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by muncien
17 Jan 2020 09:11
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 316
Views: 94914

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: 333
Views: 109862

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: 123
Views: 35152

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: 123
Views: 35152

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 ...
by muncien
15 Jan 2020 09:00
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 306
Views: 99373

Re: Silver Line

A few thoughts about DART and parking... 1. I don't really get why DART is in the parking lot business. 2. If you have them, why not just charge EVERYBODY who parks there? 3. If you are a resident in the DART service area, you likely have a bus route nearby and have no real NEED to park at the parki...
by muncien
15 Jan 2020 08:46
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 123
Views: 35152

Re: New Census Population Estimates

One thing that is obvious (but still worth noting), is that the boom in the burbs is not taking share from urban areas. Instead, it is cannibalizing other burbs (inner-burbs) for the most part. It will be interesting to see how these areas adapt to these changing circumstances. There are some neighb...
by muncien
14 Jan 2020 13:46
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 306
Views: 99373

Re: Silver Line

One area I wish we DART thought about more is a circle around Dallas county and more service to Mesquite areas. Purple Line anyone? I know this doesn't have any business being in the 'Silver Line' thread, but I always figured Loop 12 (generally) would make a good BRT line. Essentially, any road con...
by muncien
14 Jan 2020 09:21
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 306
Views: 99373

Re: Silver Line

I also suspect that DART wanted to have the opportunity to one day extend the commuter rail line much further north (Allen/McKinney) should the opportunity present itself. Doing that extension via Light Rail starts getting beyond optimal Light Rail conditions. Heck, even it's current length is a lit...
by muncien
14 Jan 2020 09:13
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 289
Views: 59269

Re: I-345

"Trenching" 345 doesn't free up real estate though. I doubt anything but 1 story buildings would be allowed above a cut and cover "trench" rather do Riverfront and 35 than i345 Trenching of the main lanes themselves won't produce a lot of Real Estate, but by making them strictly...
by muncien
13 Jan 2020 10:39
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 86
Views: 24055

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

I kinda feel bad for laughing out loud when I first read this headline. Shame on all the folks involved with bringing the epically stupid plan to fruition, and shame on those who fell for it instead of seeing the disaster it was all along. As much as I have railed against this plan from the beginnin...
by muncien
10 Jan 2020 11:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 95
Views: 18990

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

Personal rant here... for context. Feel free to skip this post... I've mentioned this before, but while never a 'member' I was a frequent attendee to FBD. I've always personally struggled with churches and religion in general, despite being a firm believer. Finding a quality pastor/preacher is NOT e...
by muncien
10 Jan 2020 10:24
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Reverchon Park
Replies: 40
Views: 7932

Re: Reverchon Park

^I would be more than okay if the Reverchon Recreation Center & parking got torn down, dug out and replaced with a parking garage podium, three(ish) stories of new recreation center, gym, community resource center and green rooftop park. That rec center has been such a dump for oh so long. I ca...
by muncien
09 Jan 2020 10:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Dallas High School
Replies: 60
Views: 19679

Re: Downtown Dallas: Dallas High School

I wish they could have cleared out that completely redundant Live Oak exit. I've never been a big fan of I345 removal (as most already know), but having all these excessive ramps is just wasteful. The Good Latimer Expy exit serves the exact same purpose as Live Oak exit. Regardless of what happens w...
by muncien
09 Jan 2020 10:48
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: General roads/transport. issues
Replies: 26
Views: 7599

Re: General roads/transport. issues

Random George Bush Turnpike question here... I've been curious ever since moving here many years ago... There are a set of on/off ramps along PGBTP between Beltline and Valley View Lane that have never been in service. Does anybody know what the original intent for these ramps was? Best I can figur...
by muncien
08 Jan 2020 14:15
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: General roads/transport. issues
Replies: 26
Views: 7599

Re: General roads/transport. issues

Random George Bush Turnpike question here... I've been curious ever since moving here many years ago... There are a set of on/off ramps along PGBTP between Beltline and Valley View Lane that have never been in service. Does anybody know what the original intent for these ramps was? Best I can figure...
by muncien
08 Jan 2020 12:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 255
Views: 94823

