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by muncien
23 Jan 2018 09:11
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 327
Views: 31630

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Yeah... I was digging around, but unable to find any details. But from what I did find, it seems that they only speak for a small portion of that massive piece of land... so I suspect there is more to come.

Unrelated... I think Yardhouse may have opened yesterday, but i have yet to verify.
by muncien
22 Jan 2018 09:29
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 129
Views: 10929

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

The Apple culture doesn't seem to fit Texas at all... I know its just perception, but it seems a very obvious one. Amazon on the other hand is actually much more similar culturally. You can think back to when Texas sued Amazon for bazillions in state sales tax, and instead of withdrawing from Texas,...
by muncien
19 Jan 2018 13:02
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 129
Views: 10929

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

Apple will likely want a suburban campus, correct? Seems like there is very little information given here, so I won't hold my breath for Texas, but it's cool that Amazon, Apple, and Google are all scoping out new locations. I'm guessing this is because of Texas' social policies/politics. Possible, ...
by muncien
19 Jan 2018 12:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 519
Views: 27006

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I lived in Austin for a little over a year, and I've been saying all of these things for a while. Based on my experience there, it seems the hype comes from the following people: 1) College students who have not ventured out too much yet at this stage in their life. Most of their life was spent liv...
by muncien
19 Jan 2018 11:31
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 129
Views: 10929

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

I saw this in Business Insider article... Apple's new campus is unlikely to be located in California, where the tech company's headquarters are housed at its sleek "spaceship" Apple Park campus in Cupertino, or in Texas , where it has facilities in Austin that house customer service and so...
by muncien
18 Jan 2018 10:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 519
Views: 27006

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Perhaps Apple or Google would gravitate towards a Plano/Frisco type campus, but I don't see Amazon doing that based on their criteria.
But I still see places like Midtown and Las Colinas fitting into their vision.
by muncien
18 Jan 2018 09:27
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 327
Views: 31630

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

“This essentially mimics what happened at O'conner across from the Urban Center DART station.” What development are you referring to? The townhomes on the corner of E Las Colinas Blvd and Riverside? The same folks (InTown) who built the ones you are talking about also got approval to do the same at...
by muncien
18 Jan 2018 09:17
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 129
Views: 10929

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

Apple is gearing up to build another corporate campus in a yet-to-be-announced American city and increase its workforce across the U.S. by 20,000 new employees over the next five years, the iPhone maker said Wednesday. The news comes packaged with Apple’s announcement Wednesday that it plans to inv...
by muncien
18 Jan 2018 09:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 519
Views: 27006

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Not sure if this is a dumb question or not, but does Amazon’s list capture the metro areas listed or is this a list of the proper cities? (eg. would it say North Texas if they were considering Irving, Frisco etc.) Considering that they listed Northern VA and Montgomery Co, MD separately from DC, th...
by muncien
17 Jan 2018 14:15
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 327
Views: 31630

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I just saw on City of Irving's meeting agenda for tomorrow a request to put a gated town home community on the lot adjacent to Irving Convention Center Station. That makes zero sense... The density is all wrong. This comes after recently scolding the next property over for not including retail along...
by muncien
17 Jan 2018 08:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 104
Views: 13915

Re: Victory Park 3.0

I have to say, though... I really don't understand having the wider grassy area of the plaza against the DART station, and the hard surface oriented toward Victory. It seems you could easily make this entire plaza more functional, while still having grassy areas off to the side so they don't get tra...
by muncien
17 Jan 2018 08:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 104
Views: 13915

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Wow... They show significant work beginning this summer. That's quicker than I expected...
by muncien
11 Jan 2018 14:38
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike
Replies: 83
Views: 10786

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

I would expect autonomous vehicles to be much easier to regulate. Unlike these bikes, which can be left anywhere the last user sees fit, autonomous vehicles can be returned to a more desirable location. I would expect there would be limits on parking restrictions similar to disabled vehicles. ie: no...
by muncien
02 Jan 2018 12:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DISD Administration Building
Replies: 16
Views: 813

Re: DISD Administration Building

I really don't understand the point of that little sliver of grass that everyone puts between the sidewalk and the street. I get that people want greenery, and I get that having a separation between pedestrians and vehicles is good, but the notoriously narrow strip of grass does nothing to really ac...
by muncien
31 Dec 2017 11:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DISD Administration Building
Replies: 16
Views: 813

Re: DISD Administration Building

Someone put a posting on another thread (Ross ave?) showing the proposed building. Apartments and garage filling the lot, while saving the existing central building. Looks pretty solid.
by muncien
26 Dec 2017 13:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 212
Views: 22792

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

I have to say... Having visited Main Street Garden Park for the first time in a while, it seems to have become quite a hit. The entire EMC corridor was absolutely bustling with activity last night, which was quite surprising when you consider that there was hardly anything open. Even after 11PM, the...
by muncien
22 Dec 2017 09:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 65
Views: 7684

Re: AT&T Discovery District

They should have a bat-signal projection... hovering the ATT logo above the skyline when the low clouds provide the opportunity! LOL... Didn't Republic Tower have a ridiculously bright light on it way back in the day, that had to be shut off because it was a detriment to Love Field air traffic? I s...
by muncien
21 Dec 2017 11:22
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 327
Views: 31630

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Last time I saw unmarked helicopters flying low circles around the Music Factory/Convention Center area, we seemed to get the Hidden Ridge announcement shortly afterward. Again today, we have an unmarked helicopter (much bigger than a news chopper) scoping out the Urban Center, flying some low passe...
by muncien
21 Dec 2017 10:39
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 191
Views: 15846

