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by muncien
13 Nov 2019 14:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District: Urby High-rise Apartments
Replies: 5
Views: 248

Re: Design District: Urby High-rise Apartments

I only see ONE high rise on Urby's website... But, it is one sweet looking building. Glad to see some new blood in the area. It doesn't look like they have done much at all.
by muncien
13 Nov 2019 08:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: McKinney/Boll Tower - 2614 McKinney Ave - (18 ST)
Replies: 147
Views: 45098

Re: Uptown Dallas: McKinney/Boll Tower - 2614 McKinney Ave - (18 ST)

Is adding that vehicular entrance right on McKinney avenue really a "good job" which is what Jon Anderson of CandysDirt is trying to sell us? It seems like having cars careening over the McKinney Avenue sidewalks all day and night would be a huge detriment to the pedestrian friendliness w...
by muncien
11 Nov 2019 16:38
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 279
Views: 85947

Re: Silver Line

I absolutely love taking the train to/from the state fair and will never go back to driving there. I see similar at Addison for events like Oktoberfest and such. Kaboomtown, on the other hand will always be a mess. Getting in can easily be spread out over many hours, but just like football games (bu...
by muncien
08 Nov 2019 08:38
Forum: Texas Urban/Suburban/Exurban Development
Topic: Austin's proposed tallest (in 4 yrs)
Replies: 133
Views: 26644

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

Hopefully the base of that tower isn't as dreadful as it appears... It doesn't fit the rest of the tower at all.
by muncien
08 Nov 2019 08:30
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 279
Views: 85947

Re: Silver Line

This article, which focuses primarily on projects affecting Addison Airport, later brings up the start of plans being made by the city to look into further development along and near the upcoming DART Silver Line. Nothing concrete as of yet, but retail, a food hall, and residential were some of the...
by muncien
04 Nov 2019 13:34
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 384
Views: 102189

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

Dallas County official: Thanks to Uber, we’re among handful of cities vying for a couple of companies Dallas-Fort Worth appears to be in the running for two companies that would include tech workers, though not of the size of Uber, which is looking to add 3,000 jobs in the coming years, according t...
by muncien
01 Nov 2019 13:40
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 945
Views: 269527

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

After months and months of zero activity at the Hidden Ridge development (other than Pioneer HQ, of course), there are finally some signs... Literally, Development Plan Request DVP19-0004 has been posted on the property. I haven't seen this on the City of Irving website, but I'm never very good at f...
by muncien
31 Oct 2019 14:25
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 59
Views: 14703

Re: Cypress Waters

The first of 3 new building for Cypress Waters will kick off this Spring. Up next will be this 10 story office building. These will go up on the opposite side of the sound. Renderings seem to show perhaps a few more restaurants will be added to that side as well. Nice little slideshow on the link: ...
by muncien
30 Oct 2019 09:28
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction
Replies: 112
Views: 29850

Re: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction

Whoa! That's great news! I had planned to attend the presentation last night, but I wasn't feeling too well and decided to skip. I'm very surprised that they seem to have a good plan in place for I-30, I was pretty much expecting the worst. No kidding! Awesome News. It always seemed the usage of la...
by muncien
28 Oct 2019 09:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 462
Views: 144828

Re: Oak Lawn

Re: Rainbow crosswalks https://www.wired.com/story/pedestrian-deaths-feds-crosswalks/ I get that you don't want cities just to put up whatever pattern they want, or introducing unnoticeable designs, but prohibiting anything other than the standard seems overkill. I could certainly see that if all c...
by muncien
25 Oct 2019 13:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Novel Deep Ellum
Replies: 24
Views: 4961

Re: Deep Ellum: Novel Deep Ellum

I know the term 'live work' gets thrown around a lot these days... But it seems many of these ground floor 'retail' suites would make good, true 'live work' spaces. With so many side hustle, be your own boss, independent-creative types, it just makes sense. I know that's not nearly as flashy as a f...
by muncien
25 Oct 2019 13:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Novel Deep Ellum
Replies: 24
Views: 4961

Re: Deep Ellum: Novel Deep Ellum

I know the term 'live work' gets thrown around a lot these days... But it seems many of these ground floor 'retail' suites would make good, true 'live work' spaces. With so many side hustle, be your own boss, independent-creative types, it just makes sense. I know that's not nearly as flashy as a fa...
by muncien
25 Oct 2019 10:38
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 945
Views: 269527

