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by muncien
19 Oct 2018 16:21
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park
Replies: 76
Views: 9042

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: 76
Views: 9042

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: 699
Views: 103777

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: 699
Views: 103777

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: 699
Views: 103777

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: 68

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...
by muncien
17 Oct 2018 09:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 797
Views: 111815

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

That's good 'an all, and I agree that Downtown sites are favored (I even stated the same thing). But the statement I was questioning said...
they only went to the proposed sites in and around Downtown


I never heard of such a visit...
by muncien
16 Oct 2018 14:38
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 302
Views: 41874

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

Maybe you should read the law. It does not purport to require absolute safety without fail, and it's primarily speaking about security (from terrorism, crime etc.), not safety from crashes and the like. Yes... Perhaps I should elaborate. My contention isn't with the contents of the bill itself, but...
by muncien
16 Oct 2018 14:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 797
Views: 111815

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

How is Las Colinas not on this list? That is surprising. It would seem Las Colinas meets as much of Amazon's criteria as many of these sites. No it is not to anyone following the development from the beginning and reading into Amazons requirements and stated preferences. Plus when they toured DFW t...
by muncien
16 Oct 2018 13:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 797
Views: 111815

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Tnexster wrote:Top 10 Dallas-Fort Worth locations primed for Amazon HQ2

https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news ... n-hq2.html


How is Las Colinas not on this list?
by muncien
16 Oct 2018 12:52
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 302
Views: 41874

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

One can disagree with the public policy of SB977 (but just calling it stupid does not really make the policy case). As to SB975, what is objectionable about requiring the railroad to (1) in the manner required by law for intercity passenger railroads, implement all security requirements of the Tran...
by muncien
16 Oct 2018 11:24
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 302
Views: 41874

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

While the state has studied expanding intercity passenger rail service in Texas, it has yet to commit any funding for them. In fact, in just the last session the Texas Legislature passed laws prohibiting TXDOT funding HSR. Per https://www.expressnews.com/news/local/article/Texas-lawmakers-didn-t-st...
by muncien
16 Oct 2018 09:45
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 699
Views: 103777

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

^^^ That is interesting... considering how much already available high-rise land there is nearby (including many available building sites on the Carpenter Ranch dev plan). Despite being just a few blocks from Cool River for so many years... I have never stepped foot in that place. But I always assum...
by muncien
16 Oct 2018 09:39
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 294
Views: 42311

Re: Legacy West

The park will be a great addition to the area, and be nice to drive by on your way through... But, pretending this will be some sort of KWP is just silly. Both Legacy, and those frontage roads are MONSTERS, and while they could technically use calming measures, I am almost certain they won't. Visiti...
by muncien
16 Oct 2018 09:12
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 302
Views: 41874

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

While the state has studied expanding intercity passenger rail service in Texas, it has yet to commit any funding for them. In fact, in just the last session the Texas Legislature passed laws prohibiting TXDOT funding HSR. Per https://www.expressnews.com/news/local/article/Texas-lawmakers-didn-t-st...
by muncien
10 Oct 2018 10:02
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Kaufman County: misc. developments
Replies: 4
Views: 143

Re: Kaufman County: misc. developments

I actually had to look up where Crandall was on a map... lol
While I'm not typically a fan of these master planned SFR communities... It is good to see it happening south for a change. It would be good to get some growth down that way.
by muncien
09 Oct 2018 12:06
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 302
Views: 41874

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

Glad to at least see a 'plan' for connecting the station to the core of the city. I realize it's mostly pipe dreams, but up until now all we had was speculation. I suppose 'dreams' are better than 'speculation'. lol But this looks very impressive. And as for the deck park... YES, deck that entire th...
by muncien
04 Oct 2018 10:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 37
Views: 1090

Re: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)

I know we have selective memory when it comes to some of these things... But, I used to pass by the old campus as part of my nightly run 12 years ago... That entire stretch of St Paul used to be absolutely dreadful. There was a chain link parking lot for buses, surface parking across the street, and...
by muncien
04 Oct 2018 09:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 37
Views: 1090

Re: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)

One thing I am not to concerned about would be the buildings getting torn down and sitting as empty lots, like so many others we have seen. FBD doesn't operate in that way... If this is a remake/expansion for First Baptist Academy, and they incorporate some solid architecture, it could be a great ad...
by muncien
03 Oct 2018 17:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 37
Views: 1090

Re: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)

Perhaps it's just the color scheme and sad first floor... but it looks like a top heavy turd to me. Perhaps if they were able to open up the first floor with all glass, and bring that glass up through the second level to give a better ground level appearance it would work. I still would like to see ...
by muncien
03 Oct 2018 14:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 37
Views: 1090

Re: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)

I think I have been in this building... MANY years ago. If I'm not mistaken, the ceilings are quite low, and would be difficult to re purpose for today's market. I know the Statler was able to pull it off, but that building has some architectural distinction to make up for it. As for this one... I'v...
by muncien
02 Oct 2018 15:50
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Plano: Granite Park
Replies: 7
Views: 1434

