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by The_Overdog
19 Sep 2018 15:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 182
Views: 20913

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: 264
Views: 36825

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: 57
Views: 9663

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: 264
Views: 36825

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: 4431

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: 342
Views: 49404

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: 10525

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: 10525

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: 4431

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: 20496

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: 254

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: 14
Views: 696

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: 167
Views: 18135

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: 14
Views: 581

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: 101

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: 7423

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: 7423

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: 1094

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: 1903

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: 20496

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: 460

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: 2632

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: 4431

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: 4753

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: 22392

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: 22392

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: 398
Views: 51404

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: 398
Views: 51404

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: 167
Views: 18135

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: 178
Views: 28829

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: 20325

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: 20325

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: 7423

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: 20496

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: 167
Views: 18135

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: 7423

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: 16061

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: 2401

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: 212

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: 733

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: 333

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: 8498

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: 2103

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: 2103

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: 2103

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: 266
Views: 37841

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: 2103

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: 87
Views: 12074

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: 136
Views: 22392

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: 4753

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...

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