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by TNWE
23 Jan 2019 10:38
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 80
Views: 11444

Re: TexRail

Thanks jrd. Good stuff! It is funny about about the station to terminal signage. I swear, when I talk to some folks about the DFW DART stop, they talk like it's a mile walk to the terminal, and not possible. It seems that anybody who us used to transit ridership has no issue with short walk to eith...
by TNWE
22 Jan 2019 10:55
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 749
Views: 145295

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

More about the Texican Court hotel, with pictures. Looks like something Motel 6 or Alamo Plaza would do in Santa Fe. A little surprised about the exterior-entrance rooms. In most new hotel construction these days, the rooms face inside. https://www.guidelive.com/fun-places-and-events/2019/01/16/hot...
by TNWE
21 Jan 2019 14:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Bryan Tower
Replies: 32
Views: 3354

Re: Downtown Dallas: Bryan Tower

I would love for Energy Plaza and one of the Southland Center towers to turn residential in the future, otherwise they'll have to build on top of the many parking garages here to make it a neighborhood. Energy Plaza is poorly suited to residential conversion- the utility and elevator core eats up a...
by TNWE
21 Jan 2019 11:18
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 171
Views: 36373

Re: DFW Airport

The next terminal addition is likely to abandon the horseshoe layout. With the design departure from existing terminals should come the expansion readiness to accommodate a competitive hub to oneworld & AA. I don't see how the future terminal F doesn't substantially copy Terminal D- the Skylink...
by TNWE
21 Jan 2019 10:18
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Dallas: Loop 12
Replies: 2
Views: 145

Re: Dallas: Loop 12

The bill is one of many being submitted by lawmakers as the Texas Legislature gets underway in Austin. There’s no guarantee the bill will even get a hearing in front of a committee, much less make it to the floor for a vote. Not gonna happen. Just a meaningless gesture that he can point to when vot...
by TNWE
19 Jan 2019 14:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: First Baptist Church
Replies: 6
Views: 528

Re: Downtown Dallas: First Baptist Church

Never thought I'd see the day when there would be check-in kiosks at a church. It's not an airport or hotel. Pretty much anything dealing with childcare (which includes church Sunday school) these days has to have some sort of record of who picked up or dropped off kids. It's a bit unusual to see k...
by TNWE
17 Jan 2019 16:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas: Medical District
Replies: 122
Views: 27230

Re: Dallas: Medical District

You misunderstand "net worth"- someone can own a $300k home, but if the mortgage balance is $250k, they're not in the highest percentiles of wealth. If you look at the SCF with this quick shortcut calculator you can either include or exclude home equity in the assets. https://dqydj.com/ne...
by TNWE
17 Jan 2019 11:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas: Medical District
Replies: 122
Views: 27230

Re: Dallas: Medical District

261k is no extravagant home for sure, but if you have that plus $50k in other assets, your net worth is in the top quartile of Dallas County residents. I estimate this because the Federal Reserve's latest Survey of Consumer Finance says that a $361,000 net worth is above 71st percentile nationwide ...
by TNWE
14 Jan 2019 16:59
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Grocery Store Thread 2.0
Replies: 42
Views: 7367

Re: The Grocery Store Thread 2.0

Amazon/Wholw Foods cancels Whole Foods 365 store plans. https://www.foodandwine.com/news/whole-foods-365-stores-ending From the article, it sounds like the 365 brand is going away, but the broader strategy is being retained (i.e. lower prices on staple items). Not really surprising as the 365 conce...
by TNWE
14 Jan 2019 15:57
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 80
Views: 11444

Re: TexRail

The same could be said for DART itself... It's fare structure essentially benefits long distance commuters the most, while penalizing the short haul. For example, commuting from cityline to Victory Park would cost the same as commuting from Pearl Arts station to Victory Park. As such, you end up di...
by TNWE
14 Jan 2019 11:20
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Grapevine: Grapevine Mills
Replies: 3
Views: 1072

Re: Grapevine: Grapevine Mills

The mall has landed the first US location of Peppa Pig's World of Play, based on the children's show from the UK. It will open next year. https://www.dallasnews.com/business/leisure/2018/06/05/grapevine-mills-get-first-us-location-peppa-pig-play-center Update: the Peppa Pig's World of Play space is...
by TNWE
14 Jan 2019 11:08
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 80
Views: 11444

Re: TexRail

There is a walkway between the DART light rail and the TexRail area at DFW. It is adjacent to the Crossunder that is just north of the 2 stations. The first pic is on the DART side, with the DART area on the left, and the walkway under the bridge and leading off to the right of the pic. The other p...
by TNWE
12 Jan 2019 00:11
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 228
Views: 35722

