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by The_Overdog
20 Oct 2017 10:44
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 157
Views: 18791

Re: the Cotton Belt line

More of this Legacy nonsense? You don't need to build a rail line from east Plano to DFW airport to serve Legacy. And again, the cost of the Cotton Belt makes the extension to Legacy a 2040 project at the earliest. It's work numbers for 2017 are irrelevant.
by The_Overdog
13 Oct 2017 13:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 8 (New Rolex Building)
Replies: 72
Views: 15633

Re: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 8 (New Rolex Building)

That stone base makes it look like a castle. This is a very petty complaint, but I wish they could have put some lighting or portholes or something in the castle portion, as that is going to be imposing when passing by on the sidewalk.
by The_Overdog
11 Oct 2017 22:06
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 157
Views: 18791

Re: the Cotton Belt line

What are you all talking about? Plano is a 'first ring' suburb of Dallas. Dallas and Plano share a border. That's what 'first ring' means. And Plano has not been screwed over by DART. They have empty lots next to their existing rail station (the TOD argument falls flat), no need to build more statio...
by The_Overdog
11 Oct 2017 21:56
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Richardson Telecom Corridor Development Updates
Replies: 23
Views: 4054

Re: Richardson Telecom Corridor Development Updates

Dirt is finally moving on the empty lot next to Richardson DART Galatyn Station and the creek has a construction fence around it. Not sure if that means a building is eminent or some utilities work is being done.
by The_Overdog
10 Oct 2017 17:28
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 157
Views: 18791

Re: the Cotton Belt line

Why? Because Plano isn't exactly DARTs biggest fan these days, they have threatened to leave before, and if they get the shaft on at least 2 new rail stops in Plano due to delays to Cotton Belt, they might just follow Addison out the door. Addison has barely paid anything for DART and they've gotte...
by The_Overdog
06 Oct 2017 09:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 283
Views: 50247

Re: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)

You would think that with 120,000 workers during the day, several thousand residents, several thousand hotel rooms, several thousand daily visitors, that our downtown would be able to accommodate at least one store for ordinary folks. Workers and hotel guests are not residents. They are working dur...
by The_Overdog
29 Sep 2017 11:51
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Richardson Telecom Corridor Development Updates
Replies: 23
Views: 4054

Re: Richardson Telecom Corridor Development Updates

This building's giant garage now peeks over the tops of trees if viewing from Central Expressway. It was a mega concrete monolith, but is now being surrounded by steel and wood framed buildings. The insane wall in the creek is finally done too.
by The_Overdog
22 Sep 2017 17:08
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 138
Views: 16215

Re: Trinity River Park

They have the beaches to distract you, to the point of saying "what river?" They also should not be the model of managing an urban river but the Titanic of sorts. My SoCal relatives have a 'drainage ditch' in their backyard and running through their entire town and most aren't even aware ...
by The_Overdog
22 Sep 2017 09:17
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Forum Activity
Replies: 11
Views: 1833

Re: Forum Activity

I guess when Dallas experiences explosive growth, you kinda get used to a high rise being announced every few months, so it loses it's appeal very quickly.

It's been months since I used up my quota of DBJ articles!
by The_Overdog
21 Sep 2017 12:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 733
Views: 94310

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

As someone who gets to see videos like that Frisco one occasionally for work, it is not at all embarrassing for the genre and better than average.
by The_Overdog
18 Sep 2017 17:13
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike
Replies: 135
Views: 21495

Re: Dallas Bike Share: VBikes, Spin, LimeBike

I saw a Vbike parked outside a restaurant on Preston & Park in Plano on early Saturday morning. Somebody either rode a long way or gave that thing a ride in their car.
by The_Overdog
18 Sep 2017 08:53
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco: The Star
Replies: 27
Views: 5068

Re: Frisco: The Star

Totally! Why hasn't Plano shared focus on the old downtown area? The old downtown is still growing - there's an apartment building under construction now that replaced some small city buildings and some of the old places have closed (unfortunate) to be replaced by living space. But the city hasn't ...
by The_Overdog
15 Sep 2017 09:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: 3001 Turtle Creek: Turtle Creek & Cedar Springs (240 FT | 17 ST)
Replies: 4
Views: 1090

Re: 3001 Turtle Creek: Turtle Creek & Cedar Springs (240 FT | 17 ST)

Love this one and I'm glad they kept a grassy area along Turtle Creek!


