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by muncien
28 Aug 2018 10:46
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 249
Views: 33718

Re: DART D2 Subway

Personally, I feel the D2 'subway' is too much an attempt to be something we are not, and the limited benefits it offers don't warrant the price. I also don't have much faith in streetcar systems, but at least it would expand the footprint of the service area. While I see your point, same could be ...
by muncien
28 Aug 2018 10:42
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown: Carpenter Park
Replies: 8
Views: 1390

Re: Downtown: Carpenter Park

At least we aren't calling them 'Garden' anymore... Seriously, 'Belo Garden' and 'Main Street Garden' are terrible names. lol Not to sound too much like a copy cat, I always felt that incorporating 'Square' into a downtown core plaza like Belo or Main Street do a much better job at establishing a se...
by muncien
28 Aug 2018 10:03
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 249
Views: 33718

Re: DART D2 Subway

I'm all for replacing D2 (in it's current form) with a streetcar network. They both would serve the same general area, and are interchangeable. Personally, I feel the D2 'subway' is too much an attempt to be something we are not, and the limited benefits it offers don't warrant the price. I also don...
by muncien
27 Aug 2018 10:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 123
Views: 23274

Re: AT&T Discovery District

A marquis along the base of that video board would be brilliant...
by muncien
24 Aug 2018 14:00
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 249
Views: 33718

Re: DART D2 Subway

I honestly don't know why another track would be needed between Union & Victory. It's not like we'd be running multiple lines through there, and there are switches on both sides. It blew my mind the first time I noticed that track was there. The Pearl options sounds pretty solid as well. Persona...
by muncien
22 Aug 2018 13:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 954
Views: 145004

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

My only concern for the VP proposal is that it's a little to high-rise oriented. Perhaps that is what Amazon wants, I don't know. But, I would much rather prefer 20, eight story buildings, over eight 20-story buildings. I don't think VP has the real estate to pull that off. My preference would be an...
by muncien
21 Aug 2018 14:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)
Replies: 103
Views: 15904

Re: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)

At one time, this mess of an intersection was on the 'outskirts' of downtown, and it make sense to design it the way it is. But, as it stands now, it's as dense, or even more dense than any other area of downtown, and it's time for a serious reworking of these streets. One thing that is a bit of a s...
by muncien
21 Aug 2018 10:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: 900 Main
Replies: 48
Views: 3281

Re: 900 Main

I hope I kept the receipt for my pitchfork...
by muncien
21 Aug 2018 09:47
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 205
Views: 29215

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 muncien
17 Aug 2018 14:38
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Historic Images of Dallas
Replies: 16
Views: 2343

Re: Historic Images of Dallas

I found some great little historical pics and accompanying information regarding downtown Dallas on this site... Amazing, some of the architecture we used to have.
https://flashbackdallas.com/category/neighborhoods/downtown/
by muncien
17 Aug 2018 13:58
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 727
Views: 126219

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

TXGunLover wrote:Was iPic possibly originally going into that dev or am I thinking of something else?

They were... But, I think that was three or four iterations ago. :)
- before Alamo -
by muncien
17 Aug 2018 13:53
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 727
Views: 126219

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

The Blue Star / Lincoln Property Development at 114 and 161 is coming before P&Z this Monday. They're seeking approval for 4 lots on about 30 acres. Good to see it moving forward. Will be curious to see what they have planned. I know previously the talk was that a Sandman Signature Hotel with a...
by muncien
17 Aug 2018 12:59
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Dallas Love Field Airport
Replies: 64
Views: 10347

Re: Dallas Love Field Airport

Is there any evidence that adding a people mover is going to increase usage? I'm not even talking about increasing it enough to justify the cost -- that's beyond pie-in-the-sky. Let's be realistic: how many people are there really who don't rider DART to Love Field now that would start just because...
by muncien
17 Aug 2018 09:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End: Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum
Replies: 68
Views: 14968

