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by The_Overdog
19 Apr 2019 11:17
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 100
Views: 19734

Re: New Census Population Estimates

I don't really find the 'county size' argument to be all that persuasive, as let's take the Houston numbers again, even with the combined county size: From Cord: Dallas + Tarrant: 532,866 (1,811 sq mi) DFW otherwise: 216 + 192 + 145: 553k ~ close enough to 49/51. Houston: 590 Houston otherwise: 197 ...
by The_Overdog
18 Apr 2019 13:57
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 100
Views: 19734

Re: New Census Population Estimates

Places like LA and NYC aren't getting any cheaper, so I imagine we'll see more and more migration away from the coasts to places like Texas. It's the east coast that's getting crushed - LA's growth rate between 2010-2018 is great, and interesting that more than 50% of their MSA growth is into LA co...
by The_Overdog
14 Apr 2019 03:12
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 229
Views: 46528

Re: Silver Line

Image

It's a joke son.
by The_Overdog
09 Apr 2019 10:51
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 229
Views: 46528

Re: Silver Line

They should have saved the SilverLine designation for a train that ran up US75 to that casino just across the Oklahoma border.
by The_Overdog
09 Apr 2019 09:08
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 216
Views: 38461

Re: Trinity River Park

Also what is Re-wilding? Dallas Observer presents as going back to nature? its already full of nature. Basically isnt that just leaving it as it is? So there's nothing to build, re wildling just means leave it as it is? Top I believe that the official version of 'rewilding' involves restoring the m...
by The_Overdog
08 Apr 2019 09:17
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 316
Views: 70241

Re: Legacy West

Based on what I have heard about the Food Hall my whimsy with Legacy is kinda over I've been there a couple of times and I kind of agree. First off, the food is subpar for the price all the time at all the places I've been to. Secondly, on many nights (never been during the day) it's mostly empty, ...
by The_Overdog
03 Apr 2019 10:20
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Collin Creek Mall
Replies: 46
Views: 10181

Re: Collin Creek Mall

The basic plan for Collin Creek Mall was approved on 4/1. It now must be approved by City Council. There were surprisingly few detractors that submitted comments to P&Z, so this seems like it's going to happen. Apparently 1st step will to build a new JC Penny superstore on the edge of the proper...
by The_Overdog
29 Mar 2019 09:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: City Lights
Replies: 58
Views: 15773

Re: Downtown Dallas: City Lights

The "stick builds", as you call them, make me feel very uncomfortable Yesterday was apparently the 19th anniversary of the tornado that hit downtown Ft Worth. If an actual tornado comes though, it really doesn't make that much difference - brick, sticks, or concrete. There is also an offi...
by The_Overdog
20 Mar 2019 15:15
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 255
Views: 45389

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Platform extensions will add to DART construction mess - I guess the Galatyn and downtown Plano stations will be among the first to be extended.
by The_Overdog
20 Mar 2019 09:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 255
Views: 53923

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Keyword is sustainable. This is debatable.

Maybe, but since the building in question has been abandoned since the mid 1990s, the past you all are pining for was not sustainable, and that is not debatable.
by The_Overdog
19 Mar 2019 09:14
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 47
Views: 7876

Re: Cypress Waters

That same windstorm stole the top half of my basketball goal, and I've asked all my neighbors and searched the parking lots around my home and it is g-o-n-e gone. I swear it flew to a different city. Crazy!
by The_Overdog
12 Mar 2019 11:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 541
Views: 113922

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

reason for the move is two-fold: lower rent change in concept to more of a kid's birthday party place.


Maybe they wanted to change in concept, but lower rent? LOL. It was 500 sq ft in an alley. Did they need change for their $20 or something?
by The_Overdog
27 Feb 2019 12:06
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava
Replies: 99
Views: 16315

Re: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava

1) The Highway isn't supported by the cables. Only the pedestrian portion. 2) the cables have failed stress testing; therefore they are deemed unsafe for use. I get that, but the cables are huge and they are adjacent to the roadway (I don't drive that bridge often) but I'm pretty sure if one of tho...
by The_Overdog
27 Feb 2019 09:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Dallas High School
Replies: 52
Views: 11799

Re: Downtown Dallas: Dallas High School

Yes, another tower practically kissing 345. Bet it's not the last either.

