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by muncien
14 May 2020 08:49
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 376
Views: 143504

Re: DART D2 Subway

I'm not against D2 at all, but I've come to realize it's a "regional" fix for a "local" problem. ... Recall that the original D2 plan had a tunnel branch east of Metro Center leading to a station at the Convention center that would have served this exact purpose, but idiots on h...
by muncien
13 May 2020 09:32
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 479
Views: 170967

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

I wonder what was their rationale. I'm sure Austin is well-positioned, but not sure how or why they'd be the only Texas city. Maybe Dallas with its airline woes and Houston with its oil/energy woes? A bit of irony is that I would think the blow to the airline industry is a little softened by the lo...
by muncien
12 May 2020 08:59
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 479
Views: 170967

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

The worst thing we could do for our chances would be to put Judge Clay Jenkins face on it... Just sayin...
But, glad to see the Mayor making a push.
by muncien
04 May 2020 15:28
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 1080
Views: 391637

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Wow... This is some fascinating stuff. @Kelley USA - You seem to be a one may wrecking ball. haha Great work. Curious to see what come of all, or... any of this. I always felt that ExxonMobil land was such a waste and doing a bit of disservice as it was segregating the area. Once Las Colinas blvd wa...
by muncien
15 Apr 2020 08:42
Forum: The Pitch
Topic: TPC-Craig Ranch to host AT&T Byron Nelson
Replies: 2
Views: 710

Re: TPC-Craig Ranch to host AT&T Byron Nelson

^^ That is interesting... I didn't even realize TPC Four Seasons was being considered again. Never should have left there in the first place. But I do see how Craig Ranch would be considered superior now. I realize it's beating a dead horse by now, but every article on this topic just exacerbates ho...
by muncien
31 Mar 2020 14:54
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: COVID-19 Discussion
Replies: 10
Views: 2109

Re: COVID-19 Discussion

In a few years, I feel we will look back at these posts and giggle. That said, a few years is a LONG way out, and unfortunately I don't feel this is something that will be forgotten in a few months. Our lives/behaviors will be changed significantly for quite some time... Even when things begin to op...
by muncien
24 Mar 2020 12:50
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 386
Views: 148652

Re: DFW Economy

What's everyone's take on Collin county issuing a 'shelter in place' except of 'essential' workers, than saying all workers are essential? Assuming both counties stay the course for a few weeks, it'll be interesting to see how this all turns out.
by muncien
23 Mar 2020 10:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 394
Views: 190431

Re: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)

I'm curious how many employers are going to ask themselves why they have so much office space when so many people can effectively work from home. I realize it may not be going perfectly, but its def working well for many.
by muncien
20 Mar 2020 16:39
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 63
Views: 26546

Re: Cypress Waters

Looks like 7-11 has leased about 3K sf for a convenience store at The Sound. Looks like it'll be right next door to Ascension Coffee. That's good to hear... I was stoked to hear about their little self serve store just steps away, but only folks in that building and certain office buildings were gi...
by muncien
04 Mar 2020 12:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt
Replies: 283
Views: 101406

Re: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt

I wouldn't be disappointed one bit if every vacant block of the CBD were filled with midrise residential. Residential lease rates in the CBD are higher than the regional average and occupancy is lower than the average. Building more residential is a no-brainer, but it seems local developers are prim...
by muncien
03 Mar 2020 12:48
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 1080
Views: 391637

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Got word this week that Kabuki at the Music Factory will be closing permanently tonight (the one in Plano is already closed apparently). The parent company, who also owns Blue Fish, will replace Kabuki by relocating the Blue Fish from 114 @ MacArthur. Hope the switch works, and doesn’t kill both re...
by muncien
02 Mar 2020 12:45
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 1080
Views: 391637

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

That actually makes sense... Walking by those spaces from the garage makes it clear that they would never be successful as retail/restaurant. Would have been better to get KidKraddick show in there when they first tried (I think it's the same space). Limiting office space and not putting any residen...
by muncien
28 Feb 2020 13:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 304
Views: 126682

Re: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

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by muncien
26 Feb 2020 14:20
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 415
Views: 179512

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

Hannibal Lecter wrote:I suspect some ballot box stuffing. When I checked it several days ago it was 90/10 on the for side.


