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by soco
13 Nov 2017 16:39
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas Trail System
Replies: 56
Views: 4798

Re: Dallas Trail System

Dallas County is currently building the SOPAC Trail in the abandoned rail bed from Greenville Ave. at Meadow to where the Santa Fe Trail ends near the boat house. The section from NW Hwy to Greenville/Meadow is expected to be complete in early 2018. The section from NW Hwy south to the Lake should b...
by soco
16 Oct 2017 13:54
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: East Dallas: Abrams and Columbia road diet
Replies: 10
Views: 307

Re: East Dallas: Abrams and Columbia road diet

I do not know why these specific limits were chosen, but there are other projects in the Deep Ellum and Downtown areas that will help facilitate bike/ped connections into the CBD.
by soco
13 Oct 2017 19:37
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: East Dallas: Abrams and Columbia road diet
Replies: 10
Views: 307

Re: East Dallas: Abrams and Columbia road diet

Yes, I work for the City,and 6 lane divided principal arterial roadways usually have 100 feet of ROW.
by soco
13 Oct 2017 16:05
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: East Dallas: Abrams and Columbia road diet
Replies: 10
Views: 307

Re: East Dallas: Abrams and Columbia road diet

There will not likely be the flex posts (as shown in the image above) because they are easily damaged and unsightly, says White. Um. "Easily damaged" aka "drivers often don't pay attention when operating a 2000-lb machine at 40mph and swerve recklessly into bike lanes" aka defin...
by soco
12 Oct 2017 13:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: (PWC) Park District Tower (316 FT | 20 ST) + Residences at Park District (385 FT | 32 ST)
Replies: 103
Views: 14455

Re: Uptown Dallas: (PWC) Park District Tower (316 FT | 20 ST) + Residences at Park District (385 FT | 32 ST)

I wasn't able to get a photo, but PWC's name and logo have been added to the top of the office tower.
by soco
30 Sep 2017 15:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Mid Elm Lofts
Replies: 18
Views: 1519

Re: Mid Elm Lofts

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by soco
29 Sep 2017 20:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Synn Building 1217 Main St
Replies: 85
Views: 10499

Re: Downtown Dallas: Synn Building 1217 Main St

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by soco
07 Sep 2017 11:46
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas Bike Share: VBikes, Spin, LimeBike
Replies: 78
Views: 8586

Re: Dallas Bike Share: VBikes, Spin, LimeBike

Agreed. We've thought about requiring their participation in providing bike parking. Also, the 311 system is being updated to include a way to report issues related to bike share. Comments/complaints can be logged and sent directly to the specific bike share company. The bike companies are listed by...
by soco
07 Sep 2017 11:43
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas Bike Share: VBikes, Spin, LimeBike
Replies: 78
Views: 8586

Re: Dallas Bike Share: VBikes, Spin, LimeBike

The City is already exploring various parking strategies to manage the bikes in the right-of-way. Ideas include saturating the service area with bike racks, bike corrals in high destination areas, etc. Downtown Dallas Inc. has pledged to install over 100 racks in the downtown area. The City is looki...
by soco
20 Jul 2017 11:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Shraman South Asian Museum
Replies: 43
Views: 2127

Re: Southeast Asian Museum

I don't have the specifics on that, but the idea is that if DART is disturbing that corridor they should improve the bike/ped connectivity along that route.
by soco
20 Jul 2017 10:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Shraman South Asian Museum
Replies: 43
Views: 2127

Re: Southeast Asian Museum

tamtagon wrote:The pedestrian & bike connector ought to come with the train tracks.


That very thing is being looked at for both entry/exit points into downtown as part of the D2 planning process.
by soco
01 Jun 2017 10:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 182
Views: 17126

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

The BF has an excellent view of the goings on at the Drever. Crews have been removing the marble tiles from the base of the tower, and it appears they are at least partially dismantling the one story structure. Crews spent the better part of the past few days removing the concrete (or whatever it wa...
by soco
19 May 2017 11:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)
Replies: 77
Views: 9436

Re: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)

That is being looked at quite extensively. There are a number of opportunities with that link, and several obstacles that will have to be addressed. Its doable, but ultimately it will come down to funding to make it happen. On that note, NCTCOG selected a project for funding that would effectively c...
by soco
19 May 2017 09:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)
Replies: 77
Views: 9436

Re: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)

The connection to the Katy Trail from the north end of Harwood St. has not yet been installed, but it is still the plan to do so. The City is working with Harwood International on the mechanics of getting the connection built. I don't have an estimated timeline other than ASAP.
by soco
17 May 2017 10:45
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas Trail System
Replies: 56
Views: 4798

Re: Dallas Trail System

Not to totally "out" myself, but I've been heavily involved in Dallas' bike/trail program for about 17 years, so if y'all have any questions I'll do my best to answer them. 8-)
by soco
17 May 2017 10:33
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas Trail System
Replies: 56
Views: 4798

Re: Dallas Trail System

McCommas is the long-term solution. If you look at the cross-section for McCommas you will notice the sidewalk is extra wide on the north side. TxDOT built the bridge this way knowing the trail was going to use the bridge as a future crossing. Of course anything is possible, but I have not heard any...
by soco
16 May 2017 09:59
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas Trail System
Replies: 56
Views: 4798

Re: Dallas Trail System

Design is nearing completion for the Northaven Trail's westward extension. The trail will technically end at Monroe, north of Walnut Hill, however sidewalk improvements will complete the connection to the Walnut Hill/Denton DART Station. The project is tentatively scheduled to be bid later this year...
by soco
09 Apr 2017 10:08
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas Trail System
Replies: 56
Views: 4798

Re: Dallas Trail System

I've been heavily involved with this project, so here is how the bike lanes are going to work on Lamar/Continental. Beginning from the Continental Bridge and heading east toward Victory, a buffered bike lane will begin near Core street. That bike lane will continue to Riverfront where cyclists will ...
by soco
10 Mar 2017 14:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Dream Hotel
Replies: 41
Views: 5414

Re: Uptown Dallas: Dream Hotel

I do not work in the development side, I primarily review plats to see how they impact projects I am involved with. Someone with more experience with the development process may want to chime in. I am over simplifying this but a plat basically is a legal description of a particular piece of property...
by soco
09 Mar 2017 10:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Dream Hotel
Replies: 41
Views: 5414

Re: Uptown Dallas: Dream Hotel

A plat request for this property is being circulated, and came across my desk. Perhaps we will start seeing some movement on this project soon.
by soco
13 Jan 2017 09:00
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanksgiving Tower
Replies: 14
Views: 1599

Re: Thanksgiving Tower Curb Relocation

The City approved a Thoroughfare Plan amendment in 2015 to reduce Elm from five lanes to four. What you are seeing is the first in a series of modifications that reallocate the northside travel lane to other uses such as wider sidewalks, indented parallel parking, etc. The Drever and Tower Petroleum...

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