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by muncien
10 Oct 2018 10:02
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Kaufman County: misc. developments
Replies: 4
Views: 131

Re: Kaufman County: misc. developments

I actually had to look up where Crandall was on a map... lol
While I'm not typically a fan of these master planned SFR communities... It is good to see it happening south for a change. It would be good to get some growth down that way.
by muncien
09 Oct 2018 12:06
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 290
Views: 41006

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

Glad to at least see a 'plan' for connecting the station to the core of the city. I realize it's mostly pipe dreams, but up until now all we had was speculation. I suppose 'dreams' are better than 'speculation'. lol But this looks very impressive. And as for the deck park... YES, deck that entire th...
by muncien
04 Oct 2018 10:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 37
Views: 972

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

I know we have selective memory when it comes to some of these things... But, I used to pass by the old campus as part of my nightly run 12 years ago... That entire stretch of St Paul used to be absolutely dreadful. There was a chain link parking lot for buses, surface parking across the street, and...
by muncien
04 Oct 2018 09:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 37
Views: 972

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

One thing I am not to concerned about would be the buildings getting torn down and sitting as empty lots, like so many others we have seen. FBD doesn't operate in that way... If this is a remake/expansion for First Baptist Academy, and they incorporate some solid architecture, it could be a great ad...
by muncien
03 Oct 2018 17:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 37
Views: 972

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

Perhaps it's just the color scheme and sad first floor... but it looks like a top heavy turd to me. Perhaps if they were able to open up the first floor with all glass, and bring that glass up through the second level to give a better ground level appearance it would work. I still would like to see ...
by muncien
03 Oct 2018 14:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 37
Views: 972

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

I think I have been in this building... MANY years ago. If I'm not mistaken, the ceilings are quite low, and would be difficult to re purpose for today's market. I know the Statler was able to pull it off, but that building has some architectural distinction to make up for it. As for this one... I'v...
by muncien
02 Oct 2018 15:50
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Plano: Granite Park
Replies: 7
Views: 1405

Re: Plano: Granite Park

It is ironic how some suburban developments are reducing parking and adding more urban/pedestrian elements, while our 'urban' developments are adding loads of parking to 'compete' with suburban spaces. lol
by muncien
02 Oct 2018 09:53
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Transition of Uptown
Replies: 28
Views: 979

Re: The Transition of Uptown

I've always felt that DISD has to totally rethink how they manage schools in the core areas of the city. Heck, even suburban cities are building their schools to more resemble a Google Office than a traditional school in order to prepare the kids for what lies ahead. Let's face it... They won't be w...
by muncien
28 Sep 2018 15:20
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 16
Views: 2445

Re: Cypress Waters

^^ Flying Fish, Rodeo Goat and Landon Winery have also signed leases... Should be a good little group of tenants! Also they're negotiating with Mr Mesero & Eno's. I saw that Eno's is official now. They will be taking the location facing the sound stage that has a roof top deck. Sweet! Also, The...
by muncien
25 Sep 2018 15:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 286
Views: 48881

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

Pure speculation on my part... But perhaps the parking allocation can look better on the marketing flyers if it is not being gobbled up by potential hotel/apartements. Once the bulk of the leasing is done... assuming any agreed lease has parking guarantees written into it, the developer will know if...
by muncien
18 Sep 2018 11:05
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 89
Views: 11597

Re: New Census Population Estimates

California has a mild climate (for the most part), and a natural beauty that few other areas can even come close to. That aspect I miss dearly. And for that reason alone, people will always want to live there, regardless of the meat bags running the state. The government there in essence gets a free...
by muncien
18 Sep 2018 10:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 358
Views: 54785

Re: Northpark Center

I think I bought a pair of jeans at Express in Northpark about nine years ago. Unfortunately, those jeans only lasted about four years and other than going to the theater at Northpark, I haven't purchased anything there since. My version of the ideal 'shopping experience' involves finding positive a...
by muncien
18 Sep 2018 09:33
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 89
Views: 11597

