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by tanzoak
24 Nov 2017 00:11
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Arlington: Mass Transit
Replies: 19
Views: 1247

Re: Arlington: Mass Transit

Arlington’s circumstances are without compare: No other city has tested microtransit-only service.


Uh, it's a subsidized jitney service. Jitneys got pretty much regulated out of existence in the US, but it's a widespread service in many parts of the world.
by tanzoak
23 Nov 2017 14:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 183
Views: 17248

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

It's troubling that the Drever keeps selling off (monetizing) the tax and other grants they get. I don't know enough about how that stuff works, but I don't see how that would be better in the long term than simply holding on to the tax incentives and grants they receive. Color me skeptical, but I ...
by tanzoak
16 Nov 2017 16:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 74
Views: 6367

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

That's not the rule though. Many urban areas in every major city in America have multiple places where two and three-story buildings exist on the street with retail/commercial space on the ground floor and just a few units of residential or commercial space above. In some places this scale of devel...
by tanzoak
16 Nov 2017 16:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 74
Views: 6367

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

I'm sure Vickery Meadows is well over 15K Now. Back in 2004 they were listed as 14k/sqmi in that neighborhood. Uptown is probably up there too now. Regarding, retail Dallas' biggest issue is Form. Sometimes they won't allow mid rises to even be built. I remember Council woman Gates saying one time ...
by tanzoak
16 Nov 2017 14:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 74
Views: 6367

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

I love the lower-rise buildings here, I just wish we had more retail on the ground floor. Can't support retail everywhere without density. You're only going to get that with midrise once you have midrise everywhere, not just a few here and there (which I would completely support). And even our high...
by tanzoak
16 Nov 2017 14:08
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's
Replies: 28
Views: 1340

Re: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's

From articles I've read (nothing official), I think they're essentially just extending the design of that southern portion of Cesar Chavez northward.
by tanzoak
14 Nov 2017 14:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18297

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

The Wall Street Journal names Dallas its #1 pick. http://www.wsj.com/graphics/amazon-headquarters/ I bet that's a cool article but unfortunately I'm not a WSJ subscriber. Subscribers: you don't have to post the full article here, but it'd be a lot cooler if you did. :) Oops, sorry! Here's a twitter...
by tanzoak
14 Nov 2017 13:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18297

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

The Wall Street Journal names Dallas its #1 pick.

http://www.wsj.com/graphics/amazon-headquarters/
by tanzoak
13 Nov 2017 13:08
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's
Replies: 28
Views: 1340

Re: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's

And by the way you did agree at one point with me about the differences in the scenarios... And by the way, I'm not saying that anyone is trying to pull a fast one. What I'm saying is that for each option to have basically the same traffic impact, per the report: **Modify - you remove some ramps fo...
by tanzoak
13 Nov 2017 13:07
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's
Replies: 28
Views: 1340

Re: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's

TxDOT and HNTB/Kimley-Horn's traffic engineers, for instance, found a limited overall increase in congestion, if you rebuild the entire Dallas freeway system around it, compared to sinking it below grade and doing virtually nothing else, in their preliminary study" Fixed it for you. Ugh, I'm j...
by tanzoak
13 Nov 2017 12:58
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's
Replies: 28
Views: 1340

Re: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's

TxDOT and HNTB/Kimley-Horn's traffic engineers, for instance, found a limited overall increase in congestion compared to sinking it below grade in their preliminary study. This is the statement we went round and round for 2 pages about. I completely disagree with this statement. Its apples to orang...
by tanzoak
13 Nov 2017 12:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Cedar Maple Plaza I,II & III (2301 Cedar Springs Rd.)
Replies: 21
Views: 1155

Re: Uptown Dallas: Cedar Maple

There's more height with this but less density. How do you figure? It's about 5x as dense (120k sf vs 600k sf). Agree that the street level interaction is much much worse, though. That needs to be reconceptualized. I probably don't have the vocabulary to adequately say what I'm trying to say. Maybe...
by tanzoak
13 Nov 2017 10:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Cedar Maple Plaza I,II & III (2301 Cedar Springs Rd.)
Replies: 21
Views: 1155

Re: Uptown Dallas: Cedar Maple

eburress wrote: There's more height with this but less density.


