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by The_Overdog
16 Aug 2018 12:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Galleria
Replies: 19
Views: 800

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: 1753

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: 157
Views: 18819

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: 11
Views: 251

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: 2539

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: 23
Views: 4060

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: 4508

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: 135
Views: 21531

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: 135
Views: 21531

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: 361
Views: 47042

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: 361
Views: 47042

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: 138
Views: 16292

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: 173
Views: 27297

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: 186
Views: 18746

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: 186
Views: 18746

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: 66
Views: 6565

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: 157
Views: 18819

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: 138
Views: 16292

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: 66
Views: 6565

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: 15638

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.

:)
by The_Overdog
18 Jul 2018 09:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown: Carlisle St. Urban Renewal Project/Block 968
Replies: 17
Views: 2177

Re: Uptown: Carlisle St. Urban Renewal Project/Block 968

First of all, I learned that "Shade Studies" exist


Yes they do exist, and it's totally odd to me that in Dallas, shade studies are done to make sure rooms are getting enough sun, not too much. Oh the magic of air conditioning.
by The_Overdog
16 Jul 2018 14:10
Forum: Site Issues + Feedback
Topic: Threads from the previous DFWU forum
Replies: 1
Views: 165

Re: Threads from the previous DFWU forum

Alas, it seems to only be the front page topic. I wanted to check our old thoughts (2013) on the McDermott bridge and Legacy Town Center and Uptown buildings.
by The_Overdog
11 Jul 2018 13:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Fort Worth: Walsh Ranch
Replies: 9
Views: 594

Re: West Fort Worth: Walsh Ranch

They didn't ask me. Super villain volcano lair. In any case, it's not what people 'prefer' without constraints, it's what they can afford, and $250k (starting price for Walsh Ranch), plenty might say yes, but at $800k (max price for Walsh Ranch listed), people have better options and they'll take lo...
by The_Overdog
10 Jul 2018 09:45
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Greater DFW-area trails
Replies: 3
Views: 274

Re: Greater DFW-area trails

Apparently Allen is super-important to the 2040 regional veloweb. It has a regional line (highlighter green) funded approximately every 2 miles E/W and N/S through the entire city. Garland? - You're on your own.

Is Irving not a member of the NCTCOG? They get shafted even harder than Garland.
by The_Overdog
09 Jul 2018 10:30
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco: Wade Park
Replies: 63
Views: 8142

Re: Frisco: Wade Park

Amazon, nobody is going to want to go where they go since that move will suck the life out of talent availability wherever they land. I think there is a large component to this, but not because they suck the talent but rather because they are doing very public legwork concerning amenities/concessio...
by The_Overdog
05 Jul 2018 09:32
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: D Magazine New Urbanism Issue
Replies: 36
Views: 1824

Re: D Magazine New Urbanism Issue

And most cities could probably come up with similar quibbles.

Sure, I'd bet every city that is building some sort of 'walkable urbanism' where little existed before would have the same complaints - they are in a different game vs the ones that have a 50 year headstart.
by The_Overdog
03 Jul 2018 13:40
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: D Magazine New Urbanism Issue
Replies: 36
Views: 1824

Re: D Magazine New Urbanism Issue

How many of Dallas' (or Houston's ) suburbs have areas that meet that definition? Possibly not that many, but that is because they are still significantly under construction. Cityline for example has a very low park score component of its Walkscore because the major park is still under construction...
by The_Overdog
03 Jul 2018 11:37
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: D Magazine New Urbanism Issue
Replies: 36
Views: 1824

Re: D Magazine New Urbanism Issue

I'm not sure all the Dallas ones are listed, so the data may be bad and by 'bad' my guess would be the ones in DFW are too new. They list 9 for Dallas, with Uptown specifically being one - so just using named districts as approximations DFW has more than that. They also list Dallas proper as having ...
by The_Overdog
03 Jul 2018 10:37
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 263
Views: 36115

Re: Legacy West

Yes, this is a standard drive-thru stand alone suburban CVS. Both it and the Chase Bank next door should be tenants in a multiuse building somewhere else in Legacy.
by The_Overdog
02 Jul 2018 10:14
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: D Magazine New Urbanism Issue
Replies: 36
Views: 1824

Re: D Magazine New Urbanism Issue

Besides downtown/uptown and a few other parts of the city, let's be real, people don't come here to live in apartments. Maybe not, but Dallas is only 50% owner occupied single family, so it's right on par with major cities like NYC, LA, and Seattle, not up with the midwest where places are closer t...
by The_Overdog
14 Jun 2018 13:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 75
Views: 10555

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

I almost feel like this could be worse than having the Neighborhood Market and like Walmart/Sam's is punishing urban Dallas for killing the Cityplace Sam's Club. I don't get that feeling - I think it will more be a 'order online and pick up in-store' for Sams Club bulk stuff- which is really an exc...
by The_Overdog
12 Jun 2018 14:21
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike
Replies: 135
Views: 21531

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

I'm sure it's on a distribution where the most popular are above and the least popular well below- and closer to 1-2 per week. But even at "3.6 rides per bike per day" on average, that's only 6 days or 359 days more for other business costs. I don't find 3-5 rides per per bike per day on a...
by The_Overdog
11 Jun 2018 15:49
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Collin Creek Mall
Replies: 29
Views: 4508

Re: Collin Creek Mall

Wow, I didn't realize the anchor tenants actually owned the properties they are on Yes, it's pretty common that the anchor tenants own their own land - which is why redeveloping malls is so hard. I think Valley View is having the same problems with various owners. That's why malls as designed slowl...
by The_Overdog
11 Jun 2018 14:35
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Collin Creek Mall
Replies: 29
Views: 4508

Re: Collin Creek Mall

Apparently the redesign on this property is on-hold again as Dreien Partners couldn't reach a deal with Amazing Jakes to sell. The Amazing Jakes property is on the east side and adjacent to the open river/creek in the fancy renderings though what is now the parking lot. https://communityimpact.com/d...
by The_Overdog
11 Jun 2018 11:20
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike
Replies: 135
Views: 21531

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

Meaning the existing bike share companies are all okay and on board with these changes but they want to prevent any new competitors from entering the space? There are 5 current bike share companies operating in Dallas- no way regulations are tight enough to prevent a 6th. The fees don't seem egregi...
by The_Overdog
06 Jun 2018 11:24
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Plano: misc. developments
Replies: 18
Views: 1753

Re: Plano: misc. developments

Which house is on the docket to be moved? Just curious.