Re: Plano: Granite Park

It is ironic how some suburban developments are reducing parking and adding more urban/pedestrian elements, while our 'urban' developments are adding loads of parking to 'compete' with suburban spaces. lol
by muncien
02 Oct 2018 09:53
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Transition of Uptown
Replies: 28
Views: 1118

Re: The Transition of Uptown

I've always felt that DISD has to totally rethink how they manage schools in the core areas of the city. Heck, even suburban cities are building their schools to more resemble a Google Office than a traditional school in order to prepare the kids for what lies ahead. Let's face it... They won't be w...
by muncien
28 Sep 2018 15:20
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 16
Views: 2466

Re: Cypress Waters

^^ Flying Fish, Rodeo Goat and Landon Winery have also signed leases... Should be a good little group of tenants! Also they're negotiating with Mr Mesero & Eno's. I saw that Eno's is official now. They will be taking the location facing the sound stage that has a roof top deck. Sweet! Also, The...
by muncien
25 Sep 2018 15:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 286
Views: 49279

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

Pure speculation on my part... But perhaps the parking allocation can look better on the marketing flyers if it is not being gobbled up by potential hotel/apartements. Once the bulk of the leasing is done... assuming any agreed lease has parking guarantees written into it, the developer will know if...
by muncien
18 Sep 2018 11:05
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 89
Views: 11730

Re: New Census Population Estimates

California has a mild climate (for the most part), and a natural beauty that few other areas can even come close to. That aspect I miss dearly. And for that reason alone, people will always want to live there, regardless of the meat bags running the state. The government there in essence gets a free...
by muncien
18 Sep 2018 10:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 359
Views: 55637

Re: Northpark Center

I think I bought a pair of jeans at Express in Northpark about nine years ago. Unfortunately, those jeans only lasted about four years and other than going to the theater at Northpark, I haven't purchased anything there since. My version of the ideal 'shopping experience' involves finding positive a...
by muncien
18 Sep 2018 09:33
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 89
Views: 11730

Re: New Census Population Estimates

LA's biggest issue for some time has been the disparity between income and housing prices. Sure, much of coastal CA is expensive, but nearly all of it makes up with it to a degree with higher incomes. This is not so much the case with Los Angeles, however. One of the reasons transit (particularly 'b...
by muncien
14 Sep 2018 14:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 338
Views: 53415

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

I'm waiting for them to say that the marble is 'structurally deficient' or something like that, and that it cannot be put back on. There is nothing in particular that leads me to this conclusion, yet I feel like it is a real possibility. What will we do then? Perhaps I'm just being paranoid!
by muncien
14 Sep 2018 14:29
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 189
Views: 22869

Re: the Cotton Belt line

When you look at the density of employers, residents, and retail (mostly restaurants) in this area, a transit line like the Cotton Belt and it's station location seem like a slam dunk. But in reality, the are is all disjointed and there is very little connectivity. While this place is 'mostly' autom...
by muncien
14 Sep 2018 10:01
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: General roads/transport. issues
Replies: 4
Views: 597

Re: General roads/transport. issues

With all the talk of the Tesla Semi... I really think Volvo's alternative is the right way go to. https://electrek.co/2018/09/13/volvo-all-electric-autonomous-truck-without-a-cab/ All electric No cab No driver Fully autonomous They mention here that this is intended mainly for 'urban' transport (due...
by muncien
14 Sep 2018 08:54
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 302
Views: 41874

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

Slightly off topic. But what happened to CityMAP? That plan of rerouting i-30 would be tremendous for the city of Dallas. Particularly for this area. I'd take the trench/deckpark over the reroute any day. I really hate how much nature that reroute plan would gobble up. It would be quite depressing...
by muncien
14 Sep 2018 08:38
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 189
Views: 22869

Re: the Cotton Belt line

I really wish the stretch of Addison along Belt Line rd were more walkable. Addison is kinda the 'anti-urban' suburb. It seems that they are built around the automobile and have little interest in getting away from that. I know some may say that its because they don't have rail, but I don't buy that...
by muncien
12 Sep 2018 14:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 101
Views: 13431

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Other than a blurry visit to City Tavern a few weeks ago, it has been a while since I hung out around here... But I was curious... Is One Eyed Penguin still a place? Did/Does Adam Salazar own that as well (or, at least as a landlord)?
by muncien
12 Sep 2018 11:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Mid Elm Lofts
Replies: 66
Views: 9051

Re: Mid Elm Lofts

Still more delays for this project. I remember City Tavern was supposed to open up here in June. It is now set to open at the end of September or early October, according to this article: https://dallas.eater.com/2018/9/11/17842384/city-tavern-moving-elm-street-chef-roe-dileo-opening-fall-2018 City...
by muncien
12 Sep 2018 09:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 797
Views: 111815

