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  1. With all due respect, this thread is titled "New Dallas Development," not "Dallas Developments Under Construction."

    Good point - that title opens it up

    Meanwhile, I think it's nice to see both - one place to see what may be coming (including those pretty renderings mentioned above), and another to see what is in actually process to be completed soon (perhaps already in an existing thread)

  2. As a likely passenger to Houston on this route, I would primarily be happy for quick access to any stop.

    However, I would prefer, and be more motivated to travel to a more vibrant location than the proposed former mall site at a freeway intersection. Even the easiest connections would not be the same as arriving in a center of action.

    That said, the end of line connections should not only be designed for business travelers, but also to make Houston easy to acces for leisure travelers who might not otherwise take a chance to visit or know where they could go around town

    An airport type endpoint - with less than simple 'ground transportation' requirements - would dilute the benefits of the quick train ride. Hopefully lemonade can be made from any lemons!

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  3. I'm quite a bit late to this party, but....

    Why in the holy hell would anyone want to tear apart another stretch of I-45 for a park, or parking, or any other such nonsense?

    With there being over 6.5 million in the greater Houston Metro area, many of them using that corridor, that would be a terrible and very costly mistake. Our traffic is borked bad enough as it is, and y'all are only asking... nigh, BEGGING for it to become much worse with an idea like this.

    Or so it seems, from what I'm reading here. Would anyone care to enlighten this knuckle dragging neanderthal?

    Agreed - pure removal of such a significant route would create major problems and chaos. But a planned redirection of the traffic flows could open up those areas that don't really add any benefit to the path

    If I-45 can be redirected to the east side of downtown, or even on an outer loop, removal of the Pierce elevated would reconnect Midtown with downtown and dramatically strengthen center city development

    Plus, not mentioned much is how nicely the Buffalo Bayou parks would connect to downtown without the elevated I-45 lanes on the west side of downtown. That amenity is still somewhat cut off today.

    While not an easy solution, good planning could provide both good transportation and nice city amenities for all 6.5+ million residents of the region

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  4. I'm quite a bit late to this party, but....

    Why in the holy hell would anyone want to tear apart another stretch of I-45 for a park, or parking, or any other such nonsense?

    With there being over 6.5 million in the greater Houston Metro area, many of them using that corridor, that would be a terrible and very costly mistake. Our traffic is borked bad enough as it is, and y'all are only asking... nigh, BEGGING for it to become much worse with an idea like this.

    Or so it seems, from what I'm reading here. Would anyone care to enlighten this knuckle dragging neanderthal?

  5. This whole thread does seem to broadly feature proposals with pretty renderings about as much as real projects actively underway

    Perhaps the 'Dallas development' topic should be split into 'Ideas', some of which may come true, and 'underway' for those projects actually in process

  6. A supertall would make a striking change to either city's skyline, but there isn't really much need (Houston could probably justify before Dallas)

     

    If one does get built, it  would likely be considerably driven by ego/image - could happen anywhere, which makes the watch for one interesting!

     

    In the meantime, I think I prefer the lower profile infill that is increasing overall density

     

     

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  7. Seems like a big missed opportunity not to reach both downtown areas

     

    On the Houston end, a northwest station may be appealing to more affluent residents departing from the area, but would be less enticing to those coming from the other direction

     

    On the Dallas end, arriving on the least populated southeast side would feel like stopping short - not much there and most destinations would require a fairly significant secondary trip

     

    The density of downtown attractions on both ends would serve many without having to go further, and those that do would have more options

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  8. This is an inappropriate comparison

    TMC is a major business center with only a few residents or neighborhood amenities. On the other hand, uptown Dallas is a mixed area adjacent to CBD - many residents, retail, and offices.

    The Dallas equivalent to TMC is the Medical/Market District NW of downtown. In this comparison, Houston is much more advanced with TMC's size & density.

    On the other hand, the Houston comparison to Uptown Dallas is really Midtown, which hasn't come as far yet.