910 17th Street. Near 17th & I.
by The_Overdog
01 Jun 2018 15:34
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 186
Views: 18746

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

I must look really shady (and my kids too) because 50% of the time I ride they check my tickets. However, that's probably because my ride is typically longer than 2-4 stations downtown. Article shows that DART policing is really set up to catch commuter shenanigans, not downtowners joy-riding for a ...
by The_Overdog
31 May 2018 09:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 283
Views: 50314

Re: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)

That's kind of a weird story based on what I know about plumbing and PVC pipes. Pipe joint sealants and such for PVC are incredibly common - every 2 bit sprinkler company in the entire US and maybe the world knows what kind of sealants to buy. It's kind of odd that their installation for sprinkler s...
by The_Overdog
31 May 2018 08:51
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Plano: misc. developments
Replies: 18
Views: 1753

Re: Plano: misc. developments

Couple of downtown Plano updates: There are port-a-potties around the closed Wendys on 15th street. That usually portends demolition, but I've not seen any plans on what could be replacing it. 50 unit multifamily request on 14th & Ave K, right across from downtown. There is a also a request with...
by The_Overdog
30 May 2018 12:01
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 72
Views: 9639

Re: New Census Population Estimates

Genuinely curious here, but, aside from having a higher density, what other benefits would be to Dallas remaining a more 'compact' city? More equal transportation access, tax per acre, basically everything, hence why most cities in the world are smaller in area than Dallas, or why Jacksonville is o...
by The_Overdog
30 May 2018 10:40
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 72
Views: 9639

Re: New Census Population Estimates

The burbs are not more dense. Garland may be 57 square miles at an average density of 4100-4200 residents per square mile, but ten minutes with a ZCTA map can show you an equally extensive square mileage of central and north-central Dallas with residential density over 6000 per square mile. That is...
by The_Overdog
24 May 2018 15:26
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 72
Views: 9639

Re: New Census Population Estimates

As someone who doesn't get out to Fort Worth too much, I'm actually surprised at how high on the list Fort Worth is. Ft Worth is the Texas equivalent of Phoenix, as most of its suburbs aren't that great and it is endlessly sprawling outwards. Ft Worth's density is along the lines of Abilene or San ...
by The_Overdog
24 May 2018 11:52
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 72
Views: 9639

Re: New Census Population Estimates

The article headline says that "older" and "more diverse" now characterize Dallas County. The 'more diverse' part is accurate but the older is very relative, as all the DFW counties listed have smaller by percent populations aged 65 or older than average. In other words, in gene...
by The_Overdog
24 May 2018 11:19
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco: Hall Office Park
Replies: 17
Views: 2953

Re: Frisco: Hall Office Park

Is it possibly because Frisco/Allen are doing a better job of keeping the urban development segregated from existing houses?


No not really, Hall Office Park is surrounded by single family. The new developments in Allen are too.
by The_Overdog
24 May 2018 10:49
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco: Hall Office Park
Replies: 17
Views: 2953

Re: Frisco: Hall Office Park

I think it's kind of interesting that Frisco and Allen both are done with being typical suburbs - and there is surprisingly little pushback from local residents. Elder statesmen Plano & Richardson are also trying but the pushback is much more organized and they aren't going to be changing furthe...
by The_Overdog
24 May 2018 09:34
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 167
Views: 19422

Re: DART D2 Subway

Yes, it could be done - but DART would have to add crossovers and pocket track near or at the stations they would turn around at. Pearl Street station may have a wye intersection, but it doesn't have crossovers or a pocket track - and worse yet room for them. I don't see why they would need to do a...
by The_Overdog
23 May 2018 09:45
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: A Dallas-Fort Worth slogan
Replies: 10
Views: 432

Re: A Dallas-Fort Worth slogan

Honestly, I don't think there should even be a regional slogan turning 'DFW' into some indistinguishable morass, and in fact believe the opposite that the cities should be doing a lot more to differentiate themselves from one another. I think if you combine them into a 'single region', you do what's...
by The_Overdog
22 May 2018 10:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 733
Views: 94638

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

The good take-away from that article is that Arlington is trying to create a central business district surrounding the ballparks, which should I think they need more concrete zoning plans and maybe a transportation plan and could lure many smaller companies.
by The_Overdog
21 May 2018 15:20
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 167
Views: 19422

Re: DART D2 Subway

Your arguments have gone completely off the rails- everyone in Addison is rich, so they'd just drive their cars everywhere, but the poor also live in Addison, so they don't need transit to get to their jobs, and if we *really* wanted to improve mobility for the poor, we'd build a line through the l...
by The_Overdog
21 May 2018 12:11
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 167
Views: 19422

Re: DART D2 Subway

You waaaay underestimate drive times between those two points, especially at rush hour with numerous school zones along the way on the surface streets. 20 minutes is a best-case scenario, but any route - highway or surface street - can hit 45 minutes at worst. Even if I am, there are another 22 hou...

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