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by muncien
19 Mar 2019 13:42
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Hyperloop: Texas Triangle
Replies: 16
Views: 2944

Re: Hyperloop: Texas Triangle

One last point... Developers, Contractors (particularly Defense contractors), etc., love nothing more than to hear that a given project has 'political will' behind it. They view that as $$$$, and will be more than nappy to charge accordingly. It's a bit twisted, but that is the way it is. What we ne...
by muncien
19 Mar 2019 12:31
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Hyperloop: Texas Triangle
Replies: 16
Views: 2944

Re: Hyperloop: Texas Triangle

I still think the root of *all* of that is a political climate that stunts the environment needed to create healthy industries... it isnt a lack of imagination and ability. It's a pervasive conservative and crony-car-capitalist mindset that confuses and misdirects resources and funding... Be carefu...
by muncien
18 Mar 2019 16:51
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 38
Views: 6884

Re: Cypress Waters

I just got back from being out of town for most of spring break to find that a dozen of the new townhomes built in Cypress Waters seem to have lost a fight with the winds last week. They were probably about 70% complete when I left, just needing their brick veneer, and innards done. But I guess that...
by muncien
18 Mar 2019 15:57
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: DART: Bus system
Replies: 15
Views: 3503

Re: DART: Bus system

I'm curious what kinda vehicles this 'Go-link' will use. If they use shuttles or small buses, it seems like it'll be overkill for $1 rides around town. I love the service idea, but to me, this should be some of those little open air electric golf carts or something along those lines. They seem to gr...
by muncien
06 Mar 2019 11:05
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 789
Views: 167531

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Went to Green Gator last night in the Music Factory. Extremely busy. I assume because of Fat Tuesday. It was shoulder to shoulder people at the bar sometimes 2 to 3 deep and every table was taken. They had a live DJ and more people than they could serve. There was no show that night in the Pavilion...
by muncien
05 Mar 2019 15:27
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 201
Views: 45206

Re: DFW Economy

That "200 miles" amount is a bit of an exaggeration. No joke. Good grief, how can a journalist be so clueless? FWIW, the actual distance from downtown Dallas to the Oklahoma border is more like 75 miles; 200 miles would take you past Oklahoma City. Truly pathetic. And don't spill the bean...
by muncien
05 Mar 2019 12:54
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 789
Views: 167531

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

That is a bummer about Top Round. I really, really, loved that place. But, then again, my employer has a shuttle to take us there and back at lunch and I never had to drive. They seemed to do decent at lunch time, but most of these places are ghost towns outside of that. The happy hour places tend t...
by muncien
01 Mar 2019 16:27
Forum: Art + Sol
Topic: Arts District: Meyerson Symphony Center
Replies: 1
Views: 138

Re: Arts District: Meyerson Symphony Center

This is fantastic news! I don't go to the meyerson but once every year or so, but on my last visit a few months ago, it was a bit saddening to see it in it's current state. It is such a beautiful building, and all the water infiltration just seemed very out of place. I'll bet many don't even notice,...
by muncien
28 Feb 2019 16:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Hines Project - 2700 Commerce
Replies: 27
Views: 1719

Re: Deep Ellum: Hines Project - 2700 Commerce

One floor of retail, five floors of garage, and six floors of office. One good thing about it being office is that this should satisfy some of the demand for nightly parking as I am sure they can make some $ after the workers head out. This may actually open the door for some other projects to kick ...
by muncien
28 Feb 2019 09:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Dallas High School
Replies: 52
Views: 11107

Re: Downtown Dallas: Dallas High School

I35 west of CBD & VP is the worst. There is almost no way over or under it. At least I345 has numerous passthroughs beneath it, many of which already have usable space (dog park) or are planned to (new parks and proposed soccer fields). Still, the width is way overblown and could use a significa...
by muncien
27 Feb 2019 12:28
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava
Replies: 75
Views: 14336

Re: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava

Totally... The bridges structural integrity is what it is, regardless of the presence of some people walking on it or not. If it's truly at risk of failing, the risk is to much more than just those few potential people walking on it. In fact, just due to the traffic volume of this bridge, the threat...
by muncien
26 Feb 2019 13:50
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Plague of Pancake Development
Replies: 13
Views: 1699

Re: The Plague of Pancake Development

skeets wrote:Some developers try too hard to be different.