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Well, one thing we can be sure if it doesn't last he will replace it with another concept with most likely minor space modifications. To be honest, since it already has the look of a diner I wouldn't mind seeing it reincarnated as a Waffle House. Too funny... I have always thought an 'urban' Waffle...
by muncien
08 Jan 2020 10:16
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 992
Views: 298034

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Wow... Great snooping! Curious to see what (if anything) comes of this. Sometimes, the most hush projects turn out to be the most real.
by muncien
06 Jan 2020 15:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 255
Views: 94823

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Anyone know why they removed Queso Beso's cool-ish neon sign? This photo is from a few weeks ago before it opened.. went and had lunch there today and it was gone. How is the grub? I went by on Saturday evening (starving), but couldn't get myself to go in. The decor is so odd, and the lighting temp...
by muncien
03 Jan 2020 09:47
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: DTD: West End Square
Replies: 22
Views: 2876

Re: DTD: West End Square

It's so good to see this finally coming to the West End. Looks like a great park. I love all the shade structures and functional areas. The trees are great as well... Hopefully, those prairie plants get enough sun to survive. Glad they didn't just try to put groomed bermuda everywhere. That stuff ha...
by muncien
03 Jan 2020 09:23
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Fair Park
Replies: 95
Views: 29904

Re: Fair Park

I apparently missed the news that the First Responder Bowl moved out of the Cotton Bowl Stadium, after the City just last year agreed to large subsidies to keep the game at the Cotton Bowl. (It's being played at the Geral J Ford Stadium on SMU's campus this year. At least the 9 or 10,000 people won...
by muncien
03 Jan 2020 09:21
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Hunt Realty, AT&T partner on lighting up Reunion Tower for New Year's Eve
Replies: 9
Views: 3996

Re: Hunt Realty, AT&T partner on lighting up Reunion Tower for New Year's Eve

Did anyone make it out to City Hall last night for the NYE party? I didn't get a chance to go, but I'm wondering what the experience was like. I found this short youtube clip which shows a bit of footage from the event and they claim that (at the time) there were 7,000 people in attendance: https:/...
by muncien
31 Dec 2019 11:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 282
Views: 87503

Re: AT&T Discovery District

I do definitely miss Big D NYE, and I thought it was a spectacular event for our city. While I haven't seen these in person yet, I think the Reunion Tower Fireworks are a perfectly fine replacement. Like you said, we are lacking that 'central gathering space', but it looks like this year they are a...
by muncien
31 Dec 2019 09:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 282
Views: 87503

Re: AT&T Discovery District

So, there's an article in the DMN about the demise of Big D NYE, and how it has no intention of ever returning. It was such a bummer when we lost that moment in the national spotlight when the Central time zone hit midnight on 12/31. It was also great to have a central gathering place in the city......
by muncien
31 Dec 2019 09:19
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 992
Views: 298034

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

No doubt... Have you ever driven on Hidden Ridge, past Verizon to Macarthur? That has to be one of the worst roads due to poor soil. I suspect they will have to rip up the entire thing once the rest of the Hidden Ridge development gets close to being completed.
by muncien
30 Dec 2019 09:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Most Exciting Projects of 2020
Replies: 36
Views: 2754

Re: Most Exciting Projects of 2020

As a Lower Greenville resident, I'm more interested in the small scale projects around town that'll really change the face/culture of Dallas than the big projects. Henderson getting completed is really exciting. All those empty lots being filled in will make the neighborhood fantastic. It does make...
by muncien
30 Dec 2019 09:02
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 992
Views: 298034

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

The gated townhomes adjacent to a transit station is an absolute fail on the part of P&Z. There is no excuse for letting that go through. At a bare minimum, they could have made the townhomes front right up to the street (InTown Farmers Market style). But, even that is under-built for the space....
by muncien
27 Dec 2019 10:59
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 992
Views: 298034

