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by The_Overdog
19 Oct 2018 09:50
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 159
Views: 25285

Re: DFW Airport

^that's good to hear, in the last decade I've been to five airports so my personal consideration set is inadequate. It's a bit difficult to measure in my opinion, because many other US airports and worldwide are much better located where the inside-airport experience is bad but you can literally wa...
by The_Overdog
18 Oct 2018 09:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 96
Views: 14147

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

On the list, above when you break it down by 'market share per store' (kind of a rough metric for brand loyalty/quality of locations chosen), Costco (.47) is of course the king, but WinCo (.37) is doing super great also. WalMart/Sams Club (.21) are growing because their market share per store is wel...
by The_Overdog
17 Oct 2018 16:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 243
Views: 33831

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

I think this kind of sucks, but in the grand scheme of things subsidizing 'street vitality' would fall far behind many other things that deserve subsidizing. And if you just want these buildings to choose lower quality commercial renters, well then you have to answer why they should when their resid...
by The_Overdog
16 Oct 2018 09:50
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 303
Views: 41922

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

Right. Laws impacting the publicly funded lines are barely even worth talking about/passing until the initial line has been proven.
by The_Overdog
15 Oct 2018 09:48
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 294
Views: 42342

Re: Legacy West

It's too bad the street grid is so bad in that area because more bridges and connective streets would probably be better than a deck park in the mid-term. Also there, just like Klyde Warren, the stupid service roads are way too wide.
by The_Overdog
12 Oct 2018 13:06
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 303
Views: 41922

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

When the politicians see how popular the route is, they will be tripping over themselves to build at least the SAT-DAL part of the triangle. Right. The maps that the state has provided for 2040 include lots of other potential raillines that are most likely state/federally funded. The group building...
by The_Overdog
05 Oct 2018 15:26
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco 45
Replies: 5
Views: 330

Re: Frisco 45

That's just the land use picture used for Planning and Zoning review. They generally don't do renderings for most projects, unless there is something special or different that needs to be shown.
by The_Overdog
04 Oct 2018 09:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 95
Views: 9235

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

They look at Frisco with salivation and want that here. This is all on Dallas. Nothing in Frisco has been built with a giant surface lot until you get to nearly Prosper. The most anti-urban thing Frisco has done recently is slightly widen their main street. And the downzoning of US75 to drive-thus ...
by The_Overdog
04 Oct 2018 09:06
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Plague of Pancake Development
Replies: 3
Views: 195

Re: The Plague of Pancake Development

If I can be the contrary voice (oh I can!) I think architecture critics need to sit down and shut up for a while and this guy is no exception. "where the miasma of the mud flats on which the Southern Pacific built its main West Coast train yards has turned into block upon block of indistinguish...
by The_Overdog
02 Oct 2018 14:59
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Plano: Granite Park
Replies: 7
Views: 1435

Re: Plano: Granite Park

I thought this was kind of interesting, considering that practically every building being built in DFW is about 50% parking, 50% actual office space. The Granite Park ownership group did a multi-state study of their parking, and as a result are asking for a rezoning to 'right-size' their parking, wh...
by The_Overdog
28 Sep 2018 13:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 427
Views: 64593

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

I think what they did (add a mid-grade EIFS front on an existing windowless ugly building) is just fine. They didn't demolish anything and if it's successful it'll get better looking in time.
by The_Overdog
28 Sep 2018 13:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 96
Views: 14147

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

The upscale Costco shopper will lead to more police presence and clean up the adjacent area. In the short term, it'll be positive, but I would guess in the long term a Costco a half-mile from a DART station will hold back more intense development.
by The_Overdog
25 Sep 2018 08:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 190
Views: 24301

Re: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

they are building now is what the market currently demands, and, in 5-10 years, People are right to be mad because this is not what the market is demanding to be built next to US75 until maybe once you pass Allen. Sure some of this stuff that is already there isn't yet being torn down. But no new i...
by The_Overdog
19 Sep 2018 15:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 190
Views: 24301

Re: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

Pretty sure the ones in the suburbs fancy themselves to be noble defenders of Democracy (Agenda 21!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) more than the urban ones. But NIMBYs typically don't want to build anything (it's not Build something sensible in my backyard), so not sure it applies here.
by The_Overdog
19 Sep 2018 11:48
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 303
Views: 41922

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

I think you are overthinking headline writers.

