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by muncien
18 Apr 2019 13:48
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 261
Views: 47834

Re: DART D2 Subway

While the streetcars can run over DART's light rail tracks, why would you want to do so?Their floor heights are different, so all the platforms' heights will have to be changed again to allow level boarding. The streetcars have a much slower maximum speed, which could affect train scheduling, as th...
by muncien
18 Apr 2019 13:45
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 190
Views: 43320

Re: DFW Airport

A terminal without parking would be the ultimate "screw you" to local passengers. What is currently the best major airport in the world for O&D passengers would lose its competitive advantage. Riding a bus between terminals is just so much fun. Then again, knowing how AA treats its pa...
by muncien
17 Apr 2019 10:29
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 261
Views: 47834

Re: DART D2 Subway

I have a dumb question that maybe someone on here can help with... Is it possible for the Brooville Liberty streetcars to run on the the DART light-rail tracks? I believe they use the same rail gauge, but I know nothing about other specs such as voltage, height limits, etc. I only ask because it see...
by muncien
17 Apr 2019 09:39
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 804
Views: 178217

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Reservoir, at the Toyota Music Factory had an INVITE ONLY party/opening last night. Place looks amazing. They did a much better job at integrating the interior with the exterior plaza area. There are TV's everywhere, and nearly every wall opens up to the outside. This place will be awesome for watch...
by muncien
17 Apr 2019 09:32
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 261
Views: 47834

Re: DART D2 Subway

The new stations don't provide service to anybody who couldn't already easily access an existing station. The above-grade/below-grade argument is a farce. Everybody's darling of an 'urban city', Portland, is covered in at-grade light rail and streetcars, and the city thrives because of it, not in sp...
by muncien
16 Apr 2019 13:28
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 47
Views: 7789

Re: Cypress Waters

If the remainder of the master plan holds true, the new 10-story office building will sit just behind another set of one and two story restaurant/retail on the opposite side of the sound from what has already been built. I have seen some underground utility work there over the last couple of weeks, ...
by muncien
16 Apr 2019 11:03
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 47
Views: 7789

Re: Cypress Waters

^^^ Wow. That is much bigger than any office space they had in their previous master plans. Up until now, the only real midrise (sorry, I can't call 10 floors 'high-rise') was going to be residential. So far, every new iteration of their master planned has shifted more and more to the 'office' aspec...
by muncien
16 Apr 2019 10:31
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 190
Views: 43320

Re: DFW Airport

They're still talking 30-35 gates. So, I assume any 'fingers' won't be very long. The comments about not needing so much parking are quite interesting. This is the first I have heard an airport mention such a thing (Blasphemy! - lol). Somebody should tell Love Field that... haha. If anything, I real...
by muncien
16 Apr 2019 09:53
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 47
Views: 7789

Re: Cypress Waters

Yesterday was the official opening of the Micro 7/11 store at The Sound in Cypress Waters. Shoppers must use the 7/11 app and use the 'Pay, Scan, Go' feature. Essentially, you scan the items as you shop, pay through the app using your preset payment method (defaults to Apple Pay for IOS devices), an...
by muncien
12 Apr 2019 09:48
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Vision 2020: Greenbelt Plan for Dallas 5 Mile Creek
Replies: 5
Views: 255

Re: Vision 2020: Greenbelt Plan for Dallas 5 Mile Creek

This is a great looking plan. We need more of this throughout the entire area.
Question: I didn't see it mentioned in the presentation... But, is the main trail here the same one from the Veloweb plan?
by muncien
11 Apr 2019 13:30
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 261
Views: 47834

Re: DART D2 Subway

Hannibal Lecter wrote:^ One can only hope. Crossing fingers!


HA! I was thinking the exact same thing! Unlike you, I DO prefer a viable D2 route. But, this ain't it. In the scramble to appease everyone, they benefit almost nobody. This is a mess... and a VERY EXPENSIVE one, at that.
by muncien
10 Apr 2019 14:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 60
Views: 5471

Re: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)

@ Cowboyeagle... Have you ever actually been inside the campus? It has a ridiculous amount of space for informal meet/greet. More so than any church I have ever visited, by far. I haven't been there for a couple of years, but those spaces were always teaming with activity. It was nothing like that ...
by muncien
10 Apr 2019 12:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 60
Views: 5471

Re: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)

Maybe I have missed it, but does anybody have any idea what this will actually entail and look like? I hear a lot of speculation, but I haven't actually seen anything concrete. Given that I can't find anything on their 'giving' pages, I assume it's not much more than a garage, but there isn't much m...
by muncien
10 Apr 2019 09:25
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 216
Views: 38189

Re: Trinity River Park

Quite possibly the most beautiful section of the Trinity River channel is up along the Elm Fork where Spur 482 crosses. You get a great view of it while on the Orange line which crosses here as well. It is as 'wild' as can be. It floods ALL THE TIME. The vegetation is lush and helps filter the trash...
by muncien
09 Apr 2019 15:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 524
Views: 105953

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Please, no... It'll be like that useless monstrosity they built over Harry Hines blvd.

