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by The_Overdog
20 Sep 2019 10:11
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 253
Views: 71198

Re: Silver Line

UT Dallas - Cityline (transfer station), and East Plano are hardly 'nowhere'. These stations were literally nowhere until really recently, as in just empty fields. Except for east Plano but that is still not a residential stop, it's low rise industrial built around truck traffic. There are apartmen...
by The_Overdog
20 Sep 2019 10:08
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Plano: Legacy
Replies: 6
Views: 2275

Re: Plano: Legacy

I believe they are doing some minor additions to Legacy Hall - something like adding more upper patios. I've been a few times for the free concerts. I'm starting to think the food hall will be ok as it really is a nice concert venue for families and something the northern half of Dallas did not have...
by The_Overdog
18 Sep 2019 14:31
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Collin Creek Mall
Replies: 63
Views: 16155

Re: Collin Creek Mall

Demo fence is up now around the north side of the mall.
by The_Overdog
10 Sep 2019 09:09
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 345
Views: 101944

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

For those curious, I just did a calculation off a zip line tutorial, and the Dallas-to-Houston zip line would only need to be about 60,000 feet tall. Totally doable!

Or 60 zipline stations, each 1000 ft tall. How cool would that be?
by The_Overdog
05 Sep 2019 12:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 537
Views: 153358

Re: Northpark Center

Call me when they get an arcade. I know this was a joke, but arcades are coming back, but not the '80s-90s form with coin-op games, but rather Esports computer terminals for drop-in/quasi-competitive game playing. They have so far been onesy-twosey setups in strip malls around the metro, but a big ...
by The_Overdog
04 Sep 2019 13:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 196
Views: 61856

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

I don't find the Dallas Farmer's market that different than any other 'farmers market', which have a few produce booths, a few craft booths, prepared food booths, and lots of mess. I think that's just what 'farmers markets' are now.
by The_Overdog
29 Aug 2019 11:06
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 244
Views: 71805

Re: DFW Economy

All Texas industries except the information industry had more jobs.


This line right here is why DFW is working hard (and paying lots) to import tech talent. We are currently not able to grow our local talent every quarter for whatever reason.
by The_Overdog
21 Aug 2019 13:08
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 284
Views: 69894

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Would love to know of the other large cities in the US that use open pay open access like DART or those that use a closed pay to enter system. The pros of an open access system like DART are that the security gates and walls plus maintenance are dramatically more expensive than a few lowly paid sec...
by The_Overdog
16 Aug 2019 09:39
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 244
Views: 71805

Re: DFW Economy

and we only needs 230k 11 years out, it seems like we're slightly over building at the moment. 40k units also seems incredibly high, last I remember the average (high) numbers were like 25k/year. I think the distinction is 'under construction' vs 'permitted'. We permit about 25k a year, but more ar...
by The_Overdog
30 Jul 2019 14:03
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: McKinney: General Thread
Replies: 7
Views: 3314

Re: McKinney: General Thread

Never heard of it even though I used to live relatively close by and probably drove past it a dozen times. Very cool!!
by The_Overdog
25 Jul 2019 11:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: TC Oak Grove Tower (13 ST)
Replies: 22
Views: 4539

Re: Uptown Dallas: TC Oak Grove Tower (13 ST)

I just saw my first ever wood-framed big box store in LA California, as in all the exposed wall and roof trusses were lvl lumber and the walls were stuccoed wood, rather than cinderblocks. Steel and cement is essentially going to be luxury in the future.
by The_Overdog
24 Jul 2019 10:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 238
Views: 85625

Re: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)

Nice shot! The panorama photo turned that car in the middle into something a mouse in Richard Scarry's Busy World would drive.
by The_Overdog
15 Jul 2019 12:30
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Plano: misc. developments
Replies: 24
Views: 6752

Re: Plano: misc. developments

This decision does make it seem like the city government is at best losing to reactionaries, but then again the 'master plan' that they are fighting over is so toothless it doesn't even seem worth fighting for. Plano does spot zoning, mostly relies on the 'market' to determine land value, and even w...
by The_Overdog
09 Jul 2019 15:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)
Replies: 136
Views: 37590

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

Okay, I dig it! So Swexan is basically a combo of the words Swiss & Texan?!


So one year after it's built, the "W" burns out (I swear those fluorescent lights have a wider variation in quality than college football teams) and it's going to be the Sexan Hotel?
by The_Overdog
03 Jul 2019 14:34
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Issues/News
Topic: What is a suburb today?
Replies: 55
Views: 25002

Re: What is a suburb today?

Frisco may be a 'suburb' but it's not the same type as in the past either. Their dinky baseball stadium is more "urban" than every other stadium in DFW except the AAC and they permitted more multifamily than single family the past 2 years, and still have tons of undeveloped land.
by The_Overdog
28 Jun 2019 13:13
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 187
Views: 42792

Re: I-345

Like this in Albuquerque.

