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by tanzoak
19 Mar 2019 10:24
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Hyperloop: Texas Triangle
Replies: 16
Views: 3972

Re: Hyperloop: Texas Triangle

Honestly, *nobody* has experience with operations that involve flying jets on magnetic rails inside of a vacuum-sealed tube. It's political willpower/obstruction and public perception that stalls our projects... not the ability to implement a technology. It's not a political willpower thing. We spe...
by tanzoak
16 Mar 2019 11:07
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Hyperloop: Texas Triangle
Replies: 16
Views: 3972

Re: Hyperloop: Texas Triangle

The US is a backwater with respect to transportation infrastructure other than highway projects. We simply do not have the experience to engender any kind of confidence that this would be a successful project here. We can build 19th century technology (i.e. subway) only at a 5-10x cost premium to We...
by tanzoak
16 Mar 2019 10:49
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 230
Views: 55853

Re: DFW Economy

I had heard that (at the height of the boom) DFW was adding ~300-400 residents a day, I just wasn't sure how consistent that number was. Although the boom cycle has been lasting a while, I just assumed whoever first released that number just took a snapshot of some of our best months and released t...
by tanzoak
16 Mar 2019 10:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: (PWC) Park District Tower (316 FT | 20 ST) + Residences at Park District (385 FT | 32 ST)
Replies: 173
Views: 54472

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

From checking their website, it looks like the 1BRs start at $2400, while the 2BRs start at $4200. That makes more sense, though it's still quite a hefty price difference. And it's not my understanding that Dallas has been building a ton of 1BRs with few larger options, so that wouldn't explain it. ...
by tanzoak
16 Mar 2019 10:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: (PWC) Park District Tower (316 FT | 20 ST) + Residences at Park District (385 FT | 32 ST)
Replies: 173
Views: 54472

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

A quick glance at the website indicates the approx. pricing for apartments... 1 Bedroom- $2500 / 2 Bedroom- $6000 / 3 Bedroom- $12,000 I'm assuming they can find enough gullible buyers to pay these prices. I mean don't get me wrong, the finish-outs are spectacular! I am extremely confused by these ...
by tanzoak
10 Mar 2019 13:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 95
Views: 24786

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

While I haven't seen the finalized plans, I saw the drafts and it's pretty comprehensive. Lane narrowing, addition of parallel parking, trees planted as buffers, decorative pavement, bumpouts, streetlights, neighborhood entry signage and some more complex work closer to 75 to clear up the congestio...
by tanzoak
24 Dec 2018 01:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 188
Views: 41932

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

Driverless vehicles are being considered for the Midtown area, as well as a people-mover system being backed by NCTCOG. Sounds like a bit of cart-before-the-horse, but maybe I'll be wrong. https://www.dallasnews.com/news/transportation/2018/12/22/transit-planners-using-valley-views-prolonged-demise...
by tanzoak
23 Dec 2018 13:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Parking Garages
Replies: 139
Views: 32640

Re: Parking Garages

It'll come time in Dallas City Council to allow for development without too much parking, especially residential and hotel. I mean, why not allow it now. I highly doubt there would be any interest from developers in very low- or no-parking buildings at the moment, but why wait until after the marke...
by tanzoak
23 Dec 2018 11:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Overall Construction Levels
Replies: 30
Views: 10021

Re: Overall Construction Levels

I've seen some talk of a potential slowdown on this forum, so I thought that now would be a good time to give some data updates. The graphs below are the number of residential units given building permits over the prior 12-month period. So the start of the graph is for Feb 2009-Jan 2010, and the las...
by tanzoak
21 Dec 2018 14:40
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike
Replies: 169
Views: 44835

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

Yeah, the City's initial light touch approach of just requiring data sharing and waiting to see what issues arose before regulating was excellent. It was what allowed the service to grow here much more quickly and extensively than in other places, despite the poor fundamentals of bicycling in Dallas...
by tanzoak
20 Dec 2018 14:23
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike
Replies: 169
Views: 44835

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

I’m unclear what “misconceptions” that is supposed to clear up. Dallas wanted to charge operators $275,000 per year in total, $18/bike.