I agree... It was 90-10 in FAVOR when I looked as well. Very weird.
by muncien
21 Feb 2020 12:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Reunion (Tower, hotel, and??)
Replies: 13
Views: 5063

Re: Reunion (Tower, hotel, and??)

Not to sound like a broken record... But like I say with every corner of the CBD... A series of 10-20 floor midrise residential buildings with a few coffee/pub/neighborhood services at the bottom would be perfect. Mix owner occupied units with rentals 50/50, and you'd have a nice family oriented cor...
by muncien
20 Feb 2020 14:14
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 415
Views: 179512

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

Once one of these things is operational, people will be like....we need more of these. Planes suck! No doubt! I spent two weeks riding Amtrak around the country. Even their old beat up trains are several magnitudes superior to airplane travel (other than being sloooooow). You could never spend 1/10...
by muncien
18 Feb 2020 16:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 388
Views: 146556

Re: AT&T Discovery District

Many years ago, someone used to project an image on the wall of Neiman Marcus facing the parking lot behind where OBar used to be. It was quite fun. There was another wall they did the same on, but I can't seem to remember which one it was.

https://goo.gl/maps/drv36bhS7ao1NMaA9
by muncien
18 Feb 2020 09:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 388
Views: 146556

Re: AT&T Discovery District

I doubt they ever would, but I'd really like them to do something with One At&T Plaza. The area is nice but that wall has an unpleasant, imposing effect. A bit of artwork would go a long way. As much of a 'blank slate' that wall is, you would think something as simple as a projector throwing up...
by muncien
18 Feb 2020 09:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Families vs Singles in Apartment construction in DFW
Replies: 5
Views: 2841

Re: Families vs Singles in Apartment construction in DFW

Interestingly enough, I was very surprised to see how FEW three bedroom units were built into Cypress Waters development. I mean, here they are touting a premier school district (Coppell ISD) and the first 'urban' experience available in the area, but with only like six or eight 3br units. But then,...
by muncien
14 Feb 2020 09:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 233
Views: 105422

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Indeed... Design is a personal preference. I personally think they look great, but I would be more concerned about their durability. They appear a bit frail. But, hopefully that isn't the case. I know out here in Cypress Waters they have had some issues with weak points in the decorative street ligh...
by muncien
13 Feb 2020 12:12
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 1080
Views: 391637

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I remember getting on Metra trains in Chicagoland and thinking the beauty of simplicity in their stations. DART has always over engineered everything, and as such it's costs dwarf those of other transit systems. Even with this particular station redesign, the costs are still through the roof.
by muncien
12 Feb 2020 16:08
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Bike Harwood (Harwood St. from Main->Dallas Heritage Village)
Replies: 8
Views: 5025

Re: Bike Harwood (Harwood St. from Main->Dallas Heritage Village)

Good. Would love to see some more pedestrian / bicyclist-friendly infrastructure and thought put into Harwood District. If I read this correctly, this isn't near the Harwood District. It states 'Main Street to Dallas Heritage Village'. That said, if this works out, I don't see why it wouldn't be ex...
by muncien
12 Feb 2020 10:20
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 1080
Views: 391637

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Hidden Ridge Station is finally rolling. Apparently the city of Irving had agreed to fund it. That must have been the reason for the delay. https://communityimpact.com/dallas-fort-worth/coppell-valley-ranch-las-colinas/transportation/2020/01/29/irving039s-116m-hidden-ridge-transit-station-to-open-i...
by muncien
12 Feb 2020 09:08
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 1080
Views: 391637

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Hidden Ridge Station is finally rolling. Apparently the city of Irving had agreed to fund it. That must have been the reason for the delay. https://communityimpact.com/dallas-fort-worth/coppell-valley-ranch-las-colinas/transportation/2020/01/29/irving039s-116m-hidden-ridge-transit-station-to-open-i...
by muncien
11 Feb 2020 13:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 776
Views: 387356

