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by muncien
17 Aug 2018 14:38
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Historic Images of Dallas
Replies: 3
Views: 757

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: 658
Views: 87212

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: 658
Views: 87212

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...
by muncien
17 Aug 2018 12:59
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Dallas Love Field Airport
Replies: 43
Views: 5346

Re: Dallas Love Field Airport

Is there any evidence that adding a people mover is going to increase usage? I'm not even talking about increasing it enough to justify the cost -- that's beyond pie-in-the-sky. Let's be realistic: how many people are there really who don't rider DART to Love Field now that would start just because...
by muncien
17 Aug 2018 09:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End: Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum
Replies: 50
Views: 8683

Re: West End: Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum

Looks like Noah's Ark... Is that what they were going for? :)
by muncien
17 Aug 2018 09:50
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 658
Views: 87212

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I would argue it needs a better public school district first, instead of CFB. I am a product of the CFB school system - compared to the alternative of Irving ISD, I do not know what your complaint is. I grew up in the Hackberry area and had friends living less than a mile apart who were in the Copp...
by muncien
15 Aug 2018 10:12
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Dallas Love Field Airport
Replies: 43
Views: 5346

Re: Dallas Love Field Airport

A good public transport link would reduce the amount of Uber/Lyft cars going in and out of the airport. Just saying!!! Which is why building the people mover system to Burbank and SW Headquarters makes sense. SW employees can either park out there or ride DART and then take the people mover to the ...
by muncien
14 Aug 2018 13:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Fort Worth: misc. developments
Replies: 31
Views: 3778

Re: Fort Worth: misc. developments

Katy Station Lofts Mixed-use, mixed-income transit-oriented development located across the street from TRE's T&P Station The project is being developed by the Fort Worth housing solutions in close cooperation with the Fort Worth Transit Authority, Near Southside Inc. and the City of Fort Worth....
by muncien
14 Aug 2018 13:12
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Dallas Love Field Airport
Replies: 43
Views: 5346

Re: Dallas Love Field Airport

Interesting proposal. I think the hardest part will be bridging Bachman lake. The road could be surface grade through most of the airport property and would just need to sneak underground for 1 or 2 taxi way alignments. I don't think the orientation of the new terminal building a huge deal as the n...
by muncien
14 Aug 2018 09:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 100
Views: 13745

Re: West End 1.0

Can't they just eat up a surface lot right around there? We need some of those smaller surface lots to be redeveloped to connect with the core of downtown better. Totally! The funny thing is, I actually really like the design of the addition... just NOT when it's placed directly on top of the exist...
by muncien
10 Aug 2018 11:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 361
Views: 47000

Re: Victory Park 3.0

^^^ Totally... Both Trophy and Valor should both have bollards available at all ends so they can be reconfigured as necessary at certain times. Laying pavers, as you suggested, is a great way to tie all these areas together without fully restricting automobile uses. Not sure who would manage such a ...
by muncien
10 Aug 2018 11:06
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco: misc. developments
Replies: 10
Views: 651

Re: Frisco: misc. developments

Now... If they could only get some 'Rail' into that mix. :)
by muncien
08 Aug 2018 17:20
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 658
Views: 87212

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Curious which/how many of the Big Beat venues they will actively occupy. Many of them are distinct spaces that cannot easily be combined. I assume some of them will remain vacant...? I wouldn't be surprised to see that this deal only occupies a portion of what is there, and the rest get leased to so...
by muncien
08 Aug 2018 10:30
Forum: Art + Sol
Topic: John McCaa (WFAA/8 news anchor) announces retirement plans
Replies: 3
Views: 108

Re: John McCaa (WFAA/8 news anchor) announces retirement plans

Local, morning and nightly news, seems to be the only news I can stomach anymore. Please, please, PLEASE, don't let that go political.
by muncien
08 Aug 2018 10:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 63
Views: 9397

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

I don't really have an update/announcement regarding Downtown Dallas, but I just wanted to say that I hung out in Downtown last Saturday for dinner/drinks and I was really impressed at how lively it all was. We had dinner at Americano, then walked over to the Statler for drinks at Scout (which was ...
by muncien
06 Aug 2018 15:58
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Midtown Express Project 114 & 183
Replies: 9
Views: 1109