You are probably right, but I had no idea there was a 'rival' to Texas Central, legitimate or otherwise.
by The_Overdog
19 Sep 2018 10:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End: Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum
Replies: 61
Views: 11052

Re: West End: Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum

Or like a Star Wars sandcrawler thing. Or like this thing: https://www.google.com/search?safe=off&ei=ImmiW-3IO8rIsQWQ2LmYDg&q=gi+joe+mobile+command+center&oq=gi+joe+mobile+command+&gs_l=psy-ab.3.0.0l4j0i22i30l6.3498.7873..9014...7.0..0.58.1057.24......0....1..gws-wiz.......0i71j0i67j...
by The_Overdog
19 Sep 2018 10:17
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 303
Views: 41922

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

That article is enlightening and bizarre. When they say 'rival' in the headline, they actually mean rival in the sense that they are also trying to build a high speed rail line in Texas, not the usual sense where the rival is the detractors.

Where did a 'rival' come from? Did I miss something?
by The_Overdog
19 Sep 2018 08:44
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Richardson Telecom Corridor Development Updates
Replies: 27
Views: 4906

Re: Richardson Telecom Corridor Development Updates

Also apropos of nothing, but I have been traveling through the Telecom Corridor for work for years, and there is more building cleaning, maintenance, and repair crews working on the empty buildings (there are several) than I've ever seen. The owners must either be moving into the 'cutthroat stage' (...
by The_Overdog
18 Sep 2018 14:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 359
Views: 55667

Re: Northpark Center

I was in California most of the summer and went to Fashion Island a few times, and it gets Texas hot there often, just not Texas humid. California just does a much better job than Texas with street trees, awnings and landscaping for their hot weather. For what its worth, Fashion Islands urban design...
by The_Overdog
18 Sep 2018 14:19
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 89
Views: 11742

Re: New Census Population Estimates

You don’t have to want some big redistributive welfare state to still feel that making it harder for the less fortunate to get by is not a good outcome.


It may not be a morally good outcome, but it is the outcome that nearly every state in the US is going for from a legislative standpoint.
by The_Overdog
18 Sep 2018 11:51
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 89
Views: 11742

Re: New Census Population Estimates

California is doing fine. "Families with kids and those with only a high school education predominate among those moving from California to its top destination states (Texas, Arizona, and Nevada). College-educated 18 to 35 year olds led the way among those moving to California from its top feed...
by The_Overdog
18 Sep 2018 08:57
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Richardson Telecom Corridor Development Updates
Replies: 27
Views: 4906

Re: Richardson Telecom Corridor Development Updates

For the site next to Galatyn DART rail station, it may have been mentioned before, but it's confirmed to be a 372 unit multifamily building. The lot is relatively small, maybe 2 acres, so if this has parking it is either going to be kind of tall or have tiny units.
by The_Overdog
14 Sep 2018 14:10
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 189
Views: 22885

Re: the Cotton Belt line

I really wish the stretch of Addison along Belt Line rd were more walkable. That would be nice, but if you check the residential growth in Addison, it's obvious that Beltline is a divider and most of it is on the north side of Beltline. Beltline is such a strong dividing line that residential growt...
by The_Overdog
12 Sep 2018 11:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Hillcrest Village
Replies: 5
Views: 391

Re: North Dallas: Hillcrest Village

I am curious how central the so-called park will be for the development vs just a way to offload some land on the side that they think just isn't needed for commercial retail space for this market. I expect more suburban shopping centers will do similar offloading of land in the coming decade Not s...
by The_Overdog
07 Sep 2018 08:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Preston Center
Replies: 15
Views: 1020

Re: Preston Center

Why are churches making developments?


