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by muncien
25 May 2018 14:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 198
Views: 22510

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

lakewoodhobo wrote:By the way, the Subway inside the Hartford Building just went through a pretty dramatic renovation and in hardly any time (maybe two weeks?). Whoever that general contractor is needs to go work at the Mid Elm Lofts.


Do they do roads too? Ahem... Cesar Chavez.
by muncien
24 May 2018 11:54
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 62
Views: 7345

Re: New Census Population Estimates

Both cities are doing well with population gains. Fort Worth has struggled a bit with office space, but residential gains are a better bet as employers will look for available workers in the long run. As office pricing disparity grows between the two cities, Fort Worth will be well positioned to pic...
by muncien
24 May 2018 08:58
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 541
Views: 64959

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

View of Pioneer site this morning. I never really appreciated how BIG this campus was going to be. I envisioned a typical sprawling suburban campus, but this thing is taller than I expected. For perspective... This is nearly 30% LARGER than Williams Square based on square footage. Great shot! Can I...
by muncien
24 May 2018 08:54
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 164
Views: 15411

Re: DART D2 Subway

This is a good thread. What do you think about the following? While AT&T rival Sprint's headquarters is a massive EDS or JCPenney-style suburban Kansas City campus, big competitors like Verizon (on Bryant Park Midtown Manhattan) and Comcast (attached directly to Suburban Station) have spurred o...
by muncien
23 May 2018 08:12
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 541
Views: 64959

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

View of Pioneer site this morning. I never really appreciated how BIG this campus was going to be. I envisioned a typical sprawling suburban campus, but this thing is taller than I expected. For perspective... This is nearly 30% LARGER than Williams Square based on square footage.
by muncien
22 May 2018 15:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 256
Views: 35541

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

It's probably also a tougher sell to get tax credits, or other local money, when selling it as a clean up job. Instead, those pretty renderings probably help get boxes checked at city hall. I'm not saying their intent was one way or another, but I do believe that plays a role as well. But I do hope ...
by muncien
22 May 2018 10:32
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 541
Views: 64959

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I think the homes and townhomes probably makes the most sense for the land... I mean there's really no other use for it unless another corporate client wanted to purchase it. If I'm being honest, Valley Ranch is not nearly as an attractive place to be as it once was. In fact, I've had a number of f...
by muncien
22 May 2018 10:26
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 164
Views: 15411

Re: DART D2 Subway

Not sure how I missed these renderings of D2 stations from a year ago... I'm sure most of you have already seen them, but just in case you haven't, here they are. http://dallascityhall.com/departments/pnv/Documents/D2%20Progress%205.2017_UDPRP%20Submittal.pdf It is interesting how both portals (Nort...
by muncien
21 May 2018 08:38
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 30
Views: 2812

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

jrd1964 wrote:Apparently a mixed reaction to this year's Byron Nelson and the course, with the writer of this article in the Star-Telegram, well, just not feeling it...

http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/spt ... 47054.html


Ouch... I knew it was bad, but that was harsh.
by muncien
18 May 2018 14:21
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 541
Views: 64959

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

From the P&Z Agenda... It looks like the lot behind Champps is going to be office... Another interesting note from the Agenda, but looks like Centurion American is looking to purchase and develop the old Dallas Cowboys Headquarters. They're proposing 37 acres of single family and townhome uses....
by muncien
18 May 2018 14:14
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 164
Views: 15411

Re: DART D2 Subway

I don't know of anyone here advocating the delay of construction of D2. There may be some that don't think it should be built at all (not me), and some that think it should be done differently (definitely ME), but nobody wants to delay it just for the sake of other projects. DART doesn't view this, ...
by muncien
18 May 2018 10:01
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 88
Views: 10383

Re: Downtown Progress

While this graphic is a little embarrassing for the city, I do know one place it will fit well... Amazon proposal. With all the heat they've been getting recently in regards to their impact on host city, and potential host cities... some drama-free develop-able land in a CBD is a good thing.
by muncien
17 May 2018 13:15
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Aerial (Drone) Tour of Dallas/Fort Worth
Replies: 12
Views: 839

