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by muncien
23 Aug 2019 13:18
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 289
Views: 67553

Re: DART D2 Subway

So as not to divert the EPIC thread any further, I figued I'll just put this here. Both D1 and D2 are a mess because each tried to be all things to all people, which in turn led to bloated designs that fail the common sense test in the end, and would cost a fortune. IMO, it seems both routes spend w...
by muncien
23 Aug 2019 10:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 419
Views: 87003

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Deep Ellum also never got any attention from City Hall on new transportation initiatives like the modern streetcar. This could cause them to rethink that as well. A line that goes East to West isn't a bad idea. If you plan a new line you could connect where MATA ends downtown head East and loop up ...
by muncien
23 Aug 2019 08:57
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Southern Gateway Public Green
Replies: 17
Views: 6380

Re: Southern Gateway Public Green

One question that came up at the meeting was whether there would be a dog park, and the answer was “most likely not” as dogs are both a sign of gentrification and also a threat to people in neglected parts of southern Dallas, which has a loose dog problem. Uh... what? That is the dumbest excuse. In...
by muncien
23 Aug 2019 08:50
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 283
Views: 63439

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

^^^ Not to mention the aesthetics of a closed system... Gates and turnstyles are UUUUUGGGLY. I would like to see a better use of technology to manage this problem. Maybe we are already on our way to this, but I'm talking scanners at the doors that are required to scan your ticket with motion sensors...
by muncien
21 Aug 2019 09:07
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 283
Views: 63439

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Of the other open systems I wonder how they enforce fare payment and freeloaders on their systems. Seems like if we increased our policing DART and enforced and removed people then the perception of safety and cleanliness would go up and increase ridership. I personally am not turned off or scared ...
by muncien
20 Aug 2019 15:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 419
Views: 87003

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Heck... One could even argue that this space under the freeways is more useful covered with the freeway than without. No doubt it is for two months out of the summer... Let's get rid of that Live Oak offramp and integrate all of this area. The only parking should be for food trucks.
by muncien
20 Aug 2019 15:50
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 283
Views: 63439

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. Pros and Cons of both. Of the cities I've been to, I believe only Seattle is the one I have seen open pay open access. Closed pay cities: NYC Chicago SF/Bay...
by muncien
20 Aug 2019 10:08
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 879
Views: 233505

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Also, did a little bit more digging on the new Blue Star Project at 114 and 161. Looks like both Starbucks and Firebird restaurant Group have signed LOI's. Firebird is the company that owns Meso Maya, La Ventana, Snuffer's and Village Burger Bar. My hunch is we'll see a Meso Maya, but could possibl...
by muncien
16 Aug 2019 10:13
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 237
Views: 67239

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 muncien
02 Aug 2019 09:59
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 289
Views: 67553

Re: DART D2 Subway

I wonder how many millions of $ it will cost to move it that 100 yards. Knowing DART, it'll cost a lot more than it should, lol. That said, the previous plan to simply remove the station was always one of the many issues I had with the new D2 proposal. While this bloated mess gets even more bloated...
by muncien
30 Jul 2019 12:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 588
Views: 151307

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

One of the best deterrents of crime is getting more places for the common folk to gather and make their presence known in their community. "Common folk" won't gather where they're harassed for money every 20 feet. Common folk won't sit and relax in a seat soaked in urine because the last ...
by muncien
30 Jul 2019 10:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 588
Views: 151307

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Great to hear... There are at least a handful of other similar streets that could do the same today, and a dozen that should get it in the next decade. One of the best deterrents of crime is getting more places for the common folk to gather and make their presence known in their community. That said...
by muncien
26 Jul 2019 15:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 197
Views: 44947

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Wow... That is awesome... I kinda wish they would take ALL the retail space in that building and make it their core location... But, I know that's a bit ambitious and limiting at the same time. Very cool though. Can't wait to visit!
by muncien
26 Jul 2019 15:07
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: DART: Bus system
Replies: 23
Views: 6331

Re: DART: Bus system

Our million-dollar bus doesn't add up. We did the math https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/editorials/2019/07/22/million-dollar-bus-doesnt-add-math The busses are overpriced and we should have done better... but this article is very poorly researched and written. It goes on to factor 'upkeep' of the...
by muncien
24 Jul 2019 13:57
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Katy Trail 1.0
Replies: 17
Views: 2667

Re: Katy Trail 1.0

The bridge over Oak Lawn is totally unnecessary. I understand the idea of using the Hi Line median as a bikeway as it's safer to give high speed bikes some separation from pedestrians walking through here, but where it intersects with Oak Lawn should be a place where the trail interacts with the com...
by muncien
24 Jul 2019 08:50
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Katy Trail 1.0
Replies: 17
Views: 2667

Re: Katy Trail 1.0

With some clean up, lighting, a decent sponsor, and some security cameras, the existing creek bed below grade could make an excellent connector from Trinity Strand to Katy Trail. It really boggles me why we continue to avoid the obvious.
by muncien
23 Jul 2019 14:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Shraman South Asian Museum
Replies: 104
Views: 26978