Yeah, office buildings need a lawn for the kids to kick a ball on.
by The_Overdog
15 Sep 2017 09:27
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco: The Star
Replies: 27
Views: 5068

Re: Frisco: The Star

The Plano ISD school board is talking about adjusting the start/end dates of school years so that graduations can take place in The Star without any conflicts. How ever did people manage to graduate in the past without it?
by The_Overdog
11 Sep 2017 17:20
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Cost of City Living
Replies: 12
Views: 2533

Re: The Cost of City Living

According to their website, they have 800 sqft 1br apartments (with a den/study!) for $1396 before 1 month free, so prorated that comes out to about $1280/month for 800 square feet of a new apartment with nice amenities. That's pretty good for a new apartment in a good urban location in a major US ...
by The_Overdog
11 Sep 2017 09:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 733
Views: 94310

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

The system itself is quite good, but the ridership suffers due to it's hub/spoke being in Dallas, and much of the employment centers being up nor I'd say the opposite. There are at least 3 major employment centers in DART Corridors of 100k employees - downtown Dallas, Las Colinas, and Richardson Te...
by The_Overdog
11 Sep 2017 09:00
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 137
Views: 21368

Re: DFW Airport

Do you expect them to take a poll of all the passengers on the plane to see where the majority of them parked?


No of course not, but flight pairs to specific airports (for example LAX) could take off and land from the same terminal. Would that really be that difficult to implement?
by The_Overdog
02 Sep 2017 18:42
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 137
Views: 21368

Re: DFW Airport

You NEVER return to the same terminal you left from. NEVER. I have before and returned to the same terminal actually, but fair enough. A quick check shows it's about 10% into the same terminal - mine was a unicorn. I think that would be better fixed by changing AA procedures to be more customer fri...
by The_Overdog
01 Sep 2017 11:05
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 137
Views: 21368

Re: DFW Airport

No kidding... Such a system should be much smaller scale (2-4 people max), but with much greater frequency (on demand), and A-Z custom route automation. What? DFW is setup perfectly in this regard. If getting to your car quickly is a priority to you, then you have to pay to park in the garage right...
by The_Overdog
31 Aug 2017 16:08
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 245
Views: 35046

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

With one train every 5 minutes in an ideal world (12 trains per hour), it'll take 9.25 hours. There's no pratical way for DART to move that many more people in two hours on one of its four light rail lines. Man this again? They invented this thing called "tailgating" for sporting events l...
by The_Overdog
31 Aug 2017 01:51
Forum: Texas Town + City Issues/News
Topic: Hurricane Harvey
Replies: 28
Views: 3130

Re: DFW Economy

I've heard we can expect as many as 500,000 permanent evacuees to DFW. We've gotta get to building and do so sustainably. The stats I heard said 100,000 homes damaged. Even if that's off by 50,000, that's only about 250,000 -300,000 people and some of those homes can be repaired and aren't a total ...
by The_Overdog
31 Aug 2017 01:45
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 245
Views: 35046

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

Except this happened and that's why most didn't try to drive away this time: http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Hurricane-Rita-anxiety-leads-to-hellish-fatal-6521994.php It supports your 2m people evacuation attempt by the way. Most of them sort of made it. Nobody is saying that...
by The_Overdog
19 Aug 2017 22:44
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Collin Creek Mall
Replies: 29
Views: 4496

Re: Collin Creek Mall

Word on the street is that a developer has purchased 50 acres of Collin Creek Mall and has put together a mixed use development which retains most of the mall, and the developer is looking to purchase another 50 acres surrounding the mall. I think they are still reviewing initial plans with neighbor...
by The_Overdog
09 Aug 2017 16:07
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: New Oak Cliff Streetcar
Replies: 81
Views: 10163

Re: New Oak Cliff Streetcar

It's not really all that surprising that most development has not occurred near DART because DART was built where old freight rail lines were rather than where people were. You can see with the new Cottonbelt line, there is no alignment with estimated population growth and DART expansion even in DAR...
by The_Overdog
04 Aug 2017 09:01
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Fair Park
Replies: 59
Views: 7989

Re: Fair Park

Yes it is open (not sure about all the buildings but the grounds are) most of the time. I think on weekends you can rent a swan to ride at the lagoon, and the Childrens' Aquarium (small but very nice) is open like 8-5pm everyday. Weddings and whatnot are photographed there fairly regularly as well. ...
by The_Overdog
03 Aug 2017 18:22
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Fair Park
Replies: 59
Views: 7989

