Fairview: misc. developments
Replies: 5
Views: 1780

Re: Fairview: misc. developments

So it's to shut down further questions of a particular project by playing like 100% of negative criticism is hypocritical. I think the criticism of the original Fairview TownCenter development (edge of 75 and south of Stacy) is deserved. It was poorly designed to 'walkable' but still incredibly car...
by The_Overdog
20 Sep 2019 10:11
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 319
Views: 100776

Re: Silver Line

UT Dallas - Cityline (transfer station), and East Plano are hardly 'nowhere'. These stations were literally nowhere until really recently, as in just empty fields. Except for east Plano but that is still not a residential stop, it's low rise industrial built around truck traffic. There are apartmen...
by The_Overdog
20 Sep 2019 10:08
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Plano: Legacy
Replies: 6
Views: 3791

Re: Plano: Legacy

I believe they are doing some minor additions to Legacy Hall - something like adding more upper patios. I've been a few times for the free concerts. I'm starting to think the food hall will be ok as it really is a nice concert venue for families and something the northern half of Dallas did not have...
by The_Overdog
18 Sep 2019 14:31
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Collin Creek Mall
Replies: 65
Views: 22224

Re: Collin Creek Mall

Demo fence is up now around the north side of the mall.
by The_Overdog
10 Sep 2019 09:09
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 368
Views: 133627

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

For those curious, I just did a calculation off a zip line tutorial, and the Dallas-to-Houston zip line would only need to be about 60,000 feet tall. Totally doable!

Or 60 zipline stations, each 1000 ft tall. How cool would that be?

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