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by muncien
16 Jan 2019 15:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas: Medical District
Replies: 115
Views: 26369

Re: Dallas: Medical District

Level 1 trauma center is great asset to have, but it's hardly a necessity at county expense. On top of that... Parkland was able to operate as Level 1 trauma out of a far less extravagant facility for years. I'm glad you mentioned DISD and DCCCD... Can you image what those tax rates would be if thei...
by muncien
16 Jan 2019 11:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas: Medical District
Replies: 115
Views: 26369

Re: Dallas: Medical District

I don't know what I would have done if Parkland wasn't there. Every other hospital in the county has an Emergency Room. Federal law requires them to stabilize you before transferring or releasing you. A lot of people seem to think that if we didn't have Parkland we wouldn't have indigent care. The ...
by muncien
16 Jan 2019 10:47
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike
Replies: 166
Views: 32809

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

The CBD and Uptown desperately need a safe/reliable North/South corridor for pedestrians, bicycles and everything in between. While the scooters are well suited to short distances via sidewalks, the distances from Katy Trail to EMC (or longer) are more suitable to bicycle transportation, which isn't...
by muncien
15 Jan 2019 13:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas: Medical District
Replies: 115
Views: 26369

Re: Dallas: Medical District

I don't think anybody thinks poor people shouldn't have access to healthcare. That's just a silly argument people use to silence opponents when trying to defend excessive government waste. It's about the manner in how it's done that offends many taxpayers. We live in a 'you get what you pay for' soc...
by muncien
14 Jan 2019 13:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 136
Views: 26237

Re: AT&T Discovery District

The building is not a Dallas Landmark (most protected) but it is a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark. Regardless, interiors are not landmarked. Link: http://www.thc.texas.gov/content/tax-credit-program-highlight-interurban-building If AT&T wants it for parking they could demolish and rebuild the...
by muncien
14 Jan 2019 13:39
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 72
Views: 10891

Re: TexRail

As it is, the fare zone split discourages shorter trips for people who live/work close to the fare zone boundary. If I live in Irving and work in DT Grapevine or at Bell Helicopter (for example), it makes more sense to just drive (adding another single occupant vehicle to 183/114) because they're p...
by muncien
11 Jan 2019 09:15
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 228
Views: 34333

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

^^^
Great news all around! Thx for the info.
by muncien
11 Jan 2019 08:58
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Autonomous Vehicle Thread
Replies: 64
Views: 10144

Re: Autonomous Vehicle Thread

Autonomous flying vehicles will never be approved by the FAA which is staffed, funded, and controlled by pilots. Watch some Aviation 101 youtube videos to find out how professional flying is - even for private pilots in small airplanes. The idea that Billy Bob from anywhere Texas is going to be all...
by muncien
11 Jan 2019 08:42
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 228
Views: 34333

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

I'm also not much a fan of the cloth 'padding' on the seats. I realize its considered a bit of a luxury item, but it always seems a bit ikky to me (okay, yes... I'm a little OCD). Who knows what has been spilled there previously? I'd love for a long, uniform piece of stainless steel running the leng...
by muncien
09 Jan 2019 09:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 466
Views: 105663

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

Light rail can easily be operated as a streetcar through urban environments. LA Metro's Blue Line does this, much of Portland's light rail does as well (particularly in the urban core), as well as countless other systems and it works just fine. There is no need to go underground unless you have very...
by muncien
09 Jan 2019 09:08
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Lowest Stemmons Project
Replies: 27
Views: 3374

Re: Lowest Stemmons Project

I know it would have been a boat load of work & money, and also presented challenges due to historic trinity river channel, but I would have preferred that any rework of freeways within a couple of miles of the CBD be trenched (similar to 75) allowing various points to be capped over time. These...
by muncien
02 Jan 2019 09:29
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Hunt Realty, AT&T partner on lighting up Reunion Tower for New Year's Eve
Replies: 5
Views: 1310

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

I watched some of the video feed... I really like the idea, but it seemed like the whole thing could have been sped along a bit. I know they wanted to make it 'longer', but I think squeezing more pyro into a shorter period would have been better. As for the ole Big D NYE in VP. I truly do miss that....
by muncien
31 Dec 2018 12:39
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 742
Views: 142243

