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by TNWE
14 Dec 2018 09:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: 1900 Pearl (362 FT | 25 ST)
Replies: 198
Views: 44037

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

I think someone is just a little panty twisted that a DOWNTOWN office building (You guys refuse to accept that a Downtown property is in fact Downtown. It's not Uptown, so what is it, UpDownTown? TownUpDown?) leased up a large amount of unspoken for office space right before completion. Done with t...
by TNWE
13 Dec 2018 21:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 974
Views: 147318

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Keep in mind that Seattle is relatively new to the rail-based transit game - They've only had light rail/streetcars for a decade or so, and Amazon's Seattle campus is only connected to the streetcar. Seattle is still a bus-first transit city, so I'd have a hard time taking them seriously if they sa...
by TNWE
13 Dec 2018 19:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 974
Views: 147318

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I never understood proposals such as this one, or ones along the Cotton Belt line. For a company that emphasized how important public transit is, I couldn't see them seriously considering a location out in the suburbs with one proposed station. Even if it wasn't a proposed station and it did exist,...
by TNWE
13 Dec 2018 17:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 974
Views: 147318

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I never understood proposals such as this one, or ones along the Cotton Belt line. For a company that emphasized how important public transit is, I couldn't see them seriously considering a location out in the suburbs with one proposed station. Even if it wasn't a proposed station and it did exist,...
by TNWE
13 Dec 2018 17:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 336
Views: 62921

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

I am new to this process but I do have a question. Assuming they only build the parking garage, which seems very likely, is it not possible for an individual or the city to take legal action against such projects? It makes me very uncomfortable that a developer can go to the city, present a project...
by TNWE
13 Dec 2018 16:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 356
Views: 64423

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

At any given time, they have less people working on this skyscraper than they would have building a new house in Frisco. At this rate, it will take years and years and years to get this done. I am not confident this will ever get finished. The city should require that they at least put up scaffoldi...
by TNWE
13 Dec 2018 16:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 974
Views: 147318

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Not a Typo: To Lure Amazon, DFW Airport Had a Plan to Offer Nearly $23 Billion Over 99 Years https://www.dmagazine.com/frontburner/2018/12/not-a-typo-to-lure-amazon-dfw-airport-had-a-plan-to-offer-nearly-23-billion-over-99-years/ Wow... Kinda glad this never saw the light of day. I remember hearing...
by TNWE
13 Dec 2018 15:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: 1900 Pearl (362 FT | 25 ST)
Replies: 198
Views: 44037

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

Lies. I was told by several on this forum that there was ZERO demand for new Downtown Dallas office space and that builders should NOT start building office towers without the majority of space leased because there would be no tenants for them and they would sit empty. The same people said that Hou...
by TNWE
13 Dec 2018 11:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: 1900 Pearl (362 FT | 25 ST)
Replies: 198
Views: 44037

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

Law firm Husch Blackwell grows downtown Dallas office in move to new tower https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2018/12/12/law-firm-grows-downtown-dallas-office-move-new-tower The 1900 Pearl building is more than 90 percent leased. Lies. I was told by several on this forum that there was...
by TNWE
13 Dec 2018 09:32
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 211
Views: 29696

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Noticed these screens today at West End. The live video feed zooms in on people as they walk by to drive the message that you’re being watched. Creepy AF but desperate times... E8796E9A-3C3C-4221-9029-C32C29D5EF01.jpeg The only difference is that now we know that the cameras at West End actually wo...
by TNWE
12 Dec 2018 10:27
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 211
Views: 29696

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

For a while, the TRE ran a handful of special holiday trains with Christmas lights, decals, and a Santa on board. They don't seem to be doing it this year, but I found a schedule from 2013 indicating that Santa would be aboard 3 runs each direction. https://www.dart.org/images/tre/2013TREWinterWhist...
by TNWE
04 Dec 2018 11:14
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART: Expansion
Replies: 109
Views: 19160

Re: DART: Expansion

So my next question is - if there's no aerial construction, and they preserved land for the at-grade extensions, why the heck does this cost $5 million/station? Even with Cityplace and Mockingbird being somewhat more challenging from a construction ingress perspective, those were built even longer ...
by TNWE
03 Dec 2018 23:28
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART: Expansion
Replies: 109
Views: 19160

