Archive for August, 2012

Dallas Has Second Most EV Charging Stations. Electric Vehicles? Not so Much – Dallas – News – Unfair Park

Posted by    |    August 31st, 2012 at 5:15 am

Xatori, an app-maker, released a list yesterday of the cities with the most EV charging stations for every 100,000 residents. Portland, as you might assume, comes out on top, but No. 2 is something of a shocker: Dallas. A bit further down the list, coming in at No. 6, is Austin.

Read more at Dallas Has Second Most EV Charging Stations. Electric Vehicles? Not so Much – Dallas – News – Unfair Park.

Kid Unfriendly

Posted by    |    August 30th, 2012 at 5:15 am

Small people seriously cannot live here. 

Say "No" to Ashes

Posted by    |    August 28th, 2012 at 5:15 am

I was previewing properties with these great clients in Frisco this past weekend and came upon this “shrine” in the master bedroom. A few things to note (in addition to the fact that these were in the MASTER BEDROOM!)…
* The dog’s name was “Poopie”
* Those three pictures were surrounding his ashes

Clearly, the agent has not gotten the nerve to have the “discussion” with these sellers and frankly, I empathize. That can’t be an easy conversation to have but somewhere in the commission agreement I think that’s where you earn your money.  

The Next Generation of DIY Urbanism Projects: So Much Cooler Than Parklets – The Atlantic Cities

Posted by    |    August 28th, 2012 at 5:15 am

Park(ing) Day famously helped people all over the world re-envision the lowly parking spot, encouraging DIY urbanists for one day each fall to transform these spaces in their cities into parks, playgrounds, pop-up cafés – anything other than their intended use. The original idea, dreamed up by San Francisco-based urban design studio Rebar, went on to become a model urban prototype. The city of San Francisco adopted the concept for its “parklet” program. And now officially sanctioned parklets are popping up everywhere, most recently 2,000 miles away in Chicago.

The evolution of the parklet suggests that fly-by-night urban interventions can lead to something much more permanent. And this is the idea behind a series of “urban prototyping” festivals created by the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts in San Francisco. “We’re working with lessons learned form the parklet and Rebar and others to inform how projects that start at the small experimental prototyping scale can grow and expand across neighborhoods and cities,” says Jake Levitas, research director at GAFFTA.

The foundation held an “urban prototyping” festival in June in Singapore. Now it’s bringing the public showcase to downtown San Francisco in October, when the next generation of parklet-like ideas will be on display for a weekend. GAFFTA and several partner organizations – including the Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation – have been looking for replicable, affordable ideas at the intersection of public space and technology.

Read more at The Next Generation of DIY Urbanism Projects: So Much Cooler Than Parklets – Arts & Lifestyle – The Atlantic Cities.

A walkable community — Texas-style » Corpus Christi Caller-Times

Posted by    |    August 28th, 2012 at 5:15 am

CORPUS CHRISTI — A local builder brought up some interesting, convincing counter-arguments to my comments last week about sprawl. For one, what I called sprawl, he calls growth.

Whatever it is, a lot of it has occurred in my lifetime. When I was in ninth grade, Saratoga Boulevard was the city limit. By the time I graduated from Carroll High School, streets in Club Estates on the other side of Saratoga were paved and many houses there were occupied. This is ancient news. Subdivision construction hop-scotched Oso Creek long ago.

Many of the homeowners I know on the other side of the creek were born and raised here. But I’ll go along with the builder and concede that they represent growth because whatever homes they moved out of, they or their families probably sold or rented out long ago, possibly to newcomers.

I just think there are smarter ways to grow. Some new subdivisions have yards big enough to farm. The homeowners are city folks, not farmers. It makes more sense to scrunch city folks a bit closer together, since most of them don’t like yard work anyway.

Read more at A walkable community — Texas-style » Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

Dallas 6th Best City For Millennials

Posted by    |    August 27th, 2012 at 5:15 am

Turns out some cities are better suited to the age group known as Gen Y or “millennials,” according to salary websitePayscale and research firm Millenial Branding. High median salries and wage growth are particular factors that make some cities better for young workers than others.

Read more at America’s Best Cities For Millennials.

Condo sales have taken off in Fort Worth | NewsOK.com

Posted by    |    August 26th, 2012 at 5:15 am

It took five years, but the last unsold penthouse perched atop The Tower in downtown Fort Worth is under contract.

It’s out of the blue,” said Tony Landrum, head of TLCurban and the developer group that redeveloped the 37-story tornado-ravaged former office tower at Fifth and Throckmorton streets into a luxury condo building.

Not far away, another long-vacant penthouse, in the Neil P. at Burnett Park building, has sold. The interior space is under construction, and the new owners expect to move in late October.

Are the unexpected penthouse sales indicative of a turnaround in Fort Worth’s trendy downtown condo market?

Read more at Condo sales have taken off in Fort Worth | NewsOK.com.

Big & New Lake Highlands Redevelopment Project

Posted by    |    August 26th, 2012 at 5:15 am

The first phase of the 70-acre project will start soon.

Five years after ground was broken for the project, developers have finally gotten funding to move ahead with construction on the first buildings in the big Lake Highlands Town Center in northeast Dallas.

So far almost $86 million has been spent on the big project – including $13 million from the public sector and more than $10 million from DART to build a new light rail station in the development.

The first phase of construction included new roads, a lake park and other public amenities.

Read more at Dallas Urban Core, Downtown & Uptown Real Estate Investment, Brokerage and Tenant News: Big & New Lake Highlands Redevelopment Project.

Developers break ground for Victory Park apartment project | Dallas-Fort Worth Commercial Real Estate News – Business News for Dallas, Texas – The Dallas Morning News

Posted by    |    August 26th, 2012 at 5:15 am

Ground has been broken on the first new construction project in Dallas’ Victory Park project in five years.

Apartment developer Mill Creek Residential Trust has begun work on a 378-unit apartment complex adjacent to the DART light-rail station on Victory Avenue.

The six-story luxury rental community is being built in a partnership with investor Behringer Harvard.

The apartment project is the first significant development at Victory Park since construction began in late 2006 on the 28-story House condominium tower.

Read more at Developers break ground for Victory Park apartment project | Dallas-Fort Worth Commercial Real Estate News – Business News for Dallas, Texas – The Dallas Morning News.

As streetcar line construction rolls toward start date, the latest plans for the Houston and Jefferson bridges | Transportation Blog

Posted by    |    August 26th, 2012 at 5:15 am

When is the city expecting to close down the Houston Street Bridge to make room for  According to local transpo officials, January’s the hoped-for start date. But per city of Dallas transportation planner Keith Manoy, who’s overseeing the project, that’s still up in the air.

“The design-build contract is in negotiations for Houston,” he writes via email. “I expect that to be completed within the next month. At that time I will have a good estimate on when we will need to close Houston. I suspect it will be early 2013. I’ll be able to give you a better answer next month.”

Read more at As streetcar line construction rolls toward start date, the latest plans for the Houston and Jefferson bridges | Transportation Blog.