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by The_Overdog
02 Apr 2018 09:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 81
Views: 11538

Re: West End 1.0

I saw at least 4 parks with significant programming... compared to our 2.


Klyde Warren Park was total madness on Friday night when I was there. Northpark at Christmas type madness. Another programmed park would actually be great.
by The_Overdog
30 Mar 2018 11:10
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 241
Views: 32184

Re: Legacy West

Fact is, neither Plano or Irving would be there without Dallas. Fort Worth developed independently and has its own suburbs that grew into Dallas's suburbs. I agree but I just don't care. Sure, some place came first. That just doesn't mean anything to me in terms of what makes a city or giving it so...
by The_Overdog
29 Mar 2018 14:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Davis Building
Replies: 21
Views: 3326

Re: Davis Building

and conversion of the 183 loft style apartments into 215 luxury rental units.

Going from 183 to 215 is only 32 extra units - pretty marginal - so this tells me that the owners of the Davis Building feel that any weakness or overbuilding in the downtown rental market is not going to last very long.
by The_Overdog
29 Mar 2018 11:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 81
Views: 11538

Re: West End 1.0

I think it's been discussed, but Dallas tried simple parks with benches and trees in the past and they failed miserably That's because parks with grass and benches are for one specific group - kids playing ball, and if you put too many trees in the way it defeats the purpose. If there are no kids a...
by The_Overdog
28 Mar 2018 14:55
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART Generated $7 Billion In TOD
Replies: 10
Views: 1759

Re: DART Generated $7 Billion In TOD

I don't mind if they hold a bit of land for platform extensions or station expansions (bathrooms would be nice) but yeah, I think they should immediately jump at these and sell/lease this land off as per each individual proposal. All of these, including the one that is mostly a public garden, are be...
by The_Overdog
27 Mar 2018 14:54
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 137
Views: 15185

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

I don't think express trains would be a very good idea - it would basically be gifting residents who mostly live in cities that don't pay DART tax with faster service and more frequency than anyone else. I guess that would be fine if DART collected an equal amount of fare income to taxes, but they d...
by The_Overdog
27 Mar 2018 12:47
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 241
Views: 32184

Re: Legacy West

Those amenities will never be the same as Dallas or Fort Worth. Those are true urban centers that have been urban centers since the late 1800s and the type of residents that seek urban centers warrants those types of amenities. Eh. I mean judging by that, Dallas & Ft Worth can never be 'true' u...
by The_Overdog
27 Mar 2018 12:04
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 241
Views: 32184

Re: Legacy West

Plano will always feel like a bubble because it is so far out of the way and the only access is two tollways. They built it there knowing this and the type of people living there are okay with that fact. In fact, they embrace it because the bubble means much better schools than Dallas and the inner...
by The_Overdog
27 Mar 2018 10:44
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 241
Views: 32184

Re: Legacy West

I see what you're saying, but I don't think the history or character is really what draws people to Dallas.


I agree with this. If there is a city that has neglected its cool history more than Dallas, I'm not aware of where it is.
by The_Overdog
27 Mar 2018 10:01
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 241
Views: 32184

Re: Legacy West

We shall see over the next generation or two how exactly a conglomerate of suburban corporate campus sites evolves into a social and/or cultural destination. I think so too. You are seeing that now - with the Crayola Experience being added to Plano mall nearby and then the jobs experience/children'...
by The_Overdog
22 Mar 2018 11:25
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Autonomous Vehicle Thread
Replies: 58
Views: 5668

Re: Autonomous Vehicle Thread

I think she should have had her eyes on the road at all times, but, again, I don't think, in this specific case, it would have made a difference. This case actually illustrates the problem with expecting a human driver to step in to compensate for an autonomous car's failures. If the robot is doing...
by The_Overdog
21 Mar 2018 14:13
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Richardson Telecom Corridor Development Updates
Replies: 20
Views: 3514

Re: Richardson Telecom Corridor Development Updates

The city of Richardson has funded a contract to bury the creek in a storm-drain/concrete channel.