Re: Fair Park

They could turn the Fair Park museum back into a legitimate children's museum - the ones in Chicago, LA, and Ft Worth have rooms with cotton balls imitating snow, blocks for building, and cheap playsets along with pvc water playsets (bakery, police, shops) for science for kids so it wouldn't even ha...
by The_Overdog
26 Jul 2017 10:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 360
Views: 55317

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

CVS builds all kinds of stores, from included in new urban mixed use to historic mixed use to stand-alone suburban fronting a street to typical suburban fronting a parking lot, all with or without drive-thrus. Seems like a cop out to me to declare their parking-fronted stand-alone suburban store the...
by The_Overdog
21 Jul 2017 10:39
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 88
Views: 12403

Re: Downtown Progress

I know these numbers aren't exact city boundaries, but everything listed as Ft Worth equals 27.379m sq feet of office space based on that TransWestern report. Irving/Las Colinas needs to build approximately one building to surpass them at about 27.344m sq feet. Plano/Legacy (which I guess includes s...
by The_Overdog
12 Jul 2017 11:23
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 186
Views: 18689

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Walmart is still growing, many other department stores are closing. Walmart isn't really growing, they are closing stores in general. There's actually a mostly empty old-school Walmart in my neighborhood that has been empty for close to 20 years so they aren't a generally great neighbor. Not sure i...
by The_Overdog
10 Jul 2017 00:02
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 186
Views: 18689

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Government had many jobs to develop the State Farm project. They had to facilitate the sale of land that had been for sale for 15 years. They had to change zoning since nothing in the telecom corridor was zoned anything like what State Farm became. They have built public roads, upgraded a pump stati...
by The_Overdog
06 Jul 2017 19:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Texas A&M expansion
Replies: 48
Views: 8063

Re: Deep Ellum: Texas A&M expansion

In practice, they tend to try to be good partners and not antagonize local governments, but it's ultimately at their discretion. I'm not going to pretend I'm a lawyer, but I do know that state agencies submit changes to the planning and zoning board all the time, including for school districts and ...
by The_Overdog
06 Jul 2017 19:05
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: DART: Bus system
Replies: 8
Views: 1991

Re: DART: Bus system

I'm sure a major overhaul would be expensive, but a minor overhaul should be done in the near term. There are tons of locations where there is no business but a bus stop every 400 feet, and there are other locations somehow with tons of business and traffic but the bus stop is way off on a sidestree...
by The_Overdog
28 Jun 2017 17:22
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 186
Views: 18689

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Those numbers are fine but they smooth a lot of quarterly variance that DART should try to find the cause of and they completely discount the weekends, which if you are going to build suburban rail to many of the attractions in Dallas you should probably keep a count on. 1st quarter 2016: 422k 2nd q...
by The_Overdog
26 Jun 2017 17:28
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 186
Views: 18689

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

https://plano.novusagenda.com/agendapublic/DisplayAgendaPDF.ashx?MeetingID=116 It's always difficult to find numbers on DART rail usage, so here's some numbers to compare against. DART has provided numbers for Plano (not 'boardings', these are essentially tickets sold called 'Farebox data' based on ...
by The_Overdog
26 Jun 2017 17:18
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 157
Views: 18791

Re: the Cotton Belt line

They have made the final decision for the route of the Cotton Belt line in E/W Plano & Richardson. They discovered a cemetery along the existing freight rail line near 10th street in Plano, so as not to disrupt the cemetery, they will run the Cotton Belt line south to CityLine Station in Richard...
by The_Overdog
23 Jun 2017 14:45
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 263
Views: 36053

Re: Legacy West

[quote] Won't this bridge basically connect the Katy Trail to White Rock Lake? [quote] No, not the new one under construction, which is a dedicated crossing over traffic, which will probably be used quite a bit. This will just be a wider pedestrian space attached to a u-turn bridge, like the existin...
by The_Overdog
21 Jun 2017 16:27
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 157
Views: 18791

Re: the Cotton Belt line

If you board at DFW at 6:53am, you don't actually get to Plano until 8:22am (one-way). That just isn't practical. Practical for whom? I see people taking DART red line to the airport on a regular basis. The airport is a 30 minute drive from that Plano rail stop at 70 mph. That's a lot of distance t...
by The_Overdog
21 Jun 2017 16:11
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 263
Views: 36053

Re: Legacy West

The bridge will be the equivalent of the pedestrian crossing between Mockingbird Station and Northpark. It'll be used by the few people who feel comfortable crossing freeways. I'm not sure I agree that it's a problem that these buildings face inwards. There is nothing but roads and empty land surrou...
by The_Overdog
20 Jun 2017 17:14
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Issues/News
Topic: Fracturing regionalism
Replies: 1
Views: 957