Re: Shraman South Asian Museum

Field and Griffin are so terrible... Many of these thoroughfares were built when there wasn't much north of Woodall Rogers and they were essentially vast off-ramps. While large scale developments such as this have the 'potential' to change the current structure, its rare a developer sees such opport...
by muncien
28 Jun 2019 10:04
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 185
Views: 39970

Re: I-345

^^
Love it!
by muncien
28 Jun 2019 08:55
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 185
Views: 39970

Re: I-345

I never quite understand the obsession with I345. Should it eventually be torn down and have some limited access lanes buried? Sure, but of the entire loop around the CBD, it is one of the least obstructive. I35E to the West and I30 to the south are absolutely dreadful. Heck, even sections of Woodal...
by muncien
27 Jun 2019 10:27
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 879
Views: 233505

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

^^^^ I saw that on the agenda, but I didn't bother looking closer as the area doesn't really grab your attention. It is interesting how many new hotels are coming online in the area. There are already a TON of hotels along 114 between the airport and the Urban Center, but being that most of it is da...
by muncien
25 Jun 2019 12:46
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 879
Views: 233505

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Had to dig to find this, but finally found some info on the 114 and 161 Blue Star Project. It's pretty meh, but assuming it's a work in progress and does have some potential. https://www.lpcretail.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Las-Colinas-Flyer-05.2019.pdf Well, that is certainly disappointing. Is...
by muncien
18 Jun 2019 10:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 373
Views: 104605

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

Doesn't it seem obvious that the Gingerman closing might have something to do with the property it sits on being redeveloped for high rise, and not necessarily them doing well or not? It looks like a perfectly sized parcel for a highrise apartment building. It will be sad to see them go. That would...
by muncien
12 Jun 2019 09:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: City Lights
Replies: 93
Views: 25999

Re: Downtown Dallas: City Lights

The real question is why tis crane fell, when others around town did okay. They're supposed to withstand 140 mph winds. Totally... That 140mph rating is when you have the butt end of the boom pointed toward the direction the wind is coming from. In the videos I have seen, it doesn't appear to have ...
by muncien
11 Jun 2019 09:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: City Lights
Replies: 93
Views: 25999

Re: Downtown Dallas: City Lights

I haven't really seen detailed pics of the garage, but from what I have seen, it appears to be cast-in-place, meaning it wasn't built from prefab panels. If that's true, it is feasible to cut away the damaged sections and re pour it in place. That also speaks volumes to how heavy that crane was. It ...
by muncien
10 Jun 2019 13:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 188
Views: 51236

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

I'm not so sure this has anything to do with 'Midtown'. They state the work will span 11 miles between 75 & I30. I think they're just being fluffy when they say 'Midtown'. I'm pretty sure that section is done.
by muncien
07 Jun 2019 10:49
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 879
Views: 233505

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

There are quite a few people from the Urban Center who walk over here during lunch time (it's a shame the people mover station never worked out). This space is one of the first places they all pass by. I agree that a taco bar would be a HIT if done right. I loved Top Round Roast Beef, but as good as...
by muncien
06 Jun 2019 15:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 312
Views: 92880

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

Yikes, that RH in West Hollywood is even uglier up close. I prefer modern design personally, but these materials make the modern design look cheap and dirty. You could say the same thing about 75-90% of everything built in Southern California; cheap and dirty. The Weho Restoration Hardware is on th...
by muncien
05 Jun 2019 10:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown - Warsaw Restaurant Office Tower
Replies: 57
Views: 16764

Re: Uptown - Warsaw Restaurant Office Tower

Not a whole lot to go off of in that rendering, but the lower (garage) levels 'seem' to be level floor plates and open walls for the most part. So, while the initial iteration may not have retail, I suspect it will at least have leasing office and maybe common space at the bottom, with potential for...
by muncien
31 May 2019 15:03
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Thoughts on Phil Kingston
Replies: 5
Views: 795

Re: Thoughts on Phil Kingston

I'd have to say that Johnson's 'strength' (insider and business support) is his greatest 'weakness' IMO. I am truly sick of Dallas govt officials being puppets for deep pocket insiders. That said, every candidate has someone pulling their strings. But having someone in there who doesn't typically go...
by muncien
29 May 2019 10:56
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 237
Views: 67239

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 r...
by muncien
29 May 2019 09:11
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 55
Views: 12041

Re: Cypress Waters

There was a SpringHill Suites due to come to a spot by/near Belt Line/Hackberry but that project seems to have stalled. The property isn't on Marriott's online coming-soon list either. So far, the only close hotel with conference space is the Four Points-Sheraton on the west side of Belt Line. I do...
by muncien
28 May 2019 12:28
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 55
Views: 12041

Re: Cypress Waters

Drove through here on Sunday. Really impressive! Got out and walked The Sound. The restaurants are looking good. High-quality tenants with some great build-outs. I wonder if they have any plans to add a hotel to the mix? I can see a business class hotel on the water, perhaps a Marriott or Hilton or...
by muncien
28 May 2019 10:47
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 55
Views: 12041

Re: Cypress Waters

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Here are some pics from the official grand opening of The Sound at Cypress waters on Saturday...
by muncien
28 May 2019 10:17
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 879
Views: 233505

