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by muncien
22 Nov 2017 14:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 183
Views: 17245

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

Whoa.... Are they doing the whole building like this, or is it just a certain section?

** Thx for the pix btw **
by muncien
16 Nov 2017 15:49
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas Bike Share: VBikes, Spin, LimeBike
Replies: 78
Views: 8607

Re: Dallas Bike Share: VBikes, Spin, LimeBike

Looks like they're going with traditional chain & sprocket as well as inflatable tires for that version. I actually have no issue with the current tires, but that drive shaft certainly has it's limits, and the new adjustable seat is badly needed. Maintenance may become an issue though... curious...
by muncien
15 Nov 2017 14:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 183
Views: 17245

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

Looking for a silver lining here... Perhaps this could open the door for converting some of these dwelling to Owner Occupied instead of all rentals. That is certainly one way to raise cash, and in the current Real Estate market, they should go gang busters. Hell, I'd buy one tomorrow...
by muncien
15 Nov 2017 11:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18295

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

While watching a helicopter scouting out the Las Colinas Urban Center last evening, it reminded me that last time I saw similar activity, we were presented with the massive Verizon/Hidden Ridge proposal a short time later. Of course, I couldn't help but think our visitors last night may be the next ...
by muncien
14 Nov 2017 22:58
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 296
Views: 24517

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I checked out Bar Louis within the Music Factory this evening. I really could not believe how busy this and Thirsty Lion were on a Tuesday at 5:15pm. I believe there was an event since they had signs for 'event parking', but it must have been small because they had the interior doors shut on the pav...
by muncien
14 Nov 2017 11:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 156
Views: 19722

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

Perhaps they bulk ordered the glass for both the tower and garage together for cost and consistency purposes. Just a guess, but it would make sense. I remember they put samples on the existing Fountain Place tower to ensure they matched, so they are clearly trying to keep them all looking the same. ...
by muncien
14 Nov 2017 11:19
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 296
Views: 24517

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

On a side note... I just happened to walk along this canal a week ago to check out the area. There's a little triangular shaped property (currently owned by DART) just east of your marker, that is wedged between the canal, the Orange Line tracks, and Promenade Parkway... That lot is not suitable for...
by muncien
14 Nov 2017 11:11
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 296
Views: 24517

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

^^^^ What intersection is that pictured? They mention Las Colinas/NW HWY/Promonade Pkwy, but those intersections are already spoken for (Texican Hotel). This corner looks very similar to the 'Jefferson Riverside' down the street, but obviously it's not the same. I assume one of these streets (the o...
by muncien
14 Nov 2017 10:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 74
Views: 6365

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

I'll take 5-stories curb to curb over a 20 story tower covering 30% of the property, sitting on a six-story parking garage any day. :)
by muncien
14 Nov 2017 09:59
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 296
Views: 24517

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

^^^^ What intersection is that pictured? They mention Las Colinas/NW HWY/Promonade Pkwy, but those intersections are already spoken for (Texican Hotel). This corner looks very similar to the 'Jefferson Riverside' down the street, but obviously it's not the same. I assume one of these streets (the on...
by muncien
13 Nov 2017 10:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Cedar Maple Plaza I,II & III (2301 Cedar Springs Rd.)
Replies: 21
Views: 1155

Re: Uptown Dallas: Cedar Maple

They're actually building out the entire lot footprint for the garage below... All they need to do is extend that upwards a couple levels with resturant/lobby/retail/meeting areas, etc... and and let it serve as the podium for the full structure. The plaza is nonsense... They could have an outdoor s...
by muncien
09 Nov 2017 09:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 183
Views: 17245

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

Whoa.... Looks very Soviet...
by muncien
07 Nov 2017 09:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 183
Views: 17000

Re: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)

I prefer an abundance of pocket parks, over big expensive parks. With all these awkward intersections between Farmers Market area and the Statler, it seems you could create developer friendly parcels, and then slice out little wedges for pocket parks along the way. Couple that, and the future Harwoo...
by muncien
07 Nov 2017 09:27
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Margaret Hunt Hill bridge by Santiago Calatrava
Replies: 11
Views: 420

