Author Archives: Bob Voelker

About Bob Voelker

Head of the Munsch Hardt (Dallas law firm) Hospitality & Mixed Use Development Group, and former developer of affordable housing. I'm i

Connecting the Dots – DART/TRE, Uber/Lyft/ZipCar and I-345

Not many in DFW know this stat – We have THE LARGEST light rail system in the US (of course we do – everything in Texas is bigger!) However as in most things, size isn’t everything. Makes for great bragging … Continue reading

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Filling the Elusive Middle of the Capital Stack

In our post-real estate recession economy, secured debt at the bottom of the capital stack is easy to find — depending on the asset class, 55%-70% of cost, great interest rates.  Top end equity can also normally be found, although … Continue reading

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Dallas Could Learn a Thing or Two (from Indianapolis??)

Someone rescue me! I’m becoming as wonky (nerdy) as some of my urbanist friends. After an early morning Labor Day DART trip from Downtown Carrollton to the Akard station, my bike in tow, I rode through Downtown Dallas, up through … Continue reading

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DFW Area Urbanism #CNU23 https://twitter.com/cnu23dfw

DFW has some great urban projects — from Dallas & Fort Worth to McKinney, Grapevine, Carrollton, Southlake, Plano, Garland, North Richland Hills, Fort Worth Southside, Burleson, Denton ….. the list is endless.  Links to some of these urbanism projects: Legacy … Continue reading

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More Audacious Plans for Downtown Dallas

Mayor Rawlings has a 10 point Grow South initiative, that includes a private investment fund for Southern Dallas. What if we went further, and helped out Downtown and the Southern sector, forcing the business community to think south of I-30, … Continue reading

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The Inter-Connectedness of All Things in Dallas – Race, Place, Urbanism, Highways & Affordable Housing

Our quality of life, both individually and collectively, is intricately the result of where we live. We understand this individually when we spend time stuck in traffic, or are forced to drive for daily chores – grocery store, bank, drug … Continue reading

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The Latent Potential of #DowntownDallas

Amazing difference what narrower two way streets, better sidewalks, parallel parked cars, can make.  Elm & Commerce treat streets as “roads” (platforms to move cars) — whereas Main Street is a “street” — a place you want to be, not … Continue reading

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