There are plenty of other means they can use to calm traffic and allow safer access between the two areas. Cars don't 'need' to go 45mph through there.
by muncien
09 Apr 2019 12:58
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 216
Views: 38189

Re: Trinity River Park

So.... We re-wild the entire flood plain. Use the family money to build the much cheaper trails and plants. Expand it all the way up to Inwood and down to the Forrest. Drop all the bells and whistles and call it the "Harrold Simmons Trinity River Recreation Area". Done. What's next? :D Als...
by muncien
08 Apr 2019 09:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Bank of America Plaza
Replies: 9
Views: 785

Re: Downtown Dallas: Bank of America Plaza

Yeah, as usual, the owners get all the approvals ready for a major reinvestment and put it up for sale so the next owner can build the garage. Same was done with Fountain Place and other properties in Downtown. You get all the city approvals in place then the new owner has a chance to rethink plans...
by muncien
05 Apr 2019 10:53
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 131
Views: 24085

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

If ever Harwood were to be converted to a pedestrian corridor, you could easily reuse ROW of Harwood along that garage for cafe's and such, without needing a change from the Sharaton. The pedestrian pathway would simply merge into the park along this stretch. Lots of potential here... Also, that lit...
by muncien
03 Apr 2019 13:48
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DCTA (Denton Co. Transportation Authority)
Replies: 13
Views: 1978

Re: DCTA (Denton Co. Transportation Authority)

That is confusing... It was my understanding that they used the same technology.

Question... Does DCTA currently share tracks with freight? If not, it may be the reinforcing required on cars for them to share tracks, since I believe the Cotton Belt will continue to share tracks with freight.
by muncien
02 Apr 2019 10:21
Forum: Texas Urban/Suburban/Exurban Development
Topic: Austin's proposed tallest (in 4 yrs)
Replies: 92
Views: 8553

Re: Austin's proposed tallest (in 4 yrs)

If any Texas city could use a good pressure washing, it's San Antonio. I love San Antonio's architecture, and the river gives them endless opportunity to spread out. But, it seems every time I go there, it gets dirtier and dirtier than I remember before. Here's to hoping they get that place cleaned ...
by muncien
02 Apr 2019 08:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Parking Garages
Replies: 128
Views: 29016

Re: Parking Garages

in a world quickly running out of fossil fuels supplies I think it is ridiculous to think we will not need parking because these vehicles will be driving about constantly looking for patrons...It is getting to the point when I ask the question - why humans needed at all - we just get diseases and h...
by muncien
01 Apr 2019 14:25
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 47
Views: 7789

Re: Cypress Waters

Interesting observation from the apartments at The Sound over the weekend. They appear to be testing a new 7/11 concept within the apartment building itself. This 7/11 is quite small, has key fob access only, and it doesn't appear to have any registers or employees. It looks more like a micro versi...
by muncien
01 Apr 2019 13:32
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 47
Views: 7789

Re: Cypress Waters

Interesting observation from the apartments at The Sound over the weekend. They appear to be testing a new 7/11 concept within the apartment building itself. This 7/11 is quite small, has key fob access only, and it doesn't appear to have any registers or employees. It looks more like a micro versio...
by muncien
29 Mar 2019 11:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Hines Project - 2700 Commerce
Replies: 47
Views: 3136

Re: Deep Ellum: Hines Project - 2700 Commerce

Keep in mind that with the unique 'Neighborhood Parking' arrangement used to score Deep Ellum parking ratios, when you go to replace a parking lot with a structure, you not only have to meet your own developments parking needs, but you also have to replace those spots that were accounted for in the ...
by muncien
27 Mar 2019 10:07
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 804
Views: 178217

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Axe throwing... I had no idea. lol But, I agree... Good addition. As for Gloria's. There is some expansion room on the plaza side. I'm not sure if that is their plan, or if they were simply referencing their recent patio changes. A couple things about the area... After some time at Bar Louie (gotta ...
by muncien
25 Mar 2019 14:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 164
Views: 30301

