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by tanzoak
14 Nov 2018 17:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 926
Views: 129302

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: 926
Views: 129302

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: 926
Views: 129302

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: 387

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: 387

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: 65
Views: 9440

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: 120
Views: 21283

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: 129
Views: 25202

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: 89
Views: 12853

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: 89
Views: 12853

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: 89
Views: 12853

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: 16
Views: 1478

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: 15
Views: 1054

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: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 189
Views: 25110

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: 15
Views: 1054

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: 102
Views: 13676

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: 249
Views: 29594

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: 249
Views: 29594

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: 249
Views: 29594

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: 249
Views: 29594

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: 249
Views: 29594

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: 88
Views: 15152

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: 249
Views: 29594

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: 249
Views: 29594

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: 249
Views: 29594

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: 136
Views: 25938

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: 121
Views: 21693

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: 121
Views: 21693

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...
by tanzoak
05 May 2018 00:06
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 189
Views: 25110

Re: the Cotton Belt line

This is exactly what I am referring to. We have these bits and pieces, but unlike most metros, none of them are connected. You should be able to take a train from Downtown Fort Worth up to Frisco... or Denton to City Line, or Downtown Dallas to Legacy West. And with a consolidated regional commuter...
by tanzoak
03 May 2018 22:30
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 189
Views: 25110

Re: the Cotton Belt line

Nearly every major city has a decent commuter rail network. DFW does not, and it really should. Building the Cotton Belt on it's own wouldn't accomplish much. But, if done as a greater, regional commuter network, reaching up to Frisco, Denton, down through TRE corridor, plus downtown fortworth and ...
by tanzoak
03 May 2018 11:09
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 189
Views: 25110

Re: the Cotton Belt line

Also, just a reminder that projections for new lines in heavily auto-oriented contexts tend to significantly overestimate ridership. We're good at forecasting the ridership of things like the Second Avenue Subway in Manhattan. We're bad at forecasting the ridership of things like the Cotton Belt, an...
by tanzoak
03 May 2018 11:04
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 189
Views: 25110

Re: the Cotton Belt line

Whether ridership is high or low, it gives far more people more options than they have now. "More options" is basically tautological. Unless a line is built that exactly duplicates an existing line, it will provide more options. The question is whether the new options are useful options, ...
by tanzoak
01 May 2018 23:52
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Fort Worth: West 7th area
Replies: 5
Views: 743

Re: Fort Worth: West 7th area

DPatel304 wrote:I've only been to this area once before, so maybe I'm wrong, but isn't this a bad thing? Seems like a way to prioritize cars over pedestrians in an urban part of town.


Yeah, what a weird thing to do.
by tanzoak
01 May 2018 22:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: McKinney/Boll Tower - 2614 McKinney Ave - (18 ST)
Replies: 121
Views: 21693

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

I was curious about parking demand in these places, so I checked out some census data on the number of vehicles kept at home. Uptown currently averages 1.42 cars per household. So the code requires providing more parking (1.5/unit) than Uptown residents actually use. Wasteful. Old East Dallas curren...
by tanzoak
01 May 2018 09:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 129
Views: 25202

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

They have also implemented paid parking at the Market. Can anyone else think of a retail center in Dallas that has paid parking?? The people in charge just keep shooting themselves in the foot. Where's the paid parking? Is that in the tiny lot between the market and Mudhen? I typically expect to pa...
by tanzoak
28 Apr 2018 01:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: McKinney/Boll Tower - 2614 McKinney Ave - (18 ST)
Replies: 121
Views: 21693

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

NIMBY's in Uptown are trying to destroy the neighborhood's vibrancy. I completely understand the issues regarding the party scene; however, chasing away visitors and traffic isn't good for ANY business, including the good establishments. There's simply not enough people living in the neighborhood t...
by tanzoak
27 Apr 2018 10:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Overall Construction Levels
Replies: 25
Views: 6161

Re: Overall Construction Levels

ULI/PwC’s Emerging Trends in Real Estate report has placed Dallas in the top five most promising real estate markets in the United States for the last four years. The report highlights massive job and population growth, relatively low cost of living/business , access to space and access to talent a...
by tanzoak
27 Apr 2018 01:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: McKinney/Boll Tower - 2614 McKinney Ave - (18 ST)
Replies: 121
Views: 21693