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

To be fair, anything’s gourmet compared to McDs, lol. So weird, my wife and I went to the Elf Holiday Party at Alamo last week and it was sold out. We had to sit in the front. The parking at TMF has been completely full every time we go. We have to go up to the fifth floor to find any parking. Ha! ...
by muncien
31 Dec 2018 11:45
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Highway lighting outages in construction zones
Replies: 5
Views: 312

Re: Highway lighting outages in construction zones

FWIW... The DFW Connector project, which completed four and half years ago and links 121, 114, and 635 North of DFW airport, has NEVER had working lights. Perhaps the fact that they couldn't go with their standard high-mast lighting due to airport proximity made the lighting more 'complex' than it ...
by muncien
27 Dec 2018 10:19
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 742
Views: 142243

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

That Dick's has always been a bit of a ghost town. But they are the source of their own demise... as a company in general. Even the Best Buy and Fry's right there are typically pretty empty. I'd love to see a master plan for redevelopment for that entire area. But it doesn't seem like anything 'gran...
by muncien
26 Dec 2018 11:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 145
Views: 27923

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

This is just silly. It's an 80's ish solution to a new problem. The electric scooters are already fulfilling this type of need, and can do so without any city/DART contribution (or 'obstruction'). Instead, they should remain focused on some sort of BRT up the Inwood corridor to connect to the future...
by muncien
26 Dec 2018 11:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 349
Views: 72735

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

It's "the cycle" and no one should be surprised. The looming crash will be a slow down in North Texas, screeching to a hard slow will happen else where, what's been considered domestic-moderate since the recession will settle in Dallas as the region continues to increase in scope and scal...
by muncien
26 Dec 2018 10:57
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Highway lighting outages in construction zones
Replies: 5
Views: 312

Re: Highway lighting outages in construction zones

FWIW... The DFW Connector project, which completed four and half years ago and links 121, 114, and 635 North of DFW airport, has NEVER had working lights. Perhaps the fact that they couldn't go with their standard high-mast lighting due to airport proximity made the lighting more 'complex' than it o...
by muncien
20 Dec 2018 11:12
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike
Replies: 166
Views: 32809

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

I think this presentation proves the point made repeatedly in this thread. Of all the cities compared in the presentation, our application fee is higher than everyone except for Seattle (where no doubt the companies can make up for it). The 'per bike' fee is higher than anywhere except for Chicago (...
by muncien
18 Dec 2018 10:14
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike
Replies: 166
Views: 32809

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

As I had suggested much earlier in this thread... Any regulations against the bike share should have been directly tied to availability of city services. They could have easily implemented rules that bikes should be parked at bike racks under the condition that there was one available within a certa...
by muncien
14 Dec 2018 13:14
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 31
Views: 5240

Re: Cypress Waters

The master plan for Cypress Waters continues to get refine, allowing for a little more detail of what's to come. The lastest version (updated last month) shows even more 'office' space than previous versions, which continues the trend seen lately. In addition, phase previously dubbed 'single-family'...
by muncien
14 Dec 2018 12:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 349
Views: 72735

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

Why is everyone so angry on this forum?? I know what we all need, we need pizza!! As in 400 Gradi- the Australian Pizza chain that'll open it's first US location at none other than 2000 Ross!! https://dallas.eater.com/2018/12/14/18140482/400-gradi-2000-ross-avenue-opening-dallas-arts-district Maybe...
by muncien
14 Dec 2018 11:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 974
Views: 163577

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

https://i0.wp.com/www.thetransportpolitic.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Ridership-3-Change-in-ridership-by-major-region.png?resize=768%2C427&ssl=1 https://www.dmagazine.com/frontburner/2017/01/why-dallas-should-follow-seattles-lead-on-mass-transit/ One of the most telling things about this gra...
by muncien
14 Dec 2018 10:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 974
Views: 163577

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Here's a couple thoughts on this... The two proposals for HQ2 that we have seen over the last few days (DFW & SDTD) show exactly what NOT to do, as well as exactly what 'to do'. We've all seen pretty renderings before, but I have to admit that these are quite good. Instead of waiting on some gol...
by muncien
13 Dec 2018 15:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 974
Views: 163577

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Not a Typo: To Lure Amazon, DFW Airport Had a Plan to Offer Nearly $23 Billion Over 99 Years https://www.dmagazine.com/frontburner/2018/12/not-a-typo-to-lure-amazon-dfw-airport-had-a-plan-to-offer-nearly-23-billion-over-99-years/ Wow... Kinda glad this never saw the light of day. I remember hearing...
by muncien
12 Dec 2018 08:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 466
Views: 105663

