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by muncien
09 Mar 2018 08:47
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 486
Views: 55547

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Here is an article regarding the media tour for the 'Big Beat' venue... Sounds quite impressive... http://www.focusdailynews.com/2018/03/08/big-beat-entertainment-complex-opens-soon-in-las-colinas/ On a recent dine-around tour we started with real down-home southern-style comfort food at Texas Jam H...
by muncien
07 Mar 2018 13:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 675
Views: 64394

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

RFP can be found here... https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/G/01/Anything/test/images/usa/RFP_3._V516043504_.pdf Some notes from the RFP... In choosing the location for HQ2, Amazon has a preference for:  Metropolitan areas with more than one million people  A stable and business-friend...
by muncien
07 Mar 2018 12:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 675
Views: 64394

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:It's going to DC... TX & GA political climates are going to be a deterrent for HQ2.


Many would argue that 'DC' political climate is a deterrent...
by muncien
07 Mar 2018 10:53
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 129
Views: 11586

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

DART has a new 'See Something Say Something' app to report stuffs... I think it just went live today, but not sure. It may be useful to those who ride frequently and see issues like we have mentioned earlier in this thread, but didnt feel they warranted a 911 call. Not sure how much help it will be,...
by muncien
06 Mar 2018 14:50
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 486
Views: 55547

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Pic of Hidden Ridge developement (Pioneer Natural Resources Campus). You can also see the Convention Center Hotel rising on the left and the rest of the Urban Center and even Downtown Dallas in the background. Not many angles to get a view of Hidden Ridge as they've got fences up all around it. Tha...
by muncien
06 Mar 2018 14:15
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 486
Views: 55547

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Pic of Hidden Ridge developement (Pioneer Natural Resources Campus). You can also see the Convention Center Hotel rising on the left and the rest of the Urban Center and even Downtown Dallas in the background.
Not many angles to get a view of Hidden Ridge as they've got fences up all around it.
by muncien
06 Mar 2018 13:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)
Replies: 117
Views: 18852

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

Yikes! Werent there presales on this building? I thought they wanted to reach a certain threshold before they even began construction?
by muncien
06 Mar 2018 10:44
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 486
Views: 55547

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Sorry, I think it's actually a Homewood Suites now. It's on Wingren. The new hotel would be at 455 E John Carpenter Fwy. Very good to hear... thx That Homewood Suites is so out of place. But, I'm glad to see another hotel option in the Urban Center. Hopefully, they extend the promonade along that s...
by muncien
06 Mar 2018 09:52
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 486
Views: 55547

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

A new Vib Hotel by Best Western was approved by P&Z last night for the Urban Center. If approved by Council it'll be on 114 somewhat near the Residence Inn. I'm kind of meh on it to be honest. Doesn't really bother me either way. More on Vib: https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/hotels/discover-be...
by muncien
02 Mar 2018 11:29
Forum: The Pitch
Topic: Arlington: Globe Life Field
Replies: 10
Views: 468

Re: Arlington: Globe Life Field

...cannot wait to see the mixed use version of the retractable roof Baseball Stadium that attaches to the Dallas Convention Center and connects to the Trinity River Park Overlook, Union Station, HSR Stations (I-45 and I-35). Don't forget the unicycling jugglers and solar powered hovercrafts... As l...
by muncien
02 Mar 2018 09:38
Forum: The Pitch
Topic: Arlington: Globe Life Field
Replies: 10
Views: 468

Re: Arlington: Globe Life Field

https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2018/02/28/texas-rangers-1-1b-globe-life-field-begins-to-take.html A construction update. Work has begun on the concrete columns after months of clearing the site and prep work. The new Rangers field will seat 40,000 and will be ready in March of 2020. I had ...
by muncien
01 Mar 2018 11:35
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 486
Views: 55547

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I noticed on the last City Council Work Session Agenda there were a few Executive Session items with code names Project Spring Break and Project Boost. Interesting! You don't see these things pop up too often on Agendas, but someone is kicking tires on something... Not saying its related at all, bu...
by muncien
28 Feb 2018 14:36
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 221
Views: 25333