The idea that the City needs to hire four new employees (two office staff and two enforcement officers) to work full-time monitoring the bikes is absurd.
by tanzoak
18 Dec 2018 01:41
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 271
Views: 51830

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Bus route times are notoriously variable, so even the best-timed connections can be messed up when a bus is held up in traffic. It's all connected. Buses shouldn't be held up in traffic because they should have their own lanes anywhere congestion might significantly impact service. Enforcement is a...
by tanzoak
17 Dec 2018 10:55
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike
Replies: 169
Views: 44835

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

A large part of the reason dockless hasn't been as successful in the US is regulation and fees. Sure, Dallas' $21/bike was less than Seattle's $50/bike. But, spoiler alert, Seattle's program crashed and burned after that too. Saying that it's lower than another fee that helped kill a market doesn't ...
by tanzoak
16 Dec 2018 16:48
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Plague of Pancake Development
Replies: 13
Views: 2417

Re: The Plague of Pancake Development

Late last week, D Magazine looked into the ugliness of the newer crop of apartments around the area. https://www.dmagazine.com/frontburner/2018/12/were-still-trying-to-understand-why-new-apartments-are-so-ugly/ Basically all housing from all time periods is just a copy-paste job that contemporary a...
by tanzoak
16 Dec 2018 15:59
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike
Replies: 169
Views: 44835

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

Who do they think they are fooling they will outlaw these as soon as a few taxpayers complain just like they did with the bikes. The scooters are only surviving right now because the city granted them a delay on taxing the scooter companies. As soon as city hall decides to start taxing Bird and Lim...
by tanzoak
16 Dec 2018 15:46
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 271
Views: 51830

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

I’m not against looking at how others solve real problems to find solutions to ours. But these solutions from elsewhere will need a local Texas twist to make them valid here. Texans are capable of finding their own solutions to our problems. Hughes Tool Company, Texas Instruments, and Southwest Air...
by tanzoak
16 Dec 2018 15:21
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 271
Views: 51830

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Real-talk though, the unwillingness of US transit operators to look overseas for best practices (real, operational best practices, not these kind of gimmicks) is a significant part of the reason why US transit provision is so bad. What operational practices should we import from overseas? One of th...
by tanzoak
14 Dec 2018 01:11
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 271
Views: 51830

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

I am personally tired of reading transplanted non-native Texans proposing solutions from elsewhere to problems that do not exist here. Texans are not stupid, we have developed our own traditions and solutions to problems. We do not want Texas, and specifically Dallas and Fort Worth, to turn Into Ch...
by tanzoak
14 Dec 2018 00:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: 1900 Pearl (362 FT | 25 ST)
Replies: 200
Views: 63786

Re: Arts District: 1900 Pearl (362 FT | 25 ST)

If you're quoting enough text to take up the entire screen, you're being annoying. Internet fighting is part of the deal, but we don't need to see the same wall of quoted text in post after post.
by tanzoak
14 Dec 2018 00:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1054
Views: 228806

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Seattle's bus system is actually useful, unlike Dallas' rail system. Number of miles or number of stations is irrelevant if you're not actually providing a competitive way to get from place to place. The way that Seattle makes their bus system useful is by prioritizing buses over cars with things li...
by tanzoak
27 Nov 2018 10:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 300
Views: 69316

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

Has this link been posted already? [url]Weirsplaza.com[/url] Don’t think I’ve seen this rendering from GFF site. I like the change to parallel parking on Travis, but they really need to reduce that curb radius at the Knox/Travis corner. They'll be rebuilding it anyway, so might as well do it right ...
by tanzoak
24 Nov 2018 13:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Hall Arts Hotel & Residences
Replies: 179
Views: 52120

Re: Arts District: Hall Arts Hotel & Residences

I noticed that too, but I like it. That's a big trend in NYC these days. I like it too, and I wouldn't mind a few more like that. I mean, it's just some quirky trend or anything, that's just what happens in high-demand areas when FAR is the binding zoning constraint. You have a given amount of squa...
by tanzoak
14 Nov 2018 17:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1054
Views: 228806

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

On another note, it does make me sort of laugh to think Amazon is just going to land whatever tech talent they want from these feeder institutions of higher education. As if every graduate is just going to go to work for Amazon once they graduate. They will face significantly greater competition fo...
by tanzoak
13 Nov 2018 02:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1054
Views: 228806

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

And that's not just some prestige game, either. There are tangible, rational reasons why ambitious young grads (or really ambitious people of any age) prefer to locate in a place like NYC. It offers a deep pool of cutting-edge companies and startups that you can switch to to advance your career or p...
by tanzoak
13 Nov 2018 01:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1054
Views: 228806

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

It drives me insane that every article talking about the lack of tech talent/higher education in Dallas ignores UT, A&M, and OU grads. I understand they aren't in the metro, but all three schools are huge, high quality, feeders to the Dallas job pool in addition to SMU, TCU, UTD, and UTA. I wou...
by tanzoak
14 Oct 2018 15:49
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Columbia/Main Complete Streets
Replies: 6
Views: 1434

