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by TNWE
22 Jan 2020 11:36
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 492
Views: 201929

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

I'd love to have some home grown tech companies simply for bragging rights... But from a real world perspective, most of these start ups hemorrhage millions of dollars for several years before making a profit, and few of them ever do. If at the point they need to make cash flow to appease the share...
by TNWE
10 Jan 2020 18:12
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 138
Views: 64882

Re: TexRail

98,582 in January 2019, which was not even a full month of operations. I don't think that number tells us much, other than that it was (a) free and (b) new. Interesting question about the effect on TRE traffic. In January 2019, TRE total ridership dropped 7.69% from the previous year. Thanks for th...
by TNWE
10 Jan 2020 17:53
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 299
Views: 112638

Re: I-345

TNWE, I think that that's all well-spoken and well thought-out. I mostly haven't participated in this debate, but isn't it also correct to say this? The level of pent-up pre-leasing demand to finance Plaza-of-the-Americas-scale monsterpieces, like Spire wants to build, is not the same as -- to the ...
by TNWE
10 Jan 2020 14:40
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 138
Views: 64882

Re: TexRail

February 2019 ridership: 32,998 March 2019: 39,093 April 2019: 33,589 May 2019: 35,878 June 2019: 39,154 July 2019: 41,818 August 2019: 42,637 September 2019: 43,757 October 2019: 41,943 November 2019: 44,741 (1,491 per day; about 21 people per train) December 2019: 51,217 (per the FTW Star Telegra...
by TNWE
08 Jan 2020 14:50
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: General roads/transport. issues
Replies: 26
Views: 14782

Re: General roads/transport. issues

Random George Bush Turnpike question here... I've been curious ever since moving here many years ago... There are a set of on/off ramps along PGBTP between Beltline and Valley View Lane that have never been in service. Does anybody know what the original intent for these ramps was? Best I can figur...
by TNWE
07 Jan 2020 17:45
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 1105
Views: 460593

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Stay with me here... Was doing some digging around today and came up with something that could be cool or nothing at all. I mentioned before about soil samples being taken at the defunct Northshore property. So, I decided to jump on DCAD and see who currently owned those properties. I was pretty su...
by TNWE
07 Jan 2020 11:54
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Dallas Public Works: street project list
Replies: 11
Views: 6702

Re: Dallas Public Works: street project list

So there is nothing I can do? It seems ridiculous to live on a street with a bus stop and a school and no sidewalk. There has to be something I can do. Welcome to Dallas, where the powers that be overlook small but important public works in favor of wasteful "signature" projects. On top o...
by TNWE
30 Dec 2019 11:35
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 299
Views: 112638

Re: I-345

I think if the removal is to go forward, they need to do a better job of this. They basically magically erased I345's footprint and put developments where a road that could handle better traffic should be. That's just the thing, though- The DMag/Coalition for a New Dallas crowd doesn't CARE about w...
by TNWE
15 Oct 2019 16:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: 1899 McKinney (McKinney/Akard/St. Paul Triangle)
Replies: 64
Views: 25516

Re: Uptown Dallas: 1899 McKinney (McKinney/Akard/St. Paul Triangle)

And it is beyond high time that someone stand up to the FAA's height restrictions over areas that do not have a flight path directly over it! The local FAA office that approves Dallas building heights is based in Ft. Worth ... not accusing Ft. Worth of jealousy or anything but one has to wonder if ...
by TNWE
14 Oct 2019 10:55
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 138
Views: 64882

Re: TexRail

A commuter rail network managed by NCTCOG makes perfect sense and would be great to see one day. I've always said that having a commuter network for the area is hugely important for creating a viable transit system, and having it operated by NCTCOG will allow DART to focus more specifically on impr...
by TNWE
20 Sep 2019 11:27
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 345
Views: 161626

Re: Silver Line

Yikes. They want to get this boondoggle operational quickly. Can't wait for the 20/20 feature story on "The Train to Nowhere." Why don't you go tell the UTD student/staff population that you don't think they deserve rail service because they live in the middle of "nowhere?". Nev...
by TNWE
20 Sep 2019 10:08
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 138
Views: 64882

Re: TexRail

Any particular reason why were seeing growth? Does anyone know if companies are providing passes to employees? This certainly is an encouraging trend. And in the meantime, DARTS orange line train to and from DFW is virtually empty at all times, which is very discouraging. 95% of the people I talk t...
by TNWE
19 Aug 2019 11:39
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Transition of Uptown
Replies: 53
Views: 21762

