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by TNWE
13 Nov 2018 13:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 926
Views: 128360

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Honestly, I don't think the CBD needs a massive office tenant to move in. What it needs are another twenty midrise residential. I'm not even talking 20-30 stories... If we could get 10-12 story residential (rental and condo) to fill in some of the lots, downtown will make a success story out of its...
by TNWE
12 Nov 2018 12:08
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 197
Views: 25618

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

The depths of underground stations are known to impact ridership. This is part of the problem with an underground system in Dallas. Our soils (much of of it historic riverbed) are very poor for boring through and we are forced to go deeper to find more solid rock. While looking at a pretty rail tra...
by TNWE
31 Oct 2018 15:00
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 27
Views: 3390

Re: Cypress Waters

Interestingly enough... The land where most of the construction is going on now used to be known as 'North Lake Park'. That park was technically an Irving park. They leased the land from Dallas to have the park to serve the North Irving residents to the east and south. While most of the park infras...
by TNWE
30 Oct 2018 22:02
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 41
Views: 7609

Re: TexRail

I assume Cotton Belt will use the same TexRail station, correct? It sounds like DART is coming closer to going with commuter rail instead of LRT for the Cotton Belt, so DART may end up with stops at both of these stations. Plus, let's hope the TexRail and DART systems are fully compatible, and that...
by TNWE
23 Oct 2018 17:25
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 249
Views: 29460

Re: DART D2 Subway

Welcome to DFW Urbanist logic - every bad thing that happens is the result of not throwing enough money at whatever hodgepodge of policy proposals they personally support :roll: :roll: Setting aside the ridiculousness of a random power outage as a compelling reason to spend $1.2 billion on a subway...
by TNWE
23 Oct 2018 16:46
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 249
Views: 29460

Re: DART D2 Subway

Nah I'll go with epic mic drop :lol: Facetiousness aside, that picture is not a 'meme' it's a fact. Of course you'd have to fill the bus for the 'meme' to be true. What is the goal of mass transit? So you're right, that is a perfectly legitimate issue because it is all for naught if people don't us...
by TNWE
23 Oct 2018 15:33
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 249
Views: 29460

Re: DART D2 Subway

I'm not understanding why the Green line trains were affected in the current system. There apparently was no power outage affecting downtown... what am I missing? Welcome to DFW Urbanist logic - every bad thing that happens is the result of not throwing enough money at whatever hodgepodge of policy...
by TNWE
23 Oct 2018 12:39
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 41
Views: 7609

Re: TexRail

While I am really happy that DFW is now connected to both cities, still a little bummed they couldn't figure out the engineering needed to make the trains pull in through the same station. We need to make public transport more convenient. Even if they pulled into the same station, they could not sh...
by TNWE
23 Oct 2018 11:54
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 249
Views: 29460

Re: DART D2 Subway

^ And if someone said we needed to spend $1.2 billion dollars to widen I-345 for the extra State Fair Traffic three weekends a year you would say? I would say spending that money on a rail corridor is 1.2 billion times more efficient than spending it on single occupant car lanes. The Case for Mass ...
by TNWE
22 Oct 2018 12:04
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 161
Views: 28576

Re: DFW Airport

^that's good to hear, in the last decade I've been to five airports so my personal consideration set is inadequate. As an emerging global portal, the experiences, services and accommodations available to travelers passing through DFW Airport needs to compare favorably to airports around the world. ...
by TNWE
11 Oct 2018 14:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: City Lights
Replies: 44
Views: 8722

Re: Downtown Dallas: City Lights

Finally, the store level is going up! Next up will be the residential units that will have an affordable grocery store as an amenity below them. I am jealous of that for sure. Currently, I have to cross the street for that privilege. Idk if I'd call tom thumb affordable, at least as long as I'm awa...
by TNWE
09 Oct 2018 14:50
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 717
Views: 114696

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

A key point in that NBC news story is that the state has requested to keep using the stadium site for several more years for construction staging. Irvings Moon landing site will stay that way for awhile longer. I went past there the other day on the Orange line, and saw that they're building some s...
by TNWE
09 Oct 2018 12:43
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Richardson: Main Street Improvements
Replies: 11
Views: 1108