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

Uptown isn't really dense enough to guarantee a lot of activity. It's still going to be reliant on drawing people from outside the neighborhood to create a decent level of street activity, regardless of how auto-oriented it is or isn't. Uptown is decently dense in terms of buildings and height, but ...
by tanzoak
27 Apr 2018 00:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Canyon In Oak Cliff
Replies: 51
Views: 8479

Re: The Canyon In Oak Cliff

Nobody is interested in jumping on some ghetto public transit in 100 degree heat just to go eat at Olive Garden. The restaurants aren't even open yet and gang bangers have already tagged the retaining walls with graffiti. I'm sure it would be pretty awesome for developers to bring a high end develo...
by tanzoak
23 Apr 2018 13:05
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 189
Views: 25110

Re: the Cotton Belt line

Who cares about airport access? Residents of Plano & Richardson can hop on the GBush and have a 25 minute drive to DFW, 45 at rush hour. I'm sure it won't be more than 60 by 2040; most likely the exact same. Richardson residents get DART, not bus access, E/W and N/S which means they will at mos...
by tanzoak
22 Apr 2018 12:05
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 189
Views: 25110

Re: the Cotton Belt line

(4) 12th Street Too close to Cityline/Bush Station. It's not needed for a Red Line transfer. It's too far away from downtown Plano to attract much ridership. I believe 12th Street is in there because that's where the tracks have to go if you want to go down to CityLine. Preston Road is clearly the ...
by tanzoak
22 Apr 2018 11:52
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 189
Views: 25110

Re: the Cotton Belt line

It's half a mile radius. If people aren't willing to walk that far, then a transit system is never going to work and the money shouldn't be spent. 20 years is plenty of time to rework the street grid in that area to make it conducive to walking that far. And if you want to call '2000 rides a day' 2...
by tanzoak
20 Apr 2018 21:00
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 189
Views: 25110

Re: the Cotton Belt line

Also this line has constantly been sold as allowing the residents of Plano to get to the airport, but then they don't actually expect anyone to ride it for that purpose, and one of the busiest Plano-adjacent sites (Coit) is considering being scrapped until later. I just wish they would be more hone...
by tanzoak
20 Apr 2018 20:37
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 189
Views: 25110

Re: the Cotton Belt line

Maybe but it's not correlated to that either. Otherwise, downtown Carrollton (#1 in ridership) would be #8. I guess they are basically counting cannibalization of the existing line to be added to Carrollton's numbers. Knoll Trail has almost as many jobs & residents as Addison, but it's got 1/3 ...
by tanzoak
20 Apr 2018 15:14
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 189
Views: 25110

Re: the Cotton Belt line

That’s not that surprising, really. First, network distance is a lot farther than spatial distance, particularly in suburban settings like these. So what you have within 1/2 mile walking (network) distance is just a couple of apartment complexes and an office building. Ridership at these stations is...
by tanzoak
20 Apr 2018 12:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 455
Views: 66801

Re: Victory Park 3.0

^this is the correct take
by tanzoak
20 Apr 2018 09:57
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike
Replies: 136
Views: 25938

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

At least in the financial district, they were everywhere the first few days until the city confiscated them. And they were being left in places where people could easily trip over them. Glad the city is passing rules to get them regulated. Would not want to happen here with these what I saw in Dall...
by tanzoak
20 Apr 2018 00:31
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 189
Views: 25110

Re: the Cotton Belt line

$996 million out of the $1.14 billion would ultimately come from local sources, though mostly through utilizing very low interest loans.

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by tanzoak
20 Apr 2018 00:17
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 189
Views: 25110

Re: the Cotton Belt line

http://i65.tinypic.com/28smyjb.png Ah, apparently they're just anticipating that no one uses those stations. Though the lowest ridership station is actually 12th street, with a whopping 370. And this is with the 20-min peak headways, which is a long-term aspirational goal, rather than the planned 3...
by tanzoak
19 Apr 2018 23:36
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 189
Views: 25110

Re: the Cotton Belt line

Omg lol and even if we were to forget that we were in the north Dallas suburbs, the transit connections at these stations are basically non-existent. A single line with 30/60 min headways at Knoll Trail, and two lines to Preston road--two 30/60 headways (with one proposed to be upgraded to all-day 3...

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