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by muncien
13 Jul 2018 14:35
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 619
Views: 81330

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Pretty stoked about Gingerman coming to town. That'll be a very frequent stop for me, no doubt.

I'd still like to see another hotel come in as part of phase 2. I remember way back in the day, it was supposed to include a Hotel ZaZa.
by muncien
11 Jul 2018 12:51
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 619
Views: 81330

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I really look forward to more stuff opening at Water Street. After striking out at El Famosa and that Ice Cream joint... I really haven't had any reason to go there. But the aesthetics of the development look great. Can't wait to get some activity along Lake Carolyn. And can someone PLEASE get the s...
by muncien
11 Jul 2018 10:09
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 10
Views: 1569

Re: Cypress Waters

So... Nokia was announced as moving their HQ to Cypress Waters (two buildings currently under construction at The Sound). Their current office is in Las Colinas at the intersection of 161 & 114. On another note that was mentioned in the Amli Fountain Place thread... These parking ratios are gett...
by muncien
11 Jul 2018 09:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Fort Worth: Walsh Ranch
Replies: 9
Views: 477

Re: West Fort Worth: Walsh Ranch

As unsexy as it seems, it's most likely these large residential projects that make DFW so attractive in the first place. There are not many major urban areas (especially in the top 10 US metro areas *outside of Texas*), in which an average family can afford to purchase a home that large. While all ...
by muncien
11 Jul 2018 09:48
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 619
Views: 81330

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

^^^^ A judge has already told Billy Bob that he'll have to put some significant money down in order to continue his lawsuit. Essentially, they found that it has little merit. You have to keep in mind that when Ark settled with Las Colinas Group (Billy Bob group) for the city in order to get the cont...
by muncien
10 Jul 2018 12:51
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Greater DFW-area trails
Replies: 3
Views: 222

Re: Greater DFW-area trails

I did see this on the City of Irving city counsel meeting from a couple of weeks ago... 10 Resolution - Approving an Interlocal Agreement Between the City of Irving and the City of Dallas for the Connection of the Dallas Skyline Trail to the Campion Trail System at Trinity View Park Administrative C...
by muncien
05 Jul 2018 14:05
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 619
Views: 81330

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

From the DMN regarding Big Beat... Eviction seems to be final for the most part! https://www.dallasnews.com/business/restaurants/2018/07/05/ruling-allows-eviction-billy-bob-barnett-irving-music-center-site That is good to see. I actually saw a few 'official' looking folks walking through and lookin...
by muncien
05 Jul 2018 13:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 353
Views: 50280

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

I don't really like graffiti that glamorizes or praises war. Patriotism is uplifting, critical and as easily manipulated as anything there is. We may have the greatest army in the history of the world, but we have not won a war in generations. How about a commissioned work that extends honor to the...
by muncien
03 Jul 2018 15:28
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Reverchon Park
Replies: 12
Views: 682

Re: Reverchon Park

I'd prefer "Dallas Divas" over Queens...

But I could also go for 'Dystopia', 'Dysfunctional', 'Dysuria', 'Discord', 'Distraught', 'Disturbed', etc...

This could get fun!
by muncien
03 Jul 2018 13:07
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava
Replies: 56
Views: 6212

Re: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava

These types of challenges are expected when doing something as revolutionary as building a bridge suspended by cables... oh, wait... Turns out this has been done hundreds, if not thousands of times.
by muncien
03 Jul 2018 11:40
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Reverchon Park
Replies: 12
Views: 682

Re: Reverchon Park

I don't really follow baseball (can't all the handle the excitement), so I don't know if this is really news or not. I'm just surprised it hasn't shown up here. https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/sports/Downtown-Dallas-Will-Soon-Be-Home-to-Pro-Baseball--You-Can-Help-Name-the-Team-487156051.html Dallas Will...
by muncien
02 Jul 2018 13:09
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: D Magazine New Urbanism Issue
Replies: 36
Views: 1446

Re: D Magazine New Urbanism Issue

Unlike MT or Blue Ciel, Townhomes, and the relatively small stock of 'affordable' condos has been killin' it for the last several years in Dallas. As mentioned earlier, most of these are in the Oak Lawn, Knox/Henderson, and East Dallas areas. They have performed so well, that the townhomes in the Fa...
by muncien
18 Jun 2018 11:05
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 104
Views: 14597

Re: Trinity River Park

At a bare minimum, they should be planting trees throughout the flood zone (as required by the COE). They have to have an idea where any 'potential' lakes and trails may go, and every other area should have at least sporadic trees. That way, they could at least take root and start growing, while we'...
by muncien
15 Jun 2018 09:45
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 619
Views: 81330

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I don't think the lawsuit should impact leasing the spaces. Tenant laws are very clear in Texas, and if you aren't paying, you get evicted (and Billy Bob definitely is not paying). Any lawsuits after that are independent. Sure they could sue for damages related to any lost revenue of not having the ...
by muncien
15 Jun 2018 09:26
Forum: U.S./World Transportation + Infrastructure
Topic: Elon Musk to build high-speed rail between O’Hare and downtown Chicago.
Replies: 1
Views: 173

Re: Elon Musk to build high-speed rail between O’Hare and downtown Chicago.