Re: Richardson: Main Street Improvements

Here are some renderings of what they are doing (warning large PDF-starts on slide 25). It's a pretty dramatic change, and involves a fairly large area from the Chase building on US75 to Greenville Ave past the DART tracks. Short version is they are taking away lanes from Main, Polk St, and McKinne...
by TNWE
09 Oct 2018 11:12
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 309
Views: 47115

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

So much for "no tax dollars". The City of Dallas using Tax dollars to invest in developments at the TCR endpoint that improve connectivity with existing transit modes, enhance the vibrancy of the area, etc is very different than taxpayer funding of the actual HSR line itself. TCR was alwa...
by TNWE
04 Oct 2018 16:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 37
Views: 1579

Re: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)

The buildings they want demolished connect to city owned property (the skyway). Maybe we have some leverage here. I think First Baptist knows that, and for that reason was trying to sneak the demolition by everyone before announcing the larger plans. If they need some kind of permit or variance or ...
by TNWE
24 Sep 2018 14:28
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 161
Views: 28576

Re: DFW Airport

IMG_0495.jpgAm about to recycle this old paper but thought that some of you will certainly enjoy a look at it: Wild that A/C/E all used to only cover 2/3rds of the semicircle. A & E have been renovated such that you can't see the gaps where they completed the semicircles anymore, but C still ha...
by TNWE
24 Sep 2018 14:24
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 161
Views: 28576

Re: DFW Airport

Come on, direct DFW-CDG flights? Meanwhile, I can't get a decent flight when visiting distant relatives in Russia because everything goes through Moscow... At least it will make the flights between Dallas and home much more convenient, and on Air France nonetheless! I just hope they won't follow th...
by TNWE
24 Sep 2018 14:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 190
Views: 26560

Re: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

Stretching out a development over years increases the risks by an order of magnitude. Just ask the original developers behind One Main Place, One Dallas Centre, BOA Tower, Fountain Place and (ironically) Cityplace how well their second towers worked out. Exactly. I know real estate development as a...
by TNWE
21 Sep 2018 17:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown
Replies: 46
Views: 5380

Re: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown

I think you have a misunderstanding of the full-service hotel market. Thanks, but I don't think so. Sorry, I just don't think this was the best location they could've picked in the greater Dallas area for this specific type of hotel. At this very location, I could think of other brands or at least ...
by TNWE
19 Sep 2018 15:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 190
Views: 26560

Re: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

Third, people use DART to get the shopping center nearby and the retail on the other side of Haskell already... There's Whataburger workers crossing the street all the time .. seriously. You're right though, perhaps the jones' won't ride the train from that Tract. But it is retail a center, and peo...
by TNWE
19 Sep 2018 13:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 190
Views: 26560

Re: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

Third, people use DART to get the shopping center nearby and the retail on the other side of Haskell already... There's Whataburger workers crossing the street all the time .. seriously. You're right though, perhaps the jones' won't ride the train from that Tract. But it is retail a center, and peo...
by TNWE
19 Sep 2018 12:18
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 309
Views: 47115

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

At this stage of the game, the technology deal is really the only thing about Texas Central I've had concerned. IIRC, most/all the other HSR service providers are interchangeable and/or compatible (French, Chinese etc), but the Japanese is not. The presumption all along has bee that the Triangle an...
by TNWE
19 Sep 2018 11:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown
Replies: 46
Views: 5380

Re: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown

I guess I have to book a full-service Marriott because I'm a business traveler"- hotels are going to fill their rooms with whoever's willing to pay the current rate. That's not at all what I'm saying. I'm a business traveler too by the way. Business hotel ==/== convention hotel. The bread and ...
by TNWE
19 Sep 2018 10:42
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 189
Views: 25020

Re: the Cotton Belt line

Will this actually be called the Cotton Belt line or will it be given a color based name as other DART lines. DART has consistently displayed it as a dotted purple line on their recent expansion maps so that might be a hint. Interestingly Washington D.C. is also building an east-west rail line acro...
by TNWE
19 Sep 2018 09:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown
Replies: 46
Views: 5380

Re: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown

Fair points about Starwood. By my math, however, the only full service (i.e., offers convention space etc.) Marriott-Starwood hotels within the CBD are Westin and Sheraton. The others are mostly boutique hotels that aren't really oriented towards the convention market. Compare that to the CBD of an...
by TNWE
18 Sep 2018 17:49
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 189
Views: 25020