Re: Aerial (Drone) Tour of Dallas/Fort Worth

I'm pretty sure this was done in preparation for the NFL draft, so it makes sense... Had it been done for the State Fair, they would have called it the Unofficial Carnival Capital, or something along those lines. No doubt. I'm sure they're just catering to their target demographic. I don't expect a ...
by muncien
16 May 2018 12:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Mid Elm Lofts
Replies: 39
Views: 5025

Re: Mid Elm Lofts

It's just sad that Tim Headington put a huge hole in what was one of the best continuous facade pedestrian zones that could have been when he built his department store with a giant valet lot. Hopefully one day it will make sense to float some building over the valet area. These buildings look grea...
by muncien
16 May 2018 12:48
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 541
Views: 64959

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

A few notes today... 1) They are clearing the pad site in front of Whole Foods. Last I heard it was supposed to be one of those quick ER businesses. We already have a ton of those, and quite frankly not sure how all those places stay in business. Hopefully it'll be something else though! I know Leo...
by muncien
16 May 2018 10:26
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 541
Views: 64959

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

A few notes today... 1) They are clearing the pad site in front of Whole Foods. Last I heard it was supposed to be one of those quick ER businesses. We already have a ton of those, and quite frankly not sure how all those places stay in business. Hopefully it'll be something else though! I know Leo...
by muncien
16 May 2018 10:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 198
Views: 22510

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

https://www.dallasnews.com/life/curious-texas/2018/05/16/really-underground-mall-downtown-dallas-curious-texas-goes-exploring Is there really an underground mall in downtown Dallas? Curious Texas goes exploring Brendan Meyer ...Using a map I found online titled the “Dallas Pedestrian Network,” Xan ...
by muncien
16 May 2018 10:10
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Garland: old Hypermart site
Replies: 10
Views: 721

Re: Garland: old Hypermart site

I wish the existing building could be used but I am fine with seeing it demoed as well. A fresh start is what the site needs to move on. Please please don't just turn into a generic industrial complex. I don't expect Legacy West here but something that moves the city forward besides a car dealershi...
by muncien
15 May 2018 10:13
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction
Replies: 77
Views: 7715

Re: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction

I really don't understand the purpose of frontage roads through here. Instead, the objective should be fit as many main lanes in as small a corridor as possible, and sink that corridor. This should open the door to connecting the street grid above, and any on-ramps should go directly into that grid....
by muncien
15 May 2018 09:00
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 164
Views: 15411

Re: DART D2 Subway

I feel like this discussion has gone on forever... and I am sure that it will continue to. I understand the need for more core service, and I also understand the need for regional service. The answer to the question of 'which is needed' is in the name of the agency itself. Dallas AREA Rapid Transit....
by muncien
14 May 2018 11:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 276
Views: 39923

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Skateboarders are one small step above minorities and homeless people when it comes to public input; hence the lack of skateparks. Lol this isn’t 1988 Ha! I was thinking the same thing... I was one of those skaters back in '88. When I look at skaters now, I shake my head at how much it has changed....
by muncien
14 May 2018 10:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)
Replies: 31
Views: 2556

Re: Harwood Int'l District: No. XII Harwood Hotel

I posted this back in December on the Harwood 10 thread... Have there been any announcements about a 22st Hotel in the Harwood District, or does anyone familiar with the master plan see a slot for one? I heard from a reliable source that an announcement was coming soon. Just curious if it's somethin...
by muncien
14 May 2018 08:28
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Autonomous Vehicle Thread
Replies: 57
Views: 5039

Re: Autonomous Vehicle Thread

I don't understand the concept of these massive 'terminals'. Doesn't that kinda contradict the intent of direct A to Z commute? I mean... Shouldn't these things be MUCH smaller (maybe four or five pads) and spread out all over the place? If they intend to make them this big, surely you can't have th...
by muncien
10 May 2018 12:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 249
Views: 32982

Re: Victory Park 3.0

IMO North End is the biggest barrier to connectivity between VP and Uptown. Would love to see that redeveloped. Simply removing the fence around North End would be a good start. I understand managing vehicular traffic, but pedestrian flow should not be restricted through this area. You could easily...
by muncien
09 May 2018 09:47
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Arlington Development and Transportation Projects
Replies: 31
Views: 4100