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

^^
How exactly does this work? It doesn't say anything about leasing more space. Sounds like they will remain in their existing footprint. How exactly do you squeeze 575 'new' bodies into an existing building? Were they that empty?
by muncien
23 Oct 2019 11:10
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 357
Views: 119478

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

I know it has already been mentioned that there would be similar challenges in a line coming from OKC into Dallas. But, I also question if it would even be desired to have such a line terminate in the CBD when so much of our business population (the demographic targeted by HSR) in the norther suburb...
by muncien
22 Oct 2019 15:55
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 945
Views: 269527

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

TXGunLover wrote:It says Woo Hoo we're hiring Total Wine... :)


That's what I get for practicing 'Drive-By Journalism'. lol Thx :lol:
by muncien
22 Oct 2019 15:49
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 945
Views: 269527

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

TXGunLover wrote:The Babies R Us side is the Total Wine.


Oh, okay... I saw the 'Total Wine' sign on the left side, a divider in between, and the 'Woo Hoo' Now Hiring on the right. I assumed they weren't related. But maybe they're just excited to be opening soon (lol), and are taking both sides?
by muncien
22 Oct 2019 14:56
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 945
Views: 269527

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

TXGunLover wrote:Total Wine & More opens Nov 16.


Any word on what the place taking the other half of the former ToysRUs (Babies R Us side)?
I saw a 'now hiring' sign on front yesterday, but I couldn't make out the name. I want to say it was something like 'Woo Hoo'... but don't quote me on that.
by muncien
21 Oct 2019 08:55
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 195
Views: 49820

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

tamtagon wrote:There was a 'live' shot from the park during the Cowboys game last night.


I saw that! So cool to see something other than the usual bronze sculpture and Dealey plaza put on national television. Go Cowboys!
by muncien
21 Oct 2019 08:50
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction
Replies: 112
Views: 29850

Re: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction

I am wondering if this project follows CityMap guidelines? I was under the impression that they wanted to narrow the highway in order to help close the gap between downtown/east Dallas and the Cedars/Fairpark areas. This needs to be designed with the full intent of capping nearly the entire thing. ...
by muncien
21 Oct 2019 08:46
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 945
Views: 269527

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I am still hoping they can come with half-decent park space that is less side hustle and more feature-rich. Something that has some of the presence of a Klyde Warren aka signature park. This site for the hotels above wouldn't be a good candidate for that and hotels here make sense near the new ente...
by muncien
18 Oct 2019 14:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 205
Views: 68027

Re: West End 1.0

As long as it's not turned into another CoWorking office space... I think it would make a cool restaurant and bar. It definitely needs better lighting. Hopefully a fresh new concept comes through. The area could use something like that. There's no bar in this area. A brewery would be great... Imagi...
by muncien
18 Oct 2019 14:30
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 945
Views: 269527

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

A new proposal for the entryway into the Urban Center. It's the vacant piece of property at the corner of O'Connor and Las Colinas Blvd... Proposal calls for 4 hotels into 2 dual-branded buildings- 1 would be 10 stories and the other 9 stories. In addition, there would be a 4 story office component...
by muncien
18 Oct 2019 10:05
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 945
Views: 269527

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Not the biggest news to report, but the Chick-fil-a on North MacArthur & 635 has finally closed for a $1 million 6 month renovation . Curious to see what the new restaurant will look like. Also in the same MacArthur Crossing center, it was sort of a quiet opening but The Halal Guys is now open ...
by muncien
16 Oct 2019 14:56
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 945
Views: 269527

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Spoke with the Development Director about the townhomes that were torn down in the Urban Center... He told me it was their understanding that someone came in and bought the property, but that as of now no new plans have been submitted. He said the City has no idea what's going on with it. It is int...
by muncien
16 Oct 2019 13:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 670
Views: 201959

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Hard to tell exactly, but I'm counting about 50 floors on the tall one... maybe two or three more.
by muncien
16 Oct 2019 12:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 670
Views: 201959

