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by muncien
07 Dec 2018 12:12
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 30
Views: 4249

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: 235
Views: 39135

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: 206

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: 20
Views: 675

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: 725
Views: 125221

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: 206

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: 515

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: 515

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: 34
Views: 3527

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: 2403

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: 34
Views: 3527

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: 316
Views: 52335

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: 2403

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: 34728

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: 919

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: 950
Views: 143517

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: 950
Views: 143517

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: 950
Views: 143517

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: 13
Views: 1071

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: 950
Views: 143517

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: 950
Views: 143517

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...
by muncien
13 Nov 2018 09:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 950
Views: 143517

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I'm amazed at the massive incentives New York threw at them. That is CRAZY money! For a city like NYC, I really don't understand why they throw around cash as much as they do. If i'm not mistaken, they spend far more on incentives to business than Texas does. I highly doubt we were going to touch th...
by muncien
13 Nov 2018 08:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Ventana (12 ST / 12 ST)
Replies: 30
Views: 6020

Re: North Dallas: Ventana (12 ST / 12 ST)

Those windows on the bottom section are killin' me. The color combo seems a little weird (blue/green glass and burnt orange), but possibly better in person. Overall though, it seems like quite a nice development.
by muncien
12 Nov 2018 14:21
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 725
Views: 125221

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

What's the deal with Gingerman at Water Street???? I went by on Friday and it's a completely empty shell. Are they even working on it? The liquor license on the window was dated July... lol That is probably the one place in Water Street that I have really been waiting for (after Twisted Root and the...
by muncien
09 Nov 2018 13:47
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 725
Views: 125221

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

To further speculate, there is an item in the current City Council Work Session agenda. It's an Executive Session item for "Project Rock". Now I'm no detective and this could be anything, but a San Francisco based company which is also where Alcatraz is. Of course Alcatraz is also known a...
by muncien
09 Nov 2018 13:27
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 725
Views: 125221

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Posted this in City Issues but I'll post it in the LC thread too... Article in the San Fran Business Journal about McKesson maybe quietly preparing to move HQ to Las Colinas. The future CEO has moved and bought a house in Las Colinas (also other factors mentioned in the article too). McKesson is #6...
by muncien
09 Nov 2018 11:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 950
Views: 143517

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

It is interesting that the WSJ keeps including Dallas but other outlets don't seem to include us as a possibility. We will see soon enough it seems. Of all the news we have heard on Amazon this week, it really goes back to only THREE publications. WSJ, NYT, WP... Being that the TWO who did NOT ment...
by muncien
07 Nov 2018 13:07
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 198
Views: 28907

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Actually the limestone in this area is one of the best materials for tunnelling. Soft enough for easy boring, but hard enough to be self supporting without lots of reinforcement. That's why they considered tunnels for the I-635 express lanes -- the price of tunnelling was competitive with other opt...
by muncien
07 Nov 2018 09:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 455
Views: 73395

Re: Victory Park 3.0

^^^
Are those TWO STORY units? It probably just looks that way based on the configurations of the windows... but man, that would be cool. I've always loved two-story units tucked into mid/high rises.
by muncien
07 Nov 2018 09:15
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 198
Views: 28907

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

It takes me the better part of 2+ hours on DART coming home from work on a trip that probably should take no more than 30 minutes tops. I've had commutes of 1 1/2-2 1/2 hours using DART before. Very frustrating. Add to that escalators and elevators that might work sometimes, but are a roll of the d...
by muncien
06 Nov 2018 13:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 950
Views: 143517

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I wonder how many developers have been holding their cards close just hoping for that golden goose... I mean, surely there are projects that were dependent on Amazon (particularly, the large pie in the sky stuff), but I suspect there were many more (even if smaller) deals waiting in the wings for Am...
by muncien
06 Nov 2018 11:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Davis Building
Replies: 37
Views: 6407

Re: Davis Building

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:Replacing with what exactly... Headington drives me nuts with his tearing down.


Another eye-ball... from what I hear.

*** totally kidding - I never heard that ***
by muncien
06 Nov 2018 10:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 950
Views: 143517

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Perhaps by having both DC and NYC linked by rail, they can still consider this a single HQ2 instead of HQ2 and HQ3. But that seems like quite a stretch... On the other hand, once you decide to break it out to multiple cities, it seems strange that you would have it in two cities on the same coast. A...
by muncien
02 Nov 2018 10:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum Tower
Replies: 166
Views: 30996

Re: Museum Tower

Last night, Museum Tower was featured on the Science Channel’s “Engineering Catastrophes”. It’s crazy that the building’s reflection is still an issue, well after its completion. I wonder if the issue will ever be fixed... I'm curious if it ever 'really' was an issue. I mean, how many years has it ...
by muncien
31 Oct 2018 08:40
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 30
Views: 4249

Re: Cypress Waters

Interestingly enough... The land where most of the construction is going on now used to be known as 'North Lake Park'. That park was technically an Irving park. They leased the land from Dallas to have the park to serve the North Irving residents to the east and south. While most of the park infrast...
by muncien
30 Oct 2018 12:48
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 30
Views: 4249