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

The top sponsor of the event is a new nonprofit group, the Washington Housing Initiative, dedicated to addressing the area's shortage of affordable housing, a problem that some local experts say Amazon's arrival could exacerbate. If indeed the DC area is selected for HQ2, it will certainly be proof...
by muncien
12 Sep 2018 09:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Hillcrest Village
Replies: 5
Views: 390

Re: North Dallas: Hillcrest Village

Do we have any idea what part of the shopping center will go away for the park? I have stared at the google map and tried to guestimate since they announced this idea months ago but still no layout in an article. I am curious how central the so-called park will be for the development vs just a way ...
by muncien
11 Sep 2018 12:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 95
Views: 9228

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

I wonder if Jackson St could be narrowed or even closed here to give the district a pedestrian-oriented focal point . Build something with balconies on the other side, similar in scale to the French quarter, and connect it all with festival lights to give it some personality so walking is less of a...
by muncien
07 Sep 2018 13:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars: Texas Odyssey
Replies: 60
Views: 4457

Re: The Cedars: Texas Odyssey

If they could just find a way to attach the Los Angeles Class Nuclear Attack submarine USS DALLAS to the wheel itself, I'd be totally on board...
by muncien
07 Sep 2018 12:21
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Dallas: The Thread
Replies: 50
Views: 7184

Re: Dallas: The Thread

Typically, DPD gets a pretty good discount at these downtown apartments. I knew many officers living in the Dallas Power & Light building way back when I lived there, and I want to say it was close to 30%. More than a few times, having them in the building was EXTREMELY helpful. I remember once ...
by muncien
07 Sep 2018 10:45
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Allen: Stacy Green
Replies: 11
Views: 980

Re: Allen: Stacy Green

It's funny to me on a slightly personal note; I have a cousin who's lived in Plano for ~30 years, and about 15 years ago her mom moved to Allen to be close to family but still out of town and in the country. I suggested Allen might have couple decades of rural life left. Anecdotes like this are com...
by muncien
07 Sep 2018 10:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Old Cityplace Twin Tower site
Replies: 35
Views: 1825

Re: Old Cityplace Twin Tower site

Which is not a bad thing^. Lord knows I wish crosswalks in other neighborhoods had as much success getting people not to speed over human beings as much as those around Klyde Warren. Service roads have to coexist within the main street grid and are set at much slower speeds than the freeway forcing...
by muncien
07 Sep 2018 10:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Preston Center
Replies: 15
Views: 1018

Re: Preston Center

Plus churches are special they can do no wrong so there tend to be ways they can skirt a lot of taxes aka cost and churches in North Texas particularly are profit driven which I assume is because God deems it so... They can also work with developer to ensure that whatever is built doesn't have exce...
by muncien
07 Sep 2018 09:26
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 699
Views: 103777

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I happened to walk through Irving mall a month or so ago while I was having my car stereo worked on a Best Buy. I have always been surprised by that mall's ability to not only survive, but actually thrive (for it's age anyway). There are very few empty store fronts (food court are is the exception),...
by muncien
05 Sep 2018 14:51
Forum: Art + Sol
Topic: When the media becomes the story
Replies: 4
Views: 360

Re: When the media becomes the story

I was watching this morning when this went down... Dude seems pretty unhinged. The Fox4 studio has always seemed so ready for a remake. This obviously isn't what I had in mind... But, perhaps any repairs they do will include adding bollards along the sidewalk to prevent vehicles from getting too clo...
by muncien
05 Sep 2018 08:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Old Cityplace Twin Tower site
Replies: 35
Views: 1825

Re: Old Cityplace Twin Tower site

"...staff encouraged the applicant to consider offering a minimum amount of mixed-income housing." In other words, blackmail. That's not 'blackmail', that's negotiation. The developer is asking for a variance to what is currently allowed on the site, and the city is asking for something i...
by muncien
04 Sep 2018 14:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Old Cityplace Twin Tower site
Replies: 35
Views: 1825

Re: Old Cityplace Twin Tower site

cowboyeagle05 wrote:Lord knows I would like something better to look at than the Borg cube known as the Richards Group.


Not sure the Borg will take too kindly to such a comment. #borgstrong #borgtoo
by muncien
04 Sep 2018 09:53
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 189
Views: 22869

Re: the Cotton Belt line

Both Preston and Coit stations have been “deferred”, sort of a mix between delayed and cancelled. Which means DART has no intentions to build these stations anytime soon, but like Lake Highlands they could be built later without much ado because the EIS has already been performed on them. So the on...
by muncien
30 Aug 2018 09:19
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 699
Views: 103777

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

^^^^
Very cool to see this coming to LC!
by muncien
29 Aug 2018 13:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 101
Views: 13431

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

A few months ago, when I asked them about this, they indicated that they planned on making it a very quick move. Like, a week or so... Not sure if that's still in the cards as it seems aggressive, and a lot of time has passed since then, but that's what they mentioned. FWIW This has always been my f...

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