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

^^^
Why is that? I can't even imagine that ramp (or Live Oak) even fit current TxDOT design standards. It seems more like the city should have more say in variances to design standards than TxDOT. These ramps need to go...
by muncien
11 Dec 2018 11:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Mockingbird Station
Replies: 56
Views: 12028

Re: Dallas Mockingbird Station

For what it's worth... I remember seeing renderings for a massive mixed use project to be built on LA Metro's North Hollywood Station parking lot (back when I lived there). That was 20 and 30 years ago... Today, it's still a giant parking lot. lol
by muncien
11 Dec 2018 09:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Hall Arts Hotel & Residences
Replies: 138
Views: 35000

Re: Arts District: Hall Arts Hotel & Residences

Tnexster wrote:Those white/silver panels on the exterior are interesting and sort of resemble the exterior of Wyly theater, was that planned to be that way?


Too funny... It looks like something on one of those 'engineering fail' videos. I'm sure, once it's all completed, it'll look 'intentional'. haha
by muncien
07 Dec 2018 12:12
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 31
Views: 5240

Re: Cypress Waters

The Flying Saucer has finalized a lease for The Sound... Not really that surprising seeing as the same company also owns Flying Fish & Rodeo Goat. That's a good addition! Awesome news! I'll be glad that one is in walking distance. You know... with Brinker International anchoring one of the key ...
by muncien
07 Dec 2018 08:38
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 254
Views: 45534

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

^^^^ Yes! Totally. I've said for years that Residential is the key to downtown. Leasing has always performed well... and with what is happening in Uptown (Ultra Luxury and chasing out the bars), I think downtown is well suited to thrive. It's the people that make the destination, and I will take the...
by muncien
06 Dec 2018 13:45
Forum: The Pitch
Topic: Dallas may get XFL franchise
Replies: 9
Views: 504

Re: Dallas may get XFL franchise

^ Eww... I have had the unfortunate experience of watching a football game in a baseball ballpark a couple of times, and it's whack. Plus... Arlington? Really? Now it looks like you are trying to compete with the NFL... which is a bad idea. Heck, It would even make more sense to put it in Pizza Hut ...
by muncien
05 Dec 2018 13:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Most Exciting Project?
Replies: 24
Views: 1752

Re: Most Exciting Project?

I remember when The Drever (formerly 'The Olympic') was on our previous 'most exciting' list. Though, I totally get why it has fallen down the list. But I agree 100% with the projects mentioned above. All very good for the CBD. Hard to narrow it down to one. I would also LOVE to see something tangib...
by muncien
04 Dec 2018 11:10
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 742
Views: 142243

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

More apartments for the Urban Center?? But of course... I think there are currently 1500 apartment units either being developed or about to break ground in the UC. There's also 2 townhouse projects under construction. Guessing that translates to about 2000+ new residents. That's good for Water Stre...
by muncien
04 Dec 2018 10:34
Forum: The Pitch
Topic: Dallas may get XFL franchise
Replies: 9
Views: 504

Re: Dallas may get XFL franchise

Having attended every LA Extreme home game (including playoffs and championship game) of the inaugural (and only) season, I am all up for addition. The environment was quite awesome, to tell you the truth. As much of a cowboy's fan as I am, I cannot go to the stadium to watch a game. Too expensive, ...
by muncien
30 Nov 2018 13:40
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Main Street Garden
Replies: 14
Views: 917

Re: Main Street Gardens

^^^
Thanks for the pix. That certainly looks like an improvement... even if it is lacking the 'ol twirl & hurl chairs.
by muncien
28 Nov 2018 16:42
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Main Street Garden
Replies: 14
Views: 917

Re: Main Street Gardens

Since the forum was restarted there hasn't really been significant news about Main Street Gardens but the children's area and the dog run is about to be renovated it seems. Screen Shot 2018-11-28 at 4.21.35 PM.png Please tell me they're keeping those little spinny chairs. Those have to be the best,...
by muncien
28 Nov 2018 16:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District 1.0
Replies: 42
Views: 5134

