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by tanzoak
18 Feb 2018 20:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 593
Views: 36226

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Don’t get me wrong, its a good thing for the region that tech employment is outperforming locally-grown supply. But it’s a negative factor for a company competing in that space contemplating a relocation (or major expansion in this case).
by tanzoak
18 Feb 2018 20:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 593
Views: 36226

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Wow, that article has it exactly backwards. A place that has more tech grads than tech jobs is a benefit, not a detriment, and vice versa. The point is that you want a high-quality workforce without having to compete too hard for them. A net importing of entry-level tech workforce means that the sup...
by tanzoak
17 Feb 2018 12:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 593
Views: 36226

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I don't know why all of you are arguing about these designations. The higher ed situation in DFW puts us at a disadvantage compared to the other top-tier competition, regardless. That's not saying that our unis are worthless, but compared to Boston/DC/Philly/Chicago/NYC/etc, we are at a clear disadv...
by tanzoak
16 Feb 2018 11:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 593
Views: 36226

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Cute rant. The man who invented the microchip was one of those Dallasites you look down upon so much. So you might want to calm yourself. Yeah lol seriously. If someone hates Dallas so much, they should probably move rather than write up epic rants on the internets. They’ll be much happier. One of ...
by tanzoak
15 Feb 2018 01:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 122
Views: 16026

Re: Victory Park 3.0

That's disappointing to hear about Skyhouse lowering rents, but I've always felt Victory Park has been overpriced for quite a while. It's not disappointing at all - it's great. The margins on apartment towers are not so tight that lowered rents will hold back development, and money in renters' pock...
by tanzoak
15 Feb 2018 01:32
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART: Expansion
Replies: 82
Views: 5704

Re: DART: Expansion

The reason why I'm disappointed with the line as envisioned today is because it doesn't connect all the light rail corridor spokes in what would be DART's surrounding wheel. Ideally, if you're going to run a rail line along LBJ, it should follow LBJ all the way around Dallas, being the wheel to the...
by tanzoak
10 Feb 2018 23:39
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART: Expansion
Replies: 82
Views: 5704

Re: DART: Expansion

DART to date has avoided routing light rail lines down the middle of expressways, preferring to route light rail lines down one side or under. Any light rail line near LBJ will probably be very expensive and routed under it, just like DART subway under US-75. Building a subway a couple of miles lon...
by tanzoak
10 Feb 2018 23:08
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART: Expansion
Replies: 82
Views: 5704

Re: DART: Expansion

Tier 1 look promising, somewhat. Once D2 is finished, another light rail line west to Oak Cliff makes sense.:) The LBJ line makes sense between I-35E and US-75, but that's not where they are proposing to build it. It only needs to tie the Green Line with the Red Line, or at most to the Blue Line. T...
by tanzoak
10 Feb 2018 16:11
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART: Expansion
Replies: 82
Views: 5704

Re: DART: Expansion

For reference, here's AM work trip destination density:
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And here's AM work trip origin density:
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by tanzoak
10 Feb 2018 16:02
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART: Expansion
Replies: 82
Views: 5704

Re: DART: Expansion

Am I missing something here? What is the point of this line.. where would anyone go on this line if it were to built first?..legacy West/DFW? How long will that even take over an HR?! Might as well drive. I'm with you that highway ROWs aren't great. But.. 1. That corridor has the highest employment...
by tanzoak
10 Feb 2018 00:28
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART: Expansion
Replies: 82
Views: 5704

Re: DART: Expansion

Here's the screening evaluation for the 9 rail corridors (North Central ext is for an upgraded bus route):

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by tanzoak
10 Feb 2018 00:15
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART: Expansion
Replies: 82
Views: 5704

Re: DART: Expansion

Luckily, DART appears to be aware of which ones are good and which ones are hot garbage.

LBJ-Inwood and West Dallas are Tier 1 (i.e. start to conduct alternatives analysis), while the three worst ones are Tier 3 (i.e. ignore them).