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

You can get a 2br at Skyhouse VP for that price, plus 6 weeks free. Throw in the more walkable immediate area, and I think these guys may have a tough sell.
by muncien
07 Feb 2020 12:55
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 479
Views: 170967

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

The real question is... How in the world does a paint company fill 1 million sq ft of corporate office?
by muncien
07 Feb 2020 12:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown: Dual Brand Hilton Tower / Oak Grove & Hall
Replies: 38
Views: 10244

Re: Uptown: Dual Brand Hilton Tower / Oak Grove & Hall

I like the original design better. Seriously... The OG version was def better. Why not just ensure the garage portion of the last version was built in such a manner that it could be converted in the future? This new proposal seems like a step in the wrong direction... even if it means locals can pa...
by muncien
07 Feb 2020 12:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: El Centro relocation
Replies: 9
Views: 3969

Re: El Centro relocation

I'm not all that familiar with the interiors of the existing El Centro campus, but from the outside it appears like a great opportunity for residential conversion. That area could certainly use some residents (you could say the same for almost every other corner of downtown). Tearing those buildings...
by muncien
04 Feb 2020 15:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 284
Views: 123158

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

I tend to agree about the parking... But, the width of Commerce itself is excessive; Almost to the point that it's difficult to parallel park at times when vehicles come flying down that street. Uncle Ubers is one of my main reasons for visiting DE, but that street is a dangerous mess. It would see...
by muncien
04 Feb 2020 12:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 284
Views: 123158

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

^ The plan for bike lanes on Commerce through Deep Ellum was eliminated due to neighborhood opposition. At the last neighborhood meeting to discuss the proposals for the lanes the only support came from bikers from outside the neighborhood. Not one property owner, business owner, or resident suppor...
by muncien
04 Feb 2020 09:38
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 361
Views: 139236

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Coming soon to rail stations near you. https://www.railwayage.com/news/dart-will-be-safer-with-the-candlestick-maker/ I saw this the other day... Is this seriously an issue? I have never heard of this being a problem. Seems weird... I don't think I've ever seen something like this implemented. Is s...
by muncien
04 Feb 2020 09:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 284
Views: 123158

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

I wonder how feasible it would be to turn all of Jackson into a pedestrian walkway, now that part of it at AT&T is pedestrian only now. Maybe with small slivers of 1 lane limited auto access for the buildings that absolutely need it (ie: the Statler). Yes ^^^^ Totally. This was always one of my...
by muncien
03 Feb 2020 09:08
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 361
Views: 139236

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

I believe one of the biggest disservices, and probably simplest fixes, is the perceived 'penalty' for short distance riders. I know we have said this in the past, but with go-pass adoption, I think the solution is simpler than ever. For users who only plan on grabbing a ride in dense urban area (CBD...
by muncien
31 Jan 2020 10:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: KDC & Miyama Project - 30 ST
Replies: 74
Views: 13015

Re: KDC & Miyama Project - 30 ST

I know living walls are all the rage, but man... you could really make some amazing LED displays with those walls if you wanted to.
by muncien
31 Jan 2020 09:27
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 361
Views: 139236

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

If you look closely at the footprint of the station (footings already exist), you can see that the bridge in the renderings is actually a rebuilt Green Park Dr... not a new point of access. If they were to extend the eastbound platform all the way to Green Park Dr., it won't be that big of a deal. B...
by muncien
30 Jan 2020 13:50
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 361
Views: 139236

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

I walk by this spot at least once a week. That bridge appears to be usable with some clean up, and would be the logic crossing point, but it now crosses directly into a massive parking garage. There is an access driveway adjacent to the garage that has a sidewalk along it, and you can see a branch ...
by muncien
30 Jan 2020 09:28
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 361
Views: 139236

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

I walk by this spot at least once a week. That bridge appears to be usable with some clean up, and would be the logic crossing point, but it now crosses directly into a massive parking garage. There is an access driveway adjacent to the garage that has a sidewalk along it, and you can see a branch o...
by muncien
30 Jan 2020 09:21
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 91
Views: 39008