How do you figure? It's about 5x as dense (120k sf vs 600k sf). Agree that the street level interaction is much much worse, though. That needs to be reconceptualized.
by tanzoak
12 Nov 2017 16:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 88
Views: 6907

Re: The Cedars Developments

Tnexster wrote:
Tivo_Kenevil wrote:Heritage village is under appreciated


True, I have lived here for 27 years and have never been.


I appreciate you, Tnexster. Which cabin are you in?
by tanzoak
11 Nov 2017 15:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)
Replies: 77
Views: 9443

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

Real talk, though, it's sad how tall of buildings we get built and it still isn't really that dense because so much is taken up by parking. A 33 story building ultimately being just 6.3 FAR because most of the lot is a parking garage is lol-sad. Places like Skyhouse and M+O are just 4.0, i.e. the sa...
by tanzoak
11 Nov 2017 15:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)
Replies: 77
Views: 9443

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

This building just seems odd with that lot next to it being so low density. The low density gives this tower such great views... perfect for sales, weird for city planning. It's not a "city planning" thing, really. The Bleu Ciel lot is allowed 6.5 FAR, the same as what allowed immediately...
by tanzoak
10 Nov 2017 18:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 183
Views: 17000

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

I would bet that a decent part of it is their strong development restrictions. They have little construction, which leads to high land and housing prices, and then strict zoning compared to that demand, which leads to those very high prices being in expressed in a relatively small structure. So it m...
by tanzoak
10 Nov 2017 16:15
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's
Replies: 28
Views: 1340

Re: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's

A road like this would be acceptable for an I-345 teardown because of the whole regional transportation bit, but Cesar Chavez doesn't play that role. The con man leading the I-345 fight and his idiot followers try to justify the removal economically by saying the ROW would be used for billions of d...
by tanzoak
10 Nov 2017 15:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum Tower
Replies: 22
Views: 2746

Re: Museum Tower

Okay then, what is an abject failure? Park Cities are the epitome of white flight, does that tarnish the abject success of the neighborhood? Of course, but it's not on a dollars and cents spreadsheet. I guess the Texas Rangers are also failure since they've never won the World Series? not abject si...
by tanzoak
09 Nov 2017 23:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 189
Views: 15403

Re: Northpark Center

Hate to burst your bubble but, WHAT IS THE MUSEUM’S ANNUAL ATTENDANCE? More than 385,000 people visit The Sixth Floor Museum on average every year. Why can't you answer my question. Define visitor - another city, state, country. Shopping is ALWAYS one of the top visitor attractions of any big city....
by tanzoak
08 Nov 2017 13:54
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 104
Views: 1582

Re: I-345

This is false. There are a ton of people advocating this. Maybe not your group, but the old 50 page thread I'd say nearly half of them advocated "lets close the road and see what happens," or "just tear it down, people will figure it out/reroute." Ok, well not doing traffic impa...
by tanzoak
08 Nov 2017 11:58
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: 2017 Bond Election
Replies: 1
Views: 222

2017 Bond Election

Since only 3.5% of Dallasites bothered to vote in the $1.05 billion bond election, maybe it's no surprise that there isn't a post on here about it. Still! It's a notable thing, particularly Prop A, which passed with around 80% of the vote. Most excitingly, it's funded the Complete Streets project on...
by tanzoak
08 Nov 2017 11:34
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 104
Views: 1582

Re: I-345

This is a win for those of us that argue that you can't just remove I-345 without understanding the ramifications to the rest of the street/freeway system. Also that you can't remove I-345 without major upgrades to the rest of the street/freeway system, in advance of tear-down. Literally no one thi...
by tanzoak
08 Nov 2017 11:19
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's
Replies: 28
Views: 1340