Re: Arlington Development and Transportation Projects

Texas Live — still a maze of concrete next to Rangers' new ballpark — sets ambitious summer opening https://www.dallasnews.com/news/arlington/2018/05/08/texas-live-still-maze-concrete-next-rangers-new-ballpark-sets-ambitious-summer-opening Side note... I don't know what the attendance was for yeste...
by muncien
08 May 2018 14:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 198
Views: 22510

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

The building is a turd, but the scale is about right for the corner. It could certainly use a massive face lift. But if it does get torn down, Headington better have something going up on its heels. Clearing the land simply so it's 'ready' would be very bad. Headington already has blocks of parking ...
by muncien
08 May 2018 14:21
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco: Wade Park
Replies: 49
Views: 5908

Re: Frisco: Wade Park

I really don't have any insider information so my comments aren't worth much, but... It seems like Frisco may have bitten off a little more than they can chew. They have already had some taxation backlash with bonds that were intended to fund school expansion failing to pass. I wonder how much tax $...
by muncien
08 May 2018 12:58
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Autonomous Vehicle Thread
Replies: 57
Views: 5039

Re: Autonomous Vehicle Thread

Not sure if anyone has seen Uber's latest plans for flying taxis... Seems like they are going the wrong direction now.
Large, Complicated, Unweildly, and Expensive. :?

https://gizmodo.com/uber-s-new-aerial-taxi-concept-looks-like-the-spruce-go-1825851694
by muncien
08 May 2018 12:13
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 232
Views: 28875

Re: Legacy West

Report: Developer Sam Ware to withdraw request for apartments near Legacy West https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2018/05/07/report-developer-sam-ware-to-withdraw-request-for.html More about the change of plans: https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2018/05/08/plano-project-developer...
by muncien
08 May 2018 10:13
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike
Replies: 111
Views: 17503

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

These racks were not installed by the City. This type of rack is not preferred since it does not provide stability for the bike and can cause damage to the front wheel. The City usually installs 'U' racks. I've locked a bike once or twice. Not to mention... You probably could have gotten a dozen of...
by muncien
07 May 2018 13:51
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 541
Views: 64959

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Alamo Draft house is now giving 'FULL VALIDATION' instead of 2-hour validation. So now you can feel free to hang out in the area afterwards. Is it just me, or does this particular thread predict the future? lol Hmmm, that's interesting. I wonder if Alamo is picking up the additional cost in some so...
by muncien
07 May 2018 11:09
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 541
Views: 64959

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Alamo Draft house is now giving 'FULL VALIDATION' instead of 2-hour validation. So now you can feel free to hang out in the area afterwards.

Is it just me, or does this particular thread predict the future? lol
by muncien
04 May 2018 12:57
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 245
Views: 28739

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

tamtagon wrote:...just for fun:

There's your connection to Fort Worth! Amtrak & TRE, no problem.


Almost makes you question the need for Amtrak to even stop at Union Station anymore... :?:
by muncien
04 May 2018 10:00
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 151
Views: 14534

Re: the Cotton Belt line

Nearly every major city has a decent commuter rail network. DFW does not, and it really should. Building the Cotton Belt on it's own wouldn't accomplish much. But, if done as a greater, regional commuter network, reaching up to Frisco, Denton, down through TRE corridor, plus downtown fortworth and ...
by muncien
03 May 2018 11:31
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 151
Views: 14534

Re: the Cotton Belt line

Start this with a dedicated bus system and see where the ridership is in 2040. If it is there then build the fixed line with more stations. Otherwise this is a waste of money and focus for the region. Replacing existing rail with a road for buses doesn't make sense. In fact... With only 30 min head...
by muncien
03 May 2018 08:56
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 151
Views: 14534

Re: the Cotton Belt line

Whether ridership is high or low, it gives far more people more options than they have now. From central Dallas, you can ride the trains in many directions: SW, S, SE, NE, N, NNW, and WNW. Outside of let's say Loop 12 to keep it simple, you can only rdie the trains in one direction - toward central...
by muncien
01 May 2018 15:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 198
Views: 22510

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

If it was just an average restaurant, then perhaps this news could be a good thing. I just hope they don't try and go for something super high-end. Totally agree... We have enough of that already. I always get smirked at with this suggestion, but I'd LOVE to see a Snuffers move into the CBD somewhe...
by muncien
01 May 2018 14:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 198
Views: 22510