Re: Columbia/Main Complete Streets

We do 4>3 lane conversions (going from 2 through lanes in each direction to 1 in each direction plus a middle turn lane) on higher volume roadways than this without difficulty. In this case, I imagine they'd take it from 7 lanes to 5 (eliminating 1 through lane in each direction). That's still a ver...
by tanzoak
14 Oct 2018 15:39
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Columbia/Main Complete Streets
Replies: 6
Views: 1434

Re: Columbia/Main Complete Streets

Converting neighborhood infrastructure to the benefit of neighborhood residents rather than non-residents improves cost/benefit of city living. Tam, sometimes I wonder if you're just trolling to get attention. I think you'll find very few thoroughfares in Dallas that are more dedicated to residents...
by tanzoak
12 Oct 2018 09:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff Progressing
Replies: 78
Views: 18835

Re: Oak Cliff Progressing

Sadly developers will come in build up and be gone before the city even thinks about making the area urban/pedestrian oriented. The one decent outcome of our stupid development process out here in the Bay Area is that the city makes improving the adjacent pedestrian infrastructure a condition of ap...
by tanzoak
29 Sep 2018 00:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Courtyard by Marriott (12 St)
Replies: 122
Views: 35300

Re: Downtown Dallas: Courtyard by Marriott (12 St)

God this building looks so cheap and gross Doesn't look cheaper than a surface lot. Nobody is going to invest 200MM developing a building in a part of town that hasn't seen any construction activity in ages. This and the rennovation of the Belo will hopefully breathe new life in to an area that des...
by tanzoak
24 Sep 2018 09:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 152
Views: 43984

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

I wish we could get a nice block of 8-10 mid rise buildings throughout this side of town. I’m fairly sure they have to under the Farmers Market PD No, they don't. Zoning basically never requires a minimum density, and this is no different. Developers could build large lot single family homes if the...
by tanzoak
18 Sep 2018 13:13
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 105
Views: 22730

Re: New Census Population Estimates

Also it's not that big a deal that the median home price is disconnected from the median income because the median earner rents, they don't own. Dallas will share that same distinction in the next decade or so. You have it backwards. Housing prices out of line of incomes doesn’t matter to current h...
by tanzoak
18 Sep 2018 10:54
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 105
Views: 22730

Re: New Census Population Estimates

It's amazing that people still flock to the west coast. The desire to be there is undeniable. Great place. Eh, except they don't really. Last year LA had net negative domestic migration of -110k, SJ of -26k, and SF of -24k. The only group of people with positive migration to California are college ...
by tanzoak
18 Sep 2018 10:21
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 105
Views: 22730

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. Yeah, median household income in LA and Da...
by tanzoak
06 Sep 2018 23:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Preston Center
Replies: 23
Views: 4039

Re: Preston Center

While I'm happy to have construction go in there, it's lame that it'll be shorter than the surrounding buildings.
by tanzoak
05 Sep 2018 10:25
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Lakewood-White Rock: Garland Rd./Grand/Gaston intersection
Replies: 18
Views: 3271

Re: Lakewood-White Rock: Garland Rd./Grand/Gaston intersection

I'd be okay with delays if they expanded the sidewalks ( or created them portions of Gaston don't even have sidewalks!) Or if they added bikelanes. But this isn't advocating anything. Yeah, the obvious actual solution to the issue those residents are identifying is a road diet on Gaston, like a sta...
by tanzoak
05 Sep 2018 10:13
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 241
Views: 52685

Re: the Cotton Belt line

^ I know you're trying to be funny, but it's not. Perhaps you should meet some of the folks who've been assaulted, raped and robbed in Deep Ellum. It's no joke...every other news story about these incidents ends with practically the same last sentence: "The suspects were last seen headed towar...
by tanzoak
03 Sep 2018 16:39
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Lakewood-White Rock: Garland Rd./Grand/Gaston intersection
Replies: 18
Views: 3271

Re: Lakewood-White Rock: Garland Rd./Grand/Gaston intersection

Wow. Gaston gets twice the volume of Grand from Garland. And these people want to make the through movement go on Garland because maybe it'll trick drivers into taking the other route? lol Look at that vehicle delay! The 1,596 vehicles going from Garland to Gaston would see their average delay incre...
by tanzoak
22 Aug 2018 00:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)
Replies: 115
Views: 26218

Re: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)

311 emailed me back one day and said they'd do something eventually about the whole cluster-f crosswalk from hell by Rolex. Meanwhile, there is actually basically a crossing-guard at the intersection of doom for the last year or so. > https://twitter.com/CTroyMathis/status/1000366084749393921 That'...
by tanzoak
21 Aug 2018 00:30
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 272
Views: 54424