Re: the Cotton Belt line

Will this actually be called the Cotton Belt line or will it be given a color based name as other DART lines. Good question- the name "Cotton Belt" is a holdover from its freight railway days, but I always assumed it was just shorthand for the planning discussions. Fort Worth elected to r...
by TNWE
18 Sep 2018 17:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 190
Views: 26560

Re: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

I also don't philosophically agree with what you're saying. Developments are capable of making things more walkable or connected. The fact Dart is inaccessible is because the area ignored integrating accessibility. No, DART is inaccessible because it's a half-mile away from the station, and anyone ...
by TNWE
18 Sep 2018 09:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 190
Views: 26560

Re: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

What's wrong with these idiots ? Do they realize this is prime real estate right here ?!! This isn't Prosper or Allen. Geesh "Prime Real estate?" Get a grip... It's on the wrong side of 75, DART isn't a close or easy walk, it's surrounded by primarily single-family and low-density apts (w...
by TNWE
17 Sep 2018 11:34
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 189
Views: 25020

Re: the Cotton Belt line

We have a couple examples of walkable neighborhoods where there is little to no transit. Shops at Legacy, Legacy West, and Watters Creek are good examples. Sure, they are not urban heaven, but they are decent, and significantly better than most of Addison. With that said, I do like Addison Circle, ...
by TNWE
12 Sep 2018 16:10
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 189
Views: 25020

Re: the Cotton Belt line

Getting back to the topic at hand.... I passed through Addison Circle the other day, and was surprised at just how much open, undeveloped land there is surrounding the Addison Transit center (which would become a rail stop with the Cotton Belt). I can't imagine they'd stay vacant once the NTP is iss...
by TNWE
11 Sep 2018 10:08
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 249
Views: 29460

Re: DART D2 Subway

Bu all in all, I think D2 is not necessary but a nice-to-have. Certainly a better use of funds than the $1 billion Cotton Belt line that will see a few hundred users per day at best...... The Cotton Belt line will be the future "Bridge to Nowhere." When that happens, I hope that ALL respo...
by TNWE
05 Sep 2018 09:16
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 189
Views: 25020

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 TNWE
04 Sep 2018 13:23
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 189
Views: 25020

Re: the Cotton Belt line

Why did the residents not want the stations? Were they scared people would ride it, break into their homes and steal their TVs? Probably a combo-meal of that, and also that neighborhood thinks there is a loud-noise factor with the train operation as well. If these people ever rode DART, they'd know...
by TNWE
31 Aug 2018 12:28
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Paper or Plastic (or not)?
Replies: 13
Views: 610

Re: Paper or Plastic (or not)?

^thank you, I did a search like that and saw much of the same thing. I should have already know that. I guess I'm proud of my own personal habit with regard to recycling, generating the least possible trash, consuming locally produced whatever as much as possible.... just didn't even think to learn...
by TNWE
28 Aug 2018 08:56
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 249
Views: 29460

Re: DART D2 Subway

The people we have in charge of DART have designed the system like "How do we get people halfway across the metroplex on a train" and do not focus on intra-urban transit. Our current system is INTER-urban transit, much like the interurban trains that used to run from places like Plano to ...
by TNWE
24 Aug 2018 16:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 926
Views: 128360

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Exactly! And guess what, it is becoming more and more onerous and expensive! Not NYC levels, but with every company moving in and every multifamily building going up, it gets worse. I have been living in the core for a long time and can't believe how congested the streets are getting with traffic. ...
by TNWE
24 Aug 2018 14:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 926
Views: 128360

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I also don't think it's a culture thing, it's just human nature to do what is easiest. In DFW, the easiest way to get around is by car. If someone from DFW were to move to New York, they would most likely ditch their car and use public transportation, and, then same would be true if someone from Ne...
by TNWE
24 Aug 2018 12:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 926
Views: 128360

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

This is truly the strangest hobbyhorse of the Dallas urbanism crowd- There's plenty of "prime real estate" in the form of surface parking lots and dirt fields that should be developed before we start talking about tearing down existing civic infrastructure that brings a not-insignificant ...
by TNWE
23 Aug 2018 13:10
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Paper or Plastic (or not)?
Replies: 13
Views: 610

Re: Paper or Plastic (or not)?