Re: Legacy West

I have to admit... I was quite impressed with the place when I visited a week ago. Maybe I'm crazy, but I think having one of these in the CBD would perform even better, and put the final nail in the coffin of the tunnel eateries. I've always thought this was kind of the idea behind the revamp of t...
by muncien
28 Feb 2018 13:28
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 221
Views: 25333

Re: Legacy West

I have to admit... I was quite impressed with the place when I visited a week ago. Maybe I'm crazy, but I think having one of these in the CBD would perform even better, and put the final nail in the coffin of the tunnel eateries.
by muncien
28 Feb 2018 10:24
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART: Expansion
Replies: 100
Views: 8753

Re: DART: Expansion

Wow, just looked this up.. LA is paying $4.2 billion for its Purple Line extension, with no state funds. haha Wow is right! It's kinda funny, sometimes people talk about how much money is in Dallas or Houston -- and I know a few people here in Atlanta with have dealings in both Dallas and Atlanta a...
by muncien
28 Feb 2018 09:55
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART: Expansion
Replies: 100
Views: 8753

Re: DART: Expansion

If I recall correctly, DART said they are capable of funding their portion of both lines at the same time, assuming they get the federal help they need. That is why they are proceeding with the necessary steps on both, so they can meet those federal application benchmarks. Also, I beleive each proj...
by muncien
28 Feb 2018 08:50
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART: Expansion
Replies: 100
Views: 8753

Re: DART: Expansion

If I recall correctly, DART said they are capable of funding their portion of both lines at the same time, assuming they get the federal help they need. That is why they are proceeding with the necessary steps on both, so they can meet those federal application benchmarks. Also, I beleive each proje...
by muncien
23 Feb 2018 11:43
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 129
Views: 11586

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

I don't recall smelling urine any time recently, but other than that, it sounds pretty typical of every other ride I've had on DART. But at least on a train you have a little more room to move around when needed. Buses on the other hand make things a bit more 'intimate'... although I assume everyone...
by muncien
22 Feb 2018 11:40
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 486
Views: 55547

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I noticed on my way to the Music Factory the other day that it appears they're also clearing the land directly next to the new Texican hotel. Any idea what they're doing there if anything? If you are referring to the stretch behind the Texican, heading toward the train station... That is supposed t...
by muncien
21 Feb 2018 13:19
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 486
Views: 55547

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Great thought! .....and, done! :)
by muncien
21 Feb 2018 11:15
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 486
Views: 55547

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Another recent Urban Center topic that has come up recently... The city recently purchased the plot of land along Las Colinas blvd adjacent to the south side of Lake Carolyn. This is where the fireworks are typically held and it was announced as a planned park. Does anyone know anything about this p...
by muncien
21 Feb 2018 10:27
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 486
Views: 55547

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

The North Shore location is a critical juncture at this point. With Water Street, Music Factory, CC Hotel all coming online, that plot MUST be top of the line. The city should immediately zone it accordingly, and stand their ground. If I see a handful of townhouses plop down on that lot I'm going to...
by muncien
21 Feb 2018 09:35
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 242
Views: 25160

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

Having hotel options within walking distance of a major train station is hugely important. Both of my last trips to Chicago involved walking to the hotel from the station. That said, I stayed at Swisshotel, and the Silver Smith (1.5 and 1 miles respectively). I always figured those were acceptable w...
by muncien
20 Feb 2018 10:19
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 486
Views: 55547

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Another simple fix that I think would greatly benefit the Urban Center would be for the Las Colinas Association to loosen corporate naming rights and lighting guidelines for buildings in the Urban Center proper. I know the Music Factory had to go through numerous hoops to get their exemptions, but n...
by muncien
20 Feb 2018 09:51
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 486
Views: 55547