Albuquerque has really nice looking freeways, with lights, public art, and basic but effective signage in an actually readable font imprinted on their bridges that is streets ahead of anywhere in DFW.
by The_Overdog
18 Jun 2019 09:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 324
Views: 99692

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

So did anyone see HB2439? It eliminates any local control for exterior building facades for buildings except as mandated by the International Building Code. Ground floor EIFS is currently against local codes in most DFW cites (only allowed above 2nd story), most cities have masonry percentages above...
by The_Overdog
12 Jun 2019 12:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 324
Views: 99692

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

I will never understand the hate for stucco on this site. I find it fascinating.
by The_Overdog
11 Jun 2019 09:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: City Lights
Replies: 99
Views: 28170

Re: Downtown Dallas: City Lights

I don't get the comments either. A crane fell on the building - it didn't catch on fire and only one section was damaged, and a building that is 96% occupied per the news only 6 people were injured. The crane fell through the parking garage - made of concrete. What kind of building could survive tha...
by The_Overdog
05 Jun 2019 16:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 429
Views: 115515

Re: Oak Lawn

Good thing all those convertibles have fast retracting roofs. A terrible storm is coming!
by The_Overdog
29 May 2019 17:00
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 244
Views: 71805

Re: DFW Economy

I've lived in numerous complexes where renovated (i.e. "Luxury") units rent for $100-200 more than the unrenovated units at the exact same point in time.


Oh my gosh your facts are now that 'renovations' aren't given away for free? Thanks for the tip.
by The_Overdog
29 May 2019 12:34
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 244
Views: 71805

Re: DFW Economy

Why are we even having this conversation? Because the one year projections for population are often wildly incorrect, permits in Dallas proper have not decreased in the past 2 years, and at least 3 cities/suburbs have authorized the construction of 4000+ new units each, many of which are 'starting s...
by The_Overdog
15 May 2019 10:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 429
Views: 115515

Re: Oak Lawn

Unfortunately, I also found it populated with a bunch of aggressively self-interested megalomaniacs who think their personal friendships with a handful of like-minded local politicians (elected or otherwise) gives them the credibility or authority to dictate what Should and Should Not be built in D...
by The_Overdog
08 May 2019 14:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 429
Views: 115515

Re: Oak Lawn

I'm so tired of 'the Californians' thing - many of the newcomers are from there because it has a huge population. But plenty of people are coming from the midwest (that's where the population is decreasing - Califonia's population is growing) and they could go back (or never leave) if they wanted lo...
by The_Overdog
08 May 2019 11:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum Tower
Replies: 184
Views: 62673

Re: Museum Tower

I am going to miss the updates for this place when it finally sells out 1 year from now (taking the over on 7 years 2 months estimate).
by The_Overdog
08 May 2019 09:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 429
Views: 115515

Re: Oak Lawn

You've clearly never lived in a nice, but older and "non-luxury" apartment for years with small, if any annual increases in rent, only to have a new "luxury" complex go up around the corner and find out at your next lease renewal that your rent is suddenly going up by $2-300 a m...
by The_Overdog
07 May 2019 09:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Central Market at McKinney and Lemmon
Replies: 155
Views: 44286

Re: Uptown Dallas: Central Market at McKinney and Lemmon

With as many residents moving into this area I would not think there is a problem, not yet. Exactly. In suburbs, grocery stores are often closer than 1 mile apart. For example on Preston Road in Plano, Market Street, Trader Joes, and Whole Foods are across the street from one another. I don't see w...
by The_Overdog
03 May 2019 13:36
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 293
Views: 74511

Re: DART D2 Subway

Fire is pretty exciting. It's like the caveman response :)
by The_Overdog
03 May 2019 12:55
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Collin Creek Mall
Replies: 63
Views: 16155

Re: Collin Creek Mall

I don't believe that is the current plan - there is way less parking lots in the design documents, and JC Penny is going to be on the ring road to the southwest in a standalone approximately 100k sq ft store while all the mall anchors are torn down. As far as I have heard, the creek is going to rema...
by The_Overdog
29 Apr 2019 12:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 188
Views: 52907

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

hey are missing an opportunity to shoot any and all zombie shows/movies there.

Excuse me, but zombie movies are shot farther to the east in Garland.
by The_Overdog
26 Apr 2019 13:36
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Issues/News
Topic: Plano: Collinwood House
Replies: 2
Views: 2780

Re: Plano: Collinwood House

There's another historic Plano home on the chopping block. Called the Wetsel house,this one was was moved from city property in the 1980s to make room for the far back corner of a city parking lot- but after moving to it's new location on 16th Street was never really repaired and never put into serv...
by The_Overdog
25 Apr 2019 10:06
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Collin Creek Mall
Replies: 63
Views: 16155

Re: Collin Creek Mall

There actually are some preliminary plans to connect to the trails in Richardson - it already does to some degree, but considering it's among the busiest trails in Plano and connects to Richardson's much better biking network they aren't very good - you can see that trails get wider and better at th...
by The_Overdog
24 Apr 2019 09:35
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Collin Creek Mall
Replies: 63
Views: 16155

Re: Collin Creek Mall

I just think it's going to be really hard for Collin Creek mall area and downtown Plano area to really gel together for the same reason that it took so long for Uptown/Downtown to gel - there is a ground-level (mostly) huge freeway that separates the two and limits the number of crossing points. The...
by The_Overdog
19 Apr 2019 11:17
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 105
Views: 27591

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: 105
Views: 27591

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: 253
Views: 71198

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: 253
Views: 71198

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: 253
Views: 59416

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: 328
Views: 93091

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: 63
Views: 16155

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: 99
Views: 28170

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: 284
Views: 69894

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: 434
Views: 96182

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: 55
Views: 12858

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: 608
Views: 161601

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: 24061

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: 53
Views: 15795

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: 24061

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: 3571

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: 253
Views: 71198

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.

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