And all it took was for Dallas to be a top 3 hottest city for tower development for a solid decade. I'm sure we can count on that to last forever.
by The_Overdog
27 Feb 2019 09:13
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava
Replies: 99
Views: 16315

Re: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava

I still don't get why it can't be opened. Under what case study is a few walkers or joggers going to be in more danger than the tons of cars already passing by?
by The_Overdog
26 Feb 2019 08:48
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Greater DFW-area trails
Replies: 11
Views: 2047

Re: Greater DFW-area trails

I hope they get it built - would be a great course for like staggered running/bike marathons since it's right around 26 miles.
by The_Overdog
22 Feb 2019 09:30
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 229
Views: 46528

Re: the Cotton Belt line

How much extra is double tracking going to add to the cost of this epic boondoggle?

$100m, or bringing the total cost back to the $900m cost that's been thrown around from the beginning. I guess without doubletracking, it is $800m.
by The_Overdog
21 Feb 2019 09:21
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 229
Views: 46528

Re: the Cotton Belt line

As far as I remember, most public discussions mentioned the line as double-tracked, and it actually caught me off guard a little bit that they had to officially make it fully double-tracked afterwards instead of being the default. That's odd, because double-tracking was part of the 2045 rail plan e...
by The_Overdog
20 Feb 2019 16:03
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 229
Views: 46528

Re: the Cotton Belt line

Am I missing something, or did this vote just turn the Cotton Belt from a single-track commuter line to a traditional commuter line like the rest of DART? https://communityimpact.com/dallas-fort-worth/plano/top-stories/2019/02/12/dart-board-of-directors-signals-support-for-second-track-along-cotton-...
by The_Overdog
28 Jan 2019 12:03
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Richardson: Eiland Coffee Roasters
Replies: 4
Views: 420

Re: Richardson: Eiland Coffee Roasters

I've heard about this - the deal is this restaurant park and the city have worked hard to restrict drive-thrus from this area (working on the downtown plan for about the last 5 years), and now a coffee business wants to put one back in. I side with the city. The area that restricts drive-thrus is re...
by The_Overdog
25 Jan 2019 16:15
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Collin Creek Mall
Replies: 46
Views: 10181

Re: Collin Creek Mall

All the Plano E/W intersections south of Spring Creek are seriously overbuilt for their current traffic counts, so putting an extra 10k cars on Plano Parkway wouldn't be the worst thing. Their N/S ones have uniformly high traffic counts (except for the one adjacent to the mall, Alma), but E/W are pr...
by The_Overdog
25 Jan 2019 10:57
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Collin Creek Mall
Replies: 46
Views: 10181

Re: Collin Creek Mall

Run a streetcar from the Collin Creek Residence to Downtown Plano DART station to the pending N Avenue Cotton Belt station. There were lots of questions about this, and the answer was the city of Plano is looking at rubber tire streetcars connecting the redeveloped Collin Creek to downtown 15th str...
by The_Overdog
25 Jan 2019 08:30
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Collin Creek Mall
Replies: 46
Views: 10181

Re: Collin Creek Mall

I was able to attend since Collin County is still part of my beat. The plan calls for almost the entire mall area to be raised up to street level, with all the underground being parking. So the 2nd floor of the existing mall will be ground level, with the current first level underground. 3100 apartm...
by The_Overdog
21 Jan 2019 09:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: First Baptist Church
Replies: 36
Views: 2709

Re: Downtown Dallas: First Baptist Church

It's a bit unusual to see kiosks in a church, but with the number of families that go there, I guess they decided to invest in kiosks rather than pen & paper. I assume there must be some company that makes church check in/check out software, because all the churches we go to for mothers day out...
by The_Overdog
18 Jan 2019 11:34
Forum: Art + Sol
Topic: "Kaaboo Texas" festival coming to Arlington
Replies: 4
Views: 410