It's actually pretty common. There are probably close to half-dozen church funded/property swap developments in Plano/Frisco/Richardson/Allen.
by The_Overdog
31 Aug 2018 15:47
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 169
Views: 20618

Re: Trinity River Park

Well, technically the corps' approved plan has the three main lakes with a combined total of 256 acres of 'open water' (12-18 feet deep), compared to Bachman lake's 205 acres (less than 14 feet deep). None of the lakes in north Texas are particularly deep either. Lavon's max depth is 60 feet, avera...
by The_Overdog
27 Aug 2018 13:10
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Lakewood-White Rock: Garland Rd./Grand/Gaston intersection
Replies: 15
Views: 841

Re: Lakewood-White Rock: Garland Rd./Grand/Gaston intersection

The flying lanes in the people recommended version seem much worse than the TXDot version. With those wings, that isn't a T intersection. It's your average highway interchange. A legit T would be better than either.
by The_Overdog
27 Aug 2018 13:07
Forum: Art + Sol
Topic: FW/Dallas Trellis, Pergola, & Brise-Soleil
Replies: 2
Views: 175

Re: FW/Dallas Trellis, Pergola, & Brise-Soleil

The office building I currently work in has this outdoor pergola/lunch area that is surrounded by the most neglected plants and it's on the south side of a glass building and a few decent chairs but mostly the roughest toughest benches that you can imagine -and even in the summer the temperature is ...
by The_Overdog
21 Aug 2018 09:05
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Texas Live!
Replies: 71
Views: 8407

Re: Texas Live!

I'm not sure the sports teams get enough 'tourists' to support a full time high dollar experience like Texas Live. The bread and butter is locals going to the games. Sure, the few special events like Alabama vs Florida in Jerryworld probably brings in quite a few tourists, but not sure about your av...
by The_Overdog
20 Aug 2018 08:57
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Texas Live!
Replies: 71
Views: 8407

Re: Texas Live!

Man, that is a seriously harsh review!
by The_Overdog
16 Aug 2018 12:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Galleria
Replies: 19
Views: 1336

Re: North Dallas: Galleria

I thought Ablon was a like mythical magic lion, who helps good children find their way. Probably British.


An abalone is a sea snail. Lots of typos and perhaps spell check will turn this place aquatic.
by The_Overdog
16 Aug 2018 09:35
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Plano: misc. developments
Replies: 18
Views: 2146

Re: Plano: misc. developments

Given Plano's lousy turnout in local elections, these (really any) fringe groups have an opportunity to make over the city council to pursue their own interests when local elections are not coupled with a presidential election. It would be really interesting to see an anti-growth council in place, a...
by The_Overdog
15 Aug 2018 15:10
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 189
Views: 22885

Re: the Cotton Belt line

I guess the final Cotton Belt line vote was supposed to be sometime soon; it's held up over the idea of scrapping versus delaying the Preston and Coit Stations. The fate of Adventure Landing hangs in the balance.
by The_Overdog
10 Aug 2018 11:32
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco: Fields Ranch development
Replies: 12
Views: 620

Re: Frisco: Fields Ranch development

How does Concrete Cowboy get away with it?

I haven't gone drinking in Frisco in so long its embarrassing (that I'm old) but according to online most places stay open until 1-2:00am, so they either allow it or must be granting variances like they are candy.
by The_Overdog
09 Aug 2018 16:14
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Cost of City Living
Replies: 12
Views: 2819

Re: The Cost of City Living

https://newworldeconomics.com/how-much-should-parking-cost/ Not sure if this is 100% (or even 90%) accurate, but it's just a discussion point concerning parking lot costs in TX. The Fort Worth garage, with a big 1,013 spaces, cost $23.336m, which works out to $23,036 per space — not a lot more than...
by The_Overdog
09 Aug 2018 13:10
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Richardson Telecom Corridor Development Updates
Replies: 27
Views: 4906

Re: Richardson Telecom Corridor Development Updates

The creek next to the Galatyn Dart station is fully buried and the lot is now fenced for construction. Dirt moving vehicles are on site...moving dirt. They have now dug a large hole next to the concrete conduits which buried the creek and have finished putting in the city infrastructure like fire h...
by The_Overdog
08 Aug 2018 13:29
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Collin Creek Mall
Replies: 29
Views: 5251