Re: Victory Park 3.0

That is most certainly the North End Apartments land... Use the pool for The House in the background for reference. You can also see Cirque (bottom of pic) and The Perot (peaking out at top) as other bookends. Note: my image is flipped when opened. If you are looking at it true, the Cirque is bottom...
by muncien
16 Oct 2019 08:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 216
Views: 79088

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

As I wrote on /r/DowntownDallas , trying to convince patrons to "drive all the way down to the Farmers Market" as opposed to serving the 12,000 people who already live downtown was probably the start of their problems. I wanted to like this place. Service was slow, they didn't offer the h...
by muncien
15 Oct 2019 13:36
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park
Replies: 124
Views: 32980

Re: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park

This is all mostly really good news. The children's area expansion has been drastically needed... The fountain looks great, and the west 'lawn' area, while not particularly inviting will be a great place for private events without hogging up the prime park space. What I don't get are the 'fins' on t...
by muncien
15 Oct 2019 11:30
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park
Replies: 124
Views: 32980

Re: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park

So... this is all being done with 100% private funds?
by muncien
15 Oct 2019 11:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: 1899 McKinney (McKinney/Akard/St. Paul Triangle)
Replies: 46
Views: 8264

Re: Uptown Dallas: 1899 McKinney (McKinney/Akard/St. Paul Triangle)

This is a really interesting tactic... I really hope it works out so well that it brings other projects to fruition that can go condo later on. We need that desperately, and in today's world of having everything at your finger tips, presales years in advance just don't fly anymore.
by muncien
15 Oct 2019 10:15
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 124
Views: 32426

Re: TexRail

Much of this conversation can probably be moved to a more appropriate thread later, but while it's here, I will chime in. I don't think you can look at the DART service map and claim that the 'burbs are served better than the inner city (at least, not with a straight face). The comment about suburba...
by muncien
15 Oct 2019 09:25
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 124
Views: 32426

Re: TexRail

The raillines being built aren't even serving the suburbs passing through them well. Somehow the bus depots are even worse. It's one thing to say that they should get 50% of the service since they provide 50% of the budget but it's another thing to allocate that funding in a useful manner. The Bus ...
by muncien
14 Oct 2019 10:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Two Arts Plaza -Billlingsley
Replies: 13
Views: 1549

Re: Two Arts Plaza -Billlingsley

I've always felt that corner of the CBD was pretty limited due to the massive freeway interchange that pretty much isolates any activity from the North or East. If ever there were to place a campus style office building in the CBD, this is probably it... not that I like it. But, I agree with the att...
by muncien
14 Oct 2019 10:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 205
Views: 68027

Re: West End 1.0

For the life of me, I have never understood why Ripley's and the Wax Museum are where they are. It has totally boggled me ever since moving here many years ago. While I agree that the West End is a very logical place for them to be, and I also like it being a bit of a tourist area of downtown, I am ...
by muncien
14 Oct 2019 10:08
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 124
Views: 32426

Re: TexRail

A commuter rail network managed by NCTCOG makes perfect sense and would be great to see one day. I've always said that having a commuter network for the area is hugely important for creating a viable transit system, and having it operated by NCTCOG will allow DART to focus more specifically on impro...
by muncien
08 Oct 2019 09:40
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 945
Views: 269527

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

TMF Updates... Pacheco's Taco Bar is now in the middle of their soft opening... Place looks cool enough. Small inside / outside bar, several tv's with the games on etc... If the tacos are good people will come! Mama Tried is having a Grand Opening this Thursday & Friday. They have 9 bands playi...
by muncien
08 Oct 2019 09:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 216
Views: 79088

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

R1070 wrote:Glad to see this lot developed!
I’m excited about future infill in the East Quarter and Farmers Market areas.