Re: West End: Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum

Looks like Noah's Ark... Is that what they were going for? :)
by muncien
17 Aug 2018 09:50
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 727
Views: 126219

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I would argue it needs a better public school district first, instead of CFB. I am a product of the CFB school system - compared to the alternative of Irving ISD, I do not know what your complaint is. I grew up in the Hackberry area and had friends living less than a mile apart who were in the Copp...
by muncien
15 Aug 2018 10:12
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Dallas Love Field Airport
Replies: 64
Views: 10347

Re: Dallas Love Field Airport

A good public transport link would reduce the amount of Uber/Lyft cars going in and out of the airport. Just saying!!! Which is why building the people mover system to Burbank and SW Headquarters makes sense. SW employees can either park out there or ride DART and then take the people mover to the ...
by muncien
14 Aug 2018 13:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Fort Worth: misc. developments
Replies: 35
Views: 6867

Re: Fort Worth: misc. developments

Katy Station Lofts Mixed-use, mixed-income transit-oriented development located across the street from TRE's T&P Station The project is being developed by the Fort Worth housing solutions in close cooperation with the Fort Worth Transit Authority, Near Southside Inc. and the City of Fort Worth....
by muncien
14 Aug 2018 13:12
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Dallas Love Field Airport
Replies: 64
Views: 10347

Re: Dallas Love Field Airport

Interesting proposal. I think the hardest part will be bridging Bachman lake. The road could be surface grade through most of the airport property and would just need to sneak underground for 1 or 2 taxi way alignments. I don't think the orientation of the new terminal building a huge deal as the n...
by muncien
14 Aug 2018 09:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 126
Views: 20568

Re: West End 1.0

Can't they just eat up a surface lot right around there? We need some of those smaller surface lots to be redeveloped to connect with the core of downtown better. Totally! The funny thing is, I actually really like the design of the addition... just NOT when it's placed directly on top of the exist...
by muncien
10 Aug 2018 11:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 455
Views: 73982

Re: Victory Park 3.0

^^^ Totally... Both Trophy and Valor should both have bollards available at all ends so they can be reconfigured as necessary at certain times. Laying pavers, as you suggested, is a great way to tie all these areas together without fully restricting automobile uses. Not sure who would manage such a ...
by muncien
10 Aug 2018 11:06
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco: misc. developments
Replies: 10
Views: 1222

Re: Frisco: misc. developments

Now... If they could only get some 'Rail' into that mix. :)
by muncien
08 Aug 2018 17:20
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 727
Views: 126219

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Curious which/how many of the Big Beat venues they will actively occupy. Many of them are distinct spaces that cannot easily be combined. I assume some of them will remain vacant...? I wouldn't be surprised to see that this deal only occupies a portion of what is there, and the rest get leased to so...
by muncien
08 Aug 2018 10:30
Forum: Art + Sol
Topic: John McCaa (WFAA/8 news anchor) announces retirement plans
Replies: 3
Views: 455

Re: John McCaa (WFAA/8 news anchor) announces retirement plans

Local, morning and nightly news, seems to be the only news I can stomach anymore. Please, please, PLEASE, don't let that go political.
by muncien
08 Aug 2018 10:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 109
Views: 17839

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

I don't really have an update/announcement regarding Downtown Dallas, but I just wanted to say that I hung out in Downtown last Saturday for dinner/drinks and I was really impressed at how lively it all was. We had dinner at Americano, then walked over to the Statler for drinks at Scout (which was ...
by muncien
06 Aug 2018 15:58
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Midtown Express Project 114 & 183
Replies: 9
Views: 1911

Re: Midtown Express Project 114 & 183

...The compromise in the mean time has been the expansion of the inside shoulders into full lanes, but for reasons beyond my understanding they're only "open" during rush hour. There's no barrier separating them, just a series of electronic signs above them that display open or closed and...
by muncien
02 Aug 2018 09:51
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Midtown Express Project 114 & 183
Replies: 9
Views: 1911