Re: New Census Population Estimates

LA's biggest issue for some time has been the disparity between income and housing prices. Sure, much of coastal CA is expensive, but nearly all of it makes up with it to a degree with higher incomes. This is not so much the case with Los Angeles, however. One of the reasons transit (particularly 'b...
by muncien
14 Sep 2018 14:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 330
Views: 52394

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

I'm waiting for them to say that the marble is 'structurally deficient' or something like that, and that it cannot be put back on. There is nothing in particular that leads me to this conclusion, yet I feel like it is a real possibility. What will we do then? Perhaps I'm just being paranoid!
by muncien
14 Sep 2018 14:29
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 189
Views: 22713

Re: the Cotton Belt line

When you look at the density of employers, residents, and retail (mostly restaurants) in this area, a transit line like the Cotton Belt and it's station location seem like a slam dunk. But in reality, the are is all disjointed and there is very little connectivity. While this place is 'mostly' autom...
by muncien
14 Sep 2018 10:01
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: General roads/transport. issues
Replies: 4
Views: 582

Re: General roads/transport. issues

With all the talk of the Tesla Semi... I really think Volvo's alternative is the right way go to. https://electrek.co/2018/09/13/volvo-all-electric-autonomous-truck-without-a-cab/ All electric No cab No driver Fully autonomous They mention here that this is intended mainly for 'urban' transport (due...
by muncien
14 Sep 2018 08:54
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 290
Views: 41006

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

Slightly off topic. But what happened to CityMAP? That plan of rerouting i-30 would be tremendous for the city of Dallas. Particularly for this area. I'd take the trench/deckpark over the reroute any day. I really hate how much nature that reroute plan would gobble up. It would be quite depressing...
by muncien
14 Sep 2018 08:38
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 189
Views: 22713

Re: the Cotton Belt line

I really wish the stretch of Addison along Belt Line rd were more walkable. Addison is kinda the 'anti-urban' suburb. It seems that they are built around the automobile and have little interest in getting away from that. I know some may say that its because they don't have rail, but I don't buy that...
by muncien
12 Sep 2018 14:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 101
Views: 13271

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Other than a blurry visit to City Tavern a few weeks ago, it has been a while since I hung out around here... But I was curious... Is One Eyed Penguin still a place? Did/Does Adam Salazar own that as well (or, at least as a landlord)?
by muncien
12 Sep 2018 11:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Mid Elm Lofts
Replies: 66
Views: 8956

Re: Mid Elm Lofts

Still more delays for this project. I remember City Tavern was supposed to open up here in June. It is now set to open at the end of September or early October, according to this article: https://dallas.eater.com/2018/9/11/17842384/city-tavern-moving-elm-street-chef-roe-dileo-opening-fall-2018 City...
by muncien
12 Sep 2018 09:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 783
Views: 110223

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

The top sponsor of the event is a new nonprofit group, the Washington Housing Initiative, dedicated to addressing the area's shortage of affordable housing, a problem that some local experts say Amazon's arrival could exacerbate. If indeed the DC area is selected for HQ2, it will certainly be proof...
by muncien
12 Sep 2018 09:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Hillcrest Village
Replies: 5
Views: 356

Re: North Dallas: Hillcrest Village

Do we have any idea what part of the shopping center will go away for the park? I have stared at the google map and tried to guestimate since they announced this idea months ago but still no layout in an article. I am curious how central the so-called park will be for the development vs just a way ...
by muncien
11 Sep 2018 12:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 95
Views: 9095

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

I wonder if Jackson St could be narrowed or even closed here to give the district a pedestrian-oriented focal point . Build something with balconies on the other side, similar in scale to the French quarter, and connect it all with festival lights to give it some personality so walking is less of a...
by muncien
07 Sep 2018 13:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars: Texas Odyssey
Replies: 60
Views: 4256

Re: The Cedars: Texas Odyssey

If they could just find a way to attach the Los Angeles Class Nuclear Attack submarine USS DALLAS to the wheel itself, I'd be totally on board...
by muncien
07 Sep 2018 12:21
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Dallas: The Thread
Replies: 50
Views: 7107