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

https://www.dallasobserver.com/news/dallas-imploding-golf-course-only-the-latest-fiasco-11846753 Great article, except he was too kind (and his list of “Trail off Tears” projects was pretty abbreviated. Good read, but I don't put all of these on the same level. The golf course was a total mess that...
by muncien
29 Jan 2020 14:14
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 361
Views: 139236

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

I don't think we have an Orange Line specific thread anymore, so I'll just put this here...
DART has awarded a contract to build the Hidden Ridge Station in Irving. $11.6m and slated to be completed by December.
by muncien
29 Jan 2020 10:18
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: It’s time to close Dallas’ Triple Underpass and build a memorial park
Replies: 9
Views: 3486

Re: It’s time to close Dallas’ Triple Underpass and build a memorial park

I agree with most on this. But, I wouldn't mind if Main street were tamed to a two lane road with wide sidewalks, parallel parking, and curb bumpouts from this point all the way into the core (where it's already two lanes). It would make a nice arterial route for pedestrians to transit the downtown ...
by muncien
24 Jan 2020 08:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - Fountain Place
Replies: 98
Views: 44241

Re: Downtown Dallas - Fountain Place

What rates are they asking at Fountain Place? I would think they would be at least 20% less than all the product going up around them (probably closer to 30%). To me, that doesn't necessarily make them competitors. Instead, having more activity near them makes them more attractive. For the longest t...
by muncien
24 Jan 2020 08:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: KDC & Miyama Project - 30 ST
Replies: 74
Views: 13015

Re: KDC & Miyama Project - 30 ST

This one has some fun angles to it. No mention of underground parking... That's a bit of a drag for such a high dollar lot. Let's hope a good percentage of that greenery actually makes it into the building (particularly the garage wrap).
by muncien
22 Jan 2020 09:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 314
Views: 136911

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Such a shame of what happened to the OG City Tavern. They had been consistently successful for so many years, even when downtown was the last place anybody wanted to be. Seeing them get kicked out was a bummer. The new location isn't the same. And now seeing that what replaced them didn't work out, ...
by muncien
22 Jan 2020 09:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 481
Views: 206874

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

So long as Black Friar and Quarter Bar stick around... I'll be content. :)
by muncien
22 Jan 2020 09:20
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 479
Views: 170967

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

I'd love to have some home grown tech companies simply for bragging rights... But from a real world perspective, most of these start ups hemorrhage millions of dollars for several years before making a profit, and few of them ever do. If at the point they need to make cash flow to appease the shareh...
by muncien
21 Jan 2020 08:58
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 313
Views: 115380

Re: Trinity River Park

I got this update in my email. I think everyone is really wanting an update and this seems like some bs. https://trinityparkconservancy.org/journal-posts/harold-simmons-park-equitable-development-toolkit/ I was considering bringing out community activist Bull Sh*t Bingo card for this one... Perhaps...
by muncien
17 Jan 2020 09:11
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 361
Views: 139236

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

The only possible usage of space over the DNT that I see would be some future HSR (or hyperloop) extension to the North. Obviously, that wouldn't be for the next 30 years or more... But when considering a Northern route out of the city, it kinda makes sense. I would assume such a system would have a...
by muncien
15 Jan 2020 13:08
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 346
Views: 141739

Re: Legacy West

There's a DBJ article from yesterday saying the lender has moved for Foreclose on Campus at Legacy West. I didn't have time to read the article, but this appears to be all the former JCP land which, when finished, was to total over $1B. I always find this interesting with commercial properties which...
by muncien
15 Jan 2020 11:31
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 147
Views: 50356

Re: New Census Population Estimates

OMG... i can't believe I left out Arlington. Probably one of the best examples (worst). Funny though, as they aren't really an 'inner' ring suburb. I'm not sure what it is about Arlington, but so much of it is hurtin.
by muncien
15 Jan 2020 09:50
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 147
Views: 50356

Re: New Census Population Estimates

Which inner ring suburbs lost population? I'm not finding the list? Garland and Mesquite, maybe? I'm not saying any burb in its entirety lost population as most burbs have fringes with plenty of land to develop. But there are significant 'hoods' in places like Garland, Carrolton, Lewisville, Grand ...

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