Radically improved transit, physically protected bike lanes, change citywide zoning to encourage walkability and mixed-use/walkable commercial development neighborhood centers across the city rather just a handful of urban villages, making interconnected, walkable/bikeable/more transit-friendly development and planning the default citywide.
I would call huge BS on the money they say they have spent this year unless they did a ton of abatement this year which I don't think they have. Pump the basement and hook the pumps back up, 10k, the plastic mock windows, 1300 windows @ 250 ea 325k and i Don't think they have done ALL of them.
The owner of the T&P Warehouse stretching reality/the truth?
I've been really disappointed that a auto parts and dollar general with big ol parking lots out front where built down there. It's on one of the busiest bus routes in town and a potential future BRT route. Ought to be a little denser/more street oriented.
This is what happens with the city allows good development in a handful of designated areas - the Urban Villages - and then lets business-as-usual continue everywhere else, even when the surrounding context isn't that different from the urban villages and walkable development would be entirely appropriate. (Also like 8th Avenue down around Cantey.)
The weird split-level mall thing is so very '70s in a not great way. I can imagine Sundance wanting to redesign it to be more conventional street-level retail spaces, if that's doable engineering-wise.
I would counter that whether it's arranged your way or with the pumps in front, would make no difference in pedestrian patterns. If someone is walking by and wants a drink or whatever, they will walk across the lot. And I can see why QT would want it with the pumps in front: if you put the building up on the corner and there is customer traffic entering from the street and from the pump area in the back, there are two distinct traffic flows to monitor for store theft. If it sits back on the corner, pedestrian traffic and pump traffic comes in through the same door.
The point is, if you're going to build in the central city, you should build something that fits in the central city. It's a slippery slope to making the argument that it makes no difference to build *anything* oriented to pedestrians, because if somebody wants something they'll cross the lot. And that's how you wind up with places where nobody walks, because everything is built to cater to cars first.
All I'm saying is that if a car-oriented business wants to build someplace where the pedestrian should be the foundation of all development, they should be held to a higher standard. QT already half-heartedly did this in the Near Southside - that store isn't *great,* particularly due to the elevation changes on the site and QT's huge, barren designs, but it's a start, because the Near Southside held them to their standards.
How does the forum feel about having a QT at this location?
If it was designed like gas stations in central cities in other parts of the world - with the store building up on the corner, with pedestrian-oriented entrances, and the gas pumps out back - it's not the worst.
I'm certain that's not what's going to get built, though.
Here's another visual of the amount of surface parking DT
This gives me flashbacks to former councilman Carter Burdette lecturing some of us pro-streetcar people that we don't need more development downtown because, and I quote, "downtown is pretty much built-out," which is a truly laughable statement when you take even a cursory glance at downtown outside of Sundance Square and its immediate surroundings.
There's nothing in FW that can compete with places like the AAC, the Verizon, etc. - and considering that a lot of venues will have radius clauses (meaning an act can't perform within a certain radius from a show within a certain timeframe) and Dallas is the larger city anyway, there's little reason for a big act to choose an antiquated facility like the CC arena over a place like the AAC.
A smaller version of this often plays out with smaller indie bands and such. Dallas has the numbers and venues like the Granada and the Bomb Factory (which we don't really have good equivalents of here in FW) and smaller venues like Club Dada, Trees, Three Links, The Loft, etc. that are higher-profile than most FW equivalents. Sometimes there are radius clauses involved, too, sometimes not. I've seen bands on tour come to the DFW and play Denton and Dallas and skip FW.
The FW venue that I've seen snag a few more notable touring acts lately has been Shipping & Receiving.