The creek is now almost fully channelized and partially buried. Should be done burying it in a couple of weeks.
by The_Overdog
19 Mar 2018 15:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 275
Views: 37743

Re: Victory Park 3.0

maximum height of 432 feet that will be comprised of 347 multi-family units in conjunction with 9,500 square feet of commercial uses consisting of restaurant, retail, and personal service uses. The proposed development will total 445,145 square feet. That request is for 3099 Olive, which is the sur...
by The_Overdog
19 Mar 2018 08:45
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Richardson: CityLine
Replies: 21
Views: 4123

Re: Richardson: CityLine

Site prep is in progress and a crane is up for the Drury Inn.
by The_Overdog
15 Mar 2018 16:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 191
Views: 22913

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

^ You guys are just too young. There used to be plenty of cheap places in the 80's and into the 90's. Maybe, but then it was Little Mexico, partially deserted or whatever and not 'Uptown' and it was cheap because downtown was crushed due to S&L and moving up the road. If that's what the guy enj...
by The_Overdog
15 Mar 2018 11:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 191
Views: 22913

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

I don't recall McKinney Avenue ever being 'affordable', but if it was it was only for a little while. It's always been a premium place, comparatively. If you wanted to drink cheap, you were in the suburbs.
by The_Overdog
07 Mar 2018 10:33
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 140
Views: 11387

Re: I-345

"How can I possibly make this decision without knowing how much you're estimating the garage for the normal house would cost?!" And if you want to argue about the unit cost of rebar or whatever like you do in your house bathroom remodel, the City Council produces those documents too as pa...
by The_Overdog
01 Mar 2018 14:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 191
Views: 22913

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

I'm still a little confused, are you saying high population areas that didn't used to have bars are now getting them, so that is pulling away from other parts of town? Didn't think we ever had many bars outside of Deep Ellum/Lower Greenville/now uptown Yes, it is pulling people and business away fr...
by The_Overdog
01 Mar 2018 13:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 191
Views: 22913

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

I'm genuinely curious, because I think you're onto something, but can you elaborate? I think the compass direction is wrong. It's north that has the population and a bar scene that used to be nonexistent but now is in it's infancy. That's the overflow - nonresident spending leading to a desire for ...
by The_Overdog
28 Feb 2018 13:32
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 241
Views: 32184

Re: Legacy West

PDQ restaurant

PDQ restaurant is closing. Their bold expansion and giant restaurants for a place that only sold fried chicken tenders was only slightly less crazy than Pollo Tropical's. Which was right across the street for all of 6 months before they closed.
by The_Overdog
23 Feb 2018 17:15
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike
Replies: 122
Views: 19204

Re: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike

I'm not sure if Dallas has any bike share regulations yet but the other suburbs are, from the extreme (I believe they are banned in Highland Park) to the reasonable, and the city of Dallas would do well to copy the reasonable ones, which include: *) limiting the bikes initial placement to a limited ...
by The_Overdog
23 Feb 2018 11:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor
Replies: 96
Views: 15633

Re: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor

I just think you are wrong - good architecture does cost more money - buried parking costs more, balconies cost more, shorter block lengths cost more (less units per acre), false pitched roofs cost more - raised stoops cost more - wooden windows cost more. Bricks cost more too, but the value of them...
by The_Overdog
22 Feb 2018 14:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor
Replies: 96
Views: 15633

Re: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor

Even most of the garden style apartments that went up around DFW in the 90s and early 2000s used much higher quality materials and ornamentation, including a heavy use of brickwork. None of the ones that I lived in were high quality construction, and I don't defacto consider brick to be higher qual...
by The_Overdog
22 Feb 2018 11:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor
Replies: 96
Views: 15633

Re: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor

But because Dallas has block after block of these, it's very easy to notice the repetition. That's because Dallas went about 20 years without building much multifamily at all. It sticks out here because the designs are all contemporary because they have all been built this decade and because DFW is...
by The_Overdog
22 Feb 2018 09:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor
Replies: 96
Views: 15633

Re: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor

I go to other cities and am blown away by the designs of the new residential going up.