Re: "Kaaboo Texas" festival coming to Arlington

The list of artists is pretty good - the only bad thing is the starting ticket price. The location is so-so, and the max ticket prices are irrelevant in my world.
by The_Overdog
18 Jan 2019 10:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas: Medical District
Replies: 123
Views: 32180

Re: Dallas: Medical District

"I'd argue that the cash buyer is more well-off, as they've been able to generate $300k in cash/assets to put toward buying a home, while the person who now has a mortgage liability against a house with a monthly payment that is mostly going towards interest, insurance, and tax escrow has a sma...
by The_Overdog
11 Jan 2019 09:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 541
Views: 113922

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

I went to the unicorn place. The food was not very good and high priced, but it's in the alley entry, so not even really noticeable from the street, so I think Deep Ellum will be ok. The real gentrifer, if you are concerned about that, is the chain buffalo wing restaurant on the street in front of t...
by The_Overdog
03 Jan 2019 16:35
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park
Replies: 104
Views: 19268

Re: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park

a small number of parking spaces as required by code (quote from a designer of the expansion)


It'd be funny if someone offered to help them work with zoning to remove the spaces- would save them a ton of money they could use for improving other parts of the park or other philanthropy.
by The_Overdog
20 Dec 2018 15:02
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike
Replies: 169
Views: 40722

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

The idea that the City needs to hire four new employees (two office staff and two enforcement officers) to work full-time monitoring the bikes is absurd. Looks to me like the city was responding to the too many articles written in every news outlet in Dallas, and chose to hinder them. The mayor in ...
by The_Overdog
20 Dec 2018 08:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 299
Views: 69259

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

It's odd that an out of town establishment is taking a stab at Tex-Mex food in Texas, though What do you mean by 'out of town'? The first paragraph of the article describes all the other restaurants in Dallas the family owns. It sounds like it will just be painted a bit different, maybe like Pappas...
by The_Overdog
18 Dec 2018 08:57
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike
Replies: 169
Views: 40722

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

mentioned by another forum member the taxing is too high despite being $21. You are right about that. Actually, nearly every suburb in DFW that allows bikeshare has better regulations than Dallas. They should have just copied from them, since many others actually came first. Generally $500 (total) ...
by The_Overdog
10 Dec 2018 09:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: The Hill (ex-Corner Shopping Center)
Replies: 2
Views: 903

Re: North Dallas: The Hill (ex-Corner Shopping Center)

I went to TreeHouse once. It was a very cool store, but there was very little you could actually purchase on the showroom floor, minus a bunch of home automation stuff like Nest that you can get basically anywhere. Bizarre place. Not surprised it's folding.
by The_Overdog
06 Dec 2018 10:44
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 283
Views: 58487

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

https://golfprop.com/uncategorized/new- ... es-future/

This is a pretty good link describing golf's future.
by The_Overdog
06 Dec 2018 09:19
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 283
Views: 58487

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

I don't play golf, but this PGA thing appears to be a really big deal.


Golf is a dying sport, but it's cool that DFW gets to ride it's corpse to the grave.
by The_Overdog
06 Dec 2018 09:00
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Arlington Development and Transportation Projects
Replies: 36
Views: 9537

Re: Arlington Development and Transportation Projects

Apparently the new fake NFL (XFL or whatever) is going to take over the old Rangers Stadium in 2020 - so I guess plans to demolish it are on hold at least until 2021.
by The_Overdog
27 Nov 2018 16:37
Forum: The Airports
Topic: American Airlines
Replies: 13
Views: 3516

Re: American Airlines

It seems really stupid to have to take a bike or walk outside for a meeting on shared suburban campus. Are they saving buxx on a tiny office gym or concerned about their employee's vitamin D intake? Nortel's old campus in the Richardson Telecom corridor was haphazardly designed like that, but that w...
by The_Overdog
26 Nov 2018 17:46
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Retail / shopping issues
Replies: 8
Views: 1127