No doubt! This also almost guarantees that a decent sidewalk will FINALLY go in along COMMERCE! Rejoice!
by muncien
03 Oct 2019 09:09
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: DART: Bus system
Replies: 32
Views: 9000

Re: DART: Bus system

Another D-Town doing a transit study. Sound familiar? https://www.denverpost.com/2019/10/02/rtd-ridership-transit-reimagine-genova/ Seems their issues are very similar to DART’s. Build out a rail network and let the bus system languish. Has anyone here ever ridden Denver's rail network? Wow... you ...
by muncien
02 Oct 2019 16:25
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 945
Views: 269527

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I didn’t see this reported. They tore down the three townhomes that were started by the convention center DART station. Additionally, they are adding one AT&T 5G small cell in front of Water Street and I believe a Verizon one across the street from the music factory. Such a waste... but shouldn...
by muncien
02 Oct 2019 10:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: 1899 McKinney (McKinney/Akard/St. Paul Triangle)
Replies: 46
Views: 8264

Re: Uptown Dallas: 1899 McKinney (McKinney/Akard/St. Paul Triangle)

Based on the property footprint here, I think the hight makes perfect sense. Can't say the same for it's neighbors though. :)
by muncien
26 Sep 2019 12:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District 1.0
Replies: 60
Views: 13580

Re: Design District 1.0

The DD has an oppertunity like few other to create an awesome little network of pedestrian alley ways that link various business/resturaunts/lofts etc., if they repurpose their network of former rail right of ways. There are tons of them, and they all conveniently link to existing or prosed trails, ...
by muncien
25 Sep 2019 09:55
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 279
Views: 85947

Re: Silver Line

Do you really think cities will just leave people out to dry without any public transit? I hope not. First Uber/Lyft are way more expensive than the bus.Until autonomous technology can FULLY supplement drivers; it's not even a viable option. Secondly, even if autonomous vehicles become the norm. Do...
by muncien
25 Sep 2019 09:09
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 279
Views: 85947

Re: Silver Line

Why don't you go tell the UTD student/staff population that you don't think they deserve rail service because they live in the middle of "nowhere?". Never mind that DART has TWICE had to buy more buses and expand the scope of Route 883 (the UTD shuttle to Cityline) because of exploding ri...
by muncien
24 Sep 2019 09:37
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 124
Views: 32426

Re: TexRail

The DART train to DFW was scary af when I used it... a lot of people arguing and fighting with each other and the smell of urine was noticeable... When the train stopped at DFW, no one got off... they were just using it as a mobile shelter. It may have been because it was early morning and cold out...
by muncien
20 Sep 2019 08:52
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 279
Views: 85947

Re: Silver Line

DART breaks ground on Silver Line along the old Cotton Belt corridor The plan is to have the Silver Line operating in three years. https://www.fox4news.com/news/dart-breaks-ground-on-silver-line-along-the-old-cotton-belt-corridor I had no idea we were so close to ground breaking on this project. Tr...
by muncien
17 Sep 2019 15:09
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Autonomous Vehicle Thread
Replies: 68
Views: 22175

Re: Autonomous Vehicle Thread

https://www.forbes.com/sites/greggardner/2019/09/17/uber-to-collect-mapping-other-data-for-possible-autonomous-service-in-dallas/#305112e2aa4e Uber To Collect Mapping, Other Data For Possible Autonomous Service In Dallas Uber will expand data collection for potential autonomous vehicles in Dallas, ...
by muncien
17 Sep 2019 09:03
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 945
Views: 269527

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I've been watching the work here too. Is it crazy that I've always really thought this was a really cool building? I'm very interested to see how the makeover turns out. Not crazy... haha. It may not be tall or shiny, but it is unique (in a good way), and a welcome sight in the sea of bland, 80's o...
by muncien
13 Sep 2019 13:13
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 945
Views: 269527

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

DBJ reporting that a Fortune 20 company has signed a lease for 200,000 sq ft in Las Colinas... That's a pretty significant chunk! I have a few guesses- could just be that McKesson or ExxonMobil is looking for more space in the area, or possibly Verizon is needing more space. I don't think this is a...
by muncien
06 Sep 2019 14:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 682
Views: 265967

Re: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)

My favorite aspect about this is that it locked in a permanent structure that compliments and continues the vision for this development. Imagine if something had been built next to the original tower that had nothing to do with that architecture and style. No kidding... Remember when they announced...
by muncien
06 Sep 2019 13:32
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 945
Views: 269527

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Sambuca should have permits in-hand any day now for their Music Factory concepts. Should see work started in the next week or so. It's basically 3 concepts. Kitchen 101- Grilled meats and prepared foods for quick grab-n-go or dine-in.. They'll have an open kitchen in the middle where they'll grill ...

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