Re: Cypress Waters

Correct... The one apartment right across from the Flying Fish and Rodeo Goat spots is seven stories. The ground level units are actually two story 'town-home' style... which is a new concept for the area. There are also some two story town-home style units on top of the parking garage, with some co...
by muncien
30 Oct 2018 09:55
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 30
Views: 4249

Re: Cypress Waters

2 more office projects on the way... I continue to be stunned by the pace of development here and the overall ability to attract companies at a rapid pace! https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2018/10/30/two-office-buildings-way-booming-cypress-waters-project I saw them clearing that lot...
by muncien
30 Oct 2018 08:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 508 Young Street (old Dallas Morning News building)
Replies: 11
Views: 2119

Re: Downtown Dallas: 508 Young Street (old Dallas Morning News building)

KDC and partner Hoque Global - who together made a pitch for Amazon's coveted second headquarters on a building site near Dallas City Hall ...close by the end of the year... ...KDC won't comment on pending contracts... What is the square footage of the existing office building? Hmm.... Maybe I'm re...
by muncien
30 Oct 2018 08:13
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Food Delivery Robots coming to Dallas (6-month pilot program start Nov 1st)
Replies: 4
Views: 358

Re: Food Delivery Robots coming to Dallas (6-month pilot program start Nov 1st)

The only 'failure' related to bike share, was when the city stepped in. It's just a matter of time before they kill off the next innovative thing.
by muncien
26 Oct 2018 14:26
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Love Field People Mover
Replies: 28
Views: 4958

Re: Dallas Love Field People Mover

... Plus, you could move the ride-share pickup/dropoff to the same place to lighten the load on the main airport access road. One of the benefits of taking a ride-share to the airport is being dropped off right at the door. Why would anyone want to be dropped off a few thousand feet away when you c...
by muncien
26 Oct 2018 13:41
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Love Field People Mover
Replies: 28
Views: 4958

Re: Dallas Love Field People Mover

Why not just an underground tunnel from Burbank Station to the terminal with the same moving sidewalks they use in the parking garages. Simple not near as much money and direct terminal access. That's exactly what I was thinking previously... Plus, you could move the ride-share pickup/dropoff to th...
by muncien
24 Oct 2018 14:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 950
Views: 143517

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Dallas has decided to stay mum on whether or not Amazon came back calling. Not sure how that's a competitive advantage; other cities have been letting the world know about the follow-ups.. but whatever, it really says nothing about whether You're the Favorite or not. Simply put, We really don't kno...
by muncien
24 Oct 2018 10:12
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 249
Views: 33451

Re: DART D2 Subway

Personally, I don't think we need to design the DART system to accommodate for 'one-offs' (power outages, accidents, state fair, etc), any more than our our street/hwy systems should plan for it. That's the same train of though that got us five lanes of one-way roads right next to AA center, etc. Pa...
by muncien
23 Oct 2018 13:47
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 42
Views: 8617

Re: TexRail

I assume Cotton Belt will use the same TexRail station, correct? It sounds like DART is coming closer to going with commuter rail instead of LRT for the Cotton Belt, so DART may end up with stops at both of these stations. Plus, let's hope the TexRail and DART systems are fully compatible, and that ...
by muncien
19 Oct 2018 16:21
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park
Replies: 79
Views: 12210

Re: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park

Does anyone actually visit a city visitor center? I mean this as an honest question. I can't recall any time that I ever have. I remember when first relocating to Dallas, it was suggested that I go to the visitor center (don't remember by who). I was greeted by 60+ lady who instructed me to check o...
by muncien
19 Oct 2018 11:28
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park
Replies: 79
Views: 12210

Re: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park

I'm glad they decided on a visitors center instead of another restaurant. Why cannibalize Savor and add to the already saturated market here? Stampede 66 just closed and there are more restaurants coming to 1900 Pearl and Park District. Absolutely! Moving the visitors center to KWP is a HUGE deal. ...
by muncien
19 Oct 2018 10:35
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 725
Views: 125221

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

In other news... The tower cranes are currently being taken down on Pioneer HQ.
by muncien
19 Oct 2018 10:33
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 725
Views: 125221

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Here's what appears to be the "in the early stages" of design for the Blue Star Development at 161 and 114 (Jerry Jones / LPC Project). The brochure was done about 3 months ago. https://www.lpcdallas.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/BlueStar.pdf Why is it so disjointed? I really don't under...
by muncien
17 Oct 2018 10:58
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 725
Views: 125221

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

No.... God No... Please God No... don't let this be a serious plan for the entryway at Las Colinas Blvd & O'Connor Blvd. This would be a disaster! https://images4.loopnet.com/d2/aunfbh1DX4yoBpBkf8mvGlLYoTL5PY9bgx3OVldIUc0/document.pdf LOL... I was going to say something like "The 80's call...
by muncien
17 Oct 2018 09:32
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Coppell: misc. developments
Replies: 1
Views: 302

Re: Coppell: misc. developments

Coppell office project planned near LBJ Freeway on Cypress Waters doorstep Another name that will hopefully later change: The Braun on Belt Line This complex will be north of I-635 and on the east side of Belt Line. I thought that Cypress Waters had all that acreage, I guess not. Multiple office bu...

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