Re: Margaret Hunt Hill bridge by Santiago Calatrava

I may be in the minority here, but I think the four arches may have been a bit too busy. I kinda like the two arches instead. The fact that it's a 'fake' bridge is a downside, but I pretty sure a vast majority of folks who see it don't even realize that. With all things considered, seems like a smar...
by muncien
06 Nov 2017 10:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 183
Views: 17000

Re: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)

^Well, instead we are getting Harwood Park. Still not convinced that it's a good idea. Their plans look good, but b/c I spend M-F in this part of downtown, IMHO what we don't really need is another park 1 short block from Main St. Garden. Would rather see more in-fill. Totally agree... I'm all for ...
by muncien
03 Nov 2017 15:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 88
Views: 6905

Re: The Cedars Developments

That mess from Cesar Chavez to St Paul is precisely why this needs to be done. Doesn't TxDOT have a plan for this corridor that already involves reworking these ramps? I'm not talking about the full relocation plan either... I don't think that current configuration is long for this world.
by muncien
03 Nov 2017 13:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 88
Views: 6905

Re: The Cedars Developments

^^^^ Not dumb at all. It is the most logical next step. I think the fact that Cedars has been one of the least 'happining' places is why it doesn't get talked about much. But, that has been changing slowly. Not sure if we are there yet, but we should be soon. Accessing the Cedars from downtown is FA...
by muncien
03 Nov 2017 12:47
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas Bike Share: VBikes, Spin, LimeBike
Replies: 78
Views: 8607

Re: Dallas Bike Share: VBikes, Spin, LimeBike

Coming back from downtown yesterday, I decided to grab a V-bike for my last leg instead of waiting for the notoriously slow, midday, suburban buses. I rode over eight miles up Campion trail and beyond... Man, the human body is not designed to sit on those bikes for that long. Ouch. lol
by muncien
03 Nov 2017 09:50
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: MATA: M-Line Trolley
Replies: 70
Views: 5420

Re: MATA: M-Line Trolley

With all that development going on up that way, there has to be a big increase in funds coming in... assuming assessors are doing their job right (which isn't always the case).
by muncien
01 Nov 2017 14:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18295

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

"The study looked at.... cost of living..." Uh... Have you seen those results? I'm not so sure they did.... lol FWIW... They have Chicago listed as Neutral on cost of living. Also, without knowing exactly what Amazon is looking for, all these studies pretty much weight each criteria how ev...
by muncien
01 Nov 2017 09:10
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas Bike Share: VBikes, Spin, LimeBike
Replies: 78
Views: 8607

Re: Dallas Bike Share: VBikes, Spin, LimeBike

What is the city supposed to do? They aren't paying for the bikes... I suppose, they could enforce litter penalties for disabled bikes such as those pictured, but 'banning' bike share would be a MASSIVE mistake. The only two viable options I see are... 1. Build out infrastructure to support bikes, p...
by muncien
31 Oct 2017 11:17
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 93
Views: 5464

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

I know many of the 'Transit Centers' have indoor seating areas like this. Not sure about vending or rest rooms though. The North Irving Transit Center is a bit of a ghost town. Most services have been transition to the nearby Orange Line Stations (Convention Center & Urban Center). It's at a pri...
by muncien
30 Oct 2017 08:17
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 93
Views: 5464

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Gating up the stations could also make for better security while waiting for the train. Anyone have a guest what it would cost to create secured entry to the stations with ticket or phone app entry from outside like other cities. It’ll cost a lot more than what they will earn with increase fares. A...
by muncien
27 Oct 2017 10:13
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 93
Views: 5464

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Ouch. Having ridden the Green Line every day for 6 years, cant say I disagree that this is a problem because it is. Vagrants on the train, West End station is shall we say "salty." So many opportunities to improve operations but as Ive said for years, DART sucks at running a business... h...
by muncien
25 Oct 2017 16:13
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Autonomous Vehicle Thread
Replies: 20
Views: 1834

Re: Autonomous Vehicle Thread

^^^ All great points. One thing I think we will see in the next ten years over a transitional period to autonomous vehicles will be lanes designated specifically for autonomous (DFW may excel here as the toll lanes are already automated and seperated from traffic), and also areas where ONLY autonomo...
by muncien
25 Oct 2017 13:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18295