Re: The Transition of Uptown

Thanks for sharing! Great summary of how much the area will change in the next couple of years. My only complaint is that there isn't a single condo tower on that list. I really don't get it, what is it going to take for developers to build more condos (preferably ones that are not super high-end l...
by TNWE
05 Aug 2019 13:46
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 1105
Views: 460593

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

A few notes from Water Street... 1. Was riding my bike yesterday and decided to peek in the window to see how progress was going on the new Pax & Beneficia Coffee spot. There were 2 guys inside who saw me peeking in the window and waived me in. Turns out it was the 2 owners. They gave me a litt...
by TNWE
05 Aug 2019 11:41
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 364
Views: 162548

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Looks like this sign is an admittance that the platform "improvements" are taking longer than originally advertised. 20190805_091123.jpg The original banner signs that say August are still displayed, but I saw the pictured sign in the last week at the Walnut Hill Red/Orange line station. ...
by TNWE
25 Jul 2019 11:04
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 138
Views: 64882

Re: TexRail

Texrail has announced their increased schedule to begin Sunday, July 28. A simplified description: 30 minute headway will leave Fort Worth T&P Station between 4:43 and 10:43 am and between 3:43 and 7:43 pm. Midday and after 7:43 pm will hourly headway. The one-way schedule has been lengthened b...
by TNWE
08 Jul 2019 10:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 328
Views: 157486

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Tnexster wrote:Where is Clean Juice?


Next to Bread Zepplin on Elm
by TNWE
02 Jul 2019 14:59
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 345
Views: 161626

Re: Silver Line

https://www.dart.org/news/news.asp?ID=1405 "At DFW Airport, the project will connect to the TEXRail Regional Rail Line to Fort Worth and provide access to the DFW Airport Skylink. The Silver Line will interface with three DART light rail lines: The Red/Orange Lines in Richardson/Plano, the Gre...
by TNWE
02 Jul 2019 14:40
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 376
Views: 165945

Re: DART D2 Subway

Is the D2 alignment still proceeding? https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2019/06/25/plans-downtown-dallas-subway-still-track-no-easy-answers?fbclid=IwAR1Y16-Ru5gKBYvrA6qbdzqguWF8Fg4W6rZkDFO0hP67bdOtKxVO1UZAmKU This also mentions extension of the streetcar to Knox Henderson. Anyone else r...
by TNWE
17 Jun 2019 13:57
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: DART: Bus system
Replies: 52
Views: 24765

Re: DART: Bus system

More on the DART Bus System Optimization- Stop consolidations are being considered for Routes 24, 31, 36, 81/82 (itself a new core frequency route), 111, and 592. Looks like they've released a list of potential stops to be consolidated and have posted signs at all those stops seeking comments. A cur...
by TNWE
17 Jun 2019 13:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 778
Views: 333168

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Hannibal Lecter wrote:
mcrdal15 wrote:Absolutely disgusting


lakewoodhobo wrote:Bummer



Let me guess...neither of you actually live or work in Deep Ellum. Right?


Hey! You're not allowed to disagree with anything the "Urbanists" say! This is an Urban Development forum!

:lol: :P :lol: :P :lol:
by TNWE
05 Jun 2019 15:10
Forum: The Airports
Topic: American Airlines
Replies: 23
Views: 15824

Re: American Airlines

I have very high hopes that Southwest will turn their side of Love Field into a fantastic corporate-everything center and leading edged of aerotropolis development in this country. Hopefully the region's transit agencies will be able to function as a single entity sooner rather than later, we need ...
by TNWE
05 Jun 2019 14:08
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 418
Views: 177836

Re: DFW Economy

Matt777: "Finishes are irrelevant to apartment rents" Me: "Every complex I've ever lived in has charged more for an identical floorplan that has nicer finishes" Oh my gosh your facts are now that 'renovations' aren't given away for free? Thanks for the tip. Are you sure you thoug...
by TNWE
29 May 2019 15:28
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 418
Views: 177836

Re: DFW Economy

I'm curious though... While the asking prices for many of these new products are no doubt 'luxury', how much of the product itself really is? Based on materials and build quality, I suspect the true cost of many of these buildings falls more in the mid range anyway. So, while many of them will see ...
by TNWE
29 May 2019 11:41
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 418
Views: 177836