Re: Collin Creek Mall

After Sam Ware lost the mall to the lender and lawsuit mentioned above, now developer Mehrdad Moayedi's Centurion American Development Group (they did the Statler Hotel) is attempting to purchase Collin Creek Mall, signed a purchase contract, and has 90 days to close. https://www.dallasnews.com/busi...
by The_Overdog
06 Aug 2018 09:00
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike
Replies: 136
Views: 24392

Re: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike

but to me there's a difference between griping about the aesthetics of a particular building versus griping about the burden inflicted upon the public by an affordable, accessible and not-incredibly obtrusive form of transportation. To me, the number of ridiculous news articles put out about them (...
by The_Overdog
04 Aug 2018 09:32
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike
Replies: 136
Views: 24392

Re: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike

I don't think the fees were a driver, exactly. Ofo (the Chinese yellow one) exited Phoenix and a bunch of other cities at the same time. Not sure if they all enacted ordnances at the same time or if Dallas or some other city's high fees drove them out of business. As far as I can tell, they were poo...
by The_Overdog
02 Aug 2018 12:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 408
Views: 56711

Re: Victory Park 3.0

No one wants to park at one of the far off lots to walk to a bar on Victory Avenue. The mindset that it is not a good thing needs to die. And why does anyone need to drive all the way to Victory Park to go to Chilis? Victory Park sucked because the only reason to go there was for a game. Now that i...
by The_Overdog
02 Aug 2018 08:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 408
Views: 56711

Re: Victory Park 3.0

I've been going to Victory Park since the AAC was built and I've heard very few complaints about the parking. Everything else sucked about Victory Park - the parking has always been fine. Compare that to the State Fair, Knox-Henderson, Uptown, former Lower Greenville (when it was a party destination...
by The_Overdog
02 Aug 2018 08:49
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 169
Views: 20618

Re: Trinity River Park

Most of the trails in the metro are isolated away from development and even housing to a large extent. I see what you are saying - that not every single one needs to be built like that.
by The_Overdog
01 Aug 2018 14:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 184
Views: 31952

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Seems fine to me as noise and pollution buffers for the real buildings. If we aren't going to lower parking requirements, then lining freeways with garages seems like the best option.
by The_Overdog
26 Jul 2018 15:49
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 189
Views: 22559

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

I don't think $15m is correct. The video basically shows a stair-case sized vault to get people down below the surface and more like a human-sized tunnel to interface with the actual railroad tracks which are in a single-train sized tunnel. The CityPlace stations looks like the following: https://ww...
by The_Overdog
25 Jul 2018 15:14
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 189
Views: 22559

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

People have only started seriously asking for it to be finished out in the past few years - these kinds of things can take time to get budgeted and accounted for.
by The_Overdog
24 Jul 2018 13:01
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Texas Live!
Replies: 71
Views: 8407

Re: Texas Live!

Yes, I've seen the fountain at Victory Park in operation - back when the stadium first opened. Nobody liked having to dodge the water spray in the primary walkway.
by The_Overdog
23 Jul 2018 12:24
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 189
Views: 22885

Re: the Cotton Belt line

https://www.cor.net/home/showdocument?id=23137 This link has some pictures of the Cotton Belt rail line bridge that will cross over US75. It'll be slightly north of Renner Road, maybe 100 yards from the white parking garage on the east side of US75 that was recently constructed and adjacent to the n...
by The_Overdog
23 Jul 2018 09:26
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 169
Views: 20618

Re: Trinity River Park

I'm actually good with retaining walls. They have them up and down coasts and in my opinion they can look good with some quality design. The problem with river fronts in DFW is they are the natural home of boatloads of poison ivy and brambles, so some level of retaining walls and mowing is going to ...
by The_Overdog
20 Jul 2018 09:22
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Texas Live!
Replies: 71
Views: 8407

Re: Texas Live!

I like how the primary complaint about the old Rangers stadium is that it was hot in the summer, so they throw down unshaded concrete right outside the doors where people are supposed to hang out. That does look exactly like Victory Park.
by The_Overdog
18 Jul 2018 12:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 8 (New Rolex Building)
Replies: 72
Views: 17123

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

I still say that giant rock wall should be an amenity - either a decorative waterfall fountain or a climbing wall.

:)

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