Re: DART D2 Subway

Just got this link to an update on DART projects today Buried in the description for the D2 subway is this: Although DART did not receive funding from the FTA, DART is currently reviewing potential funding sources to keep development of the D2 Subway on track. http://dartdallas.dart.org/2018/06/29/...
by tanzoak
18 May 2018 21:54
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 272
Views: 54424

Re: DART D2 Subway

I've mentioned this a few times, but I want to describe a bit more why the CB ridership projections are likely to be overstated. Travel models work by looking at how everyone is currently traveling, developing formulas from that based on demographic characteristics (age, income) and travel character...
by tanzoak
18 May 2018 20:34
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 272
Views: 54424

Re: DART D2 Subway

As a transit agency, it is DART's duty to move people in its service area. One of these lines moves more people than the other. Well, yeah. D2 moves way more people than CB.. Not only in terms of people using the stations, but there’s also the through-rides that CB doesn’t have. If what you’re talk...
by tanzoak
18 May 2018 12:27
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 272
Views: 54424

Re: DART D2 Subway

The 2nd Avenue subway is a good example. The net new ridership is probably minimal (a few fewer taxi rides from Yorkville), with most of the ridership simply diverted from the 4/5/6. But the benefit is massive, with reduced crowding on the 4/5/6 (which helps with delays as well as comfort), reduced ...
by tanzoak
18 May 2018 12:18
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 272
Views: 54424

Re: DART D2 Subway

3. Regardless, new ridership isn't so much the point of D2, whereas it is the sole reason for CB. Resilience/redundancy, operational flexibility, decreased travel times for existing riders, increased potential capacity.. D2 is pretty good at improving what it's meant to improve, while CB (with new ...
by tanzoak
18 May 2018 09:46
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 103
Views: 26830

Re: Downtown Progress

I wonder where all that empty acreage is in New York City. I have rarely ever seen an empty space there. Rochester, buffalo, Houston, Tampa, etc....less available space than nyc and Chicago. I have been to all theses cities, this report is highly questionable. The size of the “CBD” they’re using fo...
by tanzoak
18 May 2018 09:21
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 272
Views: 54424

Re: DART D2 Subway

Arguments based upon getting federal funds, and by what percentages, is slightly jumping the gun because neither project is guaranteed matching federal transit funding or low cost federal loans. And projects can change to get them, like the Green Line Love Field subway station being dropped during ...
by tanzoak
18 May 2018 01:44
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 272
Views: 54424

Re: DART D2 Subway

I don't want to get into the weeds with this recurring argument, but a few points: 1. While overall project costs between the two are similar, the feds will likely be picking up the tab for half of D2 v less than 10% for Cotton Belt (though the rest is financed by very low interest loans from the fe...
by tanzoak
08 May 2018 01:19
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 272
Views: 54424

Re: DART D2 Subway

Any news on D2? Is construction starting soon? They got full funding for both the D2 and Cotton Belt, so i'm guessing they are going to be built at the same time No they didn't. They submitted an LPA for D2 but still need to do environmental review. DART is anticipating a decision on D2 in Sep 2019...
by tanzoak
06 May 2018 16:49
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike
Replies: 169
Views: 44835

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

What the hell. To be honest, I wouldn't have enough recognized that as a bike rack. If no one at the City has ever locked a bike before, it's not that tough to just ask someone if this makes any sense. I have some hot-off-the-presses FREE CONSULTING ADVICE: just do u-racks. They don't take up much r...
by tanzoak
06 May 2018 12:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: McKinney/Boll Tower - 2614 McKinney Ave - (18 ST)
Replies: 132
Views: 36320

Re: Uptown Dallas: McKinney/Boll Tower - 2614 McKinney Ave - (18 ST)

1. This is probably why the city of Dallas does not require a flat 1.5 parking spaces per unit. I believe the Code requires one space per bedroom, with a one space per apartment minimum. My only point has been that according to your stats, the regulations look to be very much on target and do not i...
by tanzoak
05 May 2018 00:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: McKinney/Boll Tower - 2614 McKinney Ave - (18 ST)
Replies: 132
Views: 36320

Re: Uptown Dallas: McKinney/Boll Tower - 2614 McKinney Ave - (18 ST)

All very interesting, but it has little to do with your original inquiry of how closely the parking requirements align with demand. Using your numbers (which only counts the number of vehicles kept at home by the residents, does not count parking spaces used by visitors, etc. and therefore falls sh...

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