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

I love Mexican food, but I never cared much for the food or margaritas here. That said, the location was enough of a draw to get me to hang out every now and then. I really look forward to it's replacement. BTW... What's up with Fish Market? I went there ten years ago and hated it. I really can't be...
by muncien
01 May 2018 14:26
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 541
Views: 64959

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

My problem so far... No Happy Hour! I, personally consider a decent Happy Hour as a gateway for introducing people to a new restaurant. Their default prices are definitely steep, but a solid Happy hour offering can introduce people to a product that otherwise wouldn't give it a chance. Since the pr...
by muncien
27 Apr 2018 08:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Canyon In Oak Cliff
Replies: 49
Views: 4746

Re: The Canyon In Oak Cliff

I seen that a couple of days ago. I don’t understand the point of tagging. Why would anyone want to deface their community? I didn't know tagging was a 'thing' anymore. Way back in my Los Angeles days, you couldn't go a block without seeing NEW graffiti. I was absolutely amazed at the lack of graff...
by muncien
26 Apr 2018 15:22
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 541
Views: 64959

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Yes, so this is basically under the lawn of the Pavilion. It's about 10K sq ft. This is way more impressive than Big Beat if you ask me. Now let's just see if it actually gets built. Looks like a very expensive build-out! No doubt... That is very impressive. I have also noticed that slots have been...
by muncien
26 Apr 2018 15:01
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 541
Views: 64959

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I was curious what Sambuca had cooking up with their Music Factory concepts... As far as I can tell they have to start any construction. But came across this gem on their website. We have Kitchen 101, The Rayleigh Underground and The Violet Room. Keep scrolling down to see additional renderings. Ca...
by muncien
25 Apr 2018 14:07
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 541
Views: 64959

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Seems like it’s taking forever to repave the street in front of Jinbeh. I feel like the part of Las Colinas Blvd in front of music factory took shorter. Could be my imagination. They had to replace and relocate all the sewer lines... I think the water lines needed to move as well. Such a mess. Glad...
by muncien
25 Apr 2018 09:08
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 541
Views: 64959

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Big Beat - I can't wait for the two outside bars to open. I dig the TV's, but man those bar tables are high. lol. Also, I appreciate shade, but that huge awning they have is obnoxious and takes away from the architectural elements of the plaza. How long do they plan on keeping that up? And, isn't t...
by muncien
24 Apr 2018 15:10
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 87
Views: 8662

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

The funny thing is... there is literally NOTHING you have to do to replace the off ramp. The alternative (Good Latimer Exit) is already there, and has been for some time now. There are no reasons to have two exits server the same area. Users would simply have to get used to using the Left Exit inste...
by muncien
24 Apr 2018 14:45
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 151
Views: 14534

Re: the Cotton Belt line

I have a feeling that it's easier to drop stations after the initial Environmental Impact Report, than to not have them on there, and try to include them afterward. That is probably why we always see more initially, and they get deferred later. But most of these stations are marked as 'deferred' in ...
by muncien
24 Apr 2018 10:02
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 87
Views: 8662

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

Much earlier in this thread (maybe even the old site), I suggested they continue the closure of Live Oak up to the transit center, and probably even the off-ramp itself. It's purpose is really limited under the new alignment.
by muncien
24 Apr 2018 09:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The District (former Parkland hospital campus)
Replies: 9
Views: 1144

Re: The District (former Parkland hospital campus)

Next: https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2018/04/23/parkland-hospital-campus-hits-market-again-cbre Parkland Hospital campus hits the market again with CBRE Steve Brown That didn't take long... lol The reuse of the buildings did take me by surprise. I used to wander that labyrinth back...
by muncien
23 Apr 2018 09:52
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 541
Views: 64959

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Drafthouse - Totally agree with all the comments. Sound is great, food is great (buffalo cauliflower… drool), but parking is a total drag. I showed up well early for my movie, hung out at the bar, and drug my feet when leaving, and the clock at the garage showed 4 hours and six mins. THat meant I ha...
by muncien
23 Apr 2018 09:43
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 151
Views: 14534

Re: the Cotton Belt line

FIFY : If we pretend they won't build the weakest 1/4th of the stations, you'll be hard pressed to find one with significantly less ridership than the less busy light rail stations. With stats like that, how could anyone be against it? :? FWIW, the EIS specifically says the DFW Pass-Through platfor...

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