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 muncien
01 Aug 2018 16:08
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Midtown Express Project 114 & 183
Replies: 9
Views: 1911

Re: Midtown Express Project 114 & 183

Not sure if anybody here can help me with this, but I'll ask anyway... What's up with the unbuilt flyover exit from 114 West to PGBT South? Those support columns have been there for as long as I have lived here, but other than a small bit of pavement along PGBT itself, it doesn't see like there is a...
by muncien
31 Jul 2018 10:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum Tower
Replies: 166
Views: 31199

Re: Museum Tower

I should have stopped reading at 'Gentleman Agreement'... Good luck with that! lol I'm sorry... but when you build something in a Central Business District that carries such priceless materials, is so sensitive to outside environmental conditions, and that is the primary purpose for such a structure...
by muncien
27 Jul 2018 13:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Dallas High School
Replies: 35
Views: 8024

Re: Downtown Dallas: Dallas High School

It would be nice if they extended the DART Transit Promenade setup along this development. I realize there is nothing on the other side worth walking to at this time, but it seems like the best way to manage the rail ROW. If we end up with an iron fence or 'chain-link', it'll look quite awful.
by muncien
27 Jul 2018 11:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum Tower
Replies: 166
Views: 31199

Re: Museum Tower

I think we just finished the longest stretch yet, without mentioning the melting sculptures. :D
by muncien
27 Jul 2018 11:21
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 205
Views: 29215

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

DART is also notorious for going with the most costly, overbuilt, unnecessary, option available... So, the 100m isn't surprising. But the reality of building a simple, functional station is probably half that.
by muncien
25 Jul 2018 11:32
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 727
Views: 126219

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

An article that mentions Shake Shack Las Colinas... http://dallas.culturemap.com/news/restaurants-bars/07-25-18-in-n-out-shake-shack-irving-mockingbird/ They mention it'll be at "SH 121 & MacArthur". I assume they meant '161'? as 121 is way up in Lewisville. They had me totally confus...
by muncien
25 Jul 2018 09:50
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 30
Views: 4304

Re: Cypress Waters

Great lineup! Thanks for the scoop. ^^
by muncien
24 Jul 2018 14:38
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 30
Views: 4304

Re: Cypress Waters

Ascension Coffee seems to be the first to sign a lease at The Sound of Cypress Waters. Opening probably not until Dec/Jan timeframe.
by muncien
24 Jul 2018 12:29
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Texas Live!
Replies: 71
Views: 10270

Re: Texas Live!

by muncien
24 Jul 2018 11:04
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 191
Views: 25700

Re: Trinity River Park

"the Corp has objected to trees, shrubs and natural plantings for decades now." This is not true... The corp actually requires the planting of vegetation with any project within the levees to slow down the flow of water. As it stands now, the flow is artificially too fast and causes a bott...
by muncien
24 Jul 2018 10:30
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Texas Live!
Replies: 71
Views: 10270

Re: Texas Live!

flyswatter wrote:Concrete maintenance is way cheaper than lawn maintenance. Plus that rendering makes the fountain look like one of those fountains in plazas that kids run through like Sundance Square.


Quite similar, yes...
Curious... Has the fountain in front of American Airlines Center EVER been on?
by muncien
24 Jul 2018 09:45
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 727
Views: 126219

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Pretty stoked about Gingerman coming to town. That'll be a very frequent stop for me, no doubt. I'd still like to see another hotel come in as part of phase 2. I remember way back in the day, it was supposed to include a Hotel ZaZa. Are we talking about Cypress Waters? That whole development in my ...
by muncien
13 Jul 2018 14:35
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 727
Views: 126219

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Pretty stoked about Gingerman coming to town. That'll be a very frequent stop for me, no doubt.