Re: Dallas: The Thread

Typically, DPD gets a pretty good discount at these downtown apartments. I knew many officers living in the Dallas Power & Light building way back when I lived there, and I want to say it was close to 30%. More than a few times, having them in the building was EXTREMELY helpful. I remember once ...
by muncien
07 Sep 2018 10:45
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Allen: Stacy Green
Replies: 11
Views: 959

Re: Allen: Stacy Green

It's funny to me on a slightly personal note; I have a cousin who's lived in Plano for ~30 years, and about 15 years ago her mom moved to Allen to be close to family but still out of town and in the country. I suggested Allen might have couple decades of rural life left. Anecdotes like this are com...
by muncien
07 Sep 2018 10:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Old Cityplace Twin Tower site
Replies: 35
Views: 1795

Re: Old Cityplace Twin Tower site

Which is not a bad thing^. Lord knows I wish crosswalks in other neighborhoods had as much success getting people not to speed over human beings as much as those around Klyde Warren. Service roads have to coexist within the main street grid and are set at much slower speeds than the freeway forcing...
by muncien
07 Sep 2018 10:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Preston Center
Replies: 14
Views: 852

Re: Preston Center

Plus churches are special they can do no wrong so there tend to be ways they can skirt a lot of taxes aka cost and churches in North Texas particularly are profit driven which I assume is because God deems it so... They can also work with developer to ensure that whatever is built doesn't have exce...
by muncien
07 Sep 2018 09:26
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 689
Views: 102378

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I happened to walk through Irving mall a month or so ago while I was having my car stereo worked on a Best Buy. I have always been surprised by that mall's ability to not only survive, but actually thrive (for it's age anyway). There are very few empty store fronts (food court are is the exception),...
by muncien
05 Sep 2018 14:51
Forum: Art + Sol
Topic: When the media becomes the story
Replies: 4
Views: 358

Re: When the media becomes the story

I was watching this morning when this went down... Dude seems pretty unhinged. The Fox4 studio has always seemed so ready for a remake. This obviously isn't what I had in mind... But, perhaps any repairs they do will include adding bollards along the sidewalk to prevent vehicles from getting too clo...
by muncien
05 Sep 2018 08:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Old Cityplace Twin Tower site
Replies: 35
Views: 1795

Re: Old Cityplace Twin Tower site

"...staff encouraged the applicant to consider offering a minimum amount of mixed-income housing." In other words, blackmail. That's not 'blackmail', that's negotiation. The developer is asking for a variance to what is currently allowed on the site, and the city is asking for something i...
by muncien
04 Sep 2018 14:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Old Cityplace Twin Tower site
Replies: 35
Views: 1795

Re: Old Cityplace Twin Tower site

cowboyeagle05 wrote:Lord knows I would like something better to look at than the Borg cube known as the Richards Group.


Not sure the Borg will take too kindly to such a comment. #borgstrong #borgtoo
by muncien
04 Sep 2018 09:53
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 189
Views: 22713

Re: the Cotton Belt line

Both Preston and Coit stations have been “deferred”, sort of a mix between delayed and cancelled. Which means DART has no intentions to build these stations anytime soon, but like Lake Highlands they could be built later without much ado because the EIS has already been performed on them. So the on...
by muncien
30 Aug 2018 09:19
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 689
Views: 102378

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

^^^^
Very cool to see this coming to LC!
by muncien
29 Aug 2018 13:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 101
Views: 13271

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

A few months ago, when I asked them about this, they indicated that they planned on making it a very quick move. Like, a week or so... Not sure if that's still in the cards as it seems aggressive, and a lot of time has passed since then, but that's what they mentioned. FWIW This has always been my f...
by muncien
28 Aug 2018 15:43
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 204
Views: 24015

Re: DART D2 Subway

Other than a few neighborhoods very close to the city center, I can't think of any population centers in the DART service area that aren't adjacent to a freeway. Downtown Garland comes to mind, but they DO have rail. Following the freeways seems to have made sense for LRT. Again... I think the issue...
by muncien
28 Aug 2018 12:26
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 168
Views: 20203

Re: Trinity River Park

Ah, the mythical lakes. There's never been a plan to build lakes. The so-called lakes were what we in Texas call stock ponds. Say "lake" and people think White Rock. In actuality all the proposed ponds total about 1/3 the size of Bachman. Combined. Puddles with delusions of grandeur. Beca...
by muncien
28 Aug 2018 11:21
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 168
Views: 20203