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

https://www.dart.org/about/inmotion/winter18/images/trainseats.jpg I was on a bus not too long ago that had a few (not all) of the seats redone in this blue color. You can't tell from the picture, but there is a bit of texture in the vinyl, it's not shiny-smooth. I guess it'll be easier to tell if ...
by TNWE
11 Jan 2019 09:01
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 228
Views: 35722

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

I'm also not much a fan of the cloth 'padding' on the seats. I realize its considered a bit of a luxury item, but it always seems a bit ikky to me (okay, yes... I'm a little OCD). Who knows what has been spilled there previously? I'd love for a long, uniform piece of stainless steel running the len...
by TNWE
10 Jan 2019 13:13
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 228
Views: 35722

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

but the current stock has a very tiny portion of low-floor area compared to most other LRT systems in North America. As someone who rarely rides the DART, I do hope they address this with the newest trains. I'm sure frequent DART riders would disagree with me, as the current trains offer a lot more...
by TNWE
10 Jan 2019 12:05
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 228
Views: 35722

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Saw this nugget buried in a DART rail replacement project overview on slide 8 ( https://www.dart.org/about/board/boardagendas/constructionitem2_08jan19.pdf ): Replacement of the rail will eliminate the ongoing maintenance issues, regauge the rail throughout the CBD, eliminating the use of transition...
by TNWE
09 Jan 2019 16:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 481
Views: 93276

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

I think you would do better being in Oak Cliff if you want to maintain the "small town feel" after all Deep Ellum is a part of a major Downtown despite it not being the center of DFW life. Its likely hood of maintaining all aspects of the small township is a losing battle. Most if not all...
by TNWE
09 Jan 2019 14:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 481
Views: 93276

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Bittersweet Day as 121-Year-Old Deep Ellum Business Makes Way for Progress https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/121-Year-Old-Dallas-Butcher-Company-Closing-504042041.html "They're hoping to see a CVS or a bank go in here, instead of another bar." God no, I hope it's not another CVS! They're ...
by TNWE
09 Jan 2019 10:42
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 255
Views: 46693

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

If I were a Lake Dallas resident, I might be a little bit unhappy with the tone in this thread. Thank God, I'm not. I don't think your typical LD resident reads this forum, nor do they particularly care what the forum might think of their city. As for the HQ site selection, the article says it all:...
by TNWE
07 Jan 2019 15:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 469
Views: 108237

Re: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)

I’m just curious as to why it is not running below grade all the way through Victory? I would assume part of it is cost but did not know if there were other major factors. TIA for any insight. As far as I know, there hasn't been any uproar about the tracks being at-grade through Victory Park; so wh...
by TNWE
03 Jan 2019 11:51
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 197
Views: 35068

Re: the Cotton Belt line

^ That's why I said "pretty much all". But they still had to submit bids for each project, and there are relatively few firms that have the experience and capabilities to deliver major rail transit projects. Insinuating that all their project work is no-bid handouts based on an article by...
by TNWE
02 Jan 2019 12:11
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 80
Views: 11444

Re: TexRail

I still don't understand why Collyville rejected a station. Because in their warped minds, they equate public transportation with poor people and criminals. They're the kind of people who rent a car when to go to Manhattan, and drive it so they can go see Times Square. I hear that attitude from an ...
by TNWE
02 Jan 2019 12:02
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 80
Views: 11444

Re: TexRail

I still don't understand why Collyville rejected a station. Collyville did not wish to pay for a train station. Bingo- Colleyville doesn't have a huge number of residents who work in Downtown FW or at the airport, and the ones that do wish to take transit to DTFW are probably already driving to a T...
by TNWE
24 Dec 2018 13:57
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Dallas Love Field Airport
Replies: 73
Views: 12570

Re: Dallas Love Field Airport

Starting Aug 27, 2019, Alaska is expanding their flights out of DAL again. Per airliners.net: PDX 3x daily (+1) SAN 2x daily (+1) SEA 4x daily (+2) SFO 4x daily (+1) SJC 3x daily (+1) LAX 3x daily 19 AS, 5 DL, and SWA is expanding to 195 flights a day in January. Going to be one busy airport, both ...
by TNWE
19 Dec 2018 10:58
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 197
Views: 35068

Re: the Cotton Belt line

Archer Western gets pretty much all of DARTs rail construction contracts, without actually having to bid on them. https://www.dallasobserver.com/news/low-bid-to-no-bid-6373777 At present, as far as I can tell, her original $5.6 million contract is now worth $429.2 million—a 770 percent increase in ...
by TNWE
17 Dec 2018 15:00
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 197
Views: 35068