I'd be happy if they trained their baggers to put more than one item in a bag, tho now that they have self-scanners at my local store, I can put stuff directly into reusable bags in my cart and not have to bother with the checkout line. I assume they're planning to offer paper instead? I can't imagi...
by TNWE
23 Aug 2018 09:44
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 249
Views: 29460

Re: DART D2 Subway

You’re not going to be able to eliminate all street traffic off Bryan. To the north you have the over $100 million Plaza of the America’s complex with two 25 story and a third 26 story towers, with a historic 13 story atrium. To the south you have the “historic” Dallas High School now being used by...
by TNWE
22 Aug 2018 14:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 926
Views: 128360

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Not to mention, it may even make the city consider tearing down parts of our uselessly oversized convention center that are not needed and taking up prime real estate. This is truly the strangest hobbyhorse of the Dallas urbanism crowd- There's plenty of "prime real estate" in the form of...
by TNWE
22 Aug 2018 13:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 926
Views: 128360

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I still think they will pick a top 2 or 3 and then milk the incentives and go where they get the most. Yes and to play this game to get the most out of the incentives when you can buy and sell a small country is a little disturbing. I am not opposed to incentives but also think they serve a purpose...
by TNWE
22 Aug 2018 12:22
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 249
Views: 29460

Re: DART D2 Subway

Yes, it could be done - but DART would have to add crossovers and pocket track near or at the stations they would turn around at. There are already Orange Line trains that only run up the Red Line to LBJ Central station and stop, and come back through downtown as 'Out of Service'. Operationally, it...
by TNWE
20 Aug 2018 09:48
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 197
Views: 25618

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Low ridership = higher fares...that'll definitely get more people on! For the AM/PM commuter, sure, it goes up a buck. The big change in the fare structure is that people no longer have to decide in advance whether they need a day pass or single ride. Plus, the PM pass (at $3) costs a little more t...
by TNWE
20 Aug 2018 09:33
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Dallas Love Field Airport
Replies: 60
Views: 8763

Re: Dallas Love Field Airport

SWA has two employee shuttles that run to each side of headquarters. It is a very popular shuttle since it allows employees to park for free when they travel. This doesn't include the large buses of people who fly in for new hire training there. The shuttles are well known to always be late and can...
by TNWE
02 Aug 2018 11:07
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Midtown Express Project 114 & 183
Replies: 9
Views: 1607

Re: Midtown Express Project 114 & 183

I've not been able to find anything online, including on the DFW Freeways website. I assume there was some initial plan to do at least a partial set of direct ramps between 114 and the Bush Turnpike, but maybe it was postponed/cancelled due to funding at the time. My uneducated guess. I've not hear...
by TNWE
27 Jul 2018 14:29
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 197
Views: 25618

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Yeah, if the station truly is already "dug out" and just needs finishing and elevators and such, it shouldn't be too much. There's no need to make it fancy. It it's a concrete shell, commission artists to make it interesting on the cheap. Murals, neon, sculpture, etc. Maybe a water featur...
by TNWE
25 Jul 2018 13:45
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 197
Views: 25618

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Very cool to finally see video of the Knox/Henderson station. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=KssAvjXtGDw Saw that earlier. Kind of amazing how much digging was done down there, and the way the DART spokesman kept describing it as an "unused station" [IIRC] and not a p...
by TNWE
23 Jul 2018 16:28
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 189
Views: 25020

Re: the Cotton Belt line

Wonderful. Another bridge with unnecessary arches. Probably not even functional. Won't these idiots ever learn? Oh, I'm sorry, I forgot. It's just the taxpayer's money. I don't see anything in the document specifying arches (functional or otherwise) beyond a couple of thumbnail concept renderings, ...
by TNWE
20 Jul 2018 15:33
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 197
Views: 25618

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

I signed up for the Tap Card beta testing program. My card should arrive by the 24th they tell me. I currently use the app to buy an $80.00 monthly pass. I will be curious if this tap card is better for me than using that. I am always around an electrical outlet so my phone is never running out of ...

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