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

tamtagon wrote:
Tucy wrote:Not sure why any significant number of people would want to hang out on Main Street for football games being played 20 miles (or further) away.


because it's fun


No kidding... Watching with a group of fans without having to deal with the hell that is Arlington, would be AWESOME.
by muncien
25 Mar 2019 13:53
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Meet-Up: Wednesday, March 27th 6PM-8PM @ Purse Building (West End)
Replies: 8
Views: 436

Re: Meet-Up: Wednesday, March 27th 6PM-8PM @ Purse Building (West End)

CTroyMathis wrote:^I'm going to try to hit that up.

On another note, there's always a good chance Friday afternoons to hang out with around a half-dozen current/former/lurker forumers at City Tavern.


Curious if I saw any of y'all there... I was at the Tavern for a few hours on Friday night. :D
by muncien
25 Mar 2019 09:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Mockingbird Station
Replies: 92
Views: 16843

Re: Dallas Mockingbird Station

The traffic won't really be an issue to the residents who live here... It's more a burden on those who are just passing through... hence the NIMBY origination. There really is no rationale for this to not pass... Transit, Frontage access, etc... No prob.
by muncien
22 Mar 2019 10:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 164
Views: 30301

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Close Main Street and make it an outdoor music festival and get some big corporate sponsors to get some real talent to draw the crowds from all over the metroplex. It just takes money to get this done. I've been saying for years that this should be done every Friday & Saturday evening. Drill a ...
by muncien
22 Mar 2019 10:25
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 156
Views: 27719

Re: I-345

Can we start with those that are truly impassable first, such as I35 (trench and cover?) and I 30 (narrow & cover)? At least you can walk under I345. Once we take care of the worst offenders, maybe then we should move on to I345 (narrowing can happen sooner though).
by muncien
19 Mar 2019 13:42
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Hyperloop: Texas Triangle
Replies: 16
Views: 3297

Re: Hyperloop: Texas Triangle

One last point... Developers, Contractors (particularly Defense contractors), etc., love nothing more than to hear that a given project has 'political will' behind it. They view that as $$$$, and will be more than nappy to charge accordingly. It's a bit twisted, but that is the way it is. What we ne...
by muncien
19 Mar 2019 12:31
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Hyperloop: Texas Triangle
Replies: 16
Views: 3297

Re: Hyperloop: Texas Triangle

I still think the root of *all* of that is a political climate that stunts the environment needed to create healthy industries... it isnt a lack of imagination and ability. It's a pervasive conservative and crony-car-capitalist mindset that confuses and misdirects resources and funding... Be carefu...
by muncien
18 Mar 2019 16:51
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 47
Views: 7789

Re: Cypress Waters

I just got back from being out of town for most of spring break to find that a dozen of the new townhomes built in Cypress Waters seem to have lost a fight with the winds last week. They were probably about 70% complete when I left, just needing their brick veneer, and innards done. But I guess that...
by muncien
18 Mar 2019 15:57
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: DART: Bus system
Replies: 15
Views: 3838

Re: DART: Bus system

I'm curious what kinda vehicles this 'Go-link' will use. If they use shuttles or small buses, it seems like it'll be overkill for $1 rides around town. I love the service idea, but to me, this should be some of those little open air electric golf carts or something along those lines. They seem to gr...
by muncien
06 Mar 2019 11:05
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 804
Views: 178217

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Went to Green Gator last night in the Music Factory. Extremely busy. I assume because of Fat Tuesday. It was shoulder to shoulder people at the bar sometimes 2 to 3 deep and every table was taken. They had a live DJ and more people than they could serve. There was no show that night in the Pavilion...
by muncien
05 Mar 2019 15:27
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 205
Views: 48211

Re: DFW Economy

That "200 miles" amount is a bit of an exaggeration. No joke. Good grief, how can a journalist be so clueless? FWIW, the actual distance from downtown Dallas to the Oklahoma border is more like 75 miles; 200 miles would take you past Oklahoma City. Truly pathetic. And don't spill the bean...
by muncien
05 Mar 2019 12:54
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 804
Views: 178217

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

That is a bummer about Top Round. I really, really, loved that place. But, then again, my employer has a shuttle to take us there and back at lunch and I never had to drive. They seemed to do decent at lunch time, but most of these places are ghost towns outside of that. The happy hour places tend t...
by muncien
01 Mar 2019 16:27
Forum: Art + Sol
Topic: Arts District: Meyerson Symphony Center
Replies: 1
Views: 245