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I read an interesting article the other day that question the 'transit' requirement on the RFP altogether. The thought being... with shared rides, ride hailing, and autonomous vehicles, is traditional transit something even worth considering when building out an HQ ten years from now. Not totally su...
by muncien
25 Oct 2017 13:02
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 296
Views: 24517

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

^^^^ Paid parking in Irving? Yikes! That'll be a tuff sell. If I'm not mistaken, there are concerts more nights than not... that could be a problem for all these restaurants in the long run. I suspect they depend on more than just concert goes for business. Curious... Is the $10 something done by th...
by muncien
25 Oct 2017 10:28
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 93
Views: 5464

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

DART needs to stop trying to be all things to everyone, and instead concentrate on doing key things VERY WELL. This means reducing and streamlining bus routes, and making them run much more frequenty. I understand this will hit them hard on the statistical coverage assessments as it will show a lowe...
by muncien
25 Oct 2017 09:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18295

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

That scathing D Magazine article about DART, and the UTA study it cites are about DART failing the city as a whole , with a focus on those who need transit and can't afford it or get to it. I live and work downtown, and as an experienced IT professional, I am probably in the demographic that Amazon...
by muncien
23 Oct 2017 17:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18295

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

^^^
Ha! No kidding... I think if you throw in 2016 & 2017, you'll see an even bigger spike for DFW relative to the rest of the field. It has been a BIG couple of years for tech in the eastern metroplex.
by muncien
23 Oct 2017 16:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18295

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I was at Kroger's yesterday and picked up a six-pack of Miller Lite to take home to watch NFL Football and was properly informed by a store employee that I couldn't buy the beer until 12 Noon. I thought to myself, Amazon would not want to HQ in a place as backward as this. It wasn't until 2012 that...
by muncien
20 Oct 2017 16:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Smart District
Replies: 68
Views: 3274

Re: Dallas Smart District

How many halls can a city have?.. not enough apparently. Seriously. I just updated both the Sylvan Thirty and East Dallas threads, because two food halls were announced in both of those areas, on top of the one announced for West End and the current one in the Farmer's Market. The worst part is, al...
by muncien
20 Oct 2017 15:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Smart District
Replies: 68
Views: 3274

Re: Dallas Smart District

When asked about what 'Smart District' means on Fox 4 news this morning, the CEO said that they are designing and building for the next generation and not the last. He said the whole automobile mentality needs to change. They will be building based on ride sharing and autonomy. No more big hulking '...
by muncien
18 Oct 2017 16:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18295

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

On another note... I kinda wish the City of Dallas would consolidate all of their 'downtown' proposals into one, strong proposal. It should include VP, Reunion, Cedars, Spire, Headington, SmartCity, DE, etc... The entire downtown area should be the focus, and Amazon could select various parts of eac...
by muncien
18 Oct 2017 16:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18295

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

What exactly are these people thinking???? Dallas-based broker could help woo Amazon HQ2 to Central Texas farm land https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2017/10/18/dallas-based-broker-could-help-woo-amazon-hq2-to.html The Sandow Lakes Ranch is more than 33,000 acres about an hour's drive from dow...
by muncien
18 Oct 2017 11:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Smart District
Replies: 68
Views: 3274

Re: Dallas Smart District

Even if the height of all these proposed towers got lobbed in half, I would still be stoked if it got built. This half of CBD needs some major help.
by muncien
18 Oct 2017 10:59
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 104
Views: 1582

Re: I-345

If even half of those cars currently using I345 are forced around the mix master, or through city streets, this area will become a traffic hell that will severely impact those very people who live/work there. As opposed to now, where it's only a little bit of a traffic hell, and its almost completel...
by muncien
18 Oct 2017 10:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Smart District
Replies: 68
Views: 3274

Re: Dallas Smart District

From a transit perspective, this would have fit perfectly with my idea of running a D2 (or, D3) line at grade from just below the convention center, up Canton, then up Pearl to reconnect with rail adjacent to the Spire site. I still think that would be a great route in the future... when growth alon...
by muncien
18 Oct 2017 10:22
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Dallas Real Estate
Replies: 5
Views: 203