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

A recent four hour delay while waiting for my train (Amtrak) at Union Station kinda dimmed my preference for that location. While the building itself is fairly attractive, the inside is a total dump and needs a major overhaul, and then there is just no space to support the low traffic during Amtrak ...
by muncien
20 Dec 2017 10:09
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Plano: misc. developments
Replies: 6
Views: 549

Re: Plano: misc. developments

The new US75 Plano Parkway flyover is now complete -they took away a service road lane and added it to the highway, and built a flyover lane for Plano Parkway. The result with BJs Pizza and Chipotle and whatever feel they like they are right up against the highway and you can look down upon the roo...
by muncien
19 Dec 2017 15:12
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 192
Views: 16359

Re: Legacy West

What I wouldn't give to have something like Los Angeles' Grand Central Market located in the CBD. While little known to anyone outside of downtown LA, that place is awesome and would do wonders for the residents of the city core, as well as daytime population. Such a simple concept, yet something so...
by muncien
15 Dec 2017 09:00
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: South Dallas: University Hills
Replies: 19
Views: 1457

Re: South Dallas: University Hills

The name still rubs me the wrong way... We already have a 'University Hills' with some historical significance.
by muncien
15 Dec 2017 08:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum Tower
Replies: 73
Views: 6267

Re: Museum Tower

^^^ Apt > Condo or Hotel > Condo conversions would be the best bet. There are several buildings that would be well suited for conversion, and the fact that you already have people living and paying in the building helps soften the transition. It continues to surprise me that we don't see more of thi...
by muncien
14 Dec 2017 13:41
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 100
Views: 5961

Re: the Cotton Belt line

Over the weekend I was up at Legacy & Preston and I needed to get to Valley Ranch. The DART options given would get me there in exactly Three hours and Forty-Two minutes. That is quite sad... I understand what you are saying about serving the city center, but this isn't a one or the other propos...
by muncien
13 Dec 2017 08:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 207
Views: 21047

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

DMN architecture critic Mark Lamster on Novel Deep Ellum: "this is how you destroy a city" Oh Lawd.... Really? "Destroy a city"? Are you kidding me? Have a viewpoint and express your opinion, sure... But you kinda loose all credibility with a statement like that. What a drama qu...
by muncien
12 Dec 2017 13:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: No. 10 Harwood (22 ST)
Replies: 42
Views: 6448

Re: Harwood Int'l District: No. 10 Harwood (22 ST)

Have there been any announcements about a 22st Hotel in the Harwood District, or does anyone familiar with the master plan see a slot for one? I heard from a reliable source that an announcement was coming soon. Just curious if it's something I missed.
by muncien
11 Dec 2017 15:28
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco: Wade Park
Replies: 37
Views: 3025

Re: Frisco: Wade Park

muncien wrote:Took me like an hour to get what was going on here...

wade
wād/Submit
verb
1.walk through water or another liquid or soft substance.



I need some caffeine
by muncien
11 Dec 2017 15:28
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco: Wade Park
Replies: 37
Views: 3025

Re: Frisco: Wade Park

Took me like an hour to get what was going on here...

wade
wād/Submit
verb
1.walk through water or another liquid or soft substance.
by muncien
11 Dec 2017 12:09
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 327
Views: 31630

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Water Street retail will have a strong presence along O'conner. I am extremely grateful that they didn't go with that one short lived pitch that had two more rows of parking IN FRONT of the shops, and instead put it back behind them where it should be. While the scale of these shops are good, they c...
by muncien
11 Dec 2017 09:45
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 327
Views: 31630

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I didn't get a pic yet, but the new PRT station for Water Street is coming along rather quickly as well. They're only building station access from the southern side of the tracks. I don't believe there is any intent to use the opposite track going forward. So to get from the Urban Center Station ove...
by muncien
11 Dec 2017 09:41
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 327
Views: 31630

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Here's a shot of the urban center this morning... You can see Water Street taking shape, although from a distance.
by muncien
06 Dec 2017 16:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 90
Views: 8146

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

ContriveDallasite wrote:I'm ignorant and don't live in Dallas anymore, but can someone explain the reasoning in delaying the demo of the entire mall. Isn't it cheaper to front the demolition costs than to cover the property taxes of the mall until a 1/1,000 deal gets inked?


I think it's historic. ;)
by muncien
04 Dec 2017 13:44
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 327
Views: 31630

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

The Terraces of Las Colinas / Shops of Las Colinas is coming before P&Z tonight for final action. So hopefully this is a good sign that the development is moving forward. This is the Market Street anchored development that also shows Hopdoddy, Chuy's, Lazy Dog, Super Chix, Torchy's and a few ot...
by muncien
04 Dec 2017 11:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 90
Views: 8146

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

According to Google Maps, this location (13675 Noel Road) is north of The Galleria, is mostly already developed with a parking garage, Toy R Us, Dicks Sporting Goods, a parking lot, and a multi-story office looking buildings, and strip mall with a Starbucks across from The Galleria. It is across Al...
by muncien
22 Nov 2017 14:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 208
Views: 20972

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 BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike
Replies: 83
Views: 10786

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: 208
Views: 20972

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: 519
Views: 27006

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: 327
Views: 31630

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: 168
Views: 25536

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: 327
Views: 31630

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: 327
Views: 31630

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: 75
Views: 7690

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: 327
Views: 31630

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: 1572

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: 208
Views: 20972

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: 212
Views: 22792

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: 698

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: 212
Views: 22792

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 ...

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