Re: DFW Economy

I'm curious though... While the asking prices for many of these new products are no doubt 'luxury', how much of the product itself really is? Based on materials and build quality, I suspect the true cost of many of these buildings falls more in the mid range anyway. So, while many of them will see ...
by TNWE
29 May 2019 10:44
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 418
Views: 177836

Re: DFW Economy

. There are too many newer/cheaper options living outside of the city and unlike other major cities, jobs are not mostly concentrated to Dallas’ urban core. True, but where exactly is the newer affordable housing at exactly? Everything new is high end. Over in the Oak Lawn thread, there are Stable ...
by TNWE
16 May 2019 15:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 595
Views: 267874

Re: Oak Lawn

You criticize us for arrogance, and yet your the one using the most aggressive language on here I never said "don't build any more apartments" but you apparently can't read or comprehend basic English. :roll: "I, Matt777 hate people poorer than me, because they get in the way of my p...
by TNWE
14 May 2019 15:22
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: DART: Bus system
Replies: 52
Views: 24765

Re: DART: Bus system

As a part of the bus route re-org that straightens and enhances some of the core bus routes, DART ordered 41 new buses, which will notably feature USB charging outlets, in addition to the previously announced vinyl seat coverings replacing the current fabric. They say these new buses will be focused...
by TNWE
14 May 2019 14:38
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 1105
Views: 460593

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

^^^ That's pretty great news! Perhaps I'm blind, but I didn't see what space they were taking...? Also, I've been going to TMF pretty much weekly for a while now (mostly on Tuesdays). Seems to me that nearly every venue is doing quite well... more so since the hotel opened (as expected). Anybody el...
by TNWE
14 May 2019 14:02
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Lemmon Ave. lane reduction (between Turtle Creek Blvd and US-75)
Replies: 18
Views: 10129

Re: Lemmon Ave. lane reduction (between Turtle Creek Blvd and US-75)

The Uptown PID and the Dallas Council member requested the City of Dallas Thoroughfare Plan Administrator to investigate a lane reduction on Lemmon Avenue where there currently are four lanes in each direction. According to the Administrator, the reason to reduce the number of lanes from four to th...
by TNWE
14 May 2019 12:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 595
Views: 267874

Re: Oak Lawn

The most basic tenet of economics is 'ceteris paribus' - all other things being equal. If the market is made up of 10 identical houses, and you build 10 more identical houses while keeping demand the same, yes, prices will go down. But that is not the case here- all of the new houses are being buil...
by TNWE
08 May 2019 16:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 595
Views: 267874

Re: Oak Lawn

Nobody here is advocating for prices to go higher. If we do not build the new housing, keep supply at the same level, prices will increase IE San Francisco. Prices do not increase much because of granite counters or fancy pools. They increase because the market can bear those prices due to high dem...
by TNWE
08 May 2019 12:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 595
Views: 267874

Re: Oak Lawn

Dallas and DFW are vastly different than they were 10 years ago. Increases have gone up across the board in ALL areas due to the ongoing boom and in migration that has occurred. I would love to see even more towers and more luxury going into the entire core of Dallas as that would mean that it is a...
by TNWE
08 May 2019 11:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 595
Views: 267874

Re: Oak Lawn

I recently moved into a 1970s townhouse in Oak Lawn behind the gay bars, so actually I have a very applicable experience to share. I had my eye on this unit due to its attached garage and renovations. It was listed, sat on the market, dropped in price, dropped in price again, and I got it for aroun...
by TNWE
08 May 2019 09:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 595
Views: 267874

Re: Oak Lawn

I love how some of the activists think new housing being built = housing prices go up. They have no understanding of supply and demand. This development doesn't destroy any housing, it's 100% net add. Apartment rents aren't that closely coupled to supply and demand, though. Sure, if there are thous...
by TNWE
07 May 2019 16:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel
Replies: 608
Views: 283185

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

I think we now know why 505 North Ervay was purchased by Todd Interest and being demolished for a parking garage. If it's a parking garage for The Drever (new name TBD) then it's too bad the tunnel connection between these two locations is closed off. Has anything happened to the tunnel sections be...
by TNWE
07 May 2019 16:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 595
Views: 267874

Re: Oak Lawn

I love how some of the activists think new housing being built = housing prices go up. They have no understanding of supply and demand. This development doesn't destroy any housing, it's 100% net add. Apartment rents aren't that closely coupled to supply and demand, though. Sure, if there are thous...
by TNWE
07 May 2019 13:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 595
Views: 267874