Re: Dallas Real Estate

^^^ Funny... You mention the two properties I have been most closely watching in the CBD, and for many of the same reasons you mention. There is just too much growth potential around these for them to not perform well in the long run. That said, prices on both have gone up dramatically over the last...
by muncien
17 Oct 2017 08:59
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Fair Park
Replies: 32
Views: 3152

Re: Fair Park

^^^^ Totally... Year-round. Create seasonal themes that change the look and feel and rotate exhibits during each 'intermission'. Remove the zombie protection barricades and make entry free of charge (lord knows we spend enough on everything else there). I really don't understand why we continually s...
by muncien
17 Oct 2017 08:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18295

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Here is one way to get yourself out of consideration... https://venturebeat.com/2017/10/17/in-an-open-letter-to-jeff-bezos-civic-groups-call-for-a-more-transparent-amazon-hq2-selection/ The many commitments signees want Amazon to agree to include creating opportunities to hire, train, and mentor wor...
by muncien
16 Oct 2017 11:22
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 296
Views: 24517

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Kelley USA wrote:I see 4 cranes flying high over the PNR site now. Looks good!


I've been having trouble agreeing (with myself) on a name for this site. Is it 'Verizon', 'Hidden Ridge', 'PNR', 'Carpenter Ranch'.....? lol

I suppose 'PNR' works for now... at least until other buildings get going. :)
by muncien
16 Oct 2017 11:18
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 296
Views: 24517

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I've also noticed that the construction fence around the northern end of Water Street is down and they've even got ceiling fans on in some of the units. Leasing office looked like it was almost ready as well. Hard to believe when you look at the other end of the site. I dig that dark brick color the...
by muncien
16 Oct 2017 09:02
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 70
Views: 3673

Re: the Cotton Belt line

What I would want if I were Plano would be train stations in or near the western neighborhoods of Plano. That could be accomplished the following ways: (A) commuter (regional) rail along the BNSF Madill corridor towards Frisco from Carrollton. This requires a commuter rail platform near the downtow...
by muncien
12 Oct 2017 12:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18295

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

The problem with that news is that Amazon wants something today not 10 years from now. Any promise of mass transit infusion of cash from the government tends to be very dependent on a lengthy process. It's always easy for any state and city politicians to promise "We will build trains everywhe...
by muncien
09 Oct 2017 14:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 183
Views: 17000

Re: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)

I love the proposal to remove a lane down commerce to widen the sidewalks. No brainer, and should have been done years ago. But they should extend it several more blocks to the east (past Doug's gym). Also, what is a 'double loaded intersection'?
by muncien
09 Oct 2017 08:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 183
Views: 17000

Re: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)

I find myself walking into a Ross, Old Navy, or Target to buy something nearly every time I travel (even if it's just something small). Interestingly, I rarely go to those places when at home. Clothes are just one of those things that I don't think online shopping will ever replace 100%. But, other ...
by muncien
06 Oct 2017 14:35
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas Bike Share: VBikes, Spin, LimeBike
Replies: 78
Views: 8607

Re: Dallas Bike Share: VBikes, Spin, LimeBike

Not much here... but the City of Irving looks ready to approve placement of VBikes on Campion trail and other city property. I have recently seen the same bikes at Valley Ranch HOA office. They said they expect to allow them on Valley Ranch trails soon. 6 Resolution - Approving an Agreement with VBi...
by muncien
06 Oct 2017 14:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 183
Views: 17000

Re: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)

With all these hotels and visitors, there are bound to be throngs of people every day who need a tie, belt, pair of socks, swimming trunks, or a sweatshirt... Unfortunately, the only options you can give them now are Niemans (ahem, easily pushing $300), or hoping to find something at CVS. That is pr...
by muncien
06 Oct 2017 13:53
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 296
Views: 24517

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

An interesting note from the previous City Council Special Session... Hillwood Development and DCURD (Dallas County Utility Reclamation District) are looking at options to "activate" the plaza at The Towers at Williams Square (where the Mustangs are). DCURD actually owns the plaza and Hil...

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