Most of the Dallas apartment builders are national firms, and it's very easy to find the exact same buildings in other cities around the US.
by The_Overdog
20 Feb 2018 10:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 275
Views: 37743

Re: Victory Park 3.0

So, I guess this is the last large development site, except for the other sites Hillwood has on Victory Avenue; and except for the site of Hines' proposed second office tower?? It's the last site in Victory Park in the same way that every suburb north of Dallas is 'built out' which is why they have...
by The_Overdog
16 Feb 2018 15:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 699
Views: 84647

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

If they pick DC, how will you know that Dallas came in second place?


Dallas will get a set of steak knives.
by The_Overdog
16 Feb 2018 11:50
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco: Wade Park
Replies: 53
Views: 6805

Re: Frisco: Wade Park

I don't think anyone guessed that Frisco would be the next Skyhouse location. Just in case anyone is curious, the Frisco one built on empty land next to The Star is supposed to be 332 units in 25 stories, the Dallas original was 24 stories and 336 units, and Victory Park was 25 stories and 352 units.
by The_Overdog
14 Feb 2018 14:36
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART: Expansion
Replies: 100
Views: 11919

Re: DART: Expansion

The RR ROW along the northern side of LBJ belongs to KCS, not to DART. I'm not aware that KCS wants light rail trains running adjacent to their freight trains. The Cotton Belt Line belongs to Kansas City Southern - KCS. I would assume they are working on sharing agreements or are cool with DART bui...
by The_Overdog
14 Feb 2018 13:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 275
Views: 37743

Re: Victory Park 3.0

I know DFW apartment vacancy numbers have been low, but what about the urban core?


The urban core numbers are fine.
by The_Overdog
14 Feb 2018 10:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 275
Views: 37743

Re: Victory Park 3.0

That's disappointing to hear about Skyhouse lowering rents, but I've always felt Victory Park has been overpriced for quite a while. It's not disappointing at all - it's great. The margins on apartment towers are not so tight that lowered rents will hold back development, and money in renters' pock...
by The_Overdog
11 Feb 2018 06:33
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Collin Creek Mall
Replies: 26
Views: 3867

Re: Collin Creek Mall

I see they are mentioning the "northern CottonBelt alternative" to Amazon for that site but Richardson and DART are pushing the southern CottonBelt alternative pretty hard, and have an engineering plan and potential station locations determined already. Also there is no station adjacent, s...
by The_Overdog
09 Feb 2018 17:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas: Medical District
Replies: 87
Views: 17225

Re: Dallas: Medical District

Same group that is rumored to be buying Collin Creek Mall in Plano. He's going all-in on Dallas and good for him.
by The_Overdog
09 Feb 2018 13:52
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART: Expansion
Replies: 100
Views: 11919

Re: DART: Expansion

Yikes that's bizarre! The most dense parts of Dallas get nothing, the LBJ line is incomplete, and the only complete E/W central Dallas connector is the Cotton Belt line. Of course, that tiny sliver of Irving will have 2 legit N/S lines and an E/W one and east side of US75 along 635E will have full r...
by The_Overdog
02 Feb 2018 10:15
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 586
Views: 73662

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

was an Albertsons before

It was probably abandoned because the infra was shot vs the sales/rent, so repairing is as expensive as building new.
by The_Overdog
01 Feb 2018 13:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 699
Views: 84647

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Texas has none of that, which means that new hospitals can be built, partnerships can be established, and existing facilities can be bought up without the same amount of oversight as in other states. Texas doesn't need a CON program, because Texas (even the nice parts) have lower numbers of doctors...
by The_Overdog
01 Feb 2018 08:50
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 586
Views: 73662

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Curious if the vacating Toys R Us changes their plans at all... They could probably get a sweet deal on that space. It's also very expensive to turn a toy store into a grocery store. The infra is all wrong. The one in Plano sat empty for 10 years before it became a car dealership. These types of st...
by The_Overdog
26 Jan 2018 10:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 60
Views: 4304

