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by muncien
11 Jan 2018 14:38
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike
Replies: 83
Views: 10385

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: 750

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: 750

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: 22105

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: 7464

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: 315
Views: 30167

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: 15374

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: 525

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: 15828

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: 1363

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: 72
Views: 5928

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: 5739

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: 204
Views: 20494

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: 40
Views: 6016

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: 2942

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: 2942

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: 315
Views: 30167

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: 315
Views: 30167

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: 315
Views: 30167

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: 7966

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: 315
Views: 30167

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: 7966

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: 20491

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: 10385

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: 20491

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: 478
Views: 24808

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: 315
Views: 30167

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: 164
Views: 24424

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: 315
Views: 30167

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: 315
Views: 30167

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: 7416

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: 315
Views: 30167

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: 1501

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: 20491

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: 22105

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: 641

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: 22105

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: 89
Views: 8110

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: 89
Views: 8110

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 BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike
Replies: 83
Views: 10385

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: 6347

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: 478
Views: 24808

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 BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike
Replies: 83
Views: 10385

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: 6172

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: 6172

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: 6172

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: 22
Views: 2071

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: 478
Views: 24808

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: 315
Views: 30167

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...

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