Re: Arts District: Meyerson Symphony Center

This is fantastic news! I don't go to the meyerson but once every year or so, but on my last visit a few months ago, it was a bit saddening to see it in it's current state. It is such a beautiful building, and all the water infiltration just seemed very out of place. I'll bet many don't even notice,...
by muncien
28 Feb 2019 16:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Hines Project - 2700 Commerce
Replies: 47
Views: 3136

Re: Deep Ellum: Hines Project - 2700 Commerce

One floor of retail, five floors of garage, and six floors of office. One good thing about it being office is that this should satisfy some of the demand for nightly parking as I am sure they can make some $ after the workers head out. This may actually open the door for some other projects to kick ...
by muncien
28 Feb 2019 09:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Dallas High School
Replies: 52
Views: 11778

Re: Downtown Dallas: Dallas High School

I35 west of CBD & VP is the worst. There is almost no way over or under it. At least I345 has numerous passthroughs beneath it, many of which already have usable space (dog park) or are planned to (new parks and proposed soccer fields). Still, the width is way overblown and could use a significa...
by muncien
27 Feb 2019 12:28
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava
Replies: 99
Views: 16205

Re: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava

Totally... The bridges structural integrity is what it is, regardless of the presence of some people walking on it or not. If it's truly at risk of failing, the risk is to much more than just those few potential people walking on it. In fact, just due to the traffic volume of this bridge, the threat...
by muncien
26 Feb 2019 13:50
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Plague of Pancake Development
Replies: 13
Views: 1928

Re: The Plague of Pancake Development

skeets wrote:Some developers try too hard to be different.


OMG! Totally. I knew this development the second I saw it. So terrible... lol
by muncien
26 Feb 2019 09:23
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park
Replies: 104
Views: 19149

Re: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park

It seems that a much better option would be to extend the park EASTWARD a few hundred feet, and then work to integrate it with the Arts District by re configuring the Annette Strauss Square as a pass through to the core of the Arts District. That square, while beautiful, is hardly used and walled of...
by muncien
26 Feb 2019 09:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: 2711 N. Haskell
Replies: 23
Views: 4274

Re: Cityplace East: 2711 N. Haskell

The way it is worded, it sounds like the $9M is allocated to the upgrades. The 'mixed use' part is almost mentioned as an afterthought. I wouldn't be surprised if these two were not tied together and on very different timelines. 'Upgrades' to these types of buildings tend to kick off almost immediat...
by muncien
26 Feb 2019 09:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 283
Views: 64824

Re: Oak Lawn

Got it, thanks for that insight. I can definitely understand their fears. I wasn't aware of what happened when they rebuilt the tollway bridge, but I do remember how drastically Lower Greenville changed. Perhaps what might eventually happen is Oak Lawn Ave. and Lemmon Ave. might actually start natu...
by muncien
26 Feb 2019 08:56
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 804
Views: 178217

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Yes, Green Gator started to open just for lunch a few days ago and extended the hours starting this past Friday. They are now open 11am - 12pm. I walked by yesterday around 5:30 and only a few people inside. It was nice to see the door open and the lights and tv's on again. I thought Billy Bob actu...
by muncien
22 Feb 2019 10:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Hines Project - 2700 Commerce
Replies: 47
Views: 3136

Re: Deep Ellum: Hines Project - 2700 Commerce

DPatel304 - you're spot on. So much of Dallas was unlocked - at least from a dinner / night-life perspective - with the arrival of Uber. Our taxi ecosystem is atrocious on just about every dimension. So you had three real options: drive drunk, drive and not drink, or go through the annoyance of ord...
by muncien
22 Feb 2019 10:19
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Plague of Pancake Development
Replies: 13
Views: 1928

Re: The Plague of Pancake Development

I really don't see this changing very much any time soon. Unlike some other parts of the world where populations are much more dense, here in the states, we have forest after forest of farmed trees. Run up to Southeaster Oklahoma and you will see what I mean. Add in the fact that the poor quality of...
by muncien
21 Feb 2019 15:36
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 229
Views: 46314

Re: the Cotton Belt line

How much extra is double tracking going to add to the cost of this epic boondoggle? If they're going to be spending all this extra money to bring a 3rd rail line to DFW Airport, I would like to see a plan to integrate the 3 lines into one central station at DFW, and then buses from each terminal to...

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