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by tanzoak
10 Feb 2018 00:09
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART: Expansion
Replies: 82
Views: 5704

Re: DART: Expansion

LBJ-Inwood is legit. West Dallas is also good. West Oak Cliff, Scyene, and Irving-Frisco are alright. The rest are varying degrees of useless.
by tanzoak
09 Feb 2018 23:49
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART: Expansion
Replies: 82
Views: 5704

Re: DART: Expansion

The never-ending extensions are stupid. Also, the corridor planning is from 2016. If you want to check out more detailed descriptions of what they're thinking for each of those corridors, you can find it here: http://www.dart.org/ShareRoot/about/expansion/tsp/2040TSPCorridorFactSheets.pdf The presen...
by tanzoak
01 Feb 2018 10:23
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava
Replies: 38
Views: 1906

Re: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava

It could always be worse. The new $6.4 billion Bay Bridge already has cracks in it and will quite possibly need to be rebuilt after the next major earthquake.
by tanzoak
01 Feb 2018 10:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 200
Views: 17656

Re: Oak Lawn

I'm not saying that there is no homophobia or discrimination in TX anymore. I'm saying that in the 80s, you lived in The Castro/Chelsea/Oak Lawn because that's where you could live/be yourself without getting your ass kicked for walking down the street. Now, thankfully, conditions have improved to t...
by tanzoak
01 Feb 2018 09:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 593
Views: 36226

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

If Amazon is really serious about this health care initiative, that would actually be a huge point for Dallas, which hosts the HQ of 4 of the 25 largest hospital systems in the country, as well as a regional HQ of the largest. It also seems to have a very flexible market compared to other places: ht...
by tanzoak
01 Feb 2018 00:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 200
Views: 17656

Re: Oak Lawn

Gay enclaves formed as a protective response to some pretty horrific oppression and discrimination. The fact that people don’t feel the need to form/maintain those enclaves any more is a good thing. Is there something lost with the dissolution of these places? Sure. But we can’t have all of the thin...
by tanzoak
31 Jan 2018 09:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)
Replies: 102
Views: 14081

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

joshua.dodd wrote:I'll be honest. I hate this building. It's so damn ugly. Especially the top.


It also has the density of a Dallas six-story mid-rise, which is lame.

Lower density than a lot of them, to be honest.
by tanzoak
31 Jan 2018 09:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 593
Views: 36226

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Guys, Amazon is not going to make a headquarters decision based on how much the CEO likes this particular president, who will only be around for 3 or max 7 more years. Stop wishcasting. Similarly, Amazon will not pick a location because it will make a Great American Story. It will not pick a locatio...
by tanzoak
27 Jan 2018 11:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 593
Views: 36226

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Only the top five "big boys" - Dallas, NYC, Chicago, Boston, and Washington DC - plus one wildcard city - Toronto - have a realistic chance of hosting Amazon's new headquarters just given the unprecedented tech hiring requirements for HQ2. Even with tech hiring phased in over several year...
by tanzoak
26 Jan 2018 08:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East End: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 19
Views: 1051

Re: East Downtown Dallas Redevelopment ~24 buildings

I would hope that there are better uses of downtown than townhomes. If not, that’s.. concerning. Don’t get me wrong, I like the townhomes at the farmers market, but the fact that they’re there is a sign of the weakness, not strength, of the area.
by tanzoak
25 Jan 2018 13:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt
Replies: 143
Views: 14631

Re: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt

but no matter how the building is designed it's going to be an eyesore in my mind because there is nothing even remotely close to that scale in that portion of downtown. It will look like the Cityplace Tower as an out of place lone high rise surrounded by low and mid rise buildings. Cities don’t gr...
by tanzoak
25 Jan 2018 09:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 593
Views: 36226

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/retail/2018/01/24/unt-expands-retailing-degrees-major-consumer-experience-management UNT expands its retailing degrees with a major in consumer experience management Maria Halkias ...Managing the consumer experience in retail is complicated enough these days that...
by tanzoak
23 Jan 2018 23:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AC Hotel and Residence Inn by Marriott (Mercantile Commerce Building/1712 Commerce St)
Replies: 47
Views: 5337

Re: Downtown Dallas: AC Hotel and Residence Inn by Marriott (Mercantile Commerce Building/1712 Commerce St)

These parking garages are very contradicting. The city and these developers are trying to make Dallas more like a real urban city with urban density. Yet they keep building these buildings with parking garage podiums. The developers are still pandering to that god awful suburban, car-oriented menta...
by tanzoak
18 Jan 2018 19:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 593
Views: 36226