Re: the Cotton Belt line

I missed this from a few days ago, but DART has selected Archer Western Herzog to build the Cotton Belt- they're the same JV currently wrapping up on TexRail, so I imagine that experience had a lot to do with winning the contract... https://www.dart.org/about/board/boardagendas/wholeitem15_11dec18.pdf
by TNWE
17 Dec 2018 14:16
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 228
Views: 35722

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

One of the most glaring inadequacies, particularly relevant for a place like Dallas with lower frequencies, is bus-rail timed connections. US transit agencies typically set those schedules completely separately from each other under the impression that they serve different groups with little overla...
by TNWE
14 Dec 2018 09:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: 1900 Pearl (362 FT | 25 ST)
Replies: 198
Views: 50550

Re: Arts District: 1900 Pearl (362 FT | 25 ST)

I think someone is just a little panty twisted that a DOWNTOWN office building (You guys refuse to accept that a Downtown property is in fact Downtown. It's not Uptown, so what is it, UpDownTown? TownUpDown?) leased up a large amount of unspoken for office space right before completion. Done with t...
by TNWE
13 Dec 2018 21:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 974
Views: 168048

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Keep in mind that Seattle is relatively new to the rail-based transit game - They've only had light rail/streetcars for a decade or so, and Amazon's Seattle campus is only connected to the streetcar. Seattle is still a bus-first transit city, so I'd have a hard time taking them seriously if they sa...
by TNWE
13 Dec 2018 19:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 974
Views: 168048

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I never understood proposals such as this one, or ones along the Cotton Belt line. For a company that emphasized how important public transit is, I couldn't see them seriously considering a location out in the suburbs with one proposed station. Even if it wasn't a proposed station and it did exist,...
by TNWE
13 Dec 2018 17:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 974
Views: 168048

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I never understood proposals such as this one, or ones along the Cotton Belt line. For a company that emphasized how important public transit is, I couldn't see them seriously considering a location out in the suburbs with one proposed station. Even if it wasn't a proposed station and it did exist,...
by TNWE
13 Dec 2018 17:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 349
Views: 75153

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

I am new to this process but I do have a question. Assuming they only build the parking garage, which seems very likely, is it not possible for an individual or the city to take legal action against such projects? It makes me very uncomfortable that a developer can go to the city, present a project...
by TNWE
13 Dec 2018 16:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 366
Views: 74942

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

At any given time, they have less people working on this skyscraper than they would have building a new house in Frisco. At this rate, it will take years and years and years to get this done. I am not confident this will ever get finished. The city should require that they at least put up scaffoldi...
by TNWE
13 Dec 2018 16:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 974
Views: 168048

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Not a Typo: To Lure Amazon, DFW Airport Had a Plan to Offer Nearly $23 Billion Over 99 Years https://www.dmagazine.com/frontburner/2018/12/not-a-typo-to-lure-amazon-dfw-airport-had-a-plan-to-offer-nearly-23-billion-over-99-years/ Wow... Kinda glad this never saw the light of day. I remember hearing...
by TNWE
13 Dec 2018 15:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: 1900 Pearl (362 FT | 25 ST)
Replies: 198
Views: 50550

Re: Arts District: 1900 Pearl (362 FT | 25 ST)

Lies. I was told by several on this forum that there was ZERO demand for new Downtown Dallas office space and that builders should NOT start building office towers without the majority of space leased because there would be no tenants for them and they would sit empty. The same people said that Hou...
by TNWE
13 Dec 2018 11:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: 1900 Pearl (362 FT | 25 ST)
Replies: 198
Views: 50550

Re: Arts District: 1900 Pearl (362 FT | 25 ST)

Law firm Husch Blackwell grows downtown Dallas office in move to new tower https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2018/12/12/law-firm-grows-downtown-dallas-office-move-new-tower The 1900 Pearl building is more than 90 percent leased. Lies. I was told by several on this forum that there was...
by TNWE
13 Dec 2018 09:32
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 228
Views: 35722

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Noticed these screens today at West End. The live video feed zooms in on people as they walk by to drive the message that you’re being watched. Creepy AF but desperate times... E8796E9A-3C3C-4221-9029-C32C29D5EF01.jpeg The only difference is that now we know that the cameras at West End actually wo...
by TNWE
12 Dec 2018 10:27
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 228
Views: 35722