Re: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's

If I remember Angela Hunt fought to make sure the project included pedestrian design elements including crosswalks that actually work. You can only fight against the car driven model so much at once. She was also still fighting the good fight on multiple other projects including things like the Moc...
by tanzoak
08 Nov 2017 01:38
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's
Replies: 28
Views: 1340

Re: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's

Not very pedestrian friendly, but, then again, this area is pretty much right up against I-345 anyway, and wasn't pedestrian friendly to begin with. Maybe the silver lining is, is that it might encourage some dense development between Cesar Chavez and I-345. I think this sliver of land won't be ped...
by tanzoak
07 Nov 2017 17:43
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's
Replies: 28
Views: 1340

Re: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's

words It was more of an existential why than a literal one. It's cute that they're including benches on the seven-lane road. The wider sidewalks are nice, if width is a given. But it would have been nicer to just make the existing four-lane road into a two-way street and not add the additional thre...
by tanzoak
07 Nov 2017 14:31
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's
Replies: 28
Views: 1340

Re: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's

I always think those townhomes would be really nice places to live.. except that you'd be living on a seven-lane highway. Thanks but no thanks. And now we want to extend it?
by tanzoak
07 Nov 2017 14:28
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's
Replies: 28
Views: 1340

Re: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's

Wait why are we widening Cesar Chavez. What fresh hell is this?
by tanzoak
05 Nov 2017 17:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 88
Views: 6907

Re: The Cedars Developments

I've also read that TxDOT has gone as far as to propose a twenty year plan of completely rerouting the 30 corridor away from Downtown, which would connect the Cedars back to the CBD. If they follow through with that plan, 45 would T near the Trinity River. I wouldn't call it a plan. They included i...
by tanzoak
04 Nov 2017 01:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 88
Views: 6907

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. Ahhh durr...
by tanzoak
04 Nov 2017 01:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 88
Views: 6907

Re: The Cedars Developments

So basically it's too wide to deck? I have seen that there are a lot of weird on-ramps, but, potentially those could be reconfigured to make this more feasible? But you're right, this is a pretty ugly stretch of highway, and this project would be much harder than KWP. I guess my original point was ...
by tanzoak
03 Nov 2017 16:00
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: MATA: M-Line Trolley
Replies: 70
Views: 5421

Re: MATA: M-Line Trolley

Mm as far as I know, there hasn't been any money put towards an extension yet, I don't think? There was a request to NCTCOG earlier this year for $1mil for a study, but I don't know what the status of that is.
by tanzoak
03 Nov 2017 15:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18297

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

^Good post I'd say a major way CA got to that innovative frontier has been investment in higher education. If you look at the Times Higher Ed World Uni Rankings (a ranking that is much more research and citation based, rather than prestige a la US News), CA has all of these public unis in the top 10...
by tanzoak
03 Nov 2017 14:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 88
Views: 6907

Re: The Cedars Developments

Decking over I-30 in downtown isn't really feasible for most of it, except for perhaps between Akard and Ervay. Even that stretch would be quite a bit trickier (and wider) than places that are typically considered ripe for decking, such as KWP (see before pic below) or the one being planned for the ...
by tanzoak
03 Nov 2017 12:29
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: MATA: M-Line Trolley
Replies: 70
Views: 5421

Re: MATA: M-Line Trolley

Right now they're using the money to support the Knox Complete Streets project. The MATA extension would be the next logical project (assuming they re-up the district this year). The PID gets $300k a year for a quite small area.

http://www.dallasecodev.org/429/Knox-Street-PID
by tanzoak
02 Nov 2017 21:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18297

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Many of those companies are now relocating to Texas because of the regulatory constraints. Just because they favor a few big businesses does not mean they are business friendly. Just look at Toyota relocating from California to Texas, the massive growth of tech industry in Texas that has seen sever...
by tanzoak
02 Nov 2017 12:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18297