Re: Retail / shopping issues

The problem with the Gap is that is sits between the low end Old Navy and the upper end Banana Republic In my opinion, the problem with The Gap is that their clothes choices for both women and men are dreadful. They stopped making clothes that people could wear to office work so they could chase st...
by The_Overdog
12 Nov 2018 10:16
Forum: Art + Sol
Topic: UT-Dallas gets art collection, new museum
Replies: 10
Views: 1683

Re: UT-Dallas gets art collection, new museum

My opinion: they seem to be legitimately interested in becoming a 'university' and not just a fancy engineering trade school. I wouldn't be surprised if they had long-term plans (~20 years) to open a more liberal-arts esque college on campus, and this may push them along.
by The_Overdog
05 Nov 2018 12:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1049
Views: 206412

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Crystal City VA is directly west of the Ronald Regan airport and slightly south of The Pentagon. I don't see that being a great location for HQ#2.
by The_Overdog
05 Nov 2018 10:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 541
Views: 113922

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

That's why all these places need to turn into legitimate neighborhoods, which probably means big boxy apartments for now, instead of 'party destinations' because you can't expect people from the 'burbs to come down on a random Tuesday and support your local businesses.
by The_Overdog
05 Nov 2018 08:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)
Replies: 103
Views: 21803

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

it is very difficult and expensive to build parking underground since you hit limestone after going 10 feet underground. That may be true, but there's a storage unit going up near my home that is currently digging 20+ feet underground, so I think the expense and difficulty of building underground i...
by The_Overdog
30 Oct 2018 16:20
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 47
Views: 7876

Re: Cypress Waters

The one apartment right across from the Flying Fish and Rodeo Goat spots is seven stories. Right, and compare and contrast that to the same restaurants and basically the same layout in Plano at Heritage Creekside on G Bush and Alma - there is a big parking lot next to single family homes, no real i...
by The_Overdog
29 Oct 2018 16:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 129
Views: 26546

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

The stores are respectively in Desoto, Ft Worth, FlowerMound, and Coppell. If I'm seeing the map correctly, the only Albertsons stores left in the Dallas side are in Dallas proper. The closing Tom Thumbs are relatively close to one another geographically. After they close, the majority of Tom Thumbs...
by The_Overdog
19 Oct 2018 09:50
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 190
Views: 43551

Re: DFW Airport

^that's good to hear, in the last decade I've been to five airports so my personal consideration set is inadequate. It's a bit difficult to measure in my opinion, because many other US airports and worldwide are much better located where the inside-airport experience is bad but you can literally wa...
by The_Overdog
18 Oct 2018 09:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 129
Views: 26546

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

On the list, above when you break it down by 'market share per store' (kind of a rough metric for brand loyalty/quality of locations chosen), Costco (.47) is of course the king, but WinCo (.37) is doing super great also. WalMart/Sams Club (.21) are growing because their market share per store is wel...
by The_Overdog
17 Oct 2018 16:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 299
Views: 69259

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

I think this kind of sucks, but in the grand scheme of things subsidizing 'street vitality' would fall far behind many other things that deserve subsidizing. And if you just want these buildings to choose lower quality commercial renters, well then you have to answer why they should when their resid...
by The_Overdog
16 Oct 2018 09:50
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 330
Views: 73168

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

Right. Laws impacting the publicly funded lines are barely even worth talking about/passing until the initial line has been proven.
by The_Overdog
15 Oct 2018 09:48
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 316
Views: 70241

Re: Legacy West

It's too bad the street grid is so bad in that area because more bridges and connective streets would probably be better than a deck park in the mid-term. Also there, just like Klyde Warren, the stupid service roads are way too wide.
by The_Overdog
12 Oct 2018 13:06
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 330
Views: 73168

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

When the politicians see how popular the route is, they will be tripping over themselves to build at least the SAT-DAL part of the triangle. Right. The maps that the state has provided for 2040 include lots of other potential raillines that are most likely state/federally funded. The group building...
by The_Overdog
05 Oct 2018 15:26
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco 45
Replies: 5
Views: 1098

Re: Frisco 45

That's just the land use picture used for Planning and Zoning review. They generally don't do renderings for most projects, unless there is something special or different that needs to be shown.

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