Re: DART: Expansion

The 4 elevated stations on the Red Line were all built to full length to begin with, since extending them after the fact would be much more difficult. I saw all the elevated stations included in the project scope, so I assumed they needed structural changes to extend, but lo and behold, the elevate...
by TNWE
03 Dec 2018 14:53
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART: Expansion
Replies: 109
Views: 19160

Re: DART: Expansion

**Hopefully**, there will be additional benches and related infrastructure coming when these platforms are extended/improved. Several of the stations need better availability of waiting/seating areas. Most of them have a divergent approach to what is available at ground level vs. what's at the plat...
by TNWE
03 Dec 2018 14:07
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Dallas Love Field Airport
Replies: 64
Views: 10491

Re: Dallas Love Field Airport

gawh The only reasonable answer to this deal is another 20 gates, 12 domestic and 8 international. DFW can at least add another terminal and encourage the development of a dual hub, Love Field can double and add international, and Meacham Field in Fort Worth can get going again --- the regional gro...
by TNWE
28 Nov 2018 19:08
Forum: The Airports
Topic: American Airlines
Replies: 13
Views: 2443

Re: American Airlines

Jet Blue is probably the best of all the US Airlines when it comes to "walkability" and HQ being well thought out in Long Island City. Of course, Amazon may force them to move to Orlando (long rumored due to cost of living). Yes, United is at Willis Tower but I have only heard how much of...
by TNWE
28 Nov 2018 15:20
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 316
Views: 53127

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

BUILD IT! We need something to brag about here in Texas. Also I want to ride one of these bad boys without spending over a grand to fly to Japan. No doubt! I spent two weeks riding old Amtrak trains around the country last year, and spent a couple years riding trains around Europe as well. Travelin...
by TNWE
28 Nov 2018 15:00
Forum: The Airports
Topic: American Airlines
Replies: 13
Views: 2443

Re: American Airlines

I take no issue with the point the article is trying to make, but as is typical with many pieces like this, the snobbyness in which they do it is a turn off. You don't encourage behavior by presenting your point in such a self-obsessed/elitist tone. Instead, you discourage people who could actually...
by TNWE
27 Nov 2018 14:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Convention Center
Replies: 18
Views: 4174

Re: Dallas Convention Center

I was in Houston over the holiday and visited Discovery Green Saturday evening. I couldn't help but think how Dallas made such a huge mistake burying the convention center underground and ignoring the surface area around it. What a missed opportunity to bring some life to that end of downtown. The ...
by TNWE
27 Nov 2018 13:49
Forum: The Airports
Topic: American Airlines
Replies: 13
Views: 2443

Re: American Airlines

Why suburban office campuses aren’t really walkable http://cityobservatory.org/why-suburban-office-campuses-arent-really-walkable/ Here’s the bottom line: no matter how much your press release talks about miles of trails, or even a hundred bikes, if you build your new 12,000 person headquarters in ...
by TNWE
26 Nov 2018 11:04
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DCTA (Denton Co. Transportation Authority)
Replies: 9
Views: 942

Re: DCTA (Denton Co. Transportation Authority)

Bus stops should be placed about a half mile apart, less say every eight blocks or so (2400 feet or 800 yards). Then add some circular rapid bus routes which wil run perpendiclular to the earleir routes as well. Set up a great grid, where the grid is tighter closer to downtown and wider further fro...
by TNWE
19 Nov 2018 13:03
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Star Transit
Replies: 2
Views: 256

Re: Star Transit

It's a little interesting how each system deals with the "fringes" of their service areas. Fort Worth is so sprawled out that their express services to the Alliance area are effectively serving non-members like Keller and Roanoke, plus the TRE serves Richland Hills and Hurst, with the latt...
by TNWE
13 Nov 2018 13:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 974
Views: 147318

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: 211
Views: 29696

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: 31
Views: 4401

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: 42
Views: 8761

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: 33982

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: 33982

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: 33982

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: 42
Views: 8761

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: 33982

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: 164
Views: 31967

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: 9896

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: 727
Views: 127701

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: 1328

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: 316
Views: 53127

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: 2287

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: 164
Views: 31967

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: 164
Views: 31967

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: 29929

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: 6390

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: 29929

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: 29929

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: 316
Views: 53127

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: 6390

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: 29452

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: 6390

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: 29452

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: 29929

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: 29929

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...

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