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I've been hoping, and continue to hope, that the long vacant Mandalay canal spots get filled with some independent bar/lounge options. I know the 'Avacados' place has had several attempts, but they have always been lousy concepts. They were also up against older alcohol laws that have been greatly r...
by muncien
16 Feb 2018 13:49
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 486
Views: 55547

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I saw the article about El Famoso the other day, that said it was about to open. Then, I drove by very slowly and didn't see anything that looked close to opening other than the two small places already going. Ill have to walk and get a closer look... The concept sounds awesome (for a California tra...
by muncien
16 Feb 2018 10:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 675
Views: 64394

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I really don't understand the DC talk at all... It does nothing to address the biggest problems with the current HQ (cost of living, work force availability, labor costs, property values, etc). Washington influence is critical, but that is the work of lobbyists. THEY are the ones who should be in DC...
by muncien
15 Feb 2018 09:56
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Urban Farming project
Replies: 4
Views: 331

Re: Downtown - Urban Farming project

cowboyeagle05 wrote:Good Latimer Expy and Taylor Street. You can see they tore up the concrete almost a year ago when they started this project.


Perfect. Thanks. I didn't even remember that location on the parks plan. Very cool, though...
by muncien
15 Feb 2018 08:33
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART: Expansion
Replies: 100
Views: 8753

Re: DART: Expansion

I've always thought the idea of a 'wheel' transit line, that connects all the lines further out from the hub, is a good one. But to me, I think BRT along the Loop 12 corridor is a better approach than 635. The whole idea of serving Galleria area is a difficult one... No doubt it has the density and ...
by muncien
14 Feb 2018 14:30
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Urban Farming project
Replies: 4
Views: 331

Re: Downtown - Urban Farming project

clcrash19 wrote:https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/dallas-veterans-jobs-urban-farming

I must be blind... Where is this going to be?
by muncien
09 Feb 2018 13:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 297
Views: 39380

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

Great news! I wonder if they signed a lease at one of these spaces they've been working on next to Top Ten Records. Screen Shot 2018-02-08 at 4.48.31 PM.jpg Sadly that redesign looks a little whitewashed to me. The thing I don't look forward to is the overly sterilizing of the neighborhood and this...
by muncien
09 Feb 2018 13:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Davis Building
Replies: 21
Views: 2734

Re: Davis Building

I was just talking to the leasing staff at the Davis building a couple of weeks ago. They're undergoing a big internal renovation now, and something like half the units are vacant because of it. I didn't hear about exterior tweaks, but I guess it wouldn't surprise me.
by muncien
08 Feb 2018 09:21
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 486
Views: 55547

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Gloria's is now Open at the Music Factory. Went last night, decent crowd. Once people realize it's open it'll be packed. Place looks great! It's much bigger inside than it looks from the outside. Patio in both the front and back that no doubt will be very popular in the Spring and Summer. The place...
by muncien
08 Feb 2018 08:50
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Melissa: misc. developments
Replies: 3
Views: 265

Re: Melissa: misc. developments

Buc-ees... Like 'candy corn', some things I will just never understand...

As for tilt-up construction: I've been watching the entire development of Cypress Waters use this method. It is, uh, interesting. But once done, there is nothing interesting about it. A bit sterile if you ask me...
by muncien
08 Feb 2018 08:40
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park
Replies: 56
Views: 4906

Re: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park

I understand Perot's desire to have a dedicated path from the super popular park to the museum, but that elevated walkway is just about as silly as the elevated parking garage. Exactly right. We already have a "dedicated path". It's called sidewalks. We have spent/are spending hundreds of...
by muncien
02 Feb 2018 10:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 208
Views: 24698

Re: Oak Lawn

I know this would never, ever happen, but I think this intersection would make a really perfect roundabout. But without a doubt, we are terrible with roundabouts here (both building them, and using them), so it's not going to happen... Plus, it would do little to nothing to help the pedestrian situa...
by muncien
01 Feb 2018 12:36
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 486
Views: 55547