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

A few Friday notes... Looks like a new development is coming before P&Z for the old Shops of Las Colinas development (161 & Las Colinas Blvd). Someone has been taking soil samples and signs were posted a few days ago. Curious to see what might be coming down the pipeline. Also crews have be...
by muncien
20 Dec 2019 08:56
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 289
Views: 59269

Re: I-345

I think 'cut & cover' is what is meant by 'tunnel' in most of these references. Maybe I'm wrong. But, I don't think anyone ever seriously considered TBMs be used for this. That said, TXDOT's 'trench' proposal seems to only be half of what is really needed. I'm curious how much the sale of land f...
by muncien
20 Dec 2019 08:50
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Grapevine: misc. developments
Replies: 5
Views: 2826

Re: Grapevine: misc. developments

^^ This is cool to see. That little section along the lake has always seemed a bit neglected. As development continued around it, it just became more and more of an oddball. As someone who frequents North Shore Trail (if y'all haven't been there, you must!), it's nice to see some interaction along t...
by muncien
19 Dec 2019 11:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Field Street District
Replies: 22
Views: 2728

Re: Downtown Dallas: Field Street District

I've been working in the healthcare industry for nearly 20 years now. Due to growing HIPAA concerns and a 'need to know' basis for accessing any information (including overhearing phone calls), there has been a much greater emphasis on isolating teams from one another, if their duties don't require ...
by muncien
19 Dec 2019 10:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Field Street District
Replies: 22
Views: 2728

Re: Downtown Dallas: Field Street District

Honestly, for most real world business use cases, it makes more sense to have compartmentalized office space instead of one big, massive building. Security safeguards are far more stringent than what they were back in the 80's. There's a far greater emphasis on infosec, vs physical security. So, seg...
by muncien
18 Dec 2019 11:37
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Arlington Development and Transportation Projects
Replies: 57
Views: 15718

Re: Arlington Development and Transportation Projects

I'm really glad that they are expanding beyond the game day uses. That's a great and all, but they seriously need a transportation plan. Getting to, through, and around Arlington by automobile is absolutely dreadful. They need some alternatives desperately.
by muncien
17 Dec 2019 12:34
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Arlington Development and Transportation Projects
Replies: 57
Views: 15718

Re: Arlington Development and Transportation Projects

Also, because being invited to a convention in Arlington is like being invited to a Mormon frat party.
by muncien
17 Dec 2019 11:16
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 312
Views: 97658

Re: DFW Economy

They said more than a million 'moved' to Dallas last year... I don't think they are talking net gains... So, 850,000 moved out, I suppose... LOL Nice try. It would actually be 900,000 or so moving out. Around 40% of our growth has been natural increase. So the net in-migration would be about 80,000...
by muncien
17 Dec 2019 10:07
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 312
Views: 97658

Re: DFW Economy

They said more than a million 'moved' to Dallas last year... I don't think they are talking net gains... So, 850,000 moved out, I suppose...
by muncien
16 Dec 2019 10:59
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Reverchon Park
Replies: 40
Views: 7932

Re: Reverchon Park

^^^
You have much more faith in this city govt than I do. :?
by muncien
13 Dec 2019 13:36
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Reverchon Park
Replies: 40
Views: 7932

Re: Reverchon Park

Riverchon has always been my favorite park in Dallas. Even years after moving out of the city center I still return to this park from time to time. The natural beauty, tree canopy, topography, water, 'ruins', make the place stand out from nearly all other parks. But that field area has been in shamb...
by muncien
13 Dec 2019 13:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Shraman South Asian Museum
Replies: 144
Views: 35803

Re: Shraman South Asian Museum

Any chance we actually see all that greenery and all those trees planted on all those different levels of the buildings? I mean for crying out loud, they have trees planted at the top of the building. Whenever a developer shows us renderings with trees planted on top of the building it almost NEVER...
by muncien
13 Dec 2019 10:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Shraman South Asian Museum
Replies: 144
Views: 35803