Re: Midtown Express Project 114 & 183

...The compromise in the mean time has been the expansion of the inside shoulders into full lanes, but for reasons beyond my understanding they're only "open" during rush hour. There's no barrier separating them, just a series of electronic signs above them that display open or closed and...
by muncien
02 Aug 2018 09:51
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Midtown Express Project 114 & 183
Replies: 9
Views: 1109

Re: Midtown Express Project 114 & 183

I've not been able to find anything online, including on the DFW Freeways website. I assume there was some initial plan to do at least a partial set of direct ramps between 114 and the Bush Turnpike, but maybe it was postponed/cancelled due to funding at the time. My uneducated guess. I've not hear...
by muncien
01 Aug 2018 16:08
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Midtown Express Project 114 & 183
Replies: 9
Views: 1109

Re: Midtown Express Project 114 & 183

Not sure if anybody here can help me with this, but I'll ask anyway... What's up with the unbuilt flyover exit from 114 West to PGBT South? Those support columns have been there for as long as I have lived here, but other than a small bit of pavement along PGBT itself, it doesn't see like there is a...
by muncien
31 Jul 2018 10:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum Tower
Replies: 142
Views: 20095

Re: Museum Tower

I should have stopped reading at 'Gentleman Agreement'... Good luck with that! lol I'm sorry... but when you build something in a Central Business District that carries such priceless materials, is so sensitive to outside environmental conditions, and that is the primary purpose for such a structure...
by muncien
27 Jul 2018 13:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Dallas High School
Replies: 35
Views: 6212

Re: Downtown Dallas: Dallas High School

It would be nice if they extended the DART Transit Promenade setup along this development. I realize there is nothing on the other side worth walking to at this time, but it seems like the best way to manage the rail ROW. If we end up with an iron fence or 'chain-link', it'll look quite awful.
by muncien
27 Jul 2018 11:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum Tower
Replies: 142
Views: 20095

Re: Museum Tower

I think we just finished the longest stretch yet, without mentioning the melting sculptures. :D
by muncien
27 Jul 2018 11:21
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 186
Views: 18701

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

DART is also notorious for going with the most costly, overbuilt, unnecessary, option available... So, the 100m isn't surprising. But the reality of building a simple, functional station is probably half that.
by muncien
25 Jul 2018 11:32
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 658
Views: 87212

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

An article that mentions Shake Shack Las Colinas... http://dallas.culturemap.com/news/restaurants-bars/07-25-18-in-n-out-shake-shack-irving-mockingbird/ They mention it'll be at "SH 121 & MacArthur". I assume they meant '161'? as 121 is way up in Lewisville. They had me totally confus...
by muncien
25 Jul 2018 09:50
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 15
Views: 1945

Re: Cypress Waters

Great lineup! Thanks for the scoop. ^^
by muncien
24 Jul 2018 14:38
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 15
Views: 1945

Re: Cypress Waters

Ascension Coffee seems to be the first to sign a lease at The Sound of Cypress Waters. Opening probably not until Dec/Jan timeframe.
by muncien
24 Jul 2018 12:29
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Texas Live!
Replies: 66
Views: 6528

Re: Texas Live!

by muncien
24 Jul 2018 11:04
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 138
Views: 16241

Re: Trinity River Park

"the Corp has objected to trees, shrubs and natural plantings for decades now." This is not true... The corp actually requires the planting of vegetation with any project within the levees to slow down the flow of water. As it stands now, the flow is artificially too fast and causes a bott...
by muncien
24 Jul 2018 10:30
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Texas Live!
Replies: 66
Views: 6528

Re: Texas Live!

flyswatter wrote:Concrete maintenance is way cheaper than lawn maintenance. Plus that rendering makes the fountain look like one of those fountains in plazas that kids run through like Sundance Square.


Quite similar, yes...
Curious... Has the fountain in front of American Airlines Center EVER been on?
by muncien
24 Jul 2018 09:45
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 658
Views: 87212

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. Are we talking about Cypress Waters? That whole development in my ...
by muncien
13 Jul 2018 14:35
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 658
Views: 87212

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: 658
Views: 87212

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: 15
Views: 1945

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: 591

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: 658
Views: 87212

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: 274

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: 658
Views: 87212

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: 371
Views: 53628

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: 791

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: 62
Views: 6838

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: 791

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: 1823

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: 138
Views: 16241

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: 658
Views: 87212

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: 255

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: 15
Views: 1945

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: 300
Views: 44858

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: 194
Views: 26507

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: 75
Views: 10547

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: 658
Views: 87212

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: 135
Views: 21503

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...

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