    As far as what to learn from here, comparisons can be interesting and informative when truly objective - each city has lessons and examples to learn from the other

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  9. It would be nice if there was retail in the adjacent apartment building, but that’s not absolutely necessary for this park to anchor a mixed use area.

    For a park this size and stature, it seems that it would also work to have visible retail nearby with easy pedestrian access.

    Having the park in place at all will be a huge amenity for this area, and the people who will benefit the most will likely be willing to use any services that are nearby.

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  10. The new exterior looks like it will be a sleek & refreshing update, however the original look was not really all that bad, similar to surrounding neighbors (also not bad).

    I assume there must have been some functional need (beyond aesthetics) for the complete recladding, especially for a government building (e.g. structural deficiencies, stronger security, environmental efficiencies)

    Has that been explained?

  11. Having lived in both cities, I do love both and would be happy living in either. Despite many similar features, each has its individual character.

    Regionally, Houston’s central core is larger with more density, beyond that it generally transitions to sprawling neighborhoods (some exceptions in The Woodlands, Sugarland, etc). On the other hand, Dallas’s relatively large suburban cities have been establishing more ‘nodes’ of density throughout the region.

    In town, Dallas does tend to be generally more clean and orderly, apparent in several nice neighborhood districts (e.g. M Streets, Uptown, Oak Lawn, Oak Cliff, Lakewood, etc.), but Houston’s ‘disorder’ has produced many interesting areas with a lot of great character and some ’quirkiness’.

    While the people in Houston do tend to be more laid-back and open, you will find that in Dallas as well – just like you will run into some uptight people in Houston. Both cities have enough circles for everyone.

    To the original poster, I would encourage you to take the opportunity to live in Houston and experience all that it has to offer – both similar and different from what you know in Dallas

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  12. Montrose is the envy of *** men and women in cities where there is no one neighborhood community predominantly identified as *** oriented. There is a strength that comes from not having to run every individual through a social strainer just to find out who is out there with whom we can relate to and interact. The self discovery of an entire community with which we can identify harkens back to the collective coming out of the closet that occurred in our country post-World War II (see the documentary Before Stonewall). Of course self-preservation is important as well. Sometimes it's not just *** people who are aware of a publicly identified *** neighborhood. Unfortunately, it can make one an easier target when gays are not the only individuals who find it easy to find others of the same persuasion. Being targeted is not a new concept and will happen on some levels whether or not there is a ***-identified community. Back in the 50's (again, see the documentary Before Stonewall) small groups would unite to form a type of defense against would be harassers.

    One of the important points you make is that Montrose is important to visitors from less progressive communities.

    What is interesting is that it's not quite as essential for local residents today - they are finding acceptance in many more areas all over the city. The locals don't need to rely on it as much as they did 15-20 years ago.

    Overall that is a good thing, but as you describe, something is lost without the shared experience and acceptance that came from the collective common community.

    Young people coming out today likely experience acceptance much more easily, but they probably miss out on the shared experience that came from gathering together for support

  13. Now that most of the system is built (a few key remaining projects are nearing completion), DART needs to shift its attention from being a Builder (engineers & construction managers) to being an Operator (customer service & service optimization)

    There have been a few signs that this transition is occurring (e.g. bus/train locator on cell phones), but to be successful, they have to do a lot more work to make the service appealing to new potential users.

  14. H&M will open store at Town East Mall in Mesquite

    By MARIA HALKIAS Staff Writer mhalkias@dallasnews.com

    Published 01 August 2011 04:34 PM

    http://www.dallasnews.com/business/retail/20110801-hm-will-open-store-at-town-east-mall-in-mesquite.ece

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    Now H&M has a two-level store under construction in Mesquite’s Town East Mall, according to information on a city of Mesquite building permit. It will be between Dillard’s and Sears. At more than 19,700 square feet, the store is about the same size as the one under construction in Plano at the Shops at Willow Bend.

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    Town East in Mesquite is an odd choice for #3

    Very different demographic than Northpark & Willow Bend - much more value conscious than the other two high end centers.

    Perhaps that is H&M's plan to expand beyond the initial splash to the 'average' consumer in Texas

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