OMG! Totally. I knew this development the second I saw it. So terrible... lol
by muncien
26 Feb 2019 09:23
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park
Replies: 92
Views: 17322

Re: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park

It seems that a much better option would be to extend the park EASTWARD a few hundred feet, and then work to integrate it with the Arts District by re configuring the Annette Strauss Square as a pass through to the core of the Arts District. That square, while beautiful, is hardly used and walled of...
by muncien
26 Feb 2019 09:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: 2711 N. Haskell
Replies: 23
Views: 3980

Re: Cityplace East: 2711 N. Haskell

The way it is worded, it sounds like the $9M is allocated to the upgrades. The 'mixed use' part is almost mentioned as an afterthought. I wouldn't be surprised if these two were not tied together and on very different timelines. 'Upgrades' to these types of buildings tend to kick off almost immediat...
by muncien
26 Feb 2019 09:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 283
Views: 61294

Re: Oak Lawn

Got it, thanks for that insight. I can definitely understand their fears. I wasn't aware of what happened when they rebuilt the tollway bridge, but I do remember how drastically Lower Greenville changed. Perhaps what might eventually happen is Oak Lawn Ave. and Lemmon Ave. might actually start natu...
by muncien
26 Feb 2019 08:56
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 789
Views: 167531

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Yes, Green Gator started to open just for lunch a few days ago and extended the hours starting this past Friday. They are now open 11am - 12pm. I walked by yesterday around 5:30 and only a few people inside. It was nice to see the door open and the lights and tv's on again. I thought Billy Bob actu...
by muncien
22 Feb 2019 10:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Hines Project - 2700 Commerce
Replies: 27
Views: 1719

Re: Deep Ellum: Hines Project - 2700 Commerce

DPatel304 - you're spot on. So much of Dallas was unlocked - at least from a dinner / night-life perspective - with the arrival of Uber. Our taxi ecosystem is atrocious on just about every dimension. So you had three real options: drive drunk, drive and not drink, or go through the annoyance of ord...
by muncien
22 Feb 2019 10:19
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Plague of Pancake Development
Replies: 13
Views: 1699

Re: The Plague of Pancake Development

I really don't see this changing very much any time soon. Unlike some other parts of the world where populations are much more dense, here in the states, we have forest after forest of farmed trees. Run up to Southeaster Oklahoma and you will see what I mean. Add in the fact that the poor quality of...
by muncien
21 Feb 2019 15:36
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 224
Views: 42865

Re: the Cotton Belt line

How much extra is double tracking going to add to the cost of this epic boondoggle? If they're going to be spending all this extra money to bring a 3rd rail line to DFW Airport, I would like to see a plan to integrate the 3 lines into one central station at DFW, and then buses from each terminal to...
by muncien
21 Feb 2019 15:21
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 149
Views: 25627

Re: I-345

Conspiracies aside... This IS a really great idea. I always loved the dog park that had the overpass providing shading during the hot summer. Doing the same for soccer/other sports is great. Oh, and I don't buy the whole argument that having the park will prevent I 345 from ever coming down. Sheesh....
by muncien
19 Feb 2019 14:34
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 38
Views: 6884

Re: Cypress Waters

As of this past weekend, Olympus blvd is now open (finally) connecting 635 to Cypress Waters. Office Buildings: The first panel of the next tilt wall office building has gone up (yesterday), and the site of the next office building (in front of Signet Jewelers HQ) has been cleared and will likely be...
by muncien
19 Feb 2019 13:17
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 789
Views: 167531