Re: Shraman South Asian Museum

Call me crazy, but I find 15-30 floors to be the sweet spot for CBD infill. The taller you go, the more imposing the structure is at ground level... not to mention all the non interactive pieces that come with additional loading docs and mechanical. I know the supertalls provide all the eye candy th...
by muncien
13 Dec 2019 09:25
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Reverchon Park
Replies: 40
Views: 7932

Re: Reverchon Park

No thanks, Donnie Nelson: Dallas turns down $10 million plan to renovate historic Reverchon Park https://www.dallasnews.com/news/commentary/2019/12/12/thats-ballgame-dallas-city-council-kills-10-million-deal-to-redo-historic-reverchon-park-baseball-field/ We are a stupid, stupid city sometimes...
by muncien
13 Dec 2019 08:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 282
Views: 87503

Re: AT&T Discovery District

I like how they adopted the term 'Urban Tech Campus'. I know it's just a play on words, but I hope they live up to it, and I hope it sticks. It would be great to have such a thing tied to the Dallas CBD.
by muncien
12 Dec 2019 15:02
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 289
Views: 59269

Re: I-345

You haven't seen safe major blvds of the world then... No, I haven't... That's kinda my point. I spent years in pedestrian friendly cities like Munich, Nuremburg, and Amsterdam, and they don't have anything like that. Perhaps, there's a small chance we will conjure up a "Avenue des Champs-Élys...
by muncien
12 Dec 2019 13:55
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 992
Views: 298034

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I was watching a report by the Irving Convention & Visitors Bureau to the City Council... They were speaking about current and future hotel developments. I found it interesting that one of the future projects was for a Conrad Hotel . This is a pretty upscale concept by Hilton. I have no idea wh...
by muncien
12 Dec 2019 10:14
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 289
Views: 59269

Re: I-345

I'm not saying that a developed street grid with several options can't handle the traffic volume... I'm questioning how good that is for the neighborhood. Any prominent blvd(s) developed to handle such capacity will not be done with curb bumpouts, parallel parking, crosswalks midblock, and other tra...
by muncien
11 Dec 2019 09:37
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 316
Views: 94914

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

If I'm not mistaken, I believe fares only pay 15-20% of transit operation expenses in most cities. Most funding comes through sales taxes, federal and state programs, etc. 20% is still a sizable chunk of $ of course, but it's certainly workable. As was pointed out a couple posts up... most issues wi...
by muncien
10 Dec 2019 10:47
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 289
Views: 59269

Re: I-345

I can't get around the math... Even if only HALF of the cars that currently use I345 now take this new 4-6 lane boulevard; going 1/3rd the speed of the freeway on far fewer lanes would be an absolute nightmare. Heck... even in only 1/5th of that traffic used the road, it would still be an absolute m...
by muncien
09 Dec 2019 15:08
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 992
Views: 298034

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

It is indeed interesting... On one side, Verizon orchestrated the Real Estate and construction of the massive Pioneer HQ (also across the street), and then sold the complex to fund the next phase. Who is to say they don't intend to do the same thing there? On the other hand, it is odd for a communic...
by muncien
09 Dec 2019 09:01
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 289
Views: 59269

Re: I-345

I think quixomniac post above says just about everything that needs to be said on this. I couldn't have said it better...

Putting a 'Loop 12' style blvd through this area would do far more to isolate these two neighborhoods than I345 ever has. That would be dreadful.
by muncien
03 Dec 2019 14:46
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 289
Views: 59269

Re: I-345

I think it is pretty evident with the success of Klyde Warren what the ancillary impact is of burying and covering a highway, even with the comparatively large price tag. One thing I wonder about, though, is would doing that have a large impact on D2 as well as the existing DART rail line through d...
by muncien
03 Dec 2019 12:45
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 411
Views: 117876

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

I'm not sure I could trust my money to anybody who runs a significant amount of their operations out of a massively overpriced region... Kinda like the 'pastor' who wears bling and lives in a 6m sqft mansion while asking for donations. smh

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