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

That Toys/Babies R Us actually started out as an Albertsons years ago. Exactly... That's why I was thinking it may come into play. Personally, Id prefer a full redo of the center and have Market Street as the anchor of the new development. That said, what they are planning doesn't look different at...
by muncien
31 Jan 2018 12:49
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 486
Views: 55547

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Good to hear! That means we won't see any construction for at least 14-16 months. As the anchor tenant this won't start until Market Street wants it to start, regardless of whom they may already have signed. I like Market Street, so it'll be a welcome addition! Curious if the vacating Toys R Us cha...
by muncien
31 Jan 2018 10:28
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava
Replies: 39
Views: 3551

Re: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava

The best way to get the public to care, is to make it visible to them. And the best way to do that is ridiculously simple... Pour the concrete for the bike paths and make them connect to existing network (Campion Trail North and South sections, Katy trail, Trinity Strand, Kessler Park, etc... Save t...
by muncien
30 Jan 2018 13:55
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava
Replies: 39
Views: 3551

Re: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava

So, maybe we just allow one or two bikes at a time... ?
by muncien
30 Jan 2018 11:27
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas Trail System
Replies: 57
Views: 8416

Re: Dallas Trail System

I noticed over the weekend that some concrete has been poured for the newest section of Campion Trail. It'll extend the trail from its current terminus along the Elm Fork of the Trinity River (halfway up through Valley Ranch), northwest, underneath Macarthur blvd, and then west along Beltline up to ...
by muncien
26 Jan 2018 15:51
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Reverchon Park
Replies: 3
Views: 273

Re: Reverchon Park

Parking and access to that portion of the park has always been a pain. I remember seeing this grumpy lady walking up and down taking pictures of cars parked illegally, and threatening people. The police never seemed to mind... Anyways... The field always seem to be the least used portion of the park...
by muncien
26 Jan 2018 14:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 675
Views: 64394

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 muncien
26 Jan 2018 12:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East End: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 19
Views: 1502

Re: East Downtown Dallas Redevelopment ~24 buildings

No doubt... as much as we hate parking garages, they'll need one as a key component of this project if they are going office and retail, and we have any hope of eliminating these parking lots.
by muncien
26 Jan 2018 09:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East End: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 19
Views: 1502

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. Well, not along Commerce, but more so for the block ...
by muncien
26 Jan 2018 08:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt
Replies: 143
Views: 18392

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

tamtagon wrote:I like it, round, should be taller though.


I agree... Round is cool. But maybe have a curving/tapered top... like a rolled up napkin at fancy restaurant. (sorry, only visual that comes to mind)
by muncien
26 Jan 2018 08:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East End: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 19
Views: 1502

Re: East Downtown Dallas Redevelopment ~24 buildings

I wish they would work with INTOWN to fill in the smaller remaining lots with those 3.5 level townhomes. I love how those fit well into the density of this area, and create a great neighborhood feel right next to downtown. With the historic retail and office mixed throughout, it would work well. InT...
by muncien
26 Jan 2018 08:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 144
Views: 18404

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

I meant to post on that a week ago... I was talking to the staff and they said they intend to make it a mirror image of what City Tavern is today. Although, I suppose the uphoulstry wont be as torn... lol I was laughing to myself the other day when I noticed the same tears in the seat backs that wer...
by muncien
24 Jan 2018 14:23
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 486
Views: 55547

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

The Toys-R-Us / Babies-R-Us location on MacArthur was recently announced for closure. That company has gotten crushed in the past few years. Locations in Allen, Irving, Lewisville, and the Dallas Galleria are also closing leaving, Garland, Frisco, and Dallas US75 as the only locations in north Texa...
by muncien
24 Jan 2018 10:45
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 486
Views: 55547

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Here is a great article about what is to come at the Music Factory. This place will no doubt be the place to go for the loads of corporate folks in the area, as well as the booming nearby residential population. http://www.focusdailynews.com/2018/01/23/billy-bob-barnett-opening-big-beat-dallas-las-c...

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