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

The Ark Group is looking to amend the current lease for the Toyota Music Factory. They're wanting to convert all ground level and 2nd floor space in the B Building into office use. This would be all the space south of TCBY and around the corner to where BurgeRim is going in (and all of the space ab...
by muncien
18 Feb 2019 16:56
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 789
Views: 167531

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

^
Good to hear! Thx. I was getting a little concerned that we had been baited.
by muncien
14 Feb 2019 17:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1035
Views: 194656

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

But unlike places like NYC and DC, that have very prominent downtown areas, Dallas CBD could certainly stand to benefit from a substantial Amazon presence. Why NYC or DC would give away so much? I don't know... But, I certainly see why we would.
by muncien
14 Feb 2019 10:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Convention Center
Replies: 31
Views: 6056

Re: Dallas Convention Center

I've always been underwhelmed by the outside of the Convention Center... It's poorly landscaped, poor signage, the back of the convention center is a flat out eyesore. It's not really all that pleasant to walk around or navigate compared to other centers I attend (and I've been to more than my fair...
by muncien
13 Feb 2019 15:54
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 201
Views: 45206

Re: DFW Economy

It wouldn't surprise me at all to see residential real estate prices make a correction. I feel that they have been artificially high for a couple of years now. I expected a slight correction a year ago, but I think some of the Amazon buzz may have propped them up a little. As that ship has sailed (o...
by muncien
13 Feb 2019 15:45
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 330
Views: 68893

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

For those curious, per Wikipedia, the population of Leon County as of the 2010 Census was 16,801. After all the back and forth on this, I am honestly kind of amazed that our highway system even exists. The difference is that the highways benefit the rural areas, and the benefits outweigh the negati...
by muncien
11 Feb 2019 14:20
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 789
Views: 167531

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Fun Fact: Embassy suites originally proposed a hotel on this site back in the 90's. If I'm not mistaken, they have owned the land ever since. Yep that's correct. Actually I'm not sure that is correct... Embassy isn't the owner, this hotel is being developed by a company in Louisiana and will be man...
by muncien
11 Feb 2019 10:49
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 789
Views: 167531

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Fun Fact: Embassy suites originally proposed a hotel on this site back in the 90's. If I'm not mistaken, they have owned the land ever since.
by muncien
06 Feb 2019 09:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown: Cole Park Place Condos (3923 Cole Ave) (3 ST) - Completed 2018
Replies: 12
Views: 816

Re: Uptown: Cole Park Place Condos (3923 Cole Ave) (3 ST) - Completed 2018

Yeah, I too am having a hard time buying this... I have been following condo prices in Oaklawn (mostly older stuff) very closely for the last five years or so. They have performed considerably well up until the last six months. If there was ever a time to bring some new mid market condos into the ar...
by muncien
04 Feb 2019 10:55
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 253
Views: 41963

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

You can also look at Japanese cities (check google maps for yourself) and see not only how few 'freeways' (not free) there are, and how SMALL of a footprint they take. Many of the things that make cities robust and transit friendly are thwarted by the excessive tilt we have toward the automobile her...
by muncien
04 Feb 2019 10:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 129
Views: 22130

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

I like how they're extending the enclosed bottom portion of the triangular building for more retail/restaurant space. Also, I didn't realize they're wanting to close the street next to it for pedestrians . No kidding! That is great news (if approved). If we could convert several more of these stree...
by muncien
31 Jan 2019 12:44
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 253
Views: 41963

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Well, that turned divisive quickly... A couple of things... I don't buy that providing mobility to those who can't afford it is the "first and foremost" goal of most transit systems. In fact, outside of the states, I don't know any sizable transit agency that has this as their number one g...
by muncien
31 Jan 2019 10:17
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 253
Views: 41963

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

DART seems to be built for those who have no choice instead of trying to serve the area population as a whole. I'm not suggesting that it's a bad objective as it does provide an option to those who have no other option. But when you do that, you have little motivation for providing 'better' service....
by muncien
25 Jan 2019 11:29
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 224
Views: 42865