Re: Oak Lawn

Watch out! The activists already have their stingers out for this. They want 5 stories max. The activists may have a friend in the FAA on this one. North of Oaklawn, the tallest stuff along the Lemmon corridor is 5-6 stories, and I suspect the FAA would closely scrutinize any new highrises along th...
by TNWE
01 May 2019 09:22
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 376
Views: 165945

Re: DART D2 Subway

But possibly more importantly, there's the criminal/homeless element the above-ground stations downtown attract. Spend 30 seconds at West End Station and you'll see what I'm talking about. I'd go as far as to say that's one of the primary reasons the West End died as a major destination in the 90s ...
by TNWE
23 Apr 2019 15:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Demolished (and about to be) Properties 2.0
Replies: 30
Views: 12752

Re: Demolished (and about to be) Properties 2.0

That's actually a really good picture of it. Last time I saw it in person, it looked like hell. I'm curious how much it was purchased for. I'm sure it wasn't for much at all. I know a LOT of these buildings that we see go down are acquired for extremely cheap (First Baptist purchased theirs for $1....
by TNWE
22 Apr 2019 11:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Demolished (and about to be) Properties 2.0
Replies: 30
Views: 12752

Re: Demolished (and about to be) Properties 2.0

Well, I guess our Mr. Wilonsky did warn us about that one. At the rate we're going, the oldest thing in Dallas will be NorthPark. :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: Perhaps the developer should have gotten this building designated as an Interstate Highway...then this forum would be ecstatic about d...
by TNWE
19 Apr 2019 16:30
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 266
Views: 126861

Re: DFW Airport

What is a "connecting flight"? You're never going to have a flight that's just connecting passengers. AA isn't going to start selling tickets marked "VOID IF YOU LIVE IN DALLAS". :-) (For the record, I got an free parking pass for Christmas so personally I don't have a dog in th...
by TNWE
17 Apr 2019 10:58
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 1105
Views: 460593

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Finally we're getting a coffee shop in the Urban Center... A place called Pax & Beneficia has signed a lease in Water Street in the space right next to Go Fish Poke. Don't know much about it. Only Pax coffee shop I could find is in Kerrville, TX. So might be the same owners. Great addition, esp...
by TNWE
17 Apr 2019 10:48
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 376
Views: 165945

Re: DART D2 Subway

I have a dumb question that maybe someone on here can help with... Is it possible for the Brooville Liberty streetcars to run on the the DART light-rail tracks? I believe they use the same rail gauge, but I know nothing about other specs such as voltage, height limits, etc. I only ask because it se...
by TNWE
11 Apr 2019 12:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 95
Views: 31914

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

I don't have an issue with their beliefs or religion at all. I guess I'm just confused why there needs to be more convient parking here. If convenient parking is what the people want, then it would seem a suburban location would be more of a win-win, no? Perhaps I'm missing something about this par...
by TNWE
11 Apr 2019 10:49
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 376
Views: 165945

Re: DART D2 Subway

Can't wait to see what trips up the process this time. Last time it was NIMBYs in half a million dollar townhomes, and DART caved to them. There's no way the current plan gets through without another group finding some nit to pick and sending DART back to the drawing board for another 4 years...
by TNWE
11 Apr 2019 10:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 95
Views: 31914

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

Honestly, because The methodist church and the Baptist Church are close to each other... They create a huge dead space that offers nothing to downtown Dallas outside of Sunday. I'm surprised people even go there if "parkin'" is so bad... There's literally hundreds of Baptist/Methodist chu...
by TNWE
09 Apr 2019 10:29
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 345
Views: 161626

Re: Silver Line

Given that the Silver line will have separate rolling stock, I'd guess the branding will "stick" a little more because it is a standalone line. If future developments result in DART running additional DMU-based commuter service (like Frisco or Madill) there may be a rebrand, but for the ti...
by TNWE
01 Feb 2019 14:39
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 364
Views: 162548

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Isn't that true of most every mass transit system, though? To first and foremost provide mobility for those who can't afford any other alternative? city. Time to talk about Japan again. Japan IMO is the most effective and most successful system of all time. They have a model that makes money and co...
by TNWE
01 Feb 2019 14:08
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 299
Views: 112638

Re: I-345

art_suckz wrote:If TXDot is left to their own devices they will turn it into that monstrosity that they put in downtown Carrollton.


Did we all completely forget the disastrous signature bridges? The City of Dallas can tell TxDOT how to do their jobs as soon as they fix the I-30 "bridge" :roll:

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