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Wasn't Hopdoddy's already on the Water Street plan back in the day? Maybe I'm dreaming that... But it would be funny if they were to come full circle. I know there were several changes over the years it took to get that place going (I'm still bummed the Londoner didn't make it).
by muncien
22 May 2019 10:56
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Arts District: Master Plan
Replies: 29
Views: 9385

Re: Arts District: Master Plan

This probably isn't the right thread, but the City of Dallas agreed unanimously to sign over a 99 year lease to the Meyerson Symphony Center. I'll be happy to see this place getting back into the shape it deserves.
by muncien
22 May 2019 10:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 419
Views: 87003

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

If I'm not mistaken, they were hoping to do something similar over at the portal near the proposed South Asian museum. I wouldn't hold out much hope there either... but you never know. Maybe someone will surprise us one day.
by muncien
22 May 2019 08:56
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 72
Views: 17483

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

^^^ Yeah... That's not even close. The public voices of the course didn't help any. I watched several reporter interviews asking them questions and they kept repeating the same generic nonsense to every single question. I wish I had a clip to play, but it went something like this. Reporter: How do y...
by muncien
22 May 2019 08:45
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 879
Views: 233505

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

The "rumor" is Market Street was the one with cold feet, and did not believe the residential market would support one of their stores in close proximity to Kroger and Whole Foods. That wouldn't surprise me. I think we all saw that even Whole Foods had cold feet going into their location. ...
by muncien
21 May 2019 14:57
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 879
Views: 233505

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Here's to hoping for a better use of the land the next time around. I really wasn't very impressed with the plans we had seen. I know there was a lot of negative input from neighbors about a previous mixed use proposal, but perhaps that feeling has subsided with the current housing stock going in no...
by muncien
21 May 2019 09:18
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 72
Views: 17483

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

Ten years from now, this course will likely look just like it's neighboring predecessor on the other side of the river. But, at least the trash got cleaned up, I suppose. ...At great cost no doubt.
by muncien
21 May 2019 09:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 419
Views: 87003

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Those portal areas, where rail transitions from below grade to above grade are always terrible. I still can't see how this approach is any better for DE than the original D2 proposal which was to intersect more naturally a block further down and preserve the station. I get that it was at-grade, and ...
by muncien
20 May 2019 09:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 508 Young Street (old Dallas Morning News building)
Replies: 41
Views: 7527

Re: Downtown Dallas: 508 Young Street (old Dallas Morning News building)

For a big site like this, you would have expected to see zoning applications and approvals before closing. Some contingencies need to be mitigated before jumping into an endeavor of this scale. Kinda strange that that didn't happen... or, did we just not see it?
by muncien
17 May 2019 12:36
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 55
Views: 12041

Re: Cypress Waters

The latest intel I have gathered this week in regards to The Sound is that both Ascension and Landon Winery are expected to open tomorrow. Flying Saucer schedule (taped to glass and viewed in reverse) shows a certificate of occupancy on the 24th. But that seems aggressive based on the amount of work...
by muncien
16 May 2019 10:54
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Love Field People Mover
Replies: 43
Views: 11909

Re: Dallas Love Field People Mover

DART should look into some efficiencies in their existing system as well. There are sections where the train flies at a brisk pace, only to slow to a crawl at other locations (particularly along the Orange Line). I know the Orange Line is a bit more curvy than others, but that is not what I am refer...
by muncien
16 May 2019 10:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Hampton Inn (Allen Bldg., 1700 Commerce)
Replies: 15
Views: 4153

Re: Downtown Dallas: Hampton Inn (Allen Bldg., 1700 Commerce)

cowboyeagle05 wrote:AKA if Neiman Marcus would get the space they control repaired they could have some beneficial neighbors...yet instead their garage sits there rotting.


Neiman Marcus should put a 'Last Call' into that space... Seems fitting, since they own it anyway.
by muncien
15 May 2019 12:24
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The "hotelification" of multifamily
Replies: 11
Views: 1782

Re: The "hotelification" of multifamily

We already saw what happened at the Statler Hilton when residents were kicked out for "repairs" and then saw entire floors converted into short-term rentals by Stay Alfred. If you go to their website you'll see they have similar units at LTV Tower, The Mayflower and the Miro. Stay Alfred ...
by muncien
14 May 2019 13:14
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Lemmon Ave. lane reduction (between Turtle Creek Blvd and US-75)
Replies: 18
Views: 2359

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 muncien
14 May 2019 12:27
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 879
Views: 233505

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 els...
by muncien
13 May 2019 09:00
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 72
Views: 17483

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

Moving the course from Las Colinas was a major mistake. While the old course wasn't the greatest for players, it was a HUGE hit for those who attended. The atmosphere was great, and even without the biggest players, it was almost always packed. Factor in accessibility, the number of hackers who live...
by muncien
13 May 2019 08:38
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 879
Views: 233505

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I haven't been back to Hops & Vines since it closed either but looks like he updated his Untappd beer list on April 26th and people have been checking in beer there on the app pretty consistently since the 19th. Seems to be closed again. Went by there last night and he said he was still having ...

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