Re: Fracturing regionalism

The latest vote on the Cotton Belt, apparently to spite the city of Dallas, has failed. Dallas City Council has voted to replace a large number of it's DART board members because they failed to vote in accordance with the city council's identified priority of D2 over the Cotton Belt. A few days befo...
by The_Overdog
20 Jun 2017 17:07
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 158
Views: 24574

Re: DFW Economy

Probably a symptomatic sign of larger problems for Chicago in particular and Illinois in general. You mean for the midwest in general. Chicago may have been the largest city losing population, but St Louis, Detroit, Toledo, Milwaukee, Cleveland, and Milwaukee all lost population, and Cincinnati gai...
by The_Overdog
20 Jun 2017 11:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: M Line Tower (240 FT / 20 ST)
Replies: 64
Views: 15964

Re: Uptown Dallas: M Line Tower (240 FT / 20 ST)

My brand new 1000 square ft 2 bedroom garden apartment in Richardson next to a train track was $1300 in 2001, which the inflation calculator says is $1800 in 2017, so you really aren't paying that much of a premium for an Uptown high rise apartment, comparably.

I still hate that train to this day.
by The_Overdog
02 Jun 2017 10:54
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Richardson Telecom Corridor Development Updates
Replies: 23
Views: 4054

Re: Richardson Telecom Corridor Development Updates

They are doing some trenching in the riverbed to shore up the cliff on the north side of the Routh Creek development adjacent to the forest. They are now building a gabion basket (rocks stuffed in chain-link fence steel baskets) wall by hand that is at least 100 feet long and more than 20 feet tall...
by The_Overdog
26 May 2017 13:27
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 72
Views: 9635

Re: New Census Population Estimates

10, 20, 30 years ago, 27% of the region's new population wasn't moving into urban areas and imagine what it's going to look like 10-20 years from now. I've said before- 10-20 years ago and until 2008 I think - only about 5-15% of the new development in DFW was multifamily at all - 85% was single fa...
by The_Overdog
26 May 2017 10:19
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 72
Views: 9635

Re: New Census Population Estimates

The real story here is that Garland,TX is more Dense than any of the major cities. Garland, Plano, Richardson, and Arlington are the densest cities in DFW, all (except Garland) just under 4000 people per sq mile. Plano's growth numbers were unremarkable for a 'hot' city. Arlington nearly doubled it...
by The_Overdog
08 May 2017 11:07
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Texas Live!
Replies: 66
Views: 6509

Re: Texas Live!

Live Hotel is just odd


Especially since "live" can be pronounced two different ways, so there will be Monty Python-esque confusion about it. "You live in the Live Hotel? What? I thought you were just visiting."
by The_Overdog
04 May 2017 14:36
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Texas Live!
Replies: 66
Views: 6509

Re: Texas Live!

So the hotel for the middle of the North Texas sports Mecca is slightly better than the one announced for mostly suburban Craig Ranch? Come on Arlington, work a little harder.
by The_Overdog
27 Apr 2017 23:31
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 263
Views: 36053

Re: Legacy West

When do you think Plano will get their I.M Pei-designed 720-foot skyscraper? Their Pritzker Prize winner designed Winspear Opera House and resident opera company? Their Kimbell Art or Amon Carter Museum? When will they have their own Sundance Square or Deep Ellum, their own zoo, their TCU, SMU, and...
by The_Overdog
26 Apr 2017 08:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: Cinépolis /The 23 (~273 FT / 23 ST)
Replies: 100
Views: 24868

Re: Victory Park: Cinépolis /The 23 (~273 FT / 23 ST)

I had some friends who lived there when they were first built, around 2002. Being able to park in their complex and then walk to the AAC for games was a eye-opening experience for someone who lived in mostly suburban small towns before that, and my apartment was in far northwest Plano, which was BFE...
by The_Overdog
21 Apr 2017 11:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 218
Views: 33519

Re: Oak Lawn

The Starbucks in my neighborhood doesn't have a drive-thru and it makes it just fine. Probably not the highest performing store in their portfolio, but they can survive without them.
by The_Overdog
20 Apr 2017 12:28
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Issues/News
Topic: What is a suburb today?
Replies: 49
Views: 12155

Re: What is a suburb today?

It's hard to predict future "job creation" if you're for the most part creating jobs by relocating companies And Collin County's future job creation prospects are terrible - the closest major university (UT Dallas in Richardson) is decent and expanding but that'll be producing jobs 20 yea...

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