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

It's funny to me when I head California described as not "business-friendly." Somehow 3 of the 4 largest companies in the world managed to be born there, 2 of which in the last 20 years. Source for this? (According to Forbes' list of the largest public companies in the world, California h...
by tanzoak
02 Nov 2017 00:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18297

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Tivo_Kenevil wrote: Study names New York No. 1 contender for Amazon HQ2, with San Francisco and Seattle close behind My point of view from San Francisco: No Thanks. We are over capacity in all aspects already. Move along! https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4464/37131770814_51d7e7f45a_h.jpg Don't worry,...
by tanzoak
01 Nov 2017 17:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18297

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

It's funny to me when I head California described as not "business-friendly." Somehow 3 of the 4 largest companies in the world managed to be born there, 2 of which in the last 20 years. Plus, developing the center of innovation that presumably drives future growth. Sounds pretty business-...
by tanzoak
01 Nov 2017 01:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: High Point Crossing
Replies: 10
Views: 459

Re: High Point Crossing

It’s all about timing with developments. This site is being developed to generate revenue. When the time is right, it will be prime for a higher and better use. A big mixed-use for this neighborhood doesn’t seem imminent. Right off of Northwest Highway, a mile from 75 and a mile from White Rock... ...
by tanzoak
31 Oct 2017 14:16
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 104
Views: 1582

Re: I-345

Yeah, I figured as much. I'm just wondering even if we take out cost as a factor, if this is even feasible. Most things are possible if you take out cost as a factor (we put a man on the moon, remember). It's just the cost/benefit is so far out of whack for a tunnel that it's not within the reasona...
by tanzoak
31 Oct 2017 12:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: High Point Crossing
Replies: 10
Views: 459

Re: High Point Crossing

Ugh.

Also, their target retailers are Ross and Marshall's? Lol. That's what you're building a brand-new development to house?
by tanzoak
31 Oct 2017 12:28
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 104
Views: 1582

Re: I-345

Is tunneling an option seeing as how the D2 will be passing underneath I-345? I believe all alignments have the D2 coming above ground right where I-345 is, so I'm curious to know if tunneling is still an option with this in mind. Tunneling is not being considered because it would be exorbitantly e...
by tanzoak
25 Oct 2017 22:05
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 296
Views: 24518

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

dfwtransplant189 wrote:for FREE.


Well, not exactly free. You're just not paying for it at the margin.

The High Cost of Free Parking, and all that.
by tanzoak
25 Oct 2017 09:56
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 93
Views: 5464

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

The whole time I was thinking more the residential/commercial area on the north side of the station. Aka the land between Harry Hines and Maple. Which has slowly started to see some land buy-ups. I wonder if they will end up replacing those single family homes with the same 5-6 story apartment bloc...
by tanzoak
25 Oct 2017 09:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18297

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

For whatever it's worth, I have also lived in both Seattle and Boston and used transit to commute. While their systems are unequivocally better than Dallas', it's still no piece of cake to commute in or out from the suburbs. Their systems are very much focused on getting around the core. This is tr...
by tanzoak
24 Oct 2017 11:27
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 93
Views: 5464

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Not every property owner will want to spend more money on their buildings to turn it into a mixed zoning building. And governments shouldn’t force them into spending more money to do so. What government should do is allow landowners the ability to do so if they wish and the surrounding neighbors do...
by tanzoak
24 Oct 2017 01:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18297

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I am glad to know that my coming of age period coincided with a cultural phenomenon ("Hipsters") so powerful that its ghost apparently will live on for years after it has ceased to be a thing, kind of like "Hippies".
by tanzoak
23 Oct 2017 18:55
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 93
Views: 5464

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

It’s easy to propose redeveloping a low density neighborhood into a high density neighborhood when you don’t live there. It’s not so easy on the citizens living there. There will be some who can’t afford to move away from the home they own and move into a new home, there will be some who will refus...
by tanzoak
23 Oct 2017 16:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 452
Views: 18297

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

That said, I'm glad they're making the case for Dallas in here:

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