Re: East Downtown Dallas Redevelopment ~24 buildings

The wording is a little confusion. I'm seeing one year and five year being said in the article. My interpretation of it is that the existing buildings will be re-developed within a year. The buildings are 40% leased per the article. I'd assume the "one year" refers to updating and putting...
by The_Overdog
25 Jan 2018 14:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 60
Views: 4304

Re: East Downtown Dallas Redevelopment ~24 buildings

I think no residential is a bad idea. This is going to be another part of downtown people come to for work and then leave at 5:00pm. Any good that is done here is just going to pile on top of others' better, harder work.
by The_Overdog
24 Jan 2018 14:14
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 586
Views: 73662

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 The_Overdog
18 Jan 2018 14:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox: Armstrong &Cole
Replies: 25
Views: 3257

Re: Knox: Armstrong &Cole

They leave not because of housing they leave because they can't afford private schooling on top of housing so they move to where they have public schools that they consider worth the sacrifice of moving to the burbs I'm not sure I believe that is true today, though it probably was true historically...
by The_Overdog
10 Jan 2018 16:10
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Grand Prairie Development
Replies: 24
Views: 4152

Re: Grand Prairie Development

Epic Waters sounds pretty cool - an indoor water park as a rec center, but it's pricing is kind of high-$19 for GP residents and $29 for non-residents. A nice local attraction but at that price is competing against legit water parks, and I'm not sure it stacks up. We'll see.
by The_Overdog
02 Jan 2018 17:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DISD Administration Building
Replies: 22
Views: 2401

Re: DISD Administration Building

It looks nice and contrasting in the renderings.
by The_Overdog
01 Jan 2018 03:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: M Line Tower (240 FT / 20 ST)
Replies: 64
Views: 15084

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

Might answer your question: I really hate articles like that. I think Jon Anderson is a generally fine writer, so this is light criticism, but the crux of the article is "they are building too many buildings where the rent is too high---building is slowing down" while Jon also writes endl...
by The_Overdog
01 Jan 2018 03:18
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 151
Views: 16441

Re: the Cotton Belt line

I've haven't seen a downtown line future plan (which I guess would be D3) but there is certainly a 2040 plan for a line north up the DNT to the Plano Legacy area that tees off the Cotton Belt line.
by The_Overdog
23 Dec 2017 22:52
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Plano: misc. developments
Replies: 11
Views: 1407

Re: Plano: misc. developments

The lobby portion of the Southfork Hotel on the edge of central expressway is now a giant pile of rubble. The hotel rooms off the wings were separated from the lobby and turned into another hotel. Not sure what is planned for the soon to be empty lot.
by The_Overdog
21 Dec 2017 09:44
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Plano: misc. developments
Replies: 11
Views: 1407

Re: Plano: misc. developments

Not Plano, but the new I35E/SRT interchange is very similar

Poor BJs and Chipotle. :( With the service roads shrinking (a good thing in my opinion) parts of DFW will really start to look different in the next few years.
by The_Overdog
20 Dec 2017 11:15
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Arts District: Master Plan
Replies: 20
Views: 2662

Re: Arts District: Master Plan

I know the DMA got a redesign on the westside parking garage entrance, but did the garage double in size?

They may have also walled off portions of it, and could possibly restripe portions of it (to make the parking spots smaller) and decrease turning radii and alternate exits.
by The_Overdog
20 Dec 2017 10:02
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Plano: misc. developments
Replies: 11
Views: 1407

Re: Plano: misc. developments

The new US75 Plano Parkway flyover is now complete -they took away a service road lane and added it to the highway, and built a flyover lane for Plano Parkway. The result with BJs Pizza and Chipotle and whatever feel they like they are right up against the highway and you can look down upon the roof...
by The_Overdog
15 Dec 2017 10:43
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Plano: misc. developments
Replies: 11
Views: 1407

Re: Plano: misc. developments

In my opinion that's a terrible place for performing arts center mostly because nobody of school age actually lives anywhere close to it. I guess that's what you get when you have 3 high schools of equal-ish power. I mean it's next door neighbor is a huge cube storage location, a lone office buildin...

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