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

People won't ride the bus when the bus is an inferior option. I've never ridden a bus in Dallas, because why would I? There's little traffic, ample parking, and destinations are spread out. That means cars are the best option, except for some long-distance trips to a central location during high-tra...
by tanzoak
18 Jan 2018 15:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox: Armstrong &Cole
Replies: 25
Views: 1686

Re: Knox: Armstrong &Cole

Unless you mean WAY more than 150,000 (like twice that number), that's not an accurate statement. Tuition at Hockaday, Urselin, and similar private schools is around $40K a year, so after a $5,000 - $9,000 mortgage, a car payment or two, all the rest of a family's expenses, spending an extra, unnec...
by tanzoak
18 Jan 2018 14:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox: Armstrong &Cole
Replies: 25
Views: 1686

Re: Knox: Armstrong &Cole

Unless you mean WAY more than 150,000 (like twice that number), that's not an accurate statement. Tuition at Hockaday, Urselin, and similar private schools is around $40K a year, so after a $5,000 - $9,000 mortgage, a car payment or two, all the rest of a family's expenses, spending an extra, unnec...
by tanzoak
18 Jan 2018 08:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 593
Views: 36226

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Not sure if this is a dumb question or not, but does Amazon’s list capture the metro areas listed or is this a list of the proper cities? (eg. would it say North Texas if they were considering Irving, Frisco etc.) Considering that they listed Northern VA and Montgomery Co, MD separately from DC, th...
by tanzoak
17 Jan 2018 23:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox: Armstrong &Cole
Replies: 25
Views: 1686

Re: Knox: Armstrong &Cole

Dallas builds way more 3+ bedroom units than many other places, btw. All of those townhouse projects. Not to mention that the existing single-fam housing stock is also a much higher proportion in Dallas than many other cities. Dallas definitely does not suffer a lack of family-sized units.
by tanzoak
17 Jan 2018 20:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox: Armstrong &Cole
Replies: 25
Views: 1686

Re: Knox: Armstrong &Cole

LongonBigD wrote:Some concerns remain about the amount of one bedrooms (70-80%) in this project. I'm all for adding density, but would prefer less transient density.


lol what
by tanzoak
26 Dec 2017 08:26
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 101
Views: 7151

Re: the Cotton Belt line

I don't recall reading anywhere that the FTA has okayed any "New Starts" funds for either the D2 and Cotton Belt lines. Let's wait and see what they will grant a full funding (50%) agreement on. ;) Well sure lol. D2 is going for Core Capacity funds, btw, and the original scored a rating o...
by tanzoak
25 Dec 2017 14:20
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 101
Views: 7151

Re: the Cotton Belt line

I wouldn't go as far as to state projections on new ridership are suspicious - they were made using a calculation approved by the FTA and FRA. What's missing in the various arguments are that both D2 and the Cotton Belt have similar numbers in the projections - around 10,000 new riders per day (or ...
by tanzoak
23 Dec 2017 14:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District: Virgin Hotel
Replies: 43
Views: 7764

Re: Design District: Virgin Hotel

You have to have people in a place before you can have people walking around it. DD doesn't have very many people.
by tanzoak
23 Dec 2017 13:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 216
Views: 24040

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

maconahey wrote:Deep Ellum is getting a high-rise with apartments and shopping


Is 7 stories all it takes for a "high rise" these days?
by tanzoak
23 Dec 2017 13:11
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 101
Views: 7151

Re: the Cotton Belt line

any projections of increased ridership are suspicious at best. This, on the other hand, is a true statement. Though I'd note just as applicable to Cotton Belt as it is to D2. Even moreso to Cotton Belt, really, as it's tougher to model a brand new line than access improvements to existing ones. At ...
by tanzoak
23 Dec 2017 13:05
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 101
Views: 7151

Re: the Cotton Belt line

^ Sorry, I don't have time to go looking for those numbers. I'm sure you can Google them. I don't know what ridership projections you are referring to, but since DART LRT ridership has gone down every single year except when they opened new lines, any projections of increased ridership are suspicio...
by tanzoak
22 Dec 2017 17:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Mockingbird Station
Replies: 25
Views: 3604

Re: Dallas Mockingbird Station

If it were a road or highway half of the folks on this forum would be screaming bloody murder about the city building a high-speed route through the neighborhood that only benefits the suburbanites passing through. :-) Because unlike a bike/ped trail, high-speed roads and highways are ugly, noisy, ...
by tanzoak
22 Dec 2017 17:20
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 101
Views: 7151