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

For a while, the TRE ran a handful of special holiday trains with Christmas lights, decals, and a Santa on board. They don't seem to be doing it this year, but I found a schedule from 2013 indicating that Santa would be aboard 3 runs each direction. https://www.dart.org/images/tre/2013TREWinterWhist...
by TNWE
04 Dec 2018 11:14
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART: Expansion
Replies: 109
Views: 21797

Re: DART: Expansion

So my next question is - if there's no aerial construction, and they preserved land for the at-grade extensions, why the heck does this cost $5 million/station? Even with Cityplace and Mockingbird being somewhat more challenging from a construction ingress perspective, those were built even longer ...
by TNWE
03 Dec 2018 23:28
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART: Expansion
Replies: 109
Views: 21797

Re: DART: Expansion

The 4 elevated stations on the Red Line were all built to full length to begin with, since extending them after the fact would be much more difficult. I saw all the elevated stations included in the project scope, so I assumed they needed structural changes to extend, but lo and behold, the elevate...
by TNWE
03 Dec 2018 14:53
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART: Expansion
Replies: 109
Views: 21797

Re: DART: Expansion

**Hopefully**, there will be additional benches and related infrastructure coming when these platforms are extended/improved. Several of the stations need better availability of waiting/seating areas. Most of them have a divergent approach to what is available at ground level vs. what's at the plat...
by TNWE
03 Dec 2018 14:07
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Dallas Love Field Airport
Replies: 73
Views: 12570

Re: Dallas Love Field Airport

gawh The only reasonable answer to this deal is another 20 gates, 12 domestic and 8 international. DFW can at least add another terminal and encourage the development of a dual hub, Love Field can double and add international, and Meacham Field in Fort Worth can get going again --- the regional gro...
by TNWE
28 Nov 2018 19:08
Forum: The Airports
Topic: American Airlines
Replies: 13
Views: 2870

Re: American Airlines

Jet Blue is probably the best of all the US Airlines when it comes to "walkability" and HQ being well thought out in Long Island City. Of course, Amazon may force them to move to Orlando (long rumored due to cost of living). Yes, United is at Willis Tower but I have only heard how much of...
by TNWE
28 Nov 2018 15:20
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 318
Views: 60735

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

BUILD IT! We need something to brag about here in Texas. Also I want to ride one of these bad boys without spending over a grand to fly to Japan. No doubt! I spent two weeks riding old Amtrak trains around the country last year, and spent a couple years riding trains around Europe as well. Travelin...
by TNWE
28 Nov 2018 15:00
Forum: The Airports
Topic: American Airlines
Replies: 13
Views: 2870

Re: American Airlines

I take no issue with the point the article is trying to make, but as is typical with many pieces like this, the snobbyness in which they do it is a turn off. You don't encourage behavior by presenting your point in such a self-obsessed/elitist tone. Instead, you discourage people who could actually...
by TNWE
27 Nov 2018 14:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Convention Center
Replies: 18
Views: 4846

Re: Dallas Convention Center

I was in Houston over the holiday and visited Discovery Green Saturday evening. I couldn't help but think how Dallas made such a huge mistake burying the convention center underground and ignoring the surface area around it. What a missed opportunity to bring some life to that end of downtown. The ...
by TNWE
27 Nov 2018 13:49
Forum: The Airports
Topic: American Airlines
Replies: 13
Views: 2870

Re: American Airlines

Why suburban office campuses aren’t really walkable http://cityobservatory.org/why-suburban-office-campuses-arent-really-walkable/ Here’s the bottom line: no matter how much your press release talks about miles of trails, or even a hundred bikes, if you build your new 12,000 person headquarters in ...
by TNWE
26 Nov 2018 11:04
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DCTA (Denton Co. Transportation Authority)
Replies: 9
Views: 1277

Re: DCTA (Denton Co. Transportation Authority)

Bus stops should be placed about a half mile apart, less say every eight blocks or so (2400 feet or 800 yards). Then add some circular rapid bus routes which wil run perpendiclular to the earleir routes as well. Set up a great grid, where the grid is tighter closer to downtown and wider further fro...
by TNWE
19 Nov 2018 13:03
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Star Transit
Replies: 2
Views: 454

Re: Star Transit

It's a little interesting how each system deals with the "fringes" of their service areas. Fort Worth is so sprawled out that their express services to the Alliance area are effectively serving non-members like Keller and Roanoke, plus the TRE serves Richland Hills and Hurst, with the latt...
by TNWE
13 Nov 2018 13:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 974
Views: 168048

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Honestly, I don't think the CBD needs a massive office tenant to move in. What it needs are another twenty midrise residential. I'm not even talking 20-30 stories... If we could get 10-12 story residential (rental and condo) to fill in some of the lots, downtown will make a success story out of its...

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