Re: Design District 1.0

You think the rendering and windows are underwhelming, well, the 'romper room' approach to Tru's lobby/common areas are even more (less?) so. Tru is a very niche-y concept. http://www.trubyhilton.com https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tru_by_Hilton If I didn't know any better, I'd say this looks exactly...
by muncien
28 Nov 2018 16:32
Forum: The Airports
Topic: American Airlines
Replies: 13
Views: 2769

Re: American Airlines

I do recall that AA HQ was strongly considering anchoring the Cowboy's Stadium site in Irving. While on the surface, such a proposal may not seem to different than what they have now, that Cowboy's Stadium site was going to include considerable mixed use development as well as an DART stop that prov...
by muncien
28 Nov 2018 14:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District 1.0
Replies: 42
Views: 5134

Re: Design District 1.0

That remodel of the Feizy building looks terrible. The building had seen better days and needed some freshening but was a better architectural design than this render.... yuck. Impossible to tell really looking at that terrible drawing. I thought the same thing initially... But there is no doubt th...
by muncien
28 Nov 2018 12:44
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 318
Views: 59292

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

BUILD IT! We need something to brag about here in Texas. Also I want to ride one of these bad boys without spending over a grand to fly to Japan. No doubt! I spent two weeks riding old Amtrak trains around the country last year, and spent a couple years riding trains around Europe as well. Travelin...
by muncien
28 Nov 2018 12:20
Forum: The Airports
Topic: American Airlines
Replies: 13
Views: 2769

Re: American Airlines

I take no issue with the point the article is trying to make, but as is typical with many pieces like this, the snobbyness in which they do it is a turn off. You don't encourage behavior by presenting your point in such a self-obsessed/elitist tone. Instead, you discourage people who could actually ...
by muncien
21 Nov 2018 13:06
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 180
Views: 39067

Re: DFW Economy

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-11-21/opec-s-worst-nightmare-the-permian-is-about-to-pump-a-lot-more The shale players learned a valuable lesson last time. The game is different now, and they are prepared to not only weather the conditions, but actually thrive on them. It's the middle ...
by muncien
21 Nov 2018 11:05
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DCTA (Denton Co. Transportation Authority)
Replies: 9
Views: 1176

Re: DCTA (Denton Co. Transportation Authority)

IMO... The whole "1/4 mile" threshold needs to be reconsidered. DART tries to get service to as many people in the service area based on being within 1/4 mile of a bus stop. Because of how spread out many areas of the service are is, you end up thinning out your service to provide 'more' c...
by muncien
15 Nov 2018 16:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 974
Views: 163577

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Seems like paying 50k people in NYC and DC would cost a heck of a LOT more than paying 50k in Dallas. I doubt that treasure chest they got from NYC will come close to offsetting those costs... But, what do I know? I'm sure they did the math.
by muncien
14 Nov 2018 13:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 974
Views: 163577

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Jesus Christ! This is a horrible deal for New York. Thank goodness azon didn't choose Dallas. I'd say we've dodged a bullet. Dallas/Texas offer was $1.2b for the entire 50k HQ. NY is paying over $1.5b for half the 'pie'. I honestly am satisfied with our offer, and I tend to think the only reason NY...
by muncien
14 Nov 2018 09:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 974
Views: 163577

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

The Amazon HQ2 pitch that would have dramatically changed Dallas' skyline https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2018/11/14/amazon-hq2-pitch-dramatically-changed-dallas-skyline The Dallas Smart District would have been renamed “The Dallas Day 1 District”. It also includes a full animation ...
by muncien
13 Nov 2018 15:04
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco: China Lesso Group Mixed-Use Development
Replies: 14
Views: 1519

Re: Frisco: China Lesso Group Mixed-Use Development

But the commute from OKC gets a little easier...
by muncien
13 Nov 2018 13:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 974
Views: 163577

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Honestly, I don't think the CBD needs a massive office tenant to move in. What it needs are another twenty midrise residential. I'm not even talking 20-30 stories... If we could get 10-12 story residential (rental and condo) to fill in some of the lots, downtown will make a success story out of its...
by muncien
13 Nov 2018 12:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 974
Views: 163577

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Honestly, I don't think the CBD needs a massive office tenant to move in. What it needs are another twenty midrise residential. I'm not even talking 20-30 stories... If we could get 10-12 story residential (rental and condo) to fill in some of the lots, downtown will make a success story out of itse...

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