Re: the Cotton Belt line

^ Projections for new riders -- not cannibalized from the existing line -- on the D2 line are in the range of three to four dozen a day. So cost per new rider will be astronomical. Where are you getting that from? Original D2 had 9k projected net new LRT riders (with 19k using the new alignment, pl...
by tanzoak
22 Dec 2017 16:45
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 101
Views: 7151

Re: the Cotton Belt line

Using your criteria for unacceptable station usage, many of DART light rail stations should be shut down too. Latest figures I could find after a quick google search: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/transportation/2011/06/25/most-dart-rail-stations-serve-fewer-people-now-than-when-they-opened The t...
by tanzoak
18 Dec 2017 13:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Neighborhood Changes '00-'16
Replies: 8
Views: 527

Re: Dallas Neighborhood Changes '00-'16

cowboyeagle05 wrote:What tool are you using to make the maps?


QGIS. And using the Longitudinal Tract Database (LTDB) from Brown for the census tract crosswalks between past and present.
by tanzoak
18 Dec 2017 13:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Neighborhood Changes '00-'16
Replies: 8
Views: 527

Re: Dallas Neighborhood Changes '00-'16

Let me know what you're interested in, and I can make up some more. It's super easy. Changes in.. Homeownership rates, Home values, Percent multifamily, College degrees, Percent children, Percent in nieghborhood less than 10 years, Poverty rates, Percent foreign-born? I can also do changes from 1970...
by tanzoak
18 Dec 2017 13:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Neighborhood Changes '00-'16
Replies: 8
Views: 527

Re: Dallas Neighborhood Changes '00-'16

How interesting that the South and West Dallas areas are losing density, even though those areas seem to be blowing up with new, dense residential projects. Is my perception of the growth/increased density in the Bishop Arts and Trinity Groves areas overstated, or is there some other factor contrib...
by tanzoak
18 Dec 2017 13:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Neighborhood Changes '00-'16
Replies: 8
Views: 527

Re: Dallas Neighborhood Changes '00-'16

Here's changes in real household income over that time:

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by tanzoak
18 Dec 2017 12:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Neighborhood Changes '00-'16
Replies: 8
Views: 527

Dallas Neighborhood Changes '00-'16

New census tract data was released recently, and I thought I'd make a little map showing what parts of Dallas are growing/shrinking. This compares full population counts from the 2000 Census vs estimates from the 2012-2016 ACS.

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by tanzoak
03 Dec 2017 18:37
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 101
Views: 7151

Re: the Cotton Belt line

Lol, $80k+ per weekday rider is abjectly terrible. For comparison, the original street-level D2 was quite economical at around $33k. Not sure what the D2 subway will be, but guessing around $50k.
by tanzoak
28 Nov 2017 14:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: McKinney & Olive Tower (335 FT | 21 ST)
Replies: 48
Views: 7234

Re: Uptown Dallas: McKinney & Olive Tower (335 FT | 21 ST)

Also, I mostly bike everywhere (because bike facilities in Oakland are plentiful, safe, and convenient!), but so long as I own a car I will almost always use it when going grocery shopping. Lugging a bunch of groceries around sucks. Get a collapsible grocery cart. Plenty of people downtown use them...
by tanzoak
28 Nov 2017 14:01
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: New Oak Cliff Streetcar
Replies: 81
Views: 5364

Re: New Oak Cliff Streetcar

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:Funny that you mention hunters point. I actually edited that out of my original post before I submitted it. So I yeah I have been there too.


Well damn that'll teach me lol
by tanzoak
28 Nov 2017 13:07
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: New Oak Cliff Streetcar
Replies: 81
Views: 5364

Re: New Oak Cliff Streetcar

I've been to and stayed in the tenderloin hostels several times. It's "scary-ness" is so overrated. The bums there don't do anything. They're just your stereotypical bum, nothing more. It's no different then bums who OD on K2 in the West End here. I'm sorry, I just can't get scared when y...
by tanzoak
28 Nov 2017 11:57
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: New Oak Cliff Streetcar
Replies: 81
Views: 5364

Re: New Oak Cliff Streetcar

Yeah, when I was in San Fran they literally sat outside of Neiman Marcus doors with a hand out silently and out of the way. And it was a similar experience all around Union Square Park where I was staying for a week. They were everywhere but so were lots of other people so it seemed less intimidati...

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