Musk’s plan proposes a 16-passenger autonomous vehicle that can whip passengers at speeds up to 100 MPH through tunnels between the airport and downtown. The final route of the new transit system is still being finalized, but Musk estimates that these vehicles could transport passengers downtown in...
by muncien
13 Jun 2018 14:24
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 10
Views: 1569

Re: Cypress Waters

Something I noticed while exploring 'The Sound' the last few days, is the erection of a tower crane. This is the first such sighting of a tower crane in Cypress Waters as far as I can tell. It's location is just north of The Sound apartments (move ins have begun here), and roughly in between those a...
by muncien
13 Jun 2018 12:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 292
Views: 42630

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

I really don't think food has any business in the tunnels anymore. It's an 80's mindset that needs to die a quick death. The sooner the city stops issuing food permits for underground dining, the sooner the street level retail and activity takes off. The tunnels themselves don't have to die, but the...
by muncien
13 Jun 2018 10:55
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 193
Views: 25271

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

CNN is well overdue for a complete face-lift. Their ratings are terrible, and ever since they got suckered into the opinion dominated cable news cesspool, there has been a glaring hole in actual 24hr news. I mean... at least they kinda faked it for a while, but now they've just given up. Oh, how we ...
by muncien
12 Jun 2018 10:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 70
Views: 9525

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

I have made countless stops at those little Tom Thumb stores during my visits along the Gulf Coast. There is something to be said for 'convenience', and I always thought a similar concept would thrive in urban areas... even if it means you pay $8 for a box of pop tarts. I can't stand the idea of mor...
by muncien
12 Jun 2018 10:12
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 619
Views: 81330

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

^^ Thanks for the info. That Chick-fil-A, as well as the other one in Las Colinas (at Macarthur and Walnut Hill) are absolutely jam packed throughout the week. Curious to see what they do here. Other than the hardly used play area, there really isn't much room to work with. But if that were all that...
by muncien
12 Jun 2018 09:27
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike
Replies: 125
Views: 20486

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

Meaning the existing bike share companies are all okay and on board with these changes but they want to prevent any new competitors from entering the space? There are 5 current bike share companies operating in Dallas- no way regulations are tight enough to prevent a 6th. The fees don't seem egregi...
by muncien
11 Jun 2018 08:53
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike
Replies: 125
Views: 20486

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

Revenue neutral? For the city, perhaps... and only for now. This is a good way to chase companies away, reduce service to citizens, and do nothing to improve bicycle infrastructure (paint? really?). As these startups round up their bikes to take them to the next city, there will be no revenue here, ...
by muncien
06 Jun 2018 12:21
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 619
Views: 81330

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

^^^ And where did this whole conflict about a canopy come from? I didn't see any mention of a canopy until just a few months ago. I get that from a business perspective, yeah... you want one due to the Texas heat on a somewhat enclosed plaza, but to put that in a lawsuit just seems silly. It seems B...
by muncien
06 Jun 2018 09:12
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Fantasy DART Streetcar Expansion Map
Replies: 24
Views: 1058

Re: Fantasy DART Streetcar Expansion Map

Awesome thread and great map! I love the single solitary "Finish Knox Station" point. I've always dreamed of someone prying up an old piece of plywood to uncovered a grand underground station. Would it be feasible for the city to trial something like this with a bus before committing to a...
by muncien
06 Jun 2018 08:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 170
Views: 29030

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

Is it really so hard to diversify the exteriors of each 'section' of these buildings to at least make it appear as though it is a string of unique structures instead of one massive building? It seems like such an easy thing to do, yet it almost never happens. 555 Ross, over in the West End sorta pul...
by muncien
05 Jun 2018 10:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)
Replies: 148
Views: 22252

Re: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)

Many, many years ago, I ran into something interesting with my city in California when trying to connect utilities from new construction to the existing utility lines at the street... They have regulations stating that if a developer has to dig up a street that had been repaved in the last five year...
by muncien
31 May 2018 09:51
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 619
Views: 81330

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

The statements from Billy Bob's lawyer make me laugh... They had 700 less parking spaces than what they were promised? I'm sorry, the parking doesn't work that way! It's an open garage where people park wherever they can find a spot. Each restaurant or venue isn't designated given spots in the gara...
by muncien
30 May 2018 14:34
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 619
Views: 81330

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

^^^^ All great points. Particularly Shake Shack and Hopdoddy. They would fit in perfectly. And, I'm always up for a Snuffers. There were a couple of servers and a bartender over at Route 61 that were fantastic. They had been there since day one, that place performed well, and here they are SOL. So u...
by muncien
29 May 2018 16:07
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 619
Views: 81330

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

If in fact Big Beat is closed for good, I will be very curious to see what type of concepts if any will take these spaces. There is still a significant amount of space available for lease including some key spots. The only thing that would make it attractive is that build-out is already complete. A...
by muncien
29 May 2018 13:49
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 619
Views: 81330

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

They yanked the post off facebook, but it's not a total surprise... Billy Bob's hasn't been too successful anywhere other than their original location in FW, and the parking and low demand of the music factory area just can't support a place like that. Sad, but inevitable, Texas Jam House, Bar Manz...
by muncien
25 May 2018 14:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 199
Views: 26213

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: 72
Views: 9296

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: 619
Views: 81330

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: 167
Views: 18577

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: 619
Views: 81330

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: 292
Views: 42630

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: 619
Views: 81330

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: 167
Views: 18577

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: 40
Views: 3823

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: 619
Views: 81330

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: 167
Views: 18577

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: 12066

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: 1087

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: 51
Views: 6719

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: 619
Views: 81330

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: 619
Views: 81330

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: 199
Views: 26213

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: 913

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: 9473

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: 167
Views: 18577

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....

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