Re: the Cotton Belt line

I wouldn't be surprised if Billingsly set up a free circulator shuttle like what KDC did at CityLine. They already have this electric, stretched, open air, golf cart that shuttles people around during lunch time. I wouldn't be surprised to see it's usage expanded as Cypress Waters continues to buil...
by muncien
25 Jan 2019 10:04
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 224
Views: 42865

Re: the Cotton Belt line

I'm sure this is mentioned in plans somewhere, but is the North Lake station planned to be within walking/scootering distance of Cypress Waters? I've seen maps that mention a Cypress Waters alternative, but that seems to be a pretty compelling spot to have a station. If I remember correctly, Billin...
by muncien
24 Jan 2019 11:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 136
Views: 27309

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

No doubt! Glad they kept the general look and feel while improving aesthetic quality. I have been waiting and waiting for this place to open. If anyone catches wind of an opening date, please pass it along. Much thx!!!
by muncien
24 Jan 2019 11:33
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Allen Sports Village
Replies: 8
Views: 1130

Re: Allen Sports Village

It's sad to me that anyone in Allen would see this rendering and believe that their 15,000-seat stadium will have underground parking. If I lived anywhere near there, I would demand that they correct the rendering to show the 15,000 parking spaces no doubt required. https://cbsdallas.files.wordpres...
by muncien
23 Jan 2019 14:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 136
Views: 27309

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Any word on City Tavern?

...OR, for that matter, whatever is replacing the old City Tavern?

Previous communications sounded like both should be up an running quickly. But it seems like it's been ages since I heard anything.
by muncien
23 Jan 2019 09:44
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 84
Views: 14042

Re: TexRail

Thanks jrd. Good stuff! It is funny about about the station to terminal signage. I swear, when I talk to some folks about the DFW DART stop, they talk like it's a mile walk to the terminal, and not possible. It seems that anybody who us used to transit ridership has no issue with short walk to eithe...
by muncien
22 Jan 2019 09:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 424
Views: 96119

Re: Northpark Center

Funny how in the days of the Internets, sometimes the best way to come across information is word of mouth. I remember hearing about the Harwood Hotel at a bar in Las Colinas several months before it was ever made public. Good find! It'll be fun to see if/when anything materializes. :) Maybe I'm get...
by muncien
22 Jan 2019 09:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: First Baptist Church
Replies: 36
Views: 2363

Re: Downtown Dallas: First Baptist Church

It really is quite an effective system. Plus, it enables kiosks on multiple levels instead of directing everyone through a single 'lobby'. When you have different age groups on different levels, this allows for a much more efficient check in. Keep in mind... all registered users that are eligible fo...
by muncien
18 Jan 2019 09:12
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 38
Views: 6884

Re: Cypress Waters

Please excuse my super dark pictures from my vintage iphone 6s. I was hoping to capture that much of public space at The Sound at Cypress Waters has been completed, and they have turned on the lighting. There is a dog park, stage, seating areas, and a row of retail that has begun finish out (I'm bet...
by muncien
18 Jan 2019 08:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Restaurants: general news/development
Replies: 40
Views: 4348

Re: Restaurants: general news/development

Glad to see hot dogs making their way into the N. Texas market. There were quite a few hot dog joints from back in my so-cal days that were quite awesome. I suspect they could do well here as well.
by muncien
17 Jan 2019 09:48
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike
Replies: 168
Views: 38237

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

As a frequent user of the sidewalks in Uptown, I must disagree with your comment that the sidewalks are “well-suited for the scooters.” They are not lawfully alllowed on the sidewalks. It is my understanding (and apparently only mine) that they must be ridden on the streets. The sidewalks are bad e...
by muncien
16 Jan 2019 15:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas: Medical District
Replies: 123
Views: 30515

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: 123
Views: 30515

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: 168
Views: 38237

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: 123
Views: 30515

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: 138
Views: 30971

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...

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