I'd still like to see another hotel come in as part of phase 2. I remember way back in the day, it was supposed to include a Hotel ZaZa.
by muncien
11 Jul 2018 12:51
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 727
Views: 126219

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I really look forward to more stuff opening at Water Street. After striking out at El Famosa and that Ice Cream joint... I really haven't had any reason to go there. But the aesthetics of the development look great. Can't wait to get some activity along Lake Carolyn. And can someone PLEASE get the s...
by muncien
11 Jul 2018 10:09
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 30
Views: 4304

Re: Cypress Waters

So... Nokia was announced as moving their HQ to Cypress Waters (two buildings currently under construction at The Sound). Their current office is in Las Colinas at the intersection of 161 & 114. On another note that was mentioned in the Amli Fountain Place thread... These parking ratios are gett...
by muncien
11 Jul 2018 09:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Fort Worth: Walsh Ranch
Replies: 9
Views: 1156

Re: West Fort Worth: Walsh Ranch

As unsexy as it seems, it's most likely these large residential projects that make DFW so attractive in the first place. There are not many major urban areas (especially in the top 10 US metro areas *outside of Texas*), in which an average family can afford to purchase a home that large. While all ...
by muncien
11 Jul 2018 09:48
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 727
Views: 126219

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

^^^^ A judge has already told Billy Bob that he'll have to put some significant money down in order to continue his lawsuit. Essentially, they found that it has little merit. You have to keep in mind that when Ark settled with Las Colinas Group (Billy Bob group) for the city in order to get the cont...
by muncien
10 Jul 2018 12:51
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Greater DFW-area trails
Replies: 8
Views: 1036

Re: Greater DFW-area trails

I did see this on the City of Irving city counsel meeting from a couple of weeks ago... 10 Resolution - Approving an Interlocal Agreement Between the City of Irving and the City of Dallas for the Connection of the Dallas Skyline Trail to the Campion Trail System at Trinity View Park Administrative C...
by muncien
05 Jul 2018 14:05
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 727
Views: 126219

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

From the DMN regarding Big Beat... Eviction seems to be final for the most part! https://www.dallasnews.com/business/restaurants/2018/07/05/ruling-allows-eviction-billy-bob-barnett-irving-music-center-site That is good to see. I actually saw a few 'official' looking folks walking through and lookin...
by muncien
05 Jul 2018 13:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 456
Views: 80112

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

I don't really like graffiti that glamorizes or praises war. Patriotism is uplifting, critical and as easily manipulated as anything there is. We may have the greatest army in the history of the world, but we have not won a war in generations. How about a commissioned work that extends honor to the...
by muncien
03 Jul 2018 15:28
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Reverchon Park
Replies: 13
Views: 1673

Re: Reverchon Park

I'd prefer "Dallas Divas" over Queens...

But I could also go for 'Dystopia', 'Dysfunctional', 'Dysuria', 'Discord', 'Distraught', 'Disturbed', etc...

This could get fun!
by muncien
03 Jul 2018 13:07
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava
Replies: 63
Views: 10340

Re: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava

These types of challenges are expected when doing something as revolutionary as building a bridge suspended by cables... oh, wait... Turns out this has been done hundreds, if not thousands of times.
by muncien
03 Jul 2018 11:40
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Reverchon Park
Replies: 13
Views: 1673

Re: Reverchon Park

I don't really follow baseball (can't all the handle the excitement), so I don't know if this is really news or not. I'm just surprised it hasn't shown up here. https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/sports/Downtown-Dallas-Will-Soon-Be-Home-to-Pro-Baseball--You-Can-Help-Name-the-Team-487156051.html Dallas Will...
by muncien
02 Jul 2018 13:09
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: D Magazine New Urbanism Issue
Replies: 36
Views: 3486

Re: D Magazine New Urbanism Issue

Unlike MT or Blue Ciel, Townhomes, and the relatively small stock of 'affordable' condos has been killin' it for the last several years in Dallas. As mentioned earlier, most of these are in the Oak Lawn, Knox/Henderson, and East Dallas areas. They have performed so well, that the townhomes in the Fa...

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