Re: Trinity River Park

Just to be clear... The Corps of Engineers plan for the trinity river requires hundreds of acres of forested wetlands to be planted within the floodway. The purpose is to filter the water, prevent erosion, capture nutrients, support habitat, and manage river flow speeds. Some of that information can...
by muncien
28 Aug 2018 10:46
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 204
Views: 24015

Re: DART D2 Subway

Personally, I feel the D2 'subway' is too much an attempt to be something we are not, and the limited benefits it offers don't warrant the price. I also don't have much faith in streetcar systems, but at least it would expand the footprint of the service area. While I see your point, same could be ...
by muncien
28 Aug 2018 10:42
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown: Carpenter Park
Replies: 8
Views: 1031

Re: Downtown: Carpenter Park

At least we aren't calling them 'Garden' anymore... Seriously, 'Belo Garden' and 'Main Street Garden' are terrible names. lol Not to sound too much like a copy cat, I always felt that incorporating 'Square' into a downtown core plaza like Belo or Main Street do a much better job at establishing a se...
by muncien
28 Aug 2018 10:03
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 204
Views: 24015

Re: DART D2 Subway

I'm all for replacing D2 (in it's current form) with a streetcar network. They both would serve the same general area, and are interchangeable. Personally, I feel the D2 'subway' is too much an attempt to be something we are not, and the limited benefits it offers don't warrant the price. I also don...
by muncien
27 Aug 2018 10:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 123
Views: 19976

Re: AT&T Discovery District

A marquis along the base of that video board would be brilliant...
by muncien
24 Aug 2018 14:00
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 204
Views: 24015

Re: DART D2 Subway

I honestly don't know why another track would be needed between Union & Victory. It's not like we'd be running multiple lines through there, and there are switches on both sides. It blew my mind the first time I noticed that track was there. The Pearl options sounds pretty solid as well. Persona...
by muncien
22 Aug 2018 13:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 783
Views: 110223

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

My only concern for the VP proposal is that it's a little to high-rise oriented. Perhaps that is what Amazon wants, I don't know. But, I would much rather prefer 20, eight story buildings, over eight 20-story buildings. I don't think VP has the real estate to pull that off. My preference would be an...
by muncien
21 Aug 2018 14:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)
Replies: 96
Views: 8670

Re: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)

At one time, this mess of an intersection was on the 'outskirts' of downtown, and it make sense to design it the way it is. But, as it stands now, it's as dense, or even more dense than any other area of downtown, and it's time for a serious reworking of these streets. One thing that is a bit of a s...
by muncien
21 Aug 2018 10:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: 900 Main
Replies: 48
Views: 2358

Re: 900 Main

I hope I kept the receipt for my pitchfork...
by muncien
21 Aug 2018 09:47
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 189
Views: 22329

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Low ridership = higher fares...that'll definitely get more people on! For the AM/PM commuter, sure, it goes up a buck. The big change in the fare structure is that people no longer have to decide in advance whether they need a day pass or single ride. Plus, the PM pass (at $3) costs a little more t...
by muncien
17 Aug 2018 14:38
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Historic Images of Dallas
Replies: 16
Views: 1724

Re: Historic Images of Dallas

I found some great little historical pics and accompanying information regarding downtown Dallas on this site... Amazing, some of the architecture we used to have.
https://flashbackdallas.com/category/neighborhoods/downtown/
by muncien
17 Aug 2018 13:58
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 689
Views: 102378

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

TXGunLover wrote:Was iPic possibly originally going into that dev or am I thinking of something else?

They were... But, I think that was three or four iterations ago. :)
- before Alamo -
by muncien
17 Aug 2018 13:53
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 689
Views: 102378

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

The Blue Star / Lincoln Property Development at 114 and 161 is coming before P&Z this Monday. They're seeking approval for 4 lots on about 30 acres. Good to see it moving forward. Will be curious to see what they have planned. I know previously the talk was that a Sandman Signature Hotel with a...

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